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Anime Review: Azumanga Daioh

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 6, 2010, 5:34 AM




Azumanga Daioh by J.C.Staff



Azumanga Daioh first started out as a japanese comedy manga created by Kiyohiko Azuma. The manga is drawn as a series of vertical four-panel comic strips called "yonkoma" and depicts the lives of a group of girls during their three years as high-school classmates. The manga had ran from February 1999 and ended June 2002 with 4 volumes in total. Then Azumanga Daioh was adapted into a 26 episode long TV Anime Series created by J.C.Staff which ran from April the 8th 2002 and ended September the 30th 2002.


Plot/Story (:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty:)



"Azumanga Daioh chronicles the everyday life in an unnamed Japanese high school of six girls and two of their teachers: child prodigy Chiyo Mihama and her struggle to fit in with girls five years older, reserved Sakaki and her obsession with the cute animals who seem to hate her, spacey Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga with a skewed perspective on the world, Koyomi "Yomi" Mizuhara's aggravation at an annoying best friend, Tomo Takino, whose energy is rivaled only by her lack of sense, sporty Kagura and her one-sided rivalry with Sakaki, and their homeroom teacher Yukari Tanizaki and her friend, physical education teacher Minamo Kurosawa."

So Azumanga Daioh has no central plotline much like most japanese high school manga's where the focus is on school girls. Now people always rate this one of the, if not the best highschool comedy anime because of its intense abnormal craziness. Whether this may be the case or not they were one of the first animes to do it and so this makes it a classic. So of course for plot related purposes you shouldn't really be watching the anime, but the characters interactions instead. However this anime is much more "school orientated" meaning that they will actually show most of all the daily and important tasks a japanese highschool would make the students do, and watching the characters carry them out is where the humour comes in.


Characters (:star::star::star::star::star-empty:)



Chiyo Mihama: She is the main female protaganist of Azumanga Daioh alongside Osaka. She extremely smart, actually a better word to discribe her is a pure genius! at the age of 10 she skipped an amazing 5 grades and so she jumps straight into highschool. However that is not all! not only is she the head of her class but she can even outsmart her home tutor Yukari Tanizaki! However her most odd aspect is that her father is a yellow cat.

Ayumu Kasuga: Also known as Osaka and by her fans also known as god because she is completely unpredicatable she is the second female protaganist. She is very, very feeble it seems like you just have to bump into her to knock her down, and also as slow as a snail. If you say a joke she will get what it means a week later! However it is this spaced out aspect of her that all her friends admire of her, her complete absence of evil.

Tomo Takino: Every school anime must have a character who is extremely hyper active and nevers backs away from a good laugh of prank, and that discription suits Tomo perfectly! When things get dull within the group of friends she never runs out of ideas to spice things up! these ussually include hitting people like chiyo, or throwing items at her, or just being a general annoyance to the group keeps her and her friends lively!

Koyomi Mizuhara: If there is an untamable character within the group of friends, then there must be the responsible older type as well! and that would be Koyomi also known as Yomi. When things get a bit too far out of hand she never hesitates in setting everyone straight and back on track to whatever they were suppose to be doing. However it seems she always has to do this constantly with some friends of the group like tomo and osaka!

Sakaki: Last but not least just like every group of friends must have every other personality, there must be a character without a personality! and that would be Sakaki, she is very silent but strong and does not have a last name suprisingly. She is the envy of most other students because of her athletic body and her tall height! However what she really desires is cats, she always likes to pet one, at much dismay to her hand that does.


Art/Theme (:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:)



I know animation should not really be much of an issue when it comes to school animes like this, however for an anime that was made almost 10 years ago you can see that his animation style is pretty dated. Now im not saying it needs to be at the levels of high quality animation like Hellsing Ultimate OVA or Basilisk but it should have some bright colours! When watching azumanga daioh there was not as much bright colours in the background as I hoped. Light blue school uniforms with grey classroom walls gives a very soft effect. But the colours should be as vibrant as the opening theme!


The LULZ Factor (:star::star::star::star::star-empty:)



Many fans believe that Azumanga Daioh is one of the, if not the most funniest school anime ever made, however I would be in disagreement of that. I believe it is one of the funniest ever made, but no where near the top. The plot leaves little to be appreciated but I can assure you that the hilarity in Azumanga Daioh can reach a side splitting point on some levels! It is mostly to do with the characters interactions as they all have different personalities and trying to even attempt the easiest, most simple tasks can turn out into a nightmare when the most abnormal and crazy things happen to turn the whole situation upside down!


Overall/Closing (:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty:)

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.





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Dragons-Bane666 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
I LOVE your weekly reviews of the latest Bleach chapter! I actually look forward to reading them each week XD
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
you reminded me I have to delete this one
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Dragons-Bane666 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Awwz!

But this should be a spoiler-free zone, eh?! XD
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mo3ali Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
what do you think is the funniest manga or anime?
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
school rumble
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Dawn-of-Destruction Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artist
LOLshiro. I like that name. XD

Thanks for the high quality of manga review!
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
will Im glad you enjoyed it because its getting deleted for monday
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Hichi-kun Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Interface Designer
xD I love how you actually make fun of bleach and make it funny at the same time.
Bleach is my favourite Manga, I cant find one better yet, and ichigo was like "crapcrapcrapmypants i cant find an openingggg~!" In his head, so it's all just funny.
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
wait you cant find any manga in the world better then bleach yet?
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Hitsu-Mayuki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, he most likely used Kyouka Suigetsu, but I doubt he replaced himself with Ichigo without Kurosaki noticin' whole action;
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
he could of easily used kiddou to restrain him
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Hitsu-Mayuki Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, as you can see in chapter 392, I had right :) From your point of view, do Kyouraku, Shinji and Hitsugaya still breathing after that ?
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FoxKids1302 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of my friends said that if Aizen was that strong, he'd be ruling over Soul Society by the time he got there. What made him went through all the trouble playing nice and planning scheme??? I hate to admit it but they were right!
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
lol why do you hate to admit it? aizen always had a plan lol
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MechaFISHMechanics Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Cream his pants? Perfect description.

