Meet Alpha from the Famous Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou Anime Series

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  • Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (ヨコハマ買い出し紀行) is an anime with many twists and turns. It’s a futuristic world with almost no civilians left in sight. It starts out with a simplistic plot, and soon transforms into a complicated adventure with mystery and secrets. Do you like that kind of anime? Then this is the perfect series for you.

    Basic Background

    This anime’s main character is a girl named Alpha. She runs a café in a secluded area just outside of Yokohama. There are no customers around, but she seems more than okay with that fact. She happily goes along with her day, but she’s not completely alone. Alpha is frequently visited by a man who runs a gasoline stand nearby and enjoys his company as well as his grandson’s.

    Exciting Twist

    It turns out that Alpha is actually a robot. Since this is a futuristic society in a post-apocalyptic state, that fact seems quite fitting for this show. Alpha’s job is to watch over the café as her life’s purpose and she is to do so until the owner of the café returns. Though the owner’s date of return is unknown, she is happy to fulfil her duties for as long as it takes.

    More than Just an Anime

    This anime is also a manga and has been turned into an audio book with dramatic undertones, voiced by many well-known actors. Though the manga has many volumes, the anime is quite short. It was separated into two series’ each having two episodes within them. All of the material related to the story of Alpha has won many awards and was well-received by its audience.

    This anime is very intriguing and can appeal to a wide variety of people. It’s a high-quality show and extremely renowned.

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    1. YKK says:

      What a terribly written article, this manga is so wonderful too, it doesn’t even begin to go into what makes it so appealing. YKK is very slow paced, and on the surface it doesn’t look like it has anything going for it, but it’s like a gentle breeze. I’m actually reminded a bit of Waiting for Godot, a master who never shows, but a steadfast routine to carry out day after day until that day arrives, and what does it mean to carry out a pointless routine day after day, does it still have importance, does importance even matter? It’s set in a desolate future for a reason, it’s contemplative. Things happen and we observe, but it doesn’t seem to ever have a permanent affect on things, life just keeps going. There’s a real quiet beauty to the whole thing, it’s wistful, it’s incredibly relaxing, and it’s interesting to see a story that is less plot driven and more atmosphere driven. It really speaks to the Japanese spirit.

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