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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Manga)

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: 14
Chapters: 142
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 26, 1994 to Feb 26, 2006
Authors: Ashinano, Hitoshi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


Score: 8.701 (scored by 5146 users)
Ranked: #462
Popularity: #205
Members: 15,331
Favorites: 1,470
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Set in a post-apocalyptic Japan of the near future where the sea level has risen and flooded much of the coastal areas and Mt. Fuji has erupted within living memory. The population has been considerably reduced and political and technological institutions have broken-down. Local communities have become nations and telephone and television no longer exist (although coffee vending machines and streetlights stubbornly continue to work). There are strange new animals and plants (like flying fish and glowing streetlight trees). The remaining people have adopted a slower-paced, simpler way of life and rely more on each other. Along with the human population are some intelligent, humanoid robots. One of the robots, a female named Alpha, runs a cafe by the same name in the country outside of what remains of Yokohama. With her trusty motorscooter and her camera she travels around the area making friends with the humans and robots, having new experiences and observing the passage of time.

Note: Includes the epilogue, Touge, published with the 10 volume re-issue. Chapter count also includes 'Chapter 0' from volume 1.

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Jul 27, 2013
As the sea assaults continents, slowly but surely, humanity is declining. Telecommunication is no more. Government gave way to local organisation. Quietly witnessing this apocalypse unfold, humans are living peacefully.

Among the many ways fiction depicts apocalypse, "peacefully" is uncommon. We like to think of the world ending in brutal, dramatic and lightning fast ways. Of humans against their fate struggling. But the end of the world in this manga is gradual, slow enough to give mankind the time to accept his fate, sit back, and enjoy the last hour of his age. Whatever will be will be – the die is long cast.

So unfolds the read more
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Aug 13, 2008
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (abbreviated to YKK outside Japan) is an example of the proverbial “diamond in the coal mine”. Written and drawn by Ashinano Hitoshi, the manga was serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine for almost 12 years, and has gathered a number of devoted fans around the world despite the lack of licensed English translations. This comes as no surprise since it is one of the few series which deserves to be treated as a works of literature rather than of pop culture. YKK is a testament to the true potential of manga and the series is recognized as such, having been deemed worthy of read more
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Jul 18, 2007
"This gentle calm and quiet is the twilight of an era.
I will probably watch the passing of this twilight age."

The stories featured in YKK are mostly light and melancholy. Readers who are used to action, sex, fanservice, violence, and/or intense drama would either be A) disappointed, or B) surprised that stories without the said elements could possibly exist and still be enjoyable.

YKK is characterized by mono no aware, a Japanese concept that describes beauty as an awareness of the transience of all things, and a gentle sadness at their passing. Entertaining old customers in a coffee shop, riding through desolate roads on a scooter, reminiscing read more
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Nov 27, 2011
It is a brilliant stroke to tell a story about transience through immortal cyborgs. Maybe many Westerners would even find that counterintuitive, because transience--more specifically, mono no aware, the nuances of which I will not belabor here, but if you are not familiar, look it up, it's a treat--is a particularly Japanese literary theme, and most Western works focus only on the rapid change the future brings. But there is a constant in that, change and transience, and though we have the saying "the only constant in life is change", I don't think Americans have come to understand that paradox fully. It's given token observance read more
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Both are the most superb slice-of-life that i have ever read. each manga has its own unique atmosphere and tells you wonderful storys that when they end you fell all fuzzy and warm inside.  
Another light-hearted slice of life title. Stress-free yet not saccharine, it's perfect for the jaded manga reader or anybody who wishes to see the world in a new light. 
Both are brilliant manga from the slice-of-life genius Hitoshi Ashinano. Much like Aria or Kino's Journey, the story is not the focus - the setting is. They are built entirely upon atmosphere. Give 'em a read on a quiet morning or a rainy day and you will surely be pulled into their world.  
Two slice of life titles with similarities in their premises. Both stories show human civilization as we know it coming to an end and through the course of the series, the characters learn to treasure apparently mundane experiences and to value life for its evanescence. While Ai-Ren is much more didactic with it's somewhat verbose narration and extreme situations, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou makes use of more subtle imagery and dialogue to deliver it's message. 
Post-apocalyptic Japan from the perspective of non-human girl(s). Detailed backgrounds with ruins, buildings submerged or destroyed, roads in bad state, fallen signs and wild nature scattered. Pretty well made characters. 
They are both beautifully well-crafted manga with exquisite panel placement and visual flow. They are both treats to the readers who like to take their time reading while carefully analyzing everything each panel has to offer. There is a very well thought-out attention to detail where the visual display is concerned.

They both have somewhat long monologues/narrations that induce feelings of melancholia on the reader.  

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