YKK - ARIA
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YKK - ARIA
58 Name: Anonymous : 2018-09-06 10:30
I'm trying to look for some information about the author of YKK and it turns out Ashinano Hitoshi is basically a phantom. One photo, an interview from YKK OVA bonuses and some personal tidbits from volume backpages is all I can find.
Do you know anything about him, post officers? I know he used to be in a doujinshi circle but only few of his works are actually scanned
59 Name: Anonymous : 2018-09-07 18:20
I think there's a few bits and pieces on Misago, but not much: http://wakaba.c3.cx/ykk/misago/
As someone notices on there it seems like Ashinano Hitoshi is actually a pen name, so he's apparently a pretty private person.
60 Name: Anonymous : 2018-09-08 11:47
i remember reading through these archives but never noticed the thread suggesting it's not his real name, thanks. I suppose I'll have to wait for his next work, it's only been a year since KD ended
61 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-01 07:11
I think it got finished!
62 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-20 02:45
I haven't read the 14th volume of YKK. I guess I'm truly afraid of the end. I'm a coward like that, I guess.
63 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-20 03:46
Please do read it. You have to. Everything must come to an end, even this wonderful series. When you're done you can start searching for other titles that bring you similar emotions, or you can read YKK again.
64 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-21 06:55
What is YKK?
65 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-21 15:28
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou.
66 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-25 21:09
Few books and no other comics have ever affected me like YKK did. What a wonderful series.
67 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-26 13:27
Yeah. Its just that there was this particular scene on #13 that gave me a sense of absolute terror at what could happen next. I'll probably be home by christmas, maybe read it by new years.
68 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-27 11:12
Absolutely, it is one of the few thing i'll have with me during my whole life.
69 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-27 13:56
I certainly am very fortunate that I happened to stumble upon the right parts of the internet to learn about YKK and ARIA. Both had a big impact on my life in how they changed my view on the impermanence of life and everything around us.
It also took me a while to realize, at first I kinda disregarded it because of the medium, I had the mindset that some chinese comic couldn't possibly influence me, fortunately I opened up and felt reborn with a new appreciation for the things that are often overlooked.
70 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-27 22:10
I can't even remember how I realized that it existed, though I didn't know about it maybe 6 years ago.
71 Name: Anonymous : 2018-11-28 19:41
72 Name: Anonymous : 2018-12-03 10:02
I find it quite amazing how dedicated he is to this series. After reading a few bits of his blog I can definitely relate.
Also, there's going to be an English reprint of ARIA available sometime next year and that has me excited.
I really want to get it, even put some money aside for it already as I don't want to miss this opportunity to finally get a physical copy.
I pray that YKK gets the same treatment.
73 Name: Anonymous : 2018-12-03 18:11
That sounds great. I bought the Tokyopop release back then. Was very disappointed when I learned that they weren't going to release the rest of the volumes. I hope the new print will be of the complete series, and not a third run of the first half.
74 Name: Anonymous : 2018-12-31 11:02
Well. Its almost new years, and I'm gonna try and work up the courage to read the last volume of YKK.
75 Name: Anonymous : 2019-01-01 12:56
76 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-04 19:31
First new volume of the Tokyopop reprint is out already. I wasn't aware of it and found it while browsing at a bookstore. Excited to read it on paper.
77 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-05 00:23
I hope this time they finish all 2+12 volumes. Was such a downer when Tokyopop announced they wouldn't release the rest of the volumes back when they did their first run.
Must've been worse for those that bought the ADV releases, since they got let down twice.
78 Name: Anonymous : 2019-11-27 15:02
Probably really late but he also goes by the name 'Suuke', you can find some of his works in some hentai websites (probably just 3 books)
In his Come Together book he includes some extra YKK art
79 Name: Anonymous : 2019-11-27 20:22
What do you guys think of Kabu no Isaki and Kotonoba Drive? I really loved them both, at times maybe even more so than YKK (although it's hard to beat YKK as a whole). The coloured parts of Kotonoba Drive are absolutely phenomenal.
80 Name: Anonymous : 2019-11-27 23:27
Extra info - he's under the doujin circle Tokkan Kouji.
I got all this from doujinshi.org and looking up YKK.
Probably a stretch, but if anyone happens to visit this website and have a copy of the doujinshi 'Yokodashi', PLEASE upload it somewhere - it apparently also talks about Alpha's inner workings (circuitry? lost in translation) and some other things. Just bothers me that this used to be online as I saw it as a download in the archived cafealpha.org website.>>79
Haven't read them yet, still entranced by the afterglow from reading YKK, heard good things about them though.
