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760620aa No.1[Reply]

After the sudden closure of wakachan.org, I have volunteered to continue hosting the /azu/ board.

This board is running on vichan https://github.com/vichan-devel/vichan/, a fork of Tinyboard, itself a popular PHP-based replacement to aging imageboard software such as Wakaba. Tinyboard+vichan offers a host of usability features that Wakaba does not. Because no code is shared between these projects, it is not possible to import the old posts. However, I believe the advantages offered by vichan are an acceptable trade-off.

I am in contact with the former administration of wakachan.org to retrieve a backup of /azu/ from before its closure. Pending transfer of the old site data, I will attempt to create a read-only mirror archive of the old site and reinstate the random header images.

As a reminder, this is a work-safe board.

This post will be updated with further information as requested.
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8de0fc0f No.2435

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With apologies for the bump, but…

also: hi, everyone.

8de0fc0f No.2436

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d35fb81c No.2437

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I never saw those before. Damn, how I loved the A-Team when I was little.
But recently I tried to watch it again and all my nostalgias got bruises and cuts.
Still, clever pics. Love the あ-Team part.
Unlike the A-Team, I can watch/read Azumanga even after all these years and it's still great. Kagura being Baracus is specially nice because gives new context to this.

c9e3c206 No.3141

I miss you guys ;_;

f707c518 No.3145

It's over.

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f3bc29a8 No.3075[Reply]


Doing the Inspirobot text last time was fun, so I'm going to do that again.
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4696cf40 No.3138

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This makes me think of that old 4chan meme where people would progressively zoom in on an image.

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e63557e1 No.3143

Looks like a penguin to me. Like a bit of a fucked up penguin.

5764eb4d No.3144

Fuuka is so kind and pure. Maybe she is actually a Buddha.

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26ce5cb2 No.3115[Reply]

I got to thinking about Azumanga Daioh tonight, and I realized it's made a bigger impression on me than I realized.

It was my first exposure to Japan outside of the things everyone knows, like Godzilla, Pokemon, and sushi. It's what inspired me to start learning Japanese, and to learn more about Japanese culture.

I've seen several anime over the years, but none of them have stuck with me like Azumanga Daioh has.

And then I got to thinking about Yotsuba&!. When it first started, people on this board tended to regard it as a pale predecessor to Azumanga Daioh. People liked it, but thought it didn't stand up to the previous series.

I was thinking to myself that I don't think that's the case anymore. I think Yotsuba&! surpassed Azumanga Daioh years ago and I never even realized it.
In it you can find all the same themes and storytelling and humor that you get in Azumanga Daioh, but there's so much more opportunity for storytelling. Azumanga was limited in scope because of its main characters being in high school, but Yotsuba&! could theoretically go on for ever at the rate time progresses.

Does anyone else feel like Yotsuba&! has surpassed Azumanga?
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f68d72a6 No.3126


I once heard someone opine that people were angry about Lucky Star because they wanted Haruhi season two instead. I guess they shared a studio or director or something (I'm not up on the behind the scenes parts of the industry). In any case, that was offered as a reason that people who didn't like it were so vocal instead of just ignoring it.

As for me, I watched the first episode and it didn't really grab me. Maybe it was the pacing? It felt like taking five minutes of Azumanga Daioh and spreading it out to make a whole episode. Maybe I'll give it another try someday.

7cb3ed14 No.3130

Yeah, Lucky Star and Haruhi were both Kyoto Animation, although I don't remember whether they shared a director or not.

I forgot that season 1 of Haruhi had just come out the year before, so I can see why it might have ticked people off to get a moe anime instead of more Haruhi.

I like Lucky Star in the same way I like Nichijou. It's a little more grounded compared to Nichijou, but it has a similar kind of tone that I enjoy (and I like the art style).

50090892 No.3131

Imagine- if Yotsubato& finally got an anime, but you had to choose only one of 3 directors:
1. Gen Urobuchi
2. Hiddeaki Anno
3. Mamoru Oshii

f1cec44f No.3139

Coincidentally, I've been reading Nichijou lately for the first time, and "not grounded" is an understatement.

