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Loved Azumango Daioh...where now?
Topic by: ahogue
Posted: July 2, 2006 - 12:19 AM PDT
Last Reply: July 9, 2006 - 9:30 PM PDT

author topic: Loved Azumango Daioh...where now?
ahogue
post #1  on July 2, 2006 - 12:19 AM PDT  
Hi, yes I know I'm way behind the curve here but I only watch a few discs a month lately and I just finished Azumango Daioh. I loved it and wonder: if I loved this anime, what other series should I look into?

I suspect that AD is really one of a kind, but all the same I thought I'd ask.

Thanks,
Alan
jeffs
post #2  on July 3, 2006 - 10:18 AM PDT  

I loved AzuDai, but I don't think I've seen anything else like it before. Equal parts humor, cast and sickly cute isn't easy to come by.

What was it that sucked you in?

These may be a little bit of a stretch, but have you seen these?

The Slayers
Martian Sucessor Nadesico
Battle Athletes Victory

I haven't seen it, but I read a review for Strawberry Marshmallow that likened it to AzuDai.
jross3
post #3  on July 3, 2006 - 1:57 PM PDT  
Yeah, it's pretty unique; its specific mix of character and situation are patented and they aren't sharing the rights. haha.

Aside from the ones listed already, I'll recommend "Doki Doki School Hous" (aka Sensei no Ojikan). It's another character-driven school comedy, and a lot of fun.
ahogue
post #4  on July 3, 2006 - 11:36 PM PDT  
> On July 3, 2006 - 10:18 AM PDT jeffs wrote:
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> I loved AzuDai, but I don't think I've seen anything else like it before. Equal parts humor, cast and sickly cute isn't easy to come by.
>
> What was it that sucked you in?
> ---------------------------------

Well, I think you put your finger on it. The mixture of interesting characters, the bizarre humor and just the right amount of ridiculous cuteness was what really made it so good.

But I guess if I just had to choose one or two things I'd say any other character-driven comedy with some intelligence would probably really do it for me. It certainly need not be set in school or anything like that.

Thanks!
ahogue
post #5  on July 3, 2006 - 11:39 PM PDT  
> On July 3, 2006 - 11:36 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
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> But I guess if I just had to choose one or two things I'd say any other character-driven comedy with some intelligence would probably really do it for me. It certainly need not be set in school or anything like that.
> ---------------------------------

I should also say that I loved FLCL and I've really enjoyed most of the Excel Saga I've seen, and also Cromartie High. So really strange humor is something I tend to like a lot. The stranger the better, really.

I think people think of AD as being very cute, which it is in its way, but that shouldn't overshadow the show's very odd sense of humor which for me really helped make the cuteness palatable.
jeffs
post #6  on July 5, 2006 - 7:25 AM PDT  
Ok, well I would definetely check out The Slayers . The series is better than the OVA in my opinion. I wouldn't exactly call the humor intelligent (ok silly might be the right word) but it does have a strong cast of characters.

Nadesico is a sci-fi parody. Even as a parody is stands pretty well on its own sci-fi story. Again, very good cast.

Ok, this next one is really odd, but you might want to check out Dragon Half. It's very odd. It's incomplete (only 2 episodes I think), but the upside is that its all on one disc. It's more silly and cute than intelligent humor, but it does suceed in being silly and cute.

Unfortunately that's all I can think of right now. I've seen a lot more bad anime comedy than good.

jross3
post #7  on July 5, 2006 - 12:19 PM PDT  
Second for The Slayers! sounds like that's something you'd like. I'll also recommend the "Book of Spells" ova (while the rest of the OVAs and "movies" are only mostly OK, Book of Spells is (IMHO) funnier at a lot of points than most of the TV series - although it's only three eps...).
hamano
post #8  on July 5, 2006 - 6:10 PM PDT  
If you were responding to the general anarchic school daze fun I guess the place to go is School Rumble. Otherwise a close analogue is Sensei no Ojikan. The GreenCine name for the series is Doki Doki School Hours. If Chiyo-chan somehow became the teacher instead of a precocious student then the result might be Sensei no Ojikan.

