On a rainy day, Lucky☆Star is the allegorical cup of cocoa that you sip on, while you look on, as the droplets of rain drizzle down—it’s like the comfort of being inside, while you bask in the warm, golden glow of your home. In a similar fashion to the elongated metaphor, this series turns everyday things into funny, soothing, and often beautiful occurrences! A group of gal-pals are just having fun and going to school, while enjoying each others’ company, in all earnestness!
⚠️ This review will be spoiler-free ⚠️
Synopsis: 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.
I find it ironic that Aya Hirano (the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya) voices Konata, because her character is often the catalyst in ensuing insanity and adventure! It could be that Konata is imitating Haruhi, in a way, because the series confirms that she is actually a fan of the aforementioned character, as well as her own seiyū! The type of the humor in the series is often done in a mise en abyme portrait, a picture within a picture. Anime girls that watch anime, but don’t realize that they’re actually anime girls, drawn for a 4-koma comic!
Even Kagami, the staunch voice of reason, often gets swept up in Konata’s flights of fancy (that may be because she may or may not be in love with her). Tsukasa, her younger sister, is sensible, sweet, but not very book-smart. Miyuki is the upper-class, onee-san that appears to perfect at everything (studies, athletics, student council work) and comes from a wealthy family, but has “gap moe”-moments, where she’s incredibly clumsy and sleeps all of the time! It’s easy to fall in love with all of the girls and their classmates.
The seasons pass, throughout the series and Lucky☆Star gives a soft, intimate window into the lives of ordinary girls. Their friendships, their interactions at home, and the uncomfortable social discourse that many people experience, while growing up! Some series portray these foibles as angsty or dramatic, but this series makes everything cute and lighthearted. Word-slips, word-plays, and cumbersome fumbles become a heart-warming “learning moment,” and make the characters THAT much more endearing!
There’s much to do about otaku humor and references, and the comedy is like a cool breeze, in light of its sister series, Nichijō’s, more brazen approach to humor!
Kagami being overprotective of her blissfully naïve, fraternal twin sister, Tsukasa, is really sweet and cute; as well as Kagami and Konata (*ahem*) being a couple of quarreling lovers, it often ends up with them having the warm-fuzzies for each other! Miyuki is kind of the bystander/commentator in the group, but similar to Komugi from the K-On! series… she tries her best to fit in with them, and is openly accepted into their trio! Every holiday or school festival episode is attractive when the Lucky☆Star girls bring color to it!
Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅
Yasuhiro Takemoto (director), notable works:
- Amagi Brilliant Park
- Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid ✅
- Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu ✅
- Hyōka ✅
- Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
- Lucky☆Star: Original na Visual to Animation ✅
- Nyoro-n Churuya-san
- Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu ✅
- Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yūtsu (※ONA)
※Mr. Takemoto directed the Haruhi Suzumiya film and ONA, but not the original series.
Commentary: Mr. Takemoto is really good at directing the animators to make the subtle movements and motions of characters look really natural, although, it’s clear that the process of animating such things is incredibly complex. He is also really good at creating an impenetrable milieu to each series that he works on, it’s easy to get completely engulfed in the worlds of “Lucky☆Star,” “Hyōka,” and “Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu”! Beautiful series; wonderful director!
Aya Hirano as Konata Izumi, notable roles:
- Miu Asakura, “Bungaku Shōjo”
- Minata Nagase, Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka
- Misa Amane, Death Note
- Mamori Anezaki, Eyeshield 21 ✅
- Lucy Heartfilia, Fairy Tail ✅
- Mei Etō, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! ✅
- Kahlua and Tequila Marjoram, Galaxy Angel Rune
- Paiman, Gatchaman Crowds
- Nobume Imai, Gintama
- Ayumi Nonomura, Hyakko
- Mai, Itsudatte My Santa!
- Garnet, Jewelpet
- Lumière, Kiddy Grade ✅
- Ume Kurumizawa, Kimi ni Todoke ✅
- Migi, Kiseijū: Sei no Kakuritsu ✅
- Hannah Anafeloz, Kuroshitsuji II ✅
- Megami, Moe★Gaku5
- Layla Serizawa, Nana ✅
- Chizuko Mikamo, Nijū Mensō no Musume
- Kana Ienaga, Nurarihyon no Mago
- Momo, Otogi Story Tenshi no Shippo (“Angel Tales”)
- Nanael, Queen’s Blade ✅
- Pachira, Renkin San-kyū Magical? Pokaan ✅
- Sasha, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅
- Ekaterina Kurae, Seikon no Qwaser
- Haruhi Suzumiya, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūtsu ✅
- Yuki Morikawa, White Album ✅
- Kaoru Akashi, Zettai Karen Children (“Psychic Squad”)
Commentary: Ms. Hirano is not only very talented at singing, but she also has a commanding presence throughout her discography of roles! A truly talented seiyū! For example, I really like Saori from the original Saint Seiya (TV series), but Ms. Hirano’s interpretation of the Athena character in “Lost Canvas”—blows it out of the water! Konata is like a more lazy, less excitable version of Haruhi Suzumiya, and is incredibly relatable! Great work!
