Cover art of Vol. 1 of the English version
|Original Manga||Kiyohiko Azuma|
|Published By||ASCII Media Works|
|# of Manga Volumes||12 (ongoing)|
Sum it up in a Sentence
A manga by mangaka Kiyohiko Azuma, Yotsuba&! (Yotsubato! or, literally, Yotsuba and...!) is about a five year old, green haired girl named Yotsuba Koiwai and her adventures around her house and neighborhood with her friends and father.
Yotsuba&! is an often nonsensical, absurd, and comical slice of life story. Yotsuba is decidedly strange, unusual, and very energetic, which combined with her ignorance of many objects/ acts of modern daily life, including escalators, air conditioning, apartments, and so forth create a comedy element. The chapters are self contained anecdotes connected chronologically, telling of Yotsuba's discoveries and interactions with the world around her.
The story begins with Yotsuba and her adopted father, known simply as Mr. Koiwai or "Dad", moving into a neighborhood in Japan from somewhere abroad, assisted by Koiwai's best friend, an immensely tall Japanese man known as "Jumbo". In the neighborhood, Yotsuba quickly meets new friends with the neighboring Ayase house, including the youngest, Ena (a few years older then Yotsuba), Fuuka (a responsible sixteen year old who often finds herself helping out somehow at the Koiwai household), and Asagi (an irresponsible college student who Jumbo falls in love with). The story largely revolves around Yotsuba interacting with these core characters (and sometimes the Ayase family's parents, as well as Ena's friend Miura, Asagi's friend Torako, and Mr. Koiwai's "other friend", Yanda).
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