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[[caption-width-right:300:Top row, left to right: [[ShrinkingViolet Sakaki]], [[BoisterousBruiser Kagura]]. Bottom row: [[StraightMan Yomi]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osaka]], [[CheerfulChild Chiyo]], [[GenkiGirl Tomo]].]]

A comedy manga series and the anime based on it, ''Azumanga Daioh'' is the rather disjointed and occasionally surreal story of six high school girls and several of their teachers. Being episodic to the point of resembling sketch comedy, and largely lacking serious conflict or drama, the show has little in the way of conventional storylines, preferring to set up and deliver the animation equivalent of several comic strips per episode. This is because the show is a remarkably faithful translation of the popular monthly {{yonkoma}}.

The manga was first published in 1999 in [=MediaWorks=]' Dengeki Daioh magazine, and an anime adaptation produced by JCStaff, aired from April to September of 2002.

The title combines the author's name (Kiyohiko Azuma) with the word "manga" and the name of its original publisher (''Dengeki Daioh'' magazine) -- it can be read as the Japanese equivalent of an acronym for [[ShapedLikeItself "Azuma's Comic Strip For Daioh Magazine"]] (''Dengeki Daioh'' being a magazine aimed mainly at [[{{Shonen}} younger teenage boys]], the general theme of the strip was to poke gentle fun at the audience's female classmates -- "Man, teenage girls are ''weird''...").

''Azumanga Daioh'' has been described as "''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on LSD]]" or ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' [[RecycledInSPACE in]] [[SchoolgirlSeries high school]]. Heavily character-driven, its humor, especially in its manga incarnation, often relies on subtle changes in facial expression, running jokes, references to Japanese culture, and jarring shifts into absurdism.

It's also notable for demonstrating that a manga and anime about high school girls can be popular and profitable by focusing on their personalities [[FanService instead of their bodies]], starting a trend which continued in series such as ''Manga/LuckyStar'', ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', ''Manga/KOn'', ''Manga/AChannel'', ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' and ''Manga/{{Hitohira}}''.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* TheAbridgedSeries: Yes, believe it or not, someone managed to abridge this. [=RyoViga=]'s series can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/user/RyoViga here.]]
* AdaptationExpansion: Because of the differences between the ''yonkoma'' format and TV anime format, several jokes are expanded upon in the anime. Most notable are the "Get motivated!" scene, which becomes an OverlyLongGag, and the scene of Osaka waking up Yukari with a knife, which adds Chiyo freaking out at seeing Osaka with a knife.
* AfterSchoolCleaningDuty: Shows up for [[DayInTheLife A Day In The Life]] of Chiyo. Tomo just plays. Osaka tries, but has some difficulties with the equipment.
* AirplaneArms: Subverted; Osaka tries this during a relay race, but it only slows her down. Then again, Osaka isn't a very good runner to start with; she even loses to Chiyo.
** Although in this case, the idea isn't that it will make her run faster; [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} she reckons the other racers won't be able to get past because her arms are in the way]].
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: {{Averted}}, which makes Sakaki's plight much more realistic. As mentioned on the page, she's trying to pet feral cats. Played straight with Maya, as she's a wild cub yet acts like a pet kitten.
** There's actually an in-universe reason for both. The cats she's petting may or may not be feral (it's mentioned that at least one unseen cat had an owner, so it's likely a mixed group), but they all find her to be large and imposing. These traits, however, are what Maya saw in his own mother, hence his affectionate behavior towards Sakaki.
* AllJustADream: At least part of the movie was Osaka's dream.
** Any time things start getting surreal, it winds up being someone's dream--usually, but not exclusively, Osaka's.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Sakaki, though her apparently aloof attitude [[SubvertedTrope is actually because]] she's a ShrinkingViolet.
* AmusingInjuries: Chiyo and Osaka are on the receiving end of some very comically powerful blows.
* {{Animals Hate H|im}}er: Sakaki. All she wants is a cat -- or at least to get near a cat. Episode 9 shows just how far the universe goes in thwarting her: the entire episode comprises incidents where Sakaki tries to get close to a cat or a cat replica, and is denied -- someone else gets the last copy of a cat book, a robotic cat breaks down before she can pet it, etc. That's not even getting into Kamineko, whose sole purpose in life, it looks like, is to bite Sakaki and remind her that her favorite animals hate her. Still, she does end up winning two cat plushies from a crane game. It isn't until very late in the series that this trope begins to relax in her favor.
* ArtEvolution: It took a while for Azuma to perfect the designs of the main characters, and by the time he does his entire style has shifted into a more consistent, rounded appearance. Osaka is perhaps the worst offender during this process, as she doesn't even look like ''herself'' until Volume 2 or so. The recent re-release of the manga in Japan has seen Volume 1 substantially redrawn, so that the artwork is much more uniform -- albeit reminiscent of [[{{Yotsubato}} something else]]...
** The new ''Extra Lessons'' chapters serialized for the 10th anniversary of the manga have backgrounds detailed enough to be worthy of ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}''
** See also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWP6WKh4WFE Azumanga Web Daioh]].
* ArtShift: "JAN-KEN!"
* AsideGlance:
** "And just like that, before Ah knew it, Ah was nicknamed Osaka."
** Osaka also does this in the manga in response to Tomo's less than imaginative names for her pets.
* AsleepInClass:
** Happens a lot in this series, mostly with Osaka.
** At one point Kagura attempts to wake Kaorin up by poking her with a pencil, only to stab her in the back of the head when she wakes up with a start.
** Yukari herself sleeps in class sometimes. Particularly notable in that ''she's the teacher''.
* BananaPeel: Osaka has always wanted to trip on a banana peel and fall on her face.
* BangingPotsAndPans: Osaka tried to do this, but ended up with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37mPoKQijj8 memetic knife scene]].
* BattleAura: Maya uses one to scare off Kamineko's gang.
* BeachEpisode: Three of them.
* BeatPanel: Used much in the manga. It also shows in the anime.
* {{Beergasm}}: Yukari. Nyamo too, during that one summer night...
