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Japanese City Unveils Lucky Star Manhole Covers

Japanese City Unveils Lucky Star Manhole CoversKuki, Saitama has spruced up a few of its manhole covers. The city, known best to anime fans as the setting for Lucky Star, has installed four colorful manhole covers based on that series.

But wait, you say: wasn’t Lucky Star set in Washimiya?

Yes — but in 2010, Kuki absorbed Washimiya, along with the towns of Shobu and Kurihashi. The manholes were created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the merger.

There are a total of four Lucky Star manholes, unveiled July 1, scattered throughout the city. The city has not revealed their locations, stating that finding them is part of the fun. They were set to be installed in March, but the COVID-19 outbreak had delayed the installation until now.

Pictured is the manhole cover featuring characters Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi.

Lucky Star started life as a four-panel manga by Kagami Yoshimizu that kicked off in 2003. It was adapted into an anime series by Kyoto Animation in 2007.

Here’s how Funimation describes the series:

What’s the best way to eat dessert? Do twins really have a psychic connection? What kind of guys are into moe girls? These are the kinds of questions that float through the inquisitive mind of anime super-fan Konata Izumi. When she’s not lost in her favorite manga or logging hours in one of her online games, she’s debating the mysteries of the universe with the best friends a girl could ask for.

And while they might not share Konata’s refined eye for anime tropes and trivia, she doesn’t hold it against them. After all, Miyuki Takara is a precious moe dream girl, and twin sisters Tsukasa and Kagami are always there when she needs a helping hand or a notebook to copy homework from (even if Kagami insists on being totally tsundere about it). At the end of the day, Konata could look far and wide, but she’d never find a better group of girls to get her through the horrors of high school!

Source: Otakomu

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.