I’d heard about Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou as a manga classic for years before it was released last year in English, and had even sought out some fan translations to get some experience of it. I absolutely loved this first volume of this cozy post-apocalyptic sci fi, and felt rewarded for keeping it on my radar for so long.
It’s a slice of life comic with an ecological disaster looming in the background. The characters are super charming and the robot protagonist adds another layer of character work that enriches the story.
I was surprised to see this book was adapted by a Nova Scotian, and that a conscious choice was made to present the Kanagawa dialect as a Nova Scotian one.
Hitoshi Ashinano’s art drew me into this world; I was immersed and compelled to finish reading in one night. This is immediately among my favourite comics.
In a future Japan, long after an environmental catastrophe, Alpha the android runs a small cafe in a seaside town. As she wonders if her absent owner will ever return, she stands witness to the twilight of humanity with coffee, a slice of watermelon, and the sound of her moon guitar. Alpha and her fellow residents enjoy the melancholy beauty of life, even as the end approaches. Savor chapters 1-24 of this beloved manga classic in English for the first time, in this deluxe five-volume set.Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Deluxe Edition 1