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Yotsuba&!, Vol. 01 (Yotsuba&! #1)

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Hello! This is Koiwai Yotsuba, Yotsuba Koiwai...um, YOTSUBA! Yotsuba moved with Daddy to a new house from our old house waaaaaaay over there! And moving's fun 'cos people wave! (Ohhhh!!) And Yotsuba met these nice people next door and made friends to play with (one of 'em acted like one of those bad strangers Daddy told Yotsuba not to go with, but it was okay in the end). ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Yen Press (first published August 27th 2003)
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Kellen I haven't been able to get my hands on the first volume of Azumanga Daioh, but I can attest to the fact that Yotsuba is amazing. It's super light…moreI haven't been able to get my hands on the first volume of Azumanga Daioh, but I can attest to the fact that Yotsuba is amazing. It's super light hearted and fun. If you've ever read Minami-ke, it's somewhat similar to that, but better.(less)
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Seth T.
Jul 28, 2011 Seth T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
[This is a review of the whole series.]

Yotsuba by Kiyohiko Azuma

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
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Alison
Mar 23, 2008 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
David Schaafsma
Mar 18, 2016 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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 ...more
Janelle
Aug 30, 2009 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I worked through these earlier this year in their original Japanese. As a language learning tool, you really couldn't pick a better manga because the stories are so ordinary, so everyday, packed with regular words, few katakana cognates, and verbs you can actually use. The characters are expressive, the language relatively simple, and the amount of kanji minimal (Yotsuba, being four or five-ish, never speaks in kanji, which I thought was a nice typographical touch), so most of the stories are ea ...more
Jaimee
Mar 22, 2013 Jaimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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 ...more
Melissa
Aug 06, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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Kristy-Leigh / thereaderdragon
"That kid always finds enjoyment in everything. Nothing can ever get Yotsuba down."

Yotsuba&! is a slice of life manga following the adventures of an energetic, larger-than-life young girl named Yotsuba. Together with her father, she's just moved to a new house from her old house waaaaaay over there. Quickly capturing the hearts of their new neighbours, Yotsuba teaches them that life is one big adventure, and she's sure to show you too that the world is much more exciting than you could ever
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Erica
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
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Anna Coats
Feb 14, 2012 Anna Coats rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the creator of Azumanga Daoih comes Yotsuba&!, a laugh-out-loud manga series for all ages. Yotsuba&! centers on a bright-eyed five-year-old girl named Yotsuba who is inquisitive, cheerful, naïve, and bounding with energy. Yotsuba brings excitement (and the occasional embarrassment) to the lives of her single father, Koiwai; the neighboring Ayase family; her father’s best friend, Jumbo; and others.

The humor – and appeal to all ages – in this 10-volume series stands comes from multip
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Larissa Roland
Mar 11, 2010 Larissa Roland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's absolutely adorable! Yotsuba&! brings the cuteness and innocence into Manga reading. I love the fact that she can find something good about every situation.

It's the world through a child's eyes. You can get a sense of how you saw things when you were young too. It brings back memories for me; of when I thought the swimming pool had a neverending bottom. I went in six feet of water and thought there was no bottom of the pool. Yotsuba is a bit brighter than I was at age five or six, and I
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Anna
This manga is absolutely hilarious and cute!
I'll definitely continue with reading it, because it makes me laugh out loud and I need it right now (well, and always, actually). :D
Yotsuba is soooo funny! And I liked how this little girl confuses everyone around her. And their facial expressions... Oh my Glob! Comic!:)
As I've said, I'll definitely be reading next volume soon. Maybe even today. Or now.
DFTBA!
H. M. Snow
Feb 10, 2011 H. M. Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My impression of this manga, in two words: delightful surprise. Slice-of-life manga stories are so often a hit or miss proposition, but Yotsuba&! is simply wonderful. The title character, a little girl named Yotsuba, approaches the world and all it contains with a wide-eyed wonder that leads, naturally, to comedy more often than not, and she draws the older children and adults around her into that wonder. It's a gentle, funny, and sweet story that never falls into cloying saccharine sentimen ...more
Shazza Maddog
Sep 26, 2011 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, the title of the manga comes from the chapter titles – each one is labeled differently; “Yotsuba and Moving.” “Yotsuba and Global Warming” (no, I’m not kidding).

