Get to know the characters from the high school Slice of Life
anime and manga series Lucky Star
.(To avoid Name Order Confusion, note that is this a Given Name-first character sheet.)
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The Main Characters
Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (JP [Drama CD/NDS game]), Aya Hirano (JP [Anime/PS2 game]) and Wendee Lee (EN)
A diminutive high schooler who's much more interested in video games, anime and manga than doing actual schoolwork. Her interest in popular culture is truly staggering.
- Badass Bookworm: Despite her generally sedentary lifestyle, Konata is always praised for athleticism. The only reason why she never wanted to be an athlete, she told Tsukasa, because she would not have time for anime. And when it comes to playing quiz games, she is Miyuki-level, though her flaw is being too lazy, and Kagami even commented that if Konata used that willpower into studying she would be a high-achiever. She also knows Martial Arts.
- Bare Your Midriff: She did this once but her father didn't like it because Yutaka might imitate her.
- Beauty Mark: Has one below the outer corner of her left eye.
- Bi the Way: Implied — while she does... odd things to other girls, she stated she's not into real-life lesbian relationships.
- She likes teasing Kagami and Miyuki.
- Book Dumb: Hates reading words that are not enclosed by a speech bubble. Ironically, even light novels...
- Brilliant but Lazy: While Konata seems to be a slacker on the outside, she is actually quite smart and intellectual that even the top-achiever Miyuki Takara became one of her best friends. Kagami commented that if Konata used her willpower into studying then she would be a high achiever. To such levels that in a Volume 6 strip Kagami was unsurprised at the prospect of Konata getting into Tokyo University just because it's close to Akihabara (of course, she didn't get into so prestigious a university as Tokyo U).
- Cat Smile: A continuous one.
- Characterization Marches On: Lampshaded by Yoshimizu himself at the end of Volume 1. At the onset Konata was supposedly a cool Gamer Chick who plays dumb, only to turn into a down-to-earth, full-blown Otaku Surrogate. Orwellian Retcon was applied in the published volumes to make her image consistent.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Her connection to reality outside games and anime is tenuous at best.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: The poster girl and current page image.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Dirty Old Man: Even though she is neither "old" or a "man", Kagami thinks she is one anyway.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Legendary Girl "A!".
- Eyes Always Shut: It's hard to find a single strip that her eyes are open throughout.
- The Gadfly: After a certain amount of watching one can only wonder if Kagami would be a tsundere at all if Konata didn't constantly mess with her.
- Gamer Chick
- Genre Savvy: Some of the time.
- Green Eyes: Perhaps to compliment her Cat Smile.
- The Heroine
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: It's amazing how far off-key Aya Hirano can go when she has to.
- Idiot Hair: At least in one strip the Hiiragi twins could not recognize Konata but for her idiot hair.
- Loners Are Freaks: Kagami has that kind of mentality towards her, even if she's far from a recluse.
- Meaningful Name: Konata's name means "here". Her mother Kanata's name means "there". Or "this person" and "that person" respectively.
- Missing Mom: Her mom died when she was young.
- No Periods, Period: In the anime, Kagami seems to think she doesn't undergo one. Konata doesn't say anything on the subject.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Subverted. She sees herself catering for lolicon interests.
- Older Than She Looks: At seventeen (later eighteen) years of age, she only stands at 142cm (4'8"). Not really annoyed by that though.
- One of the Kids:
- She's ecstatic at turning eighteen allowing her to buy H-Games without having to go through her dad, but still pretends to be a prepubescent kid (and can pull it off successfully) to get cheaper movie tickets... and that's among the least immature things she has done as an eighteen-year-old...
- In her birthday arc in Volume 7, she admitted she has "eighth grade syndrome" (chuunibyou). Wrong Genre Savvy sets in once one realizes that this Japanese slang can be applied to actual eighth-graders, and with connotations of Emo with a taste for Melodrama. That being said, anyone older than eighth grade who has it probably qualifies for this trope.
- Otaku Surrogate: In a series full of otakus, she stands out the most by virtue of having "male otaku" traits. One strip lampshaded that, saying she is only biologically female.
