Ranked #17

Yotsubato! (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Yotsuba&!
Synonyms: Yotsuba and !, Yotsuba!, Yotsuba and!
Japanese: よつばと!


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Mar 21, 2003 to ?
Authors: Azuma, Kiyohiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Dengeki Daioh


Score: 8.901 (scored by 21034 users)
Ranked: #172
Popularity: #32
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Yotsuba's daily life is full of adventure. She is energetic, curious, and a bit odd—odd enough to be called strange by her father as well as ignorant of many things that even a five-year-old should know. Because of this, the most ordinary experience can become an adventure for her. As the days progress, she makes new friends and shows those around her that every day can be enjoyable.

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In 2006, Yotsubato! received an Excellence Award in manga category at Japan Media Arts Festival where the jury citation praised the vivid characters and gentle atmosphere the manga has. In 2008, Yotsubato! was nominated for the 12th Osamu Tezuka Culture Award and the Eisner Award "Best Publication for Kids" category, but did not win either one. It was also a runner-up for the first annual Manga Taishou award.

The series was first published in English by ADV Manga as Yotsuba&!. Six volumes were released from June 6, 2005 to October 31, 2007 before publication was discontinued. Yen Press has republished the series since September 15, 2009. It is also published in Spanish by Norma Editorial since November 2005.

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Oct 11, 2015
There are slice of life mangas that focus on building and showing the relationships between the main characters, in this case a parent - child relationship, as with titles such as Usagi Drop or Taiyou no Ie. Then there is Yotsubato!, a manga which main premise lies in narrating and displaying the daily life of the child and the different interactions with her surroundings, all represented hilariously.

The story of Yotsubato! is simple: Yousuke Koiwai, the parent, and Yotsuba, the 5-year-old child, move to a new neighbourhood, living next to them a family composed of three girls and their parents. The author proceeds to narrate different read more
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Apr 12, 2008
Ok, so here we are with little Yotsuba.
If you're looking for an easy-going manga, this is perfect for you.
Not many dialogues, easy to read, and really funny.

And the best thing of it is that shows you that even the sounds of the cicadas is enjoyable(tsuku tsukuboushi x]).
The "motto" of this manga is "Enjoy everything", and that's exactly what Yotsuba does and shares with us.

It's like being as Yotsuba, 5 years old again.
And she's one of a kind. I would like to have a daughter like her xD.
She is always laughing, and when she gets scared she is really cute. She also learns things read more
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Aug 15, 2015
Childhood sure has its perks. You get to create mischief without any lasting repercussions, will find amusement in the most trivial of endeavors, are gifted sweets from loved ones who seek to see your cheerful smile and a piggy back ride from those who tower over you. But most of all, every waking moment is a period of grand adventure as your mind is no different from a sponge soaking in the nuances of this world that is so new to a developing conscious being. Five year old Yotsuba Koiwai is the child that many of us have resembled at some point in our lives, read more
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Sep 14, 2007
This ongoing manga is basically a story about the life of 5 year old Yotsuba and her day to day experience. For those who have seen or read Azumanga Daioh I'd expect you'll immediately be able to make the connection between the similar story plots and artwork, and you'd be right to make this connection because its made by the same mangaka, Kiyohiko Azuma. Like Azumanga Daioh there is no real "plot progression" (it lost points for story), but thats not really a bad thing if you like this style. Unlike Azumanga Daioh, where stories are told in short panel strips, Yotsubato! is complete chapters, read more
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Like Ryushika Ryushika, Yotsuba stars an eccentric little girl and the short stories in it is about her strange thoughts and adventures. 
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Yotsuba reads like a heavily remixed version of Azumanga Daioh. Both are by Kiyohiko Azuma, and both should be prescribed remedies for the blues. Nothing on earth is a more potent cheerer-upper than Azuma's works =))) 
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Do note that Flying Witch also has some fantasy themes. 
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