My Rating: 5starsvector

Release Date: Japan_05/21/1998

Creator: Hitoshi Ashinano

Studio: Asiadou

Genre: science-fiction, slice of life

Themes: life, post-apocalyptic, androids, nature taking back Earth

Number of Episodes: 2 (30 minutes x 2 episodes = 60 minutes)


Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is set in a peaceful, post-apocalyptic world where mankind is in decline after an environmental disaster. Exactly what happened is never explained, but sea levels have risen significantly, inundating coastal cities such as Yokohama and Mount Fuji erupted in living memory, climate changes have occurred, and nature is slowly taking over the world. With the seasons being less pronounced, the winters more milder and the summer isn’t scorching anymore. Despite all this, the reduced human population has reverted to a simpler, more relaxing life. Alpha Hatsuseno is an android who runs a coffee shop, Cafe Alpha, on the lonely coast of the Miura Peninsula of Japan, while her human “owner” is on a trip of indefinite length. Though she spends most of her time alone reading and drinking coffee, Alpha is cheerful, gregarious and, unlike the slowly declining humans, immortal.




Personality: carefree, she’s an android, caring, nice, owns a cafe/coffee
shop, knows how to play a gekkin, is always waiting for her owner
to come back, appreciates nature and the beauty that nature holds

Significance: main character

Alpha’s coffee shop, country-side that has been deeply taken over by nature,
ocean/lake shores, forests, Yokohama, Old man’s (that is what Alpha calls him)
gas station, submerged towns and cities


Where I Started Watching: online (2006)

Number of Times Watched: 6 (2006-2009)

Favorite Episodes: all episodes

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou has no plot and no climax so the series has no story. So it’s obvious that I was never attracted to Yokohama Kadashi Kikou’s story; I was more attracted to the environments and the drawing style. The setting is a post-apocalyptic world where nature is taking back the Earth. Many of the environments in the series are landscapes where nature has deeply taken over an industrial landscape; this is where the series really shines. The series separates itself from other post-apocalyptic series by not only from the beautiful environments of combined nature and industrial landscapes, but because the anime is peaceful. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou gives a the feeling of even though nature is taking back the Earth slowly and humans are starting die out, it’s okay and it’s peaceful which is a really nice change from all the destruction and chaos seen in other post-apocalyptic animes.


Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (OAV 2002) (Japan Release)

My Rating: 4starsvector

Relation: sequel to Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (OAV 1998)

Number of Times Watched: 2