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The cultural festival is finally upon us, and the entire school is busy busy in their preparations. “Mehhh, it’s suchhhh a drag,” sighs Konata, as Kagami provides her usual too-practical rebuttal: “this is how you’re facing the last festival of your high school days??” Elsewhere, Patricia gets word of the opening ceremony festivities, and gets an idea about something big…

Wow, narrative format for Lucky Star? This is gonna get weird… this episode was actually one coherent story. Well, kinda.

  • Since most of the people watching Lucky Star are anime / Japanese pop culture veterans, I’ll skip the background info for the cultural festival and just refer to this article.
  • What’s Konata’s class planning to do? Some random ideas are peppered on the board as Class Rep Shiraishi tallies up the votes. “fortune-telling booth” wins by a landslide, versus things like “bazaar,” “maze,” “haunted house,” and “the history and assembly of kiritansu,” with a lonely one vote from Miyuki. Wait, haven’t we seen something about fortune telling in a previous KyoAni production? More on this later.

    So what’s Patricia’s great idea? A cheer dance for the opening ceremony! Here’s the catch – she needs all her friends to participate. After some early uncertainty from Hiyori, Patricia’s sparkly eyes and ultimate moe voice wins her over; even little Yutaka wants to join in on the fun. Wait a sec… cheer dance? With all the girls? Opening (ceremony)? I think I know what’s coming, and depending on what side you’re on, could be epic win or epic fail…!

    Seems like Kagami’s class is doing a haunted house – how generic. But the thought of Kagami as some vengeful spirit works out quite well. Konata agrees!

    Back at the Izumi house, Yutaka is telling Konata about her plans to participate in the dance. Konata isn’t too high on the idea, as it’s quite physically demanding – but then an unexpected call comes from our favorite gaijin, who poses a simple question to Konata: “I have in my hand a ticket! Now, now, what ticket could it be?” (for those who can read kanji, the ticket has a very noticeable “Hirano Aya” written on it)
             Konata> eh… hm… GEH?! NO WAY!
             Patty> Heh heh, Gekisou was pretty sweet huh? Wouldn’t you like to have a passionate handshake with Haruhi herself?
             Konata> AHHHH YES YES YES!
             Patty> By the way, I have a small request…
             (after phone call)
             Konata> Yuu-chan… go make some great memories!!!

    The next day, Konata recruits the Hiiragis: Tsukasa was easy enough to win over with a simple “it’ll be fun to do it with everyone!” but Kagami took some extra grease. After using Kagami’s own “it’s our last school festival!” line against her to no avail, Konata shamelessly brings up Yutaka’s determination in spite of her frail body… with a blushed reluctance and a faint sigh of concession, Kagami agrees. Oh Mei-tan Kagami, you’re such a tsundere.

    Miyuki agrees after some light persuasion: “iyaa… we’re lacking in ‘volume’ so we you to join…” Guess what Konata is eyeing as she’s saying that? “Whooo, thanks boin- er… Miyuki-san!”

    So now the cast is almost fully assembled, but how about the actual dance? Apparently Patty is still having problems with the choreography and song selection…
             Kagami> WTF! You’re STILL working on it?
             Patty> I’m trying to pick the song and well… it just doesn’t have the same feel as Hare Hare…
             Kagami> Then you should’ve asked someone else for help!
             Patty> I don’t understand difficult Japanese~
             Kagami> WTFFF!!!! You better finish this TODAY !!!!
             Konata> Nee, Kagami… for someone who didn’t want to do this, you sure are into it…
             Kagami> …shut up

    Back to Konata’s class, where they seem to have gotten several of the decorations up around the room. Miyuki is working on her tarot card fortune telling, but what’s Tsukasa going to do? Miyuki suggests some fortune telling based on patterns and shapes, sorta like palm reading, or throwing a bunch of sticks on the ground and reading a fortune from that. Except Tsukasa does it with senbei, lol (as Miao would say, a focused Tsukasa is fine too).

    The next day at school, Patty is showing the girls what the song and dance looks like on her cell phone. Yea, it’s Motteke Sailor Fuku. Question is, what video are they watching? Who’s doing the dance? Is it Patty in her room with a webcam? Or are they watching anime versions of their anime selves? And who’s singing the song?

    Sounds like an appropriate time for Konata to insert her own version of dondake?

  • We saw this term used in an earlier episode where Tsukasa and Konata was talking about Santa Claus, and once again by Kagami in the same episode where Shiraishi picked up her handkerchief. There’s no real meaning besides “wtf” or “eh” or any other sentence filler you can think of – what we do know is that it’s the new “it” word in Japan. Check here for some background info.
  • After a little scene with Misao and Ayano, we cut to Patty’s class, where a bunch of their random classmates are talking about their menu items. Here’s some more crash course lessons in Japanese subculture…
             Boy A: What’s yakisoba being called in our café?
             Girl: “The Aromatic Breeze of Spring”
             Boy B: What’s this “Trickling Dew of the Sun?”
             Girl: That’s okonomiyaki!
             Boy A: Haha, what’s up with this menu, nobody will know what they’re ordering!
             Patty: Japanese culture is funny!

