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Komomo Confiserie, Vol. 1 by [Minami, Maki]
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As a little girl, Komomo Ninomiya delighted in picking on Natsu Azumi, the son of her family’s pastry chef. Ten years later, when the family fortune is lost and she has no place to live, Komomo encounters Natsu again in her hour of need. Now that Natsu is a master pastry chef in his own right, he’ll help Komomo—but only if she works for him at his new confiserie!


About the Author

Maki Minami is from Saitama Prefecture in Japan. She debuted in 2001 with Kanata no Ao (Faraway Blue). Her other works include Kimi wa Girlfriend (You're My Girlfriend), Mainichi ga Takaramono (Every Day Is a Treasure), Yuki Atataka (Warm Winter). S•A and Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy are published in English by VIZ Media.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 146287 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat; Tra edition (Sept. 1 2015)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013XHX7PQ
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HASH(0x99834ee8) out of 5 stars Very Original Sept. 1 2015
By Talvi - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to give it to author/illustrator Maki Minami - she definitely has created a unique story here. What we have is a tale of growing up and becoming a better person - while still keeping good traits. Demanding princess Komomo is extremely unlikable in this first volume and foil Natsu very inscrutable. By the end, it's clear that Natsu will work wonders on our spoiled aristocrat and teach her to be a responsible adult.

Story: Komomo grew up the cherished (spoiled) daughter in a very wealthy family. Natsu, the son of a patissier her gourmand father hired, is her personal charge (and slave). She loves his treats, though, and no one can cook like he does. When he grows up and goes to France to learn the trade, her family's fortunes reverse and she is left with nothing. Cue Natsu's return in her high school years. She's still the spoiled princess but she is going to have to depend on her once former slave if she is going to survive in the cruel harsh world. Natsu, meanwhile, has many years of her abuse to return to her....

I had thought that Natsu would either be straight out for revenge or still smitten with her. And that Komomo would have grown up from the hardship of poverty. But really, she's still the same clueless person and he has matured into a confident, if with somewhat of a mean streak, type of person. The point of the series is that although Komomo is spoiled, she is never mean or heartless. So she wins people over by accident and through her artless honesty.

I am curious where Minami will take this - she'll have to be clever or we're really going to dislike Komomo's annoying stupidity and helplessness. But certainly, it's clear that she is all Natsu has thought about since he left - and he's relishing her change in situation. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99834f3c) out of 5 stars Fantastic start Feb. 25 2016
By Jude - Published on
Format: Paperback

Honestly, there was no way I wasn’t going to fall in love with this series. Being Maki Minami—with her characters and humor—and set in a confections shop. That sounds like a perfect combination to me.

Firstly, the confiserie. Oh god, the food. There’s so much sweets in this volume already. Komomo loves sweets, and she ends up working for a childhood kind-of-friend Natsu, who makes sweets. They’re gorgeous and look delicious, and it just makes me want to try everything. It’s like watching the Food Network channel. I’m jealous of all the food the mangaka got to eat as “research”.

I was impressed that this series is set up so differently from her previous two. Komomo, to start with, is a spoiled, egotistic brat. She’s used to being rich, getting everything handed to her, and it’s hard when she loses everything. She has to get a job, and she’s terrible at working, practically refuses to.

I was also not expecting Natsu. When we first meet him, he’s a crybaby little kid who Komomo picks on. And then he turns into a sadistic, confident chef. The way he pushes Komomo is sadistic and mean, but I think it’s also the only way to handle her. He’s the only one who really gets her to buck up and do what she needs to. She learns because of him.

We meet a friend of Natsu’s, who is quirky like Minami makes them. And then Natsu and Komomo start at public school (a first for Komomo). Komomo’s bullied by the popular girl, but she barely even notices. She’s been raised to take everything with her head held high, never show weakness. The popular girl acts catty and cries for sympathy, and Komomo teaches her. I was impressed with how well Komomo took the bullying and turned it right around on all the bullies without an ounce of anger or revenge in her attitude.

This was a fantastic first volume. It was so different from her previous books, and it was a lot of fun. The sweets had me drooling, and some of the characters had me impressed. I’m excited for the next one.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99835390) out of 5 stars "The day I graduated from middle school, I went from being a a pauper in an instant." No spoilers. Dec 24 2015
By Leaf - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really liked this 1st volume. Ninomiya Komomo is a pampered princess who picked on the son of her family's chef. His name was Azumi Natsu, and despite how she tried to bury her loneliness when her parents left her alone on her birthdays, Komomo could only feel at ease when she ate his cooking. Even when he burnt the sweets or they tasted terrible, they forced tears of comfort from Komomo.

Natsu witnessed this before he left with his father for France. And then Komomo's family loses everything and she is forced to get a job. Problem is she can't keep one. She's bratty and selfish, but it isn't annoying. It's understandable and I felt her frustration at being incompetent. She does her best but unlike most heroines, she gets PISSED off.

And to make things even worse, Natsu returns from France! And he wants to repay Komomo for bullying him.

The comedy was spot on, the outrageous expressions made me laugh, and I really liked how Natsu wasn't your typical love interest. Komomo even asks him if he likes her and that's why he's being mean to her. While she's wrong about that, I liked that even when she's so off the mark, she's asking the same questions readers are wondering.

Bullying and girl hate is something I really hate in shojo, but THANK YOU! Komomo easily sets the problem straight and the bullies even talk it out like NORMAL PEOPLE *le gasp* and apologize!

The heroine is naive because she's learning to be a capable person on her own and I really liked watching her get things done. She makes a ton of mistakes and it's funny. Yet she still strives to better herself and I had to root for her:)

One thing I didn't understand: Is Natsu a tsundere, a yandere, or a kuudere? I have NO FREAKING clue. All I know is that I like these kinds of dynamics in shojo, and that's why I instantly bought it. I love a bickering couple and especially when there's a difference in social standing. The heroine was the bully first, and now she's getting a taste of that same humiliation. And realizing that she needs to shape up.

Will be buying the next volume and supporting this awesome series. Please pick this up if you like comedy, french cooking, a great start to a romance, and a funny heroine. It's nothing groundbreaking but it certainly tackles a lot of stuff better than your typical shojo does!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99835750) out of 5 stars Cinderella in reverse Sept. 18 2015
By Robert Fisher - Published on
Format: Paperback
I planned to buy another manga and while seeing what was new, glanced at Komomo Confiserie. When I learned my intended purchase was the second part of a two part story, I bought Komomo instead and it turned out to be unexpectedly fortunate; this is a charming story about a spoiled little princess who suddenly finds herself having to deal with the real world when her family loses its fortune. Komomo proves to be ill-suited at the whole gainful employment thing; she sometimes manages to get fired from two jobs in the same day. Coming to her rescue is Natsu, the son of her family's pastry chef. Komomo loved to aggravate Natsu when they were young and she also loved the treats he made. Now Natsu is now a rising figure in the pastry field and he brings Komomo into his shop. At first, it looks like revenge is in his heart, but there is more to our characters than what's on the surface. I got the idea that Natsu cares very much for Komomo and Komomo starts to show she is capable of great grace under pressure. I'll look forward to Volume 2; this looks like a series that has potential.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99835834) out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 31 2015
By Bronte Castro - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
So cute!!!!!