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Azumanga Daioh

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Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!

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Azumanga Daioh - The Very Short Movie Movie 2001 Side Story
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Azumanga Daioh 1999 Original Manga
Azumanga Daioh: Hoshuuhen 2009 TBD
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Yasuhisa KATO Character Design
Hiroshi NISHIKIORI Director
Masaki KURIHARA Music
Kiyohiko AZUMA Original Manga Creator

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Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...

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While Azumanga and Ouran definitely have varying types of humor (Azumanga is waaaay more spastic and random), I think if you liked one, you'd like the other. Call it a hunch if you will -- just try it out!


Ouran and Azumanga share the same quirky sense of humor and adorable qualities of its characters. Botha re very funny in a lax way and will entertain anyone in my honest opinion.


Both animes give you a slice of life from the view of high school students with comedy as a main factor in each show. If you enjoy one of them you will enjoy the other.


Both series revolve around a wacky bunch of high school sudents that may seem odd at first (well, maybe they are) but in the end, you'll love every single one of them. These series make excellent use of a cast of common anime stereotypes to create humorous situations, but in the end you'll learn that even these characters have depth.

Slice of life and random humor aplenty, both Ouran and Azumanga Daoi will keep you entertained to the end.


If your looking for a Comedy/Slice of Life anime that is full of a memorable cast and quirky characters your in the right place. These high school Comedy animes are both episodic, so picking up any episode with friends will be sure to bring out great fun.


Ouran High School Host Club got me thinking of Azumangah Daioh because of the irony and the characters' personalities. There are the quiet and deep characters, the impulsive and joyfully ones, the intelligent and sensible ones etc. The humor is obvious and hilarious. The difference between the two however is that Ouran High School tries to carry a story which gives it a somewhat serious touch.


Both share a slight randomness as well as humour evoked from stark contrasts in characters.  Azumanga Daioh is far more plotless, but both provide brilliant standalone episodes and timeless comedy.


While Azumanga is definitely the most random of the two, both shows have a wacky and random sense of humor. They are both about the life of a group of students and how they get into crazy situations, or turn completely normal ones into something bizarre. If you liked the one, you will surely like the other.


Both of these animes are extremely funny in a wacky sort of way. If you liked one, you're bound to like the other


They're both about interesting characters at a school environment, and they are both very random shows.


Looking for some hilarious high school antics? A rich kid with a giant dog? A stoic tall-person that loves cute things? A duo of pranksters? And the straight-man that doesn't quite fit into the quirky group? Look no further than these two animes!


Azumanga Daioh and Ouran High School Host Club are alot alike. Both Azumanga Daioh and Ouran High School Host Club share a plot in high school and revolve around high school students. Not only do they relate in that sense but they also relate in their humor and randomisity. Both animations take what seems to be every day events and twist them into comedic events. Azumanga Daioh and Ouran High School Host Club also both have good animation and good character development.

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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?

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Both are pure high school comedies that had me laughing out loud. The big difference is in the type of comedy: Azumanga is innocent and lighthearted, while Zetsubou is dark and twisted.


Both Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Azumanga Daioh are great comedy series, dealing with all kinds of school girl stereotypes and crazy teachers.


Azumanga Daioh and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei focus on the interaction between crazy teachers and zany students. Both are rather random and do not adhere to a strict plot, relaying on continous gags instead of storytelling. Azumanga Daioh is less insane, though, and its parodies can be enjoyed by all ages while Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei offers a kind of dark humour and a stock full of pop culture references that are aimed at an older audience.


At first look you may think these two nothing in common but both are very funny and and give you and slice of life, in very different ways.


The majority of the cast in both, Azumanga Daioh and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, are high-school girls and they do seam to be somewhat similar in both shows. Some girls from one show have a counterpart in the other, but those anime give a different feel, probably because ZSZ is much more hardcore. To put it simply, ZSZ contains some disturbing echii (from time to time) and a greate number of referenc jokes, while AD limits itself to randomness. Still if you liked one of those shows you may try watching the other (just keep in mind that it will be different).


Azumanga Daioh and  Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are both comedies that feature a main cast of high school girls dealing with school. The types of comedy in these two titles vary while Azumanga Daioh is more of randomness, with spacey characters, more rooted to reality and is a lot more slice of life than the other title, which is has more dark humor with a lot of pop culture jokes and a whole lot of crazy. Also  Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei gives a lot more focus to the teacher than Azumanga. Both titles are funny so if you haven't had enough of wild high school humor then check out either of these titles.


The characters in both anime are vibrant, well developed across the course of the series, and forever getting into hilarious situations, which kept me glued to the screen for hours at a time... These two series are arguably leaders in their genre.

While Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei is quite a bit darker than Azumanga Daioh, I think it's safe to say that if you enjoyed one, you'll get a lot out of the other too.


Both of these anime are high school sketch/gag comedy series which are presented in short 2 or 3 per episode segments.  Both feature a primarily female cast of high school students which are very similar to each other.  Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei features a darker sense of comedy than the light-hearted Azumanga, but both use the same style and delivery methods to get the jokes across.

