It took me a long time to get into Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping Log)–I knew a lot of people who swore by it, but nothing really caught me, aside from the fact that Alpha Hatsuseno, the main character, is a robot.
And then I finally plunged in, a few weeks ago. Alpha is a great lead. She’s got neat personality quirks that make her more flesh-and-blood than most fictional characters, and she’s just oozing with pleasant charm. Maybe it’s the scooter. Maybe it’s the shades. Maybe it’s how she fusses over that adorable camera.
Maybe I just wanted an excuse to use the above picture.
The best thing about YKK, however, is that it offers enjoyment in multiple layers. You could just read it and admire the art, or you could dig deeper and allow yourself to be swept by the permeating mono no aware in the work. It’s infinitely happy and sad–time works both ways, deepening human relationships but eventually leaving immortal, ageless Alpha behind in their passing.
I’m done talking now. Read it for yourself. This is as serious an endorsement as any.