First of all, Antique is NOT BL, yaoi, shonen-ai or whatever you want to call it, there’s only one gay guy and the other three are straight (ahem Chikage) so please don’t brush Antique off as angsty buttsecks after buttsecks, and if you do go DIAF watch your Naruto and for those yaoi fangirls who will brush it off because they won’t get their dose of fanservice, go get corn raped watch Romantica Junjou or whatever crap you guys are watching right now.
Now that I have that out of the way.
Antique Bakery is an anime based on the manga series of the same name by Fumi Yoshinaga, the series won the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo and was previously made into a fairly popular drama. Antique Bakery takes the timeslot after Toshokan Sensou (which is awesome by the way) in the noitaminA block which is an anime block used to target an audience that would not usually watch anime. The series is planned for 12 episodes and after that we get the Nodame Cantabile SECOND SEASON! :D