Manga Spotlight : Yotsubato!

Yotsubato_amaiSimilar to my weekly comic spotlight, I want to take some time to write about a given manga series I don’t think is getting the attention is deserves, or if I just enjoy the hell out of it. Yotsubato! firmly falls into both of those camps.

I was debating whether or not to make my inaugural post about something more manly, what with me being the perfect male otaku/geek specimen at only 15 lbs overweight, but then I decided my site’s already overflowing with testosterone.

Like Manny Ramirez.

Yotsubato!, translated as “Yotsuba and,” has no mystical ninjas, emo death gods, pirates, monsters, blood, or general angst. What it has, in spades, is charm. So much charm one can say it’s fucking disgusting. One would also be a little retarded in the head. About a little girl, her dad, and her neighbours, it doesn’t get much simpler than this. Each chapter focuses on her experiencing something new. There aren’t any amazing plot twists or deceiving red herrings.

She finds something interesting to do, and the story tells how she goes about doing it recklessly. You laugh. Period.

yotsKyohiko Azuma doesn’t stray too far from the humour of his previous work, Azumanga. But instead of short vignettes, Yotsubato! expands those to chapter long stories that are amusing the entire way through. The gut busting laughs are kept relatively minimal, but almost every panel you’ll have a big ass grin on your face. The art is generally solid, and the way things are composed elicit maximum humour out of the reader. You can tell Azuma’s a master at taking advantage of every single panel.

So, if you haven’t read this manga yet and consider yourself an otaku, why the hell not? Sometimes you need to take a step back from the Narutos or One Pieces or hentai and just sit back, relax and enjoy a little slice of life. Also, why the hell hasn’t this gotten an anime deal yet? 95% of every anime season is complete and utter garbage. The very worse of what TV has to offer in any country.

Can you honestly say ostrich shit like Queen’s Blade or Tayutama deserve a TV show over this?

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5 Responses to Manga Spotlight : Yotsubato!

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  2. wilsonx1999 says:

    I love Youtsubato!, but sadly, porn sells a whole lot more than a good story and that’s why anyone who says that Queen’s Blade is a good series is an idiot.

    I read the first volumes because a friend loaned them to me, and I liked them so much that I wanted to buy them, but they’re a bit harder to find nowadays, so, I hope Yen Press will be able to get the rights for the first five volumes.

  3. Dorothea says:

    Exactly where did you actually get the points to compose ““Manga
    Spotlight : Yotsubato! GEEKSPLOIT ( Geek + sploit ) :
    Where geeks come to die”? Thanks -Lourdes

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