Meet Yotsuba Koiwai, the strangest little girl around. With a mind so straight it's twisted, Yotsuba takes everything in life at face value and sees everything with the eyes of impenetrable innocence. With her laid-back father, Yotsuba moves into a new house and makes new friends - friends whose minds boggle at the wacky and somewhat wise way that Yotsuba lives her daily life!
There are no words to describe the simple, sumptuous, innocent joy of Yotsuba. Completely out of genre for my usual reading interests, I find myself drawn constantly to this adorable comic delight. The characters are alive and real without being caught up in the kind of psycho-analytical development that comes with less episodic stories. The art is incredibly engaging with a simple yet deliberate style. Okay...that was a lot of words, and there could be more obviously. But this manga deserves the highest possible recommendation for fans of any style, any genre, fans of any age or sex, even people who aren't fans at all. This is the one manga I direct everyone to.
Yotsuba is the closest I can describe as a "perfect" manga. Not in the sense that it will be the most enjoyable but rather it sets out to create what it feels like to take care of a young kid growing up and absolutely nails it. It's a beautifully illustrated, beautifully drawn, work of art that deserves as much recognition as possible. We follow Yotsuba and her Dad... and that's it. It's just a manga about the beauty of the innocence of childhood. It's incredibly sweet and refreshing like you're taking a bite out of a fresh piece of fruit. That being said, I don't think this is a manga for everyone. It's very "slice of life" and if you're not into slice of life, then you might think that Yotsuba is boring. It is admittedly a slow manga, following an episodic format without a real overarching plot, but that's the point. It fits well with the kind of story it's trying to tell but it's not something that is edge-of-your seat engaging like Fullmetal Alchemist or Berserk. It's something you pick up to remind yourself that life is about the little things and it's worth living to just... live. That being said, everyone should read this. Even if you don't love it, I think everyone can appreciate in one way or another.
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