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Humanity has declined over time, leading to shortages in goods and the beginning of a bizarre relationship between humans and whimsical, sweets-loving fairies. Certain mediators help bridge the gap between the two species, as the magical, surprisingly-technological fairies are known to create various items the townsfolk need, albeit at oft-questionable quality levels. One such mediator, along with her faithful silent assistant, adorable fairy Nakata and frenemies such as yaoi-loving Y, will navigate her eventful daily life, whether it's investigating a strange factory or trying to escape the pages of a comic book.
Sorata Kanda has a real problem - he just can't say no to the cute face of a kitten! However, his lovely strays have finally landed him in trouble, as his dorm doesn't allow keeping pets. Given an ultimatum to get rid of the cats or move out, Sorata makes the mistake of standing up for himself and finds himself exiled to Sakurasou, the home of misfits the school doesn't know what to do with. Yet the more he spends time there, Sorata sees they all have their own incredible talents. None, however, enthralls him more than the latest arrival: Mashiro Shiina, a world class artist who is seemingly incapable of feeding or clothing herself! Since none of the other residents have a shred of responsibility, the onus of 'Mashiro Duty' falls to Sorata; what will become of Sorata and his latest stray, and will he ever achieve his goal of escaping Sakurasou?
Both anime series tell the story of a group of energetic high school students and their teacher, showing their day-to-day misadventures and ending with a high school graduation. Sakurasou has more emotional drama and is more plot-heavy than Azumanga Daioh, but both are enjoyable high school comedies with unique, memorable characters.
In the middle of class at a certain school, Rumi Yokoi, a diligent student, has her in-class life turned upside-down when her next-door desk mate "Seki" (full name Toshinari Seki) begins to play by himself at his desk in class. Although Yokoi is irked by Seki's distracting yet intricate playtime, she finds herself being drawn into his interesting hobby. Never being able to focus, Yokoi observes Seki's stunning ways of slacking off in class.
Shuri Komori is a 14-year-old girl, who is so nice that she can not turn down people’s request. She gains amazing abilities while she fulfills people’s request. There are many fun & happy things in her life, since she is an adolescent middle school student after all!
Both are slice of life shows set in a very explicit school setting. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai is inevaitably a little bit more limited in its cast and features a male students as opposed to the full female cast of students in Azumanga Daioh. This means that Azumanga Daioh misses any kind of romance, which is a genre Komori-san hints to.
The main reason for this recommendation is the interactions with the main three female friends in Komori-san which is mostly similar in feel and depiction of the individual actors. While none of the characters are truly similar, they give enjoyable alternatives for the viewer to explore.
Aside from these similarities, in terms of difference: caution for the difference in episode length and the somewhat more ecchi undertones in Komori-san
Gyaruko, Otako and Ojou are a trio of unlikely friends in high school with three very different perspectives. Each episode embarks on a day in the life of a trendy girl, an otaku, and a lady, as they discuss their “girl problems.”
If you like one, you'll LOVE the other! Both series are very "slice-of-life"-esque, focusing primarily on a group of high school girls. Quirky, cute, funny, and sometimes a little bit akward describe both Gyaruko and Azumanga Daioh to a t!