Iron Wok Jan

Iron Wok Jan (Japanese: 鉄鍋のジャン, Hepburn: Tetsunabe no Jan!) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Shinji Saijyo. The manga was licensed in English by ComicsOne before the license was transferred to DrMaster.[3]

Iron Wok Jan
Iron Wok Jan.jpg
Cover of the first Japanese volume
(Tetsunabe no Jan!)
GenreCooking,[1] martial arts[2]
Written byShinji Saijyo
Published byAkita Shoten
English publisher
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Champion
Original runJune 1995March 2000
Iron Wok Jan! R: The Summit Operations
Written byShinji Saijyo
Published byAkita Shoten
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Champion
Original runNovember 9, 2006December 9, 2010
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A sequel, Iron Wok Jan! R: The Summit Operations, was also released in Japan by Akita Shoten[4] and in France by Soleil Manga.[5] A spin-off, Tetsupai no Jan!, by Bingo Morihashi, started to be published by Takeshobo in 2015.


Akiyama familyEdit

  • Jan Akiyama (秋山 醤, Akiyama Jan) is a 16-year-old talented young chef and the male protagonist of the manga. His grandfather is Kaiichiro Akiyama, the “master of Chinese cuisine”.
  • Kaiichiro Akiyama (秋山 階一郎, Akiyanma Kaiichirō) is known as the “master of Chinese cuisine”. Kaiichiro raised Jan until his tastebuds began to fail, at which point he sent Jan to Gobancho and committed suicide by self-immolation.
  • Minki Tou (桃 明輝, Tō Minki) is Jan's grandmother and Kaiichiro's wife.
  • Baku Akiyama (秋山 爆, Akiyama Baku) is Jan's father and Kaiichiro's son.

Gobanchou familyEdit

  • Kiriko Gobanchou (五番町 霧子, Gobanchō Kiriko) is one of the best cooks in Gobanchou, her family's Chinese restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. She is the same age as Jan.
  • Takao Okonogi (小此木 タカオ, Okonogi Takao)
  • Mutsuju Gobanchou (五番町 睦十, Gobanchō Mutsuju)


Akita Shoten released the 27 tankōbon manga between June 1995 and March 2000.[6][7] The manga was re-released into 16 kanzenban volumes between December 2004 and September 2007.[8][9] ComicsOne published the manga's 27 tankōbon between December 15, 2002 and December 28, 2007.[10][11]

Akita Shoten started releasing the sequel, Iron Wok Jan! R: The Summit Operations (鉄鍋のジャン!R 頂上作戦, Tetsunabe no Jan! R: Choujou Sakusen), on November 9, 2006 and concluded on December 9, 2010 in the Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine.[12][13] From March 8, 2007 to January 8, 2009, the publisher released ten bound volumes.[4][14]

A spin-off series, Tetsupai no Jan! (鉄牌のジャン!), written and illustrated by Bingo Morihashi started its serialization on Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong magazine on August 12, 2015.[15]


Comics Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson comments on the illustrator's use of caricatures to dramatise the manga.[16] Manga Life's Michael Aronson commends the manga for its art and its ability to appeal to audiences.[17]'s Ridwan Khan comments on the "love-hate relationship" between Jan and Kiriko.[18] IGN's A.E. Sparrow comments on the artist's ability to make a cooking competition as compelling to watch "as watching two feudal clans go to war".[19]


  1. ^ Rafael Antonio Pineda (January 15, 2017). "Iron Wok Jan! Chinese Cooking Manga Gets New Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Thompson, Jason (August 5, 2010). "House of 1000 Manga - Iron Wok Jan". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "New Comicsone Aquisitions [sic]". Anime News Network. 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  4. ^ a b "鉄鍋のジャン!R 頂上作戦 第1巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  5. ^ "Iron Wok R Tome 1" (in French). BD Fugue. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  6. ^ 鉄鍋のジャン 1 (1) (少年チャンピオン・コミックス) (コミック) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  7. ^ 鉄鍋のジャン 27 (27) (少年チャンピオン・コミックス) (コミック) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  8. ^ "鉄鍋のジャン (1) (MF文庫) (文庫)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  9. ^ "鉄鍋のジャン 16巻 (16) (MFコミックス) (コミック)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  10. ^ "Iron Wok Jan Volume 1 (Iron Wok Jan (Graphic Novels)) [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)". Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  11. ^ "Iron Wok Jan volume 27 (End)". DrMaster. Archived from the original on 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  12. ^ "週刊少年チャンピオン 2006年No.50" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  13. ^ "週刊少年チャンピオン 2011年No.2+3" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  14. ^ "鉄鍋のジャン!R 10―頂上作戦 (少年チャンピオン・コミックス)" (in Japanese). Amazon. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  15. ^ "近代麻雀9月15日号 8月12日(水)発売!" (in Japanese). Takeshobo. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (March 24, 2006). "Iron Wok Jan! Book 1". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  17. ^ Aronson, Michael. "Iron Wok Jan v1". Manga Life. Archived from the original on 2006-05-17. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  18. ^ Khan, Ridwan (February 2003). "Iron Wok Jan! Vol.1". Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  19. ^ Sparrow, A.E. (November 27, 2006). "Iron Wok Jan Vol. 20 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-03-22.

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