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Azumanga Daioh - Rivals (Vol. 3)

4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Studio: Adv Films Release Date: 07/20/2004 Run time: 125 minutes

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As this popular shojo (girls') series continues, English teacher Yukari's self-defeating rivalry with gym teacher Nyamo fades into the background. Tomo, Yomi, Sakaki, Kaorin, Chihiro, Chiyo, and Osaka begin their sophomore year, and are joined by Kagura, an athletic girl who's desperate to challenge Sakaki to a contest--any contest. Although physically talented, Sakaki remains oblivious to everything except the stray cats she chases, invariably getting bitten for her trouble. When exam time rolls around, Kagura, Osaka, and Tomo proclaim themselves "the Knuckleheads," and vie for the lowest scores. Cheerful 11-year-old Chiyo rediscovers the pleasures of jumping rope, which her old friends tell her is once again popular in elementary school. Untroubled by mecha, monsters, supernatural events, and boys, the girls in Ms. Yukari's class pursue their pleasant daily routines. (Rated 13 and older: cartoon violence, minor risqué humor, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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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:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029NMM2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After a sub-par volume 2, Azumanga Daioh returns to its masterpiece of comedy form in the 5 episodes of Volume 3:Rivals.
The first two episodes are really about the arrival of a new student in the girls homeroom. Her name is Kagura (she was introduced in an earlier episode competing against Miss Yukari's homeroom). Supposedly, she is the best all around athlete at the school and Miss Yukari has transferred her into class just to beat her friend Miss Kurosawa in the coming athletic contest. Unfortunately, the tall, beautiful, and shy Sakaki also has a reputation for being above average in sports. Kagura instantly sees any interaction with Sakaki as a contest that she must try to win. For example, when Kagura and her sit down to eat lunch, Kagura bets she eat faster than Sakaki, then she vows to beat her in softball, etc. She also gets some insight into Sakaki's victimization by cats and tries to help out. When Sakaki learns about a street on TV which happens to be the home of hundreds of cats, she can't hold back and has to travel there on her bike. She might not make it out alive.
Episode 12 is called "Chiyo-Chan's Day" and it is exactly that. The entire episode is seen from her viewpoint, which is a somewhat strange position. Most of the school besides her friends see her as a cute curiosity and don't realize that she is one of the smartest students at the high school. When she runs into some of her former elementary school friends, we realize that maybe she misses being a kid and playing games or simple things like jumping rope. The episode ends with her in a very nice moment nostalgically jumping a rope with Sakaki and her beloved dog. Well, that is, until Tomo shows up!
Episode 13 is about the desperate situation that Kagura, Tomo, and the ever lost Osaka find themselves in.
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Well, I bought it used for $2. I lost my other disk so I bought a new one for my "Class album" series set. I wasn't concerned about the box, and the disk played fine. (it was a bit scratched and dirty).

However the series is great. The concept is a dime a dozen, but it really is a must see for anyone wanting to get a start in anime, or even if you just flat never seen it. There is plenty of Japan-based humor in the subtitled version. So its hard to relate sometimes, but the dub is also a hit-and-miss. The voice of "Osaka", in the dub. has a southern accent, parodying the 'accent' that japanese stereotype Osakan people with. Most people don't find a problem with the voice, but I find it grating and unamusing mid-way through the series.

Otherwise I'd give it 5 stars. Probably the best disk in the series IMO. One star lost due to the dirty and scratched disk ^^
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Every time I get one of these in the mail I get happy. This anime is funny.used but perfect.

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