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Azumanga Daioh - Festivals (Vol. 2) (2004)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228T0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The second set of episodes in this fluffy shojo (girl's) series plays like a cross between the Bobsey Twins and Seinfield. Tomo, Yomi, Sakaki, Kaorin, Chihiro, Chiyo, and Osaka continue their day-to-day escapades at their Tokyo school, but nothing out of the ordinary occurs. Ten-year-old Chiyo confesses she would like to be tall, like Sakaki--who would like to be as cute as Chiyo. Sakaki reveals she collects stuffed animals because her parents won't allow her to have a pet. English teacher Yukari continues her disastrous attempts at one-upsmanship with gym-teacher Nyamo at the school cultural and sports festivals, while Mr. Kimura leers at the students. Unlike Arima and Yukino in His and Her Circumstances, the characters in Azumanga Daioh don't face real personal challenges. But their very ordinariness may be the source of the girls' appeal. (Rated 13 and older: cartoon violence, minor risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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AZUMANGA DAIOH: FESTIVALS!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A festival of fun, so come one, come all! December 26, 2004
The fun continues with the new semester, which opened in the last moments of episode 5. Here, the usual gang of girls compete in the Sports Festival. The various homeroom classes compete and the zealously competitive teacher Yukari Tanizaki tells her students to give no quarter to Class 5, a.k.a. the class of Minamo "Nyamo" Kurosawa, the PE teacher. The tall gallant Sakaki is a superior and excellent athlete here, and shows gallantry to teeny-tiny Chiyo-chan, who's worried and feels guilty that her lack of athleticism will drag everyone down. Sakaki places a reassuring hand on Chiyo, saying, "Don't worry. Leave it to me." Although Sakaki wins a few events, Chiyo and Osaka fail miserably and funnily in the three-legged race, never even leaving the starting line as they repeatedly fall down in unison.

Yukari's competitiveness and overzealousness can be demonstrated when she brags to Nyamo that she has Sakaki on her team, but flies into a rage when she discovers Nyamo has the equally athletic Kagura and even tries to sabotage Nyamo's star player by offering Kagura an adzuki bean-filled bread roll. I presumed it was spiked or is filling enough to slow athletes. The final relay featuring Sakaki and Kagura is nail-biting excitement. In the end, Nyamo comes off as the better teacher, as she thinks trying one's best is better than winning.

During the folkdance following the sports fest, Kaorin gets to dance with Sakaki, who is put on the boy's side to even things out. Kaorin is in sheer heaven here, with colourful backgrounds, a field of flowers, a ringing temple bell, and her blissed-out voice ringing out wishing she could hold hands with Sakaki forever. That sensation is drowned out with her next dancing partner, the pervy Mr. Kimura who's a cackling goon here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's festival time in the world of Azumanga! June 4, 2013
By Mena P.
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Summer vaction is over, and that means two things for our favorite schoolgirls; longer sleeves, and festivals! This is the perfect time for Minamo and Yukari's rivalry to get switched into high gear as their classes are pitted against each other in a winner-take-all sports fest! Also featured is the culture festival, where we get a look at Sakaki's sewing "skills". This volume also features the girls' New Year's dreams, which of course introduce to beloved yet odd character Chiyo-Chichi! As a bonus, the animators gave Kaorin her own anime exclusive dream.

This disc includes four episodes, which are of course done in the same style as the manga chapters. Each episode is composed of smaller, sub episodes that all connect. This one includes:

"Sports Fest"
- Equation For Victory/Sakaki of Class 3, Kagura of Class 5/Runaway Victory/Yay/Dancing the Grand Finale

"Culture Fest"
- Fairyland Class/Man of Character/Go With Enthusiasm!/The Mascot/Enemy?

"New Year's Dream Special"
- Osaka's New Year's Dream/In Tomo-chan's Case/In Sakaki's Case/Welcome/In Kaorin's Case

"Miss Sakaki"
- If I Can't Pet One.../11 Years Old/Mr. Kitty Cat.../Premise/Why?

And thus concludes the girls' first year of high school! The DVD booklet contains a bio on Osaka; official art for Osaka, Mr. Tadakichi, and a male student named Ohyama; staff comments on episodes; and translator's notes for each episode. I am so very in love with this easy going, light hearted anime, and can only hope you will be too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Translation Guide March 22, 2013
By gmcomp
These individual discs come with translation notes, which are very insightful. The white 5-disc "slim case" set does not.

Excellent series, one of my favorites of all time. : )
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