Azumanga Daioh Vol 2 : 3 of 5
Once again, this simple anime amazes me by its celebration of everyday life! I'm enjoying following the mundane lives of these schoolgirls without being bombarded by mystic technology or demonic creatures popping up. Instead, we have stories about the school sports fest, where the semi-pervert teacher declares the girls must tuck in their shirts! Next is the culture fest, where the girls' class decides to create a "fairyland class" full of stuffed animals. For new year's day, we get to see several of the girls' dreams (which are really bizarre!), and then my favorite episode so far, following Sakaki. She's a tall girl that everyone thinks is cool, but deep inside she really wants to be cute, and is obsessed with cats (but her parents won't let her have one). She wins some stuffed cats from a crane machine for Chiyo-chan's birthday, and everyone is surprised when she has names for them and explains they are sisters. (By the way, it was her secret idea to bring stuffed animals for the culture fest, too!) I'm beginning to really enjoy the relaxed pace of the show, especially when it seems to let a joke linger for a few minutes, keeping peaceful and fun music playing in the background. I sure hope this anime keeps its charm for the rest of the series!