WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi (This covers volumes 7-8)
Type: Cooking, School Life, Shoujo,
Basic Plot: Najika has now gotten over her friend dying and her guilt, but not only is there a new student to become the new prodigy chef of the school, he also looks like her dead friend, though he’s opposite in personality.
Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The plot is now an about average cooking manga as before. I do think some of the things were a bit predictable, but still not as much as when I first started reading it. The creative cooking ideas that were made were interesting to read about.
Graphics: 5/5 Excellent Quality: I like the drawings especially in this volume because she draws more food in these ones then in the last few. Her drawings of food are very well done as they have a lot of detail (just like everything she draws.) I do think there were a few awkward drawings of the boys in these volumes, but 90% of the time they were normal and natural looking.
Moral: 4/5 Good Application: This time there is a moral that can be well applied. These volumes focus a boy that believes cooking wise he knows everything and that anyone who doesn’t agree is uncultured or dumb. He later learns that maybe he’s the one that needs to change instead of everybody else, and he gets a better attitude. That is a great lesson for children to learn instead of being prideful and convinced they always know the answer, they should change their attitude and learn to be taught by other people and accept their opinions.
Overall: 4/5 Well Done: I think these volumes were done very well. I love the drawings the best, and the plot was interesting. The manga right now is at a really good point plot, graphics, and moral wise. I think age wise girls in their late preteens and teenagers will still enjoy this manga.
Official Rating: T
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 0/5 None
Violence: 2/5 Slightly Violent: A boy smacks a plate out of a girls hand and shoves her. Najika slaps a boy. Later she pinches his cheek while pulling him away. A boy says he is going to punch another one, but never does. A girl hits a man on the head in a comical sense and a boy lightly hits a girls head with his book bag. A boy shakes an elderly woman’s hand away. He also likes to kick things a lot when he is upset or angry.
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 A Little Misuse: “Geez” is used once and “gosh” twice.
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 0/5 None
Religious Issues: 1/5 Brief Slightly Contradictory Content: There is a Halloween splash page with Najika in a witch costume and holding a wand.
Magic: ½/5 Slightly Mentioned: Magic is used as a description once, and there is a picture of Najika dressed as a witch.
Others: There was smoking in at least two chapters and in the character intros a man is smoking. In a recipe they recommend adding alcoholic drinks for adults. Rum is mentioned being in a cake. It talks about how some people think a man accompanied women to bars and clubs before becoming a chef at the school. (It does say “it’s only a rumor.”)
Overall: 1/5 Appropriate for All Ages: These volumes are very family friendly and there is nothing to worry about them moral wise whatsoever. (Well, except the witch costume.)
For a review of the next two volumes, go here!