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Azumanga teacher style
Aug 21, 2008 reviewed by Obsessed
S. S. Astro: Asahio Sogo Teacher’s Room can best be described as Azumanga grown up. The entire work is in 4-koma style with an occasional splash or two thrown in. The drawings are chibi free, but demonstrate a clean art style that will please any manga fan.
Now for the plot – The work is a lot of fun. Don’t expect amazing jokes on every page, but the slice-of-life humor is rather good. The main focus are four teachers: Maki, the gym teacher with a lazy attitude; Arai, the school nurse who is mostly bored and craving someone else’s injury; Karasuma, the foreign language teacher who has hopes for a yuri relationship with Maki; and Nagumo, the Japanese teacher who can eat more than most small countries’ could afford. There are other secondary characters that begin to get introduced towards the end of the work.
A good portion of the plot oddly takes place away from work, but makes reference to work. The group eats out (and drinks), the obligatory hots spring trip is experienced, and other such manga stand-bys. The portion that takes place during work is by far the best. From messy lockers, to grading papers, and experience of two of the teachers’ first day as homeroom teachers is delightful. (Plus the handheld video game segment is so much fun!)
Overall, S. S. Astro is a fun 4-koma styled work. It is grown up enough that the extreme wackiness of Azumanga (such as papa cat) has been replaced, but the charm is not lost.
Obsessed also recommended: Azumanga Daioh,
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