Presents the story of the new kid in town little Yotsuba, a green haired and wide eyed girl who doesn t have a clue about anything With no knowledge of the world around her, and an unnatural fear of air conditioners, Yotsuba has her new neighbors heads spinning This book is written by Kyohiko Azuma, creator of Azumanga Daioh


10 thoughts on “Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1

  1. Seth T. Seth T. says:

    This is a review of the whole series We sometimes encounter things moments, vistas, sounds, ideas that wholly disarm us Things that slide so neatly between our hope for the world and our experience of the world that our rational mind is sheared momentarily from the engine of our dreams, that part of us that fuels and crafts desires, longings, hopes, and wishes We sometimes encounter things that divorce us from the corrupting coolness of reason and leave us in a state, however temporary, of u This is a review of the whole series We sometimes encounter things moments, vistas, sounds, ideas that wholly disarm us Things that slide so neatly between our hope for the world and our experience of the world that our rational mind is sheared momentarily from the engine of our dreams, that part of us that fuels and crafts desires, longings, hopes, and wishes We sometimes encounter things that divorce us from the corrupting coolness of reason and leave us in a state, however temporary, of unblemished joy These things are treasures These things give us a glimpse of What May Have Been and sometimes even What Could Someday Be These things are rare and wonderful.And sometimes these things are books Yotsubais one of these sources of magic for me And, I suspect, for a great number of others as well Kiyohiko Azuma s series is an unexpected pleasure Even if one approaches the work with the knowledge that Yotsubabubbles forth as a fountain of joyfulness, this little girl s nature and adventures will still surprise in how purely they deliver one into this momentary Other Place.Plainly put, Yotsubais one of my favorite reading experiences of all time and the only one to so wholly transport me into a world of smiles and laughter.Azuma s story concerns a strange young girl a five year old with green hair and pigtails and the way she interacts with the world about her Her name, Yotsuba, means four leaf and refers conveniently enough to the way she wears her green hair in four distinct pigtails While there is always some exploration of the outside world, the book primarily revolves around Yotsuba s interactions with her father, Koiwai, and her next door neighbours and their three daughters.Plot descriptions, of course, cannot remotely approach conveying any sense of why these stories are such a joy Really, they have to be experienced firsthand to fully apprehend their power to carve out so magical a world, but here let me at least try.Yotsuba s sense of wonder in the way she approaches an environment with which she apparently has had no experience is astonishing in its guilelessness Yotsuba brims with enthusiasm and the pleasure with which she takes on each new experience leaves us breathless as that enthusiasm spreads Her father is consistently amused by her na vet and her neighbours are never certain what exactly to make of her And yet, she really does inspire affection in everyone she encounters.Again, my descriptions can only serve as a diminishment to what pleasures are actually found in the book I am entirely out of my depth to sound out Yotsubas charms, but perhaps we should just leave it at this whenever a new volume arrives in the mail, I curl up comfortably with my wife, finding the best lighting possible under such snuggly conditions, and I read each chapter to her aloud, trying to muster in my own voice the clear enthusiasm in Yotsuba s own.And then we both smile a lot.______________________It should be noted that there are two English translations available ADV Manga held the license for Yotsubafor a number of years but as the manga bubble burst due to over saturation and ADV experienced its own problems that from the outside simply looked like poor business management, the company let slip the license to publish the book in America Yen Press thankfully picked it up and has been publishing ever since, both taking on the new volumes and republishing their own translations of the previously released volumes.While I am very thankful that due to Yen Press work, Yotsubais still available to readers today, I really did prefer ADV s translation While I don t speak or read Japanese, it looks like Yen Press translation is probablyfaithful to the original language, retaining honorifics such andsan andchan That s good and I applaud their fidelity, but as a reader, ADV s work just flows better and breatheslife into Yotsuba and her supporting cast While the books are still greatly enjoyable, whenever I read the books out loud, I find myself translating from Yen Press English into ADV s on the fly It s tiring, but it makes for an altogether better experience for readers listeners review courtesy of Good Ok Bad


  2. Raeleen Lemay Raeleen Lemay says:

    Read for Book Riot s 2017 Read Harder challenge 6 Read an all ages comicThis was super cute, and it made me laugh pretty good a few times I look forward to readingof this series throughout the year


