Lucky Star – 22
Shiraishi Minoru ED
Shiraishi cycles through the EDs he’s sung, including one called 「我が愛しのサンタモニカ」 (Waga Itoshi no Santa Monica), as Akira and Tsukasa blow whistles. In other words, Shiraishi attempts to do his own best hits album…all at once.
More random life snippets this episode:
- Why complain about a difference of a few yen in gas prices when you’ve just spent tons of money eating kaiten sushi?
- Tsukasa chews her food while Konata and Kagami talk about trends and fads
- Why does the MLB call their championship the “world series” when it’s only an American league? Then again, I’d say this applies more to basketball, where (until very, very recently) the USA national team constantly gets whooped by the likes of Greece and Lithuania in international competition.
- Some masterful conversation transfer: Konata asks Kagami and Miyuki for help with some questions – turns out they’re game show questions – Konata might be dumb in real life but in the virtual world she’s a “sage,” but at the cost of her sleep schedule – speaking of which, Miyuki always sleeps early, which is why she probably “grew” so much – but Yutaka, you sleep a lot too and yet you’re so small – Yutaka complains to Minami, who then makes the connection to sleep and her own lack of “growth.” Whew.
- Walkman Yutaka. I could watch this all day.
- What do you do with your spare hand when talking on the phone? Kagami makes a lot of hand gestures, Konata likes to clean her carpet… as for me… well, I don’t think it would make it to Lucky Star.
- Pocky Straw. To be totally honest, I’ve never done that before. But then again, maybe that was the whole point of this segment.
- Borrowing stuff and lending stuff – kinda hard to remember after a while has passed, eh?
- The difficulties of falling asleep – this happens to me all the freakin time – I start nodding off like crazy over my textbook, but as soon as I get into bed, I’m wide awake again. Tsukasa> “Does this only happen to me???”
- Kagami munching down on a roasted sweet potato as Konata looks on. Now you know where she gets all those jokes.
- Full Metal Panic, fourth anime. You heard it here first.
- Yutaka’s jar opening problems. Is that freakin Akiko Jam? Segue into potato chip bag opening stubbornness and mosquito-slapping stubbornness.
- More Soujiro science of lolicon perceptions.
- Why did Kanata agree to marry you? After I cried that I became a galge loving man because she wouldn’t give me a chance.
- Konata has the mole of her dad and the eyes of her mom, but Kanata wished she wouldn’t inherit her height and Soujiro’s personality. So much for that.
- Why do you bring up Kanata all of a sudden? Well, I don’t know that much about mom.
Even Soujiro is adult enough to know the weight of that statement. He proceeds to talk about Kanata and then busts out his new digital camera to talk some father-daughter pictures, but with a special guest – the spirit of Kanata drifts into the room to check up on her family. She’s relieved to see that nothing has changed – Soujiro is still the same guy, Konata still the carefree girl, and to see them as good friends puts a smile on her face.
“Hey dad, why did mom choose you? After all, you’re some pervert lolicon otaku oyaji.” Not even Kanata can answer that question – not until Soujiro says that he had complete confidence in the fact that he was “the man who loved Kanata the most in the entire world.” Cue music and flashbacks to when Kanata was still around – from their trip to the beach to when Soujiro proposed, to Kanata trying to be a housewife and when Konata was born.
“He accepts my good parts and bad parts. He showed me all his good parts and bad parts. The place where I feel most at ease. The place that lets me feel the most at ease. To not be able to be at that place right now… it’s a little frustrating. But, as long as Konata and Soujiro are within me, and me within them, I’ll continue to watch on. May these two who brought me so much happiness, be blessed with happiness forever…”
Kanata gets in the picture frame herself as the shutter snaps. I wonder if they’ll be surprised… well, freaked out.
Finish things with one last Hiyori scene, this time envisioning a Minami x Yutaka Marimite moment. Cue greasy Hiyori music.
Lucky Channel 22: Oha-Luc… wait… what happened? The stage is still in pieces, the only thing playing is a conversation between the producer and the director… is this the end of Lucky Channel? Is there any rescue?
Smiles. Tears. Joy. Regret. A visit from Kanata, and what a memorable visit it was. The softer side of Lucky Star.
KyoAni has always been good at this kind of stuff, and they show it off well here with a short yet touching segment loaded with nostalgic images, bittersweet music, and a moving dialogue. And how about Kanata’s voice? I continue to be impressed with the amazing job that every single seiyuu in this show has put out – the casting has been terrific and the seiyuu have all stepped up their game to give a fantastic performance. It wasn’t all sap, though – true to the Lucky Star code, the segment was still peppered with little jokes and otaku references, and yet still remained every bit as powerful.
If Kanata was so great in her few minutes, imagine if she was around the whole show! Well, I guess she’d be a more moe version of Akiko… hell, nothing wrong with that…
Lastly, I wanted to point out that the various random scenes in this ep were more coherent than usual, as in being more related with each other. The transitions between various conversations was pretty funny in itself, to be honest. You know, it’s almost like KyoAni heard all the complaints of people who said that Lucky Star was too disjointed in its approach, and instantly responded… not the first time that’s happened, either.