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Old 09-29-2017, 03:02 AM   #26
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Azumanga Daioh was one of the first few animé I watched (subbed). It shaped a lot of my early weeaboo-isms when interacting with my friends (and possibly awakened me to having crushes on girls? *shot*).

I remember when my cousin later sent me School Rumble amongst his DVD packages he said if I liked AzuDai I would like School Rumble, and I found the latter superior. I'm not really big on SOL/pure comedy these days (since I just don't have time to consume something without an actual story behind it), but as far as mindless filler goes I guess AzuDai is all right. Don't really have anything else to compare it to (never watched Nichijou, Lucky Star, etc.) so I can't say if it's aged well or not.
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Old 10-15-2017, 02:54 PM   #27
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I've been in a bit of Maria-sama ga Miteru fever as of late, rewatching the first season, collecting digital copies of the books, coordinating with a friend in Japan to try and purchase physical copies of the books, etc. One thing I have noticed on several different places, from YouTube comments on MariMite videos to weblogs about light novels, is that people suggest Maria-sama ga Miteru played a big role in mainstreaming or in popularizing yuri media.

As a fan, it is amusing to consider MariMite's place in this discussion (about which media of the '00s had the greatest influence or were the most timeless). Maria-sama's in a weird place where on the one hand it was undeniably popular (thirty-nine book volumes, four seasons of anime) while on the other hand its popularity is in very fact deniable or contestable (the third anime season was direct-to-home-video; the final season does not end where the books end, ends on a cliffhanger, and we never got a fifth season to give the franchise proper closure; not very many people watched the anime back in the day, with even fewer watching it now). It's one of those things where ... within its own (small) domain, MariMite is king -- but outside of it, it is a nobody. Sort of like a Nobel laureate who is a celebrity within his own field but outside of it no one really knows who he is or much cares about what he does.
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