[Manga Monday] Yotsuba&! Vol. 12 ★★★★★

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Title: Yotsuba&! Vol. 12
Series: Yotsuba&! #12
Author: Kiyohiko Azuma
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 208
Words: 8K


Chapter List:

Yotsuba & Torako

Yotsuba & Blue

Yotsuba & Helmet

Yotsuba & Halloween

Yotsuba & Camping (part 1)

Yotsuba & Camping (part 2)

From Wikipedia

A short opening sequence shows Yotsuba drawing Danbo in chalk on the street before noticing migrating geese flying overhead. She welcomes Torako to the Ayase household where she shows off her photographs and learns to tie a bow. After arriving to the flower shop too late to help Jumbo paint a desk, Yotsuba finds a can of blue paint in the shoe rack at home and paints a kitchen table while her dad is working, staining her hands and leaving drips and blue footprints throughout the house. She futilely tries to clean up the mess and is confronted by her dad, who laughs instead of scolding her. Before Mr. Koiwai shows her how to use paint thinner, they go to the grocery to purchase ingredients for mapo tofu and a helmet from the bike shop. On Halloween, Fuuka and Miss Stake dress Yotsuba as a pumpkin, explaining how to ask for candy before also dressing in costume to go trick-or-treating together. Early the next morning, Miura’s mom and Ena’s parents see them off for a camping trip organized by Jumbo and Koiwai. Yotsuba is unpleasantly surprised to learn that Yanda has invited himself along, but ends up laughing at his jokes on the journey. At the campsite, the girls help pitch the tent, rest in a hammock, and cook curry for lunch. For dinner, they grill the meat given as a present by the parents and Yotsuba wakes early the next day, surprised by the sunrise simultaneous with the moonset.

My Thoughts:

You know, I’m starting to recognize why I didn’t do many individual manga reviews back when I was tearing through them. It doesn’t help that there’s not a “plot” per se to this series either. This was another wonderfully cute and fluffy set of vignettes that I thoroughly enjoyed and wish I had the words to show that.

This picture is when Yotsuba and gang are going camping and they are driving. Yotsuba and Ena (the neighbor girl) begin playing the Fancy Lady Game, where they talk like how they imagine fancy ladies talk. While I found the panel with Yotsuba talking about “country bumpkins” to be absolutely hilarious, what I enjoyed was just how the manga-ka captured in just a few panels an aspect of childhood, that ability to be imaginative and create a game out of almost anything. Yes, it is idealized but it is also completely true to life. I really like experiencing that for just a few minutes again.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

45 thoughts on “[Manga Monday] Yotsuba&! Vol. 12 ★★★★★

  1. Oh, now you’re way ahead of my niece, I need to buy her the remaining volumes 🙂 I’m myself on vol. 14, and it seems 15 was published last month… good to know!

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    1. 15 was published in japanese and maybe french? not in english though, not that I’ve been able to find. Looking at the releases from years past, I’m guessing we’ll get an english translation this august or november.

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    1. I suspect they talk like Hyacinth Bucket does on Keeping up Appearances.

      I’m not sure that Minnelli qualifies as a “fancy” lady. Not that I’ve hobnobbed with her or her clique mind you. But I’ve never seen her hold out her pinky when holding a teacup…..


        1. My watching habits are as eclectic as my reading habits.
          Maybe if PBS (public broadcasting system) had had marathons of Speed I’d be more familiar with it. Basically, society itself failed me in this regard. I feel like I’m due a couple hundred million, at least!

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          1. I’d sue. It’s clearly not been properly introduced to you. Biden at fault, again, Keanu films should be free to you as over the counter products, without prescription, for the good of society. Get your legal team on it!

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            1. I’m on it! I’ll start assembling a crack team of fund raisers and shysters first thing tomorrow morning. No one is going to deny me MY right to Free Keanu movies!

              It’s like “Free Tibet” only different! 😉

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                    1. And here I was, about to up the ante and let you assassinate, cough, cough, erase an author we both don’t care for. I’d like to see Mickey make THAT kind of offer.
                      But hey, if you want the moon instead of the blood of your enemies, it’s your choice.

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  2. Correct me if I’m wrong but this is consistently your highest rated series, right? It’s so good to find something that really works for you, isn’t it! Reading is supposed to be fun, right? Hail Yotsuba&!

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