Azumanga Daioh, Vol. 1: Entrance
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Mena P.
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 morePublished on July 18, 2007 by Knoxer
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 morePublished on May 5, 2007 by Don Kangol
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 morePublished on December 28, 2006
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 morePublished on September 17, 2006 by Jim
Superficially, this is a kids' show about a group of high school girls and the issues they face in their everyday lives. Read morePublished on February 1, 2006 by Steven Guy
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 morePublished on January 14, 2006
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 morePublished on November 22, 2005 by Brian P. Budlong
Azumanga Fans, please be aware that this is NOT the entire series as the page would have you believe. Read morePublished on November 15, 2005 by Jeramie D. Shake