Lucky Star – 23
Kagami> Hey Konata, lemme use your comp? Gotta write something for the committee meeting.
Konata> Sure, go for it.
Kagami> Oi, wanna tell me something about your comp?
Konata> Ho ho ho, it’s tough using someone else’s comp isn’t it, Kagami~
Konata drags and drops a folder named “tsundere” to the “images” folder. Estimated time to completion: 2 hours. 90 minutes. 50 minutes. “Hey, this is going faster than I expected.” 38 minutes. 60 minutes. HEY
Soujiro looking forward to his bowl of instant noodles… rip open package, pour in the sauce packets, add the hot wat… no more water OTL
Yutaka and Konata are sick! Yui comes to visit – Yutaka is tucked away in bed, while Konata… is playing video games. “Hoh, too sick to go to school but not sick enough for video games eh?”
Konata> You of all people should understand, Yui-neesan…
Minami, Hiyori, and Patty pay a visit to the ailing Yutaka. Yui-neesan welcomes “Minami-tachi,” while completely ignoring the other two. The first thing Yutaka says? “Minami-chan, Tamura-san, Patty-chan, welcome~”
Yutaka> I wonder why I have such a weak body… I’m always causing people to worry about me…
Konata> Well, that’s what makes people want to protect you.
Yui> But it’s pretty troubling for the person who’s actually sick!
Hiyori> Hm… so that’s like saying people who actually do have a younger sister don’t think of her as moe…
Konata> Eck! The muggles are attacking us with their piercing stares!
Patty> They can’t follow what we’re saying!
Hiyori> We can’t help it, senpai! We’re outlaws !!
Konata> Minami-chan, you’re pretty worried about that flat chest, ne?
Yui> I heard they grow more if you squeeze them!
Hiyori’s Imagination> Yutaka> I-I-Is it really ok, Minami-chan? I can squeeze?
“Clinging to Innocence”
Turns out Konata has seen some of Hiyori’s doujin works at Comiket!
Yutaka> Oh, really? Onee-chan, can you show me some of her stuff?
Hiyori> Please… anything but that…
Miyuki and her mom watch a show with Mino Monta, this time talking about a gum which includes the great Xylitol sugar, an artificial sweetener which is supposed to help reduce cavities.
Miyuki> If it’s that great for my teeth, I might as well try some…
*munch munch munch* SNAP
Miyuki> My fillings came out when I was chewing T_T… now I have to go back to the dentist…
“Chicken or the Egg”
Tsukasa> I just realized, don’t strawberries have the same smell as shortcakes?
Kagami> Ah, I see… but isn’t the smell of shortcakes due to them containing strawberries?
Tsukasa> Oh yeah
“The Biggest Loser”
Kagami> Ohh, Kusakabe, you play video games too?
Misao> Yeah! Wanna have at it?
Misao> Uoooo! Hiiragi is good! Haha! That’s amazing!
Kagami> (here I am trying to win when she’s really enjoying herself… aren’t I the loser here…)
Kagami> What kind of songs do you listen to, Patricia-san?
Patty> Soudesune… Orange Ra***, Chemist**, Suneoh***, Porno Graf****, L’arc en ci**, etc etc… a lot of different Japanese artists!
Kagami> Hoh, that’s impressive.
Konata> So in other words, all the ones that sang in anime.
Patty> Ahh, I want a maid. I’m always so busy with cooking, laundry, manga, anime
Kagami> Yea, a housekeeper would be nice to have, eh?
Patty> No, no, not a housekeeper… A MAID!
Kagami> Eh, aren’t they the same thing…
Patty> What have you been learning in this country!!
Kagami> Keh, you sure you’re not confusing Japan with something else?
Miyuki> Kobayakawa-san always says Minami-chan is so cool and kakkoii!
Flash to scene of Yukari walking by Minami’s house and seeing her “chin-chin-ing” with her dog
Yukari> So cool and kakkoii huh!
