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Azumanga Daioh, Vol. 1

(あずまんが大王 [Azumanga Daioh] #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  5,576 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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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
Paperback, 172 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by ADV Manga (first published June 11th 2000)
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Dave Schaafsma
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga-shoujo, manga
Azumanga Daioh is a Japanese yonkoma comedy manga series written and illustrated by Kiyohiko Azuma. The title comes from his last name and the magazine it was published in from 1999-2002. It was published for teen boys. Yonkoma means four panel style, which Azuma supposedly masters. The focus is on a group of girls we like and some secondary characters we don't like and a couple teachers, in an elementary school. Silly stories, mostly quick and disconnected gags, played almost exclusively for la ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, manga
So I loved the Azumanga Daioh anime, and I knew I would love the manga, too. It's a hilarious, adorable high school comedy with some brilliantly funny characters. It doesn't have any big overarching plot, it's just situation comedy and slice of life kind of storytelling. I think the anime is a bit better — and that's not to say the manga is bad, it's just that the anime is simply amazing, and you can't dismiss the importance of color, voice acting and animation adding to the comedic effect. Stil ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-english
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.
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: no-judgements
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. ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it
i have no idea what any of this meant
Deena Hypothesis
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, manga
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
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute and funny, but not as much as Yotsuba.
Jo Ladzinski
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
One of the essential slice-of-life manga, I came into Azumanga Daioh by way of Pop Team Epic. Unlike Pop Team Epic, this manga is grounded in the experience of five high school girls and their two teachers, which things only being absurd enough to exagerate reality.

The entire cast is so charming, and so, so, so useless. Except for maybe Chiyo, but she’s ten years old and in high school, so make of that what you will. Everyone has their strengths, but its their weaknesses and differences where th
Monkey Feyerabend
This title is the best known work by cartoonist Kiyohiko Azuma, most probably because it was turned into a successful anime.** It is composed of four-panel long strips. (Vertical strips, because it's Japan.) In most of the cases there is a certain continuity, so the strips add up to small comedic scenes. The manga follows a bunch of high school female pupils. Each of them represents an archetype of the 'school manga' genre. The author has a canovaccio of gags for each of these archetype gi
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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) four-p ...more
This is pretty cute, but kind of weird. This is more like a series of semi related comic strips rather than one manga story. I really liked Sakaki and her love of cute cats. She is definitely my favorite character. Everything is pretty squee worthy except for a super creepy male teacher that pretty much killed my vibe. I do want to read the next volume, mostly for the cats =^.^=

Megan Anderson
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!!! ...more
Lady Salford
May 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
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. ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 漫画
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. ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: younger manga fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: watched the anime
It is spring of the year 2000, and the Japanese school year is beginning. There’s always some confusion on the first day back, and teacher Yukari Tanizaki winds up trying to introduce herself to the wrong home room! Once that’s sorted out, it’s time to meet the quirky high school girls of Room 3!

In rough order of appearance, we have Chiyo, ten-year old child genius; Sakaki, the tall, scary-looking girl who’s secretly a big softy, especially for cats (but not vice-versa!); Kaorin, who has an unsp
Kassy Harris
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, 2-star
I've heard so many good things about this series - manga and anime - so I have to admit I was a little disappointed by what I got. I tried the anime about a year ago and didn't find it all that interesting (I'm not a huge fan of slice-of-life anime so I wasn't really surprised and this probably makes my opinion on it very biased). However, my friend had a copy of the manga and insisted I read it. So, I agreed. Because I'll take any excuse to flip through a new manga.
The setup of this manga was
Tiya Mulani
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A reread.
So I just came to my hometown today and without any intention, looked through the old collection of mangas me and my sisters collected from years ago.
It gave a lot of memories of our childhood and it made me want to do a reread. I won't be here (in my hometown) for a long time so I decided to choose which one to reread. Naruto and Detective Conan won't be the ones I would choose because it will take too much time to finish them all (I'm not even sure I could read the all in the short ti
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A general slice of life comedy similar to Lucky Star. It cute and sweet and fun and a pretty good read if you can get past the creepy perv of a teacher. -shudder-

The only other downside is that the characters look very similar and only a few have their names repeated so you can learn them. I didn’t figure out until the last page that the girl with glasses was named Yomi. The anime should fix that problem though.

This series has 4 volumes.
Shayna Ross
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Pretty goofy with slightly more childlike humor involved written in the four panel style. The teachers/adults in this series have a bit of their own raunchy jokes, so it provides a bit of a mixed bag for different readers. Each of the students have their own distinctive personality, all revolving around the new 10-year-old genius student Chiyo-chan.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by a Twitter bot, I pulled this and the subsequent three volumes down off the shelf and re-read them for the first time in at least 15 years, and was happy to discover that I still felt the same engagement with and affection for each of the main characters. There are a few odd spots but ultimately it's a lighthearted story about the weirdness of friendship and that hit the spot. ...more
Ashley Salisbury
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Cool storyline and very funny! I enjoyed reading it. However, the format is different than most manga, reading like traditional Japanese down and up. Really interesting. A bit too complicated for me though, but I highly recommend it for anyone who loves that style.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
A few of the characters are hard to tell apart, but the situations are amusing (and occasionally even laugh-out-loud funny), and the art is lively and engaging.

I'm not sure if I want to read more of the series. I'd prefer more Yotsuba&!, but I might stick with Azumanga for now.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this again after unpacking a storage unit. Love it, but wish they would do a new translation and keep the original jokes. I'd prefer an editors note explaining the cultural nuance of the joke then just the English language joke that was the closest the American publisher could come to it. ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love it! Hilarious, cute, great artwork!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-shojo
Didn't care for this one but its not bad. ...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. ...more

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あずまんが大王 [Azumanga Daioh] (5 books)
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