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Lucky Star – 24 (END)

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

    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 16, 2007 at 2:14 pmRembr

      It was a fun ride.

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:18 pmPracharat

      Patty know how to persuade Konata while Konata is good at handling Kagami.

      You’re too cute, Kagamin.

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:19 pmTetsuei

      The end of an era, I don’t really know what to think.

      Although, I’m surprised you weren’t watching the 49er game, Jaalin…

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:24 pmjaalin

      lol some things take precedent

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:28 pmwelsper84

      My god, I am speechless……. Using that youtube vid for my side. NOW I NEED TO BUY THE DVDs!!!!!

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:29 pmMasakoX

      Oh well, it was great while it lasted. I seriously enjoyed this. ^^ This makes #4 on my top 10. :D

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:33 pmlucky

      great episode i am hoping now for a 2nd season , i dont know i just dont want to miss each weeek lucky star
      seem i have to rewatch all first
      cant explain my feeling now its so sad but its was so indescribable
      i just dont want it end konataaaa~~

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:36 pmwelsper84

      I really love u guys for doing all the lucky star episodes’ summary; it’s just too good to be missed.

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:37 pmmewmew

      kanashii desu. T.T
      i suppose i can entertain myself for th time being playing some japanese “netoge” tho. hehe

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:37 pmSheba

      Can this entry not have the usual complaints, please? I guess it is a wishful thinking.

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:37 pmMighty Mouse

      Ahh, I’ll miss you Lucky Star. It was fun while it lasted :)

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:38 pmTetsuei

      Well, judging how the 9er game is going right now, I don’t blame you, jaalin. Anyway, as for your previous question, follow the link to get a hold of me, it’s pretty easy to figure out which one is me.

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:39 pmLike MJ-chan

      Omg, another good dance from KyoAn. They offically own my soul.

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:41 pmDemon Eyes

      No regrets going back to books now ^_^

    • September 16, 2007 at 2:44 pmRembr

      >> Can this entry not have the usual complaints, please? I guess it is a wishful thinking.

      I cast: Summon Kaioshin!

      Bait- http://randomc.net/image/Lucky%20Star/Lucky%20Star%20-%2024%20-%20Large%2024.jpg

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:01 pmtabemasu

      NOO ANYTHING BUT LUCKY STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:16 pmRai

      out of all the Kyoto Animations anime..this is the one I will miss the most.

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:25 pmAnonymous

      Favorite anime ever?

      *bursts out laughing*

      - No plot or development. All characters are 2-dimensional

      - Not funny. I’ve never laughed during a single episode. I’ve only smirked and smiled occasionally.

      Calling Lucky Star your favorite anime is like eating a jar of sugar then saying it’s your favorite meal because how sweet is it.

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:31 pmAnon

      This is what I have to say about Lucky Star:

      It’s a fun show to watch, but there’s nothing to say about it other than pointing out which references were used. There’s rarely a standout episode; most of them have been “as expected,” so the show’s extreme popularity in Japan could probably be attributed to it being a “comfort show” for its intended audience.

      Sounds familiar?

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:38 pmsage

      Lucky Star has gone from pretty good to being possibly the best slice of life anime ever. Every second oozes perfection, from the gripping suspense to the overbearing guilt, from the precise fanservice to the impeccably timed BGM. LS is the zenith in the evolving formula of slice of life anime, and has set a new standard which all subsequent shows will be compared to.

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:39 pmanonymous

      Give it up fellow anons. I won’t trust an opinion of people who call School Days a masterpiece.

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:44 pmsmile

      Now everybody it’s time to learn a new dance!

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:45 pmjaalin

      why are you bagging me for naming my “favorite” anime? did i say it was the best? did i say it had to be your favorite?

      hayate and lucky star definitely share many similarities, but then again so does gundam seed and gundam seed destiny. and yet there is such a vast difference. it’s a matter of subtlety, of balance, of purpose, one which lucky star excels at and hayate exploits superficially.

    • September 16, 2007 at 3:59 pmSheba

      Give it up Jaalin. You are just giving them more ammo.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:01 pmcbhl

      It is when a “slice of life” anime exceeds expectations that either the world is ending, or the show has zero expectations whatsoever. “Exceeding expectations” is relative.