Yeah, where the hell is Unohana/Yamamoto??
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
hell yeah toushiro has been waiting for this moment the whole time

there kicking back on a beach somewhere
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MechaFISHMechanics Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Most likely.
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Were do you read Manga Chapters anyway actually? Mangafox? Onemanga?
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
manga stream
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daikkenaurora Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Hitsu-gay-a... interesting name.

Aizen'd is a good word. lol That should be added to the dictionary.

I dont see how Aizen was surprised by the ice attack. And Ichigo was scared shitless. He acts like he is waiting when in fact he is hesitating.

hahaha Power level over 9000. "Damn he's so badass Lisa and nanao should give up their day jobs and spend the rest of their lives satisfying shunsei on some far off island" Classic
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
you seem to be quoting me alot from my own review like I ddnt know I wrote it lol
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daikkenaurora Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
I just thought the Nanao thing was funny. Sorry if quoting isnt okay.
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mandelak Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Filmographer
I want to see some Unohana action. I bet she is scary in battle. I hope he got beat with that. I like Gin being the villain, something I have pondered on for a long while.

ichigo is so lame.
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
well we can only wait until next week to see if aizen really got punked
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Kelloth Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, this was the woooorst fanservice chapter in all bleach, anyway, in the next all we can take a powned of Aizen, but... I think of Gin could be the only who can survive in this saga of the all villian (maybe grimmjow too)
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
gin surviving this arc? hmm maybe he still has unfinished bussiness with matsumoto I guess
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Krezen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
OMFG!!! :woohoo: :onfire: :woohoo: I just couldn't stop laughing at your run down of the recent Bleach chapter!! xD first of all because of the fact that i kinda go through that same thought process after reading it and just because it was straight out comical. lol no pun intended
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
since it was a good chapter, I thought it would be good to speak my mind freely out for this one
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Krezen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
lol well it was a good choice! xD
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elyeli Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
ichigo really missed his chance... not that he won't get another one once we find out (for sure) that all that was an illuson.

Gin is just wathing, whih is the right of the head villain so t wouldn't suprise me if he turns out to be the final villain, and besides I don't think hs Bankai has even been mentioned let alone seen!

but there is zero chance aizen is going down anytme soon, at least not untl we see his real power

great revew by the way. its hilarous
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
ichigo really did miss his chance by doing absolutely nothing

gin's bankai has never, ever be mentioned where as aizens bankai might very well have been mentioned before the words "will kill us all"

aizen is not going down this early because urahara hasnt decapitated his bishie head yet
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elyeli Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
ichigo really missed his chance... not that he won't get another one once we find out (for sure) that all that was an illuson. or maybe A
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
messed up your comment good there
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elyeli Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
sorry
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dyyor Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
srsly, when i first read it i was all 'no way... they made aizen a pansy all of the sudden D:'

but then i thought naaaaaaaaah hes too bad ass to die that easily, he did draw his sword before he got hit by that ice, so certainly it was an illusion

interesting idea though making gin the actual villian XD
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
whatever happens somebody is going to be one shotted next chapter, since lisa fell down this chapter and fox captain last chapter
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fantasypanther Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010   General Artist
Or, Gin and Aizen switched places, and the whole time, the Aizen being shown was actually Gin.
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
gin fans wont like that
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fantasypanther Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010   General Artist
Well you can't make everyone happy.
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ZapBoi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Your best bleach chapter review.
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
it was a good chapter this week
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Flameses Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Heh- when I saw that Aizen actually looked surprised I thought "Holy sh*t, really?" And all that stuff.. A pretty surprising chapter, I must say ^^ Interesting theory about Gin. It would be semi-unlikely, but that's what makes it likely.
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
if gin becomes the final villian than bleach might just become alot better again
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Flameses Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Quite possibly
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dp246 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
your theory about Ichimaru being the real villian sounds impossible, but it would be so badass if it truly happened. :iconbadassplz:

As for Aizen, i highly doubt that he's gonna die so easily, it's gonna be the stereotypical Ichigo Hollowfied Final Form vs. Aizen's probable Resurreccion.
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
gin being the real villian would be pretty badass indeed

ichigo's newest hollowfied form vs aizen, because we all know ichigo keeps getting stronger out of no where
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DoTheKKSlide Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
i loved the last 2 pages of this weeks bleach, hes all like anticipating hitsugaya coming towards him, he looks and see's Shinji and hes all :iconawesomeplz: and then Aizen is like FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF-
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
well we are all going to be in shock next chapter when aizen reveal he really died, because that would shock me
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ivoryalexandriaal Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: I was kinda thinking the same thing about Ichigo when I read the chapter. :iconimhappyplz:

I felt that was too easy and Aizen just punked them big time......again. I mean if that's all it took then they could have been got this over with. :O

Gin be mastermind? Hmm...I have my doubts but it would certainly be interesting because maybe will finally get to see Gins' Bankai. :iconmonkeyloveplz:
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chioky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah ichigo not doing alot of hero stuff there

aizen got punked big time, and far too easily, and gin being the mastermind more easy than you thought
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