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Lucky Star

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Lucky Star is an anime based on a four-panel comic strip manga by Kagami Yoshimizu.

Lucky Star focuses on a group of girls in high school. Konata Izumi is the "leader" of the group; she is a childish, nonchalant, and lazy girl who is really into video games, online games, manga, and anime. While she does have some intelligence and some athletic abilities, Konata refuses to join any of the school clubs so as to not miss the prime time anime shows or to be prevented from pursuing her otaku interests. She also works at a cosplay cafe. Konata lives with her widowed father and her younger cousin, Yutaka Kobayakawa.

Kagami Hiiragi is an excellent student who studies really hard. She is not in Konata's class, but she comes into Konata's classroom quite regularly at lunchtime and eats her lunch there. She also likes video games, but likes a different kind than Konata. Kagami also likes to read light novels. Kagami has a younger fraternal twin sister named Tsukasa Hiiragi.

Tsukasa is in the same class as Konata. She is not good at studying or sports, but she is a very good cook. Tsukasa is a loving, friendly, good-natured, and clumsy person; she is also portrayed as a bit of an airhead. Tsukasa is also known for having her hair in the same style as Akari Kamigishi in To Heart.

Miyuki Takara is a beautiful, smart, and well-mannered girl from a wealthy family who wears glasses. She is generally portrayed giving impromptu and highly-detailed definitions and explanations for diverse matters. She is scared of contacts, so she insists on wearing glasses. Miyuki loves to sleep. Every once in a while, Miyuki will play video games; but when she does, her personality changes. Miyuki also tends to be a frequent victim of Konata's playful bouts of verbal sexual harassment.

Lucky Star tends to focus more on vignettes in the episodes than on an overall story with a plot. The series also employs a lot of bright colors and cute character designs. Lucky Star also throws in a lot of otaku references in the dialogue as well.

While the design of the series may look cute, it's really not aimed at younger viewers. Personally, I would recommend Lucky Star to anime viewers who are 12 or 13 years of age and older.


Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
Lucky Star242007Yutaka Yamamoto/Yasuhiro TakemotoKyoto AnimationKadokawa Pictures/Bandai Entertainment
Lucky Star: Original na Visual to Animation12008Yasuhiro TakemotoKyoto AnimationBandai Entertainment
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