Course Discussion / Pray for Success / Fight! / Study Session / Tomo and Osaka's Day of Fate (Japanese: 「進路相談」 「合格祈願」 「ファイト」 「勉強会」 「ともと大阪 運命の日」) is the twenty fifth episode of Azumanga Daioh.
With the entrance exams nearby, everyone is focused in it, except for Tomo, who would rather ask wordplay questions to stump Chiyo. They are outmatched when Osaka manages to answer all questions correctly and cluelessly. Chiyo tells Osaka she could possibly become a school teacher, after the latter is concerned for a suitable career. Yukari, after being consulted by Osaka, chews Chiyo out for feeling insulted. All the girls gather at Chiyo's house to study. On New Year's Day, the girls assemble at the shrine to pray for their success in the entrance exams. Tomo is mortified to get bad luck foretold for the upcoming year. Ironically, upon meeting Yukari and Nyamo, the former tells them that the son of the shrine priest did not pass his entrance exams, rendering all fortunes useless. Before their entrance exams, Osaka comes up with a superstition to allow all the girls to pass, in that they each must split a pair of chopsticks perfectly in half. Chiyo, in turn, gives them all lucky charms she handcrafted. At another study session at Chiyo's house, she muses about how fast their high school period passed by them, and they are about to graduate. Sakaki and Kagura manage to pass their exams, but Tomo and Osaka do not. However, they still have another chance to make it, and thanks to Chiyo, they eventually do. With that, there is only a violently resolute Yomi left to pass her own exams.
The girls visit a shrine to pray for good exam results at New Year's.
In Japanese, Chiyo-chichi tells Osaka "吾輩は猫である Wagahai wa Neko de Aru" which translates to "I am a cat". Wagahai wa Neko de Aru is the title of the famous first novel of legendary author Soseki Natsume, written in 1905.
Osaka likens Chiyo-chichi's appearance to that of Yoshiro Mori, the former and quite unpopular Japanese prime minister (in the English dub, this is changed to Bill Clinton, former president of the United States).
How Yukari knew about the shrine priest's son failing his college entrance exams.
How Chiyo-chichi could turn up in Osaka's dream as well as in Sakaki's.
What Tomo, Chiyo and Yomi's career choices were.
Osaka displays a hidden talent for solving riddles which impresses Tomo and Chiyo greatly.
Because of her being skilled at solving riddles, Chiyo thinks Osaka might be suited for teaching. When Yukari hears about this, she gets deeply insulted, thinking that Chiyo implies teachers are stupid.
The girls go to study at Chiyo-chan's house, but Yomi doubts it really can be called studying because all Osaka, Sakaki and Tomo do is sleeping, playing and reading, respectively.
When the girls draw sacred lots, Tomo's fortune is "bad luck" which scares her.
Osaka makes up a charm where you try to split disposable chopsticks cleanly for good luck, and tries to teach this to her friends. When Tomo nevertheless messes it up however, she gets a scolding from Osaka, the only time anyone has ever got this.
Osaka dreams about meeting and conversing with Chiyo-chichi while studying in a classroom.
The girls finally take their entrance exams and Chiyo actually uses Osaka's method of splitting chopsticks to pray for their good luck.
Kagura learns she has been accepted into college, and Sakaki too. Tomo and Osaka initially learn they failed, but finally they also get accepted by a school. Yomi, however, fails two exams and is worried to find out the response from her main choice.
You talk as if you're not even a part of it! You've got exams too, don't you?
— Yomi (to Tomo)
So, if I go study abroad, I won't have to take entrance exams either! I'm the smartest person ever!!
I bet you would raise students who were flexible thinkers!
— Chiyo (to Osaka)
Well, then let's pick a rally point. Everyone, if you get lost, meet up at Sakaki!
A ¥10 coin, Osaka? That's pretty lame. You'll fail at this rate.
Yeah, you're probably just doomed, Tomo.
[Didn't you] know that the son of that shrine went and failed to get into college. They won't help you.
— Yukari (to the girls)
Let's take this chance to do it together. And get terrible scores!!
— Tomo (on the centre exams)
Y'all are just too sceptical! Lookie here. I'm gonna show ya how to do it.
— Osaka (on splitting chopsticks cleanly)
We said it. You gotta hold 'em by the ends! It's no good! Listen to what people tell ya! Argh!!!
— Osaka (to Tomo, on the chopsticks)
These questions are kind of boring! Yukari-sensei's tests are more interesting than this. YOUR INTELLIGENCE CANNOT BE MEASURED BY THESE PROBLEMS!! Please, don't let it discourage you!!
— Chiyo (to Tomo)
There are some times when I wish I were a BIRD!!
Well, assuming nothing happens and we do GET to graduate!
You say that so cheerfully!
— Yomi (to Tomo)
Sakaki's breasts've grown too!
That's your answer? She's your student! You really should remember these things, you know!?