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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
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Published September 15th 2009 by Yen Press (first published August 27th 2003)
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Tinnuael 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 Hahne
[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
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
Janelle
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aurora
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
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
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:)
Judy (Geeky Reading)
~4/5

Years and years ago, I borrowed several volumes of this series from a friend. I vaguely remembered liking it, but most of it was blurry. And after finishing Azumanga Daioh and realizing it was the same author, I quickly added this to my list. Reading Barakamon just made me want to start this series sooner.

This series stars Yotsuba. She lives alone with her dad, and she’s a relatively naïve little girl. The two move to a new town, and she quickly makes friends with her neighbors--three sister
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Justyn Rampa
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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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
Deeptanshu
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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Anna
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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Lulu
I am delighted about Yotsuba- I have read quite a lot of manga during my teen and early twenty years, but I was more on the fantasy side of it. So, as I grew up my interest in manga diminished quite a lot, although every now and then I stumble upon something interesting. And thats what it happened with Yotsuba. Its more a slice-of-everyday story, but so imaginatively told that one cannot help but smiling at Yotsubas (and her dads!)ideas. Yotsuba is truly a kid- what difference with other "kids" ...more
Sophia Jones
This is a review of the series up to volume 10. Please, don't read the Yen Press version. They translate some phrases differently, losing some of the humor which is apparent in this version.
Yotsuba&! is for all ages (there have been a total of 2-3 mild swears in the series up to this point) but some of the jokes appeal to older audiences, such as jokes that involve flirting. Unlike other manga series this doesn't lose its charm as it goes on. In some ways, it gets funnier. Yotsuba is the m
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Stephen
Wow, very bizarre. This episodic manga is about a young girl - Yotsuba - moving to a new town with her Dad, and meeting the family of a mother and three daughters that lives next door. Somehow the endearingly obnoxious Yotsuba charms her neighbours more than she annoys, and miraculously has the same effect on this reader too. I'm not sure why this is so appealing - the stories are very episodic and really pretty slight with little true plot development over this volume. But the depiction of Yots ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Japanilainen sarjakuva ei ole oikein minun teekupilliseni, mutta Kiyohiko Azuman "Yotsubasta" (Punainen Jättiläinen, 2008) ei voi olla pitämättä. Sarjakuva kertoo vilkkaasta ja suorapuheisesta pikkutytöstä, joka tutustuu uuteen asuinpaikkaansa noin viisivuotiaan tarmolla ja uteliaisuudella.

Sarjakuva koostuu lyhyistä arkisista episodeista, joiden aiheena saattaa olla laulukaskaiden pyydystäminen, kaatosateesta aiheutuva riemu tai keinuminen. Arkirealistista, mutta siitä huolimatta kovin valloitta
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Sarah Sammis
Yotsuba&! Volume 1 is by Kiyohiko Azuma, who also created Azumanga Daioh. A new family moves in next door, a father and his young and some what odd daughter, Yotsuba.

The first book the family moves in, has trouble with boxes and many different people get stuck in the bathroom because the lock doesn't always work. The only way out is through the small window.

Yotsuba has an unbridled enthusiasm for everything. Azuma captures the unsual ways children see things at a young age. It's made it a li
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Sue Moro
Yotsuba is a delightful slice-of-life manga that is sure to put a smile on your face! I look forward to picking up the rest of this series!
Noran Miss Pumkin
May 28, 2008 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: manga readers
Recommended to Noran by: me
Shelves: manga
what a joy this manga is! a girl with green hair is adopted by a single man, that is not her father--who does not know much about her. they move to a new town and house. the hijinks start there. yes, i just used the term hijinks, and it fits perfectly. Yotsuba is the girl's name, and she seems not know much of social normal. everything is new to her almost--you begin to wonder where is is from, or what she is all about. i smile with every page. after volume one, i was eager for number two! the s ...more
Sophia F
I absolutely love this book! Read more than once, I have laughed out loud so many times my stomach hurts! The energetically hilarious little girl, Yotsuba starts her journey, creating a lovable personality that will continue to surprise you! I will continue to read this manga over and over and still love it the same, if not even more.
I didn't like that it ended on a more sad note, but it tells you that Yotsuba is a very optimistic girl! (Btw, why does she have green hair?)
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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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