Azumanga Daioh is about high school life through the eyes of six girls with unusual personalities: Chiyo (the 10-year-old genius), Osaka (the resident airhead), Sakaki (the shy one prone to cat bites), Tomo (the loose cannon), Yomi (the short-tempered one) and Kagura (the resident jock).

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Type: Animation

Languages: Japanese

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2002-04-08

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Azumanga Daioh (Japanese: あずまんが大王, Hepburn: Azumanga Daiō, lit. “Great King Azumanga”) is a Japanese yonkoma comedy manga series written and illustrated by Kiyohiko Azuma, which was serialized in MediaWorks' Dengeki Daioh magazine between 1999 and 2002. Three additional chapters were published in Shogakukan's Monthly Shōnen Sunday in May 2009 to celebrate the manga's tenth anniversary. The manga was first released in English by ADV Manga, and was later re-issued by Yen Press. An anime television adaptation titled Azumanga Daioh: the Animation was produced by J.C.Staff and aired in Japan between April and September 2002, consisting of 130 five-minute segments compiled into 26 episodes. The compiled episodes were released on DVD and Universal Media Discs (UMDs) by Starchild Records, and an English-language version was produced by ADV Films. Prior to the series, a theatrical short and an original net animation were also produced. Several soundtrack albums were released, as well as three Azumanga Daioh video games. Both the manga and anime have been praised for their humor driven by eccentric characters, with Azuma acclaimed as a “master of the four-panel form” for both his art style and comic timing.

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In Japan, the Azumanga Daioh manga was named a jury recommended work of the sixth Japan Media Arts Festival in 2002. The manga was named as one of the top 25 manga at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival. English reviewers have commented positively about Azumanga Daioh. In Manga: The Complete Guide, Jason Thompson refers to it as a “charming comedy” and a “quiet master of the four-panel form”, praising the series comedic timing and use of running gags. He felt one of the series' best points was its “character-driven writing”, but does warn that its moe nature and the jokes that revolve around the “vaguely pedophilic teacher” might disturb some newer readers of manga. He later said that Azumanga Daioh was an “almost totally innocent” kind of moe, centered around “peep[ing] at the chaste world of girls”, in which “adorable girls do adorable things”. The French manga dictionary Dicomanga noted that despite being a moe series targeted at otaku, it also appealed to female readers for celebrating “friendships between girls as well as [its] comedy.” Marc Hairston describes Azumanga Daioh as being “slightly disjointed”, with “frequently oblique” and “culturally biased” humour, and says it is both “lighter” and “more wry” than Maria-sama ga Miteru. He describes the characters of Azumanga as being “individuals with slightly offbeat personalities”. Mark Thomas, writing for, says that each character has “a defining personality trait that is ramped up to abnormal levels” and that each has a foil, which highlights these traits and prevents them from becoming too annoying or unbelievable as characters. Thomas said that the yonkoma format does not lend itself to “complex story arcs”, and the story is presented as “quick snapshots of random moments in their daily routines”, noting that the narrative is character-driven. Patrick King, writing for Anime Fringe, considered it to be “one of the funniest, most adorable manga series I've read”. IGN noted the lack of background art, but said that the expressive faces of the characters made up for it. Fred Patton of Animation World Magazine described the anime as “delightfully witty and even an educational window onto what Japanese high school life is really like.” Chris Beveridge of Anime on DVD, stated that “There's a lot to laugh with here and a cast of characters that grow quickly on you as you start finding those you favor and those you don't.” Andrew Shelton from Anime Meta explains that “The character of the girls is extremely well brought out. The superb observation, and ability to capture expression, makes the anime incredibly fun to watch in addition to meeting the story requirements. The action, and very rich comedy, are also wonderfully represented. There is just so much meaning, and charm, in even the most minor of expressions.” The reviewers of THEM Anime and Anime News Network felt that fans who had already graduated high school would feel nostalgic at times while watching Azumanga Daioh. The licensed manga had sales that reached top 100 lists on occasions and was included in the top 25 manga recommended by International Correspondence in Retailers Guide to Anime/Manga. The English dub for the show was well received, earning six ADR Awards from fans voting on and Four of the girls were included in Newtype's top 100 anime heroines of 2002: Osaka was awarded 7th, Chiyo 11th, Sakaki 21st, and Yomi 78th. Together they made Azumanga Daioh the second most popular series of 2002 for female characters.

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