Azumanga Daioh Vol. 1 (Azumanga Daioh, #1)
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Azumanga Daioh Vol. 1 (Azumanga Daioh #1)

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It's tough to tell the difference between teacher and students in Azuma's comedy. Teacher Yukari Tanizaki is oblivious, immature, emotional and one of the people shaping young minds. Her students face difficulties in school that most never imagined. For example, as one pupil starts to ask a question, Miss Yukari cuts him off, stating she won't talk a...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by ADV Manga (first published June 11th 2000)
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M
Jun 25, 2014 M rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Cute! I watched the first episode of the anime, so I've decided to read the manga.
Not a well-built story (due to the format, basically).
I wish it weren't so random, but I liked it.
V_murray
Studying English Education at my university, I have a class called "Adolescent Lit," where we look at running themes and standards of literature geared towards 12-18 year olds. In order to give my professor a better scope of what good manga is, I gave her my omnibus of this entire series. That is how much faith I have in this series--that is is my absolute favorite, and that if I am going to attempt to get someone to appreciate manga, this will be it.

As the series progresses, you will find yours...more
Jokoloyo
This is a review for whole series.

This manga series has comic strips format and cute arts, promising a hilarious light stories. This series deliver that promise. Just by delivering the promise, the series is a solid 3 star.

Unexpectedly, this series has a timeline in the stories. The characters are getting older, and (some of) the characters are developing. The series is ended when the student characters finished the high school. So I was surprised with the seriousness of the bigger plots.

I don't...more
Luis
Feb 09, 2014 Luis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Compuesto casi exclusivamente de historias de 4 viñetas, Azumanga Daioh es un manga atípico pero con una humor difícil de superar.

A lo largo de la estructura conocemos a las chicas protagonistas de las historias, cada una con sus manías que serán recurrentes en el día a día. Aunque muchas veces nos riamos de los mismos chistes una y otra vez, Azumanga sabe cómo darnos la sorpresa a cada página con ocurrencias disparatadas que como poco nos sacarán una sonrisa. Y no es raro que uno se enamore de...more
Emma
I laugh so hard every time I read another one of these books. Made up of four-panel comics that all tell a story together, with some normal manga sometimes, it's about a group of girls, Sakaki, Kagura, Chiyo, Tomo, Yumi and Osaka. Chiyo, or Chiyo-chan as everyone calls her, is ten years old and starting high school. Surprisingly, instead of being teased and harassed mercilessly by everyone for her size and age, she quickly makes friends with five other girls who are humbled by the fact that Chiy...more
jenni  Ⓥ
I read this because the author, Kiyohiko Azuma, wrote my favorite manga Yotsuba&!, Vol. 01 At first, I was a little disappointed because I didn't think this manga was as funny or as good as Yotsuba&! But I'm glad I kept reading because I found out: the more you get to know the characters, the funnier and better the story becomes. By the fourth and final volume, I was sorry to say good-bye to these girls and their teachers. The story is really just a series of interactions told in (mostly...more
Deena
I read these years ago and absolutely loved them. Although I was familiar with Japanese culture, I do not think you have to be in order to find these funny. The editions I read all contained extra footnotes that I find quite helpful, and moreso, informative. They also explained how what concepts were translated from Japanese to English.

Regardless, Azumanga Daioh is hilarious. It's really about nothing- there's minimal significant plot, but in that way it's more true to real life. The girls do e...more
Myonlycookie
One of my all-time favorite manga series. With only 4 volumes it's easy to get through, and I think newer editions have cultural notes in the back to explain Japanese culture references.

Note: It's told in comic strip style, so there's no strong "plot" per se, other than this group of friends going through high school. However, over the course of the volumes you really get to know the girls' personalities, and it feels like there's a story involved. Lovely. Highly recommended.
Megan Anderson
Cute artwork and very silly four-panel strips. The strips only sometimes have a connecting plot or theme, but they all have the same set of characters. However, sometimes the strips don't make much sense without a background knowledge of Japanese culture and education system, so the casual reader probably wouldn't enjoy this comic as much as someone familiar with Japan.