  3. AMEERA & AMEERA & says:

    cute


  4. Jen Jen says:

    Today we are going to examine some common logical fallacies, proceeding from the fundamental truth that Yotsuba is the cutest and bestest If you wish to challenge this truth as axiomatic, then I encourage you to go read it, because clearly you have not If, after doing so, you still insist on questioning the validity of this assertion, you re clearly a maniac seeking to topple the syllogistic syndicate for its imagined crimes against you There is no hope but for you to collapse in deepest humi Today we are going to examine some common logical fallacies, proceeding from the fundamental truth that Yotsuba is the cutest and bestest If you wish to challenge this truth as axiomatic, then I encourage you to go read it, because clearly you have not If, after doing so, you still insist on questioning the validity of this assertion, you re clearly a maniac seeking to topple the syllogistic syndicate for its imagined crimes against you There is no hope but for you to collapse in deepest humiliation before the civilized world, beating yourself with a belt, all the while intoning your criminal wrongness to the tune of the Henry Rollins ballad Liar Speaking of which Ad Hominem Attacking a person s character rather than engaging their argument You have the temperament and attention span of a small child, it s little wonder that you d gravitate towards a cartoon book series about a strange, precocious brat Notice that this is a triune attack 1 Against manga itself as a disreputable medium 2 Against myself as an alarmingly scatterbrained sass mouth 3 Against The Bestest Girl as a troublesome child This is a graduated form of the Ad Hominem known to mattress actresses as The Shocker a dubious rhetorical device whose origins lie in a heinous display of primate dexterity Colloquially Two in the redacted One in the redacted This is prohibited by law in many places, and I encourage you to consult with local authorities if you encounter this fallacy in its ugliest form Don t bother engaging their ideas, they have all the warmth and charm of a walleyed pike and the personality of a dead moth How could it possibly be worth it Speaking of which Straw Man maybe some Ad Hominem too Setting up a pathetic caricature of your opponent s position It s just some dumb series with no overarching plot about a little girl who is surprised by literally the most mundane shit and makes a big deal out of it every single day She s into everything and grows deliriously happy if given colorful beads or candy She routinely causes her dad fits who ain t even her biological father by making messes and putting herself in danger She s continually barging in on the neighbors wanting to play stupid games that don t make any sense or threatening them with a water pistol There s this dude called Jumbo who is freakishly big and she always scales up him like a cracked out lemur and perches on his head while giggling maniacally Notice the total lack of redeeming qualities in this cynical sack of buzzard bollox It is proper to affix them with the sign of the cross and drive them back to 4chan through whatever means necessary Personal hygiene is anathema to these types, so a simple solution of soap and water will be enough to expedite the banishment They re only fit for using as a doormat or an ash tray Speaking of which False Dichotomy Ad Hominem again, maybe Making something appear like a binary choice when many options exist Look, you can either waste your time reading stuff that warms your heart and puts a smile on your face, but ultimately does nothing to upgrade your software, or you can engage with the greatest minds of history, develop a deeply personal relationship with knowledge, and receive the kind of edification necessary to confront the challenges of life Just imagine if you only had time in your life to inflict upon yourself grueling narratives which lacerate your soul and stuffy manuals which quantify our universe in the language of mathematics People would regard you curiously at first, as you cast your hospital fluorescence over social gatherings, later they would come to revile your approach, knowing full well that your rictus grin is not a disfiguring case of Bell s palsy, but instead a Skinnerian motor reflex brought on by secretly factoring prime numbers Behind the facade of your humanity would rest an abacus of neurons, bereft of humor or grace, long division wrapped in flesh Speaking of which Slippery Slope Taking things to improbable extremes.Alright, enough of that You should really give this series a shot Because it will fill you with laughter and love In our confusing times, these commodities areprecious than ever Yotsuba is the embodiment of the wonder most of us possess in spades as we re growing up, but discard somewhere along the way for functional cynicism She captures the world s mundane glories in fresh perspectives, reminding those of us who have allowed these ubiquitous marvels to bleed into the periphery, that, while they may provedifficult to discern through the web our rote behaviors, they are still there And we can appreciate them with warmth and gratitude if we pause, just briefly, in our hurried agitations, and remember how strange it is to be alive.Follow the adventures of The Bestest Girl You won t regret it.Edit This review reflects my thoughts on the series, having read volumes 1 through 14


  5. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    So this is one very joyful and adorable manga that will make you happy to be alive This is my first encounter with this manga, and with this little green haired girl with four pig tails Yotsuba means four leaf clover who doesn t seem to know how the world works, but is happy to explore it, in apparently randomly occurring episodes about tv, shopping, cicadas, rain, manners, and global warming There s an environmental theme, yes, running through it It doesn t at this point, anyway appear So this is one very joyful and adorable manga that will make you happy to be alive This is my first encounter with this manga, and with this little green haired girl with four pig tails Yotsuba means four leaf clover who doesn t seem to know how the world works, but is happy to explore it, in apparently randomly occurring episodes about tv, shopping, cicadas, rain, manners, and global warming There s an environmental theme, yes, running through it It doesn t at this point, anyway appear to be about plot, but about her encounters with the world Yeah


