Azumanga Daioh: The Animation

Kiyohiko Azuma’s Azumanga Daioh is a Japanese yonkoma comedy manga series written and illustrated by him. It was serialised in MediaWorks’ monthly magazine Dengeki Daioh from February 1999 to May 2002; three additional chapters were published in Shogakukan’s Monthly Shonen Sunday in May 2009 to commemorate the manga’s tenth anniversary. ADV Manga first published the manga in English, and Yen Press later reprinted it.

Azumanga Daioh: The Animation Anime Synopsis

Chiyo Mihama starts high school as one of the oddest students in her freshman class—a tiny, 10-year-old academic prodigy with a penchant for plush dolls and homemade cooking. However, her homeroom teacher, Yukari Tanizaki, is the type of person who would steal a student’s bike in order to avoid being late, so “strange” is a relative term.

In Yukari-homeroom sensei’s class, there is no shortage of unusual girls. Chiyo is accompanied by students such as Tomo Takino, an energetic tomboy with more enthusiasm than brains; Koyomi Mizuhara, Tomo’s best friend whose temper is as short as Chiyo’s; and Sakaki, a tall, athletic beauty whose intimidating looks conceal a gentle personality and a painful obsession with cats. Furthermore, transfer student Ayumu Kasuga, a girl with her head in the clouds, blends in with the other girls—and she has some interesting theories about Chiyo’s pigtails!

This lovable group of girls goes through the ups and downs of high school life together, with their many adventures filled with constant laughter, surreal absurdity, and occasionally even touching commentary on the bittersweet, temporal nature of high school.

Azumanga Daioh: The Animation

Azumanga Daioh: The Animation Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 8.2/10
  • Genres – Comedy, School, Slice of Life
  • Season – 1
  • Episodes – 26
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Apr 9, 2002 to Oct 1, 2002
  • Premiered – Spring 2002
  • Duration – 24 min. per episode
  • Rating – PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Azumanga Daioh: The Animation Anime Characters

Major characters

Students

The students of this anime Azumanga Daioh have a variety of different personalities.

Chiyo Mihama

Chiyo Mihama, also known as Chiyo-chan, is a child prodigy who, despite having skipped five grades to 10th grade (the first year of high school in Japan) at the start of the series, is still at the top of her class. Such grade-skipping would be unthinkable in Japan, and the series explores the potential consequences in a lighthearted manner. The other characters adore Chiyo, but they occasionally take advantage of both her youth and her academic abilities. Her classmates, on the other hand, appear to be mostly nice to her, with the exception of Tomo, who appears to enjoy teasing her. Her small stature causes her to be insecure, especially in sports where she fears she will be a burden to others.

Chiyo is frequently viewed with envy by her classmates, initially due to her intelligence, but later due to the discovery that her family is extremely wealthy (they own an enormous mansion and a summer house, which Chiyo invites her classmates to visit on several occasions). Chiyo’s pigtails’ stylistic rendering allows for several visual gags in both the manga and anime: Osaka frequently imagines them to be flapping wings, that they can be detached and replaced, that they control her, or that they are entities independent of Chiyo herself. At home, she is almost always accompanied by her Great Pyrenees dog, Mr. Tadakichi. She can even ride on his back as if he were a horse due to her small stature. She is the only one of the girls who does not take college entrance exams because she plans to study overseas in America.

Ayumu “Osaka” Kasuga

Ayumu Kasuga, also known as Osaka, is an Osaka transfer student. Tomo and Yukari expected her to behave in the stereotypical Osakan manner (loud, exuberant, and fond of bawdy jokes). Tomo chose her nickname quickly, despite the fact that Ayumu’s behaviour could not be more dissimilar to the “typical” Osakan. Ayumu thinks her label is “too simple” and “icky,” but she lacks the energy or motivation to argue against it. She appears slow and easily distracted, unlike the stereotypical Osakan, but she simply has a mind that works differently than most people’s. This makes her prone to daydreaming, absentmindedness, and non-sequiturs, but it also makes her exceptionally good at answering certain types of riddles. She struggles in school because she sleeps through most of her classes, much to the chagrin of her homeroom teacher, Yukari.

She is the worst athlete in her class, and possibly the entire school. She has almost no flexibility in her body; she cannot bend at all when stretching as a warm-up exercise. She is easily amused by things that most people find strange. She made a big deal out of running the obstacle course during the Sports Festival because she thought the event of sticking her face in flour to get a piece of candy was funny and had a giggle fit when she got there. Furthermore, when competing in a bread-eating race, her concentration was disrupted when the commentator listed the flavours of breads available, causing her to spend too much time deliberating which flavour to choose and, as a result, finishing last.

