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Azumanga Daioh
Cover of the original edition of volume one of Azumanga Daioh, published in Japan by MediaWorks; from left to right: Sakaki, Chiyo, Tomo, Yomi, and Osaka
(Azumanga Daiō)
Genre Comedy, High school, Slice of Life
Author Kiyohiko Azuma
Publisher MediaWorks,
Shogakukan (re-release)
English publisher Canada United Kingdom Republic of Ireland United States ADV Manga (former)
Canada United Kingdom Republic of Ireland United States Yen Press (current)
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run February 1999June 2002
Volumes 4
Original net animation
Azumanga Web Daioh
Director Fumiaki Asano
Released December 28, 2000
TV anime
Azumanga Daioh: The Animation
Director Hiroshi Nishikiori
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensor Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada Germany United Kingdom Republic of Ireland United States ADV Films
Network TV Tokyo
English network United States Anime Network
Original run April 8, 2002September 30, 2002
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Related works
Anime and Manga Portal

Azumanga Daioh (あずまんが大王 Azumanga Daiō?, lit. "Azumanga the Great (King)") is a Japanese comedy manga by Kiyohiko Azuma. It was serialized by MediaWorks in the shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh from 1999 to 2002 and collected in four bound volumes. In May 2009, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the manga, three additional chapters began serialization in Shogakukan's Monthly Shōnen Sunday under the title Azumanga Daioh: Supplementary Lessons.

The manga is drawn as a series of vertical four-panel comic strips called yonkoma and depicts the lives of a group of girls during their three years as high-school classmates. The series has been praised for its off-beat humor driven by eccentric characters, and Kiyohiko Azuma acclaimed as a "master of the four-panel form," for both his art style and comic timing.

It was adapted as an anime television series called Azumanga Daioh: the Animation by J.C.Staff, which aired from the week of April 8, 2002 until the week of September 30, 2002. It was broadcast on the TV Tokyo network and AT-X in five-minute segments every weekday, then rebroadcast as a 25-minute compilation that weekend, for a total of 130 five-minute segments collected in 26 episodes. The compilation episodes were released on DVD and Universal Media Discs (UMDs) by Starchild Records; the five-minute segments can be distinguished by their individual titles. Several soundtrack albums were released, as well as three Azumanga Daioh video games.



The series title has no particular significance to the story. "Azumanga" is a portmanteau of the author's name "Azuma" and "manga", while "Daioh" comes from the magazine in which it was originally published, Dengeki Daioh.[1] In the anime, "daioh" is mentioned during the next episode previews, used in context with the meaning "great king".

"Azumanga" is also used as a general term for Kiyohiko Azuma's other comics and illustrations.[2] Two previous collections of Azuma's works, including official tie-in comics of Pioneer animations, were published as Azumanga and Azumanga 2 in 1998 and 2001, respectively.[3][4] Azumanga was later republished in a reduced-size edition called Azumanga Recycle.[5]


Azumanga Daioh chronicles the everyday life in an unnamed Japanese high school of six girls and two of their teachers: child prodigy Chiyo Mihama and her struggle to fit in with girls five years older, reserved Sakaki and her obsession with the cute animals who seem to hate her, spacey Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga with a skewed perspective on the world, Koyomi "Yomi" Mizuhara's aggravation at an annoying best friend, Tomo Takino, whose energy is rivaled only by her lack of sense, sporty Kagura and her one-sided rivalry with Sakaki, and their homeroom teacher Yukari Tanizaki and her friend, physical education teacher Minamo Kurosawa. Secondary characters include Kimura-sensei, a creepy male teacher with an obsession with teenage girls, and Kaorin, a classmate with a crush on Sakaki.

The story covers three years of tests, talking between classes, culture festivals, and athletic events at school, as well as time spent traveling to and from school, studying at Chiyo's house, and vacations spent at Chiyo's summer beach home and the fictional theme park Magical Land, concluding with the graduation of the main cast. It is generally realistic in tone, marked by occasional bursts of surrealism and absurdity, such as Osaka imagining Chiyo's ponytails being "unscrewed" from her head and an episode featuring the characters' New Year's dreams.



