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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:33 am    Post subject: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou  Reply with quote

Just finished this series the other day. Possibly the most beautiful manga ever created.

I'll direct you to a quote from the wiki page for the synopsis~
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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (ヨコハマ買い出し紀行, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō?) is a science fiction manga written and illustrated by Hitoshi Ashinano. The title can be translated Yokohama Shopping Log or Record of a Yokohama Shopping Trip...

The series depicts the daily life of a robot who runs a coffee shop some time after the Earth's ecology has collapsed. It is noted for its beautifully spare pen-and-ink drawing style, as well as its calm, meticulously paced stories and engaging characters...

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō is set in a peaceful, post-cataclysmic world where mankind is in decline after an environmental disaster. Exactly what happened is never explained, but sea levels have risen significantly, inundating coastal cities such as Yokohama, and Mount Fuji erupted in living memory. The reduced human population has reverted to a simpler life, and the reader is told this is the twilight of the human age. Instead of raging against their fate, humans are quietly accepting.


This is definately not the type of story for everyone. But being Shinkai fans i can assume you can appreciate slow moving stories. YKK basically follow the life of several of the characters and shows them going about there daily buisness, but it does it so beautifully.

I urge everyone of you to check this out. Even if you dont enjoy it, its worth a look, because if you do enjoy it, you'll be hooked.
Scans are fairly easily found around the net. Theres also two, two episode OVAs. But neither the manga or OVAs have been liscensed out of Asia.

Anoyone else ever read or watched this? Did you appreciate it as much as me?




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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only seen a cover for the manga, but it looks amazing! I think I'll give it a try, I've been looking for some good manga to read anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Janny wrote:
I've only seen a cover for the manga, but it looks amazing! I think I'll give it a try, I've been looking for some good manga to read anyway.

Ooh a reply already!  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like something I would like. I'll have to read it soon. :)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll give it a try. Thanks Maltos.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the recommendation Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen that cover before... but I forgot. I think I saw it when I was looking into Eden: Its an endless world.

Ill check it out now... assumeing onemanga has it illegally wooo.

*Edit* Whoa jesus look at all those 10 out of 10 rateings on animenewsnetwork.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just finished this series yesterday ... ha ha ha 12 yrs worth of manga in a week Smile

I really liked it. It had a light and airy feeling to it and it kinda just flowed along. The impression I got from this series was the observation of the passage of time. If you were a robot running a coffee shop and you never aged ... those around you who are human, will.

I like the characters and was sad that the story came to an end. This was one of those manga where I wish it would just keep going and going Smile.

Definitely worth the read. Thanks for the recommendation Maltos!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you liked it Laz!
And thats the exact impression i got. An observer watching time pass by and the feelings in its wake. It really is beautiful.  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was already in a sad mood that week from Macross Frontier .. and I'm not sure this helped my mood any Smile I guess there comes a point when the people that you relate to in stories changes. I'm sure younger folks would relate to the young boy or girl in the story, maybe even to one of the robots.  I started relating to the wanderer with the fish and eventually related to the old man. The understanding that life is passing, that time is never ending and that there's nothing you can do about it. The humans in the story grow up, age, change, mature ... and even Alpha grows up a bit. She has the luxury of longevity that the humans don't. Whether that's a good or bad thing is a matter of perspective. Just a little too much of a momento mori for me at the time.

Definitely glad I read it ... really a terrific story.


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