Azumanga Daioh

Season 1 Episode 26

Graduation Ceremony

Aired Saturday 2:00 PM Sep 30, 2002 on
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Graduation Ceremony
It’s the last day of high school for the girls. After this graduation day, they are no longer high school students. They all find it hard to come to terms with the fact that their school days are over. But, they realize that their time together was not for nothing and is not over.moreless

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  • Fantastic swan song

    The last episode of Azumanga Daioh goes out with a bang. In such a crucial episode for any anime series, Daioh does it right! The girls must say goodbye, but all hope isn’t lost. At a time that almost everybody in life must go through – saying goodbye to friends and high school and entering the adult world - this episode is done perfectly. This episode manages to maintain its wackiness and randomness that fans have come to learn and love, but at the same time gets serious and makes you feel sad, not only to see the show end, but for the girls and their goodbyes. This is not a swan song for the series, but for the characters!


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There are two different shots at the graduation:
      1 - the boys (in black) and girls (in pink) are mixed in the audience. no parents section. This was mainly used for the upfront shot from the speaker's perspective.
      2 - the boys (in black) are seated at the front as one group, followed by the girls (in pink), followed by the friends and family (in mixed colors). This was a sideways pan shot.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Kagura gives Miss Yukari a large bunch of flowers)
      Kagura: It's one flower from each of us.
      Miss Yukari: They're wonderful. I wonder who's will be the first to wilt and die?!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Everyone: Graduation song
      The graduation song "Aogeba no Toutoshi" is one of two common graduating songs sung by the Japanese, the other being "Hotaru No Hikari".

      The words to it are "Aogeba Toutoshi waga shi no on; Oshie no niwa ni mo haya ikutose; Omoeba ito toshi kono toshitsuki; Ima koso wakareme iza saraba"

      A translation is: "We look up to the invaluable boon our mentors have bestowed upon us; It has already been many years in this garden of learning; Looking back, how quickly these months and years have passed; Now, it is time to part, to say farewell".