Archive for September 11, 2009

Yotsuba 4 vs. Yotsuba 4

That would be a very small comparison between the ADV edition of volume 4 and the one that Yen Press just put out.  I’m going by what feels right and funnier to me here.  I have no idea how accurate either company is with the translation (I know a lot of this can be tricky or involves judgement calls) this is just personal preference.  YMMV.
 
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Yen wins cover-wise with me because the title stands out a little less than ADV and lacks an advertising blurb.

 

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Sadly, I can't stand the cover blurb that Yen wrote. Yes, it's an all ages title, but does the blurb need to be directed to 4 year olds?

 
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ADV's blurb makes me want to open the book.

 

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This one is from Yen.

Er… I forgot to scan the ADV panel for this one (and my scanner is now put away) but the dialogue is:
Jumbo:  Wow, look what you’ve got here.
Yotsuba:  Bad mitten!  Ena lent it to me!
Yotsuba:  I’m practicing!
Jumbo:  Well, well.

ADV wins this one for me.  Yen seems to mix more of Yotsuba speaking normally (well, for her) and saying things like “borrowed it to me.”   I think Yotsuba is charming and childlike enough without resorting to mixing up words like that.  Yes, I know it’s natural for a small child, but I’m reading a comic here.  I also get annoyed when manga characters refer to themselves by name.  Not even Yotsuba can make that one better with me…

 

The next panel is from the end of the volume.  Yotsuba has decided to be a summer fairy, which is why she’s dressed like that.  The previous panel has her father asking where she got the ice cream from.

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ADV

 

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Yen ftw! I just think the dialogue fits with the reactions more. Also, this panel made me laugh.

 

This next bit is from a series of four panel strips in the middle of the book.  Yotsuba finds a soccer ball in the park, and Ena explained the no hands rule.

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Gosh, this is blurry. I was trying to avoid spine damage. :) I think this one is funnier, though. Again, it made me snork in the cafeteria at lunch. Risking possible public embarrassment is always the sign of a funny panel.

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ADV

 

A break from the competition!  I love this section.  Five panels, four reactions from Yotsuba.  She's such a fun character.  Dialogue aside, the art is always enough to keep me entertained.  Kiyohiko Azuma does great reactions.

A break from the competition! I love this section. Five panels, four reactions from Yotsuba. She's such a fun character. Dialogue aside, the art is always enough to keep me entertained. Kiyohiko Azuma does great reactions.

(When I first wrote this caption, I used the word “great” three times.  sigh.)
 
Next up!  Summer is almost over and Jumbo plans a fishing trip for the girls.  I love that he doesn’t usually hold back when teasing them, and can get quite competitive and childish with them.  He’s so tall and potentially oppressive that it’s fun to see him acting like an idiot.
 
He especially likes to tease Miura.
 
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These two panels are from ADV.  (Captions refuse to take on this picture.  Perhaps they are scared of Miura….)
 
 
 
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This one is from Yen. I don't really have a preference for either bit of dialogue, but here you can see one thing Yen is doing that ADV didn't. The cultural notes are placed within the panels to illuminate readers.

 

Hmm.  Do I have a clear winner?  No, not really.  Pros and cons to both, I guess.  I’m just happy to have Yotsuba&! published again.  I also appreciate the clean, white paper I get with the new volumes and I love the black and white drawing of Yotsuba in the back cover.  I think it would look charming in a frame on my wall, if it didn’t involve destroying the volume.  :)

I’m going to save #6 until I have the time to appreciate it properly.  I think it deserves it after I waited so long.  :)

All told, I think Yen Press has more than earned the extra love and money I’ve been trying to send their way since I heard they licensed Yotsuba&!.

September 11, 2009 at 12:28 am 23 comments


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