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.
In 2006, Yotsuba to! 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, the series 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. In 2016, the series, along with Hanagami Sharaku, was awarded the 20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Grand Prize.
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 published the series since September 15, 2009. It has also been published in Spanish by Norma Editorial since November 2005. It has been licensed in Polish by Wydawnictwo Kotori.
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
really fast but misunderstoods them most of the time, and that's what it makes she so funny, that, and that sometimes she says things that you would never believe a child would say.
The other characters are mostly for Yotsuba's support, but they are unique too, and very different from each other.
The art is really simple, but cute and clean. Like Azumanga Daioh, from the same creator.
So, I recommend you this manga if you want to read something happy and lively.
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,
and occasionally several chapters for one story.
Story: As I already said there isn't much of a "story," but each experience she has is cute. Many of the stories are extremely humorous. If you're looking for drama or action this definitely IS NOT the story for you. Most gags are based on Yotsuba's lack of understanding because she's just a little girl or her overactive imagination. There is a small plot somewhere; "She was adopted from somewhere far to the "left." Thats pretty much it...
Art: The art is simple, but perfect for this type or writing in my opinion. Its not a master piece, but it doesn't need to be. As longing as you get the cuteness across its fine.
Characters: While Yotsuba is in my bias oppinion is the most interesting character; there are many other humorous persons in the story, such as; her dad, her dad's friends, and neighboring girls. Unlike Azumanga Daioh!, where there isn't really a main character, Yotsuba is definitely the central character of this story.
Enjoyment: If you like cute stores like this I'm possitive you'd love this. Most stories are 100% enjoyment.
Overall: I don't know why I'm giving it an 8, it would be a 10 in my book~
Its not "perfect," but as far as the genre goes its pretty close. Its one of those espically cute, ironic manga that most people, even not interested in this genre would love.
This is probably one of the funnyist manga's I have ever read. For one, Yotsuba is a good character that really makes the story come alive. Along with this, the other characters add to the story and makes Yotsuba's adventures even better to read. No matter how many times I read it, I loved it each and every time. What this manga does is unlocks the inner child within you and makes you remember all the fun and stupid things you did when you were little. The art, don't make me get started on that! It was in one word, captivating. Even without color, the
pictures still come alive and you can still imagine what they would be like in real life.The only bad point or flaw would be that there isn't much deep meaning to it. It is mostly meant to laugh, but it dosent get you to think as much, which to me, is important for an anime. That brought the story down a bit, but overall, this is a fun manga to read. I would totally tell all my friends about this too!!!
It's probably something that you can just tell about a pure innocent child
and just how heartwarming it is to be there with Yotsuba in all of her enjoyable moments in a journey to discover new things with that beautifull perspective of a little kid without any care in the world and make you realise how fun every meaningless thing in your daily life would be!
Every chapter of Yotsubato! is a fun read and it has even high value of rereading.
The comedy is not the kind to make you burst into laughter but it will make you keep a smile on your face and
make you chuckle from time to time throughout the series.
You should read Yotsubato:
if You simply like kids and adore their cuteness. (Yotsuba chan is the bestest cutie ever)
if you are looking for some simple and lighthearted work for a change of pace after reading some heavy work.
if you want to feel nostalgic and remember every dumb thing you did in your early years.
if You are an edgy teenager seeking for meaning in your life.
if You broke up with your partner and now think that there isn't any other thing worthy out there for you to live for it.
if You are exhausted from a long day of hard work and just want to spend a little time without your usuall worries.
if You are not ready for having a child or even if you dont like to have one and think they are just pain in the neck.
And even if you are a parent and don't know how to deal with your child.
let's talk a bit about the characters: (It's the most important aspect of every slice of life story after all)
Yotsuba herself is an energetic and curious little girl with normal childish behavior.
Perhaps the most appreciated thing about this manga is how the author knows what are the most funny things about little kids and how he portrays it in the most funny way,
for example how much hearing strange and unexpected things from kids mouth is funny or them being pretty simple and believe everything they are told.
Ah god, i just can't simply express the level of Yotsuba's cuteness with words alone, it's just awsome !!
Then we have Yotsuba's father, Koiwai san, a pretty ideal father with really funny moments beside yotsuba
and there are his two friends
Jumbo and Yanda, The big guy and the bully dude.
And then there are next door trio sisters with their mom and their friends.
They are all simple but fun peaple with specific personalities and make Yotsuba's adventures even more fun and wholesome.
And lastly about the art
It's not a very detailed and over the top work in that regard, but still a pretty decent one.
Something that should be appreciated about the artwork is the facial expressions of characters, they are masterfully done.
For conclusion, i believe anyone would enjoy Yotsubato! if they approach it with the proper mindset and no unreasonable expectation
It's just the peacefull, funny and lighthearted everyday life of Yotsuba and others.
As for rating
Well there can be excuses to give it lower than full mark if you look at it objectively
For one you could say the lack of proper relationship development between side characters and the story just going around Yotsuba is a flaw
But i don't see such matters as much of a problem, cause it doesn't have any contrast with the main goal of the work
And it is damn successful in that regard alone
So me as a person who rates mainly based on enjoyment can't give it lower than 10 full mark. (i would be happy to even rate it higher !)
As a side note, i recommend reading yotsuba not very fast and try to save some for future
I know its prety hard to control yourself and not read this pure beauty in a single day
but believe me when i say that you would most likely regret doing it if you do otherwise.
Thanks for reading this excuse of a review(or one may call it love letter) and sorry for any potential writing mistakes.