Azumanga Daioh was written and illustrated by Kiyohiko Azuma, largely in yonkoma (four-panel) format. The unnumbered chapters were serialized by MediaWorks' in the monthly magazine Dengeki Daioh from February 1999 to May 2002 and collected in four tankōbon volumes.[6] Each of the four volumes covers about a year in the characters' lives.[7] A new edition in three volumes was released in Japan by Shogakukan to commemorate the manga's 10th anniversary,[8] with volume one, covering the first year of high school, being published June 11, 2009.[9] The reprint edition contains three additional 16-page chapters serialized in Monthly Shōnen Sunday starting in May 2009 under the title Azumanga Daioh: Supplementary Lessons (あずまんが大王·補習編 Azumanga Daiō Hoshūhen?).[10][11]

The series was licensed in English in North America and the United Kingdom by ADV Manga, which released all four volumes between 2003 and 2004. ADV later reprinted the series in an omnibus edition (ISBN 978-1-4139-0364-5) on November 7, 2007.[6] In 2009, Yen Press acquired the North American and UK license of Azumanga Daioh, and released a new translation in December 2009 in an omnibus volume.[12] In Europe, Azumanga Daioh is licensed in French by Kurokawa,[13] in German by Tokyopop,[14] in Spanish by Norma Editorial,[15] and in Finnish by Punainen jättiläinen.[16] In Asia, the series has been licensed in Korean by Daiwon C.I.,[17] in Thai by Negibose Comics,[18] in Vietnam by TVM Comics,[19] and in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing.[20] It was the first yonkoma manga translated in France.[21]

No. Japanese English
Release date ISBN Release date ISBN
1 February 25, 2000[22] ISBN 978-4-8402-1467-4 September 16, 2003[23] ISBN 978-1-4139-0000-2
  • "The New Semester"
  • "The Transfer Student"
  • "Changing Uniforms"
  • "Deluxe" (Delux?)
  • "Final Exams"
  • "Summer Vacation"
  • "Fall Semester"
  • "The Sports Festival"
  • "The Culture Festival"
  • "December"
  • Azumanga Daioh characters
2 November 15, 2000[24] ISBN 978-4-8402-1691-3 November 18, 2003[25] ISBN 978-1-4139-0023-1
  • "January"
  • "January Special: First dreams of the New Year"
  • "February"
  • "March: Part 1"
  • "March: Part 2"
  • "April: Part 1"
  • "April: Part 2"
  • "May: Part 1"
  • "May: Part 2"
  • "June"
  • "June Special: Osaka's Half Day"
  • "July"
  • "July Special: A Day in the Life of Chiyo-chan"
  • "August: Part 1"
  • "August: Part 2"
  • "August: Part 3"
  • Azumanga Daioh characters
3 September 25, 2001[26] ISBN 978-4-8402-1943-3 February 24, 2004[27] ISBN 978-1-4139-0030-9
  • "September: Part 1"
  • "September: Part 2"
  • "October: Part 1"
  • "October: Part 2"
  • "November: Part 1"
  • "November: Part 2"
  • "December: Part 1"
  • "December: Part 2"
  • "January Special: The First Dream of the New Year"
  • "January"
  • "February: Part 1"
  • "February: Part 2"
  • "March: Part 1"
  • "March: Part 2"
  • "April: Part 1"
  • "April: Part 2"
  • "May: Part 1"
  • "May: Part 2"
4 June 25, 2002[28] ISBN 978-4-8402-2128-3 April 20, 2004[29] ISBN 978-1-4139-0048-4
  • "June: Part 1"
  • "June: Part 2"
  • "July: Part 1"
  • "July: Part 2"
  • "August"
  • "September: Part 1"
  • "September: Part 2"
  • "October: Part 1"
  • "October: Part 2"
  • "November Special"
  • "December: Part 1"
  • "December: Part 2"
  • "January: Part 1"
  • "January: Part 2"
  • "February: Part 1"
  • "February: Part 2"
  • "Graduation: Part 1"
  • "Graduation: Part 2"


The television anime, Azumanga Daioh: the Animation, was produced by J.C.Staff and aired from the week of April 8, 2002 until the week of September 30, 2002.[30] It was broadcast on TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Osaka, and AT-X in five-minute segments every weekday, then repeated as a 25-minute compilation that weekend, for a total of 130 five-minute segments collected in 26 episodes.[31] The compilation episodes, which were the only versions to include the title and credits sequences, were released on 6 DVDs in 2003 and 9 Universal Media Discs between 2005 and 2006 by Starchild Records, and a DVD box set of all episodes is scheduled for June 24, 2009;[32] the five-minute segments can be distinguished by their individual titles.

