December 3rd, 2009

Ice King, Adventure Time

Yotsuba & Happy Meditation!

Ok, so I know I said that I wouldn't blog much this week, but I feel really compelled to mention something I would love for you to check out.

Let's face it, right now it sucks to be an adult. There's the economy, wondering if you will ever be loved, wondering what the future will hold. I know my life is far from peachy at the moment. I am almost constantly irritated at my job, the school has changed requirements for my degree which may possibly keep me from graduating this upcoming spring, final projects and exams are breathing down my neck, I'm afraid of offending God, and I have no clue how my heart feels. I know my troubles may not be as bad as yours, but sometimes you have to step back and ask yourself, "Why did it become so serious all of a sudden?"

Of course I have some opinions on the matter, but I am going to set them aside. I decided tonight to just forget about those things. Forget about my job. Forget about school. Forget about confusion. Just sit here and enjoy the moment. That was when I decided to read some manga, and I think I found the perfect one that I really want you to check out.

Kyohiko Azuma, the same creator of Azumanga Daioh and Best Student Council, is currently working on what I consider to be his best and most heartfelt work called "Yotsuba&!" The title may be confusing because of the "&!", but it will make sense once you read it. Every chapter is about a young girl named Yotsuba who has some kind of adventure. There's "Yotsuba & Shopping" and "Yotsuba & Global Warming" for example.

The best part about this manga is that it's rated G. That's right, no cheap jokes, no convoluted violence, no unecessary romance, just the halcyon adventures of a young girl learning about the world around her. Its both funny and charming. No one is out to get her, no one acts peverted, and there is no fanservice to be found. Sure, the world may be a little too squeeky clean to be realistic, but c'mon, wasn't the world a happier place when you were a little kid?

Reading it will take you back, so I urge you guys sometime this week to read some of this wonderful manga. It will entertain and remind you of a world that didn't use to be full of crime and worries through the eyes of a little girl, and maybe things won't be so bad after you read some. I'm not saying to neglect your responsibilities or pretend your problems no longer exist, but setting them aside for a while can do a person good.

The fanslations are here, but if you like it, please consider buying some volumes to help support the artist (The volumes are translated in a better manner anyhow).

Thanks. I hope everyone has a good weekend.

The Allengator