Stuff and Nonsense: Yotsuba&! Volume 1


Yotsuba&! Volume 1

A weird little green-haired toddler named Yotsuba moves to a new neighborhood with her daddy. She slowly settles in, making new friends and getting into small-girl level mischief. Really, there's not a lot going on here. The manga simply follows Yotsuba's daily interactions with her dad and their neighbors, the Ayases. She learns about air conditioning and swings, hunts cicadas, and goes shopping for home goods with her daddy. It's undiluted domesticity. Mundane slice-of-life stuff.

In another manga, that might have annoyed me, but the mundane works just fine in Yotsuba&!, because this manga is just so darn sweet, wholesome, and fun that it doesn't matter there isn't a deeper story. And, ohmygod, the adorabs! I'm quite sure I grinned my may through the book.

(I'm counting Yotsuba&! 1 as a manga for the 2013 Graphic Novel Challenge).

Yotsuba&! 1 by Kiyohiko Azuma (Yen Press, 2009)


  1. I have so much love for this series! Reading your review I thought you weren't impressed with it at first but was pleased to see that you ended up enjoying it.
    It is just completely day-to-day stuff, but it's wonderfully done and feels fresh somehow. Also, the adults in this manga don't seem to just 'put up' with Yotsuba's childish antics, but take part in it themselves. I really liked that, the fact that they weren't shown as being patronising or condescending when doing that.

    1. Oh, I agree. I loved that the adults played at her level -- especially when her daddy became Boxer Man! It was just so (unselfconsciously) ridiculous and charming.


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