Sunday, May 16, 2010

Azumanga Daioh: The Manga 1 created by Kiyohiko Azuma

Title: Azumanga Daioh: The Manga vol. 1
Author: Kiyohiko Azuma (creator)
Illustrator: N/A
Publisher: ADV Manga
Copyright: 2000
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 1-41-390000-3
Summary: In this work, a collection of comic strips tell the story of high school and the difficulties of being a student or a teacher. A wide array of characters enter the scene, each a stereotype, but with a deeper, hidden side that fleshes them out. Some characters include a male teacher who is only a teacher because of the high school girls, and a tall, cool student named Sakaki, who just wishes for a cute cuddly friend of her own.
Thoughts: This title came to me as a recommendation from a friend and is one of those titles that is a must read for manga fans. The format of this book is similar to Garfield with 4 panel “strips” instead of a story book. While they are separated, the strips do seem to have a coherent plot line and build upon each other. The characters in the book are hilariously stereotyped, but with a different side the reader sees. It is a laugh out loud, humorous book and cornerstone piece for manga collections.
Will Teens Like It? Probably, but this might be a little more adult in nature. There is teacher drama, student drama, and relatable situations.
Things to be aware of: sexual humor, drinking
Source: Library copy.

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