"A Bright Life" – Yotsuba&! (manga) – 10/10 Candy Canes

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean

Genre: Comedy/Slice-of-Life

Review Status: Incomplete (9 Volumes/ ? Volumes)

Licensed: This is licensed in the US (ADV manga)

Art/Animation: The art is simple, but nice to look at. The story it tells doesn’t need lots of detail to tell the story it does

Summary: Yotsuba’s daily life is full of adventure. She is energetic, curious, and a bit odd – odd enough to be called strange by her father as well as ignorant of many things that even a five-year-old should know. Because of this, the most ordinary experience can become an adventure for her. As the days progress, she makes new friends and shows those around her that every day can be enjoyable. (MAL.net)

Review: This is perhaps the sweetest, most heartwarming manga I’ve ever read. It follows Yotsuba, a gullible and energetic girl, as she learns about life and grows up. She deals with everything from her first move, to getting a bike, getting milk to her neighbor, and being in a local festival. While she is a bit of an airhead and makes mistakes, she never fails to be in a good mood. She really does view every day as an adventure, with new things to learn and experience!

Along with Yotsuba’s adventures, you get to see how she and her father live (he’s an amazing father- he takes her on trips, helps her learn to ride a bike, and generally is a good-natured, happy man). You see how she and her neighbors become friends and interact. They do all sorts of things together, like going to the beach and making cakes.

It’s just a joy to watch them hang out and have fun.

Overall, this is a story that everyone can enjoy.

Recommended: Anyone of any age can read this. There is no language, no nudity, nothing offensive! Definitely pick it up- it’s a wonderful, funny manga.

Other titles you might enjoy: Aria/Aqua (manga or anime)
Azumanga Daioh (anime)
Saturn Apartments (manga)
Bunny Drop (manga)
Flat (manga)
Minami-ke (anime)
Sketchbook: Full Color’s (anime)


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Hope_In_Song
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 21:44:21

    I've been meaning to read this manga for awhile, it looks extremely cute and adorable!


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