- Petite Pride: Sometimes.
- Proud to Be a Geek: Konata holds absolutely no reservations about her hobbies.
- Rapunzel Hair: Ankle-length, even.
- Ridiculous Procrastinator: We often get to see how much she procrastinates, yet her last-minute study can be amusingly effective at times.
- The Rival: To Misao, over which of them "owns" Kagami, and to Kou (albeit one-sided on the latter's part), over arcade fighting games.
- Sleepyhead: Even if her daytime drowsiness partly stems from her late-night anime watching and gaming, she belongs to the hardworking subtype of the trope.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Nearly a clone of her mom Kanata — down to her lack of growth spurt — except with her dad's skin tone and beauty mark.
Konata's closest friend and Tsukasa's older twin sister. She is easily angered by some of Konata's more... "playful" antics, but always seems to be the one who understands her hobbies. Her liking of light novels
is also a driver of plot.
- Bi the Way: Implied to have a relationship with Konata that goes beyond friendship (one confirmed by Yoshimizu as a one-sided affair, though he doesn't reveal who crushes on who), though she has also expressed interest in boys.
- Blue with Shock: Her standard reaction to Konata's quips.
- Catch Phrase: "Mataku..." ("Seriously/Really..."), whenever she's annoyed.
- Challenge Gamer: Lampshaded in one episode, where she sees her friends having fun playing and is frustrated at herself for playing so seriously. This is quite similar to her tsun side in life.
- Class Representative: Just Grade 10 in the manga, Grades 11-12 in the anime.
- Cry Cute: Oh so very much.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the dub at least, she's usually annoyed when she snarks, but sometimes she's deadpan.
- Gamer Chick: She also plays video games, albeit not as intense as Konata.
- Generic Cuteness: Konata said Kagami would look forgettable should she cut off her pigtails in the manga. In the anime, she instead says Kagami needed to keep them since she's a tsundere.
- Girlish Pigtails: For tsundere-tude.
- Hates Being Alone: Kagami would be too proud to ever admit it, but Konata suggests the former suffers from this.
- Lethal Chef: Konata likes to flanderize her as one, but she's just not as good as Tsukasa.
- Luminescent Blush: Naturally, during her deredere moments. Displayed a full body blush during her defining Comiket scene (her whole face and even her hands turned red).
- Meaningful Name: The four Hiiragi sisters all have Theme Naming going on with reference to the Shinto Religion. In Kagami's case, her name refers to mirrors, a sacred object in Shinto and part of the Imperial regalia.
- Miko: When her father is the local shrine's priest...
- Moe: In-Universe — her attitude is deemed adorable by Konata, which leads to lots of teasing. Cue Yuri Fanfics.
- Muggle: She plays this role in terms of otaku culture, although her prejudice in that is relatively minor. Her criticism is more concentrated in Konata's Dirty Old Man antics, irresponsible spending, laziness in studies, and the lack of a real-life goal.
- Not So Above It All: Especially in the last episode.
- Only Sane Woman: Word of God — She's the most normal a Lucky Star character can get.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Tsukasa.
- Rapunzel Hair: Lampshaded by Tsukasa during the Beach Episode.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kagami can either be Konata's blue or Tsukasa's red.
Kagami's cheerful and very loopy younger twin sister. She's actually very good at home chores and cooking, although she sometimes has to ask for Kagami's help because she forgets things easily.
- Adorkable: Big time. She easily forgets things, isn't always very good at studying because she tends to oversleep, and is adorable all the way in trying to correct these faults.
- Beautiful Dreamer: Awwwww.◊ Granted, it's Kagami who discovers her sleeping, and there's no romantic intentions.
- Blank White Eyes: Her standard reaction to Konata's quips.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Akari Kamigishi of To Heart, at least when it comes to character designs. Lampshaded at least twice in the anime — when Konata gives her a school uniform for a birthday gift (Kagami is instantly reminded of To Heart), and when she was noticed by some otakus who call her Akira and how they ask her to say "Hiroyuki-chan".