Besides the television anime, there have been two other animated adaptations: The Very Short Azumanga Daioh Movie, a six minute trailer released to movie theaters to publicize the upcoming television series,[33] and Azumanga Web Daioh, a shorter pilot episode that appeared on the official Japanese Azumanga Daioh website for a limited time.[34] Azumanga Web Daioh was originally intended to gauge whether there was enough interest to create a web-released anime adaptation; because of overwhelming demand, the original plan for web-release was changed to a television release. It featured different voice actors and music from the regular series.[34]

In the United States, the television anime was released in six DVDs on September 9, 2005, and then later in a five DVD volume "Thinpak" set, both by ADV Films.[35] The sixth DVD volume included The Very Short Azumanga Daioh Movie.[33] In the English dub, the English class and English-speaking foreigners are changed to Spanish in order to adjust the jokes to English speaking audiences. In 2009, Nokia offered the first five episodes of Azumanga Daioh on its Ovi phone service.[36] Madman Entertainment licensed the series for release in Australia and New Zealand.


Several soundtrack albums for the anime of Azumanga Daioh were released by Lantis, including two volumes of the Azumanga Daioh Original Soundtrack, collecting the show's score and themes; two tribute albums; and Vocal Collection, collecting character image songs. One single was released for the opening and closing theme of the anime, and eight singles of image songs were released for the main cast members. Most of the releases charted on the Japanese Oricon charts, with the highest ranking album being Tribute to Azumanga Daioh at 68th,[37] and the highest ranking single being Soramimi no Cake/Raspberry Heaven, the opening and closing themes, at 36th.[38]

  • The opening and closing theme single Soramimi no Cake/Raspberry Heaven was released on April 22, 2002,[39] and peak ranked 36th on the Oricon singles chart.[38] The two volumes of the soundtrack were released on June 26, 2006 and October 23, 2002,[40][41] and peak ranked 72nd and 99th on the Oricon albums chart, respectively.[42][43] The soundtrack albums are being re-released as a two-disc set on June 24, 2009 in conjunction with the 10th anniversary release of the DVD box set.[44] Azumanga Daioh Original Soundtrack Volume 1 was released in the United States by Geneon.[45]
  • Azumanga Daioh: Vocal Collection collects the character image songs performed by the voice actors in the personas of the characters they played, and the opening and the closing theme songs.[46] It was released on December 25, 2002 in Japan,[47] and peak ranked 177th on Oricon albums chart.[48] Eight image song singles were released as Azumanga Daioh Characters Songs Volumes 1 through 8, which focused in order on Chiyo, Sakaki, Osaka, Tomo, Kagura, Yomi, Sensei, and Kaorin. Volumes 1 and 2 were released May 22, 2002,[49][50] Volume 3 on June 26, 2002,[51] Volumes 4 and 5 on July 27, 2002,[52][53] Volume 6 and 7 on September 4, 2002,[54][55] and Volume 8 on September 25, 2002.[56] Azumanga Daioh Characters Songs Volumes 3 through 8 peak ranked 63rd,[57] 80th,[58] 79th,[59] 70th,[60] 75th,[61] and 49th[62] on the Oricon singles chart, respectively. Azumanga Daioh: Vocal Collection was released in the United States by Geneon on July 5, 2005.[46]
  • Two tribute albums, Tribute to Azumanga Daioh and Tribute to Live Azumanga Daioh, were released on October 2, 2002 and December 10, 2003.[63][64] Tribute to Azumanga Daioh peak ranked 68th on the Oricon albums chart.[37] Tribute to Live Azumanga Daioh is the live album of the concert held on October 4, 2003 at the public hall of Toshima, Tokyo.[64]

