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Old 2007-04-10, 08:30   Link #681
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Actually, the manga story remains pretty low tension like this all the time. It's true the materials do get more interesting as more characters are introduced (and there are quite a few characters, Nanako-sensei >?<), but I can tell you right now that you're probably not going to see any extreme developments in this anime. Lucky Star is a very laid-back story about a bunch of slightly-to-extremely eccentric girls and their average daily lives (mostly through talking).

For some people, the looseness provides a good change of pace for people who need a break from all those serious mangas and animes, but if you're looking for an anime with a properly structured story, this is probably not what you're looking for.
That's perfectly fine by me, really. I'm a huge fan of, among others, Azumanga Daioh and Hidamari Sketch very much because of the laid-back, low tension, calmly paced shows with primarily dialogue-based humor.

The Lucky Star manga took a bit of time to find its own comedic stride; even the earliest chapters show some progression in that aspect. I don't expect the style or focus of the show to change, just its present clumsy timing.

I'm enjoying it so far, either way, though.
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Old 2007-04-10, 08:38   Link #682
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Just finished watching Ep1 (thanks to SleepingForest-Subs) and I'm glad to say that Lucky Star was everything I hoped it'd be. Much has already been said about the show opening so I won't waste time talking about that but for the record I think it's excellent, as for the show itself I really enjoy Slice-Of-Life shows so this was right up my street.

Slice-Of-Life is a particularly underrated genre and it's not difficult to see why, I personally believe that anime (not unlike computer games) is a form of escapism, a realm of fantasy where unusual, and frankly, unrealistic things happen each and every day, so it must be difficult for some to accept a show in which the main attraction is real life situations. Whereas some may be turned off by a ten minute discussion on eating habits I find it refreshing and I think it's something that people of all walks of life should be able to relate to. Is it entertaining? I guess that's up to the individual to decide. Did I like it? Absolutely yes. This viewer finds it exhausting (and a little depressing) watching fantasy shows where a guy has to choose between x-number of cute girls, watching characters battle legions of monsters or overcome huge odds so I think it's nice every now and again to kick back and unwind with something light like Lucky Star which in the anime world is as close as one can get to a reality check.

Bring on episode two and a millions thankyous to the folks at SleepingForest-Subs for getting this episode out so quickly.
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Old 2007-04-10, 08:40   Link #683
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Double post. Sorry.
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Old 2007-04-10, 09:24   Link #684
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MUCH BETTER than the manga IMO.

I must admit I was a little worried at the beginning. The first part about the food lasted waaaay to much; Of course, that was until goddess Miyuki came to the rescue.

On second though, I think she was there since the start of that scene. Guess she made the whole part more bearable to me.

Still, she alone pretty much made the episode for me. Even the other characters refer to her as a sort of Moe overload.

Dont understand the complains about the animation though. I sure wish some of the shows I have watched recently were as "badly animated" as this one.
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Old 2007-04-10, 09:29   Link #685
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I'm pretty sure you meant non-street legal narcotic substance in the vein of Loli's being like drugs the studios offer fans for a quick fix in return for "revenue enhancement" so to speak . Basically Loli's ARE drugs so the heroin versus heroine thing might be a bit of the subconcious speaking.

On another note somebody on ANN beat me to the part about the opening being a self-deprecating take on the Haruhi ending.

"In the opening sequence, the girls' dance number and the title screen itself are obviously mocking the ending sequence of the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, another title animated by Kyoto Animation."

well the manga is addicting and anime is addicting too, those girls are the drugs...


Yeah I notice it too, but it seems Haruhi has passed her torch to the otaku Kona-chan. Which imho is quite nice.

One more thing I like about them is their faces. quite unique in design, though the uniforms are generic, it makes up for the white ruffles being seen then they jump. Seems like this anime is all word comedy than slapstick. I hope they add something original in the future episodes.
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Old 2007-04-10, 09:53   Link #686
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Just watched episode 1. It's a reasonably good episode, although the entire first third about food got quite boring. My favourite part would have to be the Lucky Channel section - needs more Akira!! Having read a little of the 4koma (from SF I think), the jokes were a little tamed (even though they were pretty tame in the first place). The transition on screen was quite good with the timing and placement of jokes. Also, it's mostly the characters and their reactions that make this work. Good thing I watched 4 episodes of Azumanga Daioh beforehand to set myself up. XD
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Old 2007-04-10, 10:53   Link #687
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Some avis from episode 1.




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Old 2007-04-10, 12:06   Link #688
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I go to ANN and loe and behold look at the poll of the day. It's about Moe and what you think of it personally. To me it almost seems like a referendum on the whole concept. The results seem to be pointing to the final nail in the coffin so to speak of the genre's dominance. Just as I expected, but still somewhat surprising. Here are the results thus far.

To Pelliesier who mentioned Yuko Goto. I don't even think she's in the show.

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Old 2007-04-10, 12:08   Link #689
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MUCH BETTER than the manga IMO
At the moment i'm finding it pretty hard to decide. Sure with the anime you get the music (which is absolutely amazing :3) & voice acting that helps, though there's that certain relaxing feeling i get when reading the manga, and that hasn't appeared yet with the anime. Hopefully it shall in a few weeks.
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Old 2007-04-10, 12:15   Link #690
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And now for figurines from Kadokawa Shoten yes the company thats publishing the manga is also going to release the following figurines:

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Price (for each figure): 2940 yen
Release date: 26/9/2007

As you would expect from the publisher of the manga, great looking figurines
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Old 2007-04-10, 12:19   Link #691
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To Pelliesier who mentioned Yuko Goto. I don't even think she's in the show.
No, she's not .. my mistake, I watched Hidamari Sketch 5 after Lucky Star 1 so my mind shuffled the names ... I meant Endo Aya, voice of Miyuki.
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Old 2007-04-10, 12:34   Link #692
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And now for figurines from Kadokawa Shoten yes the company thats publishing the manga is also going to release the following figurines:

