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 Lucky Star
 Lucky Star
Lucky Star is in anime adaptation of the manga of the same name.  There are 24 episodes and 1 OVA, animated by Kyoto Animation, and directed by two people: Yutaka Yamamoto (Ep. 1-4) and Yasuhiro Takemoto (Ep. 5-24).  Lucky Star is a slice of life/comedy show.

Brief Overview

Lucky Star is a show about several girls attending a high school named Ryoo.  Lucky Star is an anime adaption of a 4-panel comic strip manga, so the plot is very loose.  Our main character is Konata Izumi, an otaku who is also very athletic and can do many things, but she is very lazy and is occupied with anime/manga and video games.  Some of the other important characters are:
  • Kagami Hiiragi - Kagami is Tsukasa's older twin sister.  She gets good grades and is very smart.  Kagami also likes to play video games, but not the same ones as Konata.  She likes to play shooters.  Although she is in a different class, she goes to Konata's and Tsukasa's class room all the time.  Kagami is the tsukkomi character of the show.  She is shy and emotional at times, so she can be considered a tsundere as well.
  • Tsukasa Hiiragi - Tsukasa is Kagami's younger twin sister.  Like Konata, she isn't very good and studying or sports, but she is very good at cooking.  She is the lovely, friendly, and a good person, but she is an airhead and can be clumsy at times.
  • Miyuki Takara - Miyuki is a smart, pretty, and well-mannered meganeko who is from a wealthy family.  She is in the same class with Tsukasa and Konata and and is the class president of the class.  She is very dependable and helps out other class mates often.  One thing she doesn't like is going to the dentist.

My Thoughts

Lucky Star was a very fun and enjoyable show.  There were many things that I loved about the show.  First off is the characters.  Konata is easily my favorite character.  Why?  She is otaku.  She also reminds me of myself alot.  Through out high school I was pretty smart and died well with my school work, but I was always lazy and more interested in playing video games.  Unlike me, Konata is athletic and I'm not.  The other main charters were great as well, especially Tsukasa.  I loved here cuteness.  She is just to adorable.  There are some great side characters as well like the store manager of the store that Konata loves to visit, Meito Anizawa.  He thinks of Konata as his number one customer and every time it shows him in the show, he is super crazy and it feels like he is from some awesome action anime,
 Konata, our lovely otaku.
 Konata, our lovely otaku.
with him screaming all the time and doing crazy stuff.
Besides the characters, the art of the show was fantastic.  The characters are super cute or moe as some of you may call it.  Besides the characters, the environments where very well down.  It looks like they took and actual picture of a part of Japan and washed it out a little bit and threw it in the show.  I enjoyed the music of the show as well.  It might not be the greatest, but it was very simple and fit perfectly with the show.
Another great thing about the show is all the anime tie ins and game tie ins into the show.  The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is often refrenced through out the show.  From the music to cosplay, its in Lucky Star often.  There are other shows as well like Code Geass and Full Metal Panic.  There are game tie ins as well like Guile from Street Fighter makes an appearance as Konata is kicking his ass.  You also see a Nintendo DS thrown in the from time to time as well.
At the end of every episode we got a segment called Lucky Channel.  Lucky Channel was a fun part of the show as well.  The hosts are Akira Kogami and Minoru Shiraishi.  It starts simple like from fan letters to character introductions then it gets worse near and the show gets completely destroyed.  To go along with Lucky Channel are the endings while the credits rolled.  At first they were little segments of our four heroines singing songs at a karaoke bar, mainly Konata singing anime songs like Cha La Head Cha La, the opening to Dragon Ball Z.  Then during the second half of the show, we got live action endings which were random and awesome at the same time.  They were just so goofy and out of place, I loved it.
Now for a few minor gripes.  I felt the show was a little to fast pacing.  The show is mainly conversations between the school girls, but it seems like there were no brakes between them.  It's like "TALK TALK TALK TALK" (2 seconds later) "TALK TALK TALK TALK".  I first it was a little rough for me, but I gradually got used to the flow of the show.  Another small gripe is the comedy.  As a main part of the show, the comedy, sometimes I felt like its was lacking some times and got a little smirk one my face instead of laughing, which I should do during a comedy.
 Meito, the crazy awesome store owner.  All store owners should be like him.
 Meito, the crazy awesome store owner.  All store owners should be like him.
Lucky Star is a fantastic show.  With the small gripes I had, I still had a blast with the show.  This is the kind of show that you watch when you don't feel like memorizing some cray plot about some dude trying to take over the world. It's just a fun a simple yet random show.  If you want to watch something that's goofy and really random, give this a show a go!  If you aren't a fan of comedy shows that are really random, you may want to stay away from this show.
My Score - 4.5/5

Blog Thing

I guess this is going to be a short one this time.
Next show I'm checking out WILL be Karin.  I've been putting it off, but now I will check it out.  After that I have no idea what I will watch.  You guys have any comedy/romance/slice of life shows you would like to recommend me?  I'm still strolling along with the Negima! manga.  I'm currently on chapter 180.
Video game front, nothing new really.  I'm kinda playing Titan Quest still.  Haven't been in the mood lately to play it.  It was like crack for a couple of days, but that didn't last very long.  Still playing SFIV as usual.  I've also been playing a lot of MAME (arcade emulator) lately.  Played through Michael Jackson's Moonwalker and Final Fight the other day.  I've also been playing around with Street FIgher II: Rainbow Edition, a hack for SFII: Champion Edition.  It's basically SFII: Champion Edition on crack.  You get to do air fireballs, change characters when ever you want, homing fireballs, full screen hurricane kicks.  It's just plain fun.
This is Jordan and I'm signing out.
EDIT:  OK, I'm having a slight problem right now.  As I mentioned in the blog right up this edit, I said I was going to watch Karin.  Well, I think I changed my mind.  While doing some research about the series, I seen that manga is only 58 chapters so instead of watching the anime, I might end up just reading the manga instead.  It would be faster to read the manga instead, which I heard is a lot darker and better then the anime.  I guess that's a first for me, manga first.  Haha. 
So now, I need something new to watch.  Anyone have any good suggestions for slice of lice or comedy shows I could check out?  I've really been into slice of life shows and comedy shows lately and I have been enjoying them a ton.  I'll do some looking around tonight and hopefully something catches my eye.
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