      The whole premise of Lucky Star was to creep into one’s life so that you feel like you knew these people as if they were your own friends. For those who are more paranoid, you could say it taps into the hidden part of humans that just loves watching what other people do and seeing how they think and listening to what they say. I don’t know if you “people watch”, but I do, I admit it, and that is why I somehow got sucked into this show, week after week.

      Hearing it in English is going to be painful, if only because Americans girls don’t seem to worry about all of the things that these girls worry about — and since the creators won’t be responding to recent events, it will all seem somewhat stale. But Lucky Star, to me, felt like a success. Like all successful animes, I will be feeling a sense of withdrawal until next week comes… I only hope that there comes something to fill that void.

      I can’t wait to watch it, raw, and with subs. I only hope that I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:03 pmDjango

      I’m really melancholic T_T. Looking foward the next season \o\

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:04 pmTetsuei

      I suppose the people that didn’t like Lucky Star similarly didn’t enjoy Azumanga Daioh. There is something to be said about the brand of style and humor that exists in LS, it’s not necessarily plot-driven, and makes no claims of being plot-driven, as is the case with Hayate. The source behind LS is a 4koma, so there’s no mistaking what LS presumes to be. For a slice-of-life anime, I want to say that it’s even better than Azumanga, in that Lucky Star knew its audience, and played directly to it. I’m a fan.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:11 pmmewmew

      i thought lucky star was far more than just pointing out the references tho.
      i can actually relate to th characters, which helped with my enjoyment of the show.

      the fact that both konata *and* kagami said どんだけぇ~!! this episode cemented that. ^^

      gotta love the anonymous trolls.  im still confused at why ppl expect LS to have plot development, its source is 4-koma for god’s sake. the only real plot development going on is that they get older (and just because a series has plot development doesnt automatically mean its good either).

      and lucky star’s catchphrase is to portray high school life in a fashion that is また~り. it’s supposed to be relaxed, in a way.

      i suppose its reassuring (in a way) that no matter how many trolls criticize the show, lucky star (and th cheerleading routine) have cemented its way into akihabara permanently. i can’t wait to see videos of ppl doing the routine on akihabara streets pop up in youtube and niconico….

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:11 pmmutio

      Nyahhh.. It’s over :(
      Bye ni Lucky Star, I’ll miss this show..
      I enjoyed this show to the last part, will definitely get the Lucky Star PS2 game and the DVDs once it’s out in the US!

      Now and then.. forever..
      Lucky Star!!!

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:16 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @Rembr: How goes it. Well it looks like about the ending I was expecting. Haven’t seen the episode, but it looks just like what I would imagine. They appear to do the dance in the end too. However, I’ll continue to stand by my belief that Lucky Star is not the godly anime people like Sage above me make it out to be.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:19 pmanonymous

      My gripe with Lucky Star – what is the anime bringing to the table? Everything good about the anime is a result of the source material, not the anime itself.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:23 pmSheba

      >> However, I’ll continue to stand by my belief that Lucky Star is not the godly anime people like Sage above me make it out to be.

      You just got trolled, it was a modified C&P from Jaalin’s opinion of School Days in his power rankin post.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:25 pmRembr

      >> My gripe with Lucky Star – what is the anime bringing to the table? Everything good about the anime is a result of the source material, not the anime itself.

      Shit, what doesn’t fall into that category? Ghibli works? (well even they did source material stuff too.)

      All anime brings money to the table of those who made it. And Kyoani is making a fortune off of this one. That doesn’t automatically indicate the quality of the anime, but they are doing something right.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:26 pmjaalin

      btw kaio: sage and those 4ch anon ppl are just copy pasting what i said about other anime in the power rankings and subbing in lucky star, lol. oh well, let them have their fun… anything to raise the hits counter xD

      cbhl: great comment! i feel the same way

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:28 pmanonymous

      Exactly. That’s what Jaalin had to say about Higurashi Kai.

      I just showing how much of a blanket statement it is.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:32 pmAnonymouss

      But how is Lucky Star any different from any other moe slice of life show? Why does it stand out from the rest that much? What’s so special about it? What has it accomplished that no other show of the genre could accomplish?

      Is it the characters? Are they completely original and well thought out? Does it add a new character archetype never seen before in this type of show? Does it at least add anything new to the old existing archetypes? Are they the new character models that all the other shows should use as a guideline in the future, or are they just a blatant ripoff from every other moe moe character ever?

      And the jokes. Are they well thought as well? Do they make you laugh or smile? Are they completely new and original jokes never used before in this genre? Are the jokes involving Haruhi references that fresh and funny? Are the other referential jokes funny or original as well? Is it something never seen in any other anime?

