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Jaalin here, reporting live from Hong Kong! Man, the weather is hotter than Yoko up in here. Today I’m gonna see if I can score one of them vastly superior Asian cell phones…but man, it’s good to be back here.

You know what else is good? Lucky Star!

Episode 8 kicks off with another shot of Kona-dad; this time he’s on tv since he’s trying to play it off as a phamous photographer at his daughter’s sports meet. Oh, sports meet? It’s the sports meet episode…woohoo!

Some musings before include Konata jocking around Kagamin some, then some more. Then a scene where Konata says Miyuki isn’t suited for athletics because of her…endowed figure. Well, it’s true – have you ever seen women’s basketball? Whew…

Event 1: Hot Cross Buns
This rather peculiar event involves running up to a bun suspended in mid air and jumping up to chomp it out of the air. The other girls try their best to get a good bite in, but cannot stand up to the force of Kagami’s chompers. She’s so powerful she chews down the entire rack holding the buns.

Sidenote 1: Konata’s dad is around snapping pictures of all the nubile young girls with his camera and monster of a lens. That’s one way to support your daughter…!

Event 2: 100m dash
As we all know, Konata got some juice in those legs of hers, so it wasn’t a matter of winning, but how she was going to do it. What better way than to pretend she’s playing a video game…like one of those old school Olympics games where you just spam the A button to run as fast as possible. She even employs some hardcore tactics like using a metal ruler, lol

Event 3: Long Jump
Kagami is quite athletic, actually – her weakness is more around the lines of trying too hard and. In this case, she totally smashes the other girls’ distance, but falls flat on her face. Must be all that pent up anger from hanging out with Konata.

Event 4: 110m hurdles
Hurdling isn’t as easy as it looks – besides having to run, you have to jump with impeccable timing. Something I just can’t picture Tsukasa doing. Oh well, she looks cute doing it. That red headband she wears is super cute!

Event 5: Relay!
The final event of the day is the long-awaited relay race. The adrenaline is pumping and tensions are high as that Initial D parody song plays in the background. Miyuki the anchor seems to be in third place with quite a lot of ground to make up! Don’t let her calm demeanor fool you – this girl’s a killer! Miyuki takes first as she crosses the finish line by a margin of 3 cup sizes.

Well, that’s it for the sports meet. No dance around the bonfire in which we were supposed to be privy to some more Konata x Kagamin action. Oh well…

The second half kicks off with Tsukasa trying to play her recorder. She’s blowing too hard so it sounds like crap, so Kagami tells her to ease up. Turns out pretty good! But then Tsukasa starts hyperventilating from breathing too hard while exhaling too little. Oh yes.

A little scene involving the girls standing in the lunch line deciding what to get. Seems like they all get what they ordered at the beach, except this time Tsukasa wants ramen too. But there’s no more…dai shokku!

Another scene where Tsukasa is thinking that it’s a good thing she’s the younger sister, since Kagami is so much more mature and level-headed. What if I were the older sister, Tsukasa thinks. Hilarity ensues.

Other happenings:
- Konata gets her letter published in Newtype. That’s huge!
- Delve into the mind of Konata as she stands in the manga section of the bookstore deciding what to buy
- Lucky Channel – Just when Akira looked like she was easing up a bit…there she goes again. Getting old? Not a chance in hell!

-jaalin

Nagasarete may be delayed this week; as for next week and the week after, my status is still up in the air – all depends if I have internet nor not :/

May 27, 2007 at 1:45 pm
45 comments »
  • May 27, 2007 at 1:50 pmRasmiel

    Wooters, Heroic Age!
    And LOL @ the dramatic scene with Konata. XD

  • May 27, 2007 at 1:54 pmNemo_N

    Is Konata browsing the hentai section?! I recognize Namida by Iio Tetsuaki an a cover by Cuvie.