According to the manga, she enjoys running outside and playing in typhoons. Her unusual way of thinking gives her a vivid imagination and a distinct perspective on the world. She is given a distinct Houston accent in the anime’s English adaptation.

Tomo Takino

Despite being nonathletic and a slacker, Tomo Takino is extremely energetic and competitive. She challenges people at random to competitions she can’t win, mostly Sakaki in sports and Chiyo in academics. She irritates everyone around her, but especially Yomi, her classmate since elementary school. Tomo’s character is highly impulsive, and she is unconcerned about the consequences of anything she says or does. She is the only member of the main cast who targets Chiyo. Tomo actually grabbed Chiyo’s house keys and threw them into the forest during the second trip to Chiyo’s summer house because she wanted to see what would happen if they had lost them; which, of course, was a very bad idea. However, when Tomo has been motivated to focus on something, she has shown that she is quite capable. She finally got the grades she needed to get into the same high school as Yomi, but only after Yomi mocked her and openly stated that she couldn’t do it. However, once Tomo started high school, she reverted to her carefree ways.

Koyomi “Yomi” Mizuhara

Koyomi Mizuhara, also known as yomi, is Tomo’s grade-school friend and the polar opposite of him. She is the series’ voice of reason, portraying herself as the most mature and, at times, bitter member of the group. Despite being intelligent and athletic, she is constantly dissatisfied with herself because of her weight and is constantly experimenting with different diets in an attempt to lose weight. She, on the other hand, can never seem to stick to these diets because she is constantly tempted by her favourite foods. Yomi’s character also has a flaw in that, despite being above average in everything else, she is a terrible singer, despite the fact that karaoke is one of her favourite pastimes. While she is usually Tomo’s “straight man,” she has a cruel sense of humour, such as tricking the cat-tongued Osaka into eating an extremely spicy croquette. Yomi uses more masculine Japanese speech patterns than most of her peers, especially when dealing with Tomo’s antics. Yomi also has an uppercut, which Tomo usually receives whenever she pushes Yomi too far. However, despite her desire to believe that she is far above the immature behaviour of some of her classmates, Yomi has shown on several occasions that she can be just as childish as the rest of the characters, such as attempting to convince Chiyo to infuse a shrine charm with some of her intelligence in order for her to pass her college entrance exams.

Sakaki

Sakaki is a tall, soft-spoken girl who is self-conscious about her height and busty figure. She rarely speaks because she is so shy, and her reticence is misinterpreted as mysterious or cool. This reputation has been exacerbated by the fact that, in the storey, most of the school’s sports teams try to recruit her every year because of her natural athletic ability (she’s usually stronger and faster than most of the male students in school), but she has little interest in sports. Most students believe that because of her demeanour, she dislikes anything adorable and cute. Sakaki, contrary to what the other students believe, is a very emotionally sensitive person with a secret longing for all things cute. She adores animals, but the neighbourhood cats despise her, and her parents do not permit cats in their home. Sakaki spends a lot of time with Chiyo after discovering that Chiyo’s dog, Mr. Tadakichi, will let her pet him. This friendship exemplifies the irony of their situation, as Sakaki wishes she looked more like Chiyo so she could openly pursue her interest in cute things, and Chiyo wishes she looked more like Sakaki so people would take her more seriously. Sakaki later befriends an Iriomote kitten she meets on a side trip to Iriomote Island during a class trip to Okinawa. Later, the kitten loses its mother and travels to Tokyo in search of Sakaki. Sakaki was in danger with the neighborhood’s cat leader and the cat’s kitty band, so the kitten saves her and they quickly become friends.

Kagura

Kagura is a later acquaintance, having started in Yukari’s class in the second year (Yukari selects her as a ringer to win the school athletic competitions). She was originally in Nyamo’s class and has a fierce competitive spirit with her peers in all aspects of life (though she has little success in academics). She devotes the majority of her time to the swim team (hence her tan), but she is an all-around good athlete who is genuinely nice to her classmates. She has a slight crush on Sakaki, whom she regards as an athletic rival. This is primarily due to the fact that, whereas Kagura constantly trains to stay in shape, Sakaki is a naturally gifted athlete who receives no training at all. Kagura, like Tomo, is quite impulsive in her actions (though, unlike Tomo, Kagura is consciously aware of this and makes a genuine effort to keep it under control).

With the arrival of Kagura, a group of underachievers known as the “Bonkuras” is formed, along with Tomo and Osaka (which roughly translates to “Team Idiot” or “Blockheads”). Kagura has a sensitive side, which the audience sees in episode six of the anime, after her homeroom’s defeat in the sports festival, and in the final episode, after graduation. Kagura and Yukari like to play video games. She is quite busty, like Sakaki (and Tomo teases both of them about their large breasts), but more tomboyish (in contrast to Sakaki’s more elegant personality). She has also stated unequivocally that she will not tolerate Mr. Kimura’s antics.

