It's not manga, it's Azumanga!—smart, fun and totally addictive. Created by the iconoclastic Kiyohiko Azuma, Azumanga Daioh is strongly character driven, taking the reader through the daily tribulations of Kurosawa, Yukari, the wild Tomo, hair-triggered Yomi, ditzy Osaka, brash Kagura, cute Chiyo-chan and athletic (but girly) Sakaki.
Azumanga Daioh was initially published in English by ADV Manga from September 16, 2003 to April 6, 2004 and in a complete omnibus on November 20, 2007. On December 15, 2009, Yen Press published a complete omnibus with new translations.
I'm surprised that there are no reviews written for Azumanga Daioh, although there are many for the anime.
I adore slice-of-life manga, which would be the genre that suits Azumanga Daioh best. It's plot is nothing heavy, certainly nothing dramatic or romantic, and sometimes it doesn't even make sense. Yet it's amazing. The humor is random and strange at times, but that makes it all the more funny.
Although I can't say I like the art as much in the first volume, the art in Azumanga Daioh is rendered well in most of it. Since it mostly consists of four-panel strips, the art is not detailed, but simple. Kiyohiko does a better job with the art in Yotsuba&!, even though the art in Azumanga Daioh is also pretty well done. Azuma obviously improves throughout the series, and cause the artwork to be a bit inconsistent (as you'll notice with Chiyo-chan's pigtails!).
The characters, I'd have to say, are the strong point. Tomo is the wacky and annoying hyper-energetic girl, there's Yomi, who is level-headed and even a bit of a cynic, there's Osaka, who is the spacy girl with logic no one understands, there is Sakaki, painfully shy with a seemingly hidden love for cute things, there's Kagura, athletic and blunt, and finally, there is Chiyo-chan, an adorable naive 10-year-old genius.
Then there are the teachers as well, the irresponsible Yukari, the reliable Miss Kurosawa (aka Nyamo) and the perverted Mr. Kimura. Each character has interesting personality traits that make them unique.
Azumanga Daioh is one of my favorite manga, I own all four volumes, and would greatly advise anyone to pick it up and give it a try.read more
I'm not an anime or manga buff. I don't know everything. I may or may not have good taste. I'm just a person who enjoys anime and manga. However, I hope this review helps anyone with deciding whether to read it or not.
I have the Azumanga Daioh Omnibus and I have read the whole thing. I love Azumanga Daioh. It never fails to cheer me up. I love the antics of everyone in the group. I laughed at the crazy things they did. My stomach would hurt from the hilarious moments I shared with my brother reading this. I cried when it was done. No really, I cried. I really like Azuma's style of humor. The art was very basic and clean, which suited well.
This manga was one of the things that helped me get through my grandfather's death. Nothing like reading AD to cheer you up on the car trips to and from the cemetery and funeral home.
I wish that it was longer or had a sequel. Or maybe not, because in my opinion, some things are better left to the imagination. The story... well, there's no story really. And the style of humor is definitely not for everyone. It is sort of a random, lol-ish, absurdity type of humor.
I would recommend this manga to anyone who needs a laugh and some cheering up. Nothing fancy, drawn-out, philosophical, or deep. It's just plain fun to read. read more
Azumanga Daioh is a four-panel comedy manga that follows a group of schoolgirls as they goof-off during high-school. There's not much more to it than that. It's made for the purpose of making you smile and it excels in that. Its art isn't spectacular, there's no tear-jerking plot, there's no though-provoking questions, just giggles.
Its jokes are usually clean. There are a few that are made for teens, but compared to most manga, anyone could read it.
It's only four volumes and it's four-panel, so it's the easiest read.
I recommend it if you're into comedy.
Azumanga Daioh is a popular classic for a reason. Simply put, it's a work of comedic genius. Everyone should read it and watch the anime.
STORY: 9/10. There isn't much to the story; just another slice-of-life tale of Japanese schoolgirls. However, it's done brilliantly. There's never a dull moment, and you'll find yourself laughing out loud at the hilarious conversations these girls have and the situations they get into. There are also heartwarming moments, especially at the end. Though it could be considered somewhat cheesy, it seems like the best possible way to end the lighthearted series.
ART: 8/10. Since it's a 4koma with a new gag in every strip, most of the drawings of people are from the chest up. As a result, the designs are pretty simple and allow you to focus more on the humor. At the same time, the art is very expressive, clean, and it looks great. There are also occasional "special" strips that are set up like a regular comic, and this is where Azuma's art skill really shines. The details are lovely and not to be missed. Overall, the art does its job beautifully.
CHARACTER: 10/10. This is what makes the amazing comedy possible. Every character in this manga is well-thought-out, original, and completely hilarious. From spacey Osaka to firecracker Tomo to lecherous Kimura-sensei, they all add their own unique flavor to the manga. I'd say my favorite character, though, is Chiyo-chan's dad. You won't find a cool cat like him anywhere else.
ENJOYMENT: 10/10. Holy Cthulhu, this series is funny. The weakest of the strips will make you crack a smile, and the best ones will have you laughing out loud. This isn't your typical anime/manga humor- this is off-the-wall, unpredictable, and overall clever. It's just as enjoyable for a Westerner as a Japanese person- you won't have to understand Japanese culture to appreciate the jokes. It's totally fresh and nonstop funny.
OVERALL: 10/10. Basically, this manga is a masterpiece- and I don't throw that term around lightly. It's one of the funniest things I've ever seen, done, or eaten. You should go and pick up a copy right now. You won't regret it.read more