  • A bit creepy to have all the chars voiced by the same seiyuu… like a self-conversation in different vocal variations. Anyways, right after that we find out that their class is doing what they’re calling a “Zuka Café,” the zuka being short for “takarazuka,” a popular all-female musical theater troupe – the Takarazuka Revue breaks up into several smaller troupes such as the Flower, the Moon, and the Snow – Patty’s class is calling themselves the “Wind Troupe.” If you remember, back a few eps when we were first introduced to Hiyori, Patty mentioned Takarazuka as she saw the extravagant drawing of Minami and Yutaka. Well, I guess we know whose idea the Zuka Café was…
  • Later, we see a little scene of Miyuki and Minami practicing their moves. Meanwhile, Konata and Hiyori are playing spectator as they wonder who’s the S (top) and who’s the M (bottom) in the relationship…
             Kagami> Oi, shut up and practice.

    The cheerleading costumes have come in! Miyuki thinks they look great, but they’re a bit embarrassing to wear! Naturally, Konata sees such a statement in a positive light…

    So what do the parents think of their daughters’ cultural festival plans? Soujiro gets quite excited at the prospect of seeing ten high school girls dancing around in cheerleading outfits, Kagami and Tsukasa’s parents just reminisced about their own festival, while Yukari tells Miyuki that she only wants to hear the good fortunes from her class.

    Next day at practice, Kagami flexes some more of her tsundere muscles… this time, Konata and Misao are on the ball with pointing it out~

    Those two game-exclusive characters make another cameo at the school gates (those chars from the bookstore during the cosplay cafe ep). They’re trying to get in because word spread that Akira was going to have a performance today (!!) – unfortunately, the first day of the school festival is for rehearsals and students only, so the public isn’t allowed in!

    It’s a damn shame too, cuz they’re missing out on everyone’s outrageous costumes – Kagami is dressed up as a ghost, Konata is her full on God knows Yuki garb (complete with magic wand and a couple seconds of Yuki’s patented fortune telling). Not to mention Yutaka and Minami’s costumes are in full bloom too!

    And, for the first time, we have Akira who has finally found a way to break into the main show. But… Shiraishi is there with her. Awkward! They work on a live rendition of Lucky Channel with a spotty audience looking on – Akira is going to perform that song she did during the karaoke “live event.” The music plays and Akira gets her game face on… and gets cut off by Shiraishi two words in.
             Akira’s temper> boom.

    And that was it for that. Really, lol. Lucky Channel crashes and burns to its last breath. So it goes.

    But let’s get to the real meat here… people have always wondered what sort of steps to use in Hare Hare Yukai while the dance wasn’t on-screen – KyoAni answered that call with a full dance version on the DVD release; no need for that this time, as the girls rehearse the full dance with every butt-shake, pom-pom swish, and chi-chi yure thrown in for good measure. The choreography is good and everything is moving and whooshing and it’s all so colorful and ahhhh! Well, the shock of seeing such an awesome OP sequence wore off for me long ago, but it was still great fun to see them do the whole thing.

    Afterwards, a short sequence involving that calm feeling you get when everything looks like it will work out alright. And it’s on to the actual performance – Shiraishi is the MC as usual, with the girls backstage waiting for the curtain to raise. They’re pretty nervous, until the odd sound of “mi-mi-miracle-minorun-run” echoes through the speakers as Shiraishi is introducing the group. Ah, tension relaxed.

    The girls look forward with confident faces, their eyes focused and legs no longer shaking. The curtain raises and the bright lights of the stage shine through…

    Shiraishi Minoru ED

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    ED: 「愛はブーメラン」 (Ai wa Bumeran) by 白石稔 (Shiraishi Minoru)

    Shiraishi ends the season with what might be his best song – !


    Thoughts

    You know that feeling you get at the end of a Final Fantasy? That long, melancholic yet satisfying moment that slowly washes out like the tide as the credits scroll and the music dramatically brings to an end your epic journey?

    None of that here! It was too happy, too triumphant, and too spectacular of a finish to even begin to feel sad that it’s all over. Save that for next Sunday, when I get that awkward feeling that something is missing from my day.

    So where to begin? This episode was distinct from the others as it followed more of a coherent chronology – while there was still some jumping around, all the events fell into a logical order. It was definitely a different feel and I quite like it – if I were to point out one thing that Lucky Star could have done better, this would probably be it. Azumanga was great in that it took a bunch of 4koma comics and wove them together into a single episode, something that Lucky Star never managed to pull off with too much success (nor really tried to) until this final episode. As hashihime pointed out in the comments, the mangaka had a direct hand in writing this episode, a rather nice touch when you think about all the KyoAni-injected material that has dominated the series.

    Besides the outstanding animation quality, the vibrant colors, and that sweet orchestral Motteke instrumental at the end, one thing that made this finale a particular good one was the fact that almost everything was covered, quite an achievement when considering just how many characters and how many personalities Lucky Star has introduced along the way. Every character got to show off some part of themselves that have made us come to love them over the months, from Kagami’s tsundereness to Tsukasa’s helplessness, from Misao’s “keep it real” attitude to Patty’s crazy gaijin assumptions. Even those two random game characters showed up, not to mention Akira finally got her appearance in the main show … when it didn’t matter anymore. What made her character so great wasn’t just the whole bipolar thing… it was the irony of it all. And who could forget that dance at the end? We all knew there would eventually be some full version, and with Patty’s insistence of a cheer dance from the outset, we knew it was coming at the end of the episode. Whether you liked Lucky Star for the cute animation, the sheer moeness, the friendship of the characters, the endless references, the crazy opening dance, or just the whole “hey, I do that too!” aspect of it, there was something for everybody in this episode.

