Hey all, I kind of wanted to keep this fic alive for personal reasons. I love rhythm games, so this is my way of writing rhythm game related stories with a Lucky Star feel. Especially towards games I love that don't have too much attention. Plus, Meito Anizawa needs some respect, so he is the main focus of this story. So be aware of those warnings from the first chapters.

This story is basically for inspiration. Sometimes music and games make you feel so inspired to write. So I want to mix in two things I enjoy for everyone. This won't last too long, and my Haruhi fic and my other stories will still exist, this just a harmless spin-off. This story won't have chapter titles though, as to not reveal or give hints to the songs chosen. Please enjoy!

Disclaimer: Lucky Star is property of Yoshimizu Kagami, Animated by Kyoto Animation, and Distributed to the USA through Bandai Entertainment. Additional disclaimers are below in order to not spoil the readers.

EDIT! Akai-Kurenai has informed me of my errors, so there shouldn't be any strange duplication. Thanks a ton!


Witnessing buildings collapsing, people passing out, and microphones exploding does not pass through human memory very easily. Unfortunately for Anizawa Meito, not everyone views such an experience as being good. His bold gambit to create a night focused around a game had mixed results. It was quite fascinating, but they missed the main purpose to sell any merchandise at the store. He wanted to do it again after letting his emotions flow like the fire from of a chestnut-haired black mage.

However, with his face imprinted into the carpet, it was hard for him to defend the greatness of this experiment. He failed to perform a standard procedure that every employee would need to do: Report the idea to corporate. Even if this was a company about selling manga and anime, business laws had to be followed. President Takahashi was rather irritated that Anizawa had pulled off quite a stunt again. One of the managers from a different branch of Animate was watching him toil in shame.

"You Fool!" The president bellowed. "Do you have any idea how such an impulsive plan could of ruined our company's good name?!"

The spiky, short-haired manager sneered at him. "Just to be expected from Meito."

"PRESIDENT!" The tenchou bowed towards his superior. "FORGIVE ME FOR MY INSOLENCE! BUT I WILL ASSURE YOU THAN NOTHING OF VALUE WAS LOSS FROM WHAT WAS DONE!"

"Don't you get it?!" Takahashi punched him in the stomach, an appropriate amount of blood coming from his mouth. "Even if we didn't lose anything, the fact remains that you weren't able to sell anything in stock! You are giving off the wrong impression of the company!"

"You just need to stick to your wits with this kind of program. It's a good thing my store doesn't have to deal with such problems..."

That bold statement earned a punch across the face into a wall. "You're in trouble too! The issue of digital distribution has affected all of us! Your branch has not suggested any new ideas to assist the company in years!"

"What should we do, President?!" Anizawa asked, still trying to regain his breath.

"That...I do not know." Takahashi sighed, looking out the window from the multi-storied skyscraper. His voice was somber, but still retained fearlessness. "Not only do we have the dropping trend of people coming to the store, but there is also our growing competition."

"You don't mean Gamerz, do you?" The Gintama-sounding manager asked.

"Yes. This coming weekend is their biannual major sale for the third quarter of this fiscal year. It's going to result in MASSIVE sales. If we don't get high enough numbers, we could be crippled beyond repair."

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" Meito screamed. "I NEVER WANT THAT TO HAPPEN! ANIMATE IS MY LIFE. THE LIFE OF A TRUE MAN IS ONE DEDICATED TO CREATED WORK!"

"Then you must find a way to gain back our fans!" Takahashi pointed at him, giving the ultimate command.

All three of them were consumed in thought at that very moment. They were still stuck with this looming problem with their money and shareholders. If Animate were to go under, so many innocent Japanese would be turmoil. Maybe not complete turmoil, but still it would be quite a disheartening situation. So many people who worked here enjoyed it so much. The short-haired manager thought about a wild card at that very moment.

"What about Legendary Girl A?"

"It is true, Legendary Girl A would assist us. But she buys from both companies." The president stated.

"All we have to do is keep her distracted throughout the whole day..." Meito pondered.

"That is the crutch of the Gamerz's sales day. It is only once."

"I HAVE A SOLUTION!" Anizawa thought, his brainpower illuminating the room.

"Damn it man, what is it?!"

"The illegal band I had performed with, two of them are close friends of Legendary Girl A!"

"WHAT?!" The two of them shouted, as if lightning was piercing through their hearts.

"Please, I'm begging you President!" Meito bowed, slamming her hands against the floor, cracking it. "Allow us to perform for Animate again! If we plan to perform in the middle of the day, Legendary Girl A will be forced to stay the entire time! We simply need to inspire everyone else to stay!"

"BRILLIANT!" Takahashi said, slamming the table. Poor table broke from his brute strength. "For this one time, I will allow you to use this tactic again in hope of swaying Legendary Girl A! But if we lose this day, it will all be on your head!"

