Title: Yotsubato! (Yotsuba and!)
Story and Art: Azuma Kiyohiko (Azumanga Daioh)
Volumes reviewed: Book 1 and 2
Genre: Comedy / Slice of Life
Story: Little Yotsuba and her father move into a new town. They meet new friends in their neighbors and the Adventures of Yotsuba begin..
Art: Azuma sensei's art is incredible. He is a master which you can see quite clearly in his works. His ability to express feelings or tell a story in comic so few panels is pure genius. His character's facial expressions are also priceless.
Characters: Great! All the characters are great!! Especially Yotsuba of course!! She's OWESOME!!! Reading about Yotsuba on her adventures always make me Laugh and smile even on a sad day! ^0^
Review: Being a HUGE fan of Azumanga and recently acquiring the Yotsuba figure in the recent issue of Dengeki Daioh. I feel a bit ashamed it took me this long to pick up the tankouban volumes of Yotsubato! I've even been pestered by many friends to read it. I've read Yotsuba's first appearance in "Try! Try !Try!" a couple yrs back. So I was already a fan of Yotsuba ^-^ The first 2 volumes were at the Kinokuniya booth at PMX so I made it a point to pick them up. Well, since I have quite a bit of reading time available this week, I finally pulled them out and read them. Man! This comic is awesome!!! I feel REALLY BAD it took me this long now that I read it!!! This is a really great title and Azuma sensei is a Genius!!! Yotsuba herself and her "weirdness" really puts a good feeling in me and her adventures always make me want to laugh and smile a lot. The other characters are very funny as well and are all likeable. I especially like Asagi, She's awesome. Similiar to Azumanga, the characters personalities are very well developed. Each are unique and have something about them that sticks out and makes them recognizable but at the same time each are very well balanced. Over the top but Down to earth at the same time ^-^ There is also of course Azuma sensei's Genius chemistry between the characters!! The interaction between all of them is executed flawlessly.
One thing all you Azumanga fans will notice right away is the fact that Yotsubato! is told in a standard comic format and not the 4 panel strip format that Azumanga had. It's all good tho. Yotsubato! still Awesome ^0^
There is not enough nice things I can say about this manga. As I said before the only thing that makes me sad is the fact it took me this long to get around to reading it. I Highly Reccomend it to anyone. If you are a fan of Azumanga, even better. Like Azumanga, Yotsubato is a very 'feel good' story. There is no angst and no heavy drama here. But dont let that make you believe there is no substance here, there is definetly a Message to Yotsuba's adventures ^-^ I think Azuma sensei really wanted to show the curiosity and wonder that only a Child can have in Yotsuba. I think All of us with the Heart of a Child should entrust to Yotsuba our Pioneer spirit to explore the unforseeable future!! ^0^ @!
Highly Recoomended to all! Unfortunately I'm not sure if anyone has done any scanlations online. Here are the ISBN of the first 2 volumes for those who are interested-
よつばと！ Yotsubato! vol.1 ISBN : 4-8402-2466-8
600yen Media Works publication
よつばと！ Yotsubato! vol.2 ISBN : 4-8402-2674-1
600yen Media Works publication