List of Yotsuba&! chapters
Yotsuba&! is a manga written and drawn by Kiyohiko Azuma, and published in Japan by ASCII Media Works in the monthly magazine Dengeki Daioh. Since 2003, 82 chapters have been published; 81 of these have been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes as of March 2013[update], with further chapters appearing in Dengeki Daioh to be collected in tankōbon format over time. The series was licensed in English by ADV Manga, with five volumes published; volume six was scheduled to be published February 2008 but was delayed indefinitely. Yen Press announced at New York Comic Con 2009 that they had acquired the North American license for the English release of the manga; volume six was released in September 2009 along with new translations of the first five volumes, with later volumes to follow. The series has been licensed in France by Kurokawa, in Spain by Norma Editorial, in Germany by Tokyopop Germany, in Italy by Dynit, in Finland by Punainen jättiläinen, in Korea by Daiwon C.I., in Taiwan by Kadokawa Media, in Vietnam by TVM Comics, and in Thailand by NED Comics.
Yotsuba&! follows the daily life of a young girl named Yotsuba Koiwai and her adoptive father, with each chapter taking place on a specific, nearly sequential day of a common year starting on Wednesday. The year was initially believed to be 2003, coinciding with the date of the manga's serialization, but Azuma has stated that the manga always takes place in the present day. This allows the appearance of products created after 2003, such as the Nintendo DS Mr. Ayase plays in chapter forty-two.
Official story dates through volume five are given by a small artbook, Yotsuba&! Illustrations and Materials, distributed in Japan with volume six and Yotsuba & Monochrome Animals; dates from volume six on are established by evidence within the series, such as statements by characters, and by statements by Azuma. The collected volumes have seven chapters each, spanning about a week in series time. The first five volumes cover a summer vacation period.
List of volumes and chapters
Note: This list uses official English-translated titles through volume 11, unofficial Japanese translations thereafter.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||27 August 2003||ISBN 978-4-8402-2466-6||6 June 2005 (ADV)
September 2009 (Yen)
|ISBN 978-1-4139-0317-1 (ADV)
ISBN 978-0-316-07387-5 (Yen)
|On the last day of the spring semester, Yotsuba and her father Koiwai move into their new house and meet the neighboring Ayase girls, Asagi, Fuka, and Ena. As the Koiwais settle in, they encounter problems, including a broken bathroom lock and Yotsuba needing to learn about polite greetings, air conditioners, and the proper uses of doorbells. Fuka offers the Koiwais her family's old television, and when Koiwai's friend Jumbo helps carry it, the Ayases are impressed by his height. For other household goods, Koiwai takes Yotsuba shopping at a department store for the first time. Jumbo takes Yotsuba and Ena cicada-catching, and they return to show off their catch to Mrs. Ayase. The next day, after Fuka helps Yotsuba bring in the Koiwais' forgotten laundry, Yotsuba plays in the rain.|
|2||27 April 2004||ISBN 978-4-8402-2674-5||1 August 2005 (ADV)
September 2009 (Yen)
|ISBN 978-1-4139-0318-8 (ADV)
ISBN 978-0-316-07389-9 (Yen)
|Yotsuba tags along when Ena and her friend Miura go drawing in the park. After watching a gangster movie, Yotsuba takes revenge on the Ayases with her water pistol. The next day, Mrs. Ayase sends Ena, Miura, and Yotsuba to buy cake from a bakery. After working all night on a deadline, Koiwai falls asleep, leaving Yotsuba to watch the house on her own. In a failed attempt to get closer to Asagi, Jumbo takes Yotsuba, Fuka, and Ena swimming at the pool. When Yotsuba catches a bullfrog, Ena adores it but Miura is frightened of it. Asagi returns from an Okinawa vacation with souvenirs for her family—and leftover sata andagi for Yotsuba.|
