Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Treasuring every moment in life.
14 Volumes – Completed
The story took place in the future refered as ‘The Age of Calm Evening’. After some events (never clearly told in the story), the face of the earth changed and the world became a quiet place.
Alpha is a robot. Her owner left some time ago for a journey. Alpha runs a small cafe next to her owner’s house. Occasionally she goes to Yokohama to buy supplies. That’s where the title of this manga comes from: Yokohama Shopping Trip Log.
This story evolves around Alpha. About how she spend her days. There are also other interesting characters. An old man who smiles all the time while tending a gas station. Misago, a mysterious woman-shaped creature at the lake, who can only be seen by kids. That is if she wants to be seen. A traveler with his sunglasses-wearing-flying-fish. And more interesting characters. All of those characters pictured together in a story about living a simple life and how to treasure every moment in it.
At first it looks like a terribly boring manga. I got that feeling too. But as the story progress, you’ll find it charming in many ways. Well not for every one of course. Maybe it’s more suitable for a melancholic person who like to think about life. But I think everyone can enjoy this manga. 🙂
The art is captivating. The drawings are simple and it’s definitely not the best manga drawn ever. But it’s how it captures the beauty of nature that made the art interesting. Even for scenes that we often see in our daily life. You don’t have to be an expert to appreciate it. Another thing that made this manga interesting are its poetic contemplations.
I found it interesting that the mangaka decides to chose a robot as the main character. It’s a robot with a feeling though. As a robot, time does not matter for Alpha. Because she is not aging and won’t die. While her kid friends grows, she stays the same. I think that as a resemblance of time passaging. No matter what happens, everything are constantly changing.
This manga is simply beautiful and worth reading.
[Reviewer: Adityo Ananta K.]