Kaori

Kaori, also known as Kaorin, is a girl who is madly in love with Sakaki, and her unrequited feelings cause her a lot of anxiety. Her friends appear to be mostly unaware of her crush on Sakaki, and it is unclear whether Sakaki would reciprocate (in the first episode, Kaorin was put off inviting Sakaki to the astronomy club due to fear of rejection; Sakaki, however, seemed sad that Kaorin had not invited her). Even if Sakaki is aware of Kaorin’s feelings for her, she never acts as if she regards her as anything other than a friend. Osaka specifically asks Kaori if she is homosexual in the 2009 release Azumanga Daioh: Supplementary Lessons. Kaori blushes and responds that it’s “one of those puberty things” and that she’d love Sakaki even if she ‘were’ male because she’s cool.

While her given name is Kaori, she is almost always referred to as Kaorin (). (nicknames are often formed by changing the end of a name in this way to sound cute). According to a panel in volume one of the manga, Kaorin’s surname is Aida, but this is still unconfirmed.

Kaorin is normally shy and sensitive to a fault, but when Sakaki is involved, he frequently displays a ferocious temper and is prone to extreme jealousy. She can also be a little neurotic at times. She has some artistic talent and assisted in the design of Chiyo’s penguin suit.

She was a member of the Astronomy Club for her first two years and attended their summer camps. After the main group’s first visit to Chiyo-summer chan’s home, she is shocked to learn that Sakaki went after seeing some rather glamorous pictures of her would-be love interest, particularly one in which Tomo is sleeping with her arms around Sakaki. In her senior year, she joins the group on a trip to Chiyo’s summer home (and is, like Chiyo, left emotionally scarred by her ride in the Yukari-mobile). Kimura-sensei also transferred her into his class that year, much to Kaorin’s chagrin (Kaorin fears Kimura-attention sensei’s even more than her peers do).

Teachers

Yukari Tanizaki

Yukari Tanizaki, also known as Yukari-sensei, is the girls’ English (Spanish in the US version / French in the UK version) and homeroom teacher (class 3), but she employs unconventional methods and has a close relationship with the students. Her students address her by her first name, Yukari-sensei, and some address her by the informal title Yukari-chan. Depending on her mood, she can be a horrible tyrant or a sweetheart. Yukari, like Tomo, is impulsive (stealing a bike to avoid being late), in contrast to fellow teacher Nyamo’s more reserved demeanour. Yukari is also a notoriously bad driver, as evidenced by the battered, dreadful condition of her car, a silver Toyota Corolla dubbed “The Yukari-mobile” by the students (It belongs to her parents, and Yukari borrows it).

Yukari’s driving was apparently so bad on the first trip to Chiyo’s summer house that poor Chiyo was psychologically scarred, and she has gone to great lengths to avoid riding with Yukari since. Tomo is the only student who appears to enjoy Yukari’s driving style. Surprisingly, the Yukarimobile in the manga is an eighth generation Toyota Corolla, whereas in the anime it is a ninth generation Toyota Corolla, which did not exist during the girls’ first year.

Minamo “Nyamo” Kurosawa

Minamo Kurosawa, also known as Kurosawa-sensei, “Nyamo,” or “Nyamo-sensei,” teaches gymnastics at the girls’ school. She is the homeroom teacher of Class 5 in the girls’ first year of high school. She has been the homeroom teacher of class 2 for the past two years. She is Yukari’s old high school friend and rival. Nyamo is well-liked by the students and, unlike Yukari, is generally in charge. Yukari is so resentful of this fact that she will go to almost any length to appear to be the superior teacher (including signing up Kagura for her class so Minamo would not have anyone who could challenge Sakaki in the Sports Festival). Despite their disagreements, Minamo makes an effort to maintain a level head and not be influenced by Yukari’s antics.

She also occasionally tries to assist Yukari and encourages her to become a better teacher (although most of her efforts are met with failure). Minamo, on the other hand, has shown that she is just as prone to losing control as Yukari is. During one of their visits to Chiyo’s summer house, in an attempt to keep Yukari from becoming inebriated and embarrassing herself in front of her students, she consumes an entire bottle of sake and an unknown amount of beer. But her plan backfires, and she ends up spending half the night telling the girls explicit sex stories from her youth (shown in a montage of wholesome images with music instead of dialogue). Fortunately, Chiyo is too young to comprehend what she is saying.