I picked up this manga because it’s by the same manga-ka as Azumanga Daioh, which just delighted me to read. Yotsuba is a young girl living with her father, Koiwai, and they have just moved to the neighborhood. Jumbo, a friend of Koiwai’s, helps Koiwai move things into the house but Yotsuba wanders off. Jumbo takes off to look
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Lily
Oct 10, 2013 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is one of my favorite manga (Japanese comic) series of all time. This manga is about a girl named Yotsuba, and her daily life adventures.
Yotsuba is 5 years old, so she has a lot of free time for adventures. The main characters of this book are Yotsuba, Mr. Koiwai (her dad), and Yotsuba’s next-door neighbors, the Ayase family. This first book is about Yotsuba getting to know the neighborhood. I one of the chapters, Asagi Ayase’s friend Torah brings fireworks to set off. Yotsuba absol
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Kayla
A charming slice of life story that takes place in a small cheerful Japanese neighbourhood, Yotsuba is a relaxing delight for any reader. That said, it reads like the newspaaper comic it is, and occasionally falls into the all fluff, no substance category. This is, of course, fine - but while I enjoyed it, I would not say I loved it.

The story revolves around five or six year old Yotsuba, a sweet little girl living with her father. In this volume, Yotsuba and her Dad move in and meet the neighbou
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Amy
Nov 03, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yotsuba is basically a tribute to kids being cute. It’s like the kid/manga equivalent of catlolz.com. There is no overarching plot, just a series of episodes from Yotsbuba’s life: going shopping with her dad, catching cicadas with her neighbor, learning to ride a bike. But it’s just so darn cute. Did I mention that yet? That is cute? I read all 9 volumes currently out in about 2 days because I just didn’t want to stop reading. I will admit that I am generally a big fan of comics that mimic real ...more
Emanuel
Mar 24, 2016 Emanuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Som ett koncentrat av allt roligt och charmigt med fyraåriga(?) barn. Tonsäker och sympatisk vardagsfeelgood. Rekommenderas!
Aurora
Mar 10, 2015 Aurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-japanese
I can't believe I actually read this in Japanese. Squee! (I'm self-learning Japanese) Although I didn't understand every word, I did get most of it and was able to follow along and enjoy the story. The 5 stars isn't just because I read it in Japanese though. It was genuinely funny and adorable. The way Yotsuba calls her dad tou-chan is the cutest thing ever.
Mike
Quick thoughts: Can't help but smile at Yotsuba's antics. Her bluntness and mischief should border on the annoying, but there's an innocence and wonder behind everything she does that makes it mostly endearing and amusing. Very light, slice-of-life stories, especially here at the beginning where all the characters are being introduced. Have read these early volumes several times and enjoy them just as much each pass through.
Novelist
Jul 14, 2008 Novelist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was FUNNY! I wonder where Yotsuba came from, too, but I like reading about what she does. The "Cicadas" chapter was the funniest. And when she was drawing and it was really bad, but she said it was good. When she started running away from her neighbors it was odd. And, when she let go when she was on the swing! Man! Okay, I'll stop raving. It was definitely 5-star worthy.
Mary
Dec 31, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this IN JAPANESE!!!!!! :D WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo I feel so smart lol. Didn't always understand everything, but the fact that I got more than half of it, is breathtaking. Learning a language is very difficult, but it can be extremely rewarding. Looking forward to volume 2. Took me about a month to get through this...but it was worth it:)
Kelcey
I only read volume 1 of this series and I won't be continuing because I can't see a plot. Don't get me wrong; this manga is adorable, little Yotsuba is so happy-go-lucky and finds wonder in many things. The art is also charming and easy to enjoy. This is probably a great series for kids as there is no over arching plot. Just a series of snapshots of Yotsuba as she explores life in a new home with lots of new things and people all around her. For me, I enjoyed this but by the end of this volume, ...more
Justyn Rampa
Jan 26, 2012 Justyn Rampa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, otaku-club
First, let me explain the title. Yotsuba is the name of the little girl who is the main character of this manga. The ampersand is meant to be just that so the title would literally read "Yotsuba and...". Every chapter in the manga is titled "Yotsuba and (something)" like Yotsuba and Moving! or Yotsuba and Global Warming!

