Manga Lucky Star is celebrating its upcoming 20th anniversary with a live concert and radio show, as well as releasing a credit-free version of the popular anime’s opening for a limited time.
According to Comic Natalie, the beloved slice-of-life comedy series is celebrating the original manga’s two-decade run with the revival of its meta radio show chapter, Lucky Channel, for a limited time only. Lucky Star veterans Hiromi Konno and Minoru Shiraishi will return to host the Lucky Channel show, with Konno once again taking on the role of Akira Kogami and Shiraishi playing himself. The pair will also appear as hosts for an orchestra concert scheduled for February 4.
The live concert will take place at the Kuki General Cultural Center in Saitama, Japan – specifically the home prefecture of Kagami Yoshimizu, Lucky Star creator and main setting of the series. The event will feature a performance by the Lucky Star Orchestra, also known as the Heartbeat Symphony, with a special guest appearance by Lucky Star series composer Akira Kamimae. Interested fans can register to purchase tickets to the event through the official website of Japanese ticket distributor PIA. Those lucky enough to win VIP tickets will receive priority seating for the event, along with a special illustration drawn by Kagami Yoshimizu himself.
Longtime fans of the Lucky Star anime adaptation will also be interested in the recently posted uncredited version of its iconic opening sequence, “Motteke! Sailor Fuku!,” presented by Aya Hirano, Emiri Kato, Kaori Fukuhara and Aya Endo. actors for the main characters of Lucky Star. The theme song is considered by many to be one of the most iconic anime openings of the 2000s, inspiring dozens if not hundreds of cover and dance videos within the anime community and audience. Global fan of Lucky Star.
Lucky Star debuted as a four-panel manga published under the direction of Kadokawa Shoten. The manga began in 2003 before going on a long hiatus in 2014 due to author Yoshimizu’s involvement in other projects. Lucky Star finally returns in September 2022 under the direction of Kadokawa’s Mitaina! magazine and is still being serialized at the time of writing. The franchise’s widespread popularity has led to many spin-offs, including novels, video games, and audio dramas. Kyoto Animation released the 24-episode anime adaptation in 2007, which was praised for its interesting character dynamics and innovative humor.
Lucky Star manga is available in ebook form on VIZ media. The anime adaptation is currently available to stream on Crunchyroll.
Source: Natalie Comics