Random Snippets of Lucky Star Episode 12:
It’s that time of year again – festival season! Well, the Comic Market festival. Meh, semantics. It’s boring to go by myself – somebody go with me! Miyuki-san, it’s really fun!
The train – the ubiquitous form of public transportation in Japan. Used by all people (high school girls, Comiket goers) to go any number of places (Comiket). As the train ride progresses, more and more “characters” step on the train with their frilly costumes or their backpacks or their frilly costumes and backpacks.
An ocean of people. The pilgrimage to Mecca. A simple “FIRE” scream away from natural disaster. The line to Comiket.
Otaku saturation is pushing 20 per square meter. The Haruhi truck rolls in. Cars adorned with Primula stickers line the parking lot. Crowd control policemen are peppered throughout the scene.
Tsukasa> Oneechan, this place is scary!!!
Commander Konata distributes the battle plans. Issues a string of complex instructions. Dramatic Red October music sets the tone. Go here. Then go there. If this happens, do this. But make sure you don’t forget this! Green area, red line. Pay attention soldier! Here is your ammunition, don’t waste it! Questions?
Kagami> Hi, do you sell *****? Hm… how about this? Can I have these please?
Konata> This one, this one, that one.
Tsukasa> Ah…where am I?
Kagami> (walks by yaoi booth) …is that Gauron and Sousuke…doing WHAT? Um, um…just a peek…
Booth attendants> Is that her? That’s her! Legendary Girl A! If she likes it, it’s sure to sell!
Konata> Mind if I take a look?
Attendants> DOZO!! …ano, how is it……..?
Konata> Meh, thanks.
Akira sighted! She’s…a cardboard cutout. That gets run over. And folded.
Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon, U-1) sighted! He’s that attendant in the blue apron. And gets socked by the old school mecha guy (Tomokazu Seki – Sousuke) with the Macross haircut.
For the Hiiragi sisters, the cosplay doesn’t happen at Comiket – it’s miko miko time at the family shrine!
Konadad> Good Fortune! Ah…high school miko girls…indeed…
Konata> Bad Fortune T_T
Konata> I bid you a happy new years, father – I’ll be in your care this year as well.
Konata> Would you like some tea, father?
Konata> Wanna play a game, father?
Konata> Would you like a snack, father?
Konata> Ah, finally got my new year’s allowance.
Kagami> …I’m glad you get along so well with your dad.
Konata> Time to log on and say happy new years…!
*your friend nanakon has logged online*
Konata> Sensei T_T don’t you do anything else T___T
Sebastian> LUCKY CHANNNELLLL!
Sebastian> Yes, Akira-sama was supposed to be in the show today, but she was sick and unable to make it! Luckily we had this cardboard cutout to substitute her!
Akira> UURRRGHHHHHHH FUMOF—
Ending song: “Ike! Godman!” (70s show) by Konata & “Makenaide” (ZARD) by Konata + Kagami
True to the Lucky Star pattern, episode 12 was one of the “stuff happens” eps, and man was it great. The setup before entering the gates was hilarious – Kagami was expecting the worst, Tsukasa was oblivious as usual, and Konata was there leading on her troops and barking out every command. Damn, she’s thorough. This is her territory, after all. Plenty of Haruhi, FMP sightings, among others – I think one of the people who got on the train was wearing a Rozen Maiden outfit?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again here – it’s the little things that separate a good anime from a great one. Having Akira’s cardboard cutout in the main show was one thing, but having that same cutout (complete with the crease) during the Lucky Channel segment was just an absolute uproar. It’s little things like this that make the show complete, make it real, and make it that much more enjoyable. And you know what? All the outside references were nice to look at and do add to the overall feel, but they had very little bearing on the quality of this episode.
The great thing about this excursion was that I could see it appealing to both people that have frequented these cons (“haha, that’s so true!”) and the people that have never been to one (“lol, that looks crazy”). All 3 girls were great fun to watch in their own ways – man, I absolutely loved this ep.