Emiri Katō as Kagami Hiiragi, notable roles:
- Chie Kiyan, Ai Mai! Moe Can Change!
- Karen Ayanokōji, Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka
- Shiori Sekine, Angel Beats ✅
- Hideyoshi and Yūko Kinoshita, Baka to Test to Shoukanjū ✅
- Himari Uehara, BanG Dream ✅
- Ayame Shaga, Ben-To
- Noe Kazama, D-Frag!
- Momoko Akatsutsumi, Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z
- Ryūko Mifune, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko ✅
- Sayo Arima, Double-J
- Sierokarte, Granblue Fantasy ✅
- Lily, Hoshi ni Negai wo: Fantastic Cat
- Edelgard, Isekai Maō to Shōkan Shōjo no Dorei Majutsu (“How Not to Summon a Demon Lord”) ✅
- Meyrin, Kuroshitsuji ✅
- Akatsuki, Log Horizon ✅
- Kyūbey, Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica ✅
- Miki Miyamae, Maria†Holic Alive ✅
- Hansode Shiranui, Medaka Box ✅
- Kenta Yumiya, Metal Fight Beyblade
- Mayoi Hachikuji, Monogatari (series) ✅
- Disk, Needless
- Wakadanna, Nōrin ✅
- Isuzu Tsumuhana, Ōkami Kakushi: Masque of the Wolf
- Aura Bella Fiora, Overlord ✅
- Naru Ayase, Pretty Rhythm
- Seika Hōjōin, Princess Lover!
- Mika, Puka Puka Juju
- Hajime, Re: Hamatora
- ST AR-15, Girls’ Frontline ✅
- Blair, Soul Eater
- Miraitchi, Tamagotchi! Miracle Friends
- Ran Isozaki, Telepathy Shōjo Ran
- Mai Kondō, Wake Up, Girls! ✅
- Sakurako Ōmuro, Yuru Yuri ✅
Commentary: Ms. Katō has the sweet, moe-girl role down to a “T”! Although, she can be both cute AND menacing, like her role as Kyūbey in Madoka★Magica! Her role as Kagami is not only adorable, but it’s such a refreshing take on the tsundere archetype, that you just want to pinch her big, chubby cheeks! I was neutral towards Kagami, at the beginning of the series, because I expected her to be like every other “tsundere” clone in anime, but she won me over with how responsible and defensive she is, when it comes to her little sister and friends! She’s a stubborn, twin-tailed girl… with a heart of gold! Great seiyū!
Kaori Fukuhata as Tsukasa Hiiragi, notable roles:
- Run Momoki, A-Channel
- Hime Haruno, Acchi Kocchi (TV)
- Koma Ryūzōji, Ashiaraiyashiki no Jūnin-tachi.
- Kimidori, Bakegyamon
- Plug Cryostat, Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!!
- Koromo Amae, Saki ✅
- Maria Naruse, Shinmai Maō no Testament (“The Testament of Sister New Devil”)
- Astrea, Sora no Otoshimono
Commentary: Ms. Fukuhata as Tsukasa is so precious! She conveys the character in a way that is sentimental, thoughtful, and so care-free! Tsukasa ended up being my best girl, because she’s such a pure-hearted girl… without a worry in the world! Every expression of emotion that she has conveys, is so genuine! Though I haven’t seen many of Ms. Fukuhata’s other anime appearances, her characterization of Tsukasa melted my heart! Brilliant work!
Aya Endō as Miyuki Takara, notable roles:
- Fūko Kurasaki, Accel World
- Quetzalcoatl, Fate/Grand Order ✅
- Frederica Greenhill, The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis ✅
- Komugi, Hunter x Hunter (2011) ✅
- Sheryl Nome, Macross Frontier ✅
- Silky, Mahō Tsukai no Yome
- Totoko Yowai, Osomatsu-san ✅
- Shirona (“Cynthia”), Pokémon: Generations ✅
- Cattleya Baudelaire, Violet Evergarden
Commentary: Ms. Endō gives off the most “lascivious” vibes, because of course, it’s the woman that voices Sheryl Nome! The character of Miyuki is often hard to read, compared to the three other girls, but she’s very kind and generous to everyone. She genuinely seems like she enjoys helping everyone else out, and is the class idol because of that! Great casting choice!
Conclusively, this is a series that will appeal to anyone, who doesn’t mind a laid-back story with loads of fun! Those that cringe and stay away from the ecchi-realm of anime, can enjoy and appreciate this series (there’s hardly any actual “fanservice”)! It’s difficult to even put the radiant atmosphere of Lucky☆Star into words, that will do it proper justice; it’s something that you have to experience for yourself! I give this series a solid 7/10 and recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxing series to watch!