Hiroshi Nishikiori Azumanga Daioh

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100% of reviewers None indicated 10.0
Plot

A handful of high school girls? Check. A super smart kid who ruins the curve for her older counter-parts? Check. A lecherous teacher? Check. All of these elements make Azumanga Daioh, but the way they are brought together proves that this show is worth more than the sum of its parts.

Upon first glance, you might assume that Azumanga Daioh was your standard issue, "getting through high school drama", when in fact, it is a riotously funny adventure through the trials of high school.

The show is one, all-too-short, season that encapsulates all four years of high school, including festivals, school trips, ambitions and college hunting; oh, and there are lots of cats.

Audio and Visuals

Boasting a solid soundtrack (or rather, collection of them), the show manages to stay fresh and cheeky, while also having depth enough to explore more candid moments when characters take a moment from their school lives to peer deeply into their personal lives and ambitions.

The voice actors and the seiyuu sound fairly similar, which is a nice surprise. Both sets easily convey the full spectrum of emotion that the varieties of characters require. It is a refreshing change of pace to not have to completely swear off a version of the show because the voice acting is bad, or even just "different". The only thing worth noting here is that ADV falls back on making Ayamu "Osaka" Kasuga sound like she is from the south, but it isn't a strong enough difference that it should really bother anyone.

The animation is crisp and clear. Colorfully and cleanly rendered enough that the style will maintain its illusion of being new, without having the "future is shiny" approach to animation that is so popular these days.

Overall Thoughts

Part of the brilliance of this show is how they turned the original manga, which were essentially comic strips, into cohesive shows.

The other particularly striking part of it is that you never feel like high school will be forever. Every so often in the show, more or less spaced evenly, the show will reference a new year starting, either punctuated with a summer trip, or a consideration on growing up. They steadily, but wearily grow to take their positions as seniors, while you grow with them, seeing what will turn into memories along the way as these young adults work their way to the next steps of their lives.

Flaws

The major flaw with Azumanga Daioh, (in the version released by ADV), is how much local humor is seeded within the script. ADV does its best to include several references in the books that come with the DVDs, but it is not nearly as convenient as it was when I first watched the fansubbed version. It may help to keep the booklets nearby when you watch them.

Also, it is interesting to note that a few of the more lewd jokes fail to make it into the dub, mostly because there was no real English equivalent. However, the show tends to be gracefully innocent, especially when you consider the main characters are all high school girls.

Final Verdict: 9.0/10

Official website at www.advfilms.com/titles/azumanga
Keywords: high school, cats, summer, everyday life, events, osaka
Sound & Graphics Excellent
Entertainment Value Excellent
Replay Value Very Good
Plot Average
Genre Comedy, High School, Seinen
Episodes 26
Studio J.C.STAFF
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  1. 18/3/2007 7:18am
    1. Ishamael
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: Some of the funniest situations I have ever seen.
      Cons: Sometimes had trouble focusing on one event for any period of time.
      A very entertaining show. Osaka is hilarious!(At least in japanese, never seen the dubbed)

      Nice review, the one thing that bothered me is that there are only three years of highschool, not four.

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  1. 21/3/2007 10:23pm
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: I actually thought the plot worked well even though it had no apparent direction except them trying to survive school
      Cons: agreed with the local humour
      A great feel-good anime. If you think you have issues at High School, just watch what these girls go through!
      A high re-play value. Infact I could watch some episode over and over again and not get sick of it.

      Great Review ^^

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  1. 6/1/2008 11:13am
    1. Muffin
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: No actual plot. You don't really have to watch all the episodes in order.
      Cons: English/American sub
      Like I said, the best thing about this is that it hasn't really got a plot. It's more like an Animated Comic Strip than a program which I feel lends to it's; dare I say; greatness.

      I believe the situations are hillarious and actually happen in real-life. Some have even happened to me before (Osaka, The Shoe, The Truck. Nuff said) This means you can laugh at the Anime and/or yourself.

      The replay value is one of the best for any Anime I've watched as I have watched it several times and it dosen't lose it comedy.

      Sadly I just can't watch the English sub as the voices (to me) just don't sound right. I'm just glad it's got subs

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