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Azumanga Daioh 

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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Cast

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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School goes crazy

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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8 April 2002 (Japan)  »

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(26 episodes)

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4:3
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Trivia

According to interview done for an art book of the series, the director made a request for the opening song to not have any tone changes or climatic phrases, hence leading to the extremely catchy piece "Soramimi Cake" 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

Ending Theme
"Raspberry Heaven"
Lyrics by Aki Hata
Music and Arrangements by Yoko Ueno
Vocals by Oranges and Lemons
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2002's best comedy series came from Japan
22 May 2003 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

Azumanga Daioh (Hiroshi NISHIKIORI, 2002) (based on Kiyohiko AZUMA's comic strip of the same name)

Take the fundamental sweetness of the best of the "Peanuts" TV specials, mix it with the whacked out humor of "Calvin and Hobbes", add in some stylistic homages to Isao Takahata's films (the memory scenes of "Only Yesterday" and his neglected 1999 masterpiece "Our Neighbors the Yamadas") -- and you have anything but a routine anime series. (It also reminds me a bit of the quirky short-lived TV series "Square Pegs" from many years ago). The show follows the lives of seven girls (including one 10 year old genius who skipped middle school) and three teachers (two highly dysfunctional, one _mostly_ sane) through all three years of high school (that's how the system works in Japan). This is mostly side-splittingly funny, though it managed to evoke a few furtive tears before it ended. The characters are everything in this virtually plotless traversal of three years of school (and vacations). Although this series runs for 26 episodes, it ends all too quickly -- I was far from weary of the charming and loveable characters portrayed here. (The best term to describve the show is, of course, Japanese -- "kawai" which means not only ultra-cute but very loveable). This show was immensely popular in Japan, and has recently been licensed for release in the USA (thank you ADV).


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