    In other words, this episode fell into the trap of “trying to do too much” in a finale, and somehow ended up pulling it off quite triumphantly. Wish everything could end this well…

    And how about Lucky Star as a whole show? Most of my episode to episode thoughts have been covered in previous entries, and to sum them up would be to say something like how it went from ‘not as good as Haruhi’ to being an incredible show in its own right; targeted to a specific audience but with an appeal that deliberately reaches out much further. There is no plot to speak of (though there were two very specific moments of character development involving an argument between the Hiiragi sisters and another one involving Konata’s mother) nor were there many laugh out loud moments (similarly, there are examples of lol moments peppered throughout the show) – but that really wasn’t the point, and the production team never did anything to suggest that it would or should be. Much of the early criticism were a result of the show going in a different direction than what people expected or hoped (but can you honestly say the direction it took was no good?), later criticism stemmed from the referencing, especially to Haruhi material, to which I point out that it really made very little difference – it was just there as fluff to add that additional bit of excitement, not to mention that all the references made up a very small part of the entire show. However, these references were the easiest form of Lucky Star “humor” to pick up on, the easiest to screencap, and the easiest for people who don’t watch the show to criticize, being one aspect of Lucky Star that doesn’t require experience in the show to really understand. The referencing helped make Lucky Star more enjoyable than it already was, but for a casual detractor to come in and make the statement that “Lucky Star is only about references” is plain ignorance. As for those who follow Lucky Star every week and still think that (lookin at you kaioshin), well… hope you enjoyed the rest of the show.

    But no, debunking criticism doesn’t make a show good. But as I mentioned above, even though Lucky Star is aimed at a target audience, there are many, many different things to like about it. Ultimately, it’s the fact that all these different things were done so well and seamlessly integrated that makes Lucky Star a resounding success, worthy of mention as its own show and not just “the one with all the haruhi references” or “the kyoani azumanga” or whatever else was being echoed.

    It was a wonderful ride that started off slow but quickly picked up and kept up the pace all the way through. Along the way we met characters that each had their own flavor and own way of doing things, but somehow fit so well with each other. And if you took the time to watch, to listen, and to just enjoy their company, you might just have a little fun and go about your day with a little more cheer. I’m glad I did, and I hope you did too!


    -jaalin


    Thanks for reading and thanks for participating in the comments – you’ve all been great! Special thanks goes out to mewmew, who provided me with translations and explanations throughout the season, couldn’t have done it without him. Lucky Star is the first series I’ve blogged from start to finish, and I’m happy that I did – it’s brought out some of my best and definitely gave me the motivation to keep going on. As Omni hasn’t released his fall preview yet, I only have a very basic idea what may seem interesting to blog next season, but you can bet I’ll definitely give any comedies and 4koma adaptations a serious look.

    September 16, 2007 at 2:11 pm
    159 comments »
    • September 17, 2007 at 8:03 amdevil19

      man I will miss it.I really hope there is a second season.thx Kyoto Animations

    • September 17, 2007 at 9:20 amTetsuei

      Well, as the trolls hide behind a mask of anonymity (and subsequently the Internet Dickwad Theory), I’ll step up to the plate and say that I could care less and I actually usually don’t bother to find out what studio produces an anime – if I like it, I like it. That’s just how I make my distinctions. I didn’t really care for the entire 12-is-the-new-17 style myself, and didn’t really watch the show until about 10 episodes in. The unassuming humor is what I found endearing, and not really having a plot-driven series is nice every once in a while, as a departure from the norm. That’s what really did it for me, it’s a series that you can actually pick up in the middle and not really miss much, because everything is detached, aside from the call back reference.

    • September 17, 2007 at 9:30 amqwertypoiuy

      so people lucky star or Suzumiya Haruhi
      i will give my vote to lucky star

    • September 17, 2007 at 10:30 amPeanut

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrvd-6NhIDg

      Please comment on my attempt at extending the full dance to the full song.

    • September 17, 2007 at 11:15 amMaedhros

      That’s some entertaining show. I really liked it for its cuteness and references. I have to say this anime is not the most original, but it was fun. Fun like all slice of life that I’ve watched in my life.
      NOW, what we have to watch? Gurren Lagann(the last two episodes).

    • September 17, 2007 at 12:40 pmMaxmilian

      Man how could it just end? This was one of teh best anime I ever watched. It´s so sad to have it end. Any idea what´s next Sunday? Haruhi 2 maybe?

    • September 17, 2007 at 5:15 pmcbhl

      jaalin, I think you covered everything I could have possibly wanted to say about Lucky Star.

      Let us hope that the fall season brings us something great. In it’s own way, of course.

    • September 17, 2007 at 5:18 pmvexx

      Well, once again Anonymous just makes a dickwad of himself :) … Those of us who were fans of the manga would have watched this if it had been done by a couple of guys with crayons. Yeah, I had to cut through the stupid anime-only references (some of which were amusing) and the anime-only Lucky*Channel (which had its moments) to “Find the Lucky*Star I was Looking For” … but it is there. The somewhat plotless slice-of-life character studies that were so charming, a sort of Japanese Peanuts in a way.

