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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou  
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Description
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.

The prologue chapter of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō won Afternoon magazine's Four Seasons Award for debut works, and series won the 2007 Seiun Award for Best Manga.

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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
ヨコハマ買い出し紀行
横滨购物纪行
YKK
Yokohama Shopping Trip

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Latest Release(s)
c.Epilogue by Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou Manga Scanlations (2887d ago)
v.11 c.103 by MangaProject (2946d ago)
v.11 c.102 by MangaProject (2958d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Complete, Reissue)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (534 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.78 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 2nd 2013, 1:50pm PST

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Year
1994

Original Publisher
Kodansha (1995; 2009)

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #694 increased(+62)
Monthly Pos #976 decreased(-104)
3 Month Pos #864 increased(+39)
6 Month Pos #853 increased(+72)

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On 617 reading lists
On 1056 wish lists
On 987 completed lists
On 59 unfinished lists
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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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A TRUE MANGA MASTERPIECE   
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 "War and Peace", "Call It Sleep", "The Stars My Destination", "The Lord of the Rings", or the groundbreaking early English slice-of-life novel "Tristram Shandy".

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

... Last updated on June 3rd, 2013, 2:04pm
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amazing...   
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!   
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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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World at the evening   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by monkry
June 12th, 2012, 9:20am
World at the evening. For me, that's the background world in this manga.
Calm. IMO, that's the most-describing word for this manga.
IMO, the background for this manga is kinda scary. World that will end, just a few people left...
But the plot and story itself is hearwarming, and the artwork is soothing.

Well, though there are heartwrenching scene at this manga, IMO it's
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When Takahiro would go to the city, where Alpha said something like "It's so fast". She meant the time. It's kind of heart-wrenching for me, because the time of the people around her is moving, while her time won't. She will, always, see people goes...
Actually I want to see her ended up with Takahiro, but the author goes real, and... I'm kinda disappointed, but IMO, it's ended like that is not a bad thing :)


... Last updated on June 12th, 2012, 9:23am
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Bliss   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by Zoro
February 15th, 2012, 12:14am
Ahh. With the right music and the right setting, reading this series is like being free. Don't read it too fast, but keep the pages turning fast enough to be swallowed up into Alpha's world. Extraordinary penmanship and direction, the author knows how to use every aspect of the general concept of manga without using too much dialogue. Because with too much dialogue the reader can get confused, but without enough the reader wouldn't know what to make of it.

Not a trace of Malice or Vengeance or anything else you'd expect a premise to have in order to make top rank (e.g Berserk or Monster). But it just goes to show that a series can go nowhere but still have a desired destination. And after all, it just seems blissful.
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Excellent   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Auwx
January 23rd, 2012, 12:56pm
I believe this is as good a slice of life manga will ever get. It is the ultimate slice of life : it is slow, there is nearly no plot, but the author manages to make a story that would usually seem dull exceptionally beautiful and enchanting. (I could sum up the plot in like 3 lines for the wwhole 140 chapters).
All the characters rae good, they go about there lives and stop sometimes at cafe Alpha where you can take a break.

My favourite character is Kokone, but there is none you can dislike. Even if they can have weird faces.

Anyway, the main point is : you like slice of life mangas, read this one, it is a must. If you can't stand them stay veeeeeeery far away. There is absolutely nothing for you here.
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A Postive Post-Apocalyptic world   
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by stardruid
March 15th, 2011, 11:35am
This manga is about a positive take on an Post-Apocalyptic world in ever sense. While a Apocalypse might have come people are still alive, the world is still green, and nature is alive. The series follows the bio-android (though it never calls her kind that, just "robot") Alpha as she watches over the Cafe her owner left her before going on a trip.

It might be slow paces but the story is rich, the world detailed. And despite other calling it the twilight of mankind the cities that exist are rich with people, children and life. As the twilight end, a new dawn begins.

There might not be as many of us as the once was but people are still alive, still having children, but going back to a more villiage sytle (be it with technology) life. We've just returned to a smaller population, with a style of life the world can sustain, leaving much of the world to return to Nature.

... Last updated on March 15th, 2011, 11:39am
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