It can also be said that SZS (Sayonara) heavily borrows from it's predecessor (Azumanga); featuring almost identical personalities and characters and even sharing some jokes.


These series, apart from focusing around an unusual group of people in highschool, have a very similar presentation of comedy and several very similar characters. If you liked the short and offbeat humor of one series, you'll probably like it in the other.


Both of those Anime have similiar sense of humor and  main character. Both gave us fun an very high level. There are both light and you can watch them any time. So go ahead and start watching.


Both anime are wacky school life comedies that have memorable, distinct, exaggerated characters. The classes are put into normal and unusual situations, and their reactions to them are priceless. These are part of a small class of anime that have the ability to juggle many characters while keeping them all distinct and interesting.


Both of these animes involve a bunch of school girls whom all have some extreme personality traits. Combine that with a rather neurotic teacher, and you have wacky, hilarious animes. While Zetsubou Sensei has a bit darker humor than Azumanga, they are really quite similar. 



Meet the Minami sisters, three girls living on their own and doing their best to make it through life's little snags and adventures. Kana, the middle sister, has far more energy than common sense; Chiaki, the youngest, is more reserved, but her sharp tongue and devious mind often cause trouble for others; and Haruka, the eldest, acts like a mother to the other two, is beautiful and kind, but has a fearsome stern streak. Together, no obstacle can stand in their way, be it school, romance, or even cooking.

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Minami-ke is about three quirky sisters, their lives at home and school, and their friends. Like Azumanga Daioh, the humour is random, the series easy-going, the plot about every-day happenings: things we can all relate to. And it's brilliant. It's an anime that derives fun from the most normal of settings, and is based on girls with well developed personalities.

I can safely say: if you enjoyed Azumanga Daioh, give Minami-ke a chance.


If you like Azumanga then I'm willing to bet you'd also find Minami-ke funny. They both have the same kind of short, punchy jokes laced with sarcasm.

Though the situations in Minami-ke are entirely different from Azumanga, the characters are similar and so is the important part, the humor. While watching this I kept thinking of Azumanga. Something about the pacing and characters. One, in particular seems like a marriage of Osaka and Tomo.

Go check it out.


Both Azumanga Daioh and Minami-ke flaunt humorous, entirely character-centered storylines based upon randomality. While presented in differing settings, each share the same premise of mindless, light-hearted comedy, and thus the liking of one would equate the liking of the other. If you're looking to turn your brain off for a few hours and laugh, Azumanga and Minami are great compliments to one another.


They both are shows about regular daily life.

They both have a wide range of character where every character differs from the next one.

They both also have similiar quirky and low-meld sense of humor.


Azumanga Diaoh and Minami-ke are very similar in the sense that the whole story (in both animes) revolves around the everyday lives of the characters and teh zany situations that they get themselves into. Lots of fun to be had in both these animes :D


Azumanga and Minami-ke are both slice of life comedies with a female central cast. In both of these series (as is the case in nearly all comedies in this genre) the characters drive episodic type (mini) plots. Both series have quite the diverse cast of characters, each of which you get to know well. Azumanga has a larger central character list, while Minami-ke primarily features a 3 girl family. Nontheless you will love the Minami girls if you loved the girls from Azumanga and vice-versa. If you liked either of these series, you will definitely like the other.


They are both totally random and hilarious.  They both parody SoL anime without going all the way out of reality. Both are highly re-watchable and just plain enjoyable.  Plot need not apply.


While Minami-ke is a lot "calmer" than Azumanga (which is stating the obvious, almost every nonspastic show is), both shows are excellent at scoring laughs and grins. Both shows excel in their cast of characters, each one having a distinct personality and fulfilling a specific role. If you liked one of these, and are looking for something similar, but more spastic or calmer, check this one out.


Both of those Anime have similiar sense of humor and  main character. Both gave us fun an very high level. There are both light and you can watch them any time. So go ahead and start watching.


Is the same random nonsense humor, it WILL make you laugh in almost every episode while enjoying the daily life routine of the characters.

If you liked one, you will like the other too.

Paniponi Dash!

Paniponi Dash!

She’s smart, talented, and the newest teacher at Momotsuki Academy; but she’s also… 11 years old?! Named Becky Miyamoto, this pint-sized MIT prodigy wants nothing more than to be a respectable educator, but all her students do is treat her like an adorable child! With space aliens, a class full of stereotypes (and one girl who is normal!), and a quick temper standing in her way, Becky will try her best to shape the eager young minds of tomorrow before she hits puberty!

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If you liked either Azumanga Daioh or Pani Poni Dash, you might like the other. They both find themselves in new places every episode, and Pani Poni Dash particularly brings in content from all manner of places -- Pay attention, or you might miss something hilarious!

