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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: YKK, Yokohama Shopping Log, Yokohama Shopping Trip
Japanese: ヨコハマ買い出し紀行


Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 21, 1998 to Dec 2, 1998
Producers: Aniplex, Ajia-Do
Source: Manga
Duration: 29 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


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This is not so much a story as it is a slice of life. Or rather, it is a look into portions of the life of a girl named Alpha, together with the people around her. Alpha runs a little cafe on the outskirts of Yokohama. There are almost no customers, but Alpha does not mind at all since she has the occasional company of the old man who runs the gasoline stand down the road, as well as that of his grandson Takahiro. This is a Yokohama of the future, when the sea covers most of the land and roads have disappeared under sand or water. Alpha is in fact a robot, looking after the cafe during her owner's indefinite leave of absence.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hatsuseno, Alpha
Hatsuseno, Alpha
Shiina, Hekiru
Shiina, Hekiru
Takatsu, Kokone
Takatsu, Kokone
Nakagawa, Akiko
Nakagawa, Akiko
Terashima, Mikio
Terashima, Mikio
Sugita, Ikuko
Sugita, Ikuko


Annou, Takashi
Annou, Takashi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Theme Song Composition, Music
Ashinano, Hitoshi
Ashinano, Hitoshi
Original Creator
Choro Club
Choro Club

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Opening Theme

"Cafe Alpha" by Gontiti

Ending Theme

"Closing Time" by Gontiti

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Nov 19, 2014
~ Story ~
Yokohoama Kaidashi Kikou is a "slice of life" series. Like many of the genre, there really isn't much of a story to speak of. The series is about Alpha, a humanoid robot living in one of the coastal regions of Japan. Her owner had gone on a journey and left her there to tend a coffee shop (aptly named Cafe Alpha). It takes place in Earth's future, during a time when global warming has caused the polar ice caps to melt. Human society is on the decline and the pace of life has slowed to a crawl. read more
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Oct 13, 2014
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou covers a few days in the life of an android named "Alpha". This short, OVA series doesn't really have a story, but covers several minuscule events of Alpha's life. The main focus isn't that, however, but Alpha's mental state the viewers watch to witness how she appreciates her existence and the world around her. This OVA shouldn't be picked out for a viewing if one's intentions isn't to watch something relaxing, as that's clearly the main goal of what's presented in this visual piece from the manga.

The visuals for Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou are wonderful and done with a great deal of care, read more
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Jul 26, 2007
I've been a long time fan of the manga so I decided to finally check out the anime as well. This OVA is not everyone's cup of tea, or should I say coffee?

After watching, I prefer the manga. This is probably due to the fact that it's in colour and to me, they're ill suited. Also the art in the OVA looks dated by now, yet the manga manages to avoid that.

It's not easy to rate, never mind describe the story, to give it justice. And perhaps that was the idea, to make you feel things rather than tell you a story? It is read more
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Oct 21, 2008
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a two-episode OVA based on the manga of the same name (please read my review of the manga for more details). Specifically, it is based on a few early chapters in the manga. After reading over some other reviews, it seems that the transition from still images to animation has been somewhat of a hit-or-miss kind of thing with many people, but for me, I think it weathers the transition very well; the OVA takes advantage of the medium to showcase the world and characters, but in some ways doesn't go far enough.

Story: 9 (Great)

The story concerns Alpha Hatsusueno, an android read more
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