The other manager grinned, looking away. "Good Luck, Meito. You'll need it."

"THANK YOU, PRESIDENT!" He shouted with tears in his eyes. "I WILL NOT FAIL YOU!"

In that very second, he dashed out of the room. There were several things he had to do with only one day until the battle. One thing he had to do for sure though, was to preparate and reinforce the room. An unconscious customer can't purchase anything. Meito's rival slowly walked out of the room, hoping things would go by. He did enjoy his job despite his snarky attitude. Takahashi had to keep strong. It was going to be a hectic day getting this to work. With that girl appearing at the store, maybe his company would live another day. But still, there was one thing he did know he would have to do.

"Tomoyo!" He shouted, pressing the intercom. "Bring me another table!"


The next afternoon...

Things had gone along smoothly with Anizawa's plan. Everyone was gathered together prepared to relive the experience once again. Word caught around that the Animate band would play again. Those who were able to endure the raw power of the last concert had to experience it again. A few newbies wanted to see it too, not knowing what they were in for. Behind the layer of red, were a couple of disgruntled band mates. The tenchou shouted away as the guest of honor was still taking forever.

"IS SHE COMING SOON?!"

"For the fifthteenth time, yes." Kaito said, irritated. "Now stop shaking me."

Meito opened his eyes, realizing his force of habit was affecting the talent. "My apologizes, Yasuhiro-san."

"I wish she would get here already. I really don't feel like being here." Kagami groaned.

"Atleast you don't have to wear a costume this time." Ryuta mentioned.

"Well, that's true." Kagami thought. It was much better for her to wear her serafuku instead of a tight, spandex jumpsuit. She was starting to get ready, before she realized something in particular about the stage. "Is that a microphone stand?"

"Hmm?" Meito said, looking down. "Ah yes, to stay focused on such a task at hand, I decided to bring in a stand to get the costumers' attention."

"I see." Kaito said.

"Smart move." Ryuta nodded. "Things like that will keep you from going off track."

"We will be rewarded for this, right?" The tsundere thought realistically.

"If everything goes to plan, the Animate Company will reimburse you for your sacrifice."

"Oh crap, she's coming!" Kaito said.

They all took a deep breath as they waited for the otaku to enter. Konata hummed as she walked in front of Animate. She was ready, bringing her large coat that was filled with pockets for any merchandise. Despite the fact that Kagami was mysteriously gone from the bus stop, she didn't want anything to throw her off from this day. Even with her spending, she was quite an economical spender. She had to study this store first in order to get perfect discount from Gamerz.

Once she walked in, the curtain had opened up. A wave of praise came from the small crowd as they were about to be entertained. It was ready, with the loading screen behind the four performers with the little dancers and all. Anizawa gritted his teeth, seeing Legendary Girl A not looking at the large demonstration, forty-five degrees out of her eyesight. He had to get her to look; it would put everything to waste. He shouted to the crowd, hoping to get her attention.

"This song was chosen, for someone important!"

Those words caused Konata to open her eyes. Meito, Kaito, Kagami, and Ryuta's avatars moved around on the virtual stage as the mood was set. Co-workers had dimmed the lights in that special room, causing them to look at the screen. Without warning, the song had started up.

With a quick flick of the rest or smash of the cymbal, it was put into motion. Anizawa Meito sang the following motto to everyone within his vocal range:

"ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT,
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

Following that epic phrase, came a memorable slew of guitars and percussion. All three instrument players were in-sync with the tune as they all received a unison bonus for nailing the notes. Kaito and Kagami followed in ascending patterns, while Ryuta did a quick roll across all of his drums. The crowd immediately was awakened by this song even as the instruments were moving down to a slower pace. Meito continued to sing on.

"She loves to laugh, she loves to sing! She does everything..."

The bespectacled otaku smashed his cymbal as the two guitarists played a louder riff. The tenchou was starting to get attention just like a few weeks ago, particularly from Legendary Girl A. His range increased in power from her very glance.

"She loves to move, she loves to groove! She loves the lovin' things!"

The virtual crowd from the game began to follow the singer at that point: "Oh all night! All--Night! Oh, every night! So hold tight, hooooold tight, ooh baby hold tight! OH! She said:

ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!

She said:

ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

Everyone in the store was really getting into it at that moment. Konata hopped around in the back as she tried to look on at the performers. Even the non-regulars were getting into it as they couldn't ignore the catchy lyrics. The co-workers watched on to see their manager act the best he can to get attention. A few of them were swooning; some of them were in awe, especially since he now had the courage to pull off a few tricks in his repertoire. Once the drums moved back to the regular pace, he knew he had to sing again.

"I was alone...I never knew. What good love could do?"

With the sound of that energetic pattern playing in his ears, Meito began to place a fist to his heart and his hand on the stand.