      Character study works seem to be difficult for some viewers to comprehend – usually the short-attention-span variety. You can browse the posts and easily tag that type. They also usually have little clue about the culture behind the medium they claim to like.

      For more discerning viewers, if Lucky*Star had arrived -before- Azumanga Daioh or Ichigo Masimaro, it might have fared better in comparison but as it is, each series had a personalized brand of humor that means L*S will sit on the shelf next to my DVDs of AzuDa and I.M.

      I’ll miss L*S in the way that I miss other slice-of-life series. It would be nice to see some OVAs in a year or two once more 4-koma material accumulates. And I still have the manga, which is still in production, to enjoy for now.

    • September 17, 2007 at 5:42 pmhimemiya

      i loved this series very much, its so sad that it ended

    • September 17, 2007 at 5:44 pmhimemiya

      whats all that talk about next sunday?

    • September 17, 2007 at 7:04 pmMyssa Rei

      Vexx: Once upon a time I’d think that an OVA about a slice-of-life anime (after the initial screening of its series, I mean) wouldn’t be possible, but after the surprise from Ichigo Mashimaro (tickled me surprised there) and later the ARIA OVA (I mean, this is ARIA, for cripes sake, the show that a lot of people like but don’t seem to talk about) makes me think that there is a chance.

    • September 17, 2007 at 9:40 pmMegaman0

      This show was really the illigitimate child of Family Guy and Azumanga Daioh…I really liked this anime and it will be missed…

      However I do agree with the people who say that it’s ridiculous to call this one of the best anime ever…this anime makes you feel good and makes you laugh a little…but it’s nowhere as good as say Azumanga Daioh.

      I love this Anime to bits and I am sure other people do too but don’t let it cloud your judgement…

    • September 17, 2007 at 9:47 pmVeeta

      Oh good lord! [sarcasm]Jaw-dropping, moe moe, underated, best slice of life anime ever is done…[/sarcasm] Very bad choice… [not sarcasm]Now just bring me Clannad and I’ll be happy as hell![/not sarcasm]

    • September 17, 2007 at 9:57 pmpakxenon

      I shamelessly post a link to my review on the whole series in general: http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=animeatt&aid=4777 (pakxenon, of course)

      As for this final episode, it screams SECOND SEASON. Not enough character spotlight on the lately-introduced secondary characters. I loved how the whole episode played out, though. It’s quite a perfect ender to a slice-of-life anime as such.

    • September 17, 2007 at 11:32 pmmewmew

      @pakxenon: shameless but i read it, and liked it :) a good example of pointing out the show’s strengths and weaknesses without being overly aggressive ^^b

    • September 18, 2007 at 12:28 amalyt

      great ride

      when are you going to change your banner, btw?

    • September 18, 2007 at 12:29 amOtakuYouth

      Well, I figured I’d post on the one blog I read alongside the show for the last episode. Thanks for blogging, jaalin, and I personally say that this is my favorite anime of 2007, if not of all time. Of course, I’m not a full-blown otaku, so what the heck. This was probably the best episode of the entire series. This definitely was a great ender for the anime, and although I would want a second season, the ending seemed to seal it off rather appropriately. Many good books leave you to imagine what happens beyond the ending, and even with something of a rather plot-less anime like Lucky Star, it still gave us something compelling, something for us to look over. I personally say that while a second season is viable, what with Yutaka and friends, KyoAni can still decide to just leave it as is and go on with new anime. Although to be honest, this is the first time I heard of KyoAni…And then I find that the majority of the anime I’ve watched was done by them -.-. Thanks again jaalin for blogging, mewmew for helping him, and Kaioshin and other debaters that showed me that being an otaku means more than just watching anime.

    • September 18, 2007 at 12:32 amTrevor

      I think the whole problem in these love/hate arguments is that the debaters are nitpicking too much. Just relax, this is for mass media entertainment not a political discussion forum. There is nothing at stake here. LET yourself fall into the trap the show is trying to weave for you and enjoy the moment. So what if the trap is a Haruhi or moe reference or is blatant advertising? Reminds me of the “Everyone Loves Bridget” gag. It only hurts you if you let it hurt you. If you find and enjoy enough of those moments more than hating them, you’ll realize you like the series. If not, then you don’t like the series. And that’s it, no one else should convince you otherwise.

      I’ll give a contribution. The scene in episode 22 where Misao calls Kagami and then forgets why. Big whoop right? That’s what some people see. What I saw was the nice detail of the loud noise over the cell phone shocking Kagami into breaking her Pocky stick just as she was about to bite into it. (moment #1) Then the dramatic pause followed by Misao’s, “what was it?” (moment #2) Then the “it was something very important…” (moment #3) Let these things amuse you if you can relate to them or have had them happen to yourself. That’s where I get my Lucky Star love from.

      I will respectfully read the comments made by both lovers and haters of Lucky Star and those in between, but why should I let that cloud my impressions of the series? To me, my own experience counts the most. And my own experience tells me that Lucky Star is my favorite series solely based on the number of times I’ve rewatched episodes or leaving them running in the background.

      P.S. I liked the last episode. But I feel some parts of the full dance have too many instances of repetitive movement to them which will make the live action attempts we’ll be seeing on YouTube soon look dull during those segments. And I just realized the bottle next to the radio was one of Pocari Sweat! Man I love this show!

