Lucky Star – 18
Would you like a chocolate wafer? They’re good huh! Here’s another bag! I got a ton, cuz y’know, they come with cool toys.
Out of nowhere, Konata starts assigning animals to everybody. I’m pretty mischievous, so a fox. Yutaka is like a small animal, so a squirrel. Tsukasa is obedient, so a dog. Hoh, Kagami says, this is just an excuse to call me a tiger or a wolf, isn’t it? Nope, Konata replies… since you’re such a lonely girl, maybe you’re a rabbit~
How about the others?
Yui-neesan: leopard – always on the move!
Minami: falcon – quiet and cool
Miyuki: sheep – she’s got that “fumo fumo” feeling to her… nice way of saying airheaded bimbo! Konata disagrees: Miyuki should be a cow due to the size of her mammaries!
It’s interesting to think about, albeit random – but from a Konata standpoint – these kind of human to animal transformations happen quite often, no? We just saw something like it a few episodes ago in Nagasarete. The mind of an anime otaku… sweet childish innocence meshed with sticky adolescent hormones.
Today’s random conversation: talking about Konata’s scrapbook from her childhood. Back then, she wanted to be regular things, like a vet or a lawyer. What happened!!
Random segue into: Is housewife considered a profession? Kagami doesn’t think so, but that’s what Tsukasa put down for her future aspiration…
Today’s random Miyuki explanation: What type of foods and nutrients are good for your eyesight?
Today’s random Tsukasa question: Nee, Kona-chan, what’s “moe”? Oh man…here comes another Haruhi reference… No wait, she says she can’t really describe it? Kinda weird, coming from the princess of otaku herself!
Today’s random Day in the Life of the Hiiragi Family: Tsukasa thinks puppies are cute! Dad, let’s get a dog! Kagami to the rescue: you know, you have to walk it, train it, clean up after it, etc… dogs aren’t all fun and games. You know what this reminds me of? When those kids get all happy when they get a balloon from the carnival, then some asshole walks by and pops it. Kinda like that.
Today’s random Konata x Kagami moment: Kagami forces another light novel onto Konata. This time, she sits there and makes sure Konata is reading it. Jiiiiiiii
Today’s Random Event to Get In The Way of Konata’s Anime Watching: Elections.
Today’s random KyoAni Reference: Kuroi-sensei tries to explain the merits of televised elections while Konata does not concur! Full Metal Panic Venom vs Arbalest in Super Robot Taisen!
Today’s random Tsukasa With Cell Phone scene: Her bill this month was too high – she got scolded >_< . Connects to talk about how long a cell phone lasts, and how Konata uses the cheapest plans because she barely uses her phone anyways!
Wow, that’s a lot of randomness. Random happenings in the rest of the episode:
Last Character Introduce! Tamura Hiyori, the dark haired meganekko in Yutaka’s class. Let’s see what happens to her in this episode.
Side by side with Hiyori, we also find out more about our favorite exchange student, Patty!
Today’s random parting shot: Kusakabe Misao’s “3 second rule” at work. Exceptions to the rule?
Lucky Channel 18 – Standard fare, this time being a recap of the six side characters. Akira not too happy that even the minor characters are getting screen time, whereas she still hasn’t gotten any…
Shiraishi Minoru ED
ED: 「かおりんのテーマ」 (Kaorin no Theme) by 白石稔 (Shiraishi Minoru)
Shiraishi sings a rather poppy song and sounds… well, impressive. No corny dance this time, though, it’s Tsukasa’s VA in a wedding dress… until the very end, where she somehow morphs into Shiraishi as the veil is being lifted :O
The title of this episode is “Ten People, Ten Colors,” referring to the now-complete lineup of the ten Lucky Star girls, and quite literally, their unique hair colors. Of course, if that were really the case, it’d be nine colors with Kagami and Tsukasa – the “ten colors” actually refers to their ten different personalities. Each girl looks unique, sounds unique, and behaves their own unique way, each of them easily identifiable with just a glance or a few quick words.
The thing is, up to this point, the same could be said about almost any harem anime, be it the popular ones like SHUFFLE or Da Capo, or even the crappy bygones like
Kanon Air SHUFFLE Memories or Da Capo Second Season. So what separates the Lucky Star girls from the harem lineups?
To me, it’s that sense of honest friendship that continues to be the x-factor for this show, and it shines brighter than ever in this episode. Much like the main foursome, the kouhai foursome of Yutaka, Minami, Hiyori and Patty is terrific fun to watch, even if all they do is sit around and talk. Each character is unique and individual in their own sense, but not necessary to fill a role as seen in harem lineups – rather, it’s completely believable that they are a group of friends that appreciate each other’s company. I believe part of what makes this achievable is the ease and fluidity in which the characters are set up – unlike the conjured fantasy of harem characters, it’s more of a simplified, exaggerated reality in Lucky Star. Azumanga was successful to this degree and part of the reason for its lasting appeal, but I believe Lucky Star excels in this aspect with how “synchronized” the characters are, not just with the pace of the show, but with each other. It’s funny how such different people can come together and become great friends, isn’t it?
As a final note, I wanted to bring up Patty’s character and the interesting subtleties in her personality. As a foreign exchange student, she’s quite proud of her extensive knowledge of Japanese otaku culture, and even gets a bit stuck-up when Yutaka and Minami say they haven’t heard of those otaku places are with a snobby “you mean you REALLY don’t know?” I mean, isn’t that so true? I’m always pestering my Japanese friends about the newest Miliyah Kato single or the newest episode of Dennou Coil, but they have no idea what I’m talking about. Before, like Patty, I was sort of surprised at their lack of knowledge in such things I put so much time into, but now I realize it is completely understandable. After all, if some Japanese guy started gushing to you about the latest Battlestar Galactica or Stargate SG-1 episode, would you be able to follow? I’m sure some of you might very well be able to, but I’ll take a stab and say most of us wouldn’t. And it’s just like that with these late night anime – they cater to a specific audience, and even though it might be hugely popular in anime circles around the world, it’s still a minority when compared to the entire population. For Patty to not be cognizant of this piece of cultural wisdom is a delicious little intricacy of her character – the kind sprinkled all throughout Lucky Star – ultimately coming together in a seamless package that’s not only funny, but also exciting, heartwarming, and oh so delectable.
I could gush about Lucky Star all day!