(my apologies in advance for my drop off in activity, with the beginning of school, my schedule has been less than allowing for additional activities) back to give my two cents about what I consider to be THE staple of anime and otaku culture, Lucky☆Star.
There isn’t much of a synopsis to be found, Lucky☆Star is based off of a four-panel comic by Kagami Yoshimizu, first broadcast in 2007. It follows the everyday activities and musings of four high school friends, everything from “why are June weddings so special?”, “Love is how you win”, and “Which way is the right way to eat a chocolate coronet?”. While not plot-driven like most other anime, the light-hearted, simple progression of comedy is a relaxing change of pace from the more action-packed anime.
The comedy centers around Konata Izumi, a light-hearted, lazy, maniac-otaku, Kagami Hiragi, smart, poised, tough-as-nails, and quick to switch characters in a heartbeat, Tsukasa Hiraga, shy, twin sister of Kagami, not as smart, but better at doing chores and baking, and Miyuki Takara, brilliant, developed, and afraid to put anything in her eyes, hence the glasses. This medley of characters make up the core of the Lucky☆Star cast, but in addition to these four girls, there’s Yutaka Kobayakawa, Minami Iwasaka, Patricia Martin, Hiyori Tamura, Ayano Minegishi, Misao Kusakabe, Akira Kogami, and Minoru Shiraishi (to name a few).
While the manga most definitely wasn’t plot-driven, the anime had a certain progression of events, starting when Konata and friends entered high school, up to their finals days before graduation when the girls and their classmates performed on stage at the culture festival. (If you want to see it again, because I know I do, you can watch it here).
While the animation is nothing to get excited about, the seiyuu cast is full of familiar names, like Aya Hirano (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Emiri Kato (Angel Beats, Yuruyuri), Kaori Fukuhara (A Channel), and Aya Endo (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood).
Highly recommended to anyone new to anime and otaku culture, as Lucky☆Star is certainly the epitome of slice of life and comedy anime, and a laugh riot to boot.
Until next time,