- The Ditz: Even the most mundane tasks like studying or finding her phone address proves to be very challenging for poor Tsukasa.
- Expressive Hairpiece: Her bow occasionally droops when she's sad, springs up when she's happy, and spikes up when she freaks out.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: One of the very few things she's good at is cooking.
- Foil: She often serves as this to Konata and Kagami. Highlighted in the anime when Konata asks the twins their favorite colors (white for Tsukasa, black for Kagaminote ) and when Kagami asks the other two how they reacted to a particular manga scene (Konata laughed, Tsukasa cried; however both answer "Sgt. Frog" when asked about their favorite manga, prompting Kagami to wonder: "Are you the same or different?").
- Heavy Sleeper: She wakes up at noon, sometimes later, and still thinks it's morning until someone points it out to her.
- Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: Kagami says she always seems to be fine when everyone else is laid up, which Konata calls "inconspicuous"...
- The Ingenue: A lesser degree of this trope when compared to Yutaka below.
- Meaningful Name: The four Hiiragi sisters all have Theme Naming going on with reference to the Shinto Religion. In Tsukasa's case, her name refers to shinto priests.
- Miko: When her father is the local shrine's priest...
- Nice Girl: The official guide lists "Good Person" as her highest stat. One strip also shows that her idea of an April Fool's joke is lying about lying.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Kagami.
- Sleepyhead: Classic example of the hardworking subtype.
- Talking To Herself: In the English dub, Tsukasa shares the same voice actress as Minami.
- Tareme Eyes: To differentiate her from Kagami.
- You Gotta have Violet Hair
Voiced by: Erina Nakayama (JP [Drama CD/NDS game]), Aya Endo (JP [Anime/PS2 game]) and Karen Strassman (EN)
The "smart girl
" of the main quartet and embodiment of many stereotypical meganekko
traits, including a very polite manner of speech (even amongst her friends).
Supporting Characters (Teens)
Yui's younger sister who lives with Konata since she got into Konata's high school. Generally speaking, a frail
but cheerful fauxli
. Her friendship with Minami often falls into Romantic Two-Girl Friendship
Entering the story by returning Yutaka's handkerchief
in the beginning of what can be seen as a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship
, Minami is a quiet, expressionless girl often misunderstood by others to be creepy. Good at most subjects, and is childhood friends with neighbour Miyuki since both of them love reading.
- When She Smiles: Volume 5 has a single panel of her giggling at Yutaka falling down. It's absolutely adorable. There's also the panel of her cuddling with her dog, which is just as adorable.
- X Meets Y: Sakaki meets Nagato.
Yutaka and Minami's classmate, member of the Animation Research Club, and doujinshi yonkoma
mangaka with a habit of shipping game characters already, as well as Minami and Yutaka
- Shipper on Deck: She frequently sees Minami and Yutaka as more than just an Odd Friendship. In the manga she implied that she befriended them simply to find chances at shipping them. Also, it is also implied that if they knew the way she shipped them, they would be angry.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Most often draws yaoi and yuri doujinshi, sometimes leading to embarassment when her manga is brought up.
- Yuri Fan: Often has Imagine Spots where she ships Minami and Yutaka together, much to her own embarassment.
- Yuri Goggles: Probably the most triumphant in-universe satirical take on same-gender shippers.
Patricia "Patty" Martin
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP [Drama CD/NDS game]), Nozomi Sasaki (JP [Anime/PS2 game]) and Patricia Ja Lee (EN)American Otaku
in Yutaka's class, and the most genki
of otakus of this series.
- Proud to Be a Geek: Who else would openly say she wants to have a Meido — not a housekeeper — in front of Kagami, of all people?
- Retcon: In the manga, she made a few appearance in the omakes and was already know by everybody in the cast. Come Vol.7, she is introduced at the main storyline as a new face among the cast.
- Yaoi Fangirl: She said she is one, but we have yet to see more evidence of that.