* BerserkButton:
** Osaka's pretty laid-back and easy-going...but do '''not''' split your chopsticks improperly, or you'll get the full brunt of her anger (as Tomo found out).
** Don't tell Chiyo's "dad" that his face resembles that of former prime minister Yoshiro Mori (or Bill Clinton). ''Especially'' don't tell him that he isn't a real cat. Even if he says so himself.
** [[HairTriggerTemper Yukari]] has several of these, but probably her biggest one is her SitcomArchNemesis, Nyamo. Also, don't say that you like ice cream more than [[ConspicuousConsumption Matzusaka Beef]], or that you had all the snow crab you could eat.
* BerserkerTears: When Yomi manages to eat curry noodles without splattering it all over herself, [[GenkiGirl Tomo]] is pushed over the top and goes [[UnstoppableRage on a rampage in the lunchroom]] with tears in her eyes until she accidentally hits Yukari. Yukari's subsequent reaction must [[HilarityEnsues be seen to be believed]].
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Chihiro.
* BiTheWay: Kaorin is either bisexual, standing in a TransparentCloset or SingleTargetSexuality for [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Sakaki]]. She [[http://manga.animea.net/azumanga-daioh-hoshuu-hen-chapter-3-page-12.html "wouldn't mind" if Sakaki were a man]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Mayaa]].
** Kagura also saves Sakaki from being terrorized by Kamineko, [[IWasJustPassingThrough but she was probably just passing through.]]
** Sakaki in the snowball fight.
* BigFancyHouse: Chiyo-chan's.
* BigFriendlyDog: Mr. Tadakichi, a "man of character".
* BigRedButton: Tomo has a dream where she pushes one to kill Chiyo. She could have, y'know, NOT pushed it, but this is Tomo we're talking about.
* BilingualBonus:
** Only counts if you're watching the Japanese dub, but look at the scene from the first episode in which Osaka's hiccups render her recorder-playing unlistenable. It's implied that the phrase Yukari was partway through writing means "What are you doing" in English.
** Another for the English speakers: The reason Tomo's repeating the food names over and over again in the Okinawa arc is because [[spoiler:They sound like aspects of the human anatomy. Even more so for high-schoolers, who no doubt know someone like that.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:With graduation comes the time for all the characters to go their separate ways. Even though they might still stay in contact, the sudden finality accompanying entrance to the "real world" is a tearjerker. It's even more so for the readers/viewers.]]
* BlahBlahBlah: Yukari speaks to a foreigner in English, which the viewer isn't supposed to understand anyway. In the English dub, this turns into French.
* BlankFaceOfShame: When Kagura asks Nyamo (a P.E. teacher) to explain some bit of math during a study session, she reluctantly admits to not understanding it. Yukari thoroughly humiliates her by showing off to the students with a speech in GratuitousEnglish, despite Nyamo's desperate protests that Yukari speaking English is not that impressive considering she's an English teacher.[[note]]It's also quite ironic considering Yukari had tried teaching math on a whim in an earlier episode and couldn't understand it either. One wonders if she set Nyamo up, since Kagura came to ''her'' first, and she refused to help.[[/note]] Afterward, Nyamo is [[CornerOfWoe huddled in a corner]], both faceless and [[ColorFailure colorless]].
* BlankWhiteEyes: Frequently.
* BleachedUnderpants: While the actual characters and setting are quite different, several of the character designs (most notably Yukari's) were near-identical lifts from some hentai manga Azuma had done previously.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine:
** Tomo and Yomi. In the first episode, when Tomo learns they've got a new transfer student from Osaka, she asks Yomi to be the Tsukkomi to her Boke, despite her protests. Tomo reacts to Yomi's completely unenthusiastic "nandeyanen?" with a take where she [[BlownAcrossTheRoom leaps across the room]], clearly demonstrating her hyperactive nature.
** Yukari tries to perform this in class with Osaka. After asking Osaka who should play the Boke and who should play the Tsukkomi, she hits Osaka over the head for saying she (Yukari) should be the Boke.
** Chiyo unwittingly plays the Tsukkomi to Tomo's Boke in episode 17, much to her and Osaka's protests.
* BoobsOfSteel: Tomo seems to believe in this to some degree. She starts several jokes pertaining to Sakaki's, Kagura's, and Yomi's figures in relation their ability at sports.
* BookDumb: Tomo, Kagura, and Osaka all tend to score quite poorly on most tests.
* BreakoutCharacter: Osaka got considerably less focus than the other main characters in the first volume of the manga (partially due to coming in later than the others). Compare now where she's pretty much the face of the series.
* BreatheOnTheFan: Osaka does this while riding with Nyamo to Chiyo-chan's summer home.
* BrickJoke: After Osaka mentions she can't eat spicy foods in episode 2, Yomi tricks her into eating a croquette flavoured with cayenne pepper. During Yukari's rant about rewards for winning the sports festival in episode 15, Osaka mentions that a cayenne pepper is a type of chili pepper to Kagura. Kagura obviously doesn't get it.
** In the third {{beach episode}}, Osaka says she's jealous of Sakaki's large breasts. Tomo responds, saying she's been growing too. Osaka reminds Tomo that she was put in the same chest size group as her and Chiyo by Yomi in episode 4, much to [[ACupAngst Tomo's]] dismay.
** Osaka's little sneeze disrupting the school assembly.
* BrilliantButLazy: ''Tomo'', of all people, shows signs of this. [[spoiler: After Yomi says Tomo could never get into their somewhat competitive high school, Tomo studies just to piss her off.]]
* BrokenRecord: Just check out the all blue page...
* BrokenSmile: "You took it, didn't you?" [[note]]That is, Sakaki taking Chiyo-chan's vertical growth.[[/note]]
* BruceLeeClone: Blue Three.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Kimura and Yukari are portrayed as competent teachers, but do things in school that would make headline news.
* BuxomIsBetter:
** [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osaka]] makes a comment about Sakaki's, Kagura's, and Yomi's chest sizes:
---> '''Osaka''': (to Sakaki and Kagura) You two are American. (to Yomi) You're Hawaiian. (to Tomo) [[StealthInsult And you're Japanese.]]