    • September 18, 2007 at 1:48 amSyaoran Li

      Is done, the fifth Kyoto Animation project is over… Clannad is waiting around the corner.

      I’m really going to miss those girls; from Konata to Kagami, from Tsukasa to Miyuki, from Yutaka to Minami, and everyone else who gave life to Lucky Star. You can’t blame a series for take something from her and there, you can’t blame a studio for doing self-references from past productions when they’re executed effectively; you can’t blame Lucky Star for being a 4Koma. Everything has a reason to be that way… Raki Suta was the same.

      Who knows, maybe KyoAni has started something big right here. I’ll be watching over those guys.

      Sayonara Raki Suta. Sayonara Konata Izumi.

    • September 18, 2007 at 3:16 amGrimaH

      The hater’s most probably don’t get all the jokes and their relation to real life. That’s what’s brilliant about it. And all the other positive aspects of Lucky Star that people have mentioned before, and how KyoAni managed to put them all together into one great package.
      Before you guys ramble on about how average Lucky Star really is, list how many anime series clearly top Lucky Star in the slice-of-life category, taking into account the above considerations. You guys wouldn’t be able to even remotely reasonably list more than 2.

    • September 18, 2007 at 4:27 amTsukasagr

      Somehow, I feel like the show hasn’t ended at all. Is this because of how true it was? How real it felt? Maybe. We’ll probably never know. Ne, Kagami?

    • September 18, 2007 at 6:02 amSheba

      >> Just relax, this is for mass media entertainment not a political discussion forum.

      It could not be more true.

    • September 18, 2007 at 8:26 amayaelf

      Lucky Star, I think, is the best show to date.
      To think I don’t have anything to look forward to next week is pretty depressing, but they wrapped up the whole series perfectly. Especially the full dance for the opening credit.

    • September 18, 2007 at 10:23 amChris

      Lucky Star was good when they focused on Konata, Kagami and Tsukasa. Maybe if it wasn’t for the cute character design, more people might be able to accept its flaws. I’m tired of people telling me “You just don’t get it”, everytime I don’t find something funny. Further, there wasn’t any adult humour in Lucky Star at all simply because adults don’t have the worries of school girls. The period after childhood is “youth”, not adulthood. Also much of the humour was about current fads like Konata’s father being suspect of a lolicon. I don’t think most old farts would be able to laugh about that even if they remembered their time at school – simply because it’s a completely different world today. At best 2chan or 4chan veterans find that stuff funny because they are fairly disconnected from common sense and the rest of reality. I wouldn’t mind so much, if they didn’t try to cram this crap into more and more shows each season as if they were trying to brain-wash you.

      Anyway, the biggest flaw of Lucky Star was that it predictably turned into crap everytime the “Lucky Channel” section appeared. As if this wasn’t bad enough they had to top that with intentionally bad, extremely childish (so much for adult), annoying live-action performances.

    • September 18, 2007 at 12:41 pmRembr

      >> I’m tired of people telling me “You just don’t get it”

      Alas I do seriously doubt that most people here got a lot of the content in the show. It’s impressive that the show is still this popular despite that fact.

    • September 18, 2007 at 4:33 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @GrimaH: If life in Japan is really like how it’s portrayed in Lucky Star, with almost every cliche Japanese culture joke fit into it’s air time, then I think it’s worth a visit just for the fun of it. Seriously though, I can think of a number of series that I found to match Lucky Star in Slice-of-Life and making me think about it:

      Welcome To The NHK
      Black Jack
      Bartender
      PlanetES
      Mushishi

      That said, I’m not that big fan of the Slice of Life genre and I find that people tend to lord it over other genre’s as somehow superior and the be all end all genre, which I grow tired of as it’s not, no genre is better than any other. Seriously it’s like if a series comes out that takes a slice of life approach, people automatically list it above any other series from other genres (Literally as whenever I see a list of anime, even if it’s not a ranking, the SoL one is always at the top). That said I did manage to name 5 I found to be better than Lucky Star.

    • September 18, 2007 at 4:43 pmTTT

      For those who don’t know, The “Next Episode” thing at the end of the episode is actually from Episode 13

    • September 18, 2007 at 5:12 pmOmega

      I am going to miss waiting for the next episode of this

      Great Anime, probably the best in my opinion…

      I really hope that this wont end there… OVA’s or at least another series…

      Re-watching the series is probably the only way for now…

    • September 18, 2007 at 6:49 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @Omega: Or you know you can watch something else. Why are so many people acting like there is nothing else to watch but Lucky Star and Kyoto Animation shows and that they are the only things that will ever be good in all of anime for all time. Get a grip people and find something else you like, there’s so much out there that I simply cannot believe that people are acting like there’s no future for anime. I’ve been fairly reserved up until now, but really and truly people are just being emo now. It’s not the end of the world, it’s not the end of anime, it’s just one show that’s over. Live with it and move on. I understand people can be upset, but whining and repeating things over and over enmasse isn’t helping and it’s just upsetting other people.

      Sorry for the outburst, but it’s just the same thing over and over and it’s getting ridiculous and irritating. I can’t even go on an anime related board at the moment because all I ever hear is people whining about how Lucky Star is over and there’s nothing else to do now. It’s in their sigs and avatars, it’s in all their posts, and it’s in completely unrelated topics. We get it now people, so find a way to cope.

