If you’re looking for a fairly painless introduction to the huge and sometimes terrifying world of anime and manga, may I suggest the obnoxiously delightful Azumanga Daioh?
The story focuses on the day-to-day lives of the six schoolgirls pictured above, a group purposefully designed for maximum comedic effect: child prodigy, slacker, reluctant athlete, idiot, exchange student, and lone voice of reason.
Of course we have some teachers – there’s a hyperactive English teacher who’s a horrible driver, her friend the (mostly) normal gym teacher, and a stereotypical male teacher who’s obsessed with girls in gym shorts. But it’s all in good fun.
And what does this cast of characters do? Nothing, really. Nothing terribly exciting, at least. They go to school. They study. They take vacations together. They compete in sports festivals (while wearing the previously mentioned gym shorts). But somehow, it never gets boring.
The anime series consists of six DVDs, all housed here in the Main library for your viewing pleasure. Or if you prefer to read (as I usually do) we also have all four volumes of the manga. Enjoy!
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