Kagami and Ayano's classmate for five consecutive years, Misao is the latter's childhood friend and, as defined by the former, an unorganized "lazy ass". A recurring theme in post-anime strips is her rivalry with Konata — for Kagami, even Misao considered Kagami as being cold-hearted. Later, she got into the same program of the same college as Konata
Voiced by: Yuko Goto (JP [Extra Drama CD/NDS game]), Mai Aizawa (JP [Anime/PS2 game]) and Peggy O'Neal (EN)
" (in Kagami's words) for years to the level that when Kagami was fed up with Misao or vice versa, Ayano is their go-between. She is the only teen in the series with a boyfriend.
First appearing in Volume 4, Kō is the president
of the Animation Research Club and Hiyori's "boss" on the club's periodicals. She's the only 11th grader in the series. Does not appear in the anime, but she did appear in the Net Idol Meister
- Challenge Gamer: One of the running joke about her is her trying to beat Konata on arcade fighting games.
- Gamer Chick: Her otaku tendencies are mainly in gaming and less on manga — that doesn't mean she does not care about manga anyway.
Voiced by: Shion Hirota (JP)
While she doesn't appear often in the manga, she gets introduced with Ko often. She's a close friend of Kō, and in the visual novels gets possessed by an alien at one point and even has some leftover powers remaining.
of Hiyori's class who appears in Volume 7. She is also an otaku, but tries to hide it as she is an upper-class girl who is class president. However, she runs into Hiyori on one of her shopping trips to Comiket, who discovers her secret. She is good at home economics, but is bad at art. She likes "cute" things and likes sweets, as well as coffee and milk.
Another girl who appears in Volume 7, and another member of the Animation Research Club.
- Blinding Bangs — Lampshaded by Kou, who wonders if she has problems reading through her bangs. Tamaki says even without them she'd still have eye trouble. That's because...
- Eyeless Face: She isn't drawn with eyes at all!
Yet another girl who appears in Volume 7, and yet another member of the Animation Research Club.
Supporting Characters (Adults)
Voiced by: Masumi Asano (JP [Drama CD/NDS game]), Konomi Maeda (JP [Anime/PS2 game]) and Kate Higgins (EN)
Konata, Tsukasa and Miyuki's homeroom teacher, and world history teacher for all the seniors. Has lots of free time
to play video games and watch baseball games. Still believes in the power of corporal punishment.
- Parental Hypocrisy: She plays the same online game as Konata, and has been into MMORPG's since before she was Konata's age, but she tells Konata off for doing that very thing, and uses in-game chat to remind her to do her homework. When Konata calls her out on this, she remarks that, as a teacher, she has a duty to uphold, which Konata accepts as understandable, but still...
- Sensei-chan: Young, pretty cute, close to her students (especially Konata, with whom she often plays MMORPGs), and sometimes not much more mature than her students (though she is at least wise enough to not sacrifice sleep for gaming time).
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (JP [Drama CD/NDS game]), Saori Nishihara (JP [Anime/PS2 game]) and Julie Ann Taylor (EN)
Konata's cousin and Yutaka's older sister. She works as a traffic cop, but even Konata wonders why can she keep at that position. Surprisingly, she showed real care towards Yutaka. Has an offscreen husband.
- Berserk Button: Only pass her while she's behind the wheel if you're prepared for an Initial D-like race.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: You usually don't want your police officers to be nonsensical goofballs.
- Cat Smile: Her default expression.
- Drives Like Crazy: Her driving skills are truly awe-inspiring, and she does it while still driving under the limit.
- Genki Girl
- Happily Married: Although Mr. Narumi is always out of town for work.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Usually crashes at the Izumi household when she's too drunk to drive home.
- Hypocritical Humor: Yui at one point jokes about how lame cops are... despite being one herself.
- When driving the Hiiragi sisters to the beach, she mentions how she knows everything there is to know about safe driving. Then a guy passes her. She gets pissed, and starts racing him. Kagami even lampshades it.
Voiced by: Hirokazu Hiramatsu (JP) and Tony Oliver (EN)
Konata's father and fellow otaku
. Works as a freelance writer at home but surprisingly, he writes more serious, completely non-otaku topics.
- Audience Surrogate: For the older male readers/audience.
