What do a crazy teacher that’s a lazy bum, a child prodigy, a class clown, a pervy lit teacher and a fluff headed ex-Osaka resident have in common? They’re all under one school roof and experience all the ups and downs of high school life together!
The worst this show ever gets in the violence category is slap stick humor. A few whacks on the head, trips and such. Somehow, no one gets killed. Even when Yukari is driving. Wonders never cease.
This section is pretty tame too. In fact, I wouldn’t be shocked to find that the only words used are tame d-mns and a few of the “a and double s” word. Nothing too shocking here, which fits with the laid back feel of the show.
The worst technical nudity would be some revealing bikinis. Although, bikinis now-a-days are worse, in my opinion. There are a few awkward conversations about chest sizes and one teacher is a total perv. Oh and one female student kinda has a thing for another, sometimes even imagining this other female as prince-like character. It never goes anywhere and, like everything else in this show, is always played off as a joke.
Aside from some folklore about New Year dreams, nothing to report here either.
This show is by no means serious, it’s pretty much pure comedy. The predecessor of other absurd comedy shows, like Pani Poni Dash and My Ordinary Life, this show came from a four panel comic and was one of the first anime adoptions of such to make a mark in the US fandom. In fact, Azumanga Daioh fans are still some of the most creative in the anime community, although they have mostly moved on to other series.
Regardless, if you like Japanese humor, this show is a must. It’s tamer than some of the newer comedy shows, but the timing and punch lines are priceless. The simple animation and music only add to the casual comedic charm and the openings and ending themes keep to the absurd mood.
Of course, if Japanese humor confuses you or you like to have actual plot in a show, this probably isn’t the place to look. After all, some fans describe it as “a Japanese version of Seinfeld.” Then again, the show takes things so easy, it might be a good place for newer anime fans to taste Japanese humor. Just don’t drink anything while watching. Trust me.
Personal Rating: 10 and up