  • May 27, 2007 at 1:58 pmOwen S

    http://randomc.net/image/Lucky%20Star/Lucky%20Star%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2006.jpg

    I proclaim this Most Moe Konata ever. Also, looks like her dad’s finally getting appropriate airtime, although it looks like he’s using his camera on Tsukasa.

  • May 27, 2007 at 2:19 pmMighty Mouse

    Heroic Age with a little Code Geass hiding in the corner :P

  • May 27, 2007 at 2:44 pmpiffleprincess

    Don’t forget El Cazador on the back cover!

  • May 27, 2007 at 2:47 pmMao

    Yup… kona-chan’s staring a Eroge… XD… You can see the To heart Eroge on the shelves.. the one with the blurred red and pink.. I’m getting a “To he-” so i’m assuming that it’s To heart XD

  • May 27, 2007 at 3:00 pmDis

    Heroic Age? In MY Lucky Star?

    Faaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous!

  • May 27, 2007 at 3:17 pmwhatever

    the cover shows code geass too, I saw C.C on the cover haha

  • May 27, 2007 at 3:32 pmquigonkenny

    “Kyonani©” FTW

  • May 27, 2007 at 4:28 pmGene

    WHERE THE HELL IS CHIHARA MINORI?! D:

  • May 27, 2007 at 4:45 pmRandomDendohfanboy

    Oh great, she sings the WORST song in Ouendan 2……..

  • May 27, 2007 at 4:46 pmDis

    Oooh, Tsukasa plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and another song I recognise on the recorder.

  • May 27, 2007 at 5:18 pmGStrike-

    Tsukasa >= Konata > Kagome > Akira > Miyuki

  • May 27, 2007 at 5:31 pmed2k

    :-) Great anime :-)

  • May 27, 2007 at 6:36 pmTien Guan

    enjoy your flight

  • May 27, 2007 at 6:37 pmrielle

    OMG! HEROIC AGE!! … wait… i think somebody already said that… anyway… OMG! HEROIC AGE!!

  • May 27, 2007 at 8:24 pmAvexMode

    Echii-sama, err I mean Age-sama

  • May 27, 2007 at 9:36 pmRandomDendohfanboy

    You know, it’s not really a reference to Heroic Age. It’s more of a reference to Newtype Japan magazine considering since Heroic Age is this month’s cover art.

  • May 27, 2007 at 10:08 pmthenightsshadow

    Anyone notice the KyoAni -> “Kyon”ani Reference?

  • May 27, 2007 at 10:52 pmKaioshin Sama

    I’m pretty sure the Kyonani thing is just a misspelling.

  • May 27, 2007 at 11:02 pmMao

    hehe Heroic Age… i hought it was that other series.. gin-ryo… something like that was by the same artist made last year. Haha.. yay i’m the first person to answer the poll too XDXD

  • May 27, 2007 at 11:03 pmAlgester

    mo~e

  • May 28, 2007 at 12:20 amAqua

    i figured the kyonani was a play of konami. which is why the n is there lol. shrug.

  • May 28, 2007 at 1:50 amwahahaha

    Oh pretty old Controller destroyer games Track and Field

  • May 28, 2007 at 2:50 amxXMikotoNakadaiXx

    Haven’t gotten around to watching the episode yet, but by the looks of these screenshots, it’s gonna freaking rock. ^^

  • May 28, 2007 at 3:06 amTenkaichi

    2nded on Kyonani being a play of “Konami,” that would explain why it’s in the screen of Track and Field XD

  • May 28, 2007 at 9:09 amhellionz

    kagami doing what osaka (azumanga daioh) always wanted to do.

    http://randomc.net/image/Lucky%20Star/Lucky%20Star%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2007.jpg

  • May 28, 2007 at 10:21 amJCSlim

    Love it!!! Now if Miyuki had her hair tied in a pony tail… that’d be even greater (ref to Sakaki!!!). But anyway, I LOVE the song that was playing when Miyuki was running. Anyone know what that song is? Is it out yet?

