Well, this was it. This was the big moment I had been waiting for – the moment when it would *all* be revealed and I too would see the thing that was so obvious to everyone (except myself and everyone I respect). I was all primed to see some really tight connection between Kagami and Konata – that tension between two women that says, “I’ve got my eyes on you – I think about you – I want you.”
In Lucky Star OVA, the audience is once again told flat out by Konata (the character that the audience is supposed to identify with) that Kagami is tsundere. Because fans are apparently highly suggestable and are often inclined to see relationships between characters based on the fanfic, fanart, promotional art, etc and their own desire, only a little direction is needed. The statement that Kagami is passive-agressive and her wink, wink, nudge, nudge response of “I am not!” just about proves the fact.
Except…it doesn’t. I mean, if you just look carefully, I mean REALLY look and listen to every word Kagami says – you might have to watch frame by frame to see her true expressions – she really isn’t tsundere. She’s just tsun at Konata. Kagami – with whom I completely identify, so of course I understand her better than the creators themselves – is affectionate towards her sister, feels half frustration at and half admiration for Miyuki and is wholly and completely irked by Konata’s inability/lack of desire to rise above her obsessions. Kagami, who tries so hard, works constantly, strives to be the best she can be, only to be outdone in everything by Konata who does NOTHING to make herself better…it’s maddening.
Kagami wants to like her childhood friend, but cannot.
And that, my dear readers is the true story behind Lucky Star. A tragedy of friendship that cannot be fulfilled and feelings that cannot be expressed for fear of being labeled incorrectly…and therefore misinterpreted.
Just like this review.
Overall – 5
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