yakitate!! japan. azuma kazuma, 16, has a vision of creating 'ja-pan,' japan's national bread. after experimenting on his family with his culinary creations, there's very much that kazuma can do on his own, even if he's blessed with solar hands-something that many bakers would kill for. kazuma wants to move to tokyo to work at the renowned pantasia bakery chain to develop his skills and attain his goals. but, when he arrives he learns that he has to participate in an entrance exam against more than 30 people. to make everything worse, kazuma arrives late, cutting off half of his total points! can kazuma conquer the odds and pass the exam let alone make the perfect 'ja-pan'?