I recently bought the first two DVDs of a new anime series called Lucky Star (the original Japanese title is “らき☆すた” or “Raki☆Suta”). It was something that I had heard about before but had never seen.
Lucky Star is produced by Kyoto Animation, and originally aired between April 8, 2007, and September 16, 2007, containing twenty-four episodes.
It’s very different from most anime that I’ve seen before. There is no continuous story line or plot arcs. The anime follows the lives of four high school students (as shown above). It’s an amusing take on everyday life for students in Japan. While the characters and events are fictional it’s not all all outrageous. So far I’ve seen eight (dare I say… action-packed?) episodes and I’ve loved them! One of the best things about the DVD release is the extensive liner notes that accompany the episodes. There are a LOT of cultural references and anime in-jokes that will be a bit too obscure for someone who hasn’t seen any other anime. So I wouldn’t advise picking this up as a first series.
My favorite character was the dark blue haired tiny seventeen year old Izumi Konata. She’s an ‘otaku’, someone who is crazy about anime, manga, and video games to the exclusion of all else.
Near the end of every episode, there is an additional segment called Lucky Channel co-hosted by Akira Kogami and her assistant Minoru Shiraishi. The humor of this segment takes on a decidedly darker, mean-spirited, more cynical and mature tone than the main show, disguised as an infomercial that skims over characters who appear in the anime, but mainly deals with the progressively abusive and violent work-relationship between Akira and Minoru.
The anime also features small cameos of voice actors besides Shiraishi that also have worked with Kyoto Animation which include Yuko Goto, Daisuke Ono, and Aya Hirano, all of whom voice themselves.
For more information check out the Wikipedia page – Lucky Star (manga) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.