|3||27 November 2004||ISBN 978-4-8402-2895-4||3 October 2005 (ADV)
September 2009 (Yen)
|ISBN 978-1-4139-0329-4 (ADV)
ISBN 978-0-316-07390-5 (Yen)
|To thank Asagi, Yotsuba travels to the playground for a souvenir for her and her friend Torako. In return, Asagi buys Yotsuba a package of fireworks. While helping Fuka shop at Jumbo's flower shop, Yotsuba buys all the leftover stock for ¥10. The next day, during Obon, Koiwai sends Yotsuba, dressed as the "Flower Cupid," to give away excess flowers. The next day, Koiwai takes Yotsuba on her first visit to a zoo to see an elephant. In another attempt to get close to Asagi, Jumbo takes Yotsuba, Ena, and Miura to a fireworks show, where Yotsuba learns that crowds can be scary and that display fireworks are more impressive than firecrackers.|
|4||27 August 2005||ISBN 978-4-8402-3163-3||27 June 2007 (ADV)
September 2009 (Yen)
|ISBN 978-1-4139-0345-4 (ADV)
ISBN 978-0-316-07391-2 (Yen)
|To give Miura a "summer vacation memory," Jumbo takes her, Yotsuba, and Ena fishing. Koiwai and Yotsuba go shopping for dinner, but he forgets his wallet and they must borrow money from Fuka. When Fuka sees the boy she likes with another girl, Yotsuba tries to understand, then console, her broken heart. After Ena takes Yotsuba to radio exercises for the first time, she invites Yotsuba over for breakfast, where Yotsuba decides to become a newspaperman. Her career ends, however, when The Yotsuba Times publishes the secret of Fuka's heartbreak to the rest of the family. After dreaming of being a tsukutsukubōshi, Yotsuba dresses up as one, only to learn that they are not summer-ending fairies but a type of cicada.|
|5||28 April 2006||ISBN 978-4-8402-3441-2||31 October 2007 (ADV)
September 2009 (Yen)
|ISBN 978-1-4139-0349-2 (ADV)
ISBN 978-0-316-07392-9 (Yen)
|When Ena and Miura make a robot costume out of cardboard boxes, Yotsuba believes it is a real robot, and Ena refuses to let Miura crush her dreams by telling her the truth. Yotsuba helps Mrs. Ayase with household chores and then meets Koiwai's kōhai, Yanda, whom she instantly dislikes. To help with Ena's homework, Jumbo takes her, Miura, Yotsuba, and Fuka stargazing. During rainy day errands, Yotsuba misinterprets Koiwai's excuse for not going to the ocean, "There'll be jellyfish!" as a promise to go see the jellyfish, and invites Ena and Fuka along. When she throws a tantrum, he gives in and the four spend the afternoon at the beach.|
|6||16 December 2006||ISBN 978-4-8402-3702-4||September 2009||ISBN 978-0-316-07324-0|
|On the last day of summer vacation, as Miura desperately finishes her homework, Yotsuba gives herself the assignment of constructing a utility shirt out of recycled materials. Koiwai takes Yotsuba shopping for a bicycle. After a few falls, she learns to ride it and uses it to accompany Asagi and Torako on an errand. Yotsuba tries out more careers, first as an office worker by writing memos, then as a milkman, delivering a bottle of milk to Fuka at her high school. For riding off without permission, Koiwai takes away her bicycle privileges, but after she helps him and Jumbo build some bookshelves, he restores them.|
|7||27 September 2007||ISBN 978-4-8402-4053-6||15 December 2009||ISBN 978-0-316-07325-7|
|Ena and Miura show Yotsuba how to make a paper-cup telephone, which they string between Koiwai's office and Fuka's bedroom, and then take her on a bike ride to the playground of their elementary school. Because of Yotsuba's continuing interest in how milk is produced, Koiwai plans a trip to a farm, but this is put off when she gets a fever. Yotsuba helps Fuka and a classmate bake an elaborate cake as practice for their school cultural festival. When Koiwai wants instant ramen for lunch, Yotsuba insists on running the errand by herself for the first time. Koiwai, Jumbo, and Yanda take Yotsuba on her long-delayed farm visit, where she meets sheep and learns how to milk a cow.|