Other media

Two art books for the anime were published under the titles Azumanga Daioh the Animation Visual Book 1 (あずまんが大王 THE ANIMATION ビジュアルブック(1)?) (ISBN 4-8402-2203-7) and Azumanga Daioh the Animation Visual Book 2 (あずまんが大王 THE ANIMATION ビジュアルブック(2)?) (ISBN 4-8402-2290-8) were published by MediaWorks on August 26, 2002 and December 10, 2002, respectively.[65][66]

Three Azumanga Daioh video games were released. Azumanga Donjyara Daioh, a puzzle game similar to mahjong,[67] was released by Bandai for the PlayStation on April 18, 2002.[68] Azumanga Puzzle Daioh was released by Taito Corporation as an arcade-only Puzzle Bobble spin-off on June 1, 2002.[69] Azumanga Daioh Advance, a card-playing game, was released by King Records for the Game Boy Advance on April 25, 2003.[70]


In Japan, the Azumanga Daioh manga was named a jury recommended work of the sixth Japan Media Arts Festival in 2002.[71] The manga was named one of the top 25 manga at the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival.[72]

English reviewers have commented positively about Azumanga Daioh. In Manga: The Complete Guide, Jason Thompson refers to it as a "charming comedy" and a "quiet master of the four-panel form", praising the series comedic timing and use of running gags. He felt one of the series' best points was its "character-driven writing", but does warn that as its moe nature and the jokes that revolve around the "vaguely pedophilic teacher" might disturb some newer readers of manga.[73] He later said that Azumanga Daioh was an "almost totally innocent" kind of moe, centered around "peep[ing] at the chaste world of girls", in which "adorable girls do adorable things".[74] The French manga dictionary Dicomanga noted that despite being a moe series targeted to otaku, it also appealed to female readers for celebrating "friendships between girls as well as [its] comedy."[75] Marc Hairston describes Azumanga Daioh as being "slightly disjointed", with "frequently oblique" and "culturally biased" humour, and says it is both "lighter" and "more wry" than Maria-sama ga Miteru. He describes the characters of Azumanga as being "individuals with slightly offbeat personalities".[76] Mark Thomas, writing for, says that each character has "a defining personality trait that is ramped up to abnormal levels" and that each has a foil, which highlights these traits and prevents them from becoming too annoying or unbelievable as characters. Thomas said that the yonkoma format does not lend itself to "complex story arcs", and the story is presented as "quick snapshots of random moments in their daily routines", noting that the narrative is character-driven.[77] Patrick King, writing for Anime Fringe, considered it to be "one of the funniest, most adorable manga series I've read".[78] IGN noted the lack of background art, but said that the expressive faces of the characters made up for it.[7]

Fred Patton of Animation World Magazine, described the anime as "delightfully witty and even an educational window onto what Japanese high school life is really like."[79] Chris Beveridge of Anime on DVD, stated that "There's a lot to laugh with here and a cast of characters that grow quickly on you as you start finding those you favor and those you don't."[80] Andrew Shelton from Anime Meta explains that "The character of the girls is extremely well brought out. The superb observation, and ability to capture expression, makes the anime incredibly fun to watch in addition to meeting the story requirements. The action, and very rich comedy, are also wonderfully represented. There is just so much meaning, and charm, in even the most minor of expressions."[81] The reviewers of THEM Anime and Anime News Network felt that fans who had already graduated high school would feel nostalgic at times while watching Azumanga Daioh.[82][83]

The licensed manga had sales that reached top 100 lists on occasions and was included in the top 25 manga recommended by International Correspondence in Retailers Guide to Anime/Manga.[84][85] The English dub for the show was well received, earning six ADR Awards from fans voting on and Volumes three, four, and six won "Best Dub of the Month" and Allison Sumrall (Kagura), Kira Vincent-Davis (Osaka) and Christine Auten (Sakaki) won individual "Best Actress of the Month" awards.[citation needed] Four of the girls were included in Newtype Magazine's top 100 anime heroines of 2002: Osaka was awarded 7th, Chiyo 11th, Sakaki 21st, and Yomi 78th. Together they made Azumanga Daioh the second most popular series of 2002 for female characters.[86]


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Azumanga Daioh (2002) (Japanese: あずまんが大王) is a Japanese anime series about the passage of a group of girls through a prestigious Japanese high school.


