My Girl (Sahara)
As some of you may have noticed, I'm interested in seeing what different demographic markets do with the same premise -- that is, the shoujo version of another series that's shounen, or the seinen flip of a josei series, and so on. Here's another:
My Girl by Mizu Sahara (who did the manga version of Hoshi no Koe/Voices of a Distant Star), not to be confused with several other series with the same name. It's the seinen flip of a shounen series -- specifically, the seinen drama origin story version of Yotsuba&!.
To put that in more context, it's about a young single man in his 20s who meets and then finds himself taking care of a strong-willed five-year-old girl. Only three chapters scanned so far -- I got them from our friends at Storm in Heaven -- but they're Really Good. In a drama-not-comedy sort of way.
From what's been out, I've liked it. I haven't read the original but I've enjoyed this one. I may be a bit biased since I've really been into almost everything he's done, especially with the way he handled Voices of a Distant Star.
I'm really hoping the scanslaters release more soon.
I've been reading Usagi Drop recently, it's a josei version of single father raising a girl (who happens to be the aunt that his recently deceased grandfather fathered and hid from the rest of the family).
It's pretty good, more slice of life than anything else, though there are hints at a greater storyline this last chapter.
Huh -- I'll check it out. The descriptions make it look like the josei flip of almost the same story.
You're right -- Usagi Drop really is closer to My Girl than either is to Yotsuba&!, the josei version to its seinen. And predictably for josei, with a greater sensitivity to what childrearing means in general and to women. I'm hard-pressed to say which I like more at the moment, but then, they've both only really gotten started, scanningwise.
My Girl's a bit more drama-y than Yotsuba&!, I think. The latter's a lot more lighthearted, with a lot more comedic elements to it. But then again, most of Sahara's works are pretty depressing, so I guess this comes as no surprise.
Just about everything's more drama-y than Yotsuba&! ...