** [[ACupAngst Tomo]] even uses Sakaki's larger chest as an excuse to get a head start against her in a race!
* CallingYourAttacks: "Double Chop!"
* CarloadOfCoolKids: A variation happens where Tomo (in Yukari's car) yells at the passengers in Nyamo's car because she ''doesn't'' [[DrivesLikeCrazy Drive Like Crazy]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhOXV5lsluQ at 2:10]]).
* CatchPhrase: "A!"/"Ah!"
* CatsAreMean: Kamineko, several times.
* CherryBlossoms: Prevalent in episode 19, which is one big heartwarming episode.
* ChristmasEpisode: "MERRY...!"
* ClassTrip: [[BrokenRecord "Okinawa... Okinawa! ...OKINAWA!"]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Osaka, so much so that she had provided the page image. The rest of the main cast is this to some degree; with Kimura-sensei and Sakaki the most notable examples (but in very different ways).
* CoincidentalDodge: Yomi only avoided Tomo's lunch tray smash because Yukari opened the cafeteria door just at the right time to get whacked in the face. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown It didn't end well for Tomo.]]
* ColorFailure: Happens a number of times.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Tomo fails to do some small favor for Yomi, who comments that she was stupid for having asked at all. Cue mockery of Yomi's "stupidity."
* ConspicuousConsumption: Yukari on any and all kinds of expensive foods, to the point where she'll aggressively ''attack'' anyone fortunate enough to have experienced them before her.
* CornerOfWoe: Nyamo, during the third beach episode, when she can't help the girls with their studying and even Yukari appears more competent than her.
* CovertPervert: Sakaki, Osaka and Tomo all have their moments, but one has to wonder...Who took the photo of Sakaki and Tomo in bed together?
* CreepyCockroach: The infamous cockroach scene where Tomo smashes one with her workbook.
* CrossPoppingVeins: In particular, Yukari and Yomi.
* CueTheSun: YOOHOO!
* CutenessProximity: Penguin Chiyo with anyone. To a lesser degree, Cheerleader Chiyo. Sakaki, when she sees a cat.
** CutenessOverload: Pretty much everyone experienced this when they saw how cute Chiyo looked in that penguin costume.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The six main girls all get one, while Nyamo and Yukari share one. [[SpotlightStealingSquad Sakaki gets several]].
* DemotedToExtra: Kaorin, despite attempts to avoid this trope. Sakaki [[SpotlightStealingSquad takes the stage for most of the series]], but ends up with maybe two or three lines tops once her plotline gets wrapped up in the last couple of episodes (as is befitting for her personality).
* DietEpisode: Yomi is seemingly always on a diet. Her {{Day in the Limelight}} episodes often feature her trying several unsuccessful diets.
* {{Dojikko}}: Kimura's waifu.
* DoorStopper: There is an {{Omnibus}} of the entire manga series. It is nearly 700 pages long.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: It can be read as "Azuma's Comic Strip For Daioh Magazine" and "Azumanga the Great King". The latter doesn't have anything to do with the show, but the girls discuss it during the post episode 1 trailer.
* {{Doujinshi}}: There are quite a few Azumanga doujin games around. There's even a fighting game.
* DramaticWind: When Sakaki bids farewell to the Yamamaya she befriended in Okinawa.
* DreamSue: Tomo's dream involves her beating Chiyo in a test, Sakaki in a race, and hailed as the town hero.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Yukari is the queen of this trope. Hands down.
* DualWielding: Yukari, with ''lunch trays''.
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: In the penultimate episode's PostEpisodeTrailer.
* EngagingConversation: Nyamo, give Chiyo a chance to grow up first, okay?
* {{Ephebophile}}: Kimura states that he became a teacher because he likes high school girls. In fact, Osaka asks him in the manga whether Chiyo really counts as a High School girl since she's so much more a Grade Schooler. He insists: "[[{{Squick}} High School is High School]]".
* EpicFail: Osaka at sports. Osaka at weather prediction. [[RuleOfThree Osaka at drawing pandas]]. Osaka and about everything else, too. [[{{SubvertedTrope}} Except word games.]]
* EskimosArentReal: It is revealed in the ChristmasEpisode that Tomo was under the impression that reindeer were completely fictional, and treats anyone who mentions them as though they had admitted to believing in Santa Claus.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Sakaki - all the girls in her school think she's "so cool!" Just ask Kaorin.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Her name is Ayumu Kasuga, but everyone starts calling her "Osaka" by the start of Second Year. In the anime, she's Osaka within moments of her first appearance once Tomo decides to nickname her. It's bad enough that the ''school'' (or at least Yukari) can't remember her real name, either.
* EvilLaugh: Tomo, mostly, given her [[{{Jerkass}} nature]], but Yukari can pull off a mean one. See the beginning of the trip to Okinawa arc or mocking the opposing team during the sports festival, for example.
* EvolutionPowerup: Osaka was under the impression that a matsutake mushroom is the more evolved form of a shiitake mushroom.
* ExpressiveHair: Chiyio and Kaorin.
* EyeCatch: A picture of a character/characters saying "A!" (あ!)
* FacelessMasses: Everyone else in the classroom, especially the boys.
** It zigzags. sometimes they are faceless, other times they are all uniquely drawn.
* FaceOfAThug: Sakaki only ''looks'' like a AloofDarkHairedGirl.
* {{Fanservice}}: Relatively minor, but it's there; Yukari even {{lampshades}} this in one episode. Aside from the {{beach episode}}s, there's Yomi stripping to her track uniform before the opening credits are even over. Also, some of the "bumper" pages between manga chapters (one of Sakaki in particular) border on pin-ups.
** Yomi stripping naked at the end of the second athletics episode should count. There's also the picture of Tomo on the beach in the dream episode.
** Sakaki's yellow bikini.
** That as well as near the end of episode 5 where Sakaki is seen with a suggestive-looking popsicle. Nothing else really needs to be said.
* FearOfThunder: Sakaki and Chiyo. Osaka is scared of it too, but likes it at the same time.
* FestivalEpisode: Many.
