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Bambino! (バンビーノ! Banbiino!?, lit. Baby) is a Japanese cooking manga written and illustrated by Tetsuji Sekiya. The manga has been serialized in Shogakukan's seinen magazine (aimed at older men) Big Comic Spirits. As of February 2009, Shogakukan has published 14 bound volumes of the manga. It received the 2008 Shogakukan Manga Award for seinen/general manga along with Takeshi Natsuhara's and Kuromaru's Kurosagi.

NTV broadcasted the live-action TV drama from April 18, 2007 to June 27, 2007. It was broadcasted in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico by TV Japan, an affiliate of NHK, from January to March 2008.



Bambino! is written and illustrated by Tetsuji Sekiya. It was serialized in Shogakukan's seinen magazine (aimed at older men) Big Comic Spirits. As of March 2009, Shogakukan has published 14 bound volumes of the manga between March 30, 2005 and December 26, 2008.[1][2]

Volume listing

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th style="width: 48%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 48%;"> ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> March 30, 2005[1]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-187551-8</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> July 29, 2005[3]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-187552-5</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> January 30, 2006[4]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-187553-2</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> April 27, 2006[5]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-180317-7</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> July 28, 2006[6]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-180567-6</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> October 30, 2006[7]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-180779-3</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td></td><td> February 28, 2007[8]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181070-0</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol8">8</td></td><td> April 6, 2007[9]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181165-3</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol9">9</td></td><td> July 30, 2007[10]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181340-4</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol10">10</td></td><td> October 30, 2007[11]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181509-5</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol11">11</td></td><td> February 2008[12]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181743-3</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol12">12</td></td><td> March 30, 2008[13]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181892-8</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol13">13</td></td><td> August 29, 2008[14]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-182130-0</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol14">14</td></td><td> December 26, 2008[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-182249-9</td></tr> </table>


We Can Make It! by Arashi is the series' opening theme song


Title listing

# Title Original air date
1 To work is not easy
"Shigototte amakunai" (仕事って甘くない)
2007-04-18 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
2 I won't lose
"Makete tamaruka" (負けてたまるか)
2007-04-25 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
3 Tears... the last day
"Namida... saigo no ichinichi" (涙…最後の一日)
2007-05-02 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
4 In Hakata... to the future
"Hakata hen... mirai e" (博多編…未来へ)
2007-05-09 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
5 What "work" means
"Hataraku to iukoto" (働くということ)
2007-05-16 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
6 What is love?
"Ai tte nandarou" (愛って何だろう)
2007-05-23 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
7 Pasta showdown for love
"Koi no pasuta taiketsu" (恋のパスタ対決)
2007-05-30 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
8 Magic of desserts
"Dezāto no mahou" (デザートの魔法)
2007-06-06 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
9 Doors to the chef!!
"Ryōrinin e no tobira!!" (料理人への扉!!)
2007-06-13 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
10 I can cook!
"Ryōri ga tsukureru!" (料理が作れる!)
2007-06-20 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 Teary farewell... good bye Baccanale
"Namida no wakare... sayonara Bakkanāre" (涙の別れ…さよならバッカナーレ)
2007-06-27 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}

Soundtrack CD

On March 30, 2007, wint released a soundtrack CD for the Bambino! TV drama.[15]


The Bambino! manga received the 2008 Shogakukan Manga Award for seinen/general manga along with Takeshi Natsuhara's and Kuromaru's Kurosagi.[16]

At the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards, the Bambino! television drama was awarded four prizes. They were: Best Actor (Jun Matsumoto), Supporting Actor (Kitamura Kazuki), Best Director and Special Award.


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