3/5 on here, 7/10 for myself
Ernesto gutierrez
This is one of my favorite anime series. If you want a fun, brainless,random book this is for you. This is one of the few mangas that can make me laugh.The characters are really special and hilarious. Each character is unique and you will have a character that you love. This is my most highly recomende manga. Anyone that picks up this book will not be able to put it down.
The Crimson Fucker
love it! love it! love it!!! it's more of a western style comic strip than the rest! so perverted!!! my favorite part is when the students ask their teacher why he became a teacher... and he starts crying and yells "because of the teenager girls! i love em!!!" fucking brilliant!!!
Andrew Perron
Azumanga Daioh is a fantastic work of gag humor, based entirely in interiority, characterization, and the sharp observation of how real humans act. This first volume is a bit rough, and has some unfortunate choices; notably, the character of Kimura-sensei later gets some nuance, but here, is basically just an uncomfortable joke about teachers perving on high school students. But overall, it's a good start to an excellent series.

...but there's one major problem - the English translation. It's sim...more
Madeline
Very cute, and considering that the main characters are a bunch of giggly Japanese schoolgirls, the plots are quite innocent. I'd recommend this series to someone just starting to read manga, since it's mostly normal and never features naked people or fighting robots.
Natalia


Nunca ri tanto na minha vida, AMO a estória, sem dúvida o mangá mais bizarro que eu já li/vi <3
Lady Salford
I didn't like the changes they made to the original dialogue just to conform to western culture. For example, substituting Nakata for Pelé. It irked me and it toned down the humour of Azumanga.
Lizzie
This is my favorite manga simply because I've read it at least three times and the jokes still crack me up. It's a different kind of humor... understated, and as much endearing as it is funny.
Ichigo
i have no idea what any of this meant
Chili Public
Quite a few teenagers suggested that I read Azu Manga Daioh, so I finally decided that I had better read it. This series was delightful! The students are silly and charming. The teachers are odd and frightening, especially Kirmura. On multiple occasions, my hair stood on end watching him oogling the teens, however, that’s what makes a good story something great. This may be even more important to graphic novels, because a shorter story demands a more intense plot, and what can be more intense th...more
MissAnnThrope
18 June 2013

Azumanga Daioh Vol. 1 follows the amusing adventures of wacky high school friends and their even crazier teachers. The debut volume begins in April at the start of a new semester and finishes with winter break in December. Simply put, there is zero plot. The strength of this manga is in the wild assortment of kooky yet endearing characters. You may not know what the heck is going on, but you will laugh and you will definitely fall in love with this daft bunch.

The style of this manga...more
Carrie Wilson
Quirky and funny; the characters are zany and their antics everyday; has the feel of a 1930s screwball comedy. This manga focuses on the lives of several high school girls (Tomo, "Osaka," Sakaki, Chiyo-chan, Yumi and Kaorin) and two teachers (Miss Kurosawa and Miss Yukari, who have a somewhat inexplicable friendship). Most of the stories revolve around the interactions of the girls and the teachers. Miss Yukari is impulsive and outspoken while Miss Kurosawa is the straight man, so to speak. If y...more
Cathy
Quite a few teenagers suggested that I read Azu Manga Daioh, so I finally decided that I had better read it. This series was delightful! The students are silly and charming. The teachers are odd and frightening, especially Kirmura. On multiple occasions, my hair stood on end watching him oogling the teens, however, that’s what makes a good story something great. This may be even more important to graphic novels, because a shorter story demands a more intense plot, and what can be more intense th...more
Natalie
As far as a story goes, this one is pretty terrible. There is no plot. It's nonexistent. It's just a series of moments with these characters and them reacting to each other.

But what does make this series memorable are the characters.

