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Lucky Star Blu-Ray : Review

It's difficult to conceive of a show that better exemplifies “a product of its time” than Lucky Star. Airing just one year after the mega-hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, it was the first dedicated slice-of-life series by Kyoto Animation, a studio that would eventually build a top-class reputation in the genre. The specter of Haruhi hangs like a strange otaku cloud over Lucky Star; even though they have no formal narrative connection, Lucky Star's “heroine” Konata is a huge fan of Haruhi, with callouts ranging from simple references to sequences lifted directly from KyoAni's earlier project. Kyoto Animation feel like a character in their own show here, slotting in constant back-pats that come across as more labored than cheeky.

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