Finally! The Lucky Star OVA! Man, it was well worth the wait. God, I so miss the antics of Kagamin, Konata and Tsukasa.
The OVA is divided in to roughly seven portions, keeping in with the feel of the original TV series. I’ll be going through it one by one.
The first portion is about Cherry, Minami’s dog. The cast decide to meet together at Minami’s place, and we get to see it from Cherry’s point of view. Funny moments include Cherry “attacking” Miyuki when she arrives, Patty calling the dog “stupid” and it responds to it, Yutaka playing around with dog, even breaking in to song, and Hiyori’s failed attempts to play with Cherry.
The next portion, is the online game part, where Nanako(warrior), Konata(theif), Kagami(healer) and Tsukasa(mage) is playing. Tsukasa’s brand of clumsiness really shines out here where she actually starts eating when the rest are fighting a blob, and taking a while to realise that she needs to press “Enter” after typing to chat. No wonder Konata made her mage instead of healer. Then Nanako-sensei “Golden Week” was surely well-spent, at the aghast of the other three girls.
After that, the “Kagamirella” portion starts, with Kagami staying alone at home while her sisters and mother go to a “ball”. Konata appears in front of her as the fairy godmother, getting her in a shrine-mobile and putting in her various getups (meido, miko, Tohsaka Rin) finally stopping at Kagamiku. The ball turns out to be a battle tournament, with Misao as the “Prince”. Kagamirella takes her leave before the standard midnight-magic-stops happens but it’s too late to restore the house. Konata teaches Kagami the magic reset word and she says it only to wake up in front of a shocked Tsukasa. XD.
The fourth portion is epic volleyball fight as Tsukasa’s team is being trounced by Kagami. Misao encourages her to keep fighting and they put up a spirited resistance until finally, they’re one down and Tsukasa takes the point. She almost gets the ball but misses it and falls directly into the net instead. Despite that, she’s still satisfied. Hillarious point? Konata getting Misao and Tsukasa to do a JET STREAM ATTACK!
Fifth sees the quartet going on a school camp trip and they get lost in the mountains, thanks to Konata. Fortunately, Miwiki…ah the name is now official… is there for them. Finally, they’re saved when Konata’s handphone finally gets some reception, and they get a good scolding from a worried Nanako.
The final portion is… bloody strange so see it for yourself. I just don’t know what to say about it.
Of course, no Lucky Star episode is complete without a Lucky Channel and this time, the twist is that it’s done in LIVE ACTION, so we get to see Konno and Shiraishi act out their roles. Shiraishi gets dressed in a get up that I will politely describe as “eclectic” and gets hosed in the face when he requests for water, so that’s the highlight of this show. As for Konno’s live rendition of Akira… hmm, it just doesn’t compare up to the 2D counterpart. Ah! Nearly forgot, the episode’s ED theme (of sorts) was Shiraishi and Konno doing a duet of Ai wo Torimodose! ROFL.
Two additional extras also came with the OVA. The first one is a Lucky Channel event held somewhere, so we get another dose of live action Lucky Channel, with special guest star Mizuhara Kaoru (Kusakabe Misao’s seiyuu). Nothing much really, just the usual Lucky Channel antics so it depends mostly on your sense of humor. Personally, I think Konno Hiromi was pretty bland, but Mizuhara Kaoru sure did spice things up. Shiraishi should just get a job as a emcee/comedian already, though I must say the “Wa~ wa~ wa~” song is a bit old already. He really needs to move on to something new.
The other one covers the ceremony where Kagami and Tsukasa were ingrained as official residents of Washimiya. It was quite fun to see Emiri Katou and Kaori Fukuhara live, especially when Kaori did a Tsukasa when she was asked to give a speech by acting all dojikko like, hehe. Also both of them actually looked a bit like sisters, by having the same hairstyle and dye color. The event also followed up with them both donning miko-fuku as well.
Overall, quite an awesome addition to the series, and man, this sure makes me want another season of Lucky Star, even at the cost of the collective wrath from both the Haruhi and FMP! camps combined. No series has really managed to sneak in to my heart so nicely as Lucky Star has, and this OVA just makes me realise I love it so much. It’s really been a while since I truly enjoyed watching an episode of anime, without worrying about trainwrecks or whatsoever.
Finally, the screencaps. 75 of them this… uguu….