Season 1

Miss Yukari [1.1]

Yukari: Damn you, [bicycle] chain. I'll show you one day.

Yukari: Hey, I said you could ask anything, but my measurements are top secret! Not that I'm ashamed, of course. In fact, I dare say they're pretty spectacular. Oh, you impetuous boy! Look what you made me say on the first day!
Male Student: What I meant is that your class is next door. This is Class 4. [Yukari slithers away]

Chiyo: I like that in high school we get to bring our own lunches. But it's hard getting up early to make it.
Kaorin and Female Student: She makes it herself?
[Chiyo opens her bento box.]
Kaorin and Female Student: And it looks delicious!
Kaorin: What is she? Miss Perfect? Superwoman?

Female Student: Miss Sakaki is really cool, isn't she!
Kaorin: Yeah, she's way better than any of the boys in our class!
[Kaorin catches a glimpse of Sakaki's panties and the kitty on the back]
Female Student: Kaorin?
Kaorin: I just saw something cute...

Tomo: Hold on! Sakaki, your boobs are 8cm bigger than mine, so step back 8cm!
Kaorin: Hey! That's cheating!
Yomi: Eight centimeters...

Osaka's Day [1.2]

[Something seems to have caught Osaka's attention and she follows it around the classroom]
Kaorin: Hey, wat'cha doing?
Osaka: You know those tiny bubbles inside your eyes you sometimes catch?
[Kaorin sits patiently waiting for the answer]
Osaka: Yea I'm trackin' them down as we speak.

Tomo: Sensei.
Yukari: What? What's wrong?
Tomo: I smashed that cockroach just now with my textbook.
[Tomo's holds up her textbook which shows the smashed cockroach and walks closer to Yukari]
Tomo: What should I do?
[Yukari screams out of disgust]
Yukari: Get away from me! GET AWAY! [She continues to scream]

Nyamo [1.3]

Yukari: BASKETBALL! Now is the basketball era! Come sweat with your teacher and live out your youth to its fullest potential!

Yukari: We're Team Yukari!
Tomo & Yomi: [unenthusiastically] Yay.
Osaka: We're Team Sea Slug!
Chiyo & Kaorin: What?!
Chiyo: Osaka?
Kaorin: But sea slugs are so... [pause]
Osaka: Go Team Sea Slug!
Chiyo & Kaorin: [even less enthusiastically] Yay.

Pool, Pool, Pool [1.4]

Tomo: Kimura-sensei, why did you become a teacher?

Mr. Kimura: Several of the water pipes that run through my house have been leaking quite a bit lately.
Nyamo: Oh?
Mr. Kimura: The rubber backing has probably grown very brittle and dried out. It tends to do that when it gets old you know.
Nyamo: Sure, I Guess so.
[long pause]
Mr. Kimura: Have you grown brittle and dry...?

Tomo: Uh huh! Yomi's crazy flexible 'cause her body's made of almost nothing but fat!
[Yomi hits Tomo over the back of the head]
Yomi: Quit being so damn RUDE!
[Tomo runs away, chased by Yomi]
Tomo: Flabby! Hey, it jiggled!
Tomo: Ooow...
Nyamo: You two, quit messing around!

Summer Break [1.5]

Tomo: That's right! We're stylin' and profilin'!
Osaka: But don't you have boyfriends to show off your style to?
[Tomo heaves a heavy sigh]

Nyamo: So, I'll take three and Yukari will take two.
Chiyo: Um... since Yukari-sensei's car looks a bit more spacious, why not put three people over there?
Nyamo: Isn't it better for fewer people to die? [The girls gasp.]

[After they arrive at Chiyo's sumer home]
Yukari: We're here!
[Yomi opens the door of the Yukari-mobile]
Yomi: We were watching.
[Osaka and Chiyo are trembling, visibly traumatized]
Osaka: We're not afraid of rollercoasters anymore...after know...

Tomo: So, it's Nyamo's turn. Share some of your vast array of adult experiences.
Nyamo: [very uncomfortable] Well, I'm single too, so i really don't have any of those stories.
Tomo: Darn.
Yukari: You weren't single last year. [Nyamo shakes a little]

Sports Fest [1.6]

Yukari: Listen up, everyone! I have one word that I want to say to all of you. And that word is... FIRST PLACE!

