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PROS: Seinfeld...with anime!? Live-action Madness! Minori Shirashi, Otakuness! Hilarious, enjoyable. And MINORI SHIRASHI!
CONS: The storylines fails short, relies on too much dialogue, and randomness!
Have you ever wanted an anime that is so random that it’s similar to Seinfeld? Instead of male adults, the viewer gets cute high school girls set in and the random stuff is all otaku-related. Then, Lucky Star is your kind of show. The show mixes the elements of random stuff from Seinfeld and adding a bunch of otaku-related references. It’s essentially a show about nothing, just like Seinfeld. Lots of conversations the character have deal with different topics ranging from anime-related to cultural-related, as true as "real" otakus do. I hoped that the Soup Nazi will jump out but instead we got Meito Anisawa.
As this is a show about nothing, many would criticize that it is a lot like Azumanga Daioh. It focuses consistently on the parody-related humour it has while avoiding the contact on having dilemmas or anything else than that other anime persists. It's derivativeness of being an Azumanga Daioh-clone is just not the case because there is creative stuff like the live-action to the Lucky Channel segment that is aired in each episode. (And of course - Aya Hirano.)
Speaking of Aya Hirano who played a role as Haruhi Suzumiya in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, she ironically did the voice for the main character for Lucky Star - Konata. What is ironic is that both shows are associated with each other and you will generally get an insight of Haruhi-related references in this series. As I explained before, this show focuses consistently on its parody-related content, causing to wind up that Seinfeld-esque vibe of having primarily much dialogue in the scene instead of having an awkward scene after another and transitioning to different topics. Such random topics include how Konata eats her chocolate-cremed dessert, the compensation of Kagami and Tsukasa being genetic twins, and Miyuki going to the dentist. These conversations make great entertainment for us, but sometimes it persists too long and at times can get boring or long-winded.
The topics change as each episode progress, but it mainly focuses on Konata living as a hardcore otaku. Each episode discusses various anime-related to cultural-related references that an "otaku" watching this show would be shocked over. Many of these references ended up as a parody by censoring the name of that specific show they are referencing, for either prevents lawsuits or just mild entertainment. Ranging anime/video game references include: Full Metal Panic, Inital D, Pokemon, Gundam, Fullmetal Alchemist, Code Geass, The Girl who Lept through Time, Super Robot Taizen, Street Fighter, Phoenix Wright and the most prevalent of all The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. There are also Japanese cultural-references like the New Years Festival to other supplemental events that are a touchstone of 's culture.
As I have stated before Aya Hirano plays Konata, a short but long, blue-haired girl who is obsessed over anime and videogames, yet not appealing as a girl. Hiiragi Kagami is a tsundere girl whom always scolds at Konata and hilarity ensues every time. Tsukasa, the twin of Kagami, is a frail and shy girl. Miyaki is the girl whom Konata mocks her for "having a nice body". Each episode consists around the adventures of this cast, going to places like Akiba, high school, the Festival, and Konata's maid cafe on which she is cosplayed as Haruhi Suzumiya. There is also the Animate shop where Konata always goes for her anime-related things, as Meito Anisawa, the manager whom is her rival, calls her "Legendary Girl A". Meito attempts at all costs to persuade her to buy his anime merchandise but fails every time. Furthermore, Konata goes to Comiket every year as Kagami and Tsukasa goes with her. Hilarity ensues as Kagami apparently has a fetish with Yaoi dojinshi and becomes embarrassed about it.
Each episode consists of the Lucky Star Channel segment hosted by Akira Kogami and Shiraishi Minoru. Akira has a transcending attitude, one as a harmless and cute and the other as raw-voiced, chain-smoking girl. The attitude is always changed by Minoru as either he interrupts or annoys her during her segment of the show. The way they represent this segment is funny. To bad-mouthing Minoru, having "a fire incident" with Meito, a guest appearance by Daisuke Ono while Minoru is fetching mountain water to give it to Akira, causing their set to be destroyed and Goto Yuko to asset the situation with her biker attitude. All of that is quite a mouthful to see especially after the randomness of an awkward setting that the show persists on. After this segment, the credits role but these are not the boring credits that every anime has with an ending theme. Sometimes, hey showcase Konata, Kagami, Tsukasa and Miyuki singing in a Karaoke bar as they sing many anime openings and famous Japanese songs. They sing these songs using Karaoke. There are also live-action shorts of Minoru as he sings things like the opening theme of Lucky Star, "Take IT! Sailor Uniform!" He also has antics with Akira's seiyuu, Hiromi and Tsukasa’s seiyuu, Kaori Fukuhara by having a contest on Minoru Shiraishi’s ability to sing various songs quickly. There’s also Hiromi singing a song while wearing a kimono (which is pretty hot!). One of the best live-action music video-esque shorts is when Hiromi is dressed up in a wedding clothes and towards the end of it, Minoru wears the dress. Everything is sung and it’s quite nice to hear the seiyuus sing.
As far as it goes, Lucky Star is a show about nothing. It follows the elements of Seinfeld with poured out Japanese elements that. One ironic thing about this series is that both the dub and Japanese version have the same voice actor who played Haruhi Suzumiya and Konata. The seiyuus changed the tones of their voice from Haruhi to Konata in an interesting way. One great scene ends with a rendition of "Hare Hare Yukai" with the branded cast of Nagato and Patrica, a replacement for Mikuru during the dance in a maid cafe no less. There is just a mouthful of Haruhism that you will dig; if you enjoyed finishing Haruhi Suzumiya and end up watching Lucky Star. Another ironic aspect is that Haruhi’s cast: Daisuke Ono, Sugita Tomokazu, Goto Yuko and generally Nagato make camoes or is one of the characters in this show. The opening depicts the entire show, but you don't understand what they are talking about sometimes and there are random assortments they perform with all the casted seiyuus in this show. If it’s unrelated enough that you don't care about random conversation, Lucky Star is definitely for you.