CHAPTER FOUR: YOTSUBA AND SHOPPING!
So Fuka shows up at the Yotsuba household to give them the remote they forgot last chapter. Koiwai shows once again why he is single, and Yotsuba tells her the two are going to go shopping at a
department store (Yotsuba and Koiwai, not Fuka, though I could imagine them talking her into going for them). The two head off, Koiwai screams like a little girl, they pass a shrine and a ramen stand before finally reaching the store. Yotsuba plays around on the elevator and suffers yet another head injury, plays with more stuff, then abandons the curtain-shopping Koiwai to play with all the merchandise in the store, no doubt while the manager has a heart attack. Ultimatly Koiwai tells her to stop bike riding, touching stuff, running, thinking, and breathing, then scares her with some sort of weird Japanese scarecrow before being told off by one of the salespeople, who are probably glad to finally have an adult target to blame. Koiwai finishes shopping, drags Yotsuba out of the bed display she’s nestled into, and they go off for ramen in a scene that made me really hungry. Seriously, if you ever get the chance to try authentic Japanese noodles, in just about any form, TRY IT. It’s awesome. There is an uphill race, an interrupted prayer, and a really nice view, then the episode ends with a downhill race with a wager of ice cream that Yotsuba predictably wins. You do not get between the girl and her ice cream.
144 Ah, the most vital piece of equipment. How could they have possibly forgotten the remote?
145 Yotsuba’s enthusiasm is infectious as always. I hate it when people do that, telling someone to hurry up and then delaying them. Also, this chapter is where Yotsuba’s poor sense of direction starts becoming a running joke.
146 The top panel is perfect. Love it so much <3 though Yotsuba’s head seems to be about twenty percent larger than her father’s. Probably because she’s an alien. And it seems Koiwai also isn’t too sure where he’s going.
147 And Yotsuba punishes the dog for scaring her old man using telepathic blasts! And points out the presence of stairs, for some reason. I wonder how long it took her dad to discourage that behavior. I’m imagining a younger Yotsuba pointing out every thing that goes by. “Stairs! Pavement! More pavement! Lamppost! More pavement! More pavement! Mailbox! More pavement!” Eech, I can’t think about mailboxes too much after the Deathstyle thread.
148 Ah, but what an impressive set of stairs they are! Yotsuba seems fixated on festivals, I bet the last episode is about her finally getting to attend one.
150 At first I thought Yotsuba was entranced by the purses, which would have been slightly out of character. But low and behold, it’s actually the escalator. I suppose it’s the escalator that’s making that “vrmm” sound effect, but It’s funnier if you imagine Yotsuba pantomiming it.
151 Welcome back to head injury theatre! No wonder her psychic powers don’t work right, she keeps smashing her skull…
152 XD So cute. And so light! That drawer looks like it’s plastic, yet it’s not even bending…
153 “I’ll go look over there!” Yes of course, because you’ve proven so well that you’re capable of taking care of yourself in this store.
154 Yotsuba VS Koiwai’s ass: YOTSUBA WINS. FLAWLESS VICTORY.
155 Koiwai is such a spoilsport. Last panel: *gasp* what could this be?!
156 *gasp* oh no, she’s found the cheap toys and novelties rack! And a…dart target? Seriously, what is that thing?
157 Ah, it’s a telepathy blocker. That’s why she’s so scared of it.
159 “Cute and funny? Must be my daughter…” Also, why for is Mariners shirt???
160 XD. Ah, and the ramen shop becomes Chekov’sGun!
161 “Yotsuba your singing is disturbing the serpentine man sitting next to me.” Eggs in ramen, by the way, are really good. You pour the raw egg in and it gets partially cooked if the soup is hot enough. Mmmm….
163 Yotsuba is NEVER TIRED! Except when she finds a bed.
164 Well yeah he beat you, his legs are longer than your whole body. And he’s channeling Ashley Williams
. “How do you like me now?!”
166 I love this page. Look at all the detail on those buildings…
168 There’s the bad sense of direction thing again.
169 You never get between Yotsuba and her ice cream! It is a sure way to loose!
170 Aww, isn’t she nice? ‘Course, we know from the opening that they both got ice cream. Or rather, Koiwai got ice cream and Yotsuba got a lightbulb.
CHAPTER SIX: YOTSUBA AND CICADAS!