      Maybe it’s the so called chemistry between the characters. I think anyone that isn’t new to anime can see that many other shows of the genre have accomplished that as well.

      What is exactly original, new or exciting in Lucky Star? What makes it stand out that much from any other show in the genre? Nothing. That’s right, nothing. It is another generic and mediocre slice of life show, praised by blind KyoAni fanboys who never watched another show of the genre.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:34 pmKaioshin_Sama

      Nooooooo! I’m a little embarassed now. I got trollowned.

      Oh well, now that Lucky Star is over everything can go back to normal in the anime community until Clannad airs and the Kyoto Animation fanboys and 4Channers continue the epic struggle that defines 21st century anime. It’s so “fun” being an anime fan these days and getting caught in the crossfire. In all honesty, I have no team affiliation, I’m your Green Party, your Independent Senator, your friendly neighbourhood confused philosopher, and boy did Lucky Star give me stuff to talk about, even though it got a little overwhelming at times. The fact that I’m still standing and still able to remain an anime fan after all the things I’ve seen is a sweet victory for me.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:38 pmanonymous

      I’m expecting a great review. That “ethereal realm of holistic amusement” piece almost killed me when I first read it so don’t disappoint me, folks.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:39 pmRembr

      And yet the anime is far more popular than the mediocrity, to the point where it’s contesting the peak.

      Who knows, man. It did something right. It’s producing the numbers. What can I say? It produced the results. That part can’t be challenged.

      What’s more mysterious is why some people need to go on and on about this. So it’s popular. Big deal. Some people see something you don’t. And vice versa. That’s life.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:40 pmRembr

      My previous post is in response to Anonymous on 4:32.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:41 pmjaalin

      i gotta give these guys due credit, though… they sure know my work.

      Oh well, now that Lucky Star is over everything can go back to normal in the anime community until Clannad airs and the Kyoto Animation fanboys and 4Channers continue the epic struggle that defines 21st century anime.

      LOL nice nice nice

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:45 pmanonymous

      Popularity means nothing.

      Inuyasha is super popular.

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:49 pmjaalin

      and this site blogs bleach

      lol this is fun, we should install a shoutbox on the sidebar

    • September 16, 2007 at 4:50 pmTetsuei

      Every time an argument breaks out over the internet, God kills a fanboy.

      Oh, how I wish that were true.

    • September 16, 2007 at 5:03 pmAnonymous

      >>Every time an argument breaks out over the internet, God kills a fanboy.

      Is Jaalin dead yet?

    • September 16, 2007 at 5:23 pmmiasmacloud

      Seeing Lucky Star being called the “best slice of life ever” makes Honey+Clover cry.

    • September 16, 2007 at 5:29 pmmewmew

      x,x do we really need to yet again start this “best anime ever” war? -.- eeep. if it keeps up, th comment section is going look like something in a 2chan thread, which is *not* pretty.

      @ th anon. who used *two* s’s.
      what you brought up can be considered against any anime, so i dont see your point.

    • September 16, 2007 at 5:41 pmHarouki

      HAHAHAHAHA AWESOME FULL DANCE!!!! I hope Haruhi season 2 is coming in october, but its Clannad right? And i doubt they’ll be doing any dancing…oh well Haruhi in winter, means watching it during christmas break, so its all good!

    • September 16, 2007 at 5:52 pmTetsuei

      Everyone’s a critic. An opinion is just that. Opinion. You don’t have to agree with it, but acknowledge the fact that you’re on the home turf of the opposing team, and just walk away.

    • September 16, 2007 at 5:55 pmhashihime

      This was a great ending to a great show. When the series started, my hopes were not high. I thought this could be the show to fail and break KyoAni’s string. How wrong I was. The narrative aspect of this final episode is even more remarkable when you realize that this ep — and this ep alone — was actually written by the mangaka, according to the on-screen credits.

      As for the generally anonymous people who are putting the show down here, I will break my own rule of not being honest about what I think of some people’s opinions and say that I think the anonymous naysayers are fools who just don’t get it. Their senses of humor must be too blunt and childish for an adult (yes, adult) show like this. The references were just part of the humor: they were like frosting on a very good cake of the humor of everyday life. I didn’t get more than half of the references, but I still found every episode funny. Just because you don’t get the humor, doesn’t mean the humor isn’t there.