* FistPump: Tomo and Yukari are prone to this. Some boys do this when they express pride and Kimura being so honest about his feelings.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five-Temperament Ensemble]]: Tomo (choleric), Sakaki (melancholic), Osaka (leukine), Chiyo (sanguine), and Yomi (phlegmatic).
* {{Flanderization}}: [[SchoolgirlLesbians Kaorin's crush]], Osaka's eccentricity, Tomo's [[GenkiGirl genkiness]]. Oh, and Kimura's ''default facial expression''.
* FlightStrengthHeart: Parodied in one of Tomo's {{Imagine Spot}}s where she gives herself Chiyo's intelligence and Sakaki's athletic ability, and Osaka offers her forgetfulness. The theoretical super-Tomo shows up late and without her textbook, but does a triple flip into her seat and gives a perfect translation.
* FlungClothing: Yomi in the opening credits stripping to her track uniform, and again after the second athletics festival, where she strips completely nude to check her weight - and then takes her glasses off to see if that changes the result.
* {{Foil}}: Yomi to Tomo, Nyamo to Yukari, Sakaki to Chiyo, and Kagura to Sakaki.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: It probably wasn't intentional on her part, but in the first summer vacation arc while the girls are talking about TV show murder cases, Osaka starts describing a situation in which it happens to them, with the murderer ultimately turning out to be Osaka herself. Two summer vacations later, Osaka walks into Yukari's bedroom, holding a knife...
* FormallyNamedPet: Tadakichi-san (Mr. Tadakichi).
* ForTheFunnyz: Tomo has bouts of this. Her most memorable case is throwing the keys to the summer cabin into the forest, that Chiyo mentioned they'd be unable to get in without the keys, for absolutely no reason whatsoever except that it was funny.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In one episode, pausing long enough to read the blackboard behind Yukari reveals that she's decided to teach her class a lesson in introductory physics... in English.
* FriendshipMoment: Plenty of these going on. Yes, even Tomo gets in on the action.
* GagSeries
* {{Gainaxing}}: Sakaki (unsurprising) and occasionally Kagura.
* GeniusBruiser: Implied with Sakaki.
* GentleGiant: Sakaki - so very big, so very gentle.
* GenkiGirl: Tomo. Yukari is an adult version of this, especially when it comes to challenging Nyamo.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Kagura once asked Sakaki if her hand smelled like fish, suspecting it to be the reason Kamineko attacked her so often.
** And Sakaki actually checks to see if this is the case.
*** Although knowing Kagura, she may have actually believed this to be the case.
* GirlishPigtails: Chiyo, [[FanNickname Rachel Handelbarz]] and Yomi in the supplementary lessons.
* GoldfishScoopingGame: The turtle variant. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osaka is more concerned about what use she would have for turtles, rather than actually playing the game.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Sakaki is shown wearing panties with a kitty on them.
* GratuitousEnglish
--> '''Yukari''': ''(in the pool)'' "Oh my god! Unbelievable!"
** "Hallo every-nyan! How-ah you? Fain sank you."
** "Oh My Gah!"
** "Ah, I wish I were a ''BIRD!''"
** "I'MA SOWWYYY!!!"
** "Mai waifu!"
** Yukari has an ''entire monologue'' full of this in Episode 22, which comes with an incredibly heavy accent.
---> '''Yukari''': It's said that most Japanese have unique character of shame. Alike their character, and are proud of it very much. Generally, most of Japanese who say that in English, I think their nature of shame prevent them from improving our skill of speaking English. But we stop trying to speak English, are willing to make reading mistake. When we say...
** "HELPU ME!"
** There are at least five examples in the opening and closing sequences.
** In Tomo's dream, she and Yukari have a conversation in GratuitousEnglish, complete with Japanese subtitles.
---> '''Yukari''': I HAFF NOTHEEN TO TEECH YOU!\\
'''Tomo''': SANKS MEES YUKARI!
** Did anyone notice how many of these examples involve Yukari? And she's supposed to be an English TEACHER for heaven's sake.
*** Lampshaded in the first episode, where she cheers on a student in GratuitousEnglish, prompting the appearance of a caption pointing to her and reading "Supposedly an English teacher".
---> "OH! GOOD! FINE! FANTASTIC!"
** '''Kagura''': You are a Fool
** INTERNET TECHNIQUE!
** "I... like... you."
*** "''YOU''?!"
* GrowingUpSucks: Handled in a gentle manner. It's basically, "growing up can be sad, but that doesn't mean you won't ever be happy again."
* HadTheSillyThingInReverse: In episode 22, the third BeachEpisode, Yukari starts the car careening all over the yard before returning to its initial position, at which point she notices she was in reverse.
* HairWings: Osaka fantasizes that Chiyo-chan can use her pigtails like this.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Yukari pulls a sim ring out of nowhere, when she hears of a vacation trip.
* {{Hatsuyume}}: Episode 8 is devoted to the dreams of Osaka, Sakaki, Tomo, and Kaorin.
* HeadPet: Osaka has a Nekokoneko doll on her head one time in the manga. Sakaki puts one on her head during the second culture festival.
* HeightAngst: Chiyo and Sakaki cover both ends: the first is a GradeSkipper so she's a lot shorter than the rest of the cast (even for her age), the second is a HugeSchoolgirl with the usual too-tall complex.
* {{Henohenomoheji}}
* HeroicBSOD:
** Nyamo has a massive one the morning after she got totally drunk and gave some extracurricular education to the girls, and again when Yukari one-ups her with her mad GratuitousEnglish skills.
** Kaorin when she finds out that Kimura is going to be her new class teacher in her last year of school. It comes complete with a dramatic zoom-in and fading background, too!
** After a fun-filled summer, Tomo (and soon after, Osaka as well), Tomo refuses to believe that summer vacation has ended.