Since this is a "compare to Azumanga" thread: The characters don't really line up, but the tone of Nichijou seems like what would happen if a twenty-something Tomo got drunk and started telling stories of her high school experiences.

f1cec44f No.3140

Back to Azumanga vs. Yotsuba&, I agree that the latter might achieve a better balance of humor and heart, but I do sometimes wish Yotsuba& had more of an ensemble focus. It's a defensible choice to keep the focus on Yotsuba, but I just love so many of the supporting characters, so I wish we could see more from them.

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4420c824 No.2736[Reply]

We're past due for a new Azuma tweets thread.
The last one stopped bumping, and I've fallen behind on translating Azuma's tweets since he went quiet for such a long time.
Previous thread at >>146

Here's this year's Wonder Festival art.
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342ca9a8 No.3073

Great! How long is it this time?

ebd539bf No.3074

22 pages, continuing the chapter from the last issue.

ebd539bf No.3106

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In honor of The Yotsuba& Manuscript Exhibit in Nagoya, here's a third thing about manuscripts. Our manuscripts occasionally contain shorthand codes in the margins. One of the most common is "SK." This means "Replacement" (sashi kae). It indicates something I wasn't satisfied with that I'm going to replace later. Writing these codes makes me feel almost like a professional, and they look cool, so that's why I started using them. When I looked at the manuscripts for the exhibit, I found some codes even I don't know the meaning of.
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ebd539bf No.3132

It looks like they overhauled the Dengeki Daioh website.

This month:
IM - No
Yotsuba - No

source: https://dengekidaioh.jp/blog/entry-10212.html

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ccad1a14 No.3128[Reply]

Yotsuba monthly calendars have returned after like 5 years

06965989 No.3129

Well shit, if this is official merchandise I might buy two.

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fd178460 No.3109[Reply]

How often does Yotsubato& come out? How frequently are chapters released? Do you know when the next chapter will come out? Thanks.
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1b801637 No.3112

Forgot to mention- not every issue of the magazine contains Yotsuba&. The series to be included are announced ahead of time earlier in the month.

c2de9458 No.3113

Also, at the last page of each chapter, it says when is the next chapter going to be published.
We learned not to pay attention to it because most of the time it's plainly wrong.

2f48582e No.3123

I was unaware that it was published in a monthly magazine, but seeing how yeah that fits the trend of the way they release other things it seems to fit.

Ha. That's too bad really. Seems like I casually read though a few chapters a day for month what took over 10 years to make. I thought mangaka worked like crazy?

6e2259ac No.3124

Some artists take longer than others. There's weekly and monthly manga publications & Azuma Kiyohiko works for the latter.
He also does the merchandise and will often revise and expand chapters after they've been published in the magazine Dengeki Daioh for the collected editions.

As for why Yotsubato chapters come out sporadically, here's some guesses-
-He's been doing manga for more than 20 years and is in his 50's.
-He's a perfectionist and doing gentle, humorous, slice of life stories with detailed backgrounds takes a while to do.
If it takes him 2 days to do a page, plus art for merchandise, outside commissions (like the Wonderfest posters he does), revising chapters for the collected editions plus painting covers for them and the time he puts into the Yotuba merchandising company Yotuba Sutaizo, you can see why he might not be able to put out chapters regularly (even with the help of background art assistants)

Currently he's over half way done with Yotsuba& vol. 15 and he started the series 16 years ago, so it's averaged out to almost 1 volume a year.

I do think he went through a few periods where he took time off from the series.

429ec16d No.3127

If you think Yotsuba is published slowly, be glad you don't follow Ichigo Mashimaro, lol. The author was dealing with some health issues for awhile, and there would be long gaps (IIRC there were some over a year) followed by three-page chapters at times.

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ef0e90ec No.2189[Reply]

I'll just leave this here.
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1531cbb9 No.3065

It's one of those god bois, what's not to like?

0d55d8ed No.3066

I don't like that image being used for that advertisement.

5db18220 No.3067

You'd think they'd at least use the amazon branded one.
Doing a google image search for "amazon box" brings up Danbo in the third image, so I think the association is here to stay, unfortunately.

