Review: LUCKY STAR Is Filled With Hilarious Comedy Gold

FIRST IMPRESSION

A series which needs to be seen to appreciate all it did for online anime culture.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Writing
Animation
Extras

Show of hands, how many here have watched Lucky Star? Wow, too few raised their hands. The show is entertaining and filled with great moments which will have you smiling way after the series is over.

Summary

What’s the best way to eat dessert? Do twins really have a psychic connection? What kind of guys are into moe girls? These are the kinds of questions that float through the inquisitive mind of anime super-fan Konata Izumi. When she’s not lost in her favorite manga or logging hours in one of her online games, she’s debating the mysteries of the universe with the best friends a girl could ask for. And while they might not share Konata’s refined eye for anime tropes and trivia, she doesn’t hold it against them. After all, Miyuki Takara is a precious moe dream girl, and twin sisters Tsukasa and Kagami are always there when she needs a helping hand or a notebook to copy homework from (even if Kagami insists on being totally tsundere about it). At the end of the day, Konata could look far and wide, but she’d never find a better group of girls to get her through the horrors of high school!

Lucky Star

Writing

The series is simpliestic in its execution but brings a lot to the table. The antics of the girls with their look at everyday life, Konata’s obsession with anime, and the twist on normal occurrences makes for surprising amounts of comedy. It has to be seen to be believed but it’s almost a guarantee you will find humor somewhere in this series.

The series starts out slow, but after the 4th episode a new director, Yasuhiro Takemoto (Full Metal Panic!? The Second Raid) came in and injected some new life into the series. Parodies of existing anime and games abound and help the humor to land masterfully. A lot of references are made to Takemoto’s other work, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which was also insanely popular at the time. These references to a fairly recent and highly popular series is what helped to make Lucky Star so entertaining to fans.

Lucky Star

Animation

The series is full of bright and vibrant colors which have become infamous with Moe (super adorable is the best way to describe it) anime. There are also intent to try and be as recognizable to the source material which is parodied as possible. Scenes recreating video games and other anime are achieved perfectly thanks to the quality of the animation utilized in the series.

Extras

This collection comes with the OVA entitled “JK” which doesn’t add to the story but does have a scene where Kagami gets turned in Hatsune Miku and some more antics as the girls play an MMORPG together. It’s small but at least it doesn’t cost extra.

Lucky Star

Conclusion

Lucky Star was a show which resulted in fan works coming out in droves in response to the opening (shown below) of the show. The infamous opening song “Take It! Sailor Uniform” featured the cast dancing and doing cheerleading lead to an insane amount of parodies. Series such as Hetallia, FullMetal Alchemist, and even The Transformers all have videos online featuring members of the cast doing the opening dance. Check it out for yourself and when you are done why not check out Lucky Star as well.

Lucky Star is available from Funimation.

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Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peaks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.

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