---> '''Tomo and Osaka:''' [[MadnessMantra "Today is the first day of school...Today is the first day of school..."]] \\
'''Chiyo:''' [[SurvivalMantra "Get motivated! Get motivated! Get motivated! Get motivated! Get motivated!"]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Literally with the cameo of Kokoro Kosaka in the first school festival episode. She is the main character of ''Manga/{{Wallaby}}'', a short lived manga authored by Azuma. She is the girl looking at the stuffed animals when Osaka tells her that they are buildings and places in Osaka. Wallaby himself appears in her pocket but only in the manga version.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Yukari in the premiere, while one of her students is trying to fix ''hers''.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Yukari and Nyamo. It doesn't stop the [[LesYay Les yay]], though.
* HiccupHijinks: "What causes hiccups anyway?"
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Osaka tries to scare Chiyo by [[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb putting a firecracker under her ass]]. Osaka then gets impatient and comes closer and is scared to death by the bang, while Chiyo doesn't even notice.
* HorsebackHeroism: Kaorin being saved by Sakaki in the dream episode.
* HotForStudent: Kimura for Kaorin
* HotterAndSexier: The revised editions of the manga offer more shots of the girls and teachers in swimwear. [[BreastExpansion It looks as though Nyamo's breasts got bigger!]]
* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys: According to Kagura, he can fly at Mach 100.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Sakaki, in both height and...um...[[UnusualEuphemism American-ness?]]
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: You'd expect this of Osaka, but she actually subverts the "loud, fast-talking, money-grubbing Osakan" stereotype. Also, she only went to Junior High in Osaka proper.
* IKnowWhatWeCanDoCut: The HiccupHijinks plot in "Osaka's Day".
* ImageSong: Everyone gets two, however, they sometimes share with another. For instance, Yukari and Nyamo share two, with Mr. Kimura being in the latter, Osaka is in three, Tomo is in four and Chiyo is in five!!!
* ImagineSpot
* IncomingHam: Chiyo-father (voiced by Creator/NorioWakamoto) introduces his CrowningMomentOfFunny when he [[MindScrew suddenly floats through a window]] and greets the baffled Osaka with a heart- and hamful '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFBZBAbbKt8 HARRO EVERYNYAN]]'''.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: The Japanese/Okinawan for Sata Andagi is actually "Saataa Andaagii" - Osaka overstresses the long vowels.
** Say "osenmikocha" around Osaka and she'll burst into laughter.
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: Tomo takes great pleasure in pointing out how many Okinawan dishes sound like crude anatomical references in Japanese.
* InnocentProdigy: Chiyo, acing test after test while failing to understand sexual stuff any teenage girl would know by heart already.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Osaka produces enough of this for everyone to go around. Tomo (and, to a lesser extent, Kagura) has her moments as well.
* InSeriesNickname: Yukari-guruma for Yukari's beat-up Toyota, Kaorin for Kaori, Yomi for Koyomi, Nyamo for Minamo and, of course, Osaka for Osaka... I mean, Ayumu.
* InvertedPortrait: In the TitleSequence, it happens with Yukari upside-down and Nyamo right-side up. Then Yukari glares at Nyamo, and their positions are switched.
* InVinoVeritas: Nyamo's rant about relationships, which is presumed to degenerate into a [[TheTalk drunken sex ed lesson]].
* {{Iyashikei}}
* JapaneseDelinquents: Sakaki's unintentionally-intimidating attitude (and frequent hand injuries) cause the girls to mistake her for one of these.
* {{Jerkass}}: Tomo and Yukari. Kagura sometimes counts, though not to the extent of the other two. Let's not forget Yomi, who has her moments as well. The most notable being giving Osaka an extremely spicy dish while promising her it wasn't spicy. She did it just to watch Osaka scream.
* [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ephebophile With A Heart of Gold]]: Kimura-sensei is into high-school girls, (and possibly Chiyo-chan) and tends to stalk Kaorin more than is healthy... He also frequently donates large sums of money to charity, has a loving wife and family, seems to be a genuinely good teacher, and (to the shock of the girls who witnessed) once prayed for peace on earth as part of a prayer ritual. Could possibly be a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]].
* {{Joshikousei}}: "'Cause I like high school girls, ''that's why!''"
* JustShootHim: When Yukari suddenly decides she'd rather teach PE instead of English the class end up playing dodgeball. When Chiyo is the last person on her team Tomo starts throwing the ball to just barely miss the clearly terrified Chiyo, prompting Yomi to say "Just hit her already".
* KaraokeBox: Where the girls discover that Sakaki sings beautifully, and that Yomi can't.
* KeepItForeign: In the English dub of the anime, Yukari becomes a Spanish instructor. It's the same for the first issue of the translated manga. The second issue got a new localization team and switched to her being an English teacher, though some other English-language gags are inexplicably changed to French and German. The Creator/YenPress omnibus also keeps her as an English teacher.
* KindheartedCatLover: Sakaki loves all animals, but her affinity for cats easily surpasses the rest ([[AnimalsHateHim even if the love is one-sided]])...that is, until the Yamaneko cub she meets in Okinawa starts retributing it.
* KindlyVet: Dr. Ishihara, [[spoiler: the vet that Sakaki and Chio take Maya to.]]
** [[spoiler: Sakaki herself is also on the path to becoming one since she got accepted to a veterinary college.]]
* {{Kotatsu}}: Osaka has one of the more hilarious {{dream sequence}}s while sleeping at one.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Mayaa]] for Sakaki.
* [[GentlemanAndAScholar Lady And A Scholar]]: Chiyo, a child genius and is a polite person to boot.
* LateForSchool: Yukari, in pretty much every episode.
* TheLoad: Chiyo and Osaka in any athletic competition (Apart from cheerleading competitions, where Chiyo's cuteness gives her the advantage). Chiyo because she's about three-foot-nothing and fifty pounds soaking-wet, and Osaka because she's, you know...Osaka.
* LoveableSexManiac: Kimura. Yes, he's creepy, yes, he pines after high-schoolers, but he has moments of [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} questionable sanity]], he's good for a laugh, he recycles cans and donates large sums of money to charity.
* LoveBubbles: Kaorin, whenever she thinks of Sakaki. And when she finally gets to dance with her.
