Chiyo Mihama begins her high school career as one of the strangest students in her freshman class—a tiny, 10-year-old academic prodigy with a fondness for plush dolls and homemade cooking. But her homeroom teacher, Yukari Tanizaki, is the kind of person who would hijack a student’s bike to avoid being late, so “strange” is a relative word.
There certainly isn’t a shortage of peculiar girls in Yukari-sensei’s homeroom class. Accompanying Chiyo are students like Tomo Takino, an energetic tomboy with more enthusiasm than brains; Koyomi Mizuhara, Tomo’s best friend whose temper has a fuse shorter than Chiyo; and Sakaki, a tall, athletic beauty whose intimidating looks hide a gentle personality and a painful obsession with cats. In addition, transfer student Ayumu Kasuga, a girl with her head stuck in the clouds, fits right in with the rest of the girls—and she has a few interesting theories about Chiyo’s pigtails!
Together, this lovable group of girls experience the ups and downs of school life, their many adventures filled with constant laughter, surreal absurdity, and occasionally even touching commentary on the bittersweet, temporal nature of high school. – My Anime List
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Unfortunately, most younger anime fans really can’t appreciate just how entertaining this series is – because they would rather not see their everyday lives repeated for them on the television. Really, if you’re eighteen and under, and don’t like this series the first time around, put it away and come back to it in about five years. Those of you who have already been out of high school for a while, though, may just fall in love with it.
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All in all, this is an excellent comedy. There are some cultural references that you might not be able to get, but if you want to know what life is like for a typical Japanese student, this is a great series to pick up.
The ultimate guiding question when it comes to any comedy is “Is it funny?” And Azumanga Daioh constantly answers that with a big “yes.” The comedic timing, both in the manga and the anime, is perfect – or if it isn’t perfect, it’s damn close. There’s a reason this series has defined the modern slice-of-life genre, and that’s because it’s just really good. The only times Azumanga isn’t being funny are when it will be tugging at your heartstrings, which is equally enjoyable. It’s short, yes, but I actually think that the short size makes it better. It doesn’t stay too long, knowing that all good things must come to an end. When the final episode comes around, you WILL cry, oh yes. And then you’ll want to go back to the beginning and relive all those great memories. I’ve heard Azumanga Daioh as being “comfort food,” and that’s probably a good way to describe it. Maybe my own feelings for the series are biased, as it was one of my earlier anime experiences, but that doesn’t deflate my love for it. Azumanga Daioh is easily one of the few anime that I love enough to say…
Azumanga Daioh is a hug. Not just any hug mind, but one of those fluffy, warm all-enveloping hugs that you’d get from your mum when you were three years old, smelling of cookies and ice-cream, the sort where you’d get lifted up like a feather, whirled around in a circle once and then gathered up into a heavenly bubble of love and happiness and breathless joy, and you’d giggle uncontrollably, because you knew it would last forever. The creators of Azumanga Daioh have distilled that feeling, and somehow transcribed that warm embrace onto six shiny pieces of plastic.
While the humour may not strike the same chord with everyone, it is impossible not to see the fun in Azumanga Daioh. This is one series that is as enjoyable as it is funny. Very few series can be called influential but Azumanga Daioh can. It paved the way for many of the comedy series of today and like a fine wine, it is better with age. Looking back on Azumanga Daioh, you come to realize just how very important this anime series was. If you haven’t hung out with Chiyo-chan and friends, or it has simply been too long since you last did, now is the time to do just that. Azumanga Daioh is Azumazing!
Now the only bad thing i can really say for it is that not everyone is going to like an anime little or no plot to it at all, if that’s your case just avoid this series but for those who do like to mellow out and have fun this is something I highly recommend you watch, before you watch it’s offspring like “lucky star or k-on” “I am not saying those are bad I am just posting those along the same line of the genre is all. You can watch full episodes of this series on Anime Network at any time via streaming, sadly it is only dubbed there but at least it’s legal.
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Okay, Anime fans lets set the record straight there are plenty of older anime series that should never get re-issued and plenty of series that should have never made their way over to North America. In the case of Azumanga Daioh neither of these are true. This series should have gotten picked up the day the original license was dropped. Thank you Sentai Filmworks for bringing this back to us. There is a whole new generation of anime fans that need to see this series just because it is great and a smile factory.
While there are a lot of anime set in high school, many of them focus on something supernatural happening outside of school itself. So this is a show that actually focuses on school, and it feels very real, because it tackles challenges high school students actually face in the real world, in its own wacky kind of style. That way, the humor will best resonate with either high school students or people with vivid, funny memories of their own from high school. As for me, I don’t like it all that much to be honest, but that’s just because I’m no longer a high school student myself. But if you don’t like magic and fantasy in anime, and want something silly, but still ultimately connected to real-life experiences, this is a good show for you. It also doesn’t sexualize the high school students (other than joking about how one male teacher lusts after them), like many anime do. It’s about real girls doing real things, getting into some hilarious situations.