    • September 18, 2007 at 8:18 pmLunarSun

      i wounder if they will make a lucky star for when they are in college

    • September 18, 2007 at 11:08 pmlocke

      kaioshin, in response to your list:
      NHK: too many ups and downs (mainly downs) and spotty animation
      black jack: i didnt know this is slice of life?
      bartender: incredible show, but not really an anime. more like pictures with narration
      planetes: didn’t watch past ep 4 so i cant vouch for this, but it’s a space drama so not exactly slice of life either
      mushishi: the only one in your list i would consider to be superior to lucky star – it had all the technical elements (animation, music, voice acting, etc) nailed and on top of that had masterful storytelling.

      to talk about whether or not the technical aspects should play into evaluating “how good” an anime is will take another several pages, so suffice to say that our definitions of “slice of life” and “better” are different. i’m not really one for agreeing to disagree, so i’ll just say that out of the list you gave, lucky star has them beat (mushishi excluded) just because of how easy it is to watch and enjoy, its versatility in addressing different moods (the kanata sequence in particular) while maintaining the lucky star feel, its overall high consistency in animation quality and attention to detail, and its broad appeal.

      sure, NHK might have been better at pulling apart the definition of otaku and portrayed it in an entertaining way, bartender might have been better insight into the human psyche, black jack might have had better drama, but overall, with all elements considered IN CONTEXT of the era, presentation, focus, audience, and anything else that goes into it, lucky star rises above.

      unfortunately, to make comparisons like this takes the discussion from a talk about preference to one about quality. frankly, everyone has their own definition of what quality is (with very little room for flexibility), and much of it has to do with the lens in which they viewed the show with, so it’s a much harder issue to tackle.

      as for your reply to omega, give me a fking break. how dense are you? how ignorant? time and time again you fail to understand that other people come from different backgrounds, have different experience with anime, have different throught processes than you. yes, there are other anime to watch. but that’s not what omega is talking about, is he? lucky star provided a very unique and eclectic mix of entertainment that’s not available anywhere else, so of course somebody is going to crave more, to the point where he’d rather rewatch and relive some of the glory rather than completely shift into something else. mind you, it might be a “better show” that he’s switching to, but that’s not what he wants at that moment, is it?

      it’s your immaturity, your unfounded stubbornness, and your own incompetence with comprehending online communication that have given you the reputation of some asshole who feels the need to trash lucky star week after week. your own opinion is yours and nobody can change that, but when your opinions are formed completely on the unrehearsed and mostly whimsical comments of a random passerby, this is where i call foul. read for context and read for comprehension. not for the literal comment, because the vast majority of people who comment on these threads rarely inject any sort of organized thought. are they at fault? no – they are just giving their 2 cents of what they are thinking at that moment.

      you, however, are guilty of failing to understand this fundamental aspect of popular communication, and online forums in general. not everyone thinks like you. that’s the whole point. not everyone’s statement carries the weight of preparation, of a college degree, or a well stated argument. does it lessen their opinion? if it’s an honest one, no. never. and until you realize these simple truths and get over yourself and your holy mission to convert everyone to the kaioshin school of narrow minded thought, you will always be seen as that asshole.

      good lucky.

    • September 18, 2007 at 11:46 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @locke: I’ll be honest I really don’t get online communication at all, it’s reliance on one shot commentary and opposite extremes. Sometimes it really drives me nuts.

      Also I’d like to think I have one of the more broader levels of thought out there as I like to take into account things other than Studio A rocks my socks so I must drop a line and mention it, or person A is wrong about Lucky Star cause they “don’t get it”. I like to ponder and think about the bigger picture, that nobody else wants to. Is that entirely wrong and impossible to accept in online communication, that somebody wants to look at more than just the bare basics of something. I don’t think I’ve been narrow minded at all or what I could be doing to give that impression. And honestly as far as I can tell, people only seem to have one experience these days and that is Kyoto Animation series (everything else generally draws complaints or is ignore) and that is why I’m trying to hopefully show them a way to have another. If they don’t want to accept it then that’s always fine, but they’ll be missing out on the whole other 99.9% of anime series out there. I realize that my background is more 80′s and 90′s oriented, but the thing is I reached out and stepped into the 21st century and haven’t regretted it one bit, and I feel others wouldn’t if they reached out and tryed something different as well. And if that makes me an asshole, than so be it, but I think there are worse things a person can do than try and look at the bigger picture wherever possible.

      I also didn’t mean for that to be directed at Omega specifically. I typed the @Omega and then began to write, and forget I had added that. The second I clicked it I instantly realized I had just inadvertantly flamed a guy. Sorry Omega.

    • September 18, 2007 at 11:48 pmhitaideji

      @Kaioshin_Sama: You have a point there, it becomes annoying sometimes when you see so many discussions about the same topics over and over, but there isn’t much to do about it. You must remember what happened when Death Note ended, right? I don’t how it was on the boards you visit, but I’ve seen and still do people complaining about how it ended and why it should have a new season and all this kind of stuff. The truth is that discussions about Death Note have decreased and that’s what’s going to happen to Lucky Star sooner or later.