Miyuki> Izumi-san says Minami-chan has no weaknesses!
Flash to scene of Yukari spying on Minami at the grocery store, where she screwed one of those buy one get one free deals
Yukari> No weaknesses huh!
Miyuki> Kagami-san and Tsukasa-san say Minami-chan is so capable and can do anything!
Flash to scene of Minami at the same grocery store calling her mom and saying there’s a one-item limit, then nodding her head to something her mom says. Minami walks out the store. Walks back in. Walks out the store. Walks back in. I’m guessing her mom told her to just go back in the store and get another one… but she misunderstood -_-
Yukari> So capable huh!
Konata> HAAA-KUSHON! (Japanese version of “achoo”… lol)
Kagami> Haha, that’s the first time I seen someone actually say “hakushon” when sneezing.
Miyuki> ha… haa… hakushun~!
Kagami> You guys sure get along well… have you ever gotten into an argument?
Misao> You bet… Ayano is pretty scary when she’s mad
Kagami> Hm… I can see that
Misao> By the way, Hiiragi, you’re always scary
“Win by Half a Cup Size”
Yutaka> Minami-chan got the same time as you in the 100m dash!
Konata> But if we raced each other, I’d win cuz my chest is larger! Hehe!
Screen Caption> ~Flat-chested Girls~
Other happenings this episode:
- Kagami gets pissed off during a phone call
- Miyuki visits the dentist. Just lay back and open your mouth!
- Attaching dogs to their owners… that husky must have a twin-tailed tsundere owner!
- Feeding the dog at the dinner table
- More complaints about mecha anime – they have to have cute characters in order to please fans now
- Konata picks up a Kahlua CD (Galaxy Angel Rune character voiced by Hirano Aya). Later, Kagami notices a Powerpuff Girls Z CD with Blossom on the cover. Guess who voices Blossom :D
- Konata and Patty looking at moe girls on the computer. Yui-neesan walks in! Minimize minimize!! Yutaka walks in! OH SHI-
- Kuroi-sensei finishes a long blog post. *Submit* -THE PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED-
Lucky Channel 23
Gotou Yuuko makes her Lucky Star debut as a sword-toting motorcycle-straddling female gang member named “Gottouza-sama.” After her Onizuka-esque pep talk, can Shiraishi and Akira reconcile for one final episode?
Shiraishi Minoru ED
ED: 「ミクル変身!そして戦闘!」 (Mikuru Henshin! Soshite Sentou) by 白石稔 (Shiraishi Minoru)
Ba ba ba ba baaa ba ba baaa… relax with the song stylings of Shiraishi as he engages in an epic lightsaber battle. フォースを使う、 みのる！！
Not really what I was expecting for the 2nd to last episode – it was almost “too normal” of an episode, with all the typical antics and real-world situations. There was no big school trip or Haruhi concert, and the biggest thing that happened was probably Yukari making fun of Minami. If I were to point out one thing about this episode, it would be the balance of material, with an almost equal distribution of referential humor, moe humor, real-world situational humor (that file transfer scene nailed it on the dot), and just plain ol’ fun humor.
Then of course, we had the debut of Gotou Yuuko, which now completes the Haruhi seiyuu triumvirate in Lucky Star (5, if you include Ono Daisuke and Shiraishi) – remember, we saw Chihara Minori at Comiket, and Hirano Aya during the Haruhi Gekisou performance. Keep in mind, though, those other two technically didn’t have speaking roles (they’re already playing characters in Lucky Star…), so the Yuuko appearance was pretty unique. She’s damn cute too, with those big red eyes and the forced hoodlum voice. She even went “vroom vroom” on her bike -_-
Next episode is the last episode! Looks like it’s going to take place during the school festival – something we haven’t seen in Lucky Star yet (the closest was the athletics meet), and based on previous anime experience, usually works out pretty well. Here’s to hoping for a great end – KyoAni has never disappointed!
As always a big thanks to mewmew for helping me out with the translations!!