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Azumanga Daioh Vol. 2: Festivals! (2002)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: ADV Films
Genre: Anime, Comedy Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

It's fall, and that means festivals! Yukari and Minamo's life-long rivalry shifts into high gear as their students square off in a winner-take-all, school-wide sports contest. Later, even more madness is unleashed when the culture fest brings out the animal in students and teachers alike. Of course, if you thought everyday life with these girls was surreal, a series of revealing (and sorta freaky) dreams shows that reality is nothing compared to what goes on in their heads! Whether it's a sports fest, a culture fest, a carnival of dreams or a host of crazy cat antics, every moment is sure to be a laugh fest! The second kitty-chasing, relay-racing, Osaka-spacing volume of Azumanga Daioh will have you in stitches!

GreenCine Member Reviews

Extremely dissapointing by kamapuaa August 4, 2004 - 2:46 PM PDT
2 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I saw Azumanga Daioh Vol. 1 only because other Greenciners were talking it up so much in the message boards. A story aimed at 11 year old Japanese girls, featuring the misadventures of schoolgirls, hardly sounds like my thing! But as that DVD progressed, I really grew to enjoy it - primarily because the writing is so strong. The characters were charicature-based but still very interesting, the storyline was a unique blend of indivisual's stories and a more complete plotline, and the jokes were often incredibly funny and low-key.

To my dissappointment, I found Vol. 2 to have lost the momentum, and to be about as dumb as I had anticipated the series might be. There isn't much drama going on, it's just a series of events anybody at all familiar with anime has seen too many times before - if Japanese school festivals ever had comedic possibilities for me, that's no longer the case. The characters are firmly within the limits of charicature, and except for the character of Sasaki-san (who pretty much shows the same traits over and over) these episodes don't even try to delve into their character. And in general, these episodes aren't funny - I saw almost all the same jokes in the earlier episodes, only in these episodes, the jokes are beaten to death.

Rather than renting this Volume, I'd just recommend renting the first Volume, twice.

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(Average 8.47)
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