The second volume of Yotsuba&! continues to make it clear to me that this is hands down the cutest manga that I will ever read in my life. And I'mThe second volume of Yotsuba&! continues to make it clear to me that this is hands down the cutest manga that I will ever read in my life. And I'm perfectly okay with that, because it's absolutely adorable. As a character, Yotsuba is refreshingly innocent and thus open to all kinds of experiences. Within the second volume she makes friends with a friend of Ena's called Muira, who is initally quite unpleasant to Yotsuba. Yotsuba doesn't care, every friend of Ena's is a friend of hers. It's exactly this open attitude to just about anything she comes across that makes Yotsuba so endearing to a reader.
The tagline of the manga continues to be: "enjoy everything!" With Yotsuba around to guide us, I can hardly see how we could fail to do so. Lead on, Yotsuba, I'll happily continue to follow your adventures! ...more
Yotsuba&! is actually a manga I found out about through figure pictures. I know, an odd way to find out about new (to yourself that is) manga, butYotsuba&! is actually a manga I found out about through figure pictures. I know, an odd way to find out about new (to yourself that is) manga, but I just kept seeing the figure of this cute little green-haired girl and wondered where it came from. (With any luck, I'll track down my own little figure at a good price)
The first volume of the manga introduces us to our titular character, her Daddy, Daddy's friend Jumbo, and the next door neighbours. And quite frankly I can't think of another way to describe the feeling of reading this first volume other than it's like being smothered with adorableness. As a character Yotsuba reminds me a little of the character Lilo in that she'd very endearingly weird. Like a little kid should be.
She's so enthusiastic about everything and seems to love just learning about the world around her. And while she might not always get it right, she keeps trying and it's so hard to see her efforts and not stop and grin to yourself. If there isn't a mascot that represents that irresistible urge to grin? Yotsuba should become it; because that's exactly the feeling you get during this first volume.
I really can't wait to check out the rest of the volumes that are available, and see how Yotsuba takes to life in her new home, and how she brings in her neighbours and probably everyone else around her, into these daily adventures. (Because it might just be everyday life, but every day is an adventure to Yotsuba.)
I would recommend this manga to everyone. A kid looking for their first manga, an old pro who has read nearly everything out there, and even just the casual fan. This really is the type of story that can be for everyone.
Blackadder: the Whole Damn Dynasty, I've got to admit, it struck me as something to read just from the title alone. Primarily, this is just a book oBlackadder: the Whole Damn Dynasty, I've got to admit, it struck me as something to read just from the title alone. Primarily, this is just a book of all the scripts of all the episode - excluding the one-off special for the millennium, because that had't been made at the time. However, it deviates from being just a script book, into being something quite different by the fact that it fills in the gaps of all the Blackadder family members that we don't see, but are sometimes referenced in episodes. We find out how the line survived to when it did, and how each generation seemed further down the pecking scale than the one before, each story being told with the same humour you could expect from an episode proper
All in all, the book makes for a great read. Somehow just reading through the scripts brings the voices of all these fantastic characters jumping back into your head, and you can't help but grin at some of the stage direction as well. In my opinion, it is a book that's well worth getting a copy for any fan of comedy in general.
Also, if possible, can someone explain to be how "Goodbyeee" is somehow more poignant written down?...more