And maybe Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu if you don't mind a bit of sci-fi weirdness.

If you were responding to the gentle whimsy and the wonderful music, try Petopeto-san. And Haibane Renmei if you haven't already seen it. Doremi Spork just put out a batch download for Petopeto-san.

If you are a Kimura Sensei analogue, there're lots of Azumanga Doujin out there for your prurient (self)pleasure.

There isn't much, but Tortov Roddle will give you a lot of the pleasures of Sakaki's daydreams.
hamano
post #9  on July 5, 2006 - 6:30 PM PDT  
From my POV it IS a big stretch from Azumanga to Slayers (and I'm not a big Slayers fan, I admit)... I liked Those Who Hunt Elves more than Slayers....

It might be fun to see the Azumanga girls appear in some kind of swords&sorcery show, though. Chiyo-chan would probably have some really BIG sword!
jross3
post #10  on July 5, 2006 - 10:59 PM PDT  
> On July 5, 2006 - 6:30 PM PDT hamano wrote:
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> From my POV it IS a big stretch from Azumanga to Slayers (and I'm not a big Slayers fan, I admit)... I liked Those Who Hunt Elves more than Slayers....

I think it's more the semi-random comedy and their sense of humor. They're really different (and Slayers doesn't have a "Osaka"-type character, but who else does?), but if he liked Asumanga's sense of humor, I think there's a pretty good chance he'll like the same in Slayers.
(but I'll warn you now, the third series ("The Slayers - Try") doesn't mesh well. it's OK but not the kind of cool greatness of the first two seasons)

> It might be fun to see the Azumanga girls appear in some kind of swords&sorcery show, though. Chiyo-chan would probably have some really BIG sword!

Nah; Chiyo would be a support character, using cute magic to heal allies and lower the enemy's defense. haha

hamano
post #11  on July 5, 2006 - 11:10 PM PDT  
> On July 5, 2006 - 10:59 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
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> if he liked Asumanga's sense of humor, I think there's a pretty good chance he'll like the same in Slayers.

Wha??? If it was ASSmanga Daioh maybe, but not my beloved Azumanga! The only character I could remotely imagine crossing over would be Yukari Sensei (well, maybe Tomo-chan, too...)

> Nah; Chiyo would be a support character, using cute magic to heal allies and lower the enemy's defense. haha

Shame on you, jross! That would be too obvious! Chiyo MUST be the main character, with the bloody big ass Berserk sized sword! And Tadakichi-san would have saber-teeth and rip people's throats out. And Chiyo-dad would put curses on people and turn them into pulpy pus-dripping piles of rotting flesh!
jross3
post #12  on July 6, 2006 - 8:52 PM PDT  
> On July 5, 2006 - 11:10 PM PDT hamano wrote:
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> Shame on you, jross! That would be too obvious! Chiyo MUST be the main character, with the bloody big ass Berserk sized sword! And Tadakichi-san would have saber-teeth and rip people's throats out. And Chiyo-dad would put curses on people and turn them into pulpy pus-dripping piles of rotting flesh!
> ---------------------------------

I suppose you may have a point. That would have to be a DBZ type action/fantasy anime, though; it'll need a strong element of super-physics, I mean.
Is Chiyo even tall enough to wield Gut's sword? if it were held with the hilt perpendicular to the ground, Chiyo's arms would only be just a bit higher than the handle.
but that would make her even more frightening. I can just imagine her, swinging around Sanosuke's Zanbatou, yelling some war cry, riding Tadakichi like San in Princess Mononoke. That would be a scary sight.
hamano
post #13  on July 6, 2006 - 9:04 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2006 - 8:52 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
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> Is Chiyo even tall enough to wield Gut's sword? if it were held with the hilt perpendicular to the ground, Chiyo's arms would only be just a bit higher than the handle.

