Azumanga Daioh (2002– )
"Azumanga daiô" (original title)

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A humorous and highly unpredictable animated series following a group of high school girls and their teachers.

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A short compilation of humourous sketches featuring a group of friends in high school.

Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori
Stars: Tomoko Kaneda, Yu Asakawa, Chieko Higuchi
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Series cast summary:
Tomoko Kaneda ...
 Chiyo Mihama (26 episodes, 2002)
Yuki Matsuoka ...
 Ayumu 'Osaka' Kasuga / ... (26 episodes, 2002)
Chieko Higuchi ...
 Tomo Takino (26 episodes, 2002)
Rie Tanaka ...
 Koyomi 'Yomi' Mizuhara / ... (26 episodes, 2002)
Yu Asakawa ...
 Sakaki (26 episodes, 2002)
Akiko Hiramatsu ...
 Yukari Tanizaki (23 episodes, 2002)
Sakura Nogawa ...
 Kaorin (22 episodes, 2002)
Houko Kuwashima ...
 Kagura (20 episodes, 2002)
Aya Hisakawa ...
 Minamo 'Nyamo' Kurosawa (20 episodes, 2002)
Akane Omae ...
 Chihiro / ... (18 episodes, 2002)
Naoki Yanagi ...
 Male Student A / ... (16 episodes, 2002)
Kôji Ishii ...
 Kimura-sensei / ... (15 episodes, 2002)
Ryoko Nagata ...
 Female Student A / ... (12 episodes, 2002)
Hiroyuki Yoshino ...
 Male Student B / ... (11 episodes, 2002)
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An animated series based off of the four panel managa of the same name, Azumanga Daioh is a whimsical, hilarious and very cute look at the lives of an ecclectic group of high school girls and their teachers at a Tokyo high school. As the series progresses, small bits of their lives are shown, slowly painting a bigger picture as the cast shares the ups and downs of high school life, revolving around a close-knit friendship and a lot of silliness. Written by Anonymous

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girl | school | teacher | high school | love | See more »

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School goes crazy

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Animation | Comedy

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8 April 2002 (Japan)  »

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Episode 19 "One Spring Night" is a "filler" episode made up of jokes and scenes that were not in the original manga. See more »

Quotes

[Osaka has hiccups that won't go away]
Koyomi Mizuhara: From what I seem to recall, hiccups happen because something is convulsing.
Chiyo Mihama: Yeah, that's it! Spasms in the diaphragm.
Ayumu 'Osaka' Kasuga: Where's the diaphragm?
Chiyo Mihama: It's right underneath your lungs.
Tomo Takino: [Figuring she can help out] Riiiiiiiiight... here!
[punches Osaka in the gut]
Chiyo Mihama: Hey! Th-that's the solar plexus!
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Follows Azumanga daioh (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Soramimi Cake
Lyrics by Aki Hata
Music and Arrangements by Hikaru Nanase (as Masumi Itô)
Vocals by Oranges and Lemons
Courtesy of Lantis
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I'm so glad I decided to try watching this
3 May 2005 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

I saw a trailer for Azumanga daioh and thought it was going to be childish nonsense. Admitedly the trailer only showed a modified version of the show's introduction sequence, rather than real footage from the show. Shame on the makers of the trailer, I say! Then I watched an episode of the show and was instantly hooked. This is probably one of the best comedy animes I've seen so far. While shows like Abenobashi or Excel Saga are funny in a zany way, Azumanga is funny in a more realistic way. As other reviewers have noted, there is no plot as such

  • it's more like a sitcom.




The characters seem very likable and all have their own characteristics. Some of the teachers also feature, and I think this gives the show an interesting perspective as you see that they just as quirky as the kids. (OK, perhaps MORE quirky than some of the kids).

One of the reasons this show has hooked me is that it is consistently funny. Some other shows I've seen have had a few episodes that were hilarious and a few that barely raised a smile. I think every episode of Azumanga has had me laughing out loud.

If you haven't seen this show because the trailer put you off, don't panic! Yes, there's a certain amount of cuteness (especially Chiyo), but the show is a lot of fun. But the Muppets demonstrated that cuteness doesn't mean it's only for kids.

Azumanga may not be suitable for young children because of some cuss words and slightly teenage/adult content (although children see that on TV before the watershed these days). Teenagers aren't likely to be too worried by any of that though.

This 37-year-old male gives Azumanga daioh 5 stars out of 5!


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