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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou  
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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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Yokohama Shopping Trip

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c.Epilogue by Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou Manga Scanlations (3319d ago)
v.11 c.103 by MangaProject (3379d ago)
v.11 c.102 by MangaProject (3390d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Complete, Reissue)

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (578 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.78 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 4th 2015, 11:58am PST



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Original Publisher
Kodansha (1995; 2009)

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #581 increased(+138)
Monthly Pos #953 decreased(-80)
3 Month Pos #917 decreased(-67)
6 Month Pos #905 decreased(-30)

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On 690 reading lists
On 1197 wish lists
On 1108 completed lists
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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   
Rating: N/A
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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Achingly beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rallymodeller
January 6th, 2011, 12:01am
The story may be slow-paced, but you get a true feel for the characters and setting. Some things, like the mushrooms and the chunk missing out of Fuji-san, are never truly explained but for this story that's just OK (Robert Heinlein once said that over-explaining can ruin a story). This manga is sort of like postcards from the future, showing the pace of life and little else but does not suffer for it.
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diverse, unique and calming   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
August 29th, 2010, 11:25am
The twelve years it took to complete the story clearly show themselves in the quality of the plot.
Twists are few, but when they do happen they always give a feeling of immersion in exactly the right amounts. To me, this is the first time I've come across a good Slice Of Life story, that stays interesting for more than 10 chapters. That said, I read this in one sitting, so I never really got distracted, like those who might have read this over the course of a decade.

This work easily deserves a 10 out of 10 for the depth behind the plot, the very well done implementation of the small things in your everyday life, without getting boring, ever. The view the author gives us of this post-apocalyptic world is narrow, yet amazingly wide and bright behind the scenes. I think you can really call the mood magical, even if this story is at maximum slightly mystical.
A masterpiece of a quality you will only rarely come across. When reading, remember that this was meant to be a Slice Of Life manga, so you won't feel the tension so common to mainstream manga. If you however can appreciate the calmness and bittersweet contentedness/satisfction a good Slice-Of-Life spreads, you'll never forget this reading experience.

... Last updated on December 23rd, 2012, 6:03am
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Top slice of life manga   
Rating: N/A
by Deva
March 15th, 2010, 5:16pm
Well this is probably the ultimate slice of life manga out there but except that there isn't much to it.
If you are into this kind of genre you won't find many better mangas.

... Last updated on March 15th, 2010, 5:22pm
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How depressing,   
Rating: N/A
by Papaver
March 12th, 2010, 6:49pm
but very good. It's.. a happy story, more bittersweet, but when it ended I think I mourned for the dying world a bit. So many unanswered questions (the mushrooms are positively creepy), but I suppose that's just the way it works.
.. I think I want to cry.
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this manga sucks   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kiron216
October 25th, 2009, 12:30pm
It doesn't progress and isn't even close to insightful. Theres no romance no action just a lot of plot points that give the illusion of development. Theres no comedy either or characters the audience can identify with. The artwork is decent but that's about it. This manga is worthless.
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Rating: N/A
by hamburgers
June 8th, 2009, 5:41pm
^ the above is the word that seems to best describe this series. It is simply impossible to get worked up while reading this.

It reads like the diary of an exceptionally sweet and gentle young lady, full of emotion, insight, empathy, and wonder. We the readers are able to grasp at an easygoing, simple life, in which we take our time to appreciate the details. This may be the most realistic work of sci-fi I have ever read.

The attention to minor details is one of the things I really enjoyed about this series, from the very beginning. The mangaka's ability to ingrain such detail into the scenery with such a simplistic style of artwork, is simply astounding. The mangak seems to mimic Tolstoy's style of painting a picture that allows one to see the whole picture quite easily through the minute details.

One thing I must say is that I get bored easily, and the pace of this series was just too slow for me to handle. Nothing ever really 'happens', but are our lives really that eventful? I suppose that's the point, to an extent, and I've redefined my scope of 'slice of life' using this series as a baseline. Boring? Mebbe. Relaxing? Quite, if you're not too impatient.

If you decide to start reading this, don't rush through the read. This series is not meant to be read in a hurry; its Sunday afternoon reading material. A slow, leisurely pace is what you want here, one that matches the lifestyle of the characters in the series.

... Last updated on October 19th, 2009, 8:12pm
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Truly a masterpiece of story and art!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kamugin
May 2nd, 2009, 5:49pm
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is one of the best mangas I ever read. How can a story can be so simple and yet so enchanting? In essence this is a manga about the passing time of life and the small yet precious moments that fill it. I was hooked since the beginning by two or three chapters I found on the Web long time ago and awaited anxiously for each chapter release over the years and even purchased the original Japanese print. Ashinano Hitoshi's work is a visual poem replete of beauty and sensibility!
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Never thought Post-Apocalyptic world would be this beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Guest
November 29th, 2008, 6:27pm
What would you think if you heard the word 'Post-Apocalypse'? meteor shower?, nuclear wasteland?, hurricanes?, new york covered with snow?, suicide virus?, machine army?(with sunglasses), zombie army?, or 4th Bush administration?

it's obviously different take on what Al Gore said. The place where the characters live was a big city once, but the big city part is drowned, maybe because Gore landed a jet in the arctic, melted its ice.

the story is about a humanoid robot left alone in a cafe by her owner, facing day-to-day life in almost deserted post-apocalyptic village, making friends, learning a thing or two; don't expect any romance(there's hints tho) or action here.

nothing sad here, but i almost cry when it's ends, and i never cry to mangas before, even sad one, maybe because you grew love with every characters, even to those who just passed briefly every scenes, making it very hard to say farewell to them, and prove the power of character development over cheesy sad lines.

but the ending is frigginly amazing; times passed, the earth, once a festive of humanity, plagued by greed and lust for power, grew quieter each seconds passed, with less and less people around. maybe if post-apocalyptic future is this beautiful, i don't mind living in one.

the art isn't very good, but in a strange way, frigginly beautiful, helped by the narrative, poetic approach of the story, i can almost feel the winds blowing, the smell of the grasses in the morning, the cold, freezing temperature in winter nights, or the hot and sweaty days in summer...

i also see it as criticism on how we face Global Warming. the characters in this manga, which is the possible reflection on how might our descendants live, just live their day-to-day life without pointlessly whining that someday, earth will kill them all. Gore said they would be blaming us for this, would they?

and the night of humanity, may it be a peaceful age.

... Last updated on December 1st, 2008, 5:06am
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