Y'know, I will say this for Azumanga Daioh: it was done in 26 episodes/4 volumes.
... also, yeah. Thanks for the alternate copy of the fleas jokes. I'm glad I wasn't missing anything.
Other than that, not much to say. I agree with most of your points, and the more I reread the series, the more I wish that Shive was the artist part of a writer/artist combo.