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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 is either considered to be one of the funniest or one of the most annoying characters in the series.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Some of Tomo's pranks on Chiyo and Osaka can fall under this.
    • Along with Yomi coercing Osaka into eating spicy food that Osaka specifically says she doesn't like to eat, and then doing nothing to help the resulting hiccups.
      • The manga version of this has Kagura fill Tomo's role of trying to beat the hiccups out of Osaka, and that time it actually really looked like it hurt and unlike Tomo, Kagura doesn't apologize.
  • Ear Worm:
    • If you can listen to Soramimi Cake (aka "Mondegreen Cake") without it getting it stuck in your head, you are officially immune to any Ear Worm.
    • Also, there's E'ye or E'ye 2; the songs used for the eye-catchers during the commercial breaks? If that tune doesn't turn into a ringtone for your cell phone, then you officially are deaf to any and all Ear Worm.
  • 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.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Chiyo's Dad shows up in maybe five skits total. Everyone that knows this show will remember him without fail.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Pretty much everyone.
    • 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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