24 of 24 episodes seen
Lucky☆Star is one of those light-hearted anime that give you less than what you would call a story and more than what you would call laughing stocks. it's a baseless comedy that only comes to us once in a year. An anime one of a kind, with interesting characters to say the least.
Story - 6
Protagonist Konata Izumi enjoying otaku life to the fullest and teasing the -bleep- out of everyone. This is the story of Lucky☆Star, with a few good pointers here and there. Honestly though, even if you decide to watch the anime starting from episode 1-5 so that all characters are introduced and then decide to watch all other episodes backwards then you will have noticed no difference. Skipping episodes like no problem ftw! (although I wouldn't suggest doing so)
Art - 8
Characters really representing the light mood of the anime, being basically full lolis in high school with some pretty fun expressions that make you laugh out so loud that the neighbouring town can hear you. Backgrounds are nothing amazing, just what needs to be there to make the scenes feel good.
Sound - 9
The voice acting is what deserves extreme praise here. Much variety on the voices of the characters shows the uniqueness of each one giving some form of completeness there as well. Big props to Kona-chan's seiyuu, Fukuhara Kaori, acting the voice I love so freakin much! Opening theme, "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" sung by the 4 seiyuu of the main characters is pretty catchy and definitely suits the mood. Although it gets a bit boring after 15 or so episodes so I skipped it from there on. Now comes another surprising feat that not many anime have achieved so far. Lucky☆Star has 24 ending themes. Yes you read right, twenty-four, writing that in letters as well so that I'm perfectly clear. To be honest, I haven't listened to all of them so I can't judge whether they are good, fitting, bad or whatever else you may think of. But only the variety that this brought made the anime all the more enjoyable.
Character - 9
Let's admit it, Lucky☆Star has a crapton of characters, whilst not making them the same not even a bit. Character versatility is not so key in slapstick, but it feels nice to have.
Konata Izumi - The main character of the series and definitely the funniest one out of them all. She is a hardcore otaku, raised by her father alone (a lolicon at that) who taught her all the things about being one. She has a brilliant mind which she uses to excel at games and thinking about and discussing anime. She loves playing the oh so popular in Japan MMORPG games, but also likes console gaming. Of course, you are not a proper otaku if you don't go to a manga store at least twice per week and watching anime every day, and gaming all night. She has a tendency to pick on everyone and throw out jokes every minute. She especially likes to pick on Hiiragi Kagami, despite being in different classes. Having said all that, Konata is easily one HUGE troll.
Hiiragi Kagami - The tsundere of the series, she is my favorite character because, well, she is a tsundere. The only one out of a company of 4 who is in a different class. My guess is she feels left out so that must be the reason why she is in Konata's classroom every single break of every single day. She has a twin, who is a few seconds younger, so that makes Kagami feel like an older sister, so she is responsible. In contrast to Konata's immature nature, she is very mature, studying hard and always telling Konata to do so as well, although Konata is ignoring her or teasing her as an answer. Like all characters in this anime, she has her solo moments but she makes the best moments in combination with Konata, with the latter mainly teasing her.
Hiiragi Tsukasa - Enter airhead #1, Tsukasa Hiiragi. She is the younger twin of the two, the other one being Kagami of course, and she definitely acts like it. Her character has no special traits other than the fact that she gets overexcited and worked up easily, and she is trying her best to match her sister, failing miserably at that. Being an airhead, she is a great target for Konata to make fun of and the two have great moments of fun, with Konata having the most of it.
Takara Miyuki - Airhead #2 and school prodigy, Miwiki-chan! Her nickname is Miwiki because whenever she gets asked something by Konata, she always has the right answer/advice to give. She is very intelligent, hard working and the only one with actual cleavage in the whole anime. Fact is, she gets distracted really easily by small things and can't see in front of her nose without her glasses. Since she has a very large vocabulary she serves for making good puns and great admiration material for Konata. She is the one who gets teased the least out of the 4 but when she does get teased, she gets teased hard, which brings balance to the teasing levels Konata wants to have.
Enjoyment - 10
In all honesty, this is one of the anime that will make your stomach hurt from laughing from all the jokes being thrown at you. Personally, I can't count the times I just bursted out laughing from a random joke that was thrown at a completely random place and time. I can't remember the last time I've laughed so much watching anime. The parody level is over 9000, so many refferences that you need an encyclopedia to actually understand every single one. I enjoyed this anime immensly and I have to say I'm not proud to have watched it so late in my anime watching days.
Rewatchability - 10
As with my previous review, rewatchability is added as a bonus factor that is not determinant to the overall score. So, if you wanna laugh at the jokes thrown in your face every 90 seconds, then this is definitely the anime for you. Rewatchability is really viable in this because it contains no spoilers and its basically a joke dumpster where you can laugh repeatedly. The jokes are so many that you are never going to remember every single one so rewatching it has no negative impact in your viewing pleasure whatsoever.
