Yakitate Japan started running in Weekly Shonen Sunday in 2001. In 2004, it won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award in the boys category. Takashi Hashiguchi also created the softball manga Windmill, which ran from 1998 to 2001 for 11 volumes. He was born in 1967 in Tokyo. In 1987 he won a newcomer prize in Kodansha Young Magazine and debuted in 1988 with the manga Combat Teacher.
Yakitate!! Japan, Volume 9by Takashi Hashiguchi, Kit Fox
Speed is of the essence during the first round of the Monaco Cup's final selections--the participants must bake a loaf of bread as fast as humanly possible. Kazuma is raring to go with his patented Ja-pan 3, but a misunderstanding with one of the judges could lead to Pantasia's utter ruination. Later, the ruthless owner of St. Pierre--Pantasia's arch-nemesis--schemes to have the venue for the second round switched to a deserted island! Will Team Pantasia be able to survive--let alone bake bread--in this harsh and brutal new environment?
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