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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

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
Duration: 29 min. per episode
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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Episodes  0 / 2
Aired  May 21, 1998 to Dec 2, 1998
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Sequel: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe

Characters & Voice Actors

Hatsuseno, Alpha
Hatsuseno, Alpha
Shiina, Hekiru
Shiina, Hekiru
Terashima, Mikio
Terashima, Mikio
Suyama, Akio
Suyama, Akio
Sugita, Ikuko
Sugita, Ikuko


Annou, Takashi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Theme Song Composition, Music
Kato, Hiroshi
Art Director
Okabe, Jun
Background Art

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Sep 7, 2013
If for some reason you wanted to give a try to this OVA before tackling the manga series, or if, as a fan, you considered checking out how well the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou adaptation fared, this is the only thing you need to hear: do it.

Released in 1998, this 2-episode OVA (based on the long-running manga of the same name) starts with Alpha. She is an android. Then we see the barren land of what looks like the countryside, but soon come up names of familiar cities like Yokohama. With humanity slowly declining, the End of Everything is scheduled soon, and Alpha already knows she read more
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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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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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Both are slow-paced, easy going anime with a loveable and calm lead character. 
Androids in a cafe setting. Both very calming stories. 
I've only seen the first three episodes of Non Non Biyori, but it immediately reminded me of YKK because of its laid-back slice of country life appeal.

The girls are cute and I love their curiousity and discoveries through out each of the series. NNB is a bit "cuter" though. 
La Maison is an animated short whose premise and feeling both reminded me of YKK. Both animes feature a future in which the world has flooded and in both cases this leads to deep feelings of nostalgia and longing for the past. 
Both have a bit of mono no aware, and focus on protagonists who don't age. While Yokohama was made over a decade ago, its animation is subtly beautiful, just as Hotarubi no Mori's is. 
Surrealistic slice of life about the decline of the mankind. Bittersweet, warm-hearted and a little bit philosophical. 

Opening Theme

"Cafe Alpha" by Gontiti

Ending Theme

"Closing Time" by Gontiti

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