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 JC Staff
, 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 "Azuma's Comic Strip For Daioh Magazine"
being a magazine aimed mainly at 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
has been described as "Peanuts on LSD
" or Seinfeld in 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 instead of their bodies
, starting a trend which continued in series such as Lucky Star
, Hidamari Sketch
, A Channel
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