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Yotsuba&! Volume 3

Yotsuba&! Volume 3 Cover

Yotsuba is so enjoyable that i'm getting through them rather quickly for a change. A sudden increase in spare time may also be a factor...

The humour is definitely in full swing now after a bit of an iffy start in volume 1, although I can forsee some recurring jokes (for example, Jumbo's romance issues) becoming tiring if they go on much longer, but I can't tell if they will yet. My favourite chapter from this volume is a toss up between Yotsuba & Flowers and Yotsuba & Obon. In Yotsuba & Flowers I loved the way Yotsuba suddenly jumped on to the bus after learning it didn't cost her anything, and poor Fuka desperately trying to keep up on her bicycle. In Yotsuba & Obon however, I found the concept of Yotsuba the Flower Cupid hilarious, especially considering her outfit and her usual way of interacting with people.

And with that, on to volume 4!

Yotsuba Volume 3 is available from Amazon. ISBN 9780316073905.


Yotsuba&! Volume 2

Yotsuba&! Volume 2 Cover

I'm currently re-reading the Yotsuba&! series, which gives me the perfect opportunity for me to write about it. I originally wrote about volume 1 when reading it for the first time, but I never got around to writing about any of the subsequent volumes.

Volume 2 continues in the same fashion as volume 1, but with less character introduction since this has already been acheived. Like volume 1, the artwork isn't stunning but is perfectly sufficent for what it's trying to illustrate. One of my complaints about volume 1 was that while it's humour was good, there was nothing that made me laugh out loud. This was not the case with volume 2 which had several things which caused an outburst of laughter.

My favourite chapter from volume 2 has to be Yotsuba & Vengeance. Seeing her run around with a water pistol imitating action films was far too funny!

Onwards to volume 3!

Yotsuba&! Volume 2 is available from Amazon. ISBN 9780316073899.


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