      Now, I’m not ranking this show in my top ten just yet, but I think it was an excellent anime. People are free to have other opinions, but when they come here and criticise the show to its fans, they deserve what they get.

    • September 16, 2007 at 6:04 pme-gas

      wth is sage talking about? lucky star is one of those anime that you only see once in a while, it’s chances of becoming classic are slim but it’s still high up there as one of the best slice of life ever. there are people who can’t really comprehend why other people like lucky star even if the characters aren’t in-depth or if the jokes aren’t to their taste. that does not, however, make lucky star a bad anime and it is still worthy of being someones favorite anime.

    • September 16, 2007 at 6:12 pmqu

      either way, there should be 2 more episodes, one where konata meets aya hirano and one where you see them graduate

    • September 16, 2007 at 6:22 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @Hashihime: That post is not like you at all, please don’t tell me you are leaning that way.

    • September 16, 2007 at 6:26 pmjaalin

      hashi, thanks for the note on the mangaka writing the episode – i wasn’t aware of that!

    • September 16, 2007 at 6:30 pmMentar

      Excuse me, but Lucky Star might have been alot, but it was no comedy for adults. It was a reasonably enjoyable contraption of moe and trivial humor. On occasion it was excellent, but there were also some lengths with tried my patience (how to eat chocolate hornets or how you get sleepy on a heated train). For a 4-koma conversion, it managed to be one of the best attempts (though I’d still pin Mahoraba as superior storywise).

      What remains is a good, but certainly not outstanding show which lived off the ballyhoo around the big names producing it. A 7.5 out of 10 from me, which is still pretty good.

    • September 16, 2007 at 6:30 pmXin

      Part of me died seeing the (END) in the title. ;__; It was fun while it lasted. I can see I’m going to be depressed for a little while.

    • September 16, 2007 at 6:33 pmHudson

      Absolutely the #1 best anime of 2007! HANDS DOWN! Tsukasa is probably the best character out of all of them. FEAR THE MOENESS!!!! (yeah Akira for finally getting a part in the show!)

      HERE’S HOPING FOR A SEASON 2!!!!!!!!!!! Lucky Star the College Years!!!

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:03 pmKaioshin_Sama

      I’d also like to add one more thing. In a way I’m relieved Lucky Star is over, not because I’m some sort of sadistic jerk who enjoys seeing people feel down when a show they enjoyed ended (I know the feeling all to well, what it’s like to say goodbye to a show you’ve come to love. Saying goodbye to a great cast of characters is the hardest part), but because now I get two weeks of peace to watch my own favourite shows without any of them having to be compared to a Kyoto Animation show, with people making me feel like my show sucks. It’s really hard to enjoy anime anymore when you have a voice in the back of your head saying “Gee, I really like this, but people say it’s not good, because it’s not like “Blank” Kyoto Animation show, that kind of dampens things a little….dang”. Now imagine that for about a year, and well let’s just say I’ve been spending more time with American shows lately, but at least until Clannad I can get in some solid enjoyment of anime, before that echo returns in the back of my head. I just hope I can enjoy Gundam 00 without people cross comparing it with Clannad and bringing it down. It works both ways, and you can just as easily bring people down by overpraising something to make people who like other stuff feel like their enjoyment of a series is trivial and meaningless in the grand scheme of things, as you can by criticizing a series directly.

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:12 pmLikkun

      @Kaioshin
      That about sums up my feelings for the entirety of Lucky Star’s existence. I didn’t hate the show per se (and for a fact, I hyped it since I had followed the manga in Comptique) but the buzzing in my ear I got whenever I tried to watch anything else. For a very long while I couldn’t watch anything just because just watching other shows from the running season made me feel melancholic.

      Though now that’s it’s over, I’m not so sure I can even return to some shows. Though that little void that had formed is starting to fill up a bit. I’m at least becoming a lot less judgmental about things, to say the least. That’s probably why I won’t even take a risk in watching Clannad. Not that I hold KyoAni above any studio but for the mere fact I don’t want the buzzing from other people to return again.

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:20 pmmarsdrivein

      lucky star isnt your gundam, bleach, death note, or code geass.
      until someone finds something like lucky star, where the characters get so ingrained into your head that you start to feel for them, in a snappy 4koma presentation, then i cant agree that this anime sucks.
      lucky star is lucky star.

      that said, go ahead and troll your next anime anonymous.