- Beauty Mark: On the outer corner on his left eye. Such a mark customarily symbolizes sadness, which is appropriate for him; he really misses his late wife Kanata.
- Bumbling Dad: He's certainly not stupid or lazy, yet the entire Izumi-Kobayakawa household thinks so.
- Cassandra Truth: Nobody believes that he is actually a hardworking writer who can write wholesome, non-otaku-related topics, has quite a bit of book smarts, has had a relationship with Kanata that was far beyond lolicon, so on and so forth.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Kanata.
- Demoted to Extra: Didn't appear in the OVA.
- Doting Parent: Someone's got to give the guy credit for being an attentive and loving father who raised a happy and emotionally well-adjusted daughter to adulthood... eccentricities notwithstanding.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's not exactly "huge" per se, it's just his wife that was so short he towered above her.
- He buys H-Games for his underage daughter and takes shots of nubile girls at other schools' sports festivals. Needless to say, even his daughter was fed up and frequently fears for his arrest.
- In later volumes of the manga this aspect of his gets subdued. One Volume 7 strip has Yutaka catching him looking between the legs of figurines — which horrified the innocent girl to no end. This ends up becoming a running gag.
- Pervert Dad: With the bulk of his perviness oriented towards young girls, especially his daughter and younger niece.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He's not exactly "ugly" per se, but there's no questioning that Kanata looked far better.
- Unfortunate Implications: In-universe — the figure incident could be seen as him actually having dropped it and picking it up. Also, in volume 7 he gets spotted by Yutaka pantsless while trying to find toilet paper. Konata hears a scream and assumes he did something stupid.
- Younger Than He Looks: Even as a teenager he looked way older than Kanata, who turns out to be a bit older than him.
- Whole Episode Flashback: The latter half of episode 22, when he recalled his life with his late wife Kanata.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The Hiiragi sisters' father.
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP) and Peggy O'Neal (EN)
The Hiiragi sisters' mother.
Voiced by: Nozomi Masu (JP) and Bridget Hoffman (EN)
The eldest of the Hiiragi sisters.
- Meaningful Name: The four Hiiragi sisters all have Theme Naming going on with reference to the Shinto Religion. In Inori's case, her name literally means "prayer" in the sense of "an entreaty to the gods".
Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka (JP) and Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN)
The second eldest of the Hiiragi sisters.
- Jerkass: Occasionally acts like a mild-grade variant; for instance she's been known to forget to wake up Tsukasa, then tell her youngest sister that she (Tsukasa) slept through the wake-up call. At one point Kagami asks her, "Is avoiding your troubles all you do?"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While both she and Kagami verbally spat multiple times during the time she made paella, Matsuri also made sure to give Kagami credit for buying the ingredients when their parents praised Matsuri for making it.
- Meaningful Name: The four Hiiragi sisters all have Theme Naming going on with reference to the Shinto Religion. In Matsuri's case, her name refers to festivals, many of which were originally celebrated in honor of Shinto kami.
Meito "Anime Tenchou" Anisawa
An anime-only character, he is the manager of the Animate store Konata frequents. He is actually the mascot for the Animate chain as Captain Animate
, created by Shimamoto Kazuhiko in the late 90s; but the one who made him known in Japan was none than Hideaki Anno
who directed a short Original Video Animation
for the character, a Radio Show was also made. Anisawa was made to help boost the sales and pick interest of the general public into buying anime merchandise, not just for Animate stores.
- Art Shift: He and his store's staff are all drawn in a distinct Shounen art style with a different color palette from the rest of the characters.
- Ass Kicking Pose: Episode 12, when he lectured a salesman about the value of leftover merchandise.
- Berserk Button: Never insult anime merchandise featuring side characters or he will punch you in the face.
- Anisawa actually predates Lucky Star; he was Animate's mascot for some time before.
- He also has a cameo in Disgaea 4 of all places.
- As well as during the credits for Hetalia World Series: Fantasia.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Trying to get Legendary Girl A to buy ONE THING proves about as successful as Wile E. Coyote getting the Road Runner to STAND STILL, let alone eat it.
