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Azumanga Daioh: The Omnibus

(あずまんが大王 [Azumanga Daioh] #1-4)

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High school: a time of friends, memories... and biting cats? Leering teachers? And is that penguin carrying a tray?!

Welcome to Azumanga Daioh, the acclaimed story from writer/illustrator Kiyohiko Azuma about the humor and wonder of high school life. Join the ten-year-old genius Chiyo-chan, spaced-out Osaka, over-the-top Tomo, soft-spoken Sakaki, hair-trigger Yomi and bra
Paperback, 686 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by ADV Manga
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Miki Yes, there deffinately is. As far as I know - there is an english dub, and 26 action packed episodes.

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Remember the first time you ever ate an unfamiliar food that's since become a dietary staple? - for instance, in my case, sushi, pad Thai, or good authentic hummus or guacamole? Well, that's kind of how I feel having "discovered" manga: that "how can this have been in existence all that time without my having known it!" feeling. That "why, this is unlike anything else!" feeling.

This Azumanga Daioh 4-in-1 omnibus is a 750+-page volume that's thicker than a brick - sort of an Infinite Jest of man
Emily Collins
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of all four Azumanga books, it's a perfect accessory on a day of relaxation and fun. Besides the fact that I'm terrified that I'll rip the binding because the book is so thick, there is nothing I regret about this purchase! I've fallen in love with every character and of course I cried at the end when they all graduated. That joke about turning water into ice will stick with me forever. Thank you Azumanga Daioh, for making my days so full of joy. ...more
L.S. Popovich
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
“Azumanga Daioh” is not deep, thought provoking, or complex. However it challenges the reader in the best way possible. It challenges them not to laugh till they cry.
“Azumanga Daioh” is about friendship, growing up, and living with a “all cats bite me” disability. The jokes come fast, loud, and often in this 4-panel compendium work. It is not subtle but it is all the merrier for it. The format helps this rush of gut-busters. Most of the gags are a few panels in a small story that leads up to a
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful to reread this book and have a good laugh
Quite fun, but not always funny, this "slice of life" series was entertaining, and at times even educational (thats to the Translation Notes), to a foreigner like myself.

I adored Chiyo and Sakaki the most. I loved their kind spirits, positive attitudes, and caring hearts.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are Tomo and the girls' teacher Yukari Tanizaki! I really could not stand these ladies. Rude, obnoxious, selfish and at times just down right mean, they became the two I loved to hate, espec
Sarah Sammis
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: My daughter
Shelves: pc, read-in-2011
Last summer my husband started watching the Azumanga Daioh anime about a group of girls going through high school. The anime was an instant hit with both children. In fact it was our daughter who spotted the Azumanga Daioh Omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma and insisted that Ian buy it.

This manga is a panel comic, more similar to the traditional North American comic strips. As it has a plot that changes over time, it's most like For Better or Worse. The Omnibus covers all four books, one book for each ye
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Magic, simply magic. Azumanga Daioh seeks to tap into an experience almost everyone has had: high school. Although many have tried to do the same across the entertainment spectrum, more often than not they fail in a glorious fashion. Azumanga Daioh not only succeeds, but it does so in a near flawless manner.

Following the exploits of a group of high school girls, each character brings a unique, sometimes bizarre, prespective to high school life. Set up in the style of newspaper comic strips, m
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you love zany, madcap, & sometimes nonsensical humor, then this is the manga for you. If not, then you're better off looking elsewhere. The manga's delivery is in a day to day format, similar to a daily comic strip you'd find in the newspapers. In fact, that's pretty much how the manga was delivered in it's parent magazine, in one to two strip doses per magazine.

The manga surrounds a group of high school girls as they go through their day to day activities & social interactions. Most of the
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga-manwha
This was done unlike any manga I have previously read. I felt like I just picked up the Sunday paper and grabbed the comics section. It was even done in comic panels. There is no real story flow. Just the same characters in different situations. And it thrusts you in with no real intro to the characters. Very American comic strip feel and style. Not what I want in a manga. The art was decent but nothing special. Several of the characters acted and looked similar so it wasn't easy to figured whom ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
There are a lot of reasons to love this omnibus release of Azumanga Daioh. I originally watched the anime series and had always meant to read the original manga. Now that I have, I'm very glad I finally sat down and read through the whole thing. Plenty of reviews out there will talk about how great the book is, so I figured I'd focus on a few other things:

1. This is probably the most well-produced release of a manga title I've ever seen. There are translation notes and even an index. These are t
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! I read it all when I was in high school ten years ago and I love it just as much now as I did then. Even though they were Japanese school girls and there were some fundamental differences between their culture and ours in South Eastern Louisiana, we could all relate to at least one of the girls--I was the Tomo of our friend group--and the antics they got into. Now that I'm an adult, I look back on it fondly and see the work (especially the very end of the last volume) as a tr ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I don't remember the last time I've had so much fun reading a book. This was a blast, really, and it made me laugh so hard on more than one occasion, my sister gave me funny looks.

This manga volume follows the everyday lives of a group of high school girls and their teachers. Each character is completely different from the next, and each one adds something to the plot. Actually, I don't think there is a "plot", per se... after all, it is a series of small plot lines connected together one way o
Aaron Gertler
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think of Azumanga Daioh as the Japanese Peanuts. It's about a group of students, each with one defining character trait, living their lives without much help from adults. It is laugh-out-loud funny, but doesn't shy away from the cruelty and confusion of childhood.

