Received I in the mail today my long-delayed box set of the Limited Edition Lucky Star R1 DVD. I remember pre-ordering it a few months ago, and to be honest, its appearance at my doorstep was something of a surprise, especially since it had an ominous-looking label attached onto it declaring it to be free of any hazardous materials and/or contraband, so spake the Singapore Customs Office, and thus was it written, amen.
Little do they know.
Enclosed inside the magnetic-flapped box is the first DVD containing the four episodes, as well as the OP single and Konata's character album. Unlike the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya box set, there is no little drawer this time to contain the CDs, thus relying on our own ingenuity to store these treasures. Being that I wasn't kidding when I said that I was out of shelf space, I am momentarily at a loss.
A screen cleaner in the form of a small plush chocolate cornet may be found in the box. Do not eat it from either head or tail, for it is not edible.
Also included is what appears to be a T-shirt bearing a print of the (female) school uniform. I am tempted to send this as a prize to the first person who can come up with a halfway-decent interpretation of the laws of the alternate universe in which this marketing decision made any sort of sense.
Now that Lucky Star has run its course, I figure that it might be a good time to rewatch the series one more time, and pointing out the individual scenes which have made me a fan of the show, despite nay-sayers and anti-fans. (I am one of those unfortunates greatly affected by the actions and words of others. I try not to be, with inconsistent success.) Think of it as a sort of distillation of the portions of each episode which bring me back for more: the "bits which worked", so to speak. Quite obviously, these are my opinions and mine alone, except for whoever shares them.
Now, it's not as though I would support simply deleting those scenes not chosen, as though they were dross to be discarded at first opportunity. For example, the "influenza is a levelled-up cold" bit is still a pleasure to watch and relax to, but it is not, as such, something that would keep me coming back for more. Like a D&D session, there are many highlights of quotable quotes and "you had to be there", but the more mundane dice-rolling and rules-checking are still very much part of the game.
Perhaps after all this I may hack together a more proper retrospective. Knowing my procrascinating tendencies, though, probably not.
Subs are used for my screenshots, partly because I find it more helpful to have some indication of what is being said, dialogue being such an important part of the anime, but mostly because I don't have the raws anymore.
Not only does Miyuki wear glasses, she's also incredibly smart, and most importantly very nice. It's actually kind of surprising how few "nice and smart people" there are in anime who have a main character role, rather than side character; the primary one which comes to mind offhand is Belldandy from Ah My Goddess, but her Divine Intellect is not exactly portrayed often in either anime or manga. (In fact, she's kind of spacey in the earlier manga chapters, played up for comedy.) Also, Yomiko Readman from Read Or Die, one of the sexiest characters I've ever seen.
I'm under the impression that after a while, a particularly high intelligence in Real Life tends to result more in cynicism, rather than optimism. On the "nicer" end of the scale, we get the Deadpan Snarker, like (famously) Kyon from Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. As we progress towards less empathy and more RAGE, we end up with the "I hate people because everyone except me is stupid" types, which I've always had problems talking to. My worldview is that everyone should be nice to each other, and they believe that they have an inalienable right to be a complete… well, I'll just leave it at that to prevent myself from descending into a full-blown rant.
I wonder what sort of character archetypes Miyuki would be classified under in the Great Fandom Classification. (Yes, I'm aware that many times, these pigeon-holes are not precisely accurate, or even appropriate.) There's the obvious meganekko, and as Konata points out, she also has elements of dojikko, a trait which I've never seen portrayed as "cute" except in anime, although once again absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. I don't know if there's a fandom term for "smart girl", "nice girl", or "smart and nice girl". I wonder if "smart and nice", male or female, really are that rare, in anime or in Real Life.
Those who know me in Real Life would probably remember that my own cellphone ringtone is, in fact, also "Koi no Mikuru Densetsu" from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
It actually works kind of well, since I generally pick up the phone soon after the first line of Mikurun-run, and thus have the song running through my head when I answer, leading to a sort of manic cheerfulness in my tone of voice.
It has scared more than a few people.
(I also have a Haruhi wallpaper for my cellphone. But that's another story.)
Hopefully this works better than the last time. I only have Firefox 220.127.116.11 and IE 7.something to test with.
I'm extremely impressed with how the video creator managed to keep the various Lucky Star attributes (like Konata's extremely long hair and short height) and split them into The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya characters. (Tsuruya gets the long hair, Yuki gets the shortness.) Also, Yuki never actually smiles in the video, despite her usually taking Tsukasa's place.
Bonus points for Churuya dancing the Pani Poni Dash second opening dance.