Revisiting the show after several years and after all the hype has certainly been fun. It hasn’t exactly captured me the way it did the first time around, partially from familiarity and partially because of the loss of the vid-notes. Most of the show plays well without it, but there are moments when they’d be entirely too useful. I don’t think Azumanga Daioh is a show meant for marathoning unless it’s in a group setting with a drinking game involved, but it certainly is worth revisiting. This collection is more complete than some of the previous editions, but it’s not a “final complete” version to me simply because it lacks the vid-notes and a few other extras. But it is a lot of fun and kept me smiling in an almost nostalgic way. It’s good clean fun – unless Kimura is involved. Definitely still recommended after all these years.
As the series goes on, I find it curiously becoming more comfortable, and yet less hilarious. The early episodes have the sharpest writing (and animation, as is typical since then budgets are fresh and flush) while the latter ones move, not into repetition, but into familiar zones thanks to the well-defined characters. Within the space of about a dozen episodes, Azumanga ingratiates itself wonderfully, generating the comfort of visiting friends that is the hallmark of good television. Not earth-shattering greatness, sure, but good television is rare enough.
The story doesn’t really tie together much until the last few episodes of the series, and to be honest watching the episodes out of order won’t drastically change any given viewer’s perception of it. This isn’t a bad thing by any means, as it allows for both casual and hardcore anime fans to enjoy it equally. Each episode does a fine job of standing up on its own and nothing is detracted from this lack of direct connection between episodes. The soundtrack is fairly simplistic, using a number of quick and recurring pieces, which seem to fit the series’ overall light and quirky mood. The art style is similar, opting for colorful simplicity over extravagant detail, and – for a series that follows a group of quirky girls through their high school education – it only seems fitting. Azumanga Daioh is as hilarious as it is relaxed as a series, and while each viewer will have his or her own preference among the colorful cast, there’s someone to amuse just about everyone.
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.
There is no better example of a “love it or hate it” anime out there than Azumanga Daioh, save FLCL. Due to the strong bipolar reactions, there have been a number of unsavory rumors spread about Azumanga Daioh. Pay no heed to what the rumors say; the only way to know if you will enjoy Azumanga Daioh is to watch a few episodes. The best comparison I can make would be to compare Azumanga Daioh to Seinfeld, the “show about nothing.”
A wonderful, light-hearted comedy series with an unconventionally simple premise.
I wish I could give this a 9, but there’s basically no story and it was very boring and repetitive at times. Maybe I’ll hike the rating up when I re-watch this again in a few years.
Azumanga Daioh is so much more than just funny – it has wit, soul, and absurdity. It is a winsome comedy that urges you to stop taking yourself so seriously and just laugh at whatever life has to throw at you.
“Azumanga Daioh is, in itself, little more than an above average CGDCT/SOL and comedy.” That’s what I would say if it aired last season, but it aired in 2001, and as a result of its overwhelming success, many more of my favorite anime were made possible. Creating its own genre, I must give it credit for paving the way for so many more of my favorites. It has also shown the quality of being appealing to non-anime fans, evidenced by its rapid spread across the internet (namely YouTube and 4chan) several years ago, as well as being enjoyable to myself and many others before we had “matured” into the anime hobby. Furthermore, its humor, animation, and characters hold up even today, even after hundreds of anime like it have aired. For this, it deserves the score indicating that it is the pinnacle of the genre, a perfect 10.
The series itself is hysterical and I encourage you all to purchase it (not download ripped files…go and get a job, become a productive member of society, pay taxes and support your evil habits honestly)
Overall you can compare this anime to any thing else that was trying to be the first in something.being one of the first popular slice of life anime.azumanga will always be an Internet classic which has inpsired other animes to be the same,and azumanga is far from being horrible but it’s not perfect.i really wish this anime could continue as well,just watching the opening can out a smile on my face very easily. Although its been years since I’ve watched this anime I can still remember how great it was,but not be blinded by nostalgia it’s just a simple anime with a simple setting,but a great anime nonetheless.
I recommend it.
I have talked alot about how Azumanga Daioh is not my favourite school anime of all time, well I might as well reveal to you all reading now that is actually school rumble! In Azumanga Daioh there were simply not enough characters that were truly distinguished, it was pretty much Osaka and Chiyo pulling along the anime to stardom and fame. However that does not take away the fact that Azumanga Daioh is an anime about the time spent with a group of friends attending High School. It as viewed a a classic and it can be argued that it started the trend of completely random slice of life highschool animes. Though even after all this I will say it had a very sweet ending to wrap things up forever.