OP: 「もってけ! セーラーふく」 (Motteke! Serafuku) by 平野綾 (Hirano Aya), 加藤英美里 (Katou Emiri), 福原香織 (Fukuhara Kaori), and 遠藤綾 (Endou Aya)
Watch the OP! Mirror 1, Mirror 2
Prepare for another Hare Hare Yukai armageddon. The OP really sets up the show to seem like it’s going to be completely bonkers, but that’s not how it is at all. Not like anybody cares…this OP is EPIC!
LUCKY STAR EPISODE ONE PRESENTS:
Timeless Questions with Meaningless or Otherwise No Actual Answer
Question 1: If you can run so fast, why don’t you join an athletic club?
Answer: Because there weren’t any aliens, espers, or time travelers
Answer: Because I’ll miss the anime that’s on right after school, duh
Question 2: From where on a choco-crown do you start eating?
Answer: From the head
Question 3: Which side is the head? The narrow end or the fat end?
Answer 1: The narrow end. It’s like a shell
Answer 2: The fat end. It’s like a caterpillar …but that’s not too appetizing… *takes bite from narrow end*
Question 4: On a strawberry cake, when do you eat the strawberry on top?
Answer: Depending on the configuration of the cake, the timing can be different
Question 5: How do you eat the last bite of a popsicle? If you bite one side, the other will fall off!
Answer: What if you spin it?
Question 6: You’re only a second year! Why are you playing eroge’s and galge’s?
Question 7: I’m always running into things and getting my bag caught in the subway door, I wonder how I can correct that?
Answer: That’s not bad, that’s moe!
Question 7a: Moe?
Answer 7a: Dojiko-mode
Question 8: There’s an influenza outbreak, I wonder if I’ll get sick?
Answer: I’m stupid, so I can’t catch a cold =) (Japanese saying)
Question 8a: Ah, so you’re safe from colds, but how about influenza?
Answer 8a: …they’re not the same?
Question 9: By the way, how did you two become friends?
Answer: I saw her getting harassed by a big burly foreigner, so I went Ryu on his ass
Question 10: As a mega popular super-idol, how much money do you make?
This and more in Random Curiosity’s ongoing coverage of Lucky Star. Stay tuned for episode two!!
After the insanity of the instant classic OP sequence, it’s easy to see why some people have been less than enthusiastic about this episode. But that’s just the thing about 4-koma animes – it takes a few episodes to warm up to them. Azumanga had cute character designs and all, but I didn’t really get what was going on until episode 3 or so, when I was finally like “oh…LOL.” Same thing with Ichigo Mashimaro. Same thing with Hidamari Sketch. But I love them all to death. The way I see it, 4-koma animes aren’t about the off-the-wall slapstick humor you find in shows like Fumoffu or Haruhi – they’re more about an acute amusement of the subtle nature. Most scenarios are completely self-contained in that they just sit there and talk – but if you really listen, really make yourself a part of the conversation, you just can’t help but smile. The great thing about this first episode was that many of the things the girls were talking about were easy to relate to – I’m sure we’ve all dropped some sticky popsicle on our jeans because of a poorly executed last bite, or had trouble deciding which end of the taiyaki to bite into first. It’s very simple humor, and the sheer subtlety of it is what makes it so enjoyable.
True, 4-koma isn’t for everybody, especially those who expect “something to happen,” but I implore everybody to give it a chance. Throw away logic, thought, and rationale, and just enjoy it for what it is, and not what you thought it was going to be.
Omni’s initial thoughts: Ok, personally, I’m a bit disappointed. I’m not nearly as gung-ho about this show as Jaalin is because I didn’t find it all that funny. For me, most of the episode was as hit-or-miss as the original 4-koma (and it jumped around a lot). I had hoped that Kyoto Animation and the production staff would take the characters and run off in some crazy direction with the show, but it didn’t really turn out that way. Still, given that it is KyoAni, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, and I’m curious to see what they’ll do for the rest of the 23 episodes of this show. In any case, Jaalin had a lot more to say about this show than I did, so I handed hand this write-up off to him.