|8||27 August 2008||ISBN 978-4-04-867151-4||20 April 2010||ISBN 978-0-316-07327-1|
|Still excited from her trip to the dairy farm, Yotsuba brings the Ayases a souvenir of butter toffees and is fascinated by Mrs. Ayase's mail-order catalog. The next day, Mrs. Ayase tells Koiwai about the cart-pulling festival the following week, while Yotsuba confuses him with her "opposites game." When he takes Yotsuba out for lunch, Yotsuba runs into Torako and manages to order for herself. Yotsuba and Koiwai attend the cultural festival at Fuka's high school, where Yotsuba is disappointed with the plain pound cake her class serves. Yotsuba is excited by her first typhoon, and insists on going next door in the torrential downpour. When Fuka warns her that she will fly away in the wind, Yotsuba goes back outside to test this. Jumbo babysits Yotsuba while Koiwai is out, and when Yanda shows up to eat his instant ramen, he helps Yotsuba defends the house from the "intruder". Yotsuba and Ena help pull a children's cart in the aforementioned festival, where Yotsuba is visibly impressed by the happi, the taiko drum, Jumbo's tengu costume, exposed butts, and the amount of candy she receives. Koiwai takes Yotsuba shopping for autumn clothes, but when they pass a park she insists on collecting as many acorns as she can.|
|9||27 November 2009||ISBN 978-4-04-868247-3||21 December 2010||ISBN 978-0-316-12679-3|
|While Koiwai works, Yotsuba plans out a schedule for the day, but immediately falls behind and plays with her acorns instead. The next day, Dad takes Yotsuba shopping for a coffee maker at a mall, and while there buys Yotsuba her first teddy bear, which she names Juralumin. The next day, she shows Juralumin to the Ayases, who give Yotsuba Ena's old wagon to carry it in. To help Fuka study, Yotsuba brings her a mug of her father's coffee, but spills it on the table. One of Jumbo's customers invites him to her yakiniku shop's half-off night, and he brings Yanda and Koiwai along. When Yotsuba again drops the coffee she tries to bring to Fuka, the Ayase sisters visit her house. While there, they clean up and Asagi invites Yotsuba and Koiwai along to a hot air balloon festival the next day. The Koiwais, Asagi, Ena, and Torako get up before dawn to drive to the festival, where they watch the balloons inflate and take off on a race. After breakfast, they ride in a balloon, play with hand helicopters, and collect candy thrown by a paraglider.|
|10||27 November 2010||ISBN 978-4-04-870143-3||25 October 2011||ISBN 978-0-316-19033-6|
While Koiwai works, Yotsuba plays house with her wooden blocks, then talks her father into a game of hide and seek and playing on the swings in the park. Inspired by a picture book, Yotsuba learns how to cook pancakes from her father, with assistance from Yanda. That evening, the Koiwais show Jumbo photographs from the hot air balloon festival. While her father finishes an assignment, Jumbo babysits Yotsuba and gives her a book about animals. The next day, Jumbo takes the Koiwais shopping for a digital camera. While the adults compare cameras, Yotsuba explores the electronics store with Fuuka. When Yotsuba lies about breaking some dishes, Koiwai takes her to a guardian Niō statue at a Buddhist temple to scare the "lying bug" out of her. When Yotsuba and Ena visit Miura's apartment, Yotsuba is upset when she sees her empty cardboard robot costume. To reassure her that the robot is not dead, Miura puts the costume on and plays with her in the park.