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:22 pmDmo

      I’m going to call this my favorite anime of 2007 not because it’s done by kyoto animation. I’ve read some of the manga (that was really difficult since I don’t know much Japanese >_>) and own both of the Lucky Star DS games. However, I will say that Kyoto Animation and J.C. Staff are my 2 favorite animation studios. (Are you going to gather your Anon-Yamainu and kill me with your invisible guns now?) No one has any right to say anything about mine or anyone else’s preferences.

      What some of the anon’s posted aren’t critiques. They’re simply attacks aimed at the series because they have nothing better to do with their time.

      If you don’t have anything nice to say about the show, stfu, gtfo, go die in a fire. Don’t post that stuff on the comments of the summary of the last episode of the series with your hockey masks and your Anonymous name tags on.(“oh no, I don’t even want to leave my online screen name because someone might decide to chop my e-penis off.”)

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:23 pmTyrenol

      I’m also glad that Lucky Star’s over. Despite it being one of my “quota anime” (a title I’ll watch amongst other, better titles), it was basically another moe blob anime series.

      I don’t have anything against “slice of life” shows, but they have to be more dimensional than this. The characters are all basically running gags and easy cannon-fodder for YouTube (Poop). When Tsukasa said “hunga~,” I immediately used Hun-Grrr from Transformers Generation 1 Season 3.

      Worst of all was the “Lucky Channel” segment of the series. Akira’s basically where Lindsay Lohan is late for Britney Spear’s haircut while Mel Gibson and Don Imus call each other bad names. And Shiraishi? I voted for him. I wanted him to sock Akira so hard her broken face would never appear again in front of the camera.

      Finally; it’s the shadow of Haruhi’s Melancholy. It was all over her p0n0s and couldn’t get enough of her “membersause.” If a show like that comes to the US and brings in the amount of money Fullmetal Alchemist did, then the terrorist had definitely won.

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:29 pmmoondoggiebuiscuit

      Lucky Star is gone. Possibly one of the best animes this year…

      Please vote Konata as the best female otaku ever!

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:38 pmmootab

      wow, lucky star was awesome, and for those who don’t really get it, their loss.
      lucky star is like the Seinfeld of anime; it’s a show about nothing. if you compare the two you’ll see what i mean. each episode circles around a certain topic, and they brilliantly branch out from that. and lastly, of course the all the characters can’t be original, but it’s not just with moe anime, almost no anime in the last few years has had true original archetypes.
      The good thing about the 4 koma is that you can rewatch episodes randomly!!!

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:43 pmGameSky

      Noo….my most favourite anime of the year….comes to end

      /cry….

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:46 pmlulu

      it ends at 24?? i thought it was a 50+ eps series T.T

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:51 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @MarsDrivein: Who’s to say one can’t feel that way about Gundam. The characters in Gundam very much get ingrained in my head. I’ve spent a lot more time with Amuro, Char and Kamille then I have with Konata, Kagami, Tsukasa and Miyuki, (both in terms of episode length and in terms of just plain time) so they have a long lasting impact on me. I feel like I’ve grown attached to them. It’s not only Lucky Star and Slice of Life that can do this for it’s characters, it’s been done by many different forms of media and will be done again. That said I think people should be looking forward to what’s next and not get to hung up on Lucky Star ending. Anime doesn’t stop and end with Kyoto Animation after all, there are many more fish in the sea. Go and catch them.

    • September 16, 2007 at 7:52 pmrairyu

      zomg they’re doing a paradox of them repeating themselves doing the song >

    • September 16, 2007 at 8:17 pm0rion

      EPIC WIN and an epic ending to go with it. What more could you ask for?

      Well…personally I wouldn’t have minded one last karaoke box ED, but Shiraishi was fun, too. Thanks for the great season finale write-up.

      It was nice to see Akira make it to the actual show, and her fighting with Shiraishi was a nice change of pace. Makes me wish he had grown a pair earlier in the season so we could’ve gotten more of that dynamic. ;)

    • September 16, 2007 at 8:37 pmLQY

      OMG, will it have the 2nd season? I am crying……>_

    • September 16, 2007 at 8:52 pmSniper

      Yay it end. What are you blogging next?

