Ah, Lucky Star. This series was one of the first anime that I began to watch (yet I didn’t finish it until I was well into the 100s of completed anime). Although it took me about a year to complete, I still consider it one of my favorite shows of all time (within the top 9). The reason I love this series as I do is a combination of the animation style, the characters (so many waifu candidates!), the atmosphere, and the overall comedy. In this post, I am going to be breaking down all of these elements (and more) while trying to convince you to check it out.
The series can crudely be defined as a “four girls moe-comedy” show (but it is most certainly more than that. The series is incredibly laid back but knows how to get the blood pumping at certain points (Ala the Legendary Girl A segments or the Initial D parody scene), or how to have you rolling on the floor laughing. Although it does tend to lean more towards comedy than just being purely laid back (after the first director leaves) unlike some other very relaxed shows such as Aria.
There are four main characters in Lucky Star: Konata Izumi, Kagami Hiiragi, Tsukasa Hiiragi, and Miyuki Takara. Konata is a hardcore otaku, which is where much of the comedy in the series is derived from. Kagami is an average tsundere, and tsukkomi, she’s the “smart one” of the group and is basically the straight man. Tsukaa, unlike her twin sister Kagami is somewhat dimwitted and the most innocent one of the group, really the only thing she’s good at is cooking. The final of the four, Miyuki is an almost saintly, moe girl she is the main character with the least screen time, and developed character. While reading those descriptions, the characters seem quite simple, but the chemistry between the different characters, and how they react to each other in different combinations.
The animation is Lucky Star is incredibly varied and interesting. It can go from having mediocre people standing around talking animation to an insane Initial D parody to using the exact style of the “Anime Tenchou” short in seconds. This ability to shift styles so quickly while still distinctly being Lucky Star. During most of the show the animation is relatively fluid, but where I feel the show really shines within the realm of visuals (outside of the parody animations) is the art design. First of all in the department of art, is the character designs. The mark of a good character design is whether or not you can tell who they are simply through their silhouette and Konata as well as the rest of her friends pass this test with about a 94 percent average (that’s pretty freaking good!). Konata is the obvious example, what with that iconic face shape and sticking up hair, although the others can be recognized as well. Along with the great character designs I also really just like the overall look of the series.
Lucky Star is at its heart a comedy series. As much as it’s incredibly soothing to watch the comedy is still ever present. The series can be incredibly spastic at times, but it can also be very dry. The dry and sarcastic humor is probably my favorite part of the series, much more so than the spastic moments, although I do enjoy both. Much of the comedy in the series is references to otaku culture, (including the Anime Tenhou scenes, and the Initial D parody). This can make the series very hard to get into if you aren’t deeply versed in anime culture, specifically anything before the year 2007. Being someone who’s in pretty deep when it comes to anime, I enjoyed the references deeply, although people who believe that “reference is the lowest form of comedy” idea is true may have a hard time with the comedy.
With all that said, I hope that this post has convinced you to watch this series. Sorry that I’ve been gone so long, but I’m glad to be back. Anyway, with that I shall bid you adieu.