Good Luck Girl is a fun and slightly insightful anime about what it is like to be so lucky you make everyone around you miserable. How is this supposed to be remedied, you ask, well by making the title character miserable, of course. This premise brings about some comedic moments as well as some intermixed character and relationship development.
Ichiko Sakura has everything; beauty, brains, wealth, popular with the boys, and not to mention a super sweet smile! How can one person have all of these attributes? Well, unknowingly, Ichiko is sucking the fortune (happiness) power of everyone around causing them to be miserable while she has it all. But the truth is she is just a lonely little girl who refuses to get close to anyone. Along comes Momiji, a poverty god. She has been sent to earth in order to try and retain the balance within the human world which is being thrown off due to Ichiko sucking everyone’s happiness power. It becomes obvious pretty quickly that Momiji will not have an easy time with this assignment.
One of the best aspects of the show is the character designs. Although admittedly there are some designs that are a little out there, overall they are varied and beautiful. The designs fit the character’s personalities and roles in the world perfectly. Even the peripheral characters are designed well; I didn’t catch myself feeling as if they were just second thoughts to fill the screen. The character designs aide in your ability and want to continue watching, as well as connecting, to Good Luck Girl.
A well animated show, with a plethora of characters, Good Luck Girl is enjoyable. There is enough comedy and relationship development to keep you watching, but you might not have the urge to fly from beginning to end. It is a good anime to have on the shelf to watch when you have those few extra minutes. I am not saying this in a negative manner. There is defiantly a place in an anime collection for anime’s of this kind. If all the anime you watch is the kind you feel you have to watch end to end to be happy, you would never do anything else—and as fun as that sounds to many of us, it is just not feasible. Good Luck Girl can be one of those shows you have that you can watch an episode or two when you want to watch an anime but don’t have 12 hours to devote to a marathon.
Good Luck Girl: The Complete Series is available on a four disc Blu-ray/DVD combo box set from FUNimation, with reversible cover art.