Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou review

Apr 15, 2021
By now I have re-read YKK in full 3 times, and all I can say is that with each reread my enjoyment for this manga has only grown. Every reread has offered up new secrets and details I hadn't noticed, or had forgotten.

Note: I highly recommend finding a cozy soundtrack and listening while reading this. Personally, doing so has enhanced my experience tenfold. If you don't have any particular music in mind, I recommend the soundtracks to the YKK OVA's as they do quite well at capturing the tone of the series.

Ashinano Hitoshi's art goes from good to great to amazing over the course of the first dozen chapters. He knows how to capture serenity within his linework and produce absolutely beautiful scenery. I find that my favorite phase of his artistic evolution is around the middle, where it retains a decent amount of detail, but with more simlified forms than the very first few chapters. While I enjoy the latter half, it does get, a lot simpler. Of course that's not a bad thing by any means, I just like a balance. However, the artwork by the end of YKK is something I think worked for his next series, Kabu no Isaki even better, as his simplified forms are complemented by the vastness of the sky.

The characters are delightful and feel very natural in their portrayal. He allows us to experience the world through them, and their experiences help add to the subtle worldbuilding.

YKK is an absolute masterpiece, and if you ever need a story to soothe the soul and help you appreciate the little things in life this is it.


Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Autor Ashinano, Hitoshi