Good Luck Girl! (Blu-ray)
FUNimation Entertainment / 2012 / 325 mins / TV-MA
There are numerous genres of anime out there and just as many examples of each genre as you can shake you magical glowing power orb at. There are techno obsessed space battle stories with giant mechanical ships that do everything imaginable, bloody horror stories with (usually) vampires fighting for both good and evil, beautiful celestial girls hooking up with awkward teen-age boys to fight demons and aliens… the list goes on and on. GOOD LUCK GIRL! may be tidily popped in the "fan service comedy" genre but it is such a wonderfully self-referencing meta anime that is almost stands as its own genre.
The basic set-up is simple enough: Ichiko Sakura (voiced by Brina Palencia/Kana Hanazawa) is a 16-year-old high school girl who seems to have an unlimited amount of good luck. From her extreme beauty to higher than average intelligence to coming from a super-wealthy family, Ichiko seems to simply have it made in the shade. It turns out that her over-abundance of good luck stems from her having an unusually high amount of Fortune energy, which unfortunately draws its power from those around her, making them sad and melancholy. Enter Momiji (voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard/Yumi Uchiyama), the God of Misfortune, who has been sent down to Earth to restore the Fortune balance. This basically means making Ichiko miserable and she isn't going to do this willingly.
Other animes would be content with having 13 episodes of MEAN GIRLS-esque shenanigans mixed with a healthy dose of fan service but GOOD LUCK GIRL! goes a couple levels better. After the first few episodes (that really are just MEAN GIRLS-esque shenanigans mixed with loads of fan service), it delves into Ichiko's past explaining the tragic reasons why she is the way she is and then develops her into a surprisingly well rounded character.
GOOD LUCK GIRL! also has a unique way of delivering its comedic elements. It knows it is an anime series and has endless fun making jokes, making references and having hysterical cameos from major characters from other series. Anime fans will love this aspect even if the main story doesn't thrill them that much as the nods and references are pretty consistent. GOOD LUCK GIRL! is an adult anime, make no mistake about it, but it is wonderful a love letter to adult anime fans.
The anamorphic 1.78 transfer looks sharp and colorful.
The soundtrack is available in either Dolby TrueHD 2.0 for the original Japanese language or Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround for the English dub.
Two audio commentaries (on episodes 4 and 12) feature Brina Palencia, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Todd Haberkorn, Martha Harms and others answering fan submitted questions in between commentating on the episode. In keeping with the meta-feeling of the series itself, the questions are asked by various FUNimation voice actors IN CHARACTER from other anime series. Very fun!
Episode 8 holds a video commentary with Palencia, Clinkenbeard, Harms and director Joel MacDonald.
Textless versions of the opening song ("Make My Day!" by Piko), closing song ("Koi Bodo" by Happy Birthday) and the alternate closing version of "Make My Day" from episode 13 are available.
The US trailer rounds out the goodies.
Truly one of the wilder anime series out there, GOOD LUCK GIRL! is a hysterical genre spoof that adult anime fans should enjoy watching and re-watching. Recommended!