Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie

Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie

IMG_1362.PNGSayuri Haruno has been offered a scholarship at elite confectionary school Fleurir. She plans to graduate from their and follow her dream to open a pastry shop. Unbeknownst to her, the teachers are all male – and incredibly attractive. In a school where teacher-student relationships are strictly forbidden, can Sayuri make it through her scholarship without getting too close to the incredibly bishounen faculty?

Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie consists of short anime episodes (only five minutes) and is based on a mobile game. Due to its length and origins, it’s probably one of the most obscure shows this season, but I’ve taken quite a liking to this style of anime short. And this one is much like the pastries that Sayuri makes: short, sweet and nice to look at.

Sayuri doesn’t have intentions to get involved with the teachers more than the average Fleurir student, but some of her peers, upon hearing that Sayuri was good enough to be offered a scholarship, tend to single her out and pull pranks. Cue one of the dashing teachers to the rescue – and who can blame the poor girl for being mesmerised. At the same time, good-looking but stand-offish classmate Ryou thinks Sayuri looks like someone he once knew…

IMG_1285.PNGEach episode takes a little snapshot of Sayuri, the development of her baking talents, and the deepening relationships she has with her fellow students and the teachers (especially the teachers). There’s Aoi Mitsuki, the expert chocolate chef; Gilbert Hanahusa, the French culinarian; and Suzumi Yoshinosuke, the experimental Japanese sweet chef.

IMG_1358.PNGSometimes, when an anime episode is this short, it risks nothing happening, or building any tension at all, or not succeeding in moving along with any particular story. Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie is one of my favourites as it picks a small element to focus on each episode and then brings out the exquisite detail in substantial measures. In every five minutes we have an element of romance, comedy, sweets and pastries and character development. That’s four big ticks from me.

IMG_1360.PNGIt’s not a particularly serious show – I think that might be asking too much from what is technically a string of skits. It’s lighthearted enough for most viewers to overlook the fact that some of the scenes are probably tarred as mildly inappropriate conduct on behalf of the teachers (e.g. taking a student out, speaking to them alone, etc.). It’s not meant to be offensive in any way – it’s just something short and playful with lashings of desserts and beautiful men. IMG_1283.PNGIf you’re looking for something quick, gorgeous animation and a generous helping of eye-candy, look no further than this one. It also plans to stand the test of time, with 24 episodes being aired – so the baking and chef-romance is continuing into 2015!