Chiyo and Osaka: [lined up for the three-legged race] Let's do it!
[starting gun fires; the girls fall over]
Chiyo: Let's take our time and count our steps, okay?
Osaka: Okay, nice and slow.
Chiyo and Osaka: One --! [they fall over again]

Culture Fest [1.7]

Girl: Oh, Ms. Kurosawa!
Nyamo: Tell me, how's it holding up?
Girl: Well the thing is...
Nyamo: Huh?
[cuts to Kagura and Mr. Kimura]
Mr. Kimura: What is going on here!
Kagura: Going on, what do you mean!
Mr. Kimura: This is inexcusable!
Nyamo: Something wrong?
Kagura: Yeah, this guy...
Mr. Kimura: Oh, Ms. Kurosawa, I'm so glad you're here!
Nyamo: Okay!
Mr. Kimura: Please talk some sense into your girls Ms. Kurosawa. I mean don't you find it rather odd? This is the swim team's booth and no one's in a swim suit!
Kagura & Nyamo: Uh...
Mr. Kimura: Ugh... okay, I'll let the swimsuits go.
Kagura: Yes sir!
Mr. Kimura: I think I'd like a glass of pool water!
Kagura: Sir?
Kagura: WHAT! We don't have any of that!
Mr. Kimura: [deep sigh]

New Year's Dream Special [1.8]

Osaka: Chiyo-chan, why are you flying?
Chiyo: I'm ten years old!

Sakaki: Excuse me, that thing we were talking about, where can I go to find a real cat?
Chiyo's dad: A real cat? [He starts to glow, turning blue, purple and red.] Are you saying then that I am a fake cat?
Sakaki: I'm sorry please forgive me.
[He stops glowing.]
Chiyo's dad: No, it is not that I am angry. I am not a fake. [He quickly glows red again and thrashes around in his chair] But do you mean to say that there are cats that are real AND ONES THAT ARE NOT?!
Sakaki: Are you sure you're not angry?

Miss Sakaki [1.9]

Osaka: Sakaki is absorbing something from you!
Chiyo: Sakaki, did you take my height?
Chiyo: You took it, right? You took it, right? You took it, right?...Give it back!

Second Year [1.10]


[Sakaki walks over to a black cat, trying to pet it]
Kagura: [leaping in front of Sakaki's face] STUPID FURBALL!!! [the cat runs away] [laughing] That was great!
[Sakaki slowly turns her head to face Kagura, her eyes hidden beneath her hair]

Kagura And Sakaki [1.11]

[after the two guess names of flowers by the sidewalk]
Kagura: Hey, Sakaki. That just now; was that a contest?
[Sakaki looks at Kagura as if to say "no"]

Chiyo's Day [1.12]

Chiyo: [narrating] Whenever I go to school, sometimes Sakaki joins me on my walks because she lives in the neighborhood.
[Sakaki looks around and sees a kitty, then she chases after it without Chiyo noticing]
Chiyo-chan: [Looks to where Sakaki was. Thinking to herself.] But sometimes she just dissappears all of a sudden and I don't know where she went. It's a mystery....

Exams [1.13]

Tomo: Hey, what are you guys acting so cool for?
Osaka and Kagura: Huh?
Tomo: Come on you two, say something back at her!
Osaka and Kagura: Huh? (Pointing to Tomo) Knucklehead.
Tomo: (Pronouncing with "s") Knuckleheads.
Osaka and Kagura: Oh. (To Yomi) Who you calling knucklehead?!

Entire Class: It's not here.
(camera cuts to Tomo, sitting wide-eyed; she drops her pencil)

The Ocean, Summer Kimonos, And A Party [1.14]

[After Chiyo and Sakaki help everyone put their kimonos on.]
Yukari: An adult being dressed by a child...
Nyamo: You don't know how to put one on either!
Tomo: I thought for sure you'd be able to, Nyamo.
Yukari: [to the group] Isn't strange that Ms. Kurosawa here, who can tie a man's necktie, cannot put on her own kimono?
Tomo: You can tie a necktie?!
Yukari: The story begins long ago, when Ms. Nyamo was madly in love. This she-beast here used to practice doing neckties using me as her guinea pig!
Nyamo: So what?!
Yukari: Unfortunately, they broke up before she could show off her new skill. So her next ambition was-
[Nyamo starts fighting with her before she can finish her sentence]

Osaka: When you think about it rationally, you don't really need turtles.

