Monday, August 6, 2012

Manga Monday: It's a good thing I don't always get sick when I stay up too late, too!

Yotsuba learns to bake, takes a trip to the convenience store by herself, and discovers where cows live in Yotsuba&! Volume 7.

Note: Yotsuba&! Volume 7 is, of course, the sequel to Yotsuba&! Volume 6. The review of Yotsuba&! Volume 1 is here, and the review of Yotsuba&! Volume 6 is here. Otherwise, read on!

Yotsuba is becoming something of a connoisseur of milk, after Koiwai buys some very expensive, and very tasty special-order bottles. It turns out that perhaps Yotsuba is a bit confused as to how milk is produced though, so perhaps a trip to the farm is in order. Yotsuba gets so excited about the trip that she stays up way past bedtime. Will they still be able to make the trip?

When Yotsuba sees Yanda having a lunch of instant ramen, she wants ramen for lunch too. Unfortunately, Koiwai doesn't have any in the house. Entrusted with a 500¥ coin, Yotsuba is sent on her first errand all by herself. But in a store full of treats, will Yotsuba be able to remember what she was sent there for in the first place?

Cultural festivals seem to be a way of life at Japanese schools, and Fuka's is no exception. When a classmate comes over to practice baking a cake for the cafe her class will be running, Yotsuba is sure to be involved. It turns out that making a cake look like the one in the cookbook is a lot harder than they expected. I'm sure Yotsuba will have some ideas how to liven the cake-decorating up.

As fall picks up in earnest, the lives of the girls next door revolve more and more around their schoolwork. Yotsuba gets more freedoms of her own too, as she learns to safely ride a bicycle by herself. Even as the girls work on their schoolwork though, they make time for their littlest sister and make sure she's taken care of as well.

Highs:  Paper cup cell phones are always fun, but I'm not sure I've seen this type of email before

Lows:  It's unfortunate that Ena is in school now, but Jumbo and Koiwai will make sure Yotsuba always has something to do

Verdict: Some days stuck at home are a little dull, but there's always something to look forward to on the horizon.

Further Reading:  Chi's Sweet HomeBunny Drop

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