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post Jun 19 2016, 07:01 PM
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You ever watch an anime that was so pant-shitting scary, so cutting close to your deepest, darkest fears that you switched off the display, turned on all the lights and walked around the house to make sure everything's alright?

Well, that's what I just watched.

*J10 sits there, a blank look in his eyes, his mind clearly lost in a labyrinth of thoughts.*

Oh, a review!... okay, lets get get to that.

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (Moonspeak: ƒ‚ƒƒž買„‡—€Œ) is a science fiction manga written and illustrated by Hitoshi Ashinano. The title can be translated as "Yokohama Shopping Log" or "Record of a Yokohama Shopping Trip". The series is often referred to as Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, or simply abbreviated as YKK by fans outside Japan.

This record of a shopping trip to Yokohama chronicles the life and times of a ridiculously human robot, Alpha Hatsuseno. Much like most low-budget anime made in the previous century, it serves more as a quick introduction to the world at large, the bonds between the characters and what little backstory the writer decided to drop for the viewers - a simple primer for the manga, which has been running from June 1994 to February 2006. Twelve in manga years!

It may be low-budget, but its sure soothing stuff. Once I got over the massive fear attack, I began to enjoy the softness and easy pace, and the spectacular OST of this masterpiece. After the death rush that was college finals exams and the rampage to end the cruel humans' thesis - this stuff feels like a healing salve upon the shattered mind.

The story of Alpha Hatsuseno takes place in the far distant future - not in a troperiffic future of flying spacecars and massive metropolises, but rather in a vast, mild countryside world where the largest population centers are trade centers less than a square mile in size. If it wasn't for Hatsuseno flat-out saying why the world has become like this - and the visuals driving home just what happened, a casual viewer could well be fooled into thinking that it was a peaceful, countryside vacation anime.

Then shit gets real.

So what was so scary that it made me walk around the house carefully?

Turns out, not all things are immortal like Alpha-chan - some events in the anime basically made me add actual reinforcements and hostile weather deflection and damage mitigation systems around the house. I suppose it was the sudden realization that not all things last forever. For someone who's built an entire technological empire on the concept of everlasting existence, the very idea of an unrepairable, catastrophic breakdown cut too close to home to a deep and primal fear.



The world is shown in a state of natural take-back - overgrowth everywhere, and the sea level is shown to have risen quite dramatically. Here and there, you find evidence that an ecological cataclysm or a series of disasters have seriously changed the world. The seasons are milder, the weather is more inclement, and so on. This short anime is no more than an appetizer for the massive feast that is the manga.



A bit of advice: If you try to watch this expecting action and adventure, or speed-read through the manga, you'll probably find it very boring and pointless. The story is told through the visuals and the music, not the words. If you've got time to get comfy, grab a mug of your favorite beverage, and settle down to just have a good time, you might enjoy this anime.


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post Jun 22 2016, 05:12 PM
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I'll probably give this a watch. Seems kinda interesting.


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post Jun 22 2016, 05:43 PM
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QUOTE(greenraven @ Jun 23 2016, 07:12 AM) *
I'll probably give this a watch. Seems kinda interesting.


Its only 4 episodes. Split into 2 OVAs. 2 episodes per OVA.

Here's the correct chronological order of the episodes.



Also, lemme know what you think.



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This sounds interesting. I will watch this if I don't forget about it.


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I will ditto that. Also seems like my kind of thing because I have a bias soft spot for 90's anime. Maybe it's the nostalgia goggles talking but I seem to recall the earlier animes focusing more on the subtle nuances of storytelling rather than a barrage of action or non-stop puns.


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