Chiyo-chan's Day / High School Friends / Lunch / Afternoon / Skipping Rope (Japanese: 「ちよちゃんの1日」 「高校のともだち」 「お昼」 「ごご」 「なわとび」) is the twelfth episode of Azumanga Daioh.
Chiyo wakes up, fixes her lunch, wakes her parents, eats her breakfast, and then leaves for school. Chiyo learns from former elementary school classmates, Miruchi and Yuka-chan, that jump rope is becoming popular again. Sakaki walks with Chiyo but disappears when she sees Kamineko. Tomo purposefully forgets to record a show for Yomi. Tomo, speculating on why Yukari is late, guesses that Yukari is trying to buy the limited edition box of a video game. A bandaged Sakaki enters the classroom after trying to pet Kamineko, and a tardy Yukari arrives only to prove Tomo's theory right. Osaka falls asleep in class, and Yukari catches her. Kimura breaks down when revealing that girls at another school sometimes attend homeroom in gym clothes or swimsuits. Chiyo, Tomo, Yomi, and Osaka eat lunch on the roof, enjoying the breeze of the clear sky. Chiyo tries swimming in gym class without a kickboard, but Tomo accidentally runs over her with one. Tomo does a terrible job of sweeping, and Osaka is unable to use a dustpan correctly. Chiyo does her homework after school. Chiyo is accompanied by Sakaki when walking Mr. Tadakichi through the park, eventually witnessing some children jumping rope in the park. The children leave the jump rope behind when they all depart, letting the three spend time jumping rope. They are soon joined with Tomo, Yomi, and Osaka. Chiyo prepares to sleep in the late evening, only to hope to stay up all night when she is older. Yomi reads at her desk, Tomo eats snacks while watching a funny television show, Osaka relaxes in the bathtub, Kagura plays a video game, and Sakaki reads on her bed with plush cats surrounding her.
Yukari talks about "college kids with lots of free time". College is often considered a little thing compared to the cramming that goes on for entrance exams in middle and high school. This is because, for the majority of the people who don't intend to stay in academia, the school you attend more or less sets you up for life. Therefore, once you get into college, there's far less pressure to perform.
In Kimura's class, Kagura reads a passage aloud. It is from a novel called Koushoku Ichidai Otoko or A Man Who Loved Love, which was written by Saikaku Ihara and published in 1682.
Tomo tells Osaka that a fried noodle sandwich is higher in difficulty than a melon bread. Generally, fried noodle sandwiches are more popular than melon breads and sell out much faster. This makes them a much harder item to get a hold of.
The girls clean at school by the end of the day because in Japan, schools generally don't have much in the way of janitors. Students do most of the cleaning, which includes sweeping, wiping and mopping the floors, clearing blackboards, and taking out the garbage. In addition to cleaning their own classrooms, classes are often assigned other areas of the school to clean, such as the library, school grounds, and science labs.
A melody is heard playing when it gets late. This is used in Japan for example to inform children that it is time to go home in the evening.
Tomo calls Chiyo "Chiyosuke". The "-suke" is a somewhat old fashioned ending for a male name.
Chiyo mentions how her friends talk about late night TV and radio. She reads a book herself before going to bed.
Kagura says that there are no picks and peaks they cannot overcome. In this line in the next episode preview, there is a pun. Kagura says there is no yama they cannot overcome. Literally, yama means "mountain", so it sounds like a very typical pep talk line, but yama can also refer to "picks" in terms of making bets. This terminology has crossed into the academic realm to refer to the key topiccs that students think may be covered on a test. In other words, the students are "betting" on certain topics, choosing to study only those points rather than study everything that's been covered.
When Chiyo got her umbrella.
When Chiyo last saw her friends.
Which show Yomi wanted Tomo to record.
If Kimura was attracted to the boys in P.E. uniforms as well, as it is unclear.
What Yukari wanted Chiyo to write on the black board.
Yomi gets angry at Tomo for forgetting to record the show.
Tomo guesses that Yukari is late because of a video game, which Yomi dismisses as stupid, but it turns out to be correct.
Kimura laments about not being at an all-girls high school where girls often go into class still in their P.E. uniforms or even in their swimsuits if they're late enough.
The girls dining on the roof top.
Tomo accidentally hits Chiyo in the head with a kick board while swimming.
It feels good when the weather's nice! Oh … but my parents bought me a new umbrella, so a little rain might not be so bad either!
— Chiyo (narrating)
Yuka! Chiyo-chan's in high school now, so she doesn't play anymore.
Sakaki-san is big but quiet. She really listens to what I say. [to Sakaki] Speaking of which, swimming starts today. I just can't wait! I want to swim as well as you do, Sakaki-san! Huh!? [looks around] But every so often, she suddenly disappears! It's a mystery.
— Chiyo (narrating)
No! If I know my Yukari, I'll bet you anything today is the release day of some limited edition box for some video game.
— Tomo (when Yomi thought Yukari was late because she overslept)
I just CAN'T believe it!!! I was gonna make a quick stop at the gaming store on my way here, but there was this huge line … on a weekday!! [lamenting] Probably a bunch of college kids with all kinds of free time!! Honestly, and now I'm late because of them!!
— Yukari (to her class) [furiously]
Oh yeah! The other day I had an opportunity to speak with a teacher from a girls' high school. Ahhhh!!! If they have P.E. first hour … they … THEY APPARENTLY DON'T CARE WHETHER THEY WEAR P.E. CLOTHES TO HOME ROOM TOO!! And when they have swimming … SWIMSUITS!!
— Kimura (to Class 3)
We really have all sorts of teachers.
— Chiyo (on Kimura, narrating)
We are in the post-war.
— Yomi (to Osaka)
Feels like … you could fly away, if you just jumped off from the top of here!
— Osaka (to Chiyo, standing on the school roof)
[Grabs Osaka's shirt sleeve] I feel like Osaka-san might really do things like that …
— Chiyo (narrating)
Hey, hey, be more careful! Chiyo-chan's feet can't reach the bottom, there's always a risk of death when you go swimming.
— Kagura (to Tomo)
Osaka-san is serious about cleaning, but she's not very good with the dustpan.