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Azumanga Daioh: V.2 Festivals! (ep.6-9)

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5.0 out of 5 stars And still going strong July 8 2004
Volume 2 of Azumanga Daioh continues the incredibly random and sometimes bizarre humor that started off in volume 1. This volume contains the most surreal episode yet--because it all takes place within the New Year's dreams of the characters. On this volume, we also get to meet Chiyo's "dad," cute but kinda scary and largely an invention of Miss Sakaki's imagination; he popped up a couple of times on volume 1 and in the opening credits.
Also included with the disc (besides the reversible cover, which I, personally, think is pretty nifty), is, like with disc 1, a booklet explaining many of the cultural references. I'd suggest following along in the booklet as you watch so you don't get too confused (though don't even bother with much of the dream episode; it's meant to be bizarre).
If the offbeat humor of volume 1 was lost on you, then you won't enjoy this disc at all. However, if, like me, it made you laugh out loud, then this volume is a must-have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a fine show but on as good as the first June 26 2004
This volume really adds on a heavy side of the bizarre. In the translation notes one of the creators talks about the end of the last episode being "rolling on the floor funny". While there is rolling on the floor done...it's not funny at all...it's just really disturbing and surreal. And kinda sad at the same time. I think ADV while doing well for most companies really kills a lot of the jokes in this series compared with some of the fan-subs I've seen. I really hope they do better with the rest of the series than they did with the manga...or else...fuggettaboutit...
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars yo! June 12 2004
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dis is a damn great dvd buy it or else
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5.0 out of 5 stars A festival of fun, so come one, come all! Dec 26 2004
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
The fun continues with the new semester, which opened in the last moments of episode 5. Here, the usual gang of girls compete in the Sports Festival. The various homeroom classes compete and the zealously competitive teacher Yukari Tanizaki tells her students to give no quarter to Class 5, a.k.a. the class of Minamo "Nyamo" Kurosawa, the PE teacher. The tall gallant Sakaki is a superior and excellent athlete here, and shows gallantry to teeny-tiny Chiyo-chan, who's worried and feels guilty that her lack of athleticism will drag everyone down. Sakaki places a reassuring hand on Chiyo, saying, "Don't worry. Leave it to me." Although Sakaki wins a few events, Chiyo and Osaka fail miserably and funnily in the three-legged race, never even leaving the starting line as they repeatedly fall down in unison.

Yukari's competitiveness and overzealousness can be demonstrated when she brags to Nyamo that she has Sakaki on her team, but flies into a rage when she discovers Nyamo has the equally athletic Kagura and even tries to sabotage Nyamo's star player by offering Kagura an adzuki bean-filled bread roll. I presumed it was spiked or is filling enough to slow athletes. The final relay featuring Sakaki and Kagura is nail-biting excitement. In the end, Nyamo comes off as the better teacher, as she thinks trying one's best is better than winning.

During the folkdance following the sports fest, Kaorin gets to dance with Sakaki, who is put on the boy's side to even things out. Kaorin is in sheer heaven here, with colourful backgrounds, a field of flowers, a ringing temple bell, and her blissed-out voice ringing out wishing she could hold hands with Sakaki forever. That sensation is drowned out with her next dancing partner, the pervy Mr. Kimura who's a cackling goon here.

The Culture Festival, where the classes stage projects to raise money and even participate is a fine example of innovation and teamwork. Chiyo-chan is the class representative and thanks to an idea given anonymously (though there is a visual cue to Sakaki), the class hold a stuffed animal festival. The ever-energetic Tomo gets into the spirit of things by running around in a life-sized cat suit, spreading cuteness everywhere, and scaring Ms. Kurosawa and Yomi. The cat badges and stick-on teddy bear ears are cute, even on Sakaki. There's a bizarre but funny moment when Osaka gives two stuffed animals these names, Tsutenkaku, a tower that's a landmark of her eponymous hometown, and Hanshin, the name of a railway company, which totally befuddles a customer. However, the swim team's café is beset by Mr. Kimura, who thinks the swim team should be serving beverages in their swimsuits. Failing to get that concession, his request for a glass of pool water that the girls had been swimming in grosses out Kagura and sends her coach, Ms. Kurosawa, into a dead faint. This story introduces Mr. Tadakichi, Chiyo-chan's pet Great Pyrenees dog; petting or merely sitting beside him fills Sakaki with such happiness.

