- Publisher: ADV Manga
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1413903665
- ISBN-13: 978-1413903669
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,097,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yotsuba&!, Volume 6 (v. 6)
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Fans who read the first five volumes from ADV will notice some changes in the translation. Honorifics such as "onee-chan" are used, but translation notes are given. A little more jarring is the way Yotsuba refers to herself in the third person. This is probably more faithful to the Japanese version, but speaking in the third person is more common in Japan (though it has the same cute, innocent tone). It may seem a little strange to American audiences. I'm used to seeing manga characters talk this way, but it still affected the way I looked at Yotsuba. It took away from her sharp intelligence a bit. It's hard to ignore, even though I'm aware that it's just something lost in translation.
But it's a small complaint, not really that noticeable. The new translation is pretty true to the old one, even with some small differences. Yen+ has released their own translation of the previous five volumes along with this one, and I recommend that new fans read those instead of the ADV versions. This should make any translation problems less noticeable.
Overall, another cute, hilarious volume of "Yotsuba&!". It was definitely worth the wait.
Then I bought it.
Third person. THIRD PERSON. Ugh! It really takes away from the image I had of Yotsuba: A whip-smart young lady with an undeniably precious innocence. Her calling herself Yotsuba is degrading, and it seems contrived. Yotsuba does not need assistance in being cute! ADV's translations were often spotty but this is one tradition I wish Yen had kept. And if, perchance, they read these reviews, please consider changing it for future volumes.
Jarring fonts. Yotsuba often speaks in a different font from everyone else. There's a rule for any sort of design, and that's use as few fonts as possible. Once you start throwing fonts in willy-nilly, things just get messy. While different fonts are used in the original versions of many manga (and look to Viz's translated Honey and Clover for a great example of English fonts being used like the original), Yotsubato! neither has nor needs this. It's not that sort of comic. Using different fonts for effect is fine, but one character should not have their own special font independent of everything else. Anyway, tangent.
The copy on the back of the book gets on my nerves, too.
But! Before you pounce on me saying I hate it, I don't. I love Yotsuba, her world, and the sense of innocence she brings back to my jaded adult life. When Yotsuba is waiting for her father to get the eclairs for snack time, I felt suspense. When she took her job very seriously and put signs on everything, my heart lightened.Read more ›
I wasn’t planning on reviewing another volume until I was all caught up, but I’m in a standstill until I get more, and just really needed to express my love for this series some more. I wasn’t completely bought in the first volume, but now I am.
I completely love and adore Yotsuba, as a series and a character. Yotsuba is adorable and so hilarious, and I love the way everyone goes along with her. She’s not in school yet, and so pretty much just hangs out with her father and her neighbors all day, getting into trouble and having fun. Her father has rules, and she does get in trouble when she breaks them (like how she got grounded when she rode her bike too far out of the neighborhood on her own), but for the most part he lets her do what she wants (like jumping on him). And then she’ll get play ideas in her head, like someone’s a bad guy or that a cardboard robot is real, and everyone will just go along with it. They want her to stay happy and oblivious, and I love it.
This is pretty much just a comedic series, with story for at least a chapter and long-running jokes, and some four panel strips. But it’s hilarious, and everything Yotsuba does is adorable, and just plain has me grinning at this point.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of this series, and am so glad I decided to catch up on this one first.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
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Can never get enough Yotsuba. The whole family loves this series. We always hope to see #13.Published 5 months ago by Matt
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Bought these for my nine year old daughter and she loves them.Published 13 months ago by matthew s goins
This is, in my opinion, the funniest of the Yotsuba&! books so far. It's so cute you can't help but laugh at the antics of this five-year-old girl. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Angela Kip
Best book ever!!!! Yotsuba is at her best in this novel. Yotsuba's getting a biiike! Welcome shaggy beard man! yes, Shaggy Beard Man.Published on May 5, 2014 by B. Muldowney
This has got to be up there in my top reads. The characters are so cute and the stories make me laugh every time. Highly suggest picking it up!Published on January 26, 2014 by Anthony Pearce