  6. Alison Alison says:

    All of the Yotsuba mangas are absolutely darling There s no real overall plot, just the goings on of a cute little girl and her adoptive father and their friends She s both an amusement and an irritant to her neighbors who are three girls ranging in age from just a bit older than Yotsuba to college aged Everything in the world is seen by Yotsuba as new and strange and that s what is so great about these books The cuteness is not treacly nor saccharine, it just is something that makes me gigg All of the Yotsuba mangas are absolutely darling There s no real overall plot, just the goings on of a cute little girl and her adoptive father and their friends She s both an amusement and an irritant to her neighbors who are three girls ranging in age from just a bit older than Yotsuba to college aged Everything in the world is seen by Yotsuba as new and strange and that s what is so great about these books The cuteness is not treacly nor saccharine, it just is something that makes me giggle even when I m reading one of the books on a crowded train Sometimes, the funny is too much and I m left red faced with tears coming down my cheeks


  7. Artemy Artemy says:

    I just finished watching Azumanga Daioh anime, written by Kiyohiko Azuma, and I loved it to bits Naturally, I wantedof the same type of storytelling, so picking up Yotsuba , Azuma s celebrated manga, was a no brainer for me Unsurprisingly, I loved this book It s a delightful collection of small slice of life stories set in modern Japan and centered around this peculiar small child, Yotsuba, and her family and neighbors That s pretty much it, really there s no huge overarching stor I just finished watching Azumanga Daioh anime, written by Kiyohiko Azuma, and I loved it to bits Naturally, I wantedof the same type of storytelling, so picking up Yotsuba , Azuma s celebrated manga, was a no brainer for me Unsurprisingly, I loved this book It s a delightful collection of small slice of life stories set in modern Japan and centered around this peculiar small child, Yotsuba, and her family and neighbors That s pretty much it, really there s no huge overarching story here, not so far, anyway But the humor, the light hearted tone, and the cuteness of most of the characters makes for a very pleasant read It s the kind of a warm blanket book for when you re feeling down, similar to comics like Giant Days or maybe even Peanuts, or some of the lighter Ghibli movies, like My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki s Delivery Service So to anyone looking for something lighter to cheer you up, Keep Yotsuba in mind it s great


  8. Jaimee Jaimee says:

    Yotsuba is a great manga to read in Japanese if you re a beginner intermediate Japanese student The dialogue is very simple almost straight from Genki 1 2 and almost every kanji has hiragana next to it so you wont need a dictionary Yotsuba speaks like a child, but that s what makes it so easy to understand When Yotsuba doesnt understand something, the adults explain it to her in easy Japanese language It s great Also, if you get really stuck, having the pictures there is super helpful Ev Yotsuba is a great manga to read in Japanese if you re a beginner intermediate Japanese student The dialogue is very simple almost straight from Genki 1 2 and almost every kanji has hiragana next to it so you wont need a dictionary Yotsuba speaks like a child, but that s what makes it so easy to understand When Yotsuba doesnt understand something, the adults explain it to her in easy Japanese language It s great Also, if you get really stuck, having the pictures there is super helpful Even if you skim past bits that you dont understand, the pictures will give you an idea of the story I recommend this manga to all Japanese language students It s a fun way to practice your reading and inner translation skills


  9. Erica Erica says:

    As soon as I find the exact perfect image, I m getting a tattoo of Yotsuba, a small one, over my heart Ok, maybe not over my heart, but I m going to ink her onto my skin to remind me to enjoy everything , to keep that childlike wonder as close to me as I can at all times.Watching literally it s a graphic novel Yotsuba a pre K kid from some other country her name is synonymous with four leafed clover , thus her four pigtailed, green hair explore her world is a little like re living my m As soon as I find the exact perfect image, I m getting a tattoo of Yotsuba, a small one, over my heart Ok, maybe not over my heart, but I m going to ink her onto my skin to remind me to enjoy everything , to keep that childlike wonder as close to me as I can at all times.Watching literally it s a graphic novel Yotsuba a pre K kid from some other country her name is synonymous with four leafed clover , thus her four pigtailed, green hair explore her world is a little like re living my memories of my most favorite childhood dreams She s so exuberant and delightful Her neighbors are wonderful, her dad cracks me up and I adore their enormous friend, Jumbo Most dear to my heart is Yotsuba s contention with the slackerly, no good but quick witted Yanda.I recommend reading the ADV editions of Yotsuba ,if you can get your hands on them I think they only published up to Vol 5 Yen Press later got the rights and have re adapted and re published them for the American audience, but Yen s version leaves something to be desired With just a few little modifications, probably ones that are true to the translation but maybe not to the feeling of the series, Yen manages to simplify Yotsuba into an adult s idea of a child She becomes almost babyish They re still worth reading, but I find the ADV editions to be farenjoyable


  10. Carola Carola says:

    I wasn t going to read beyond the first volume but gdi I have questions