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Little Forest  
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The daily life of Ichiko, a young woman who lives alone near a small village called Komori (lit., "Little Forest"). Each chapter features a dish or meal scavenged from the forests and mountains around Ichiko's home or harvested from fields she cultivates herself.

While there are no wild flights of fancy as in Majo or Hanashippanashi, the organic artwork and majesty of nature featured within this short series taps into that same source of magic. Little Forest is a very acquired taste, but it's also another piece of the stunning tapestry Igarashi Daisuke continues to weave today.


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Associated Names
الغابة الصغيرة
petite forêt

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.17-33 + Extra (end) by Illuminati-Manga & HotCakes (1215d ago)
v.1 c.1-16 by Illuminati-Manga & HotCakes (1643d ago)
v.1 c.5 by HotCakes (2150d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (44 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.36 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 16th 2017, 3:28am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #764 increased(+162)
Monthly Pos #1327 increased(+563)
3 Month Pos #2399 increased(+1101)
6 Month Pos #4656 increased(+319)

List Stats
On 160 reading lists
On 315 wish lists
On 88 completed lists
On 12 unfinished lists
On 121 custom lists

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If you don't care to know anything about Japanese rural life...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by calstine
May 16th, 2017, 2:21am
...then don't bother with this manga. It's basically a series of episodes from the day-to-day of a farming village in a secluded corner of Japan that details how the people there cultivate, prepare and eat food, through the eyes of a very independent young country woman. Since the villagers produce the majority of the ingredients themselves from scratch, as a city girl who's barely even been to a village in her own country I found myself very much entertained by the descriptions of vegetable growing, paddy farming, fruit harvesting, fish/meat preparation, etc. It was nicely written and illustrated; the mangaka obviously has a good deal of experience on the subject.

There's also an underlying existential theme and a strong respect for - and understanding of - nature, which provided a thematic link between the stand-alone chapters that I very much appreciated.

And as for the comment below mine which actually dares to compare Igarashi Daisuke's magnificent and unusual art style to "something a 5-year-old could draw," well, I have nothing to say except: roll laugh

... Last updated on May 16th, 2017, 3:25am
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cooking oneshots   
Rating: N/A
by kreatur
December 29th, 2015, 6:10am
Nothing happens in this manga but people making food in a very superficial way.
Each "story" makes me cut myself to make it end quicker.
I'm not one to complain about drawing but if there's no story I can't help it, this is something a 5yo could draw.

Zero value.
Zero quality.
Zero enjoyment.
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stealthily addictive...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by geekdiva
May 7th, 2010, 2:41am
Having just read and been captivated by Majo (魔女, Witches) by the same author, but being underwhelmed by the description of Little Forest, I thought I'd glance over the latter's first chapter before moving on to something else. While Little Forest wasn't as mind-blowingly stunning to me as Majo was, before I knew it I'd gone through all available chapters, and all I wanted was to do is eat mochi while reading more about the world view of the protagonist.

I will absolutely read any other chapters I can get my virtual or actual hands on.

... Last updated on May 7th, 2010, 11:43pm
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