[Manga Monday] Yotsuba&! #14 ★★★★☆

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Title: Yotsuba&! #14
Series: Yotsuba&!
Author: Kiyohiko Azuma
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback Copy

 

Synopsis:

Yotsuba has a ton of adventures. She learns to make bead necklaces and helps her daddy run his business. She also gets a princess dress from one of her neighbors and goes to yoga. Then the big adventure is when she and daddy go to Tokyo. They eat cotton candy and crepes and see aliens in the park! Then they meet daddy’s sister who gives them a car. They go to a fancy restaurant which has big pans of pudding. Yotsuba is happy.

 

My Thoughts:

Well, it’s been 3 years since I read the previous volume. Even longer than the wait between 12 and 13. I think this is done.

If it is done, this was a great way to end things. Yotsuba has tons of little adventures, is as cute and bold as always and ends the book in a car on a highway than can go “anywhere”. Unlimited possibilities, isn’t that what childhood should be?

I read my review for Vol. 13 and many of the same things apply. This wasn’t funny even while it was super cute. I didn’t have a problem with that this time around, probably because it’s been so long since I’ve read any Yotsuba&! that I kind of forgot it started out as humorous and not just cute.

This definitely was cuteness overload, in a good way. The manga-ka definitely nails the whole cute kid thing spot on, probably to the idealization level. Not having any kids of our own, I can’t tell. But I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to take your cues for real life from a manga, so I bet I’m safe.

I just checked and there have been 4 more chapters released between 2018 and now in the monthly magazine Yotsuba&! is in. This volume has 7 chapters, so we’re talking at least another year or 2 before there is enough material for another tankoubon. I’m ok with stopping this now. It ends on a great note and with no over-arching plot, there are no loose ends to tie up.

★★★★☆

 

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19 thoughts on “[Manga Monday] Yotsuba&! #14 ★★★★☆

    1. It is perfectly ok for kids. Nothing objectionable that I am aware of and quite appealing to all ages.

      The manga-ka did another manga, called Azumanga-daioh, and that is about highschool girls. It is just as funny, but I’d recommend you read it first. Azu-da was also turned into an anime. I really enjoyed it.

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  1. I have similar feelings about Yotusba now. There’s enough material, it’s been great, I like re-reading previous books (often with my Yotsuba-age nieces), but if it stops now – I’m good, unless the author comes up with sth really new 🙂

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    1. Having blog followers who are world wide has made me wonder just how widespread some genres go. Like manga. Is Yotsuba common in your area but you just have never looked for/at it, or is it not sold there, period?

      The world just gets smaller and smaller it seems.

      As for little chilluns, that isn’t an option for us. We found out a couple of years after we were married.

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      1. I cant say that ive ever heard about it in SA and I knew a few people who were alot more into manga/ anime than me at the time i got into it. I still dont know how well some of the little bit of manga holds up to “world wide “ standards but its interesting as i learn a new things every day, i am down for that.

        Regarding chilluns, i am sorry to read that man. Milou and I know we would like to have at least one some day. Its weird that im at this part in my life now, scary how time goes by

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    1. I have realized that a lot of manga-ka are mood writers and their audiences, and editors, let them get away with it. I’d rather they end something than try to keep on doing it but at a glacial pace :-/

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    1. Part of that is deliberate, but it is also how I grew up reading.

      I blame my mother for reading me the Narnia books and then the Little House on the Prairie books right after 😀

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  2. Piotrek tried to sell me on Youtsuba before, but I just don’t see it happening 😉 Maybe if I had an issue fall down into my lap I’d read it, but actively searching for it seems a bit improbable. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much, though! 😀

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