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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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  • 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: #135,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on December 24, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Benjamin E. Sones on November 5, 2004
Format: DVD
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By miniszlan on April 13, 2004
Format: DVD
Sometimes life itself can tell the greatest stories - And so does Azumanga Daioh. From the first episode on I fell in love with the series, showing the every day lives of 6 school girls (and their teachers), Chiyo chan, Osaka, Sakaki, Tomo, Yomi and Kagura. Azumanga is the best example that an anime doesn't need to have an overcomplicated plot or mega-action... Daily situations,funny reactions and mimics and especially the girls's unique charachteristics give the anime a huge amount of spice, fun and humour.
There is Chiyo chan, a 10 year old genious girl who cares for her friends by inviting them to her (summer)house, but due to her age and small stature she sometimes suffers from that handicap ( for example in P.E.). It is indeed difficult for her to be among others who are 6 years older than her, but apart from that she is really cute and everyone likes her.
Osaka, the clumsy and sometimes slow girl is one of my favourites. Azumanga Daioh shows also that funny dialogues can be very dominant in the series - Osaka's quotes are just stunning.
Tomo - Who always hypervantilates on almost everything, she wants to be in the center, by yelling, jumping, shouting and making rude jokes, sometimes really hurting ones.
Her closest friend seems to be Yumi, a calmer person who always tries to loose some weight, but she is ashamed and doesn't tell anybody. She is the one who yells at Tomo to stop being stupid. Yomi and Tomo have a love-hatred relationship.
Kagura is also quick tempered but not as intensively as Tomo. She spends her free time by jogging or swimming and sees a sports rival in Sakaki.
And last but not least there is my ultimate favourite character : Sakaki.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephan Massih on February 20, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Spooman on February 2, 2005
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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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