|11||26 November 2011||ISBN 978-4-04-886097-0||25 September 2012||ISBN 978-0-316-22539-7|
Yotsuba goes to an udon shop without her father's knowledge, and is allowed to watch udon being made. After getting a pizza menu in the mail, the Koiwais order a couple, though one turns out to be too much for Yotsuba to hold. After an announcement of an upcoming camping trip, Yanda arrives with various bubble-blowing devices, which they play inside, then outside, with. Yotsuba, Fuuka, and Fuuka's classmate from chapter 45 go to a shrine to pick chestnuts, and Yotsuba learns about burr covers and bug infestations. Koiwai gives Yotsuba her own camera, which she uses to go around taking pictures of people. Yotsuba meets Miura at her apartment building, and they go to Ena's. On the way, a dog grabs her teddy bear and shakes it, making it smell like dog, so they wash it and dry it at the Ayases'. As a result, the bear's ability to speak is broken, so Asagi offers to repair it overnight. Yotsuba spends much of the intervening time sulking about Juralumin's absence until Yanda finally gets a reaction out of her. She goes to the Ayases', where she finds Juralumin repaired.
|12||9 March 2013||ISBN 978-4-04-891352-2||19 November 2013||ISBN 978-0-316-32232-4|
Chapters not collected in tankōbon format
- "Yotsuba & Camping, part 3" (よつばとキャンプ "Yotsuba to Kyampu"?) -
- "Yotsuba & Camping, part 4" (よつばとキャンプ2 "Yotsuba to Kyampu 2"?) - 1 November
- "Yotsuba & Sticks and Stuff" (よつばとスティックとか "Yotsuba to Sutikku toka"?) - 2 November
- "Yotsuba & the Sandpit" (よつばとすなば "Yotsuba to Sunaba"?) -
- "Yotsuba & Night" (よつばとよる "Yotsuba to Yoru"?) - 4 November
- "Yotsuba & Grandma" (よつばとばーちゃん "Yotsuba to Bā-chan"?) - 5 November
Notes and references
- ADV website at the Wayback Machine
- Scott Green (28 May 2008). "AICN Anime-Yotsuba Questions Answered, An Early Look at Gantz, Koike's Color of Rage and More!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
- Alverson, Brigid (23 June 2008). "ADV Manga Is Still in the Picture". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
‘When will Yotsuba&! come out?’ We don’t know, and we’re not going to lie about it.[dead link]
- Koulikov, Mikhail (7 February 2009). "New York Comic Con Yen Press". Anime News Network. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
- "Yen Press » YOTSUBA&! by Kiyohiko Azuma". Yen Press. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
- "Yotsuba&! Vol 1" (in French). Kurokawa. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- "¡YOTSUBA!" (in Spanish). Norma Editorial. Retrieved 20 May 2009.[dead link]
- "Yotsuba&!" (in German). Tokyopop Germany. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- "Yotsuba & !" (in Italian). Dynit. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- "Yotsuba&!" (in Finnish). Punainen jättiläinen. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- 요츠바랑! (in Korean). Daiwon C.I. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- 四葉妹妹! (in Chinese). Kadokawa Media. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- "Yotsuba&!" (in Vietnamese). TVM Comics. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- โยทสึบะ หนูเด๋อจอมป่วน! (in Thai). NED Comics. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- Beard, Patricia (22 June 2007). "Yotsuba&! Vol. #04". Mania.com. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
The time frame of Yotsuba's world moves very slowly. The first chapter of the initial volume takes place in mid July and each successive chapter represents another day in Yotsuba's life with the start of Volume 4 bringing it to mid-August.
- "Azuma Kiyohiko discuses volume 6 (Japanese)". 23 January 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2007.
- Azuma, Kiyohiko (2006). Yotsuba&! Illustrations and Materials (in Japanese). Tokyo: ASCII Media Works.
- よつばと!(1) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- よつばと!(2) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- よつばと!(3) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- よつばと!(4) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- Tsukutsukubōshi is a species of Japanese cicada (Meimuna opalifera), named onomatopoetically after its call.
- よつばと!(5) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- The Japanese name of Ena and Miura's robot costume, Danbō, comes from danbōru (段ボール), the Japanese word for the corrugated cardboard it is made of.
- よつばと!(6) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- Date is shown on a calendar.
- Koiwai says, "September starts today," and Yotsuba changes all the calendar pages.
- The day after chapter 36: Yotsuba's bicycle was "just bought" the day before.
- Takes place on the next Friday.