* LovesMeNot: Kaorin pulling the petals off a flower to determine whether she would be in the same class as Sakaki for second year (but the [[SchoolgirlLesbians more conventional question]] is definitely in the subtext). The first flower yields a negative and she starts having a major panic attack, but before she can pull the last petal, Yukari gives her another flower that she can start over with. The same thing happens, except it's Mr. Kimura who offers the flower (to the horror of both Kaorin and Yukari). A pile of stems and petals later, Kaorin decided to just go ahead and look at the roster. [[spoiler:To her relief she is in the same class.]]
* LuminescentBlush: The girls' reaction to the Relax-o-vision scene below in the manga; by the fourth panel, their entire faces are bright red.
* MaleGaze: We get a view of Sakaki's and Yomi's ample chests, courtesy of the crazy Kimura.
* MartialArtsHeadband: Sakaki. Slightly subverted in the last Sports Festival episode. She starts off wearing it as normal around her head then, [[spoiler:after hearing a boy from another class make fun of Chiyo's running, [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange she takes it off and uses it to tie her hair in a ponytail]].]]
* MaximumFunChamber: Yukari's car.
* MadnessMantra: "Today is the first day of the school term". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEtGFu3igjg It's really catchy]].
** SurvivalMantra: Chiyo chanting "Get motivated! Get motivated! Get motivated!" until she's out of breath. It doesn't work.
* MeasuringDay
* {{Meganekko}}: Yomi, the StraightMan.
* MegaNeko: The large floating orange cat that [[MindScrew may or may not be]] Chiyo-chan's father.
** A neighborhood cat named Maru is mentioned in one scene, and though we never see him, he is apparently quite large.
* MoeCouplet: Sakaki and Chiyo, sometimes Osaka and Chiyo.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Kamineko.
* MorningRoutine: During a Chiyo-chan centric episode.
* MsFanservice: With several [[BeachEpisode beach episodes]] and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters so many possible candidates]] this one's a given, but a special mention goes to [[BuxomIsBetter Sakaki]] [[AbsoluteCleavage wearing a super skimpy]] [[BareYourMidriff and revealing yellow bikini]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome in the first beach trip.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Everything.
** Osaka, Kagura, and Tomo combining their test scores for the sole purpose of beating Chiyo. You'd think they were trying to form {{Voltron}} or something.
** After Tomo apologizes for her late arrival to class, she leaps high into the air and pulls off a graceful somersault, her friends looking up in amazement as she lands perfectly in her seat, answering Yukari's question with ease, and declaring her forgetting her textbook. This was an ImagineSpot, however.
** The act of ''breaking chopsticks'' is made to look awesome a number of times.
** Yukari's sea-parting [[GratuitousEnglish Engrish]] monologue, raised practically to AGodAmI levels.
** Yomi's reaction to the buffet in the Okinawan hotel. Limiter override!
** During the snowball fight in episode eighteen, Kagura throws a snowball at a petrified Chiyo, only to be caught, juggled, and thrown back at Kagura by Sakaki, moving at ''ridiculous'' speeds in a manner that would not have looked out of place in an action series.
* MutualEnvy: [[JustAKid Chiyo-chan]] wishes she was [[TallDarkAndBishoujo tall and cool]] like Sakaki, whereas [[HugeSchoolgirl Sakaki]] wishes she were [[TheCutie small and cute]] like Chiyo-chan.
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: Osaka wants to see her life flash before her, as well as a panda. For a more usual example, this seemed to have happened to Chiyo when she rode in Yukari's car. So much so that when someone brings it up, she seems to relive the life flashback she saw, screaming out for an old man unfortunate enough to be caught in the Yukari-mobile's path among other things as well.
* NarratorAllAlong: Osaka's story about the girls being murdered on summer break.
* NewTransferStudent: Chiyo and Osaka.
* NewYearSameClass: [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial And it's not because Yukari-sensei didn't feel like learning new names or anything like that]]. Slightly subverted in the case of Kagura. She got transferred to Yukari's class in Year 2 because Yukari wants to make sure that, hands down, her class wins the athletic festival.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:Yukari in the third athletics festival tackles Nyamo to prevent her from being first to the finish line. Yukari's team end up last because of it.
* NiceKitty: Inverted: Kamineko is deceptively cute and tiny, which he uses to his advantage to repeatedly tempt Sakaki to try to pet him, just so he can either run away from her at the last second, or bite her.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: This applies to both [[KillerRabbit Kamineko]] and Osaka, who achieved this status, following the infamous [[FunnyMoments "knife incident"]] (explained on the character sheet).
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Done for humor.
* NoAccountingForTaste: The Kimuras.
* NoAntagonist: Well, no ''true'' antagonist, though it does have a pretty damn evil cat instead.
* NobleWolf: Kagura calls Sakaki a "lone wolf" in one scene, although Sakaki would rather imagine herself as a cute lil' doggy.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Five post-pubescent high school girls, and no romance for any of them. Osaka {{lampshades}} this in both the manga ("No one's got a boyfriend to bring along?") and the anime ("But neither of you have boyfriends to show off your summer styles to.").
* NoJustNoReaction: Sakaki's reaction when Osaka suggests renaming a stuffed cat Sakaki's already given a name, life story, and family tree.
* NoodleIncident: Love letter!
* NorioWakamoto: Wishes he were a bird!
* NotAMorningPerson: Osaka and Yukari.
* OddCouple: Tomo and Yomi; almost perfectly paralleled with Yukari and Nyamo, respectively.
* OhCrap: Chiyo's are pretty epic. Examples include that time Yukari said the class trip was cancelled and when Chiyo found out Iriomote cats can eat animals as large as her dog, Tadakichi.
* {{Ojou}}: Chiyo-chan is a type one.
* OldMaid: Nyamo.
* OneGenderSchool: The school the characters attend used to be girls-only back when Yukari and Minamo were students.
* TheOneGuy: Kimura-sensei, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t0AHClgJnI "That One Dude"]].
* OneLastFieldTrip: [[spoiler:Done at the end of the series, when the girls have graduated. They decide to take one last trip to the Magical Land amusement park for old times sake, before going their separate ways. Making it a BittersweetEnding.]]