      I read a lot of comments here and I can understand the people who are sad about its ending and I can also understand the ones who thought the show was not that great. Well, I can’t deny that I liked it and that it meant a lot to me, however, I’m not here to say why and try to persuade the others who don’t think the way I do, I just like it and I respect other people’s opinion. Being a Kyoto Animation anime has nothing to do it with it, at least in my case. I didn’t like much some of their anime, including Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu.

      @everyone: About this last episode, all I have to say is that I didn’t think it was too happy, in fact I found it quite sad near the end after they were done practicing their moves, I mean, no one felt sad with that instrumental Motteke! Sailor Fuku being played on the background? That was when I realized this was the last episode.

    • September 19, 2007 at 12:03 amKaioshin_Sama

      @Locke: And as a follow-up, I cannot agree that Lucky Star had consistently high quality animation. I noticed a number of flubs where certain characters would change height, where the faces would look strange, and even one instance where Konata was facing slightly sideways and it looked like she had a monoeye in the centre of her head. Plus the animation style was mostly a pastel coloured style and not particularly detailed. I also don’t think it has as broad appeal as you think it does. It’s a very niche show that is meant to appeal to those interested in Japanse culture, Moe antics and Kyoto Animation references.

    • September 19, 2007 at 1:28 amChoboChan

      Omg re-watching the entire series i ended noticing some other anime references I didn’t before, one being episode 18 had a refrernce to Munto .__. Suzume with Ichiko running after her >->;;; But it sucks it ended T.T I love 4-koma animes.

    • September 19, 2007 at 4:19 amOmega

      @Kaioshin_Sama

      I do have other things to watch but its that Lucky Star is a good anime and kind of got high in importance over the others I’ve tried to watch… Also I think other than Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star is really the only Kyoto animation anime I watch…

    • September 19, 2007 at 6:39 amicecoffee

      >kyoani azumanga

      So this is the comment most suits LS

    • September 19, 2007 at 6:44 amAkiraman

      Lucky Star was good from the start to the finish it was a bang to end the episode with the dance that started it all

    • September 19, 2007 at 1:49 pm41nano

      Just great, i’m really going to miss that show…
      Best slice of life ever made
      Thank you Kyoani, you guys are genius T_T

    • September 19, 2007 at 2:17 pmrobber

      The ending song from Beautiful Dreamer, which also had cultural fest.

    • September 19, 2007 at 2:43 pmShin

      Awesome, awesome series. Thanks for the blog.

    • September 19, 2007 at 5:07 pmSheba

      >> That said, I’m not that big fan of the Slice of Life genre and I find that people tend to lord it over other genre’s as somehow superior and the be all end all genre, which I grow tired of as it’s not, no genre is better than any other. Seriously it’s like if a series comes out that takes a slice of life approach, people automatically list it above any other series from other genres (Literally as whenever I see a list of anime, even if it’s not a ranking, the SoL one is always at the top).

      Gimme a fcking break, you do the same with mecha/sci-fi anime genre. More epic this, better character development that, broader scope here; then moaning over the “unfair bias of people against mecha/sci-fi genre”. And not just in forums, but also in blogs, almost everywhere.

      So how are you different from those who favor slice-of-life over others?

      Excuse every anime fans to not fall on their knees in adoration in front of a mecha/sci fi anime as if it was the Second Coming.

    • September 20, 2007 at 5:34 pmkitty

      ah… your forgetting that Shirashi has become manly and is holding his own against Arika now. i loved the part where they start arguing and the teacher apears.

    • September 20, 2007 at 8:28 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @Sheba: Hmmmmmm…. not bad. Though I still think there’s an anti-mecha bias, I’ll concede that I myself prefer Mecha and Sci-Fi most of the time.

    • September 20, 2007 at 11:53 pmAnother Anonymous

      Seeing this guy named “anonymous” posting made me laugh a lot, we got lot of guys like him on 4chan. They’re basically Gainax fanboys(I might be wrong, but I’m 90% positive I’m right) that hate KyoAni and Sunrise because they “sell” anime and don’t make it “for the fans” like Gainax… I used to deal with these guys everyday until I stopped posting on the anime channel… I got bored of talking the same thing to them everytime, they won’t listen so no need to waste your keyboard with guys like this. Just ignore them.

      Also, being a 4channer doesn’t make you cool at all, your way of thinking is not different in any means, you’re a fanboy too. You’re just on the other side, stop shaming 4chan, at least choose a nick for yourself.

      I beg for pardon for Jaalin to have to deal with some of our stupid users.

      Have a nice day.

    • September 21, 2007 at 4:56 pmtonbo

      nice going jaalin, did great with the blogging. i personally luv it for presenting the everyday-ness (mundane-ness) of life around us. if its not Haruhi, its CSI or some rap artist people will talk abt thru out the day. sharing abt our fav anime OPs or EDs or scenes… spouting gibberish frm our fav movie or lamenting abt political campaigns cuz our fav anime time slots got taken up by campaign bulletins.
      not to forget, having fujoshi (rotten girls) for friends does have its perks… Lucky Star sure stirs up memories and yearnings. thanks guys, its been fun reading

    • September 21, 2007 at 5:20 pmtonbo

      hmm, interesting read from Another Anonymous, abt some other Anonymous, except – daa daaa daaaaa !!!!!

