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!!!
Yotsuba&! is the story about Yotsuba Koiwai, a five-year-old girl who stays at home with her dad. She has no mom and is too young to go to school yet. Yotsuba is a cute girl with green (yes green) hair that’s done in four pigtails, giving her the appearance of a four-leaf clover (“yotsuba no kurōbā” in Japanese), and thus her name. 4channers may recognize her as the website’s unofficial mascot.
The manga is by Kiyohiko Azuma who also created Azumanga Daioh. The similarities between these two are very apparent, and the style of humor is the same, so if you liked Azumanga Daioh, then you
don’t want to miss reading Yotsuba&!.
Similar to Azumanga Daioh, you’ll meet lots of new characters as the series progresses, mostly Yotsuba’s friends and neighbors, and they are all almost as odd as she is. XD My two favorite characters are Mr. Koiwai and Fuka Ayase. Mr. Koiwai is Yotsuba’s father. I aspire to be like him when I have my own daughter. He’s kind and is always there to take care of Yotsuba, but at the same time he makes sure she behaves properly (not so easy for a five-year-old). Fuka Ayase is 16-years-old and the middle sister of the Ayase family, who lives next-door to Yotsuba. Fuka is creative and smart, and she is the vice-president at school, but she also gets flustered really easily.
Yotsuba&! is a slice-of-life series, through and through. When I thought about slice-of-life, I used to think about Azumanga Daioh or Lucky Star, but none of them capture the little joys and perks in life as well as Yotsuba&! does.
In the manga you’ll follow Yotsuba to the bike store, the zoo, and much much more, all while seeing what life is like through the perspective of an eccentric five-year-old. It is funny reading Yotsuba's unusual but completely innocent remarks about things such as global warming and cicadas. Yotsuba will say and do the darndest things, and despite her bratty side which appears from time to time, you can’t help but adore her.