    • September 16, 2007 at 9:23 pmhashihime

      @Kaioshin — Don’t worry, I’m just letting my inner beast out in response to the trollers. People just find different things funny. However, when they come to a post about a show I like and criticise its humor, their sense of humor is fair game. I certainly wouldn’t say you couldn’t get to know characters in a Gundam series, just that it is illegitimate for anyone to claim that you can’t get to know them in a series like this one. I really do think we got quite close to the characters, and for anyone to call them thin or stereotypical is just an error, in my opinion. Anyway, don’t let the fans get to you. What other people like or don’t like is immaterial, just grist for the mill. We definitely do not all have to agree. I mean, I’m one of about half a dozen people who like Touka Gettan.

      @Mentar — Yes, adult. The humor of the realities of everyday life, like choco-coronets and warm trains. Driven home by major-league moe, of course. And much as I loved the warm-hearted Mahoraba, this was stronger humor and a stronger portrayal of human beings, for me. I have no idea why other people liked this show, but in my case it has little to do with the names of the people who made it or starred in it. I love Hirano Aya, for example, but I definitely do not like all of her shows (Himawari leaps to mind). I don’t get Mushishi or ARIA, but I don’t put them down, even when their fans make me feel like an idiot for not admiring them. That having been said, I can definitely understand your 7.5, even while I’m giving this show a 9.

    • September 16, 2007 at 9:37 pmKonflikt

      It’s the end of an era. Now we’ll have to see how many nominations it gets for anime of the year for all the anime blogs out there.

    • September 16, 2007 at 10:11 pmJusuchin

      It was fun while it lasted.

      My heart will feel the pain, this old friend, same when Kanon 2006 and Suzumiya Haruhi and all the anime I’ve been watching ends. ;___;

      Kagami will live in my heart I tell you! >__

    • September 16, 2007 at 10:11 pmKaioshin_Sama

      Why do people keep using the term end of an era? An era is something much more encompassing then a singular entity like Lucky Star and is generally regarded as something that takes place over a large period of time (In fact in record keeping an era is regarded as the longest possible measurement of one span of time). World War II was an era in history, The Sega vs. Nintendo Console Wars was an era in gaming, the Wayne Gretzky years of Hockey were an era in the NHL, The Beatles Live Tours were an era in music, this was just six months of a TV show. Something that is not bound to a specific point in time cannot be an era. Lucky Star is immortal in it’s media format and thus cannot be an era.

      Now Lucky Star can be construed to be part of an era, if you want to try and say the moe trend will last a very long time and then fade away, but otherwise the definition cannot be applied in any way. Concepts as opposed to entities are what constitute eras, so to avoid confusion, when I say the Wayne Gretzky era of Hockey, I don’t mean Wayne Gretzky himself was an era, but his participation in and dominance of the NHL was an era in hockey.

    • September 16, 2007 at 10:39 pmRembr

      I believe they’re using a hyperbole.
      It’s sort of like saying “Oh em gee, there’s a Haruhi reference in Zetsubou Sensei episode 11! They MUST be promoting Kyoto tourism!”

    • September 16, 2007 at 10:40 pmTetsuei

      The only real thought that comes to mind with the end of Lucky Star is this:

      “You are now free to go back to your mundane, empty lives.”

    • September 16, 2007 at 10:47 pmjaalin

      at least now i know i have a boring life and can do something about it eh?

    • September 16, 2007 at 11:30 pmKageho

      Hey jaalin, thanks for doing up the blog for LS. I appreciate it and I must say that you’ve definitely improved greatly from when you first started. ^_^

      Sucks that LS is over, but I’m definitely glad I watched it. Might’ve been a slice of life anime, but it was the slice of life that is very similiar to my own.

    • September 16, 2007 at 11:49 pmKaioshin_Sama

      @Rembr: You realize when I said that I was joking right. Oh…… You joined AS. *Squeal Of Delight* We are gonna have some fun fun fun.

      @Tetusei: My life is neither Mundane, nor empty, Lucky Star is barely a drop in the water of my weakly routine. I’m very active all the time, always have something to do.

      @Jaalin: Wow, now I wish I could actually finish a series I blogged, I still haven’t followed one to the end. Although I’ve only been at it for about 3 months.

    • September 17, 2007 at 12:18 amTetsuei

      Well, that comment was more referring to myself, sorry for the misunderstanding. It certainly feels that way, since aside from Claymore, Lucky Star was the only series that I’ve religiously watched every week when released, as compared to other series that I’d let sit for a few weeks to build a backlog and then clear out on the weekend. Now that I don’t really have any compelling series to look forward to, it really does feel like mundane and boring, since I don’t really do much during the week except work. I really do experience my anime vicariously through blogs… sounds pathetic when I write it like that…

    • September 17, 2007 at 12:34 amNerroth

      Great blog, great show, and here’s hoping for a LS season 2!

