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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Yotsuba&! – Kiyohiko Azuma
Comics and the Japanese equivalent, manga, have a history of being dismissed by adults as “just for kids.”While these days there are plenty of examples to the contrary, Yotsuba&! appears at first glance to be very much a kids manga.And in some ways it is, but it’s equally enjoyable for adults.
Yotsuba&! is a very light-hearted novel about the adventures and misadventures of the titular character, Yotsuba, a 5-year old girl who is simply bursting with energy.Azuma’s writing and illustrative style capture the joy of his youthful character perfectly and the comedy will have you laughing out loud.This is “slice of life” storytelling, no overriding plotline really connects the chapters and, although there are plenty of references to previous installments, the volumes can easily be read in any order.If you’re curious about the manga craze, and are looking for a lite read, pick this up!I’ve found one volume can easily be read in a lunch break.