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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou  
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From MangaProject:
This is the story of Alpha Hasseno, an Alpha 7 M2 series robot. Left by her owner, she appears and acts fully human while running a small coffee shop named Cafe Alpha. It is a light-hearted story about the people Alpha comes into contact with behind the backdrop of a futuristic country-side in Japan. As we meet Alpha, she makes a shopping trip to Yokohama.

Note: Won the 2007 Seiun Award for Best Manga.


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Associated Names
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō
Yokohama Shopping Blog
Yokohama Shopping Trip

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.0 by Habanero Scans (608d ago)
c.Epilogue by Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou Manga Scanlations (4218d ago)
v.11 c.103 by MangaProject (4277d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Complete, Reprint)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (657 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.79 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 3rd 2017, 12:20am PST



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Original Publisher
Kodansha (1995; 2009)

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

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3 Month Pos #759 increased(+41)
6 Month Pos #777 increased(+48)

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On 755 reading lists
On 1368 wish lists
On 1294 completed lists
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Regularly heralded as the best manga of all time and... Yeah, I see why.   
Rating: N/A
by Swifft
October 14th, 2016, 1:09pm
I'll just quote myself from a full review I wrote on the series, "Quiet, beautiful, smart, mysterious, cute, somber, meticulously paced, full of surprises, and yet almost always relaxed; Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is, in fact, probably the greatest manga ever made." Maybe you've heard people praise it before, well, they were in the right. I finally gave the series a read and unsurprisingly I loved it. I wouldn't call it a must-read, though! The premise is about the "end" of humanity, and so there's a lot of sadness to be had. If you aren't in the mood to be sad, steer clear.

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the most slice-of-lifish manga out there   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Nyajinsky
July 19th, 2015, 11:53am
the story follows a female robot Alpha and her everyday life at café alpha. nothing happens, the people around her age, she doesn’t, she meats other robots… too boring and slow paced.

extraordinary. I always took seinen as type of manga with best art. the pages were like pictures. although it might be, there were mostly like 1-2 panels on a page. you always see more scenery than anything else.

not developed, just aged, I liked takahiro.

hmm, not really, but it wasn’t bad either. not to read in one go, more when you are relaxing and want to read something easy, I would read a volume or two. the volumes were extremely quick to read (almost no dialogue).

there isn't much I can say about the manga because there just isn't anything. But it was good.
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Dark Coffee   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Linwaumei
December 15th, 2014, 7:36am
It's my first comment here.
My heart warms up when I remember this manga. It's my favorite, and very probably I'll have it with myself for my whole life.
I fell in love completly with mono no aware after reading this one, I just love the sensation.
Since it's the dawn of humanity, it has this melancholy feel. Which is very good, and it feels as good as dark coffee. Your mood is essential to read this one, because the pace is slow and everything. But it's just too human, you must read. But don't rush your read or you'll not enjoy it.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
And don't forget this manga is awesome because of its slowness, and we can make a parallel with our lives about this, because since the pace is slow, the humans are still alive for a great time before the end.

I just could feel things in a different way, this bitter happiness.
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quite niche   
Rating: 7.1 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 3rd, 2014, 5:59am
reading all these positive reviews with such high rating, i cannot help but have high expectation of this manga. i am let down heavily. i think the very essence that make this manga so beloved by the others cannot resonate with me. as others had said, this is a very laidback and slow manga, with no real plot, no friction no danger no excitement, just pages after pages of alpha having a quite but enjoyable time to herself. i am unable to feel the joy that she felt being with other similarly serene characters thus this manga can be quite a chore to me.

should you read this? well, my view seems to be a minority compared to others so you should try this to see what is your feeling to this. however i do recommend you to read this sparingly, picking this up whenever you feel a little let down or unsettled to bring back calm to your life. i read this in one go thus the press of time may not be felt by me. and this manga is the best with the flow of time lulling you to sleep.
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A feeling of nostalgia   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
September 30th, 2013, 4:45am
To be honest, I found this pretty boring at first, and I was really bothered by the fact that the protagonist is supposedly a robot, but didn't seem anywhere like one (there is a difference between a robot who seems so human that you forget that she's a robot at all, and a character that never seemed like a robot in the first place).

But somewhere along the line, without knowing when exactly, the characters grow on you. Before I knew it I was tearing up at the inexorable passage of time, and feeling sad as the series neared its conclusion, as though I had just seen a whole life pass me by. It is a feeling of heartbreak, and yet life moves on, beautiful and peaceful as ever.

... Last updated on September 30th, 2013, 4:46am
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Arguably the finest slice of life story to have ever been told   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Summerfield
June 25th, 2013, 4:02pm
I have read manga for 20 years and about 10 years ago I got my hands of this manga series. It completely change my entire perspective on what I seek today when I read. The very simplistic theme and nature of the art and story is something that I to this day have not found anywhere else. And while simplistic it gave me a very profound nostalgic and wistful feeling which I can not entirely explain. It is in my opinion one of the great manga works of my generation and arguably the finest slice of life story to have ever been told.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
March 27th, 2013, 8:27am
Why do I think I know this manga is something that rare? Look how many people have loved it, and yet how often they can't say exactly why.

That is the mark of a masterpiece in any narrative art: There is something mysterious about the story that transcends the usual genre, tropes, and story-forms of that art. Or perhaps another way of saying this is that the author has managed to touch some universal need or essence within us that we didn't even know we had.

I like manga a lot, even though I'm a relic of the era of print-only literature. For that reason I never thought I would ever find in manga anything to equal or even approach novels like "The Stars My Destination", "The Lord of the Rings", or several other great stories I can't ever forget.

I'm thrilled to have been proven wrong by Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou.

... Last updated on July 3rd, 2016, 8:59am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by namu76
November 22nd, 2012, 7:28pm
When I first stumbled upon this, I couldn't help but being amazed by the author's imaginative future....
It was made in 1994! Wow! And I was oblivious about stuff like global warming and the polar's ice being melt until year 2000 or so (by then, I was still in grade school so maybe it couldn't be helped...but...oh, well). How could he had known?! Japanese sure are fearsome fellows....
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strange but wonderful   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by myyinfatuation
August 12th, 2012, 12:50am
I love stories with children, especially seeing them grow up, so the contrast between takahiro and Alpha was achingly bittersweet for me.

At the beginning of the series I found It was a very care free story about every day life in this strange world in the perspective of a very human like robot, but as the years passed and Alpha and those around her aged and matured, I found myself oddly sad. It was a wonderful read but left me with an odd feeling when I finished. Not dissatisfaction exactly but I just really wish i could have seen more of the world as Alpha grew.

it really is a wonderful series, and odd things will really move you, scenes, little phrases,

definitely a recommended read
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It is my new favorite!   
Rating: N/A
by ListeningDaisy
July 14th, 2012, 9:07pm
I loved reading this! It was so calm and peaceful. While reading this, I was able to let go of my stress and sink into the story of Alpha's life. I really enjoyed the art work, and the story provoked feelings of nostalgia within me. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it was certainly mine. It also had a nice end, which I appreciate. I certainly recommend it!

... Last updated on July 14th, 2012, 11:13pm
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