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Magical Girl Team Lucky Star
Genre(s) Magical Girl, Slice of Life, Comedy
First Air Date(s)
February 15, 1981
Last Air Date(s)
December 20, 1987
Opening Theme Konata Can Change
Ending Theme Romantic Adventure
Country of Origin Japan
Original Language Japanese, dubbed in English by DIC Entertainment
Season(s) 6 (52 episodes per season)
Episodes 312
Runtime 22 minutes
Status Broadcast Finished
Magical Girl Team Lucky Star (魔法少女隊らき☆すた Mahō Shōjo-tai Raki☆Suta) is a magical girl series created by Driller TV, Inc. It first broadcasted on TV Asahi in Japan in 1981 and finished broacasting in 1987. The series was dubbed in English in 1990 by DiC Entertainment and broadcasted on ABC's Saturday Morning block from 1990 to 1996.

In the English dub, each episode began and intermissioned with a two-minute live action segment with the four main characters living in a Kyoto apartment, all of which took place before they discovered the Lucky Star pearl. They would be frequently visited by a celebrity from the United States (including one high-profile episode in which they were visited by former US president Ronald Reagan, who presented a cautionary tale about the dangers of nuclear war after Konata became frustrated enough with Dr. Manhole to want to launch a tactical nuke at him).

The live action segment would be followed by a cartoon based on them but more kawaii (cute) versions of them in that distictive Mr. Driller style where they battle Dr. Manhole throughout the many cities in Japan, often in a movie or a historical parody.

A manga reboot taking place in a more realistic, magic-less world was first published in Comptiq magazine in December 2003, and was followed by a successful anime adaptation by Kyoto Animation in 2007, featuring the original voices of the four female leads reprising their roles (Susumu Hori was completely eliminated in the reboot; conversely, characters who had made minor appearances in the original series, such as Yutaka, Minami, Hiyori, Patricia, Misao, Ayano, Sojiro, Yui, Yukari, and Nanako, were given much bigger roles and more development).

Story

16-year-old Konata Izumi, a ditzy otaku girl who is princess of the Lucky Star Kingdom, possesses a special pearl known as a Lucky Star. This magical pearl allows her to produce electricity, which she assumes to defeat the terrorist group Team Ankoku.

Development

The series was originally going to be called Magical Princess Konata, but due to copyright laws with Magical Princess Minky Momo, the name had to be scrapped. The original idea for the anime was The Adventures of Cardcaptor Anna Hottenmeyer, but the developers didn't like the idea so they had to scrap it.

Characters

  • Konata Izumi - The series's main protagonist and is the highest ranked magical girl in the world. She is a little crazy, but is still a good-natured, courageous young girl with a strong sense of justice. Her two favorite colors are red and yellow. In the anime, she has green eyes with blue butt-length hair. In the live action segments, she has green eyes with brown neck-length hair. She is voiced by Aya Hirano in Japan, and Wendee Lee in English.
  • Kagami Hiiragi - Konata's friend and is the second highest ranked magical girl in the world. Her two favorite colors are purple and red. In the anime, she has blue eyes with purple pigtails. In the live action segments, she has blue eyes and a black ponytail. She is voiced by Emiri Katou in Japan, and Kari Wahlgren in English.
  • Tsukasa Hiiragi - Kagami's twin sister and like Kagami, she is the second highest ranked magical girl in the world. Her two favorite colors are pink and red. In the anime. she has blue eyes and purple neck-length hair with a yellow hairband. In the live action segments, she has blue eyes and black hair in a short ponytail. She is voiced by Kaori Fukuhara in Japan, and Michelle Ruff in English.
  • Miyuki Takara - Konata's other friend and is the third ranked magical girl in the world. Her two favorite colors are white and blue. In the anime, she has purple eyes with glasses and pink hair. In the live action segments, she has brown eyes with blonde hair. She is voiced by Aya Endo in Japan, and Karen Strassman in English.
  • Susumu Hori - A young courageous boy with strong justice. Susumu has made numerous cameos in games and anime, including this one. He has a huge crush on Konata and has always wanted to marry her. He has brown hair and eyes.

Quotes

Season 1

Character Original Japanese English Dub Episode
Keel Sark ねえ、博士マンホールは、その少しらき☆すたブツを持つことができないと言う。 Hey, Dr. Manhole says you can't have that little Lucky Star thingy. Big Boss Confrontation!

Season 5

Character Original Japanese English Dub Episode
Wataru Hoshi タイヨウのチョッパーに交渉!女王はあなたを待っています!私はこのメカを仕上げるよ! Get in Taiyo's Chopper! The queen is waiting for you! I'll finish off this mecha! Oh please God! Get this thing off me!

Episodes

Season 1: The Kasai Saga

Episode Name First Aired Episode Description
Entering the Lucky Star Kingdom February 15, 1981 Konata joins the Magical Girl Team Lucky Star along with her friends.
High School Emergency! February 22, 1981 Konata fights her first enemy, Keel Sark from Team Ankoku.
The Revival of the Destruction Drill March 1, 1981 Konata learns that the Destruction Drill has made a comeback, a Drill that turns residents into trophies.

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