      (It could follow Kagami-sama-tachi in college, and Minami-san-tachi as they continue through school…)

    • September 17, 2007 at 12:39 amJimba

      lol, this was as bad as your higurashi reviews.

    • September 17, 2007 at 12:44 amKaioshin_Sama

      @Tetsuei: What are you interested in? Instead of looking forward, why not trying looking back. I have a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge on anime series reaching back as far as 1972 so maybe I can help. If you want my e-mail address I think it’s on my blog and you can ask me. If not it’s just my username with @hotmail.com at the end.

    • September 17, 2007 at 12:56 amTetsuei

      Kaioshin, well, it’s usually a case of me being dead tired after work that results in me not doing anything fun aside from maybe half an hour on the PS3, if I’m awake enough. I’ve been meaning to go back and rewatch Kino no Tabi, so I think that’ll keep me busy for a while, I suppose. Hopefully Haruhi season 2 or Code Geass season 2 will keep me going when they start airing, we’ll see.

    • September 17, 2007 at 1:01 amNot Anonymous

      I’m split on Lucky Star. It’s not a bad show. Impossibly over-hyped, but an entertaining experience nonetheless. Sort of like a Di Gi Charat – Don’t expect to much, check your brain at the door, and you’ll have fun.

      Here’s my problem though: While it’s not as bad as some say, it’s CERTAINLY not as good as others say. An entertaining experience? Sure. An all time classic of the slice-of-life genre? Sorry, but not quite.

      In a sense, the hype really hurts Lucky Star because, by calling it the best show or best comedy of the year, you compare it to other shows, that, quite frankly, are significantly better than Lucky Star. Shows like Gurren Lagann, Seto no Hanayome, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Potemayo…yet, somehow, Lucky Star is the best show of the season? It might be someone’s favorite show, but you must understand that it is not the best show.

      It’s kind of like how I believe Grave of the Fireflies is one of the all-time great animes, but I would not put it in my favorite anime list because I have other shows (FLCL, Azumanga Daioh, Yu Yu Hakusho) that appealed more to me. Lucky Star is an entertaining anime, not a great anime. Especially not when compared to the truly great shows that we have seen this year. I only wish that people would understand this difference before crowning Lucky Star, and in the process, continuing to over-hype it.

    • September 17, 2007 at 1:49 amKaioshin_Sama

      @Not Anonymous: That’s why when a thread on Animesuki asked users to name the best anime series, I refused to acknowledge there was such a thing and instead submitted my personal favourite Zeta Gundam, but made it clear that it was just my favourite. I’m not one for claiming anything is the best ever or the worst ever, I just don’t see anyway anyone can come up with a set of criteria that will work for each and every genre of anime out there in determining good from bad. I prefer to leave the hyperbole for idle banter and keep my opinions on a show straight and to the point, while trying to avoid overexaggeration. I also like to really analyze things as people can probably tell.

    • September 17, 2007 at 2:11 amanonymous

      Pretentious show that the majority of you faggots won’t even take a glance at it if it’s not made by KyoAni (the EA of anime business) and/or not overloaded with Moe bullshit.

      Tl;dr shit sux.

    • September 17, 2007 at 2:12 amSheba

      >> Ghibli works? (well even they did source material stuff too.)

      They butchered Earthsea. I am not sure if I can ever forgive them that.

    • September 17, 2007 at 2:17 amanonymous

      One thing I learn from Lucky Star is how pathetic and shallow some of you weeaboos can be. Formula for success mastered by KyoAni:

      1. Make everyone looks like they are 10-years old
      2. Insert catchy dance sequence at the OP or the ED
      3. Make the characters babble about the most mundane things ever
      4. Make Aya Hirano voice the main lead female character
      5. Reference everything Japan-related as often as possible because the weeaboos love it

      Voila! A pseudo slice-of-life show guaranteed to capture your audience. Instant success!

    • September 17, 2007 at 2:17 amNot Anonymous

      @Kaioshin: I think that arguing the merits of a show is very good, because it allows people to share their views on certain shows, and you might even find some good information in there. Even lurking on 4chan can help you learn more about anime and help you find shows you might like. What gets me is when we attach the labels of best ever, and then try to kill off the argument.