Our story starts with Yotsuba, Ena, and Mrs. The Sisters munching on watermelon, Yotsuba having procured a huge slice, no doubt with her mind control eyes. Somehow the topic of cicadas comes up, and Yotsuba gets bughunting into her bruised head, dragging Ena along for the ride. After committing violent assault against some literature, she manages to enlist Jumbo, who claims to be an expert in the subject, into her escapades. There is a long sequence that can be summed up as “Jumbo nearly kills Yotsuba with his car AGAIN,” and the cicada hunters arrive at a woodland shrine that’s just buzzing with the little monsters. There is some net-waving and horseplay, then Jumbo schools the two girls in proper bughunting technique. Ena soon captures her first insectoid, then several more, and Yotsuba becomes determined to upstage her new rival. Sadly, the poor girl is having no luck, so Jumbo agrees to give her a height advantage. She nearly pokes his eye out for his trouble. After much fumbling Yotsuba manages to capture a right huge cicada, and the group head back to the Ayase household, letting Yotsuba carry the cage. Yotsuba refers to Fuko as “Mom,” letting the question of Yotsuba’s parentage come into play for the first time. Jumbo reveals that Yotsuba is an orphan in a surprisingly melancholy moment. Anyways, remember when I said Yotsuba was holding the cicada cage? Guess what happens. Mrs. Ayase comes in just in time to hear her house’s new surround-sound cicada droning system, Asagi shows up, Jumbo turns into a snitch, and chemical warfare is considered. Presumably the cicadas are rounded up and returned to the wild, as we cut to Yotsuba eating dinner with her father than night and boasting of her victories against the exoskeletal menace. It’s very cute.
172 There’s a motto I can get behind!
176 Never before have I seen a face so adorable yet so disturbing.
178 I’m having trouble seeing Jumbo in a little car like that… Also, Yotsuba VS Books: YOTSUBA WINS! FATALITY!
179 Yotsuba has a fine future as a manager ahead of her. Also, where did Ena go? Did she tactfully slip away?
180 Well if she was, Yotsuba has roped her back in it seems. This isn’t going to turn into a snipe hunting exercise, is it?
181 Wow, you mean there’s some aspect to riding in the back of an open truck that might be considered dangerous? I never would have guessed!
183 Yet another grievous head injury. Poor girl ;_;
184 “You’re not following protocol, Ena! Seriously, you need to get your act together or we’ll never place in the international cicada hunting competition! This is Serious Business
186 “No, I won’t! See my above statement!”
189 What are those nets made of, anyways? Clear plastic? I guess I can’t blame Azuma for not wanting to draw all the individual strands of a net. And why would she want to hold one? Bugs are gross :< Anyways, Yotsuba’s honor has been tarnished! It’s on now! It’s on like Donkey Kong!
192 GURREN LAGANN! And she uses her mind control eyes to stun the cicada! But ends up stunning Jumbo too…
194 Who’s the master now, huh Ena?
195 Fuka is mom now?
196 That’s…actually kind of depressing. ):
197 Well, that’s what’s gunna happen if you let Yotsuba hold the cage <_< Also, it’s nice to see Mrs Ayase showing the proper response to horrible ugly insects. Why am I having a “Silence of the Lambs” flashback?
201 Yes! Do it! Kill them all!
203 You’re not being very supportive, Koiwai. Now she’s going to ask if she can study under Jumbo to become the new Cicada Master. Then we’ll genre-shift into a shonen series. Also, I was kind of hoping they’d end up frying and eating the cicadas…
CHAPTER SEVEN: YOTSUBA AND RAIN!
We begin with a scruffy Koiwai typing something official-looking while Yotsuba looks out the window. Fuka comes by and the gathering storm clouds are discussed. Fuka notices the laundry hanging to dry and Yotsuba states her intention of retrieving them. This sets off Fuka’s danger alarm, so she offers to help to prevent Yotsuba from accidentally hanging herself. “How did I end up doing someone else’s laundry,” Fuka ruminates. Probably because she’s more than a bit of a doormat, ya think? The transliteration of trainspotting is discussed, and Yotsuba reveals that her father regulates the most boring part of laundry, the folding, to her. Koiwai comes in, everyone marvels at his amazing Perspectiveless Plaid Boxers, and there is a startling transformation. Much sillyness later, Koiwai thanks Fuka for her assistance. Fuka asks about how Koiwai came to be the orphaned Yotsuba’s guardian, but he dodges around the question. Suddenly, the rain starts! Yotsuba goes out to dance in the rain adorably, the others wax poetic, and Volume One of Yotsuba& comes to a close.
206 Look, she was drawing cicadas! <3
208 Fuka has discovered the best way to deal with Yotsuba already. She woulda set the whole neighborhood on fire if she’d tried it herself.
210 I’ve been wondering that myself. A translator? For what? Also, I love how dynamic Fuka looks in that first panel.
212 Trainspotting? Like, the movie? I don’t like where this is going…
213 I saw this joke coming several pages ago, but it’s still funny.
214 Um, yeah…I do that too sometimes… <_<
215 XD What kind of idiotic game is that? From the looks of it, the best game ever!
217 “So, you mean she’s actually an alien?” C’mon, you all know that’s what she was gonna say!
224 Aww c’mon, if that didn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.
So that does it for Volume One. Sorry for the delay. Anyone still reading this? Not sure if I should move on to Volume Two or not now…
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