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Azumanga Daioh, Vol. 1: Entrance (2004)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, 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: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I5682
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,865 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a comic by Kiyohiko Azuma, Azumanga Daioh is the anime equivalent of a '50s girls' novel. Ten-year-old prodigy Chiyo and transfer student Osaka join the crowd at a Tokyo high school, adding to the comic misadventures. Their hard-drinking, potty-mouthed English teacher Yukari resents the popularity of the saner gym teacher Nyamo, even though they’re old friends and former classmates. Azumanga lacks any sort of sustained storyline or character development; it's just a series of incidents and encounters involving the kids and the two teachers. The only recurring male character is the leering Mr. Kimura, who teaches because he likes to ogle the students. Adolescent girls may enjoy sharing the featherweight daily problems of Tomo, Yomi, Sakaki, Kaorin, Chihiro, Chiyo, and Osaka, but Azumanga Daioh isn't really about anything. (Rated 13 and older: profanity, alcohol use, minor risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cute and delicious slice of Fancy Hearing Cake December 24, 2004
Based on the best-selling manga by Kiyohiko Azuma, the anime version of Azumanga Daioh takes the zany adventures of a group of high school girls and three of their teachers. However, the first disc does not contain all the adventures of the first manga, and there are some linking and extra scenes that don't occur in the manga. Indeed, the cute opening song about Fancy Hearing Cake, longing to hold that special someone so tight, and to hear that voice saying "I love you," opens the cheery confection of this anime.

The first five episodes are on the first disc, which introduces all the characters. There is the unconventional, zany, but often selfish and shallow Yukari Tanizaki, the home-room teacher for our heroines. In contrast, her fellow alumnus Minamo Kurosawa, the PE teacher, is popular and likeable due to her considerateness to students. She hates the nickname Yukari's given her, Nyamo, and is often on the receiving end of Yukari's antics, but Yukari does get her comeuppance, especially in a swimming relay match that's a highlight of the swimming pool episode. And then there's the classical lit teacher Mr. Kimura, who openly confesses that he became a teacher to look at the high school girls!

The students: there is the bespectacled and mature brunette Yomi, her friend, the fun-loving and energetic "wild cat girl" Tomo, who's cute and always at home taking center stage, although she's all noise and no talent. The tall, quiet, contemplative daydreamer Sakaki, Kaorin, the girl who's got a mad crush on Sakaki, the short-haired Chihiro, and the two transfer students who set things rolling.

The adorably cute, pigtailed, and bubbly redhead Chiyo Mihama, is only ten but because of her intense intelligence, has skipped five years to enter first year high school.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
I mean, come on. He dislikes EVERYTHING. Should he really be reviewing these types of DVDs when he obviously doesn't care for the entire genre? This is one of the best US anime releases of the year, don't let Solomon's featherweight review dissuade you. What it's about (contrary to Solomon's claim that it's about nothing) is the characters--and their remarkable chemistry makes even mundane experiences entertaining. A smart and funny comedy, with characters that you will grow genuinely fond of by the time the final credits roll.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Seinfeld" of anime... sort of February 20, 2004
Having only seen as far as the 1st DVD in the series, I can confidently say that this stays VERY true to the manga. Anyone who's not familiar with either the manga or the anime doesn't need to know much about this series. It's about 6 high school girls who... y'know... hang out. Of course it's more than that (but not much more). I asked a friend of mine if the series had a plot at all. His only response was. "...well... they graduate...." That puts it best. This is a good series for boys or girls. It's very funny, and I highly reccomend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of pie? February 2, 2005
By Spooman
Azumanga Daioh, more than any recent anime, has created a rift in the fan community. Of course, in one corner we have the absolutely rabid fans of the series, and in the other, those who think Azumanga Daioh to be nothing but mindless romp and filler.

That being said, Azumanga Daioh is very much an acquired taste. Alot of it's appeal is held within its genre itself. Rarely done in anime, and even more rarely done right, is the Slice of Life genre. In Slice of Life there are no action scenes, no magical transformations and no huge particle-beam blasting mecha. Instead, Azumanga simply tells the tale of these (primarily) six high school girls.

Of course, it's not any old boring life. The day in and day out of the girls is anything but dull, and is instead a joyous and humourous experience.

