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Lucky Star Review (in 300 words or less)
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Lucky Star is an ensemble comedy anime based on the manga of the same name, following the every-day occurrences of four high school girls.

Story:  There isn’t one.  It’s very Seinfeld-esque, being a show about nothing.  We see these characters and learn about them through short segments focusing on some menial aspect or everyday occurrence of life, with a few longer story sequences in some episodes.  There are a few nice moments, and some genuinely funny ones, but there is no overall plot to speak of.  I personally found the first few episodes almost painful to sit through, but it grew on me as it went on.  The references will be lost on many, especially if they haven’t seen The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (which features a lot of the same voice actors, and is more worth your time, IMO).

Sound:  There are a lot of veteran voice actors here and this is used to some humourous effect, and overall is very good. Lots and lots of talking Music wise, the background music is mostly generic and forgettable, and the show has no ending theme (instead borrowing many anime classics).  However, you owe it to yourself to watch the opening at least once.

Animation/Art: The character designs are good, but everything is else is rather generic (for about the first half, the majority of background characters aren’t people, but humanoid-shaped blobs).  It may be an artistic style, but to me, it comes off as rather low budget and lazy.  Still, it’s a comedy and there are a few nice sequences, but these are few and far between.

Overall: For veteran anime fans, who will understand the references and tropes, and of those, who are Seinfeld fans.  Otherwise, most people won’t get it.  Personally, I thought it was decent.

Rating:  6/10 (Fair)
Word Count: 298


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