Monday, September 12, 2011

Manga Monday: Creating summer memories

Note:  Yotsuba&! Volume 4 is, of course, the sequel to Yotsuba&! Volume 3.  The review of Yotsuba&! Volume 1 is here, and the review of Yotsuba&! Volume 3 is here.  Otherwise, read on!

Summer rambles on with daily adventures in Yotsuba&!: Volume 4.

Part of summertime homework is often to write a 'what I did during summer vacation' essay.  When Jumbo realizes that Miura has nothing to write about, he takes the girls on a fishing trip.  Hijinks ensue, especially when we see Miura's squeamish side against Ena's grown-up practicality.  It's a sweet gesture on Jumbo's part, especially since there's no Akane-in-a-bikini in sight.

Fuka is going through the usual heartbreak that being a teenage entails, but Yotsuba has no idea how to help.  At about the same time, she starts The Yotsuba Times, and dedicates herself to reporting all the important news.  She soon finds out, however, that even though Fuka's heartbreak is news, she shouldn't have made it the cover story.

Speaking of little ones not getting things quite right, somehow Yotsuba has gotten it into her head that cicadas (tsukutsukuboshi) are fairies that bring about the end of summer.  She's a little bit surprised when she gets to see one up close, but she's good at adapting and takes the fact that they're actually a rather large bug in stride.

It's a quiet week in the life of Yotsuba, with the end of summer break nearing and signs of fall starting to appear.  Soon it will be time for her playmates to start school again, but for now, there's still time to catch bugs and enjoy the season.

Highs:  Fuka realizing that she's a tabloid sensation

Lows:  Even less going on than usual, which might bore some more used to action-packed shonen titles

Verdict:  Less nostalic than the last volume, but still reminiscent of summers past.

Further Reading:  Chi's Sweet Home, Bunny Drop 

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