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Yotsuba&! Volume 1

Yotsuba&! Volume 1 Cover

This was recommended to me by a friend who thought I might enjoy the humour in it. Since it wasn't too expensive, I decided to go ahead and buy it. Yotsuba follows a small girl who goes by the same name who has just moved to a new town with her Dad. Overall, the humour was pretty good and kept me entertained but there where no scenes that made me laugh out loud like I was expecting. I suspect that either the humour value was over-hyped to me or the person who recommended it to me was taking the series as a whole in to account rather than just volume 1, perhaps the next volume will improve?

Yotsuba's artwork is fairly standard and suits the style of the manga perfectly - I wasn't expecting hugely detailed drawings for a comedy manga after all. However, some sections are quite detailed, for example the view of the city from the shrine. It's good to see that the artist has done detailed artwork where appropriate.

At 224 pages, Yotsuba is quite long for a manga and hence represents pretty good value for money. Despite the humour not completely living up to my expectations I have already ordered Volume 2. Volume 1 was plenty enough to keep me entertained and who knows, Volume 2 might be even better!

Yotsuba Volume 1 is available from Amazon, ISBN 0316073873


Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below Teaser Trailer

A teaser trailer for Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below has been posted. The film is the latest creation of Makoto Shinkai, perhaps best known for his other creations 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days. Having seen the trailer and his previous work I am very much looking forward to this, the visuals are absolutely stunning, see for yourself;

Unfortunately, Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below isn't being released in Japanese cinemas until May 2011, so add on a few years before we can expect to see a Western release 🙁