      It kinda kills me when arguments over Lucky Star begins, because there’s basically no one in the middle ground anymore. Probably because of all the hype, but arguments usually degenerate into “Lucky Star is the best/worst ever”, and those in the middle are left scratching their heads.

      My only real dislike of Lucky Star isn’t the show, it’s the fans/haters/trolls (on both sides) who have these foolish arguments. I don’t hate the show, I just wonder why both sides are so militant on their beliefs. Not the best, not the worst, but still okay. So why is it that I feel like I’m missing something when these flame wars break out?

    • September 17, 2007 at 2:46 ambanzemanga

      @Anonymous
      The reason you don’t like this show is either because:
      1-You are bad at Japanese and don’t understand the jokes.
      2-You are not a anime fan or at least not enough to call yourself an otaku.

      Especially #2 because to understand many of the jokes you must have watched many other anime series to understand the jokes – not just the ones that have been dubbed in other countries like Inuyasha.

      As it was commented before in one of the very early episodes, this show was aimned to KyoAnim fans and Haruhi fans. If you are not on the road and don’t like the show, too bad for you – you wasted hours with a smirk or fake smile on your face because you didn’t get the show.

    • September 17, 2007 at 2:54 amconnie

      THEY BETTER HVE A SECOND SEASON!!! I WANNA WATCH MORE LUCKY STAR

    • September 17, 2007 at 3:11 amlocke

      we’re here to talk about the show, why must you focus your efforts on those that frankly just don’t matter? you make the point of separating preference from fact, the subjective from the objective, and yet you are guilty of falling into the trap anyways. i don’t get it?

      yes, people like to throw words like “best” around, but without providing any sort of factual support to back up their argument, it’s obviously they are just referring to their “favorite.” by choosing to ignore this fundamental FACT and continuing to go down this dead end you are no better than the ones you condemn. why do you argue against an opinion? is all that prose just for show? what exactly are you doing to contribute to this discussion of LUCKY STAR?

      every popular show, regardless of why it’s popular, is going to have a polarization of love / hate. for one reason or another. you know this. we all know this. and yet, you still choose to walk down that path. why do you drama queens always need to find fault in something? in this case, it has nothing to do with the show. THE ACTUAL SHOW. it’s something YOU created, some shell of psychological, ethical, and otherwise plain delusional struggle of the lowest denominator in order to find some fault associated with the material.

      why do you have to be so angry? is your own opinion so weak that it is threatened by a random comment of no consequence to you? are you incapable of appreciating THE ACTUAL SHOW for what it has to offer its audiences?

      small, small people with small, small minds.

    • September 17, 2007 at 3:49 amTien Guan

      gonna miss that show…..it is so funny to watch.

    • September 17, 2007 at 5:41 amMyssa Rei

      I’ll chime in for once. While not my favorite anime (that honor sits with the mundane To Heart), it’s one that I enjoyed. Definitely one for my collection, and it’ll probably sit in my library between the wonderful ARIA series and Mahoraba.

    • September 17, 2007 at 6:27 amEndz

      @Not Anonymous – You should try to take “best” as “my favorite” so that it wont bother you. Even if there is some show that is better than lucky star, but, to some people Lucky Star is better than those anime you mentioned. Like me, I don’t like Gurren Lagann(I can’t stand watching mecha, sorry), Potemayo, Seto no Hanayome(I don’t know, I disliked it when I read the manga before, didn’t bother watching the anime adaptation) but, I do like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Seirei no Moribito as my favorite this year.

      There is no such thing as “best anime”, but we can agree that “it is one of the best anime”.

    • September 17, 2007 at 6:31 amanonymous

      @locke
      Soliciting posts like yours is one of the reasons why some of us like to troll Lucky Star fans. I don’t have any personal vendetta against the show to be honest with but it’s always fun to see how LS fanatics fumble for an excuse to defend their oh-so-precious show that turns out not to be as godly as they once thought. See banzemanga’s reply or the final review for one.

    • September 17, 2007 at 7:07 amAnonymous

      Ahahah! Sad thing is, if this wasn’t made by KyoAni it would have been overlooked by every one of you, just like every other show of the genre before.

    • September 17, 2007 at 7:34 amdward

      Lol…took akira 24 eps to finally appear in the main episode. Sooooo…..what’s after Lucky Star?

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