Title: Kitchen Princess Vol 2
Manga by: Natsumi Ando
Story by: Miyuki Kobayashi
Publisher: Del Rey
May Contain Spoilers
My biggest complaint with Kitchen Princess are the cardboard characters. Najika is the nicest girl around, even when her nasty rival, Akane, verbally abuses her and even resorts to a little face-slapping to make sure everybody knows that she hates Najika. Akane wants Najika to leave Seika Academy, and who can blame her? Akane is so mean and petty that Sora and Daichi are quickly drawn to the sweet Najika, leaving Akane gnashing her teeth in solitude.
Najika is searching for her flan prince, the boy who saved her from drowning when she was a young girl. Thinking that she’ll find him at Seika Academy, she leaves her comfort zone in Hokkaido and journeys all by herself to Tokyo. Things aren’t quite the same in bustling Tokyo as they were in Hokkaido, and Najika finds herself ignored and disliked by her classmates. All because they believe that she isn’t talented enough to attend their school. I wonder if it’s really worth putting up with all of spoiled and overindulged kids in order to find her flan prince.
Akane hates Najika so much that in this volume, she decides to stop eating, especially anything that was prepared by her rival. She thinks that she’s too good for Najika’s cuisine, and that in order to win Daichi’s love, she has to be skinnier than anybody else. Plus, she wants to be a supermodel, and everyone knows that they all have eating disorders. This storyline would have worked better for me if I gave a fig about Akane’s well being. As it is, she’s such a snot that the thought of her departure from the series made me hope that she never ate again. I couldn’t care less what happened to her, and I thought Najika was a bit of a sap for continually trying to get her to eat.
Rated for Teen