Right off the bat, we are introduced to airheaded teacher Yukari Tanizaki, biking to school, late as usual. When her bike breaks down, she simply steals that of a male student passing by. We are then introduced to the main characters: Tomo, the overly-energetic one; Yomi, a bespectacled, mellow young woman rather obsessed with her weight; and Sakaki, a mysterious yet kitty-obsessed girl. Of course, there's always a new student, so we are then introduced to Chiyo Mihama. Chiyo is only ten years old and happens to have the cutest pigtails ever! Before the first episode is over, we meet Ayumu Kasuga, a transfer student from Osaka. She seems to be airheaded, but is just easily distracted -- often by her own mind.

Azumanga Daioh was adapted from a four-panel style comic run in the Japanese serial Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh a couple of years ago, written by Kiyohiko Azuma.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Azumanga Da- June 8, 2004
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When I first saw Azumanga, it came in the form of fansubs. Everyone kept going on about how amazingly amazing it was. And oh boy, is it ever.
The original cast is excellent, the animation is flawless. It never ever gets old - Azumanga Daioh is like having your own group of good friends that you can be with whenever you want. So much of it is relateable to everyday life - from Osaka not being able to break disposable chopsticks, to Yomi's diet woes, to Tomo's lost vending machine battle.
This particular DVD box set comes with two pins - Chiyo-chan and the biting cat. The pins are nice and big, and the box itself is very pretty. The Amazon price is right as well - you can snag the box set for the same price of the normal DVD at Suncoast.
The dubbing... My friend agrees with me that they all sound the same. And there is no possible way you could dub Tomo or Osaka. An Osakan accent doesn't translate into English. The voices are grating and pretty bad, but then, I hate dubbing anyway. It kills so much of the original animation. The only voice I enjoyed was that of Kimura - making him sound more perverted is funny, if not true to the story. Osaka's English VA did not manage to capture her air-headedness at all. Sakaki's English VA doesn't manage to capture Sakaki's nature either. ADV needs to hire more people into their dubbing department cos they all sound the same no matter what show you're watching. By the way, a lot of the cultural or lingual jokes don't translate at all - so unless ADV includes a "translation notes" section for everything, you're going to be missing out on a lot.
At the end of the day, however, you're still getting Azumanga Daioh. A show that will make you laugh and cry and long to have friends like these. Even Tomo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully easy going
Azumanga Daioh was one of the first manga series I read, and when I found out about a year afterwards there was an anime, I was so excited! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mena P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great seires if you need a good laugh!
First off this series storyline is almost non existent. Which is an ok thing, it's based off Japanese high school girls daily lives. With different things happening each episode. Read more
Published on July 18, 2007 by Knoxer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I ever watched
This DVD is an introduction to a well hidden and often over looked gem. Azumanga Daioh is one of my top 5 favorite anime. Read more
Published on May 5, 2007 by Don Kangol
4.0 out of 5 stars found the right anime
if you like high school anime with humor you found the right anime. azumanga daioh is very funny for a high school anime the ones i often see are often full of action. Read more
Published on December 29, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinary
No Gordian knot hairstyles, no yards of colorful ribbons (except for a passing image in one character's mind), no mechanical beasts rampaging about and destroying all in the path... Read more
Published on September 17, 2006 by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Theatre of the Absurd?
Superficially, this is a kids' show about a group of high school girls and the issues they face in their everyday lives. Read more
Published on February 1, 2006 by Steven Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-done anime
When I first recieved this volume of the anime I was very excited to watch it! There is Chiyo-chan, the 10-year old girl who is smart enough to be in high school, there is Osaka, a... Read more
Published on January 14, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most charming and funniest animes ever!
After you watch the first couple of episodes and it doesnt make you laugh or even put a smile on your face you might wanna check your pulse cause your probably dead. Read more
Published on November 23, 2005 by Brian P. Budlong
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Entire Series
Azumanga Fans, please be aware that this is NOT the entire series as the page would have you believe. Read more
Published on November 15, 2005 by Jeramie D. Shake
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best
funny and imaginative - after the first several episodes you just can't stop watching to see what is going to happen next.
Published on September 20, 2005 by John L. Longo II
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