Posted by psgels on 26 December 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




The first Yumeiro Patissiere series had 50 episodes. Its sequel only has 13, don’t ask me why. Still, it’s the perfect length for those who find the pacing of the original series too intimidating and boring: the Professional-arc of Yumeiro Patissiere is short, compact and diverse, a unique shoujo series and a great example of how you can make a lovable cast even on a really small budget. As long as you’ve seen the first two or three episodes of the original Yumeiro Patisiere, you can easily follow what’s going on in this season and appreciate its character development (that’s what I did, anyway).

The thing with this Professional arc, is that unlike the first season, it’s not really about making sweets: that was already touched upon plenty by the first season. At this point, the characters are all very proficient at creating delicious stuff. Instead, the great thing is that it looks upon the business part of making sweets: actually selling them, attracting customers, getting the right ingredients and creating a good work atmosphere. It’s quite a unique twist for a shoujo series, and while it’s light-years away from a realistic representation (the creators completely ignore logistics for one, and they often prioritize neat ideas over actually making sense), I really loved how the business consultant part of this series turned into a unique shoujo. With the shoujo genre in its current state of seeing who can deliver the most generic storyline, this series is EXACTLY what the genre needed at this time.

What really made this show work was that it had a wonderful sense of chemistry. I mean, the first season of Yumeiro Patissiere was really, really long, but it developed its characters really well over the course of several years. The characters play off each other wonderfully and make this into quite a successful comedy (even though comedy isn’t the main focus of this series).

At the same time though, the flaws in this series stand out like a herd of elephants in a pet shop. Some of the characters in this series have characterization that is just… bizarre. This show strangely enough takes already badly used stereotypes… and somehow makes them even worse. Miya Koshiro takes the “spoiled princess”-archetype to ridiculous new heights, and Johnny…. just… Johnny.

The entire premise of this show makes no sense whatsoever, having a bunch of teenagers travel around the world (and also to another dimension), help all kinds of shops while maintaining a shop of their own at the same time, and the entire series is riddled with those kinds of questionable plot twists (especially the conclusion is just coincidental beyond belief). The animation and character designs are as simple as they can get, but it was a fun and interesting series, great for light entertainment.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Surprisingly addictive, really. Brings in many neat ideas on the cost of not making any sense.
Characters: 9/10 – Some of the worst portrayals of Americans can be found in this series, but the chemistry between the characters definitely makes up for it.
Production-Values: 7/10 – As simple as things can get.
Setting: 8/10 – Unrealistic, but a very interesting twist to the usual shoujo genre that is fleshed out surprisingly well.

Suggestions:
Skip Beat
Kodomo no Omocha
Glass Mask 2005

5 Responses

  1. Kiseki says:

    I don’t know man. Yumeiro Patissiere just isn’t right without all the cooking.

    …They also kind of messed up Tennouji.

  2. Alec says:

    Holy **** 13 eps only. Didnt see that one comming.

  3. Serena says:

    I took one look at Johnny and said, “…Whaaaat?” I loved the first Season, but….I HATE this second season. At least it’s better than having Ichigo be 21, like it was originally planned. -_-‘
    But…come on! It’s yumeiro PATISSIERE!! It’s about cooking delicious sweets!

  4. EvelynW~OL says:

    Starting to reconsider watching the anime…

  5. Firechick says:

    I really need to get around to watching this sequel. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen the first season.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:13 AM)
    @Raggers, I will go into detail when I review it. But I think something is seriously wrong when I get a far more satisfying ending out of shirobako than Death parade.
    Looking forward to writing a review of shirobako too.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:56 AM)
    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:29 AM)
    Well. Death parades ending was quite underwhelming.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…

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