81 Name: Anonymous : 2019-11-28 12:25
I liked Kotonoba better than Kabu but Kabu has a better setting for development. In the end Kabu felt unfished, even for Amano standards but since Kotonoba's settings allowed it to end any time, it gave a feeling of "i want more but am ok with this".
82 Name: Anonymous : 2019-11-28 17:59
That's true, the ending to Kabu was a bit abrubt. But was it so different to the end of YKK? I don't know how to express it without the cliché, but they both feel more about the journey than the destination.
83 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-21 14:43
I don't remember how abrupt the ends are compared to each other but YKK gave us much more information, quirks, time and development (specially physical) which Kabu didn't do as much. It kept our bellies more filled even if we were still hungry after the meal.
84 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-27 18:01
Currently re-reading YKK; i'm only on around 110 pages but it is amazing to see -with the future in hindsight- the way time is handled, the relationship between what is to come and has past, the memories of our experiences, it's just lovely to see all this again in a new light and perceive things i haven't before.
85 Name: Anonymous : 2020-04-14 05:02
A new Aria project has been announced:https://twitter.com/ARIATheAVVENIRE/status/1249895369875394561
How do you all feel about this? Any expectations or hopes about what this will be?
86 Name: Anonymous : 2020-04-14 14:48
I've also re-read YKK recently. Are you using Yuden's scans?>>85
I'm a little jealous being a "YKK main" but still happy Aria is getting new content. I'll take whatever. Maybe it will be an original sequel? like Avvenire but not based on any manga chapters?
It's cool Avvenire adapted more manga stories, still a little sad neither ch.47 Epiphany and ch.49 The Four Seasons were never adapted. Two of my favourites.
87 Name: Anonymous : 2020-04-14 14:49
88 Name: Anonymous : 2020-07-22 17:55
89 Name: VIPPER : 2020-10-18 17:56
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90 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-28 21:47
I've created a Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou fan page: https://alpha.cafe/
91 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-28 22:49
Great little site! Very 2000s-esque. I love it!
92 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-29 14:08
This website is amazing, good job.
You've linked to the YKK MAL club, but from what I see you didn't look at its comment section - this club has moved to Discord, just like most communities. I think it's one of the most active YKK Discord communities.
You may also be interested in adding the hatsuseno.org page to the links section, since it's a mirror of the yugen manga scanlation set up by the person who used to run that MAL club.
feel free to ask on Discord for guidance.
This link doesn't work, BTW.
93 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-30 09:36
Thanks! I've linked their Discord at the top of the page actually. I didn't add hatsuseno's page because it says it's Misago's scans on there(?) I fixed the broken link, thanks!
94 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-30 14:46
Thanks! I've linked their Discord at the top of the page actually.
Someone running the server changed their nickname, fooling me into thinking it was some other server.
I didn't add hatsuseno's page because it says it's Misago's scans on there(?)
My memory's played a trick on me, I thought I downloaded my copies from hatsuseno, but they came from yugen. If I understand the text on hatsuseno's page right, they're Misago scans alright.
95 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-01 22:21
Excellent desing anon, 10/10.
96 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-02 11:29
Wow, I know others have already said, and I don't want to make a redundant comment, but this is a really nice little site. Very good work! I wish I was this good a designer.
97 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-21 04:01
Did you only create it recently? I could've sworn I've seen it before a long time ago.
98 Name: Anonymous : 2021-02-19 20:08
This is amazing. Far better than what I could do.
99 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-03 22:34
Wow. Dude, you've done great.
100 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-04 04:04
Responding here to keep YKK stuff in one thread.
One step closer to getting an official English translation, yay! If we do, I wonder if they'll base it off the French translation
101 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-04 13:28
It looks very sophisticated, I like it a lot.
Has a very nostalgic feel to it and fits YKK perfectly.>>100
I hope it does well in France, I'm still hoping for a printed English copy after all these years.
102 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-18 01:31
With the way a lot of new translators are, I'm not optimistic.
103 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-24 08:44
104 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-31 09:50
Go the first volume of the French edition, so far it’s good.
105 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-31 16:37
I'm so jealous of you frenchies.
Honestly, can I buy it in america anyway? I'd buy it just to have a physical copy of the art.
106 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-31 20:29
I got it on French Amazon
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107 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-02 01:14
8 years later, my god why hasn't yen press done this already? If they gave it the otoyomegatari treatment i would just die.