I can’t believe I’ve avoided this manga for as long as I have. When I first saw the main character as a header on Hung’s blog I instantly realized I wanted more. That one picture was somehow just overflowing with energy and life and stuck with me. As I didn’t recognize it from any anime I thought it was just some art someone made and a bit disappointed I put it in the back of my mind.
Even when I stumbled upon a review of the manga and found out about its name I didn’t act on it and once again I sort of forgot about it. Until today, and this time I can’t even remember what triggered my memories of it even though it’s only been a day since I was reminded! That’s how awesome this manga is; it completely blew my mind away. All the energy and good feelings I got when I first saw that picture of Yotsuba is all there in the manga! I’m just sitting there with a big stupid grin on my face the entire time I’m reading it.
It’s drawn by the same guy that did Azumanga Daioh and you can instantly tell from his character designs and facial expressions. I mean this guy has perfected the shocked look on his characters as this picture so awesomely shows. Aside from the art the pacing and jokes are also very similiar to Azumanga.
Yotsuba herself is this crazy kid who simply have no clue about anything and maybe this is why she’s able to only see the good things in the world. She’s running around like she’s constantly high and just generally seems to have an awesome life which makes me long for the days when I had no responsibilities. Any setbacks she experiences only lasts as long as her next sight, which usually is in the span of a few seconds.
I’m only about a volume and a half into this manga but even after the first chapter I felt this enormous need to rave about how good it is. I mean most media requires a varmup period before I can get anywhere near as excited as I am now, which is just a further testament to its greatness. Now if you’ll excuse be I need to go back to getting high on life, by proxy.