Lucky Star is a mixture of a meta-comedy with references and gags from old Gainax shorts to the Haruhi Suzumiya craze, and it reminds me of the comedy: Azumanga Daioh. The two series have very little in common with each other. One is a comedy with its finger on the pulse of Akihabara, the other is an endearing comedy about the everyday lives of six high school girls. But there are two crucial things that both series possess that made fans love it: a strong cast of likeable characters and an eye for the funny details in everyday life.
Lucky star doesn’t just use the clever Anime Tenchou or Giant Robo gags that made this series take the Internet fandom in a firestorm- I expect most of these fans haven’t been around long enough to know what they’re parodying! It’s because most of the humour is rooted in things that fans and non-fans would recognise, making its best moments the times when it goes beyond its narrow cultural bounds.
The best why to talk to readers about Lucky Star is to talk about its characters. Viewers will get to know and love the three main characters, but the additional cast of family members, friends-of-friends and teachers who come and go. Konata Izumi is a high school otaku hardcore enough to know trivia about seventies giant robot and tokusatsu shows, but not hardcore enough to own a body pillow of her waifu. Or at least, not yet. She’s a very short blue haired sophomore who digs manga, anime, and eroge games and seems to interpret her life in a way that only a high school girl who played all the Tokimeki Memorial games and liked them, could. She’s the character that most of the audience- and probably the creators- will relate with. But despite her weird habit of throwing out obscure gaming references, she’s not socially dysfunctional. Meet Tsukasa and Kagami Hiiragi, her two best friends. They’re paternal twins with very different personalities. Tsukasa is the littlest sister not only in age but how she acts: sweet, airheaded, and a little lazy. Kagami tries to be the adult of the group; she’s smart, diligent, and sometimes gets bossy when Konata and Tsukasa forget themselves.
This is a very talkative anime with characters spending most of the time shooting breeze, and asking important questions like, why are people afraid to go to the dentist? Who actually celebrates a traditional Japanese New Years? How do you eat some of the strange junk food Japan cooks up? They’re charming conversations, not only because they’re funny and well written- the dialogue is more animated than the characters- but because these are the kind of things you can see yourself talking about with your friends.
An anime like this doesn’t come around often. It brings a full course of fun and laughs with all 24 episodes, and has so many memorable characters in a single series.