* OneOfTheKids: Yukari-sensei, for certain.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]: Yomi (relatively speaking). Even Sakaki and Kagura get their weird moments, while both Tomo and Osaka are outright crazy. Nyamo is this for the teachers (at least, compared to Kimura and Yukari); although, like Yomi, she definitely has her occasional less-than-sane moments as well.
* OverlyLongGag: ''Lots'' of them.
** Most notable is probably Tomo's "Why in the heck?" sequence.
* PetBabyWildAnimal: Mayaa.
* PetTheDog:
** Parodied when the girls find out Kimura has a kind wife, a cute daughter, voluntarily cleans litter off the streets, and regularly donates to charity...but it ''doesn't'' stop them from thinking he's creepy.
** Played straight with Sakaki's weakness for cute things... Well, ''almost'' straight, given her terrible luck with said cute things. Even without ''that'' angle, it's actually kind of heartbreaking.
* PlayingPictionary: Not even Sakaki can identify her own knitted dolls' species.
* PostEpisodeTrailer
* PungeonMaster: Osaka.
* PuppeteerParasite: Osaka thinks Chiyo-chan's pigtails are controlling her. To be fair, this was in a dream, and Osaka is... [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osaka]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Tomo tries to smack Yomi in the face with a dinner tray, complete with a slow motion jumping attack, but misses, and whacks [[OhCrap Yukari in the face]]. Cue scary music and a slow motion reveal of Yukari's glowing red eyes, then cutting to her whapping the hell out of Tomo with ''two'' trays.
* RelaxOVision: During one stay at the beach, Nyamo has to dispose of all the alcohol Yukari and Tomo brought along, getting completely drunk during the evening. Tomo uses the opportunity to ask her about sex, which gets her into starting a lengthy lecture. As her explainations are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY8L_apFieE#t=1m20s replaced by soft music, the audience is shown the fascinated faces of the girls and a number of calming pictures]] that'd make for some interesting metaphors. Happens again the next morning when Chiyo approaches her for one more question.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Well, covered in lots and lots of germs, anyway.
* RockPaperScissors: Played by the five main girls at the start of the first beach episode to determine who has to ride with [[DriveslikeCrazy Yukari]]. Chiyo laments being terrible at it. Later, during the second athletics festival, Tomo, Yomi, Chiyo and Osaka all throw to determine who gets to ride on top during kibasen. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osaka]] throws late, and still loses.
* RubberHoseLimbs
* {{Sarashi}}: In the third and final sports festival; Tomo, Kagura, and Sakaki are all dressed as male Japanese delinquents for the cheering competition, much to Kaorin's pleasure.
* SatelliteCharacter: Chihiro. Kaorin is fairly satellite too.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Yomi when stressed or irritated; Kimura perpetually.
* SceneryPorn: The RelaxOVision scene, as well as the Okinawa episode.
--> '''Tomo''':The sky, it's so blue!!
* SchoolFestival
* SchoolgirlLesbians: One-sided; Kaorin ''really'' adores Sakaki, but [[SelectiveObliviousness Sakaki fails to notice]].
* SchoolgirlSeries: The [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifiers]] of both the genre as a whole as well as many of the character tropes and situational tropes therein.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Entire episodes in the anime are essentially about nothing.
* {{Sensei-chan}}: Yukari and Nyamo.
* SexyDiscretionShot: Kagura showing her boobs to Osaka.
* ShonenDemographic: This series is often mistaken for [[{{Shojo}} shojo]], and sometimes mistaken for {{seinen}}.
* [[ShooTheDog Shoo The Cat]]: Sakaki must do this to Mayaa before leaving Okinawa. [[spoiler:He comes back to drive off Kamineko from the streets.]]
* ShortAnimeMovie: A "{{pilot}}" literally a few minutes long.
* ShoutOut:
** In the first episode, Yukari [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar ATATATATATATATAs]] her bike, cause it's [[YouAreAlreadyDead already broken]]...
** Tomo idolizes Fujiko of ''Franchise/{{Lupin III}}'', being that the reason why she let her hair grow during the second year (we even see a scene of Tomo acting as Fujiko while she explains). Of course, she forgot to consider changing the hair ''style'' as well, so she decided to go for looking like Ayumi Hamasaki instead.
** Chiyo-chichi's infamous "I wish I were a bird!" comes from a commercial for the Nova chain of English-teaching schools.
** Kimura's (rejected) sketch for Chiyo's cheerleading costume in episode 15 is basically the same as [[Anime/PrettySammy Pretty Sammy's]], also a shout-out to Azumanga author Kiyohiko Azuma's Pretty Sammy parody doujinshi work.
** In the costume couple race in the second year's Sports Festival, [[Anime/SpiritedAway guess what Chihiro disguises as]] (partnered with a No Face to boot).
** The way Chiyo's dad says "I am a cat" ("Wagahai wa neko de aru") is probably a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_a_Cat the book of the same name]], as this is otherwise uncommon grammar. Then again, [[LargeHam he might just like overblown grammar]].
** Osaka wears an Series/{{Ultraman}} mask in the manga.
** While perhaps not intentional, Osaka's attempt to get the nickname of the Iriomote cat, "yamapikaryaa", correct toward the end of the manga results in some interesting dialogue: "[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pika... Pika...nya? Pikaaa... Pika!? Piii?]]"
* SickEpisode: Yomi, who is most excited about going to Magical Land, falls ill on the day of the trip. Chiyo suggests the girls should cancel the trip and visit her, but of course, Tomo convinces Chiyo that they should go regardless.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Possibly Kaorin towards Sakaki. Her explanation is a little convoluted.
* SitcomCharacterArchetypes:
** The Square: Yomi and Nyamo
** The Wisecracker: Yukari
** The Bully: Tomo
** The Goofball: Osaka, obviously
** The Sage: Sakaki on occasions
** The Loudmouth: Tomo again, sometimes Kagura
** The Precocious: Chiyo-chan
* SittingOnTheRoof: Twice, some of the group sit on the roof of the school. One time, Tomo, Osaka and Chiyo all fall asleep. Minamo is NOT happy.
* SixthRanger: Kagura and Kaorin.
* SlasherSmile: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37mPoKQijj8 Osaka.]]
