Lobster Quadrille Review: Lucky Star

Lucky Star

Genre: Slice-of-life/Comedy

Creator/Studio: Kagami Yoshimizu/Kyoto Animation

Distributor: Bandai, also streams at http://www.crunchyroll.com

No. of Episodes: 24

Age Rating: 10+

Rating: 7/10

Summary: Lucky Star focuses on the lives of several girls attending a typical Japanese school.  There is really no plot and its main character is Konata Izumi a lazy and mischievous girl who’d rather play video games than study.

Review: This is just pointless fun, but I actually enjoyed it.  It was quite relaxing just to laugh at everyone’s antics.  There are two flaws:

1. No real plot. I like stuff that actually has a transition of events, not just random stuff for 23-25 minutes.

2. Halfway through the show, we’re introduced to a whole bunch of characters and I felt there wasn’t enough time to get to know them. The first half had focused on such a small cast that I’d actually gotten used to them.

My main warning is not to watch this show if you know little about Japanese culture.  You really need to know basic stuff like customs and reasons for them. Because of this, many events tend to be difficult to understand.  But if you need a break from a high-energy action series or something to unwind with, I’d say give this a try.

Sub/Dub: I only watched the sub, so I can’t comment here.

Music/Score: The opening theme (which is the only original piece of music. The closing themes are actually karaoke sessions featuring either the characters or one of the voice actors) will stay in your head in no time flat. I found it amusing.

Violence: 1/10: Only the occassional slapstick.

Language: 0/10

Nudity: 1/10–The only nudity I saw was in a scene where the characters go to a public bathhouse.

Sexuality: 1/10–One of the characters is a little hung up on her small breasts.

Religion: 1/10–This is a slice-of-life, so you’ll only see what you’d see if you actually lived in Japan.

Related Media: There is a drama CD, a video game, and the original manga, which is also published by Bandai.

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