Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy
Publisher: ASCII Media Works (JP), Yen Press (US)
Artist: Kiyohiko Azuma
Serialized In: Dengeki Daioh
In Vol 11 of Kiyohiko Azuma’s Yotsuba, we follow the daily lives of our young protagonist, Yotsuba Kawai. In this volume alone, she ends up learning what pizza is, the best way to take pictures is to ask the person if they would like to have their picture taken, and what happens when you don’t take care of what’s yours. Poor Juralumin.
Generally speaking, there’s a lot of things to say about Yotsuba since each is generally a one chapter story. Vol 11 continues to pack excellently drawn and well written stories that allow us to see Yotsuba grow, yet also laugh all the time since her reactions are priceless. In one instant she whines incessantly about not being able to touch her dad’s camera, but in another instant she’s just laughing despite inadvertently tripping by herself and hitting her forehead on nearby seats, all because she wants to play with bubbles. Throughout it, Yotsuba just remains as cute as ever, and the characters around her make sure to carry Yotsuba plot wise and design wise.
The stories are pretty interesting, if still simple. It’s actually was a surprise to me that Yotsuba did not know what Pizza is — over 70 chapters in, and now she knows what pizza is? All because of her dad too. It’s chapters like that that makes Yotsuba such a delight, and continues to make me wonder how Azuma continues to pull it off.
It probably doesn’t hurt to have a wonderful art style that manages to make everyone absolutely lovable characters — from the various designs of Fuuka to even the drawings of an old man who appears in the very first chapter of this volume — and he manages to stay true to his roots, which he’s basically done since this series started.
So, what else can I say about Yotsuba that has not been said already? If you have not been reading this wonderful manga, then I’m not sure what to say. If you just aren’t a fan of slice of life in general, then that might be the only reason to pass. But even if you’re not, Yotsuba has a chance to knock your socks off, so I’d recommend you check this manga out, while others who have been reading Yotsuba can continue to keep picking up volumes with ease.