Minami’s house and Cherry-chan:
Cinderella Kagami attending… a wrestling match?:
Tsukasa trying to outshine Kagami in volleyball!:
Lost in the woods thanks to Konata:
Live-action Lucky Channel!:
I wasn’t sure if I was going to blog the Lucky Star OVA at first, but after seeing the massive amount of anime references/parodies they put into it, I felt that it couldn’t go unmentioned. Sectioned off into seven mini chapters, this OVA runs at an amazingly long 42 minutes and is reminiscent of the short skit format used in (the amazingly awesome) Azumanga Daioh. One of my favorite chapters out of the bunch definitely had to be the MMORPG one, since we finally got to see the game that Konata and Nanako always play together—in actual 3D no less! Can you imagine if they actually turned this into a real online game? While I’m sure nothing will ever quite catch up to World of Warcraft in the MMORPG genre, I think there will be an occult following of otakus in Japan who would gladly play it. Heck, I’d even want to try it.
My other favorite chapter is definitely the volleyball one, with that being my “sport of choice” to play in real life. I can’t even tell you how much I’ve longed to see a new volleyball themed anime to be made, so this was probably the next best thing. In fact, the only anime that I can even think of is Attack No.1 waaaayyyy back in 1969. I think it was relatively popular too, since a real-life drama of the same name was aired in 2005. While volleyball may not be that big in North America (even though U.S.A. beat out longtime reigning world champion Brazil at Beijing this year), it’s actually a huge sport in Japan and Europe, so I often wonder why we get baseball, tennis, boxing, racing, etc. anime, but no volleyball. My only qualm about the animation in this chapter is that a lot of characters were shown to be left-handed, which makes me wonder if it was intentional. (I forget if Miyuki, Kagami, and Tsukasa are all left-handed.) In any case, the best part was Kagami’s jump serve packing Tsukasa in the face though!
Other than that, I think the most distinguished chapter is the live-action Lucky Channel, featuring Kogami Akira’s seiyuu, Konno Hiromi and of course, Shiraishi Minoru as himself. While I don’t know what to make of Minoru’s permed wig, Hiromi looked pretty damn cute and is undoubtedly the best real-life Akira you can get. She even dressed up in a sailor uniform with extremely long sleeves to fit the role. However, the best part of that bit had to be Minoru taking a hose to the face for an extended period of time as I couldn’t help but laugh at that.
Cameos, cameos, cameos. Lots of references/parodies too, including CODE GEASS‘ “I’m Zero and I have returned!” and “I’ll use you and throw you away like a dirty rag” lines, Konata referring to Miyuki as the “galactic songstress”, Konata trying to get her team to perform a Jet Stream Attack (originally from Gundam, later Gundam SEED Destiny), Konata’s “Mi-mi-mi-Mikuru” ring tone plus her “Hare Hare Yukai” victory pose à la Suzumiya Haruhi. They even pulled a 24 (TV series) type clock countdown in the scene where Kagami woke up from her dream, and had Shirashi Minoru wear a “Yaranai ka?” necktie (possibly from Minami-ke but just funny in general). There was also Konata transforming Kagami’s outfits into a Tousaka Rin cosplay (Fate/stay night) and eventually Hatsune Miku, the Japanese virtual idol. One of the more subtle cameos had to be Miyuki passing a serve to what looks like Saotome Alto, which is evidently a parody on Miyuki’s seiyuu, Endou Aya, who plays Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier. Another was Kagami telling Konata that cats aren’t witches and Konata saying she won’t take its soul à la SOUL EATER, where Katou Emiri (Kagami’s seiyuu) plays Blair. There’s a whole slew more too, but those are the ones that come to mind after watching the OVA once through.