Kitchen Princess Special - Akane and the Black Sesame Pudding
Akane In December there's Christmas. Daichi holding Najika's hand, presumably on a date. In February there's Valentine's Day. Najika giving a heart-shaped cake to Daichi. In March there's White Day.Daichi giving a necklace to Najika. In terms of events, there are many related to love <3
(Note: White day is a day in Japan when guys give gifts to girls. Valentine's day is meant for girls giving gifts to guys.) In April, I, who have nothing to do with love... Akane: Having a boyfriend or a girlfriend is so great... You're smiling just by looking at the mail Najika sent you. Daichi: I only took it out because you wanted to see it. Mail: Try your best. (^o^) Najika is currently participating in the Junior confectionery Chef Workshop that Kishi-san recommended. Right now, it seems hard to contact her, of course the competition between chefs is really great. Akane: How amazing. And also there's the person who won first in the International Junior Chef Confectionery Competition, Seiya Mizuno.Because he won first, he could stay behind in Paris, and receive mentorship from a famous pastry chef.
Both of them are taking a closer step to acheiving their dreams...
Akane (to Daichi): Bye bye. (Thinking) I'm the only one walking far, far behind... It's a bit lonely... Phone: R-R-R-R Akane: Hello. -------: Ah! Akane? Akane: Seiya? What is it? Long time no see. How are you? Seiya: Oh, not too bad. That aside, listen up! Petit Michelin Gourmet Food wants to write an article about me! Akane: Eh? Isn't it that famous magazine? Amazing! Yes! I wanna see, I wanna see, I will definitely go over and take a look! Seiya: That's right, I will be returning to Japan soon, for a while. I want to invite you for a meal then. Akane: Eh? Why? Seiya: Because, on the day of the competition, didn't you call me? And talked to me fiercly, like you always do. Because of that, I was able to calm down. So I won first place. That's why I want to return the favour. Akane: If.... If that's the case, then I'll allow you to invite me. Seiya: Alright, I'll be awaiting the day. Bye bye.
Akane (Thinking): This way, that guy will come back to Japan. I have to work hard! Becaus eI also want to be the best in the world some day. Manager: Akane, recently you've been very energised. Akane: Yes! I'm full of motivation! Please help me to find a bit more work, manager. Manager: You're finally motivated. Before this, you were even saying something like "I don't like that" or "That is so annoying". It was beyond me. Akane (Thinking): When that guy returns, (Akane resisting a lot of delicious looking cakes) if I don't improve by then, (Make-up is being applied to Akane's face) I'll be looked down upon, and I don't want that to happen. (Akane is stretching)
A few days later
Akane: What? Appear on a TV programme? Manager: Yes. It's really great. It will allow you to become a model for young ladies. Joining the "knowledge department" programme*! Akane: Isn't that the really famous talk show? Manager: Also, the programme would also like to ask you abnout your diet, so they hope you can introduce come of your own desserts. Akane: *Pause* My own... desserts? (I have no idea about what the talk show was called because I couldn't really read the words... I kind of guessed whta they meant.)
Akane: I-I can't do this! I don't know how to cook at all! Manager: But it's already been decided. If you can't do this, they'll use someone else. That's right. Akane, don't you have a friend who can cook? Why not just ask her to teach you how to make some healthy desserts! Akane: That's right I still have Najika....
Akane: But then, I still can't contact her... What should I do... There's only... Even though, he might not be able to help anyone... Phone: *R-R-R* Seiya Mizuno Akane: Seiya? Seiya: Oh, what's up? Akane: That is... It's so hard for me just to open my mouth to talk... Well... How are things.. over at your side? Seiya: I'm so busy, I can't really talk now. This three-star restaurant, Miele Gopez*, already said that they wanted to use my dessert. Isn't that worthy of praise. So right now I obviously can't return to Japan. Akane (Thinking): Eh? But, But then, didn't you say you wanted to invite me... Seiya: Isn't that great...
(*Again, not totally sure about the names of restaurants and things like that.)
Seiya: Besides that, didn't you have something to talk to me about... Akane: THEN YOU CAN STAY THERE AND EAT YOUR BAGUETTES FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!! *SLAM* Seiya:*shocked* What! Akane's phone: R-R-R Akane (thinking): That big liar! I don't want to pick up! I already knew... something like that could never happen.... Idiot!
