So as a little Easter Egg for my own amusement, I’ve been sticking my favorite character from anything ever, Ayumu Kasuga, AKA Osaka, from Azumanga Daioh as a hidden cameo in many of my comics.
Osaka isn’t near the only running easter egg in Matchu (Jamjars, Yuki Nagato, Pizzachu, Phineas and Ferb, and the little smiley face symbol next to the signature in every comic also make many hidden appearances, among other gags and eggs), but her’s are the most frequent and have become practically a tradition at this point. Recently, to spice things up, other Azumanga Daioh characters and references are appearing as well.
If you managed to find this page, then you are free to learn of the secrets of the Hidden Osakas. However, if you’d rather find them for yourself, don’t read any further!
Can you find Osaka hidden in these Matchu comics?
The Hidden Osaka Master List (Will try to update often, so check back every once in a while)
Osaka is on the line to the bus.
It’s the only Osaka cameo in the first storyline
Osaka is seen in the crowd of mall patrons in the first panel, coming out from the left. She’s also on one of the record covers.
Osaka appears again on a record cover.
Osaka is in the background sitting at one of the tables in the first panel.
Osaka is in the background of the final panel walking on the street behind Famine.
Osaka sits behind Chu, Ziff and Rei on the bus.
An Osaka doll sits on Chu’s desk.
The Osaka doll makes another appearance on Chu’s desk.
Osaka appears in the second panel, walking away from the Disney Store.
The Osaka doll disappears, but a crude doodle of her can be barely seen in the mass of scribbles in the sixth panel.
Matchu and Chu are watching Azumanga Daioh on their TV, and Osaka is on-screen.
An Osaka magnet is on the refrigerator in the background.
An Osaka doll attends Famine’s tea party.
Chu’s Osaka doll returns to it’s place on the desk.
Another appearance of the doll on Chu’s desk.
The fridge magnet makes another appearance.
An Osaka toy is one of the objects Amber pulls out of her hair.
Osaka is on one of the screens in the window of the TV store
One of the headlines on the news ticker reads “Actress Ayumu Kasuga starts dispute over cameo appearances in mediocre webcomics”
Despite this, one of the PEZ Dispensers has Osaka’s head on it.
An outline of Osaka’s head can be seen within the scribbles in the background of Famine’s imagination.
The pink graffiti in the first panel is of Osaka’s hair.
The Osaka graffiti appears again.
Lala and Wheezy’s “peace offering” includes the Osaka PEZ dispenser
A very tiny Osaka toy is on the desk in the last panel.
The tiny Osaka toy appears again.
The sign on the house in the background reads “Osaka” in Hylian.
The young Amber has an Osaka doll next to her in bed.
The triumphant return of Chu’s Osaka doll.
Jamjars’ locker door has a photo of Osaka on it.
The Osaka doll on Chu’s desk shoud get it’s own tag at this point.
The Hylian sign from Skyward Scorned appears in the “clip show” of times Matchu and Amber were on panel together. Otherwise I actually tried to avoid any Osaka cameos because it seemed more poignant if no one other than Matchu and Amber appeared in this strip, hence the shadowed bullies and Famine being blurred.
The fridge magnet makes barely visible reappearance.
Osaka is sitting in a booth in the background.
Osaka goes back to her cameo roots with an appearance in the background at the mall.
Azumanga Daioh action figures line the racks at the toy store. The unobstructed box has Osaka in it.
Also, for an Azumanga Daioh reference not revolving around Osaka, the brand of camera Loison is using is called “Sakaki”.
The Shikkari poster appears again, and Rei is using a Sakaki camera.
Four of the photos on the wall are screenshots from the Azumanga Daioh anime. Osaka appears in two of them. One in the very top left corner is pretty clear, but the other right behind Talia is very blurred so you can’t make her out.
The other two photos feature Sakaki.
The Azumanga prints reappear. The one with Osaka is, again, very blurry, so it’s hard to make out, albeit a little easier due to the larger size. Only one of the prints appear though due to the camera angle.
Last appearance of the Azumanga prints. Both prints with Osaka appear this time.
Osaka is at the back of the line in the second panel.
There’s an Osaka in almost every panel! Because of this, she’s very obstructed, so you really gotta look for her.
Panel one has her at the back of a crowd, standing behind the lady with the blue hat.
Panel two has her barely visible in the crowd, behind the two guys with the black and green shirts.
Panel three has her seen from the back on the far right.
Panel five has an Osaka Nomobo along all the Hoodmans. The box is obstructed by word bubbles in panels four and six,
And finally, panels seven and eight have Osaka standing behind Amber.
Osaka is standing behind Amber.
In the first panel, Osaka is standing behind Amber
Third panel, the Osaka Nomobo box is visible.
Osaka is on the back of the Nomobo boxes.
Osaka toys are on the shelves behind the nerds attacking Matchu. She’s also on the back of the Nomobo box, but Matchu’s finger makes her barely visible.
Osaka is a cashier.
Osaka on the back of the Nomobo box is seen again.
Osaka graffiti is on the wall in the alley.
The Osaka graffiti is still on the wall. This time the opposite wall is seen, and graffiti of Chiyo-Chan (another Azumanga Daioh character) is sprayed on it.
Amber’s phone has a picture of Osaka screened on the back of it.
Continuing the running gag, graffiti of Sakaki is on the side of the yellow building Amy and Amber are in front of. Osaka herself is again on the back of the Nomobo box.
The back case of Rei’s phone has Osaka on it.
The Azumanga Daioh arcade cabinet is back, and is joined by a pinball table this time. I DIDN’T put effort into it. I was in a hurry, fucking sue me.
Guest Osaka Cameo! Matchu drops an Osaka doll. It changes expression in a few panels.
A turnaround of Osaka is on the computer screen.
Osaka graffiti is on the building to the left, in an alley.
Osaka graffiti is on the wall over the trash can.
Osaka is peeking out from behind Bea Arthur.
Osaka walks in from the right of the final panel.
Osaka is in the foreground of the fourth to last panel, on the far right..
Same as page 7, since it’s the same location
An Osaka decal is on the back window of Jay’s truck.