YMMV / Azumanga Daioh

  • Awesome Music: The opening and closing themes, as well as many of the image songs. In particular, Kagura's "Ashita wa Makenai! GO! FRIEND!" and Sakaki's "Kokoro wa Shoujo de PARACHUTE".
  • Base Breaker: Depending on who you ask, Tomo and Yukari are either considered to be two of the funniest or two of the most annoying characters in the series.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Mai waifu", as first spoken by Kimura when introducing his hot "waifu" to the girls. Used by fans to describe anime or video game women that are, in their opinion, "desirable". Also, Osaka is evil.
    • OH MY GAH!
    • The Caipirinha meme originates from video of Tomo's taunting dance of Chiyo from episode 20 set to "Capirinha", a song about Brazil's national drink.
    • Let's not forget Osaka's weather prediction.
    • For some reason, Yomi has become the mascot for various image boards' "war on furries". It has to be from the episode with Tomo in the mascot outfit.
    • A text drawing of Osaka was used in a short viral flash video, set to a sped-up version of Raffi's "Bananaphone". Later became the mascot for AMV Hell, after being used in a parody of the infamous Ellen Feiss Apple commercial.
    • Rachel Handelbarz goes great with mustard.
    • Sata Andagi! Sata Andagi! Sata Andagi! Sata Andagi!
    • The Chiyo-dad emoticons, also known as the "dead cats".
    • And of course; "HARRO EVERYNYAN!"
  • Memetic Psychopath
    • Osaka after the "Wake Up Frying Pan Fiasco."
    • Yomi, mainly when it relates to furries.
  • Moe: The series itself is something you can curl up with, but Chiyo-chan is Moe to the nth degree (especially when she's in the penguin suit), and Osaka and Kaorin are also incredibly cute. Osaka may actually be at least partially responsible for the popularization of the concept, placing second in the 2002 Saimoe Tournament. Hell, this series is sort of proto-moe itself. It codified a lot of tropes related to the "genre".
  • Most Annoying Sound: In Tomo's dream. "Nandeyanen?"/"Why in the heck?"
  • Never Live It Down: Osaka almost stabbing Yukari; Yukari almost didn't live it down either. Which is why, among a few other moments, Osaka is frequently portrayed as a cold-blooded killer in some fanworks. In canon, she's probably the sweetest and most harmless.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Mr. Kimura can be this for those who have dealt with sexual harassment from teachers.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Chiyo's Dad shows up in maybe five skits total. Everyone that knows this show will remember him without fail.
  • Sacred Cow: Out of all the Schoolgirl Series out there Azumanga Daioh is the most fondly remembered overall. People can complain about the comedy or moe in everything else except Azumanga. Being the Trope Codifier for most of the things found in the genre helps.
  • Superlative Dubbing: While fans give the English dub mixed to positive reviews, most official reviews don't hesitate to compliment the dub cast, and they do deserve props for getting just about every cultural reference across to Western viewers quite well. Others, though, find it ear-bleedingly bad, reserving special criticism for Osaka's Southern accent. This is in spite of having several accomplished actresses such as Luci Christian, Monica Rial, Tiffany Grant, and Hillary Haag.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: "Aaa shit, you're so cute!" Yomi says to Chiyo, with an exasperated expression.
  • Uncanny Valley:
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Sakaki's lack of self-esteem, especially when comparing herself to Chiyo, seems downright ludicrous to western viewers who don't understand the difference between Japanese standards of beauty and their own.
    • Everything about Kimura. Because ehebophilia is hilarious in the west, isn't it?
  • What an Idiot: What was Yomi thinking when she bought bear stew for Sakaki? Though it doesn't seem as though she knows too much about what Sakaki is like deep down at that point. Either that or it's another example of her mean sense of humor.
  • Woolseyism:
    • "Hey y'all, I'm Osaka..."
    • Episode 2 has Osaka deliver a pun: "That's not bean knowledge (a Japanese idiom meaning "trivia"), it's knowledge about beans." In the dub, it's changed to "That ain't no grain of truth, that's the truth about grain."
    • The omnibus of the manga's English translation changes it to, "That's not a fun fact, it's a fungus fact."
  • The Woobie:
    • You may feel sorry for Chiyo after all the abuse she cops from the two resident jerkasses, and how she sometimes has trouble being taken seriously due to being much younger than her classmates.
    • Animals seem to have it in for Sakaki despite the fact that she adores them; her woobieness is rarely so highlighted as the time she lets Kamineko sink its fangs into her hand... and Sakaki doesn't pull her hand away so that she can finally pet him with the other one. Also noteworthy is the attempts Sakaki's friends make to please her. They try to be friendly and warm to her, but unintentionally end up hurting her feelings. Kagura is particularly guilty of this when the two first meet.
    • It's hard not to feel for Osaka's inability to stay focused, let alone succeed sometimes.
    • Kimura's after Kaorin, much to her despair. You can't NOT feel bad for her, even though it's funny.

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