Akane: Fujita-san... you can't do it, right... Fujita-san (looks like.. something the cat dragged in): Because Najika isn't here, I'm really busy... Just fry me...
Akane (thinking): In that case, I can only rely on my own effort! [Because she messed up the kitchen last time, her mom forbade her from using it] Akane (thinking): Thankfully, I... have always been by Najika's side, and have seen her cook before. I should be able to do it. I should be.... able to do it..... *Shows mysterious bubbling in a huge pot* *Shows milk overflowing from the cup* *shows Akane's various failures - burnt cookies, melted pudding..*
Manager: Akane! If it's really come down to this, then you should buy it from a store. Akane: Eh.. Manager: If you pretend you made it... It'll work! Akane (thinking) That could be true.... This was a hard job to get, and I don't want to waste it.
Akane (thinking): I still bought it.. Guy from the set: Akane! I hope to learn more from you today. Akane: Oh yes... from you as well.
Guy from the set: Is that the dessert you made on your own? Akane: Ah, this is... (thinking) Is it really okay.. doing something like this. To get what you want, telling lies, pretending not to know anything about it.
This way... It isn't right! It isn't right!! *recalling Seiya working hard, baking*
I can't do this!!
Akane: I'm sorry, I....
*tap* Hand on Akane's shoulder. -----------: You forgot to bring it. Seiya : The dessert which you made by yourself.
Guy from the set: Oh, it's black sesame pudding. Looks good.
Akane (Thinking): Seiya... How is this... Akane: You.. how could you... Seiya: I heard from Fujita-san, that you were met with some difficulties. Akane: I wasn't talking about that! Come over here for a while. I thought you still coiudln't return to Japan? Seiya: That's true. That was how it should've been. But after that day, you didn't answer any of my calls, right? After that, I don't know why, I really watned to hear your voice, andI really wanted to see you.
..Wanted to see you. Akane (thinking): At that time, when he told me he couldn't return to Japan, I was so sad that I really wanted to cry. I must have.. felt like him.. Akane: Me too... I also really wanted to see you. *starts crying* Compared to you, I definitely wanted... to see you.. even more.... Uu.. now all my make-up is smeared.. It's all your fault...
Seiya kisses Akane Pause
Seiya: Ah! Waaagh!! What?! Akane: What.. that was what I wanted to say! Copycat! Seiya: Eh? There wasn't any other choice, who askedyou... to make me think you're so cute! Both: *embarrassed* Seiya: That's right. Do you know what date it is today?
Akane: Today... is it the 14th of April? Seiya: That's right. Today is Black Day. February has Valentine's day, March ahs White day, So April has Black Day. The prople who failed to find thei loved ones will gather together, wear black clothes, eat black noodles and comfort each other. I was rejected by you as a friend, so I failed. So this is the young master's* Black Day. Let's eat together, cast those matters of being rejected aside, and continue to move forward. Akane (thinking): This guy, even though he thinks he's so great, there are timeswhen he can be very kind. He's the kind of guy that no one can predict. Even though you should be fine already.
Akane (thinking): But, it's because he's like that, Akane: Hm, *takes a bite of the pudding* It's delicious. (thinking) that I love him. Akane: I have a feeling that next year I won't have a Black Day. Seiya: Me too. *Both look at each other, then laugh* Akane (thinking): That's right, for all the events that are related to love, from today onwards, I am a protagonist too.
*Seiya calls himself the Young Master.
Okay... I know the special isn't exactly the point of suspension, or the climax, but I figured it would be a good idea to put in anyways. I thought it was such a cute and sweet story...
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Because Kitchen Princess is already licensed by Del Rey, we are not doing scanlations and instead are giving summaries! I hope you don't mind.
Also, we bought the Del Rey version of volume 9 and most of our translations (save some names) are correct!
International Junior Chef Confectionary Competition (quite a mouthful) - World Junior Pastry Chef Competition
Piele (From volume 9 special)- Pierre
Natsumi (from volume 9 special ) - Yuri
Mr Lin (chapter 39) - Mori - san
Because we translate from Chinese, some of our translations are different.