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Yotsuba&! Volume 4 (v. 4) Paperback – July 3, 2007
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After almost a two year hiatus, ADV manga has finally put out the fourth volume of Yotsuba&! Will miracles never cease? Don't worry if its been a while since you read Volume 3 since Yotsuba doesn't really have a plot per se anyway. Instead it merely chronicles Yotsuba's perceptions of the world, her encounters with the people around her, and the situations she finds herself in during a normal day. Because she is so clueless, things we take for granted are a major intellectual effort for her to grasp, which makes for most of the manga's humor. If you don't find such jokes very funny, you probably won't like this book. I think ADV's publishing of this volume almost two years after the last one a shameful disgrace. If this hadn't been one of my favorite titles, I wouldn't have picked it up simply out of protest. I still haven't picked up the fourth volume of Gunslinger Girl, a title that was similarly placed in oblivion by ADV. Hopefully, this very funny and warm-hearted series will be completed without any further interruptions by a incompetent company.
Anyway, I am glad that ADV decided to continue releasing the series (I think if this series was discontinued it would be bad business for ADV and for the readers, pretty much it's bad for everyone). Do yourself a favor and pick this volume up if your a fan of the series or simply want something fun to read.
For me the best episode of the volume would be "Newspapers," in which Yotsuba unwittingly discloses a big secret of her friend teenage girl Fuka. Also, a boyish girl Miura gets terrified while fishing with Jumbo. The nice contrast between Miura and her schoolmate Ena is always fun to see, as seen in the "Danbo" ("Cardbo" in ADV translation) episode in the following volume (and Volume 10).
The fourth volume is unique in that this is the only installment (so far) that has seven-page "intermission" part. The brief section employs a style of four-panel comic, the same as the creator's hit "Azumanga Daioh."
The original English publisher ADV discontinued "Yotsuba&!" after publishing only five volumes, but fortunately the series has been taken up and published by Yen Press, which commissioned a new translation. The new edition of Volume 4 has brief notes that are helpful to understand some of the cultural references as well as puns the jokes, and why Fuka thinks (mistakenly) Yotsuba's "Daddy" makes "konnyaku."
The fourth volume is a bit slow at times, but the comic is as charming as before, and after.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can never get enough Yotsuba. The whole family loves this series. We always hope to see #13.Published 6 months ago by Matt
This Series is funny. I like how Yotsuba doesn't know much but still is curious to find out things.Published 6 months ago by Rochele Rabot