Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Not what I expected in the end...
Scott Martin Gavin | Klamath Falls, Oregon United States | 03/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the final volume of the Lucky Star OVA containing episodes 21-24. Since the usual TV season in Japan is 13 episodes, the termination of the show at episode 24 instead of 26 is odd. The four episodes on the disk are a strange variety - two are the typical "slice of life" episodes with little plot aside from the joke of the scene. Two of the episodes tell a bit of a story, with Konata asking her father about her dead mother and also about his lolita complex which terminates with a visitation by the spirit of Konata's mom. The other deals obliquely with the older girl's pending graduation. And I will be honest, I was expecting the anime to be similar to other "slice of high school life" anime shows like Azimanga Diaoh with a touching final episode, or a heart rending final episode like the Kimagare Orange Road OVAs where one girl is chosen, the other dumped and she tries to go on with life and hide the fact just how much the betrayal is hurting her. But as the final episode started winding down, and our girls were still planning their final school festival, with college exams and graduation still a month or so away, I began to worry that the series might leave me hanging in the air. And sure enough, the final scene left all the important questions unanswered and left me feeling dissastisfied. I had to view the final scene a second time and sit down and think about why the directors would chose to end the series at that point, rather than showing us what would happen to the girls after graduation. I thought about my own graduation, so many years ago, and how few of us really knew what we wanted to do with our lives, even those in my class who had college lined up. And how unprepared for what the world had in store for us. In the end, I believe the message the director and writers meant for us to get from the ending was that a bright, unknown future awaited the girls, and so long as they had each other's support and friendship, there was nothing to fear. Either I am painfully slow, however, or the message was too subtle for me to pick up at first viewing. At the beginning of this series, I did not quite like "Lucky Star" but the stories and characters grew on me to the point where now, at the end, I wanted to know what fate held in store for Konata and friends. The fact that I was denied such closure left me feeling unhappy, though it also leaves the producers free to do a second series or specials if they so desire. The fact that Lucky Star didn't sell well enough that the Special Edition of vol. 6 was cancelled leads me to believe that there will probably be no more Lucky Star, which is a bit of a shame. Reaching the end of Lucky Star was like coming to the last piece of the best box of chocolates you ever ate, wanting more, and finding out that the candy company went out of business. The end of Azamanga Diaoh left me choked up, fondly remembering my own high school days. The end of Lucky Star did not give much such deep emotional ties to the story and characters, instead I was left thinking "Oh, nuts, it can't just end here!""
Awesome Series, too be continued though
Mr. Mancilla "God of all Games" | 05/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This volume ended the series rather abruptly in a "its not over, yet" kind of way because the Manga is still being made and all 26 episodes were pretty much derived from 4 volumes of Manga (still ongoing). so there will prolly be another season in like 2-3 years, in fact an OAV was already created and licensed.
anyways, this volume holds up to the prior volumes in its comedy and originality. its well worth the purchase and will most likely shine as an anime classic that others will fail to recreate.
-the only problem i had with this volume is that the voice actress for Konata changed her voice slightly and added way too roughness in way too many lines instead of doing the cutesy type voice and it kinda messed up the experience a litte.
-Other than that this volume ruled"