Hmmm... how do we know the relative sizes of the humans in Azumanga Daioh's world in comparison to the the size of people in Berserk? What if humans in Berserk World were actually only about a third of the size of humans in Azumanga Japan? Then maybe Pippin would come up to Chiyo-chan's chin or something! The cat that keeps biting Sakaki might look like a tiger to the Band of the Hawk...
jross3
post #14  on July 6, 2006 - 9:09 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2006 - 9:04 PM PDT hamano wrote:
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> > On July 6, 2006 - 8:52 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Is Chiyo even tall enough to wield Gut's sword? if it were held with the hilt perpendicular to the ground, Chiyo's arms would only be just a bit higher than the handle.
>
> Hmmm... how do we know the relative sizes of the humans in Azumanga Daioh's world in comparison to the the size of people in Berserk? What if humans in Berserk World were actually only about a third of the size of humans in Azumanga Japan? Then maybe Pippin would come up to Chiyo-chan's chin or something! The cat that keeps biting Sakaki might look like a tiger to the Band of the Hawk...
>
> ---------------------------------

Well now, that's one way to think of it. But that's a lot like how in Lord of the Rings, a "normal" sword for a hobbit was just a short sword for everyone else.
I'd rather have both Chiyo and the sword their normal size... Chiyo just wouldn't be able to put the sword down, ever. Otherwise she wouldn't be able to pick it back up.
ahogue
post #15  on July 7, 2006 - 9:02 PM PDT  
Thanks for the recommendations. I will try some of them out.


> On July 5, 2006 - 6:10 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> If you are a Kimura Sensei analogue, there're lots of Azumanga Doujin out there for your prurient (self)pleasure.
> ---------------------------------

Really, please, Yukari Sensei's chest was nowhere near that...um...full.
hamano
post #16  on July 8, 2006 - 11:03 AM PDT  
Oh, hi Alan! Nice to see you back!

> On July 6, 2006 - 9:09 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
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> I'd rather have both Chiyo and the sword their normal size... Chiyo just wouldn't be able to put the sword down, ever. Otherwise she wouldn't be able to pick it back up.

I disagree... the bigger the better! Where else but anime could we have these physical impossibilities? She already flies by flapping her pigtails, so holding a giant sword shouldn't present any real problems. Besides, how do we know that the laws of physics work the same in Berserk world and Azumanga world? Maybe the materials in Berserk world are much lighter and weaker (including the people) than comparable materials in Azumanga world!

Oh, BTW here's my original review of Sensei no Ojikan aka Doki Doki School Hours.
jross3
post #17  on July 8, 2006 - 10:43 PM PDT  
> On July 8, 2006 - 11:03 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> I disagree... the bigger the better! Where else but anime could we have these physical impossibilities?

nono; you misunderstand. I don't care so much about the physics, I just like the idea of Chiyo as the "shark" kind of tough character - the kind who can never stop fighting (or swimming, I forget which) or it dies.
Tomo-chan: "Chiyo-chan! Put down that sword and come have some ice cream with us!!"
Chiyo-chan: "Rarrr!!!" (as she destroys the ice cream cart with her giant sword)

(to make downward strikes, she has to jump while the sword is in its downswing to give it the momentum to rotate back up, otherwise it'll be stuck to the ground forever, like that really heavy sword in that other show)
hamano
post #18  on July 9, 2006 - 4:22 AM PDT  
Maybe she could get the sword to swing her....
ahogue
post #19  on July 9, 2006 - 8:09 PM PDT  
> On July 8, 2006 - 11:03 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> Oh, hi Alan! Nice to see you back!

Thanks, Ham. Nice chatting again.


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> Oh, BTW here's my original review of Sensei no Ojikan aka Doki Doki School Hours.
> ---------------------------------

Sounds like a clone...which is probably better than nothing. I'll give it a shot.

By the way, none of these disks have any reviews at all attached to them, and yet the system says they are not at full availability. People need to start leaving reviews, especially if it's an obscure disk and no one's reviewed it yet.

Then again, probably less than 50% of the user reviews are very useful.

hamano
post #20  on July 9, 2006 - 9:30 PM PDT  
> On July 9, 2006 - 8:09 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
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> Sounds like a clone...which is probably better than nothing.

Not exactly a clone... there are characters of both sexes so there's some relationship stuff like School Rumble in there. And nothing surreal but nothing as creepy as Kimura Sensei either. Much better than nothing but not earth-shakingly excellent or anything.

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