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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou  
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Description
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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.

won the 2007 Seiun Award for Best Manga.

Type
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
橫濱購物紀行
YKK
Yokohama Shopping Trip

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Latest Release(s)
c.Epilogue by Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou Manga Scanlations (3125d ago)
v.11 c.103 by MangaProject (3184d ago)
v.11 c.102 by MangaProject (3196d 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 (561 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.78 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 22nd 2014, 1:01am 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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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #563 increased(+16)
Monthly Pos #791 increased(+147)
3 Month Pos #914 increased(+19)
6 Month Pos #837 increased(+18)

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On 661 reading lists
On 1149 wish lists
On 1070 completed lists
On 71 unfinished lists
On 323 custom lists

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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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Perhaps too good!   
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by gjoerulv
September 18th, 2008, 9:48pm
I don't see any reasons for anyone not liking this. If you are looking for action, drama, heavy romance and shit you should look somewhere else though. This is the perfect slice of life story.
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The most amazing story.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by NightSwan
August 28th, 2008, 6:00am
It passed so fast...

Lovely stories, accompanied by beautiful backgrounds...
Alpha is the reflection of the human kind, their memory, and that their being will not be forgotten...

Very peaceful pacing. As others said, no action, no crazy fights, nothing over the top, just quite.
It was both relaxing and heart thumping with it's beauty and peaceful melancholy...
Nobody in the story complains about the world. They live in happiness, acceptance and in peace.

It might seem boring to people. But it is a slice of life manga after all.
Alpha is a simple, yet amazing character. As said in the manga "she doesn't know how special she is"...
Probably one of my favorite characters of all time. A being that sees the beauty in everything, and makes every scene so breathtaking...


I think, this is one of those things that you must read.

... Last updated on March 24th, 2009, 9:53am
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Sublime masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sleekie
July 8th, 2008, 8:56am
Seems kinda superfluous adding another 'zomg this is awesome' comment to the list...but honestly, YKK really is THAT good. All the 10/10 is there for a reason....this is a masterpiece. If you haven't read this, you are doing yourself a serious disservice. I've been reading since I was 4 and this is easily one of the best works I've ever come across in 30 years.

Incidentally, tracking down the releases may need a little search-fu. It is worth every moment spent doing so.
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Beautiful beyond words   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by G. Zeus
March 2nd, 2008, 3:41am
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is one of those works wherein few words are used yet so much is said. The art complements the subtle text in creating an evocative and nostalgic atmosphere, allowing the reader to experience mono no aware in its purest form.
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A sublime and nostalgic Masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by waluigi
January 17th, 2008, 11:06am
This work of art evoked emotions and provoked thoughts that i never knew were possible from merely reading a manga. Words can do it no justice. Wait, actually i think 'silent yet incredibly eloquent' might cut it..... Then again it might not. I'm truly fortunate to have stumbled across this gem. Read this if its the only manga you do.

Just read it again. Beautiful....just beautiful.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2008, 7:25am
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Manga meets Romanticism   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by tokkun
July 13th, 2007, 8:02pm
If Norman Rockwell and Garrison Keeler collaborated to create a "Chicken Soup for the Manga Reader's Soul", I suspect it would be much like this one. Warm and syrupy with sentimentality, it's a picture of a future world that somehow retains the idealistic simplicity of life usually associated with the past. It's Romanticism in its very essence. You feel good when reading this manga, because it reminds almost everyone in some way of their rose-tinted memories of childhood summers - when the world was a simple place full of natural mysteries waiting to be discovered, and there was nothing more meaningful than going to the beach or walking through the forest.

It's most definitely a slice-of-life manga, and it's dramatic only in the way that life is dramatic. Characters grow up and move away, seasons and years come and go; and all of this is set against the seemingly unchanging facade of a robot - subtly accentuating the frailty and impermanence of life.

I felt almost like a voyeur, looking into this world. You track the story's of each character's lives without feeling like the author is actually telling you a story. Much of the world remains a mystery, which is both the most attractive and most frustrating aspect of this manga. You truly are seeing only part of these stories, and there are many plot elements left unresolved when the end comes. Like life, things are never neatly wrapped up.
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Beautiful.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lukannon
June 30th, 2007, 9:55am
There's really no other way to describe this series. The art isn't the best out there, but it's still good, and while simple, it's not simple to the point of lacking. The story is relaxing, peaceful, and well presented, and will leave you feeling the most satisfied you've been in a long time. Almost guaranteed.

There's lots of other stuff to say, but reading the series is better than reading my review of it. What are you doing? Get it, now.
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Post-apocalypse revisited   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by monkey-boy
June 5th, 2007, 7:47pm
I find most stories about human-like robots (e.g. Pluto) dreadful, and the whole notion of Slice of Life as a genre bothers me, since it seems to presuppose that Random Stuff needs no skillful handling in order to become art. These two concerns about YKK (it was originally billed above, for example, as a "slice of life" manga about a "robot ... that appears and acts fully human") kept me away from YKK for quite a while.

I finally gave it a shot because of barbapapa's list in the Top 5 Favorite Manga forum thread, where it's counted along with some other titles I like; and I'm very glad I did. In that posting he parenthetically notes that YKK is "better than life," and that is exactly it. This manga is better than real life.

As far as my fears were concerned ... One, the story never goes in for the whole manufactured robot?/human?/what-is-life? drama in the first place (it simply doesn't go there). Two, it emphatically doesn't belong in the Random Stuff bucket. Long episodes of house repairs and brewing coffee substitutes might seem, at first blush, to be the essence of Slice of Life in that sense. But as you read on you begin to see how these mark the deep beat of an epic poem on growth and decay, built from a handful of delicate but expertly handled twists on convention (it's the story of the growth and decay of species, rather than of individuals; decay is the primary theme, and growth the secondary one, rather than the other way around; the immortal god-like narrator figure has been flipped from its usual post outside the story to its center, in Alpha; etc.). So far from being random samplings, they're carefully crafted motifs in a much bigger picture. The result is a masterpiece.

One more thing. I don't know anything about the publication history of YKK, but it has the feel of a story that was cut off before the author was really done with it. It seemed to me that volume 14 ends abruptly, and then he gets the space of one very short Epilogue chapter to wrap things up. But the Epilogue isn't one of these inadequate patchwork wrapups at all --- on the contrary, it's an amazing ending. One of my favorite manga endings ever. Just one more thing to love about it.

... Last updated on April 24th, 2014, 3:36am
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Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ChronicD
December 26th, 2006, 7:50pm
All I can say about this manga is to agree with everyone else. I feel it is truely a masterpiece. No explosions, no mecha fighting with giant swords, no buxom spacebabes in revealing outfits, yet still a work that can evoke great emotion.
For sure, it may not be for everyone, but I think that anyone who is willing to think about what they read a little bit should most DEFINATELY read this.
It's way up there on my list of alltime favorite mangas.
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