Overall - 9
Loved it. Adored it. Konata is the best. Kagami is boss. I recommend this anime to everyone who has the slightest sense of humour. You will not be disappointed. read more
22 of 22 episodes seen
The anime in question this time is Shiki, an anime that left me with many tears in my eyes while and after watching due to its sad and dark nature. It involves mystery and supernatural elements although we're not allowed to say what these are because it is actually a spoiler. I am not as fond of this particular genre as some other people mind you, but this anime was just too good for me.
Story - 10
I congratulate this anime for the story it has brought all of us to enjoy! The basic idea behind the plot is to keep the identity of the real enemy hidden to the main characters but give the viewer a pretty accurate guess as to who/what the enemy is. Whether you realise who is threatening the village or not, this anime is going to keep you from not wanting more. There are many elements in this anime that excel in the particular setting like the ambitions of people and the fact that humans are fragile creatures and can break with a small push, and this is what I enjoyed most.
Art - 9
First I would like to give huge props to the animation studio that designed the main antagonists. The whole concept is expressed beautifully through the colours of the eyes and skin, whilst giving off a sad aura that touches the viewer. More in general, the rest of the characters are very well made, uniquely representing everyone's character in some way or another. The backgrounds and environment were really colourful and detailed at all times. I have no complaints from this, although some people might find the hairstyles of some of the charcacters weird or too much. I personally liked them.
The thing I am amazed with is what I always call "the death faces". It's basically a dead man's/woman's face right before/after they die. This always sent chills down my spine whenever I saw it and, since it happens a lot, you can guess I felt like I was in a refridgerator for more than half of the anime.
Sound - 9
The BGM was really fitting the mood in most cases, which enhances the feeling being given off from the anime even more.
The 2 Openings were very beautiful, namely "Kuchizuke" performed by Buck-Tick and "Calendula Requiem" performed by kanon*kanon, with the latter being my favorite of the two. The first Ending theme, "Walk no Yakusoku" by nangi was really not to my liking while the second one, "Gekka Reijin" by Buck-Tick was really good. These songs tried their best to fit the dark theme of the anime and I have to say that they succeeded in doing so.
Characters - 10
Now comes the good part. Every, single, freakin, character is unique and their purposes different. Seeing how there is so much death in this anime most characters don't go in too much depth, but there is a crapload of them and they all ahve unique characteristics which help you distinguish them. There are a few main characters which I will mention independently.
Ozaki Toshio - is what you call the main protagonist of this series, if you view the anime from a point that I don't. Watch the anime and you will understand what I'm talking about. He is the village's doctor and runs his own clinic. This guy is the generic badass of the series, always having a cigarette lit between his lips. He is the one suspecting and acting first before everyone else, trying to save everyone from their tragic fate. A very interesting character, maybe a little too strong for the anime's standards, but his weak side is exposed a hell of a lot.
Muroi Seishin - Toshio's best friend, the local priest of Sotoba whose hobby is writing books, mostly novels. Seishin is pretty much the opposite of Toshio, being the voice of reason many times and keeping a generally neutral stance in all this. He is also the one human who comes in contact with the other main character the most in the whole series.
Kirishiki Sunako - The main character of the series, if you view the anime from the point that I do. Whilst being the main character she is also the main antagonist of this series. She is a little girl whose past is shrouded in mystery and has been shutting herself in the European style mansion on top of the big hill of the village. Only she and God know her true purposes. She may look like a ten-year-old girl but the speeches she presents to basically Seishin placed me in deep thought.
Yuuki Natsuno - Another character that deserves mention in this segment since he does some pretty important stuff. Right. This is the boy who recently moved in Sotoba and hates the place. Literally loathes it. His one and only wish is to leave this place and return to the big city whence he came. At first he was holed up within himself, never opened up to anyone because he did not want anything to have with these "primitive" people. One day he met a fellow villager when he had a flat tyre on his bicycle, who helped him repair it. Thus he opened up to this one and only person who became his sole friend. What he noticed from the start though was a young girl's stares and later a tragic involvement with her that would change his life forever.
Enjoyment - 10
I have to say that the air the anime gave off was really heavy, certainly an anime not for everyone. This anime needs you to have a good stomach and a not-so-easy-to-break heart if you want to go through it in one piece. Since I am pretty open when it comes to anime and will watch pretty much anything, I really felt this was really my kind of anime, making me enjoy it a lot, so much that it deserves a 10/10 for this.
Overall - 10
This is my third favorite anime and for good reason. I would like to say right now that I didn't want to begin with such a difficult to review anime but I wanted to test my skills in this to see how far I can reach. I would also like to add another grading, being the rewatchability of the anime. I know plenty of people who like to watch the same anime over and over again when they have nothing better to do, so rewatchability of an anime is pretty important to some people.
Rewatchability - 7
Note that this score does not count to the overall since it is something that is not applied for all people and clearly comes down to personal preference.
Moving on, I hope you enjoyed reading through this tedious wall of text. Any constructive criticism and feedback is kindly appreciated. If you find any faults in my grammar or english in general, well, you won't. read more