High school, teenagers, a 10 or 11-year-old who is very smart; Azumanga Daioh is about a group of girls attending high school and the activities of their daily lives, while PPD is about the daily life of young Becky's class. Although PPD has a lot of... abnormal occurences, it's still a great comedy just like Azumanga.


Complete and utter nonsense in your "average" high school day is all I have to say. Both skip around a bunch of high school girls (and sometimes the occassional guy) and their crazy antics with plenty of cameos and otaku references abound.


The two series shares a lot of elements, like the inclusion of a 'child prodigy' and a gallery of stereotypical characters. Both of them also include strange occurences especially in regards to some of the minor sidecharacters/animals.


Slice of life to the max!!! Warning both contain massive lols. Both are set in a highschool and they follow the daily lifes of the various highschool girls who are our lead roles. I'f you want a memorable laugh or just an amazing all around slice o life comedy anime check it out nay? O_O Oh! Neko-chan has entered my roomsuu. :3 Nyaaa she goes. Hee hee hee. *scratch*


Both of these animes focus on the lives of young girls in school and both feature a girl who has far greater than average intellegence and as such were allowed to skip ahead in life.

In paniponi dash! this prodgedy Rebecca Miyamoto is already qualafied to teach at age 11 but finds it hard to maintain order in the classroom as the students in her class treat her like a child even thaugh she is so intellegent.

While in Azumangah daioh the prodgidy is Chio mihama who is 10 years old and has been put in highschool for her exceptional intellegence but because she looks so small and cute and is so naive she is treat diffrently by all the other students.

Both of the animes have extremely good characters besides the main character who share similar traits such as a loving for animals or being incredibly stupid in Paniponi dash! there are both male and female students with a story behind them and the characters are alot less realistic while in Azumanga daioh there are only female students and it is alot more realistic.


Total randomness is on the menu when speaking of Azumanga Daioh and Paniponi Dash! Both of these titles feature a group of erm.. quite special characters, and the events of the shows are centered around school. Guaranteed fun for friends of comedy!


If you liked eith Azumanga Daioh or Paniponi Dash!, you'll love the other one because both feature the same kind of humor, ranging from pop culture referrences to absurd, non-sensical comments that often leave you dying of laughter.  Also, they both rely heavily on the stereotypes of the characters eastblished early on in the show.  They type of characters used in each show is similar, yet each show is different enough to not be spin-offs of the other.


These lighthearted anime both involve the crazy antics of a group of high school girls with very different personalities (a handful of guys but not many). They're both light, simple comedies and a major part in both is how a 10yr-old acclamates to a high school setting, and many jokes are based off that concept in both anime. Paniponi however is a bit more mature than Azumanga and in my opinion is FAR funnier. The main difference is that the comedy in Paniponi is more random and bizarre more frequently than Azumanga but fans of one will most likely enjoy the other as well.


If you like the schoo girl animes with crazy escapades then you'll like this one as well! The real big difference between the two is the roles the child prodigy play in both show. Other than that, both are as equally funny and filled with girl power.

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Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.

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Fruits Basket and Azumanga Daioh both share a equally as hilarious type of randomness which will make you laugh. Fruits Basket definitely is a bit more sentimental and serious at times, but both easily are high up on my "funniest anime" list, and I think you'd enjoy it.
Fruits Basket and Azumanga Daioh are sweet and cute series, even though their atmosphere and plot do differ quite much. (As Azumanda Daioh doesn't even have a plot, really.) Still, they both are the kind of soft anime that leave you feeling good and warm afterwards.

Azumanga and Fruits Basket are both light hearted and fun. Also they are both ok for kids to watch.


Although Azumanga Daioh and Fruits Basket both have totally different stories, and the characters aren't very similar, overall they both have the same sense of character development that will create an attachment to the characters, that will leave you either in tears by the end or begging for more.


Both Azumanga Daioh and Fruits Basket are about school and have fantastic comedy elements. There's the right dose of cuteness and humour, along with some drama and a decent story line that doesn't have massive plot holes. There are a few hyper characters but the series are generally good for laughs and are an excellent pick-me-up if you are feeling slightly blue.


Both series involve plots based around school andhave amazingly funny laugh out loud comedy moments. If you enjoy very strong characters both series' are brilliant.


Both of these anime's deliver a heartwarming feeling as you get to know all of the characters. The main characters Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket) and Chiyo Mihama (Azumanga) are sweet girls who feel a bit out of place. They both interact with the people around them to ty to find their place in the world.


Both are very comedic, and are extremely light-hearted. Azumanga Daioh has no element of romance and only has a few serious moments, while Furuba is about half-seriousness, half-hilarity. However, the airheaded-ness of Osaka is just like Tohru's, and they're very similar characters. Furuba has a few episodes that are just them hanging around high school, and parts of those have a very similar feel to Azumanga Daioh.


If you want an anime where the main character is a bit of a ditz, and she's surrounded by a cast of unique and hilarious individuals, these two animes are perfect for you. While Fruits Basket has a bit more drama than Azumanga, they are very funny animes that follow the lives of some rather special high school students. 

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