Friday, October 9, 2009

Anime: "Azumanga Daioh"

Azumanga Daioh is truly a special anime in its own way. It has brought the meaning of 'random' to anime. Be warned that upon watching Azumanga Daioh, you might be forcefully stripped of your intelligence for a couple of weeks or so.

This anime's overview is simple enough. It's a comedy show about bunch of girls with different personalities living their high school life. Like most of such animes, you will see them go through cultural festivals, summer festivals, examinations, holidays, P.E lessons, sleepovers, etc. Sounds normal enough, until you begin watching.

You know, I have been thinking of reviewing this anime for quite some time, but never really understood how to go about doing it. It's an almost indescribable show. Most of the time you will find you questioning yourself 'Why on earth am I watching this?' while continuing to finish off the scene or episode.

The whole pace of the anime is damn slow, and I seriously mean SLOW. That is exactly what makes the humor works. For example, there is a rather long scene of Kimura-sensei shouting 'BANZAI' repeatedly at different scenes before the final scene when it finally stops, slows down, and ended with Kimura saying 'I like those' very slowly. The whole scene lasts 0:44 seconds and I think it's best to show you the scene itself:

Almost every humor in this anime works like this. It's just endless and for some reason you just can't get sick of it because of the randomness. So far, it's the only anime that does humor in this manner. It's a mind-numbing experience.

Aside of the humor, the characters are very memorable. We have the famous Osaka, a girl who is very slow in everything she does. Chiyo is a cute genious girl the age of a grade schooler. Saki is a quiet cool girl who daydreams about being with cats, which hates her. Kimura-sensei is a sick perverted teacher has a beautiful wife. Yukari-sensei is a teacher who takes pride in her proficiency in English, though she's a lazy bum. The list just goes on and on.

I truly enjoyed watching it, and have repeated and Favourite'd some memorable scenes for my YouTube account. I distinctly remember being rather 'blur' or 'airheaded' (I usually am, but this is more so than usual) for 1 or 2 weeks after watching the whole show within at most 2 days, hence I always give a warning before introducing this anime :p

Azumanga Daioh, like I mentioned, is special in its own way. Not many people like it especially because of its slow pace, but if you are into randomness, or a /b/tard even, you would surely enjoy this anime.

Here's one of my favourite scene, where Osaka daydreams about learning English:


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