* SleepCute: Kagura and Chiyo in Nyamo's car, during the third beach episode.
* SliceOfLife
* SmallNameBigEgo: Both Tomo and Yukari qualify.
* SpotLightStealingSquad: Sakaki, one of the rare examples where this isn't a bad thing.
* SnowballFight
* StandingInTheHall: Tomo, self-inflicted.
* StatuesqueStunner: Sakaki, to her dismay.
* StockFootage: Scenes in this show are recycled for [[RuleOfFunny comedic effect]].
* StraightGay: Another explanation for Kaorin's attraction to Sakaki.
* [[StraightMan Straight Woman]]: Yomi.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
** Osaka and Sakaki, in regards to Chiyo-chichi.
** Tomo and Kagura both independently suggest doing a haunted cafe for the culture fest, prompting Osaka to remark, "You two are on the same wavelength."
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Sakaki, natch!
* SuperDeformed: All the time, most frequently with Tomo, Osaka and Kagura.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** When the second year starts, Yukari tells her class that she notices a lot of students who were in her homeroom last year, but denies that it's because she doesn't want the trouble of having to remember a bunch of new names.
---> '''Yukari''': Oh, and don't change the seating either.
** In the manga, when Osaka asked if Kaorin is gay:
--->'''Kaorin''': The correct term is ''lesbian''! Uh, not that I'm a lesbian...
* SweetDreamsFuel
* SymbolicBlood: After Yukari lets loose a bizarre scream when she spots the knife in Osaka's hand, the show cuts to a HUGE amount of tomato sauce being splattered on food by Tomo, spraying some on Kagura in the process.
* TalkingAnimal: Chiyo-Dad.
* TheTalk: While on holiday, a completely-demolished Nyamo ends up giving said talk to the girls; given their reactions the next day, it would seem she went above and beyond the call of duty.
* TaremeEyes: Osaka.
* TeenGenius:
** Well, pre-teen: Chiyo-chan.
** Sakaki seems to qualify for this judging by her grades, despite her quiet nature.
** Yomi might be even smarter than her, though.
* TerribleArtist: Sakaki, Chiyo and Osaka are all poor at drawing. This is lampshaded a few times.
* {{Thememobile}}: Yukari-Mobile.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** Yomi [[HollywoodToneDeaf "singing"]] the theme from the short movie in the series proper.
** Tomo's ringtone is one of her image songs, Sakaki sings her theme in the karaoke session and is also played on the radio in Yomi's room, and Osaka sings one of her songs in karaoke as well.
* ThrowTheDogABone: For Kaorin, the dance after the first sports festival, which is immediately yanked away. Also, the 3-legged race in the second sports festival, and to an extent, Kaorin discovering that Sakaki was dressed up as a male Japanese delinquent in the third sports festival.
* ThunderShock:
** Sakaki, overwhelmed by the cuteness of a photo of kittens.
** Kimura, when declaring his love for the ever-so-skimpy girls' gym shorts.
* TitleDrop: In the first episode of the anime, the logo appears, but then is cut off as it is hit by a baseball and flung out of frame. The same episode has a cutscene with Mr. Kimura walking with the logo on the back of his head. In episode 24, Chiyo is tackled by her dog Mr. Tadakichi and then the logo and title are shown/heard, for no clear reason.
* TokenMiniMoe: Chiyo, though lampshaded and played for laughs.
* TokenYuriGirls: Kaorin has an immediately obvious crush on Sakaki that seems one-sided; however, considering Sakaki's addiction to cute things, it's possible that it would be reciprocated (or at least not minded) if she wasn't [[NoHuggingNoKissing entirely oblivious]]. According to the newest manga, Kaorin is either in denial or in denial and in the [[TransparentCloset closet]]. As if we didn't get [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV1zPWQaHYQ&feature=related#t=0m26s the hints]].
* TransparentCloset: Kaorin... Again...
* TrustBuildingBlunder
* TsurimeEyes: Sakaki and Kagura.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Four Teacher School, technically, with Kimura. No one wants to remember [[SternTeacher that one teacher]] who only appeared in one scene in Week/Episode 1 and made [[TheWoobie Chiyo]] freak out.
** What about the music teacher in episode 2, and that gym teacher that yells at the boys to keep running in episode 17?
* {{Ugly Guy Hot W|ife}}aifu: Kimura is pretty damn creepy, but he still managed to find himself an extremely cute wife.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: While we never get to see for ourselves, it's said that Tomo looks and acts exactly like her father. Yomi is not pleased. Also, Kaorin and her mom look exactly alike.
* UnknownRival: Kagura engages Sakaki when she first transfers into the class, and Tomo tries this with [[HilarityEnsues predictable results]].
* VengefulVendingMachine: Tomo tries to get a coffee drink from a vending machine, only for it to pour the drink but fail to dispense the cup. She's suitably outraged when the next person to step up gets two cups.
* VomitDiscretionShot: When Yukari throws up after getting really drunk in one episode, the EyeCatch hides the act, although we still hear her retching.
* WackyHomeroom
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Cicadas]]:
** The new chapters show that Yomi ardently hates cicadas, and is totally paralyzed when [[{{Jerkass}} Tomo]] puts one on her back.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwABE90t8U4&feature=related When a single cockroach snuck into the classroom, everybody freaked the fuck out.]]
* WidgetSeries: This series is random enough to fit nicely in this category.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Yukari and Nyamo. Tomo with pretty much everyone, but particularly Yomi.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Discussed with the misspelling of じ (''ji,'' hemorrhoids) as ぢ(same reading, derived from ''chi'' rather than ''shi.''). By [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osaka]], naturally.
* {{Yonkoma}}: The normal format of the manga.
* {{Youkai}}: Tomo and Yomi imagine Chiyo as a nurikabe in the second culture festival episode. Osaka imagines herself as an UmbrellaGhost, trying (and failing) to deliver drinks.
* YouSayTomato: Chiyo-chichi pronounces it "to-mah-to"
** To be fair though, this was in the original Japanese version of the anime.
** And it's a perfectly normal way to pronounce it in British English, which is commonly learned in Japan.

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