Yotsuba 4 vs. Yotsuba 4
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.
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.
These two panels are from ADV. (Captions refuse to take on this picture. Perhaps they are scared of Miura….)
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&!.
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