Antique Bakery Manga to be Animated for TV in July (Updated)
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Fumi Yoshinaga's Antique Bakery "heartful" comedy manga will be animated for Fuji TV's popular late-night Noitamina timeslot starting this July. The planned 12 episodes will air in Japan after the Library War anime ends its run in the same timeslot. (The Hakaba Kitarō anime runs in Noitamina now.) Antique Bakery's story follows four somewhat quirky men who run Antique, a quaint cafe that celebrates the small joys of life such as cake.
Yoshinaga drew the original manga in Shinshokan's Monthly Wings shōjo magazine from 1999 to 2002. The four compiled volumes sold 1.4 million copies in Japan, and the manga was already adapted into a live-action television drama series in 2001 on the same Fuji TV network. The manga also earned an award in the shōjo manga category of the 26th Kodansha Manga Prizes in 2002. This will be the first anime adaptation of Yoshinaga's manga.
Digital Manga Publishing released the original manga in North America, and has licensed most of Yoshinaga's other manga, including Don't Say Anymore Darling, Flower of Life, and Garden Dreams. (Tokyopop's Blu imprint licensed her Gerard & Jacques, Lovers in the Night, and Truly Kindly manga.)
Update: Changed "romance" to "heartful," the word used by Shinshokan to describe the series. Thanks, jenparker.