The Hatsuyume or New Years' Dreams episode, reveals a lot about some of the characters. Tomo-chan beating Chiyo-chan in grades and Sakaki in sports, as well as being a superhero, shows how much she loves being the center of attention, but also her desire to be better. Osaka's dream is the loopiest, taking the step of Chiyo-chan's detachable pigtails further in that they flap like wings, enabling Chiyo to fly! It's in Sakaki's dream, where she yearns to have a cat, that the weird orange-looking cat that's one of the series' mascots, has some lines. The shots of Sakaki with the levitating orange cat, whom she gets to spend time with, show her in bliss, walking with it through the fields, sitting with it, and she's visibly shocked when the cat bids her farewell. The question facing her is where and how can she get a real cat? And Sakaki herself is shown as a noble prince/rescuer in the dream of her #1 admirer, Kaorin.

Episode 9 is devoted to Sakaki's quest to pet a cat or find an adequate substitute, is covered. Her crying at the happy ending of a kid's movie, where a little girl is reunited with her lost kitten, shows her sensitive side. Fortunately, no cats bite her here-they merely run away. A scene where she pats a mechanical kitten and it breaks down is funny. The usual gang minus Kaorin and Chihiro are invited to Chiyo's 11th birthday party, where they give her gifts. Osaka's present, a stuffed animal, totally freaks out Sakaki, as it's someone she met in her Hatsuyume. Hint-it's orange. The finale has them admiring a beautiful sunset, and Sakaki finds herself swept into it, imagining them running, rolling around, and laughing together in the clouds. What a way to end the story, thanks to the vision of a true romantic, Sakaki!

The bonus includes art studies of Osaka, the male student Ohyama, Mr. Tadakichi, Kamineko, the biting cat, and the orange Azumanga cat.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's festival time in the world of Azumanga! June 4 2013
By Mena P. - Published on Amazon.com
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Summer vaction is over, and that means two things for our favorite schoolgirls; longer sleeves, and festivals! This is the perfect time for Minamo and Yukari's rivalry to get switched into high gear as their classes are pitted against each other in a winner-take-all sports fest! Also featured is the culture festival, where we get a look at Sakaki's sewing "skills". This volume also features the girls' New Year's dreams, which of course introduce to beloved yet odd character Chiyo-Chichi! As a bonus, the animators gave Kaorin her own anime exclusive dream.

This disc includes four episodes, which are of course done in the same style as the manga chapters. Each episode is composed of smaller, sub episodes that all connect. This one includes:

"Sports Fest"
- Equation For Victory/Sakaki of Class 3, Kagura of Class 5/Runaway Victory/Yay/Dancing the Grand Finale

"Culture Fest"
- Fairyland Class/Man of Character/Go With Enthusiasm!/The Mascot/Enemy?

"New Year's Dream Special"
- Osaka's New Year's Dream/In Tomo-chan's Case/In Sakaki's Case/Welcome/In Kaorin's Case

"Miss Sakaki"
- If I Can't Pet One.../11 Years Old/Mr. Kitty Cat.../Premise/Why?

And thus concludes the girls' first year of high school! The DVD booklet contains a bio on Osaka; official art for Osaka, Mr. Tadakichi, and a male student named Ohyama; staff comments on episodes; and translator's notes for each episode. I am so very in love with this easy going, light hearted anime, and can only hope you will be too!
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Translation Guide March 22 2013
By gmcomp - Published on Amazon.com
These individual discs come with translation notes, which are very insightful. The white 5-disc "slim case" set does not.

Excellent series, one of my favorites of all time. : )
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nov. 23 2011
By Aleutia - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Azumanga Daioh, Very cute & fun series! If you like anime, you should definitely buy this item! I recommend reading the manga as well! Another Manga similar to it is "Yotsuba&!"
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Azumanga Daioh! DVD 2 by Mew Kiki July 7 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This anime is hilarios! Although I have to say that the first

DVD was funnier, but it was still VERY funny! -Mew Kiki
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