But we are constantly with Alpha and her friends (like fellow robot, Kokone, the old and wise Ooji-san, little Makki, Takahiro, and Sensei), and they're always happy (or at the very least content), and so even though we're viewing this world from afar we can still feel some sort of hope that man will be comfortable and somewhat fulfilled when he finally closes his eyes for good. Almost all of them misinterpret the term "slice of life" to mean "uninteresting pile of shit" and "gey." YKK though somehow hooked me. Nothing but positive things to say about this picture book. No dead people who try to stopping giant monsters, no sexing, and absolutely no penises or women's pee-pee holes!
Honestly, I'd much prefer that humanity went out this way as opposed to say H. Wells' version in , where mankind evolves into either the biggest pussies in the universe, or hairy Morlock mother fuckers who EAT the biggest pussies in the universe. It's so upbeat, but far from lame, even though by all definitions it should be. Megami-sama: no real threats or giant overlaying plot, but it's endearing and cute and fun! No punching guys fists through the faces of bad people, and nobody is flying! (Note From The Rossman: I think Kuni's talking about playing some "dating sims" here, but he could just be referencing the fact that he's got a live video feed to his sister Kim-Chi's bathroom...
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is an anime with many twists and turns. She runs a café in a secluded area just outside of Yokohama.
It’s a futuristic world with almost no civilians left in sight. There are no customers around, but she seems more than okay with that fact.
It starts out with a simplistic plot, and soon transforms into a complicated adventure with mystery and secrets. 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. Since this is a futuristic society in a post-apocalyptic state, that fact seems quite fitting for this show.
Even though she's a robot, she looks and acts very human, and she has very close relationships to a bunch of the villagers who live nearby. Oh, not that there's nothing going on in the lives of these characters -- there's plenty of shit going down, and tons of mysteries to figure out (like why's the world like it is? It's just that they take a back seat to the characters and especially the atmosphere of the whole thing.
My Goddess -- it's not about any tournament fighting or alien invasion, it's about small, daily things, that in any other author's hands would probably be a whole big fucking mess of boring. (As a side note, Ashinano was once an assistant to the great Kosuke Fujishima, aka Belldandy's daddy.) So right now, I'm throwing it down: If you liked Ah! I don't believe it's never outright stated, but it is hinted that this is the end of the world as we know it... See, despite the fact that she runs a little cafe on a corroding seaside cliff (just above the rising ocean), and that she maybe gets one or two customers a day, Alpha's doing alright for herself.
Unless you have a child or a bitchy significant other screaming in your ear (or if you live next to some train tracks or an airport), what you're hearing is "quiet." Isn't it nice? Yes, yes, I know, it sounds hokey when put to words, but you have to trust me on this one, it's like a futuristic, roboty Ah! My Goddess, then my God, man, you are one fucked up camper! Not enough big, gay, blonde, monkey aliens powering up for 4-5 issues at a time? It features our perky, green-haired lead character, Alpha -- an immortal robot in a world where the population is scarce and children seem to be born less and less frequently.
Hopefully I'm not turning you off to this fantasti-orgasmical manga, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (also known as YKK, Café Alpha, and Yokohama Shopping Trip/Log), when I tell you that it's all about enjoying the quiet things in life. Well, it's about the gentle twilight of humanity, and it takes place in a post-apocalyptic Japan (on the out of the way coastal Peninsula of Miura, just South of Yokohama).
Alpha's "owner" has left on an extended journey before the story begins, and now Alpha's in charge of his coffee shop, and all we do is bear witness to her infrequent clients, her time off with her friends, and a journey or two of her own when she feels the need to stretch her legs and see what's left of the world outside her little bubble. Why's humanity dying out when there's tons of food and other amenities still around? Beyond Alpha herself, the world itself is the next most important character in this story. It is with a heavy-heart that you see characters slowly grow old around her, and know that she will outlast them all, all the while waiting patiently for her owner to return from his long journey. This actually might top Fujishima's already classic Goddess tale. Though be warned, if you're the kind of person who can't appreciate good art (with lots of textless pages), and a thought provoking experience, stay the fuck away.