You can finish the series in a single day, but by the time you finish, you might feel as though you've been reading it for years. The characters find themselves in the same situations over and over again, and this gives the comic a ti
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absurd, manga
So good! I can't wait to check out the anime :)

Update 4/14/19:
Reading this a second time, after having seen the anime. Both were such a delight! I enjoyed this collection immensely!
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Azumanga Daioh is a manga compiled entirely of four-panel comic strips, and this collection brings together all four graphic novels in one whopping 675 page omnibus! That's right, there are over 1300 jokes, puns and one liners crammed into this gigantic compendium!

At first, I was concerned about this. I really wasn't sure that this format could hold my attention for 675 pages. Sure, I enjoyed the anime show immensely, but that did quite often break the rigid four-panel structure, whereas I knew
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
Collecting the four-volume series (with each book charting a year of high school) into a single book, this Omnibus is no Yotsuba&!, but it's still pretty entertaining. Most of the stories unfold in four-panel strips, ending with punchlines. Azuma's great at pacing a gag, and though a few of the jokes are lost in the translation (vols. 3 & 4 have translator's notes, which explain several of them, and why they had to occasionally be changed), there's still plenty of highly entertaining content.

Ken Yuen
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-read, favorites
Loved it. Funny and cute, it's a must-read for fans of Yotsuba. Most of the comics are done yonkoma style, but there are some sections where they follow a story in a more traditional manga format.

The characters are all lovable and fun to be around. The author really nails the comic timing.

Only a couple issues. Since the manga is about girls going to school in Japan, some of the references/jokes don't really land when translated (there was one or two comics that I definitely would not have unders
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-manga, manga
Genuinely sad there is no more Azumanga Daioh for me to read. The past week was an uplifting blast while reading this. My cheeks turned red from stifling embarrassing guffaws in front of people multiple times. I had to stop myself from shoving this in people’s face chuckling all the while saying, “read this!”

The simplicity of the comic and the form it takes lends a hand to how incredibly accessible it is to pick up and read whenever and wherever you are. Normally any attempts at being cute in
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I ate these up in college and for the most part it still holds up. Sure there's a lot of cultural based humor that just doesn't translate, and yeah the creepy teacher is SUPER PROBLEMATIC, but other than that it's a lot of fun if you want something light-hearted, not too over the top, and free of that icky fan-service. ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually laugh out loud funny. Azuma's writing and style is always hilariously adorable. ...more
Gaz Watson
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, manga
This is now one of my fave Mangas, and will definitely be re-read several times. My only gripe is that there wasn’t enough of it, but that’s just me being greedy.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I was re-reading this after a long while and had forgotten how hilarious it is. This is the sort of thing you can read in small chunks and still have fun without missing too much of the context of the story. Still, it was interesting to notice how only now that I decided to re-read the story Kimura-sensei's behavior was really bothersome. I know that Azumanga kinda plays with this archetype of Japanese middle-aged man, which still doesn't make him less problematic.

Still, it was good to see Saka
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2021
Happy to report this is still as funny as it was 15 years ago
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I first read Azumanga Daioh back when it was released in four volumes by ADV Manga. Although I had fond memories of it, I probably wouldn’t have gotten Yen Press’s omnibus edition if I hadn’t spotted it in the midst of a “going out of business” sale shopping frenzy. Happily, it made for a really nice reread, even though the ending didn’t affect me quite as strongly this time around.

Azumanga Daioh is a comedy series consisting primarily of 4-panel comic strips. It doesn’t really have what I’d cal
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A high school slice-of-life manga by the creator of Yotsuba&!, the ultimate slice-of-life piece of illustrated brilliance? Of course sign me up! Azumanga Daioh follows a handful of girls through three full years of high school, as they have adventures that are mostly low key and usually funny and always very ridiculous, in the way that is very particular to these kinds of muted Japanese comedies.

Unlike Yotsuba&!, Kiyohiko Azuma’s style is much rougher here, as most of the stories are presented i
Ah, that was a blast from the past.

Azumanga Daioh is a classic that will always stay close to the hearts of all fans of manga and anime... If only because AMV Hell takes every chance to poke fun at it to this day.

This manga is the story of seven friends going through high school. They're an eclectic mix, to be sure. There's tall, beautiful Sakaki, who is good at sports and a lover of animals, even if they don't seem to like her back. There's Osaka, the space-case Osakan who never knows what's go
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-to-read
I'll be adding to this review possibly later, but I just want to start by saying I love that they made Osaka's accent a drawl in the English release. Reading her lines is a lot of fun, and there's some classics I'll be adding to the quote section later. Some of the characters in this have more vibrant personalities than others, but they all have their moments.

I need to check the original release date, but a lot of stuff in here I see in some of the other 4 Koma manga, so I don't know if it was i
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This will be quick, and decidedly unobjective. The anime of Azumanga Daioh is a favorite of mine, especially in the gloomy parts of the year. There was basically no way I wasn't going to enjoy this. About the only interesting comment I have to make is that the chief difference between the anime and the manga is that individual jokes often work better in the anime due to having more time and space to build up, while characterization is often aided by the manga's terse 4-panel form.

In short, I lik
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Understandably, some of the puns don't translate well to English, but the translation team did an amazing job. I like that all characters are quirky in their own way, and there isn't just the one established weirdo for the series that some other stories always use. (Seriously, everyone has their own unique attributes, and I hate it when just one person is a cuckoo.)
It had me laughing out loud at some parts and it is very difficult for me to do that with any book.
Clean humour. Would recommend.
Anna Christine
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I came across this edition that had the entire Azumanga Daioh in one I immediately needed it in my life. For years I've watched and enjoyed the anime so much. It's a hilarity high school story of the teachers and students and it is the best thing ever. Finally reading the actual manga was so much fun because I love the anime so much. It is one of the best things I have added to my book collection.

I will be now commence rewatching the anime!
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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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Tomo: "You can't talk to cats.”
“Osaka: Ah got a question sensei...

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