  • May 28, 2007 at 10:24 amJCSlim

    Ooh, thought I’ve heard it somewhere before.. eps 6~!! But seriously, is there a title for it yet?

  • May 28, 2007 at 10:39 amdward

    Lol….I just can’t get enough of Konata singing.

  • May 28, 2007 at 12:49 pmLucky ChannlelUuuu!

    I think the Shining konata part is something to do with Gurenn Lagann
    here:
    http://randomc.net/image/Lucky%20Star/Lucky%20Star%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2024.jpg

    Just guessing tho….not sure cos still waiting for the subs XD…can’t wait

  • May 28, 2007 at 2:19 pmKaioshin Sama

    I seriously think the Kyonani thing was just a slip up and they wanted to go with Kyoani. Kyoto Animation doesn’t seem to have much respect for other companies so I can’t see them wanting to do a play on Konami. They’d sooner just paste their name over Konami’s any day, like they tried to. It would be just as obvious what they were trying to do even if they just put KyoAni instead of Kyonani, maybe even moreso without the extra letter.

  • May 28, 2007 at 3:27 pmVanessa

    I can see a reference to Shuffle too?..

  • May 28, 2007 at 8:01 pmRevyFTW

    so…anyone else seeing the churuya reference in the track and field shots. I mean sure the idea may have come form azumanga but thats smoked cheese if i ever saw it.

  • May 28, 2007 at 8:15 pmAvexMode

    Moar short-hair Kagami!!!1

  • May 29, 2007 at 4:05 amVexx

    I could be sarcastic and shout “wow, it was sunny during the track meet just like in ….” A good many of these references are not references at all — they’re parts of every day life for many students in Japan. ((never mind much of this stuff is in the manga))
    I’m not saying they don’t do referencing, but it is usually pretty explicit (like buying a TH2 school uniform for Tsukasa or the Initial D sequence).

    Just enjoy the show…. its cute, its funny. They have medication for seeing things that aren’t there :)

  • May 29, 2007 at 10:16 amSailor Enlil

    I wonder what Konota did/said this time to piss Kagami off like that?

    http://randomc.net/image/Lucky%20Star/Lucky%20Star%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2003.jpg

  • May 29, 2007 at 3:06 pmNewprimus

    That looks like a Nikon D200 that Konata’s dad is holding (the left main dial looks the same):

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond200/

    Now that lens has got to be hardcore. Must cost in the thousands of USD equivalent in yen.

  • May 29, 2007 at 6:49 pmDensuke Dilla

    http://randomc.net/image/Lucky%20Star/Lucky%20Star%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2030.jpg

    the one girl looks exactly like that girl in kanon who was shiori’s friend

  • May 30, 2007 at 2:49 amFat Cat Lim

    @Newprimus:

    I thought so too at first, but those are professional Canon telephoto zoom lens, as you can tell by their white and black design. This is probably the model that he’s using:

    http://www.canon-europe.com/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Fixed_Focal_Length/EF_400mm_f56L_USM/index.asp

    Apparently it’s a very capable lightweight lens for taking sharp-looking photos.

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/forgotten-400.shtml

  • May 30, 2007 at 9:30 pmSigmond

    heh, I have the exact artbook that Konata is holding in her left hand in the bookstore. They had a lot of Haruhi stuff at AnimeUSA, that was one of my better purchases.

  • May 30, 2007 at 11:22 pmDavwon

    The subbed version is out. Gimme a laugh so hard that my stomach hurts. ^_^ (THe best part is the rally race, Intial_D+Mikuru. ^_^)

  • May 31, 2007 at 9:03 amvynn

    you are my prodigy, prodigy, prodigy~~

    that’s what i got from the initial d parody song from ep6

  • June 1, 2007 at 12:09 amyanouchi

    somebody please explain why Shiraishi said “Don’t touch me” when Akira-sama peeling the clipboard??…

  • June 1, 2007 at 12:43 amShinSenshi

    Kyonani->not necessarily ‘konami’…Haruhi pun?