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Minamo Kurosawa (黒沢 みなも Kurosawa Minamo?), also known as "Nyamo" (にゃも?), normally called Kurosawa-sensei by her students, is a fictional character from the anime and manga series Azumanga Daioh.


A physical education teacher at the girls' school, she is very kindhearted unlike most male PE teachers in the media. In the girls' first year of high school, she is the homeroom teacher of Class 5. During their last two years, she is the homeroom teacher of Class 2. Minamo is a high school friend and rival of Yukari Tanizaki; Yukari relentlessly insults and freeloads from Nyamo, but Nyamo gets her digs in, too. "Nyamo" is a nickname from her student days, but Yukari calls her that, and so does Tomo Takino. Other students call her Kurosawa-sensei. Whereas Yukari appears to be an older version of Tomo, Nyamo resembles Yomi (more in personality than looks) and the two teachers' odd relationship is similar to the one that Tomo and Yomi share.

Popular with the students, Nyamo is nicer, less obnoxious, and far more in control than Yukari. Yukari often teases her about her past romantic relationships and that she is a "stupid P.E. teacher". During one of the summer trips the girls take together, Nyamo gets very drunk (usually, Yukari is prone to this behaviour; as a matter of fact, Nyamo drank specifically to keep the alcohol away from Yukari) and tells the girls all about the birds and the bees, which embarrasses Sakaki and confuses Chiyo, but impresses the other girls.

She also is not that good at Math as shown in manga volume 4, when asked by Kagura to help her solve a hard math question, which Kagura doesn't get.

In addition to teaching her homeroom class and P.E., Nyamo is the coach/advisor of the women's swim team. Kagura calls her "Coach" and holds her in very high regard. The fact that students tend to come to her with their problems is yet another source of Yukari's jealousy, as well as the fact that she is generally more "together" and better-disciplined.

Unlike Yukari, Nyamo is able to maintain an apartment of her own. She also owns and drives a blue Toyota Vitz 5-door. She is very sensitive to comments about her love life, which has evidently provided Yukari with an endless supply of blackmail material and points at which to rib her. One of these apparently involves a "love letter" from high school, which Yukari loves to dangle over her head. Still, she is quite devoted to teaching and at one point turns down a job offer that would have given her far greater income and prestige.

Voice actors

Japanese (television series and movie)
Aya Hisakawa
Japanese ("Azumanga Web Daioh" short)
Akiko Hiramatsu
Monica Rial

Akiko Hiramatsu later voiced Yukari in the television series and movie, the only seiyū from Azumanga Web Daioh to return.

Character songs

  • "Otona wo Yasunde Dekakeyou" Words by Aki Hata, music by Kosuke Kanai
  • "Tenshoku Equal Kaikan No Housoku" Words by Aki Hata, music by Kosuke Kanai

ko:쿠로사와 미나모