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Yotsuba&!, Volume 1 Library Binding – 6 Jun 2005


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  • Library Binding: 224 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417692316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417692316
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Kiyohiko Azuma is the bestselling creator of YOTSUBA&! and AZUMANGA DAIOH. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 2005
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A while ago--Newtype Magazine--the offical anime and manga magazine rated this as a number one manga. ^_^ While Yotsuba! remains fairly simple, the essence of story telling is not lost. Its nice to see a book that can deliver without having to be overly complex. Yotsuba! follows the antics of a small three/four year old girl who has just moved into a new house. She is prone to causing mischief but never means any harm. This book is cute and perfectly allows the reader to see the world though the eyes of a child. Much like CLAMPS Chobits though, there is something darker lurking underneth the plot about Yotsuba's past.
I highly recommend this book to manga and non-manga fans alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. White on 4 May 2006
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This is the story of a small green haired girl called Yotsuba and her difficulty in understanding life and the people around her. The first story involves a house move with her father and the chaos caused by Yotsuba wandering off when they get there. The artwork is marvellous, at times very subtle and at times hilarious. I laughed out loud on several of the first 20 pages. I think it's the subtlety of the artwork that makes it really: the stories are quite simple but perfectly illustrated and they really grabbed me because they warm the heart and invigorate the brain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By OBakaSama on 18 May 2006
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Kiyohiko's second work is a sheer delight. In a way completely different to his first work Azumanga Daioh but just as good. The characters do seem strange but they grow on you.

Whoever thought moving house would entail so much adventure.

Only quibble is that it's such a long wait between volumes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Kimi-Chan Experience VINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2010
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Once upon a time there was this lazy guy named Koiwai who worked as a translator. He went to work on some island where he encountered a small girl who decided he was interesting, and spent all her time hanging about. In his lazy way of living, he sort of just went with the flow and allowed this small orphan girl to drag him along her pace and before he knew it, he was taking care of her. Then he had to go back to Japan, which of course meant that little Yotsuba went back with Daddy. And there, she made new friends as she met Daddy's friends back in Japan. They are all really nice, right? Yotsuba likes them very much! But what is this? Daddy has a truck with boxes in it and we are going for a ride! Hey, there is Daddy's friend Jumbo! He helps us take the boxes into that house! Ohh...Yotsuba is having a new adventure, right, right?

This is a charming little manga that is revolves around five year old Yotsuba and her family, friends, and neighbours. While it is rated for all ages, it is not a children's comic in the least. Rather, like Peanuts or Calvin and Hobbes, it takes a look at the world from a child's point of view and the reactions of those about them. Unusually, each chapter follows upon the next in actual time lapse order, so that each "episode" is one day of Yotsuba's life, and each succeeding volume is a continuation of her day to day experiences. This is therefore a slice of life type manga, dealing as it does with day to day life matters. The &! At the end of the title is because each chapter is the second half of an actual sentence, so that particular day's event is along the lines of "Yotsuba and Global Warming" or "Yotsuba and the TV".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd Ash Pyne on 10 Oct. 2009
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I figured the words of Yotsuba herself would adequately title this little review of what has turned out to be a truly amazing manga.

This first volume begins with the titular girl herself and her dad moving to a new place and meeting their new neighbours. Where from? From the `left' apparently.

Yotsuba's insatiable curiosity and ability to see the awesomeness in practically anything are endearing qualities, even if the locals don't quite follow. They prove to be an understanding bunch (if left clueless sometimes - Yotsuba logic is truly her own brand) and she soon settles in as a permanent fixture.

I find Kiyohiko Azuma's storytelling to be very easy and a whole lot of fun to follow. You can't help but be uplifted by it, a good sense of humour drawn from the meeting of girl and life.

It's true, but I just got sucked in to reading it again, while i was reminding myself of the various goings-on. Next thing you know, the pages are turning and I'm chuckling away..

Yotsuba has great charm, smatterings of inane hilarity and amusing quips, pleasantly unified by the great little adventures of endearing people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Nøhr on 19 May 2012
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It's very rare that I laugh out loud at something I read. It happened with "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy" almost 20 years ago, and with some of the antics of Thomson and Thompson of "Tintin" fame, also back when I was a wee nipper.
Here, many years later, at an age where most are defined as "grown ups", I find myself snickering at the various tiny little silly details Yotsuba offers the reader.
Touching and random and typically childish. Yotsuba and her father moves into a new neighborhood, where they meet, and quickly socialise with the
family next door. It's small stories, but huge for a five year old kid - moving to a new place, finding a playground with swings, seeing a giant shopping mall for the first time, standing in the rain and so on, and so forth.
I instantly fell in love with the characters, all of them, wonderfully quirky lot.
I wholeheartedly recommend this for those within whom still resides an active and playful child.
Go play with Yotsuba guys and girls, she's good company.
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