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Price (for each figure): 2940 yen
Release date: 26/9/2007

As you would expect from the publisher of the manga, great looking figurines
OMG!!! Those are quite nice and KAWAII!!!
DAMN IT!!! 5 months I can't wait that long to have those figures, by in any chance are there any other figures of Lucky Star released now, just hoping?
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OMG!!! Those are quite nice and KAWAII!!!
DAMN IT!!! 5 months I can't wait that long to have those figures, by in any chance are there any other figures of Lucky Star released now, just hoping?
Probably their will be some LE kits that cost far too much for the materials used. 5 months is less time than you think believe it or not. Basically the price difference for possible LE's versus the mass-produced kits we know are coming will be be something akin to the difference in price between Himeya Shop and YesAsia including shipping costs.
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Old 2007-04-10, 12:44   Link #694
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Finally found it on IRC! ~ I really like it. Didn't have me laugh out loud or anything, but definitely kept a smile on my face. And before I knew it, it was over. I'm looking forward to getting more characters and getting to know the girls more. And I love Konata. X3
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Old 2007-04-10, 13:55   Link #695
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Another thought I have as I watch it again (which I think proves that I did enjoy it): I can have faith that the timing and awkward cuts will improve, but I really wonder about the music.

As long as music is appropriate, it doesn't necessarily have to be anything special, but the cheezy synth sound is unbelievably annoying. The long periods of being musicless tend to work well, but music is needed to keep the mood. However, if the alternative is the lame synth horn we hear in lunch scenes, they can keep the silence...

Edited to add: The next episode preview's music track was pretty good. Maybe we'll hear more like that later. The Lucky Channel music was also great, but it's a bit too high energy for the rest of the episode.

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Old 2007-04-10, 14:14   Link #696
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Well,It's funny................I am not sure if it's going to keep me intrested but for now it's intresting.
It certainly doesn't deserve the very harsh criticism it has recieved on some blogs.

I would even say that the "food scene" was hilarious.

I guess it's not for everybody.It's not subtle but it takes a little patience.You smile at the beginning but I started to laugh after 30sec.

It has a lot to do with the character design,just watching them makes me smile.

Anyway,don't use glasses,it attracts "certain fetishes".
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ok, these are some of the versions of the OP I saw in japanese blogs. with an uncomitting translation (because I'm not too good in either japanese or english, just felt silly so posted)
the different options are in pick whatever you feel is closer to what's on there and start singing

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Old 2007-04-10, 15:28   Link #698
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Not a bad first episode, better than I've expected to tell the truth (I've read the manga, 3 chapter, and it didn't impressed me).

Addicting and well directed (I love the timing) OP, at the beginning I found a bit annoying the song but it's sorta grown on me. And I like the idea for the ending but I expect a different song for each episode

Like many other the food part was an overkill, really... I tried to figure how it work for a Japanese but...
The rest of the gags was better, or at least I'm more comfortable with those with my level of knowledge of Japanese and Otaku culture.
So far I have yet to grasp the main character (unlike, for example, with Hidamari Sketch in which was love at first sight) an Kagami is the only one who get my attention.

Lucky Channel by the way is simply amazing, it worth the whole episode alone.

The series is surely more on my taste than "Kanon" (I have a soft spot for slice of life comedy) so I was planning to make some gif, but I see already so many people at work and so...

well it's a lie... I just really, really, REALLY hate 120fps raw -___-


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Old 2007-04-10, 16:10   Link #699
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I've now seen the show four times: twice raw, Chinese sub, English sub. And I've enjoyed it at least as much each time. The food sequence seems to me to be the heart of the show. They keep coming back to it. kj1980 mentioned how much he enjoyed it, and I think you really have to be familiar with the foods they are talking about, and also prepared for this relaxed form of humor.

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In the main body of the show, they use music that seems to intentionally detract from punch lines, and sometimes they run straight into the next thing, not leaving a space for laughter. I think that deemphasis is deliberate, to suit the atmospheric, laid-back, nature of the humor. They probably think it will work better in the long run, by not wearing us out. Whether it does work better or not, we'll see as we go on. I have to say I too don't like that "cartoony" kind of music, even when it's intended not to be heard.

Actually, it reminded me of some of the clips in a compendium of things done by Yamamoto Yutaka that was on a Japanese video site. I'm not sure if everyone can get into the site, but here is the URL anyway:
ttp://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm112375

By the way, I couldn't help thinking of Hirano Aya through the whole thing on Lucky Channel about parents and agents. Intentional? For sure.
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Kyuusai'
s comments about timing were interesting. I thought about them as I watched the English sub. I think the timing is totally deliberate on the part of the director and sound director. "Lucky Channel" is definitely more hilarious, but they use a faster pace of music with it and intend it as a different kind of humor, so the punch lines are more prominent.
(Unfortunately, I couldn't observe the video, due to registration being required.)

At first I thought it was a matter of style--not one that I necessarily thought was appropriate, but a choice. However, at other times they do go for "gag" timing... and do it poorly. The seiyuu seem like they're rushing through their lines when they do, and it doesn't "feel" quite right. Combine that with the abrupt scene changes... some of which are used for good effect, like switching to Miyuki's explanation of the cold and influenza and the girls exiting the room from their physical, and some of which are just jarring and confusing, like switching from the conversation with Kotona pointing out Miyuki's "moeness" to the scene where Kotona notices Miyuki in front of the clinic. Observing all of that, I concluded that it was poor timing rather than style.

Man, I'm griping a lot for a series that I'm enjoying so far.
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