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Lucky Star (Japanese: らき☆すた) is a slice of life manga and anime series, detailing the daily lives of 4 Japanese high school girls. The series has garnered a large fanbase in both Japan and in the West, due to its comedic style and references to other anime.
The original four-panel comic strip manga version of Lucky Star was first created by manga author Kagami Yoshimizu in December 2003, followed by the first volume of the manga that was published on January 8th, 2005. As of December 26th, 2011, nine volumes have been released. The manga was licensed by Bandai Entertainment for release in English in North America,with the first volume being released in June 2009. A Lucky Star anime was produced by Kyoto Animation, and aired between April 8th, 2007, and September 16th, 2007, consisting of 24 episodes. The anime was then licensed and dubbed in English by Bandai Entertainment again.
Soon after its creation the Lucky Star series gained a large fan following, due to the different references to the Otaku culture and the moe animation style used. Many people also speculate that the success of Lucky Star is due to the previous success of Kyoto Animation's fellow anime series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The show has a large presence on sites like Tumblr, deviantART and 4chan's /a/ Anime and Manga board. Lucky Star also has its own fansites, such as Lucky Star Shrine and Lucky Star Fan Club, as well as its own wiki.
Motteke! Sailor Fuku
Motteke! Sailor Fuku (meaning "Take It! Sailor Uniform") Is the opening song to the anime. The opening dance routine became a popular dance trend, especially in MAD videos, similar to Hare Hare Yukai from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Timotei is a meme based on a short clip from episode 6 of the anime in which Konata recreates an advert in a public bath by stroking her hair while saying, “Timotei”. Numerous remixes and MADs were spawned using the sound clip on sites such as Nico Nico Douga.
Tsukasa Plays the Recorder
Tsukasa Plays the Recorder is a scene from episode 8 of the anime, in which Tsukasa in attempts to play a recorder, but plays it poorly. The scene was subject to a number of YouTube Poop parodies, in which the scene is paired up to a number of different songs.