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Kiyohiko Azuma is the bestselling creator of AZUMANGA DAIOH and the critically acclaimed YOTSUBA&! which won the Excellence Prize in the manga category at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2006. The series was also nominated for an Eisner Award in the U.S. in 2008 and has been a regular New York Times bestseller.
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  • Series: Azumanga Daioh
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316077380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316077385
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 2.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This item ISBN 1435230620 is Vol. 2 of the Azumanga Daioh series.
Due to a linking error this page was linked to the new release of the "omnibus edition of Azumanga Daioh"(ISBN:0316077380) as the library binding format option. Please note the product description on this page is not the 672 page 'Omnibus' edition of the entire series. The omnibus release from the new distributor Yenpress in library binding format is not available from this page.
If you ended up on this product page looking for the library binding format of the new omnibus release from Yenpress go back to the privious page and order the paperback format. If you order from this page you will get the 168 page vol. 2 of the series in a nice library binding.
I hope Amazon will correct this linking error but because all of the responses from them have been worded in ways that ignore or deny any mistake and do not indicate any intent to fix the problem I am placing this review to inform anyone that wants the new omnibus release of Azumanga Daioh to buy the paperback format or wait for Amazon to correct the link for the library binding format.
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Unlike most manga series, "Azumanga Daioh" doesn't have a real plot. Or chapters. Or anything major happening.

But despite those odd facts, this delightful little series is one of the few schoolcentric manga that I've read and enjoyed -- a comic exploration of the oddball lives of a gang of young high school girls and a few equally eccentric young teachers. "Azumanga Daioh" doesn't delve too deeply into characters' lives or anything non-fluffy -- Kiyohiko Azuma's stories charm just by being adorable and a little strange.

High school has begun, and there's a crop of new students -- among them is the quiet, tall cat-lover Sakaki, ten-year-old genius Chiyo-chan, the impulsive and freakishly energetic Tomo, the sensible Yomi, athletic Kagura, and a spacey transfer student from Osaka named Ayumu (but who is always called "Osaka" instead). The assorted teens are taught (I use the term loosely) by their immature, mildly bipolar teacher Yukari, and her exasperated gym-teacher buddy "Nyamo."

Over the next four years, the students and teachers must deal with all the normal stuff -- biting cats, contemplations of teen life, ball games, field trips, working at a thinly-disguised McDonald's, swimming woes, visits to Chiyo-chan's summer house and the beach, running for class president (Tomo nominated herself! Aiee!), footraces, the right way to separate chopsticks, random trivia, the Necoconeco, hiccups, Sakaki's secret vice, talking to foreigners, horrendous driving, Chiyo's massive dog, Mr. Kimura's creepy love for teen girls, a sports festival and a stuffed animal exhibit festival.
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I resisted getting into Azumanga Daioh because the art made it seem too 'cutesy'. Well, I was wrong. ^.^
Azumanga Daioh may be a 'slice of life' manga, but it's certainly not boring. The pace may seem slow for some readers, but things do happen in this manga. Hilarious things. :D

This omnibus edition comes from Yen Press, and at well over 600 pages, it's a pretty big volume. :D
At the end of the book, there's an index listing(if you want to find a particular story), and throughout the book there are informative translation notes(such as explaining word puns, pop culture,etc). The quality of the paper is really good, and thus the b/w artwork is represented well.

NOTE: This 2009 Yen Press edition has translation that is different from previous releases(when the Azumanga Daioh manga was licensed/released by ADV).
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Back in 1999, mangaka Kiyohiko Azuma would create a four-panel comic strip (yonkoma) known as “Azumanga Daioh”. A series that would earn its place as one of the fan favorites worldwide for its slice of life and delightful storyline may it be through the manga or anime series, Yen Press will be re-releasing the collected manga as a 672-page omnibus featuring newer translations (different from the ADV Manga release) and translation notes.

The yonkama was featured in MediaWorks’ Dengeki Daioh shonen manga magazine from 1999 to 2002 and the storyline focuses on the lives of several female high school students during their three years in high school before graduating. The story tends to feature a school year, may it be the school sports competition, the field trip amongst friends, friends sleeping over each other’s home, friends talking in class or their thoughts about the teachers or how the teachers feel about them.

But also panels featuring on each member as Tomo irritates everyone, Sakaki wanting to get close to a neighborhood cat that continually bites her, Chiyo wanting to fit in with her fellow students who are older, Osaka having the wildest imagination and more!

JUDGMENT CALL:

Prior to reading “Azumanga Daioh”, I watched the anime series which I absolutely loved!

Years later, I ended up reading the omnibus and for the money, nearly 700 pages for the price is magnificent. It probably took me about a month and half, off-and-on to read as it is one of those stories that you can read quickly but you want to savor the enjoyment of the series by reading several of the four-panels per day.
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