Azumanga Daioh: Where Are They Now?
It’s been a some time since the Azumanga Daioh kids graduated from high school. Here’s some “speculation” on where they & others are at.
Chiyo Mihama- Actually did study abroad. After graduating from M.I.T. at age 18 & post grad, she was employed in several joint Japanese/U.S. projects at the Lawrence Livermore Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasedena, Calif. Now works as an assistant tech advisor/systems analyst for an unspecified Japanese govt. think tank.
Sakaki- Married (Not to Kaorin.) & has her own successful veterinary practice in Tokyo. Relatives, friends & other investors were able to buy the former Gold Animal Clinic at govt. auction after its former owner mysteriously disappeared.
Koyomi “Yomi” Mizuhara- In house dietician at a large Japanese based corporation.
Tomo Takino- Pursued a career in law enforcement. Policewoman & an assistant liason between ICPO (Interpol) & Japans’ Nat. Police Agency. Has recieved several commendations regarding the energetic pursuit of her duties.
Ayumu “Osaka” Kasuga- Was a teacher for a while but later became a writer of several best selling childrens’ books. “My Best Friends’ Father” was on the New York Times best seller list for almost three years running.
Kagura- After winning two gold and a silver in the Olympic swimming competitions, she is now an athletics coach at Waseda University.
Kaorin- Before high school graduation, she tried to avail herself of the “internet service” of a one Ai Enma in regard to a “problem” she was having with a certain teacher. She balked at the price of the “service” & decided to tough it out. After recieving a degree in teaching, she became a science teacher at her old high school.
Minamo Kurosawa- Happily married with two kids. Now an in house physical therapist at the same corporation Yomi works at.
Yukari Tanizaki- Surprisingly enough, is also married & has a son. Met her future husband while exchanging car insurance info (Believe it or not, the accident was his fault, not hers!). Even more surprising, she is now assistant principle at the school. Though her driving habits have drastically mellowed, her style of teaching has not.
Kimura- One of Tomos’ first “collars”. Was to be tried on evidence/testimony supplied by Kaorin & several students. Adjudged mentally incompetant to stand trial. Now resides at a prefectural mental institution.
Maya- Getting on in years but still rules the roost at the vet. clinic.
Kamineko- Evil lives on forever.
Mr. Tadakichi- Gone but not forgotten. Though she has a pup sired by him, Chiyo-chan dearly misses him.
Article copyright © 12-9-2010 Jay Agan
This article first appeared at Jays Tee Vee.