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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 about 1 year ago
c.Epilogue by Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou Manga Scanlations over 11 years ago
v.11 c.103 by MangaProject over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Complete, Reprint)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (664 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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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #501 increased(+57)
Monthly Pos #689 increased(+34)
3 Month Pos #795 decreased(-28)
6 Month Pos #794 increased(+31)
Year Pos #811 decreased(-40)

List Stats
On 788 reading lists
On 1386 wish lists
On 1320 completed lists
On 86 unfinished lists
On 424 custom lists

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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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Perhaps too good!   
Rating: N/A
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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