- Hot-Blooded: To a ridiculous extent, though it's not hard to imagine why. His every appearance is typically accompanied by spontaneous combustion.
- Manly Tears: When he finally gets Konata to pick up an item, he sheds these. Then he lets out the best scream ever when she puts it back.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Every attempt at selling something to "Legendary Girl A" (AKA Konata).
- Product Placement: The Animate chain does have commercial links with this series, judging from the existence of some of its strips from its in-store magazine.
- Shout-Out: In one episode, he pulls a freaking Geass from out of nowhere. Lelouch's Geass. He uses it on Konata to get her to FINALLY buy something in his store... only for it to turn out that she doesn't have enough money.
Miyuki's mother, who is just as cuddly, adorable and innocent as her daughter — but not as smart.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: More often than not mistaken for Miyuki's little sister.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In the Volume 2 Omake, a "what if Soujiro was Miyuki's father" strip showed Yukari sneaking up on him with a hammer and a very disturbing expression after he fondled Miyuki...
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Like mother, like daughter.
- The Ditz: Perhaps even more than Tsukasa: the manga's character sketch for Yukari stated that she was "good at nothing," whereas Tsukasa at least is an excellent cook.
Konata's deceased mother who looks just like Konata. Despite a bit wary about Soujirou's lolicon
tendencies, she still consider him to be actually caring for her — something nobody else will associate with Soujirou
- Ill Girl: If the anime is to be believed, she's really frail at the end of her life.
- Spooky Photographs: She unintentionally caused one of these while trying to get a family picture with her husband and daughter. The sight of her ghostly figure in the photo causes Konata and Soujirou to freak out.
- Strong Family Resemblance: It's pretty obvious where Konata got her looks from.
- Woman in White: She has almost always been seen wearing a pure white summer dress in her appearances.
Voiced by: Miki Inoue (JP)
She should be listed in the category below
; Shiraishi entered Lucky Channel because she was elevated to the "main show" in volume 5
. She's Kagami's homeroom teacher, specializes in biology, and is the advisor for the Animation Research Club. Heterosexual Life-Partners
with Fuyuki. Only has one short cameo in the anime's last episode.
Voiced by: Kumi Sakuma (JP)
Also introduced in volume 5 of the manga
, Fuyuki is Ryouou's school nurse and is Heterosexual Life-Partners
with Hikaru. Does not appear in the anime
, but like Ko also appears in Net Idol Meister
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP [Extra Drama CD/NDS game]), Marina Shimagata (JP [The Miyakawa Family's Hunger]), and Yukiko Takaguchi (JP [PS2 Game])
The elder of an impoverished pair of sisters. She is the reason for their poverty, as she spends too much money on manga and doujinshi
—while just working as a bookstore staff.
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP [Extra Drama CD/NDS game]), Yui Kano (JP [Anime/PS2 game]), Kotoe Kawasaki (JP [The Miyakawa Family's Hunger]), and Rebecca Forstadt (EN [credited as "Rebecca Olkowski"])
The younger of an impoverished pair of sisters. An elementary schooler, and thus the youngest Lucky Star
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "shade". Her sister's name means "in the sun".
One of Akira's friends from middle school.
Another one of Akira's friends from middle school.
- Informed Attribute — She says that she expresses her emotions, but Akira can't recall ever seing it.
Yet another one of Akira's friends from middle school.
Lucky Channel Hosts
Historically speaking, Lucky Channel
predates Lucky Star
. It is the name of the reader's column for Comptiq
, the magazine Lucky Star
An Idol Singer
in the Lucky Star
universe and "navigator" of Lucky Channel
. She's fourteen — younger than most of the cast — but has eleven years of acting experience. In Comptiq
she is the name in which the magazine reply readers' mail.
An anime-exclusive character with two roles: "Sebastian", a random student in Konata's class, and Akira's henpecked assistant in Lucky Channel
Anime-only. In episodes 20 and 21, he replaces Minoru as Akira's assistant in Lucky Channel
Voiced by: Herself (JP)
Anime-only. In episode 23, she comes in to break up Minoru and Akira's fight.