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ee42fe9f No.1666[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Old thread is here:

Last month's issue was the end of that chapter, and the old thread is almost full, so this seemed like a good time to start a new chapter.
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5db878fb No.3040

Thanks for the translation, as always. I recently reread all of IM, so I might be posting stray thoughts in this thread. To start with, I have a really specific translation question.

In chapter 3, Matsuri is passed out (because Miu put something in her drink- IM sure was wild back then) and Miu and Nobue are coming up with bogus reasons for her hair color. Miu says it's because "she turns to the right too often."

In chapter 51, Matsuri trips and falls, and Miu tapes a sign on her back that says "Turns to the Right." She stands up and turns to the right to run to Nobue, and Chika cracks up.

Is the "turns to the right" some sort of Japanese idiom or pun, or is it just Miu being random, and the second occurrence a callback to the first? Maybe it's completely unrelated and just happens to translate to the same thing?

I am unreasonably curious about this, so any help is appreciated.

020188e2 No.3042

You know, I had the same question about the sign taped to her back when I translated that chapter.
I asked a native speaker, and their explanation was that it was a political commentary, saying "turning right" meant being more conservative, but I find that explanation very hard to believe.

It's been several years since I came across that, and my Japanese ability has improved quite a bit since then, so I should make another attempt to research that reference and see if I can figure out what it means.

I would hypothesize it's probably a reference to some kind of wive's tale or superstition, like the saying that "children who sleep often grow well" (寝る子は育つ).

dc948dc8 No.3043

Okay, I looked back at the raws for these two chapters, and they're actually referring to different things.

In chapter 3, Miu says that whenever Matsuri looks behind her, she looks over her right shoulder too often.
The most common reference I can find to this is a belief that says if a person looks over their right shoulder when you call their name, they see you in a sexual/romantic way.
If they look over their left shoulder, they just see you as a regular person.

I'm not sure how this is applicable to white hair, though. The closest I can figure is that it's just a mild general insult to say someone looks over their right shoulder too much when they look back.

In chapter 51, the sign on her back literally says, "Turning (as around a corner) to the right."

I don't know if it has any cultural significance, but it looks like this is just similar to a generic "Kick me" sign.
Like a car that forgets to turn its blinker off, Matsuri is perpetually walking around with a sign on her back that says, "I'm about to turn right."
It's funny because then she actually does turn right.

6bf61f60 No.3044

Wow, thanks for looking into that.

Another bit of context that I missed on the first reading was when Nobue assures Miu and Matsuri that it's ok to drive because she got her license on her 16th birthday. I looked it up, and while she might have a license to drive her moped, you have to be 18 to drive a car in Japan. That explains the later frame where she's staring down the toll booth attendant.

I guess Nobue just has no respect for age restrictions.

6bf61f60 No.3046


It's kind of sweet to see Nobue and Miu working together to get on Chika's nerves (in a loving way of course) instead of getting on each other's nerves.

I would have loved to see that shopping trip, though. Would Miu be on her best behavior because she's getting the one-on-one attention she craves, or would shenanigans spiral out of control without the other girls around to absorb some of the chaos?

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ef2e4a41 No.3036

>If you mean she's losing weight, maybe
I must of had a brain aneurysm when typing that cause I meant to say out of shape. but yeah it could of just been the baggy shirt.

34968c0f No.3037

I don't think she's particularly athletic in general, but she's not weak either. In this chapter she may look out of shape because she's dumpy.

e7348b19 No.3038

The way everyone's eyes are drawn, and the emphasis on them in certain panels makes me really happy.

It makes seeing them again all the more sweeter.

bd0e60c4 No.3039

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These eyes?

61140650 No.3041

>>3039 well those expressions too, but I was mostly referring to how their default eyes seem to be drawn wider than usual.

Especially with Fuuka's eyes, in nearly all her panels you can get a good look at all the extra work that was thrown into drawing them. Particularly with how the lashes arc and the amount of pen strokes used to chisel them.

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f5629f0b No.2991[Reply]

Hey /azu/, there's a chance I'll be making an AzuDai pilgrimage to Okinawa next year, so I'm trying to plan out the trip.

I know pic related is Cape Manzamo, and the girls also visited the gate of Shuri Castle and Iriomote Island, I was wondering if anyone here has done it themselves, or knows of anyone that has, and knows of the other locations they visited.

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