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Azumanga Daioh Vol. 1 by Kiyohiko Azuma
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it was amazing
bookshelves: reviewed, manga, best-manga

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 Chiyo-chan is smarter than all of them put together. The personalities of everyone compliment each other. There's:

Sakaki--A towering, intimidating girl who everyone assumes is some super-cool rough-and-tough tomboy, when she's actually very shy and loves cute things and cats, although cats don't like her.

Kagura--A girl who really IS a tomboy who acts super cool, and even though she idolizes Sakaki is her complete opposite. Loud and not the sharpest tool in the shed, she loves harassing others and calling people names for no apparent reason.

Chiyo--A sweet, smart little girl who loves cooking and helping others. Slightly ignorant at times since she's years younger than all of her friends, she is very responsible and has a dog big enough for her to ride around on named Mr. Yadakichi.

Tomo--A loud obnoxious girl very similar to Kagura, except she's not nearly as athletic and is obnoxious in slightly different ways. She has the same intelligence level as Kagura, too.

Yumi--The smartest in the bunch after Chiyo-chan, wears glasses and constantly obsesses about her weight. She, Sakaki and Chiyo-chan help keep the sanity level slightly normal. Usually.

Osaka--Not her real name, but even though it was mentioned multiple times in the first book I don't remember it because everyone calls her Osaka, since that's where she's from. She moved from Osaka to the place where the gang lives (I'm pretty sure it's Tokyo, but I'm not quite sure...) and has an accent, plus uses lots of Osakan dialect. Catchphrase: Fuhgeddaboutit!

They get into all sorts of wacky adventures, and the way they just bounce off each other WILL make you laugh out loud! The two teachers mentioned the most, Ms. Yukari and Ms. Kurosawa, just add to the hilarity. The art is simple but pleasing, the same with the character design. There's just the right amount of character developement, and the end of the series is satisfying.
Highly recommended. Highly recommended. Seriously, you can't claim to like reading manga without reading this series.
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