Anime Review – Lucky Star

Lucky Star Review

Lucky Star ReviewYou have two options. Watch the first episode of Lucky Star or accidentally trip down a flight of stairs. You may think the answer is simple – but I can assure you that both are unexpectedly painful, clouded in regret and have the potential to leave you scarred.

Admittedly, maybe I’m being a bit too harsh on Lucky Star. An anime about the ordinary lives of high school girls that did have some decent moments. But unfortunately the cons outweighed the pros and this comedic slice of life anime consistently had me looking about as entertained as a sleepy sloth on a rainy day.

The biggest downfall is simple. Most of the jokes, discussions and events in the anime weren’t funny or interesting. From bland discussions about food to obvious statements about everyday life. Not to mention the recycled joke of Konata not doing homework which resurfaced at least every 10 minutes like a broken jack-in-the-box. The consistent references to other anime also could have been incorporated better and the handful of moments that were actually funny were few and far between.

Think how much better this scene could of looked with a real crowd and a decent background. Source: Kyoto Animation
Think how much better this scene could of looked with a real crowd and a decent background.   Source: Kyoto Animation

Just as scarce were moments of good animation. You can call me a detective because finding these were about as hard as solving a mystery murder. Yes. Slice of life anime don’t often need to have amazing animation. But more effort should have been put in to help liven up some of the bland conversations. Similarly, while the character art was fittingly adorable, half the time they didn’t bother putting in background people, instead opting for keyhole placeholders. The lack of a scene background half the time definitely didn’t help the situation either. Not to mention the anime’s sound that made me feel like I was permanently trapped inside Play School eternally decorating a shoe box.

As for the story…well. There wasn’t really a story to follow – meaning all the allure this anime had to offer was in its weak jokes and interesting… characters. Archetypal cookie cutter characters with pretty much nothing new to offer. This being said I do think this anime is the perfect ‘background’ tv show. If you’re hanging with friends, preparing food or you’re just generally busy being the awesome person you are, then this anime is great to run in the background. You can tune in when you want but there’s no storyline you need to keep up with, so you don’t need to give it your full and undivided attention.

An accurate summation of both my sporting prowess and Lucky Star itself. Source: Kyoto Animation
An accurate summation of both my sporting prowess and Lucky Star itself.   Source: Kyoto Animation

On another positive note the anime’s opening is one of my all time favourites. It’s upbeat, fun, captivating and leaves me as happy as the penguins on Happy Feet. It’s an opening that’ll lift your mood and make you want to dance. I’d almost say don’t worry about the anime itself – just watch the opening. It’s worth it, promise!

The lucky channel segment at the end of episode 17 refers to Lucky Star as having a “slow pace and casual feel.” This is all too true. But it’s so slow and casual that it’s boring. Having finished the anime it’s safe to say the praise which surrounds it remains a bigger mystery than the Bermuda Triangle. In short, while there were some good moments they were few and far between. The show felt like it was lazily strung together. And to put it plainly, it’s a highly overrated anime.

Thank you for reading my review!

Rating: 4.5/10