[After Sakaki wins the Nekokoneko.]
Kagura: Wow, you totally killed that Nekokoneko! You hunter! You crazy sniper, you!
Sakaki: [in tears] It's not dead... It's not dead...

[The Morning After the Night Before, Nyamo style]
Chiyo: That was interesting, but I'm a little confused. what did you mean by.... [the soundtrack goes silent as Chiyo mimes out certain very odd sexual references]
Nyamo: What? Chiyo, who told you about that?
Yukari:You did
[The other girls walk in, Sakaki blushes awkwardly, and the other three bow in deep respect.]
Tomo: Thank you very much, sensei!
Osaka: That was very informative.
Kagura: [worshipfully] I'm so proud of you, Coach.

Sports Fest, Second Year [1.15]

[The girls wonder who would marry a man like Kimura.]
Tomo: I bet if she married Kimura she has a really bad personality.
Yukari: On the contrary! I hear that Kimura's wife is so sweet and gentle that she is willing to put up with that!
Tomo: [awestruck] Is she some kind of angel?
[Tomo, Yumi, Yukari and Chiyo look up as the background turns white and watches Kimura's Wife fly around as an angel.]

Culture Fest, Second Year [1.16]

Osaka: There will be lots of cute cats and dogs in the Cafe... and they're all dead. [The other girls groan.]

Kagura: I'm Kagura! The fact that I'm 156 centimeters tall has nothing to do with the Culture Fest!
Sakaki: I'm, Sakaki... [The on-screen picture indicates that Sakaki is 174 cm tall, an unusual height for a Japanese girl]

Osaka's Scary Stories [1.17]

Yukari: Listen up! I'm tired of just being an English teacher, so today I'm teaching you kids Math!
Yomi: Math, huh?
[Yukari leafs through the Math textbook, can't find a lesson she understands, and screams.]
Yukari: We're doing P.E.! Everybody outside.

Yukari: We're playing soccer!
Yomi: Sure, but do you even know the rules.
Yukari: I'm Nakata! [a player on Japan's national team -- the dub uses American women's international Mia Hamm.]
Yomi: What?
Yukari: My position is Nakata!

Yukari: [ecstatic at having scored] GOAL! GOAL! GOOOOAL!
Yomi: Sensei, that was our goal.
Yukari: Actually, I'm a spy for the other team.
Yomi: Whatever.

Kagura: Hey, does Chiyo-chan...
Tomo: Huh?
Kagura: ...Still believe in Santa Claus?
Tomo: Well, should I ask her?
[Tomo Walks over to Chiyo]]
Tomo: Chiyo-Chan, are you one of those people that still believes in Santa Claus?

Chiyo: I know that Santa is my father.
Sakaki: Santa... is her father?
[Sakaki's imagination overwhelms her and we get to see the results.]
Chiyo-chichi: Merry Krismasu!
Chiyo: Yay! My father is Santa!
Chiyo-chichi: Yes. The government pays me to deliver presents to all the children in Japan!
Chiyo: Amazing!
Chiyo-chichi: And I can fly at Mach 100!
Chiyo: Amazing, amazing!

Kagura: Now, if we accept that Santa doesn't exist -- do reindeer exist?
Tomo: [after a bout of explosive laughter] This girl believes in reindeer! [Continues laughing, the other girls gasp.]
Yomi: Reindeer do exist.

Osaka: I think that when Christmas time comes...
Chiyo: Yes?
Osaka: There's a red-nosed reindeer. That's mean. "Your shining nose is useful in the fog..." The way he said it doesn't help at all. If you tell a bald man his head is useful in the dark, you'd get punched in the face. Santa Claus says such cruel things.
Chiyo: [Has no idea what Osaka is talking about.] Uh, yeah...

