Monday, June 28, 2010

Quiet Country Café


I have been reading this fantastic manga Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko which roughly translates to record of a Yokohama shopping trip. The OVA was localized as Quiet Country Café which fits it much better.

I know this is mostly a gaming blog but this comic is so good I almost felt obligated to share it with you guys. But it is somewhat problematic to write about since I have seemingly yet to really figure out what it is about. It takes place in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic future and the main character is this lovely android woman Alpha, who runs a Café out in the country. The manga tells the story if her daily life, her neighbors and the rare customers at the countryside cafe. Nothing exciting really happens, instead it is more about the highly glorified country life where time seems to stand still. It is all about the lovely atmosphere.

If I were to attempt some rudimentary analysis, I would say the manga reflects a longing among the highly metropolitan Japanese for a quiet life in the country. Where no stress exists and days can pass without you meeting another soul.

The choice of an android as the main character is perfect for this theme. She will never age, for her the passage of time matters little. She is not dependent on her business to survive, the fact that her café almost never gets any customers is not a problem. It only makes that occasional visit more exciting, an event worth writing about.

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