Chiyo is cute and interesting. She entered high school at age 10, is smart, cooks her own meals, innocent, and hard-working. She's kind but she also can get irritated as well. Being the youngest of the group, she's the center of most of the comedy because of her yout...more
Nuggetinabiscut
Oct 15, 2013 Nuggetinabiscut is currently reading it

AzuManga Daioh is a great book and has a funny genre to it. This book features no completely main character the characters most mentioned are Sakaki, the tall older looking girl most characters in the book think shes mean and tough but she loves animals and is very polite, Tomo Chan, a wild and hyperactive girl who goes crazy and tries to be better than Chiyo Chan, Chiyo Chan, A grade school ten year old genius, that's better at lots of things than everyone else, Miss Yukari a crazy teacher wit...more
Hanna
I read the Finnish translation. It was quite odd because I have seen the anime with fan made English subtitles so the Finnish translation was a little bit different in some parts. But I enjoyed it. There were some parts which wasn't in anime :)

Carrie
Very cute manga. I decided to check this out since I like the authors other series, Yotsuba&!, and I wasn't disappointed. Azumanga Daioh has great characters and is constantly hilarious and crazy without going over the top. The humor is realistic, at least as far as manga goes.
The only thing that detracts from the book is the strange layout. This book had two sections, a few pages each, where it read like normal manga; the rest of the time, it consisted of four-panel mini stories within the...more
Anthony Kucera
Classic Slice of Life 4Koma that every weeb should read whether they like moe or not. In fact, if you're thinking of reading an SoL this is the first one you should read to see if you like the genre or not. I bought Yen Press's omnibus on sale and I still read it from time to time. One thing I will say though, I remember reading the first volume translated differently then the Yen Press version. The main difference was that they gave the Osakan transfer student, "Osaka" (an apt nickname and the...more
Matti Karjalainen
Kovasti ylistetty strippisarjakuva "Azumanga Daioh" on parhaimmillaan hymyilyttävä tapaus, mutta ei kyllä sen enempää. Eksentrisestä opettajakunnasta saatiin eniten irti.

Välillä tuli eteen taas hetkiä, joissa ei oikein tiennyt, miten neljään alekkain olevaan ruutuun pitäisi suhtautua. Strippi ei ollut hauska eikä tuntunut vievän tarinaa eteenpäin. Hahmot saattoivat tehdä söpöjä asioita tai näyttää hellyttäviltä, mutta siinä ei ole riittävästi sisältöä minulle.

Lieneeköhän kyse sitten suomalaisist...more
Kathy
Mar 11, 2010 Kathy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: shojo
Features high school students and teachers. One of the students is 12 year old Chiyo-Chan who is very smart for her age but much smaller and younger than the rest. The teacher Miss Yukari is totally immature and funny. Miss Kurosawa is a nicer more level-headed gym teacher. Mr. Kimura is totally inappropriate and admits to wanting to see the girls in swimsuits and so on. Everyone knows he is a jerk so he doesn't seem to dangerous. The beautiful student Sakaki who the other girls are envious of,...more
Vicki
Jul 21, 2008 Vicki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of comics of all types, but especially manga or newspaper style comic strips
Shelves: own, comics-and-manga
I love this classic manga, and the anime series that followed too. However, of Kiyohiko Azuma's work I'd probably recommend Yotsuba over this even so, just because that one is slightly more accessible.

This is presented in 4-koma style, which is basically like a comic strip instead of pages. The comic centres around the life and times of a group of (dare I say) wacky schoolgirls and the various hijinks that ensue.

The characters are portrayed well, and the comic even delves into the lives of the...more
Forrest Norvell
It's hard to get across the charms of this quirky schoolgirl / shojo manga, which is actually a long-form narrative told via a sequence of traditional Japanese 4-panel gag strips. The characters are stereotypes, but most of the humor comes from allowing those stereotypes to mingle and ferment and subvert themselves, and the end result is a warm and charming portrait of a group of thoroughly ordinary girls. Also notable for the unsentimental and cynical view of schoolteachers, as well as its fran...more
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Kiyohiko Azuma (東清彦 or あずま きよひこ Azuma Kiyohiko) is a Japanese manga author and artist. His most well-known work is Azumanga Daioh. His current series is Yotsuba&!, which is serialized monthly in Dengeki Daioh magazine.
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