M-Reviews: Yotsubato!

Yotsuba!
Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life

Mangaka(s): AZUMA Kiyohiko
Year:  2003
Original Publisher:  Media Works
Serialized in:  Dengeki Daioh
Volumes: 9 – Ongoing

Licensed!  Yen Press (8 volumes – ongoing)

Summary
Yotsubato! is centered on Yotsuba Koiwai, a five-year-old adopted girl who is energetic, cheerful, curious, odd, and quirky—so odd and quirky that even her own father calls her strange. She is also initially ignorant about many things a child her age would be expected to know, among them doorbells, escalators, air conditioners, and even playground swings. This naiveté is the premise of humorous stories where she learns about, and frequently misunderstands, everyday things.

At the start of the series, Yotsuba and her adoptive father, Koiwai, relocate to a new city with the help of Koiwai’s best friend, an impressively tall man nicknamed Jumbo. Yotsuba makes a strong impression on the three daughters of the neighboring Ayase family, Asagi, Fuuka, and Ena, and many of her misadventures come from her interactions with them.

The series has no continuing plot—the focus of the stories is Yotsuba’s daily voyage of discovery. Many chapters take place on successive days (for details, see List of Yotsuba&! chapters), so that the series follows, almost literally, the characters’ daily lives. The tone can be summarized by the motto, used on chapter title pages and advertising, “Today is always the most enjoyable day”  [Wikipedia]

My Impressions:

What a cute delightful Manga!  😀

I first came across this manga one day where I was looking for something to read.  No particular reason though, the name of the manga just caught my eye, and for three or more hours, I read chapter after chapter lmao’ing  off!  😛  Gotta tell ya… on my journey to becoming a mangawhore in the beginning, I told myself that I would open myself up to a wide array of genres and stories.  This manga took me by surprise.  I didn’t expect it to be as funny or quirky.  Yotsuba is soooooooooooooinnocently cute and the world she creates for herself and her surroundings, made me remember things from my childhood and all my make-believe stories and living inside of my head [ummm, still do]!  😛

Her adoptive father, Koiwai-san is kind of off beat himself, and it encourages her all the way!  Koiwai-san and Yotsuba moves to a new city with the help ofJumbo,Koiwai-san’s best friend.  He’s extremely tall and the three of them together, talk about an oddity!  Ha!  He doesn’t mind babysitting Yotsuba and the two get along so well.  You can see him as that “great uncle.”  Yotsuba becomes good friends with the three girls who live next door.  She fills their live with such wonderment.   Everyday seemed like an adventure.   One of the best part that I read was when Jumbo takes Yotsuba and Ena Cicada hunting and they catch quite a bit of them and back home at Ena’s house, Yotsuba shows Ena’s mother the captured Cicadas and then releases them in the house almost giving the poor mother a heart attack!  It was so funny!  Another is when Yotsuba wanted to serve Fuuka some of her father’s freshly brewed coffee and everytime she takes a cup over to Fuuka’s house, she ends up spilling it and finally breaks down crying.  This caused all the girls to go over to Yotsuba’s house where they see how messy it is and decides to take over and clean up while Koiwai-san made more coffee.  I can’t tell you how delightful and fun reading this manga is.

This manga wonExcellence Award for Manga at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival. In 2008 Yotsuba&! was nominated for the 12th Osamu Tezuka Culture Award and the Eisner Award “Best Publication for Kids” category, but did not win either, and was runner-up for the first annual Manga Taishō award.  Reading a couple of volumes, you can understand why.  Being that it’s published in the US, once I get some bills paid down, I plan on ordering all the volumes that’s available.  This manga is definitely a keep!  😉  It was available for online reading onOneManga.com, but Yen Press told them to take it down.  Quite sure there’s other online sites that you might find it, but… since it’s available in the US, I just plan on buying it.  After all,reading if fundamental!  😛  Plus, all the color manga covers looks great on my bookshelves!  LOL  Definitely a must have for the manga enthusiast.

Would definitely love to see this turn into an Anime Series.  Soooooooooooo would watch it!  😛  I think it deserves it.  There are so many manga thatshould be turned into Anime Series.  Wish I was in a position to recommend manga to Anime producers that should be series.  That would be so cool!

Okay, moving right along.

Laters! 🙂

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