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January 30, 2012

Anime Review: Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh brings fun and lightweight entertainment to those who enjoy slice of life comedy style anime. It features many hilarious moments and nostalgic events from references to other anime.

Azumanga DaiohSynopsis:
Azumanga Daioh is about high school life through the eyes of six girls with unusual personalities: Chiyo (the 10-year-old genius), Osaka (the resident airhead), Sakaki (the shy one prone to cat bites), Tomo (the loose cannon), Yomi (the short-tempered one) and Kagura (the resident jock).

Review:
Azumanga Daioh has been one of the few slice of anime that really captivated a wide range of audience with its lively story, interesting artwork, soundtracks, character design and overall enjoyment. To begin with, there is really little continuous story throughout the anime. It is a pure slice of life comedy and that is all you get, a group of girls and their life. Basically like that. However, each episode has several mini-scenarios attached that makes this anime even that more fragmented. I think the anime was targeted towards more of the casual anime watcher in mind. The anime progresses chronologically, however each episode is independent from one another. Although that may be case, there are plenty of laughs and memorable moments throughout the anime.

The art is not bad either. Although not as top notch as some AAA titles, the message(jokes) get across quite well. The chibi facial emotions also adds to the enjoyment of the anime. In a sense, this was anime is pretty well suited for a younger teen audience. From memory, the background visual styles were not bad at all. Every character had their own personality drawn pretty well from the ever cute Chiyo to the cool looking Sakaki, not to mention the ever creepy Kamura-sensei. That said, this was one well drawn out anime.

Next is sound. I didn't remember any notable soundtracks worth noting here, however I dare say the opening theme song is pretty catchy. Otherwise, I didn't really notice much background music throughout the anime. I guess this is acceptable because the anime was meant to focus on the character's lives.

Character development and background story building was one very major aspect this anime was focused onto. I must say that each character throughout the anime was never similar to each other. Every single character had their own unique personality and attitude which made this anime that much more funny to watch. The award for most cutest definitely had to go to Chiyo. You just can't get enough of those side ponytails! Also the most annoying character would definitely have to go Yukari-sensei. You will be face palming a lot during her scenes. I should really hush now, don't want to spoil the anime to those who haven't watched it!

In the end, it comes down to your personal tastes. If you like slice of life comedies, then look no further. This anime will satisfy your every need for hilarious and stupid moments. You will be left with good fond memories of unexpected moments and hilarious pitfalls. I would definitely recommend this anime as a sole time-waster for several days!

STORY: 7
There isn't really a story. Just a bunch scenes glued together into several episodes. This doesn't make it a bad anime, just makes it a bit harder to watch in continuation for long periods of time.


ART: 8
Scenes were well drawn out and character features really showed. This is important for a slice of life anime to accurately portray each different character as closely as possible to their personality.


SOUND: 5
Not much soundtracks used throughout the anime. Even if they did, it wasn't really memorable. The opening theme song was catchy though.


CHARACTER: 9
I loved each and every character and their own unique personality. The creators really did do a good job in portraying each individual character as a unique person and not like another.


ENJOYMENT: 7
There are plenty of laughs and memorable moments. Just some scenes are a bit of a drag. This anime has little story so its not recommend for a one-sitting watch through.


OVERALL: 7
You will get plenty of laughs and funny moments. If you are into slice of life comedy anime then this is one anime you must watch. Although I must repeat what I said before, this is not a one-sitting anime so you might want to watch it during a break or only a few episodes a day.