Throwback Tuesday 7/8: Azumanga Daioh

For this Throwback Tuesday, I would like to deviate from talking solely about video games and talk about the first anime I have ever (completely) watched: Azumanga Daioh.

Aired originally in 2002, Azumanga Daioh is a slice of life anime set in a high school environment. The selling point of a slice of life anime is the characters involved who, in this case, are as follows: Chiyo Mihama (small and prodigious), Ayumu “Osaka” Kasuga (“slow and spacey,” as she is described verbatim in the anime), Tomo Takino (energetic and pest-like), Koyomi “Yomi” Mizuhara (Tomo’s bespectacled antithesis), Kagura (the tan athlete), and Sakaki (the gentle giant). Do note, however, that these are only the main characters.

As its genre would suggest, the events in Azumanga Daioh are everyday situations, sometimes exaggerated to a comedic effect. Much like K-On, I like this series for its comedy and its characters. Most of the humor comes from the idiocy of certain characters (usually Osaka and Tomo), the recurring quarrels of teacher duo Minamo Kurosawa and Yukari Tanizaki, and the perverted comic relief character Mr. Kimura. There is also humor drawn from the animals, namely Tadakichi (Chiyo’s dog), Maya (an Iriomote cat whom Sakaki encounters by fate), and “Chiyo’s father” (the iconic yellow cat thing). Kaori is also a comic relief character, but more in her infatuation with Sakaki.

Yes, the series is mostly humor-oriented, but there was one particular moment where I was like

but I won’t spoil it just in case. Hint: it’s a scene near the end that involves vicious cats.

Overall: 8/10. As a first anime, it was really enjoyable for me, between the humorous and emotional moments. Thank you based YouTube Poop for helping me stumble upon it. (That’s right, YouTube Poop. Odd, I know.)


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