"There's English bread, German bread, and French bread, but Japan's bread, Japan, does not exist. In that case, there's no choice to but to create it. This story is a serious, biographical ballad of a boy who possesses Solar Hands, Azuma Kazuma, who will create a Japanese bread made by and for the Japanese people, which can be presented to the world proudly." The sarcastic introduction to every episode describes Yakitate!! Japan to a "T".
Kazuma Azuma - The Boy with the Solar Hands
Though not the brightest bulb in the lamp, Azuma Kazuma seems to have what it takes to make the best bread he can. . . With his extraordinarily warm hands and a promise to a friend from his past, Azuma pledges his life to creating a unique bread that can only be called Japan! Can Azuma do it?
Kuroyanagi Ryou - The Harsh Gourmet Baker of Pantasia Central
Maybe it's the fact that he has to eat so many disappointing pieces of bread that's made his as hard as he is, or maybe it's the fact that he only truly enjoys quality bread. Either way, he is definately not an easy customer to please when it comes to breadmaking. You can tell if he's eaten a really good piece of bread, however, if he starts to freak out accordingly to what he just ate, thus making him a definate wildcard from time to time.
Kawachi Kyousuke - The Determined Best Friend of Azuma
Sometimes seeming crafty, jealous, and manipulative, Kyousuke means everything he says, and says everything he means. He fights along side, as well as against Azuma as he climbs the ranks of bakerdom, hoping to one day become a world-class baker, and perhaps more!
Azusagawa Tsukino - The Delicate Co-Manager of South Pantasia
This kind and caring soul wants only what's best for her shop in of South Pantasia and her employees. She'll do anything to help them succeed. Along with Manager Ken, she helps Azuma and Kyousuke through their trials and tribulations, as well as being serious moral support for both. She also seems to be particularly fond of Azuma, but at times, it seems like she's just as fond of Kyousuke. So she kind of plays the role of moral support and sex appeal for the anime.
Suwabara Kai - The Ronin Baker of Truth
Accepting momentary defeat at the combined efforts of Azuma and Kyousuke, this ronin with a rolling pin-katana trains night and day, pushing himself to the extremities of his limitations. He may lose a battle, but he absolutely refuses to lose a war to someone he thinks is inferior, or even equal to him. He finds Azuma to be his personal rival, though does indeed see Kyousuke as a threat as well. Much like Kyousuke, he thrives to become the world's greatest artisan in the field of baking.
**** Kageto - The Senior from South Tokyo Branch
Who? Oh, him! Yeah, Kageto is the eldest worker of South Tokyo Branch. His senority and hard work has earned him the respect and admiration of his inferiors and then some! . . .okay, not really. In all truth, Kageto seems to play very little part in any part of the series, regardless of the fact he's worked at South Tokyo Branch for longer than anyone. He really does deserve more respect than he gets, but tends to let his senority go straight to his head.
Matsushiro Ken - The Burly But Odd Manager of South Tokyo Branch
This tall, muscular fellow sports an afro and dark sunglasses, even a night. Though generally quite serious and sometimes just consise enough to get the point across, he has been known to wear fake masks to try(and generally fail) to boost moralé in humorous ways. Overall, he's an alright guy, and definately a deep well of useful advice for team South Pantasia.Some information for this page provided by. . .
Kanmuri Shigeru - Veteran and Scientist of Baked Goods
The newest member in Azuma's gang. Prior to traveling to France for the study aboard France program. He's willing to bet a huge amount of money on the success of Azuma's gang.
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Information may not be 100% correct due to translation flukes.