The maidens who assemble in the Virgin Mary’s garden pass through the tall gate, as always, with angelic smiles on their faces. Their pure bodies and minds are wrapped in…
Eh? Oh, it’s just Konata. Looks like she’s been watching too much Marimite, much to my enjoyment. She even goes as far as to fix Tsukasa’s bow, one of the “legendary scenes” in the first episode of the greatest yuri sexual tension anime of all time. She says she does the act quite a lot at her cosplay café job – but Tsukasa and Kagami know better. As the name of this episode suggests, “image” only gets you so far!
Other happenings in this week’s installment:
– Miyuki laments her trip to the dentist…and is immediately interrupted by Sachikonata-sama. Gokigenyou~
– Horny Konata rides an unsuspecting Kagami from the back
– Yui-neesan shows up, and immediately leaves when Konata asks for help on her homework
– Konata procrastinates and watches Strawberry Panic (they’re really going for the yuri theme this episode…only a matter of time before the Loveless and Kyou Kara Maou references start…)
– Miyuki forgets her glasses for no reason other than to make us happy
– Choco-coronet makes its dazzling return. Why does Konata still eat it from the skinny end? Cuz the fat end looks like an ass… complete with chocolate filling
– The girls (sans Miyuki again) hang out at a burger joint and talk about the upcoming sports festival and culture festival…those are gonna be some good eps, I can feel it!!
– Konata fails at making curry
– The girls compare bentos…there’s a good reason for everything…
– Tsukasa gets a new phone! Complete with Keroro strap. But she doesn’t know how to use it _|–|o !i! oh well, plenty of fresh Tsukasa faces! Kinda like when Shiori said Tabasco was the enemy of mankind
– Konata dad sighting! All I can say is… LOL
– Tsukasa loses her new phone…in the washing machine
– The girls read some manga and have completely different reactions. You know, like how some people watch Nanoha for the story (rofl) and others watch it for those thirty-second strip shows
– Konata shows off her drawing talent. While she probably won’t be quitting her day job anytime soon…at least her drawings capture the personality of her subjects quite well…heh
– Lucky Channel 7: Remember when that postcard asked to see what Akira would look like with the twin-tail hairstyle? Poor Shiraishi. Akira is pissssssedddd offfff
More of the same high level of quality from the previous episode – nice! The Marimite stuff had me riled up for a while…Hirano Aya is a GODDESS. Watching the Konata x Kagami dynamic take on a new risqué edge was pretty awesome too. You know, it seemed like this episode was just made up of a lot of stuff you’d call “win,” and was just thrown together in one ep.
Which brings about an interesting point. Lucky Star, for the most part, is what I’d like to call an “attention whore.” The different elements that go into the show are there for the sole purpose of getting people to go “MOEEEEE” and the like. I’m gonna say it started with Haruhi – but even then, most of the humor was self-contained and more as a result of the eccentricities of the characters rather than the things they do. I’ll skip Kanon for various unspoken reasons and go right on to Lucky Star – where a lot of times, the punchline from each scene is usually some “oooh look its Keroro…lolol” or “omginitialdhahahpwn!” No, it doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s a large part of the humor. The other side of it is stuff like Lucky Channel or Konata’s hobo dad… those entirely self-contained original bits of humor. It’s confusing to me, really, as if the show didn’t know which way it was going. Lucky Star is definitely capable of original humor and yet seems to settle back into the referencing as a sort of “instant gratification” type deal, because the producers know that it’ll get a response. You know, whoring.
I believe the skeptics of this show will agree with me up to this point. But that’s where the similarities end – call it a difference in perception of what the “image” of the show. I like to use the Paris Hilton example – some people hate her for all her uselessness and frivolous activities…whoring, if you will…but I think she’s totally awesome. She’s got everything – and what does she do with it? Flaunts it for MY enjoyment. Every time she gets a DUI, calls Nicole a bitch, or releases another sex tape, it’s as if she’s doing just to give me and the rest of my pedestrian pals something to talk about. It’s great. And that’s sort of what I see KyoAni doing. I’ve made the mistake of believing that because of their talented animation staff that KyoAni should be in some elevated realm of moral standards (sort of like the Ghibli of TV anime), but that’s not what they are at all. KyoAni isn’t there to tell me what I should like; they make stuff that I already like and can enjoy immediately. Call it whoring, cheap marketing, or just understanding its audience, but this down-to-earth in-your-face approach is just the thing I like.
And Lucky Star is just the type of show where this approach can work. As for the whoring of sad girls in snow, well, you already know how I feel about that ^^.