Everything that comes out of a tsundere character’s mouth in tsun mode is treated as if it’s “Opposite Day.” If he whines that he doesn’t wanna do it, it really means he’s going to save the world in a second or two and if she says he’s annoying, it means she likes him. Am I close?
So, in Lucky Star, Volume 2, we’re specifically told that Kagami is tsundere so, when she protests that the chocolates she’s giving Konata are just out of obligation, you’re all “wink-wink-nudge-nudge,” right?
Of course, we are also told that Yu is a cop on a rampage, free and easy, but kind of hyper and in her own world, which in my book is four completely different personalities, but hey, whatever works for you.
The single outstanding quality of this manga is the translation – but not in a good way. This volume has an editor credited – some part of me expected to see “Alan Smithee” on that page, but no, someone actually took credit for the job he didn’t do at all, even a little.
I’m not tsundere, btw. When I say mean things, I mean them. If I tell you, “You bore me, go away” it does not mean I think you’re really cute and I want you to stick around. It is never “Opposite Day” in my house. But with tortured and abused sentences more common than simple, clear ones I don’t think I’m overstating the problem. The translation here is *bad*. Bad as in, “we don’t really have anyone here who is even a good enough writer/editor to see how bad it is.”
Once you get past the translation, what’s left is a series made from very typical Japanese comic strip humor, in which Konata takes the role of the audience. It’s cute when she says she played games all night – it’s creepy when the creepy guy next to you in class says it.
So, after reading Volume 2, which deals with more calendrical hijinks – New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, College Exams, etc., I’ve developed this theory: Kagami cannot *stand* Konata. She finds her exasperating and hopes she crashes and burns horribly.
You can have your Kagami and I’ll have mine. :-)
Art – 3
Story – 3
Characters – 6 Now that I’ve reinterpreted Kagami to suit myself, I like her more. Why not – you did it.
Yuri – .5
Otaku – 7 Gaming and CompAce/Comptiq in-jokes
Overall – 3
My sincere thanks to Okazu Hero Amanda M for sponsoring today’s review and giving me the chance to apply my very own of Fan Delusion to this series! ^_^