Thursday, December 4, 2008

Azumanga Daioh




Azumanga Daioh chronicles everyday life in an unnamed Japanese high school in Tokyo, following the trials and triumphs of six girls: reserved Sakaki's obsession with cute animals, Chiyo's struggle to fit in with girls five years older, Osaka's spacey nature and skewed perspective on the world, Yomi's aggravation at an annoying best friend, Tomo, whose energy is rivaled only by her lack of sense, and Kagura's efforts in sports and school. 







The story covers three years of tests, culture festivals, and athletic events at school, after-school life at the nearby shopping district, at Chiyo's large house, vacations spent at Chiyo's summer home on the beach and at Magical Land, a theme park. It is generally realistic in tone, marked by occasional bursts of surrealism and absurdity, such as Osaka's bizarre imaginings, Chiyo's ponytails being "unscrewed", and an episode featuring the characters' New Year's dreams.





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Sounds boring ? Well, it ain't. It's extremely funny, although not stupid-funny. It's more weird-but-innocent-funny. All the fun lies in the characters, including the teachers (notably Yukari, Minamo "Nyamo" and Kimura). The humor used here is quite hard to describe, so just check out the numerous short clips which show off the general mood and style of this series very well.






Since the manga original got released as what western media would call "funnies" (like Garfield, Blondie, Dilbert, etc.) each episode is a collection of several short stories. So don't expect an elaborate epic storyline (or any story at all for that matter).

Anyway, this series is a classic. And it's highly recommended.
Enjoy !













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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, sadly the video is cropped in a wierd way, such that the subtitle are out of the screen :(
Is anybody else experiencing this problem? Or do I have to change something on my settings?

DirtyFinger said...

The resolution is 640x480.
Double-Tap the screen to zoom out and the subtitles are ok.

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