Koyomi's Ordeals [1.18]

(Tomo tells Yukari about Yomi eating all you can eat snow crab)
Yukari: In Hokkaido?! Snow Crab??!! ALL YOU CAN EAT???!!!
Tomo: (crying) It was all Yomi. All Yomi.
Yomi: (To Tomo) You actually got her...
(Yukari slaps Yomi with a notebook)

[Tomo stands in front of a vending machine and buys a milk-tea]
Tomo: (looking into the vending machine, which pours the tea with no cup) Oh, no! The cup! My-my milk tea!
(seconds later)
Yomi: (holding a cup of milk-tea) Hey, it came with two cups...
(Tomo looks on in shock, then bawls and runs around in circles)

One Spring Night [1.19]

Third Year [1.20]

Kagura: Chiyo-Chan's studying abroad! Amazing!
Tomo: Amazing!
Chiyo: No ... really ...
Tomo: Mm. She's gonna die.
Chiyo: Ahh!
Osaka: Mm. You know, 'cause your family's rich and you're so tiny. (she suddenly grabs Chiyo by the pigtails) And you're easy to catch!

School Trip [1.21]

Yukari: Our school trip is coming up next month. You look excited, Chiyo-chan.
[Chiyo giggles merrily]
Yukari: Actually, it's been canceled.

[Taking roll at the airport, Yukari style.]
Yukari: All right, is everybody here? If you're not here, raise your hand! Just kidding!
Tomo: I'm not here!
Yukari: But you are!

Tomo: [holding up a box of cookies]. Chinsuko.
[She holds the box in front of Yomi proudly.]
Tomo: It's chinsuko! it's chinsuko!
[Yomi blushes, annoyed. The way Tomo is saying it makes it sound like "penis" (Chinpoko)]

Osaka: [Pointing at a mounted Iriomote cat at a museum.] That must be what he'll look like when he grows up.
[Sakaki and Chiyo are impressed.]
Osaka: And then he'll look like that....
[Sakaki and Chiyo's expressions change to open-mouthed horror as Osaka points at a skeleton.]
Osaka: Nice and bony.

Entrance Exams Study Camp! [1.22]

(while running a red light)
Tomo: Hey! What are you stopping for?
Yukari and Tomo: (Tomo stretches her face and sticks out her tongue as Yukari motions as if honking her horn) Loser! Loser!
Kaorin: (pointing ahead with a horrified expression) IT'S RED!!!
(Yukari, Tomo, and Kaorin scream offscreen)
Osaka: Ooh. They're flyin'.

Tomo: (jumps in front of Kaorin's camera) Cheese!
(long pause)
Kaorin: (jumping off the deck) Dammit! Whoa. (screams offscreen)
Osaka: Whoa. She's flyin'.

Last Sports Fest in High School [1.23]

Yamamaya [1.24]

Osaka: The Frenchman Mr. Tadakichi and the Japanese Chiyo-chan coming to America. It'll be hard to tell who's the foreigner there.
Chiyo: Miss Osaka sure is interesting.

Tomo: Are you sure it's safe to leave that cat alone with Mr. Tadakichi? He might get eaten!
Chiyo: It's not a problem. Mr. Tadakachichi is much too big to --
Kagura: [reading a guidebook] Iriomote cats have been known to kill and eat wild boars.
Chiyo: [panicked by this sudden revelation] We've got to hurry!

Onwards, Entrance Exams! [1.25]

Osaka: What ya'll doin'?
Tomo: Just quizzing Chiyo-chan here. What kind of bird is always avoiding the police?
Osaka: A Rook. [in the japanese, it is a heron, which is a pun on the Japanese word for "fraud"]
[Tomo and Chiyo are both taken aback she got it so quickly]
Tomo: All right then -- who built Osaka Castle?
Osaka: The carpenter.
Tomo: If Nihongo is Japanese, what is Eigo?
Osaka: Still Japanese. [Eigo is the Japanese name of English]
Tomo: An eggplant, a watermelon and a radish are on a truck which takes a steep curve. What drops?
Osaka: The speed.
Tomo and Chiyo You're amazing!!
Osaka: Did I say something?

Graduation Ceremony [1.26]

[Kagura picks up a desk.]
Kagura: Would it be bad if I took one of the desks home?
Yukari: Yes, it would be bad.

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