Kimura

Kimura, also known as Mr. Kimura, is the series’ only regular male character. Kimura is a “creepy” and ephebophilic Classical Japanese teacher who openly admits he became a teacher in order to be near high-school girls. He is constantly lewd and openly seeks excuses to “observe” girls, such as during swimming class or when the school nurse measures and weighs them. He has a thing for Kaorin, much to her chagrin. He refers to her by her nickname “Kaorin,” and she believes he takes his feelings for her to an inappropriate level for a student-teacher acquaintance. When she objects to being called “Kaorin” by him, he asks her to address him as “Kimurin” (“Mr. Kim-Kims” in ADV Manga’s English translation), which he sees as a trade-off for calling her “Kaorin.” Unsurprisingly, Kaorin declines this offer.

Minor characters

Chihiro

Chihiro is Kaorin’s classmate and friend. Except for her name, little is known about her. When she appears, she usually keeps Kaorin company and works on some projects with her. When Chiyo-chan tutored her once, Yukari mistook it for the other way around. Chihiro occasionally bears the brunt of Kaorin’s rage for no apparent reason; it is unclear how aware she is of Kaorin’s crush on Sakaki. Chihiro was also horrified by the cockroach that appeared in class in Episode 2. During the senior year sports festival, Chihiro dressed as Chihiro from Spirited Away and teamed up with another student (possibly Kaorin) dressed as Kaonashi from the same film. According to a panel in volume one of the manga, Chihiro’s surname is Inoue, but this is still unconfirmed.

Chiyo-Father

“Chiyo-Father” is a strange-looking and even stranger-behaving cat-like creature that appears in Sakaki’s dreams and claims to be Chiyo’s father. (Chiyo-Father has also appeared in Osaka’s dreams, with the same claim, despite Sakaki’s apparent inability to explain these dreams to others.) He may be bullet-proof, fly, be a great baseball player, and/or be Santa Claus. He is polite but prone to fits of unsettling rage. On Chiyo’s birthday, Osaka gives her a stuffed animal shaped like Chiyo-Father (which could be the original Chiyo-Father and the source of Sakaki and Osaka’s dreams after they saw it in the store). Sakaki makes her classmates hats in the shape of Chiyo-Father on the day the class opens a stuffed animal café for the Culture Fest.

Masaaki Ohyama

Masaaki Ohyama is a bespectacled male classmate of the girls in 10th grade. In the original manga, he does well on the exam. His English language writing ability surpasses that of his teacher when he first enters high school. Yukari chooses him as a class representative based on the fact that he wears glasses (a meganekko often appears in such a role in many manga and anime). This position will be held until September, when he will resign and be replaced by Chiyo Mihama. In the end, he also serves as the graduate representative. His character appears only infrequently in the anime.

Azumanga Daioh: The Animation Anime Episodes

Child High School Student / She’s a Prodigy / Scary Maybe? / Wildcat Tomo-chan! / The…
Aired: Apr 9, 2002 (JST)

Osaka Today As Well / P.E., Volleyball / Hiccups / The Brain… / Brand New
Aired: Apr 16, 2002 (JST)

Nyamo / Factional Rivalry / Yukari’s Here / Not My Fault / Forever and Ever
Aired: Apr 23, 2002 (JST)

A Fun Profession / Pool, Pool, Pool / Ribbon / Just the Two of Them / A Good Person?
Aired: Apr 30, 2002 (JST)

Summer Break / Welcome to Chiyo’s Room / Invitation / Someone with Experience, Speak /…
Aired: May 7, 2002 (JST)

“Equation for Victory / Sakaki of Class 3, Kagura of Class 5 / Runaway Victory / Yay /…
Aired: May 14, 2002 (JST)

Culture Fest
Aired: N/A

New Year’s Dream Special
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Miss Sakaki
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We’re Second Year Students!
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Kagura & Sakaki
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Chiyo-chan’s Day
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Exams
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The Ocean, Summer Kimonos, and a Party!
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Sports Fest, 2nd Year
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Culture Fest, Second Year
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End of 2nd Semester & Christmas
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Koyomi’s Ordeals
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One Spring Night
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Third Year
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School Trip
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Entrance Exams Study Camp!
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Last Sports Fest in High School
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Yamamayaa
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Onwards, Entrance Exams!
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Graduation Ceremony
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People Also Ask

Is Azumanga Daioh appropriate?

The mood of Azumanga Daioh is everything. They will always be interested in watching it. No sex, no violence (aside from a slapstick uppercut here and there for laughs), and some puerile innuendo from Tomo (because she’s obnoxious like that).

How many episodes does Azumanga Daioh?

Azumanga Daioh have 26 episodes.

How tall is Sakaki in Azumanga Daioh?

174 cms.

When was azumanga daioh made?

Azumanga Daioh: the Animation, was produced by J.C.Staff and aired from April 8, 2002 until September 30, 2002.

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