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.
Azumanga Daioh doesn't actually have a storyline. Well, there's 10-year-old Chiyo, (Who is so unbelievely adorable), who's so smart that she's in high school, and she brefriends the most weird, yet hilarious classmates.
Azumanga Daioh is a set of 4 panel stories, and yet it works! The comedy is fresh and funny and the characters are amusing as well. There's Osaka, probaly one of the most slowest manga characters EVER! There's a time when she and Sasaki (a tall girl which the other charaters think she's cool and hard but in fact she has a secret love for cats but they are always biting her) are
talking about an abbreviation of hemeroids (don't ask) then they start talking about I think about dolphins, then another character ask what are they talking about then Osaka comes out with hemeroids again. Tomo is another charater. She's loud and overly competetive with Chiyo. Then there's the absolutely lazy teacher who sleeps in class and forgets where she's supposed to be. (That's the very first scene, she walks into a class and says she won't tell them her bra size then a student says her class is next door). There's a competitive teacher, a lesbian student and so on so forth.
Most of the cast are girls but there is a male.... Mr.Kimura.... an out and out perverted teacher who is a teacher souly for teenage girls. All the characters try to ignore him but he just appears!
Anyway, Azumanga Daioh is perfect for you if you just want a laugh. It's easy to pick up and read and will have you laughing all the way through reading it.
While yes I found Azumanga a bit boring when I watched it a few years back the manga is so funny,well paced and can be sad at times (like how it ends which has a uplifting but sad ending in the same vain as something like Wrinkles). I don’t normally like these type of stories these days or even the smart person gets worship (personal reasons) but this was great.
Manga just seems like a better art form overall then anime. I’m glad I picked this up since I love Yotsuba. Didn’t expect to enjoy it that much years ago when I was thinking of reading
Now I’m off to read the three chapters YenPress didn’t release (which they should have) and hope they are at least half good as the original.
this series is a yonkoma(short comic strips).its about this group of girls who are in high school and are very unique individuals.no magic powers, ninjas,or any fictional things that you can come up with.just "regular" high school girls.
i rated the characters 10 because the characters are so interesting and different that you wonder how they can hang out with each other.each girl adds something to the story.if you have never had a favorite manga/anime character before im sure this series could give you a selection.
overall this is a series for stupid jokes,humor, and just plain enjoyment.if you have nothing else to do this is a
good thing to pick up.