So that is the title.

The actual series (considered a comedy) is about a 5 year old girl named Yotsuba who basically is learning about the world and seeing everything through the
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Writer's Relief
For anyone looking to get into manga (or a Japanese comic) in general, YOTSUBA&! is a perfect starting point. The story follows a young, green-haired girl in Japan as she discovers everything around her with new eyes. The title, with its seemingly unnecessary punctuation, is a little hard to appreciate at first, but once you start reading the book, its meaning becomes clearer: Each chapter revolves around Yotsuba learning about a different thing—mostly through her adoptive father and their n ...more
Silverstorm *Second account*
Honestly I don't read a lot of manga and I usually end up not liking them. A friend of mine had a Yotsuba book when we went camping together and I had nothing else to read so I gave it a shot. Book 1 is basically the introduction to all the volumes. We meet the main character Yotsuba who is 5. She and her dad move into a new town where they meet they're new neighbors: Asagi, Ena and Fuuka. Throughout the whole series I found myself laughing and smiling. Yotsuba and her dad have a great relations ...more
Emma
Nov 14, 2012 Emma added it
Yotsubato! is a funny book, the first of its series in 11 books, and good for ages 8 and up. Anyone who doesn’t mind that the adults sometimes take over a few pages and can read in the traditional manga style is generally good too, because some of the images contain no words, but are crucial to be looked at in one certain order. I can read in traditional manga style well, so it wasn’t a problem for me. It may be hard for other non-manga readers. This was a bit of a light read, but it was a manga ...more
Killer of Dreams
Aug 24, 2016 Killer of Dreams rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Probably one of the best manga volumes I've ever read. It's very cute to say the least. The curiosity and nature of Yotsuba is very unique and the reactions of her counterparts are just as enjoyable to see. I thought I would have found this a boring read but the interaction between Yotsuba's dad and Fuuka is very pleasing as well as Jumbo's personality.
Deeptanshu
Feb 19, 2015 Deeptanshu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Yotsuba& is one of those rare and completely unexpected treasures that you sometimes just happen to run across in life. This certainly was the case for me as I bought it purely on a whim.
However I soon found myself enthralled by young Yotsuba's adventures in her small town and with her family and friends. They never failed to bring a smile to my face and those who know me can tell you that I am not exactly one of those people with a sunny disposition. There is no overarching plot, each chapt
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Chelsey
Jul 28, 2016 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, manga
This was my first ever manga! There was a learning curve for me and my 9 year old son was all "How do you not know how to do this Mom?" He was "reading" manga when he was 3...

This was a really cute and fun volume, really looking forward to finishing my backlog of comics so I can pick up the rest of the series.
Anna
Jul 26, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yotsuba is a great story about a crazy little girl moving to the big city. This crazy green-haired girl has an absolutely hilarious story, and the volumes afterwards get even funnier. Whether she's pretending to be a cicada, or going out to catch them, this girl is always stirring up trouble and laughter.
Other characters are Jumbo, a very very tall man, Fuka, the next door neighbor, Asagi and Ena, the older and younger sibling of Fuka, Yonda, someone who works with Yotsuba's father that shows u
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Kiyohiko Azuma (東清彦 or あずま きよひこ Azuma Kiyohiko) is a Japanese manga author and artist. His most well-known work is Azumanga Daioh. His current series is Yotsuba&!, which is serialized monthly in Dengeki Daioh magazine.
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