- Takes place on Sunday, with Mr. Ayase at home for the weekend, and chapter 39 takes place the next day on a school day.
- The day after chapter 39, and a school day.
- Takes place on Jumbo's day off, so is the Thursday before chapter 43.
- よつばと!(7) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- "Yotsuba&!, Vol. 7". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- Serialized in Dengeki Daioh as よつばと敬老の日, which is the same title written in kanji.
- Serialized in Dengeki Daioh as "Yotsuba and Farm" (よつばとぼくじょ "Yotsuba to Bokujo"?, with the last word misspelled).
- Serialized in Dengeki Daioh as よつばとパティシエ; ぱちしえ is small child's pronunciation of パティシエ.
- Serialized in Dengeki Daioh as "Yotsuba and the Farm" (よつばとぼくじょう "Yotsuba to Bokujō"?).
- Serialized in Dengeki Daioh as "Yotsuba and the Farm!" (よつばとぼくじょう! "Yotsuba to Bokujō!"?).
- Date, shown on a calendar, of Respect for the Aged Day in a common year starting on Wednesday.
- Chapters 47 and 48 take place one week later, on Jumbo's next regular Thursday off.
- Yanda says, "Today is 25 September."
- Starts soon after the end of chapter 47.
- よつばと!(8) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- "Yotsuba&!, Vol. 8". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- Serialized over two months as "Part 1" and "Part 2" in Dengeki Daioh.
- Chapter 49 and chapter 50 are another days. And the festival is next week.
- In chapter 50, Yotsuba says Fuka's Culture Festival is "tomorrow".
- Thursday between Chapter 48 and 59. Takes place on Jumbo's day off, so is a Thursday.
- Saturday between Chapter 48 and 59. Yotsuba says "Today is Saturday"; in chapter 50, the festival is to be "next week."
- In Chapter 54, the festival is said to last another day.
- よつばと!(9) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
- "Yotsuba&!, Vol. 9". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- Serialized with "yakiniku" written with kanji, as "焼き肉".
- Serialized in Dengeki Daioh with the same title as the previous chapter.
- Volume 9 covers about a week of story time starting from 7 October. "Azuma Kiyohiko discuses volume 9" (in Japanese). 23 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
- Another day, so therefore 8 October.
- The next day: Ena apologizes for scolding her in the previous chapter.
- The poster at the yakiniku restaurant, JuuJuu, says 10 October is the day of the half-price offer ("10 10" is pronounced juu juu).
- In chapter 61, which takes place on the next day, Torako's flier says the balloon festival is on the 11th, 12th, and 13th. Ena mentions that today is part of a three-day weekend, so this chapter takes place on Saturday the 11th or Sunday the 12th.
- During the previous chapter, the outing was planned for "tomorrow".
- Starts soon after the end of chapter 61.
- よつばと!(10) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
- "Yotsuba&!, Vol. 10". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- Serialized in Dengeki Daioh as "Yotsuba & the Electronics Store Part II" (よつばとでんきや 後編 "Yotsuba to Denkiya Kōhen"?).
- A schoolday, and so a weekday.
- Chapter 65 takes place later the same day.
- Yotsuba cooked the pancakes of chapter 64 "today".
- In chapter 65, Jumbo promised to come back "tomorrow" to shop for the camera. Jumbo's day off, so a Thursday. The only Thursday between chapter 60 and chapter 70 is the 16th.
- Starts immediately after the end of chapter 66.
- よつばと!(11) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- "YOTSUBA&! by Kiyohiko Azuma". Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "Kiyohiko Azuma" (in Japanese). Twitter. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- Jumbo's day off, so a Thursday.
- Fuuka is not in school, so a weekend.
- A schoolday.
- よつばと!(12) (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Yotsuba&!, Vol. 12". Amazon.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- Two separate chapters were published in Dengeki Daioh numbered "chapter 79."
- Takes place on Halloween
- In chapter 80, they were going to go camping "in the morning".
- Serialized in three parts in Dengeki Daioh.
- Starts immediately after the conclusion of chapter 81.