Lucky☆Star (らき☆すた, Raki☆Suta) is an anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation and is based on the namesake Japanese four-panel comic strip manga by Kagami Yoshimizu. The strip has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq magazine since December 2003. Cameo strips were published in other magazines such as Shōnen Ace and others. It has no ongoing plot and typically focuses on the daily lives of the characters.
Lucky☆Star follows the daily lives of four cute high school girls—Konata Izumi, the lazy otaku; the Hiiragi twins, Tsukasa and Kagami (sugar and spice, respectively); and the smart and well-mannered Miyuki Takara.
As they go about their lives at school and beyond, they develop their eccentric and lively friendship and making humorous observations about the world around them. Be it Japanese tradition, the intricacies of otaku culture, academics, or the correct way of preparing and eating various foods—no subject is safe from their musings.
Why It Rocks
- For an anime with no plot, it's really enjoyable and it sometimes perfectly captures everyday life.
- Catchy opening theme song. Enough to make you dance along with it.
- Four lovable characters. Konata, who's a lazy otaku, but a funny and clever one, Kagami, a responsible tsundere twin sister, Tsukasa, an air-headed twin sister, and Miyuki, a beautiful, but a clumsy student.
- Even after a decade, the animation has aged well along with the CGI animation.
- It parodies other animes, from Initial D, to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
- Cute cheerleading scenes.
- Very adorable character designs. As it gives the series a nice chibi-esque art style.
- Even the side characters are just as memorable as well, from the aloof Minami and the innocent Yutaka.
- Lasted only 24 episodes, which sucks because this show was very popular when it first came out. The manga lasted longer, though, up until 2014.
- Speaking of lasted only 24 episodes, the anime did not include the manga characters such as Izumi Wakase, Miku Busujima, Kou Yasaka, and Tamaki Yamanobe.
- The parody scenes can feel like commercials to anime fans. Anime fans watch anime for the characters and stories, not to sit through ads. Thankfully, the advertisements, like the Haruhi Suzumiya ones, don't appear in the manga version.
- Akira Kogami is unlikable, though she's supposed to be that way.