      Gainax never made anything for the sake of fans, despite ‘popular’ belief. just watch the Original ep 26 of EVANGELION. everything abt possibilities and different planes of existence threw most of the fans off. i call them no-brainers. pity all those who thot Gainax was it. but all the studios are just trying their best to tell stories, make things work out, make money. they are just making a living. thanks ‘Another Anonymous’. like the original ep 26, we just got to learn to relax and accept who we are and this is how things are. can’t please everyone.
      but thanks to EVA, we got the template for Yuki thru Rei, heh…

    • September 21, 2007 at 8:00 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @Tonbo: Yeah Gainax is not a fan company, the Gurren-Lagann incident should attest to that, but personally if I had to deal with 2ch and it’s annoying demands for Moe Moe Moe and pressure to comprise my script in some way, I can’t say I wouldn’t have freaked out a little.

    • September 25, 2007 at 1:27 pmanonymous

      TL;DR

    • September 25, 2007 at 1:35 pmkyou

      Who the fuck makes anime for the fans? It’s a business, and it should be carried like one. The only difference between Gainax, Sunrise and KyoAni is the level of shamelessness. Sure, Gainax sold Eva underwear, coffee mugs and anything that can fit at least a NERV logo. But Sunrise… Sunrise makes a second season out of EVERYTHING that has good ratings. Of course, that wouldn’t be bad if their second seasons didn’t suck so incredibly much, but they do. All they’re doing is ruining the good name of a series. Don’t even get me started with Gundam Seed or Gundam Seed Destiny. Using EXACTLY the same clips over and over on different backgrounds just to save a couple of bucks… that’s really thinking shit of their fans.

      KyoAni is… meh. They just went overboard with the Haruhi references in Lucky Star (which at some point were the only entertaining thing about the show) and use too much viral marketing.

    • September 26, 2007 at 4:35 pmPeysh

      Nice show all in all. It’s my first comment on this show, as i didnt follow all the blogged episodes.

      I loved the references to all other KyoAni animes. I think its easier to reference your own shows than the competition for obvious copyright trouble. It helps if these shows were hits of course. Lucky Star still managed to create its own place and feel, for i dont believe i’ve seen quite a show like it before. (not that i’ve seen that much).

      Anyhow, its clearly Otaku targeted. But the constant 2d degree humor about otaku culture and the lack of fan service (exept if you like 12 yr old girls which i dont) make it go for another angle. As though talking to us as intelligent being rather than mindless anonymous sweating otaku pigs. Otaku seen under flattering light maybe.

      Well at least it felt good.

    • October 11, 2007 at 6:26 amAnonymous

      Yaaaawn

    • October 16, 2007 at 12:05 pmcas

      http://www.warrantsbane.com/.they have pictures of lucky star, hope u guys will enjoy it

    • October 18, 2007 at 1:38 amNegimized

      Jeez, from all I can say..Lucky Star…you’re the BEST of the BEST kawaii themed anime I’ve ever seen.. XD too bad it had to end like this.. XP did anyone of you feel somesort of itchy feeling inside your heart during the end of the show when Kona-tachi were about to perform? XDDD I really want to watch them dance or rather if they could extend this anime abit longer.. *It made me “rewind” the anime and watch the part where they were still practicing* lol. Lucky Star, I bow down to you!!! LOL

    • October 18, 2007 at 8:00 amelissa

      well, anonymous..don’t insult other ppl if u x like it. eating a jar of sugar n den saying it’s a favourite? dude, have you even ate a jar of sugar? do u know wat pleasure other people have while watching this anime? if you don’t, never mind. guess you would never. think of how you’d feel when your favourite anime is being insulted. different individuals have different likings and tat’s y, u’re not one with us because you x like wat we like.

    • November 14, 2007 at 12:40 pmRonin Aquila

      As the manga is NOWHERE near finished, I’ll be the first Lucky Star Fan here to shout…

      (takes a DEEP breath)

      BRING ON SEASON TWO, KYOANI!!

    • December 31, 2007 at 10:12 amSunohara!

      OH MY FUCKING GACKT!! (love u pam!)

      Lucky Star is plain L.O.V.E! I`ve loved it from the very beggining… and i will miss konata and Co. as if they were, actually, “MY FRIENDS” i mean… thats what lucky stargave me, that feeling of comfort and the desire of being there with all the girls! (MISAO, you are simply perfect! LOL) i dont really care if someone hated it for the haruhi or whatever references, because that was just a little bit of what lucky star was! oh gooood…. i dont want to stop watching it! pleaaasee: a second season!! Wait no, lucky star cant be beaten so a 2nd season will not make me happy…

      Lucky star was one of the best series in 2007 (for me it was the best “comedy”) and I will always have a place for it in my memories!!! T_T!! Farewell, konata, kagamin, tsukasa, miyuki, akira!!!!!, shiraishi, kuroi-sensei! kona-dad, misao, patty!!, hiyori, minami, yutaka, and all of you that i didnt remember now!

      hehehe, sorry for my english and my tooo loooong post!

    • June 7, 2008 at 12:57 pmkonakona

      its such a shame it was the end of lucky star, it was awesome!
      but i really hope theres a second series, its too good to just end here.
      ^-^ go lucky! ~

    • February 16, 2010 at 9:09 pmKana

      I wish I could finish anything in my life like that episode.
      It was perfect!

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