A spin-off of Lucky Star. Centers around big sister Hinata Miyakawa and little sister Hikage Miyakawa's impoverished daily life at home (due to Hinata's wasteful habits) and Hikage's life at elementary school.
I tried liking this. My hopes were up with that it was a spinoff of Lucky Star, but those positive thoughts were dashed swiftly.
Being about the families struggles to maintain any money for food, with an otaku shopper, you think it would be a fun few minutes, but the overuse of similar jokes over and over again drew thin, and eventually it became a chore to finish. Also, the ED joke was funny to begin with, but wore down as all the jokes did. Though the ED was a nice tune.
Since it was a Lucky Star spinoff, you would expect a cameo, but alas, those were disappointing as well.
The few positives this show had was the aforementioned ED song, though they were sub-par, the *cameos* of the Lucky star gang, and the art was above average.
Final thoughts would be that it is dissapointing, but if want to waste 30 minutes, as the show varies from 3-5 minutes long, go right ahead, but there are MANY better shorts out there than this one. read more
"Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku" details the struggles of the Miyakawa sisters as they battle one of history's most famous, most heart wrenching social problems: poverty. Cruel, heartless poverty. The sisters Hinata and Hikage live a life filled with unflattering things, like tofu substituted meat, skim milk, skim milk, and convenience store dinners. This show is a glimpse at sections of their life, filling the viewers with a sense of overwhelming pity.
For Hikage, the younger sister, she is an endearing elementary school student who puts up with her sister's wasteful spending, using precious dollars on unneeded things like light novels with ridiculously long titles and promotional items. Her cries of dissatisfaction are drowned out by the sounds of her growling stomach, giving her the unpleasant reminder that another day of meatless dinner awaits her. She goes to school, where she lives a relatively normal elementary school life, where her dear friends offer a respite to the battlefields of the supermarket. Her teacher, Kirito-sensei, being the sporting guy he is, attempts to help Hikage, as long as it has nothing to do with financial problems. However, the ever wise Hikage denies his advice, citing "love problems." This Kirito-sensei seems nowhere near as successful with women as his alternate world counterpart is.
Hikage's sister, Hinata, works in a book store to rake in meager allowances to sustain both herself and her sister. She is caring, but her impulsive buying habits are in direct confrontation with her family's dire financial situation. Seeing Hikage in distress upsets her however, and always tries to make it up to her, offering enticing things like sharing her limited edition goods, and sweet words to make her forget her growling stomach.
The ending song is tragically cut short for many of the episodes, given the studio's dire financial situation. The Miyakawa sisters sing their hearts out about their lone struggles, but alas, funding is little and the song cannot be complete...until near the end! The song is a cry for help to viewers, detailing their shambled lives, citing the delicious foods they want to eat and the poor substitutes they have instead. Like tofu steaks and skim milk. A given rule to people is to avoid skim milk, but in the most desperate of situations, rules are only "guidelines." Hearing the full song tugs at those heart strings alright.
"Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku" chronicles short adventures of the Miyakawa sisters, showing their heroic inner fighting spirits and absolute refusal to give up in the face of overwhelming odds. It is a tale worthy of your viewing and sympathies. Struggle along with the sisters as they battle a foe all too familiar to people: empty wallets and empty stomachs.
Let Hikage's shining, innocent face be a reminder of the important things in life. Like bacon. And steak. read more
Most Lucky Star fans all expected to have a 2nd season, but is left with a Lucky Star spin-off. Is it more satisfying than having a 2nd season? Well.....let's see about that.
Story: The plot is nothing special since the series is very short having each episode to be around 4-5 min. It's just about the daily life between two sisters named Hinata and Hikage. Rate: 5/10
Characters: The two main characters are just the two sisters. We have the younger sister named Hikage who is mostly the mature one trying to tell her older sister to not spend lots of useless stuff. Then, we have the older sister named Hinata who is pretty much the main problem for having the whole family to have financial problems due to her habits of spending things. Rate: 6/10
Animation: The only thing I would give praise would definitely be the animation. I am really happy that they kept the Lucky Star animation style. You could probably tell that the style for the sisters does resembled other characters from the original Lucky Star series. Like Hikage who looked like Kagami and Hinata who looked like Miyuki. Rate: 8/10
Sound: Sine the series is soo short, there's not an OP song, but left with only an ED song. The ED song was really catchy since it talks about the two sisters being poor and poverty. It's not a memorable song, but a catchy one. Rate 7/10
Overall/Enjoyment: The Lucky Star spin-off series was actually ok, but is a bit enjoyable. It does have that Lucky Star feel to it, but since its really short I wished it would be a bit longer or just more episodes. Well, at least we have "another" Lucky Star series. For the Lucky Star fans, I would give it a watch since its a related Lucky Star series. Rate: 6/10read more
Now while I have not finished Lucky Star yet due to not finding the dub of the final episodes on Youtube,I rather like it. It may not have a story but its funny and it has quirky and cute characters. But this "spin off " is the opposite. So lll explain in a mini view!
It had potential to be something giving the idea but it really waste it. Its not dull but annoying. The comedy feels force and the situations take a stretch. In other words its 30 minutes of annoying crap.
Everyone minus the main 2 here and characters from the main show Lucky Star are meh. The older sister,Hinata is very annoying and is literally the cause of problems financially. She is selfish and dose a bad job at taking care of her sister. The little sister,Hikage is decent and sympathetic because of Hinata is doing a crappy job of taking care of her. Overall the characters at best meh (minus the ones from the main series and Hikage)at worst annoying.
Animation and art ~7
To be positive the animation is very nice,the designs are cute,and fits Lucky Star but upgraded. Im glad the animation looks nice because if you've seen LS it has terrible animation admittedly. So all in all its nice and looks smooth.
The op is amazing! Its very upbeat and cute. Outside of that sound is meh minus the voice acting. Its good in Japanese and it souunds nice. There is no dub for this OVA at the time of writing this. That`s all I have to say on the sound since there is nothing to talk about minus the op.
I really don't like this show. It had good ideas but wasted mainly because of the poor choices of the Hinata. She was awful. But everything else was meh minus the op and animation. So honestly this was eh at best if the pink hair brat didnt make those choices. It may sound like Im nitpicking but.she is a terrible example of a sister and a main character.
The show is not that good. Stick with Lucky Star if you want a good comedy that has some merit unlike here.