"Ooo, then we touched...THEN WE SANG! OF ALL THE LOVIN' THINGS!"

Everyone activated overdrive at that moment, lighting up the room in sea of gold.

"Oh, all night! All--Night! Oh, every night! So hooooold tight, hooooold tight, ooh baby hold tight! OH! She said:

ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT,
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

The crowd moved their hands in the air as Meito's burning passion spread through out the room. People became electric just from hearing the chorus of this 1980s classic. The bass became louder, the guitar became heavier and the room was shaking from blasting sounds. Anizawa leaned his back and pointed a hand at the crowd speaking those sweet words once again.

"OH! I said: ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT,
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

After that last phrase, a flurry of blue, red, yellow, and orange notes attacked Kaito's part of the screen. His plastic guitar transmitted a howling, melodic squeal from each button he matched against. It didn't end there, a series of triplets moved acrossed the entire fret board. Lucky for himself and the crowd, his hands were up for the challenge. As the solo slowed down, people took time to realize the ambiance of Kagami and Ryuta. The tappings of tom-toms and strums of the low strings helped the tune sound much more inspiring.

Meito once again took center stage performing a new trick. He placed his foot on the base of the stand while bending it down, singing right in the crowd's ears.

"SHE SAID HOOOO---OOOOO----WHOOOAA---WHOOAA---OOLD!!!!!

HOLD ON! HOLD ON!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLD ON!!!"

His amazing vocal range made it just perfect as the lead guitarist moved on to his second solo. It appeared much less difficult with its speed, but its power was still intimidating. With a few light movements and the crash of the cymbal, all the otakus were in constant motion. Dancing in the crowd or performing on stage, they all felt high and mighty. Meito took a quick stretch to prepare for his next move.

Without warning, his feet elevated off the air and near the ceiling. The only thing to hold him up was his brute strength that was holding onto the microphone for dear life. Looking down on the entire audience with his full fury, they were amazed to watch him sing on with the power of overwhelming passion on his side. Despite the spectacle, Kaito, Ryuta and Kagami grimaced knowing they couldn't look. Or that he might fall off.

"OH! SHE SAID! ANY WAY YOU WANT IT, THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT, ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

"ANY WAY!!!" The tenchou harmonized as he returned back down to the ground. He decided to up the ante a bit with his next and probably most dangerous trick yet. Staying with the rhythm of the song, he repeated:

"ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT,
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

After a quick snare roll and the staircase of green, red, and yellow notes, Meito took a deep breath before repeating those oh-so-pleasing sounds.

"OH! SHE SAID, ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT,
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

Anizawa pulled off his stunt of the evening. While he kept his microphone close to his face, the stand itself was placed right up into the air in his untamed hands. It started to spin at mach speeds the metal pole combined with his muscle moved around the stage. Kaito took immediate notice to this, for even though he was at an easier section of the solo, he had to miss the notes to avoid getting hit in the face. The boy ducked several times while his hands moved across the guitar. Unfortunately for him, Meito was still stuck in the game's hypnotic trance.

"ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT,
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

The solo paused for a brief moment, letting Kaito and Kagami to get off the stage quick enough while still playing. They didn't want to end up as actual casualties towards this event. Ryuta started to worry, for even if he was far enough away from the singer, there was still that possibility. Konata and the crowd didn't seem to care though, listening to the rock music.

"ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT,
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

"ANY WAY YOU WANT IT,
THAT'S THE WAY YOU NEED IT,
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT!"

The gang felt a little bit more comfortable as easier, more variable sections of the song kicked in. The solo had ended and drums incorporated the high-hat once again. At this point, the game would cover singing the chorus. Meito had to keep up that harmony though just as the original singer intended. His arms spread like the wings of the phoenix as his voice pierced through the building.

"ANY WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!"

"ANY WAY!!!"

With that last statement, the final notes were played. The song had completely ended.

The customers of Animate were in a complete uproar from such a simple, three minute event. Anizawa grinned on at everyone as sweat slowly started to drip from his brow. They were all excited like hamsters that fell into a cave loaded with sunflower seeds. He knew that this would be the right moment to ignite the spark in all of them. It would seal away the self-control side of their brains and let them be fueled by the desires in their hearts.

"SHOPPERS OF ANIMATE!" He screamed at all of them. Every single person with a wallet stood like a military soldier. "Please...SHOP AT YOUR LEISURE!"

All hell had broken loose at that point as everyone dashed out of the constructed room to the real parts of the store. The experienced workers of the manga shop were ready for such pandemonium to break out, but it had never happened before. Meito just stood on in awe from the stage as product was moved from shelf, to cashier, to exist. Even the Koizumi products were flying. He watched as someone played guard by the door, and several of the other members had to pick up fallen stands or shelves. They didn't even have to display the limited products as it all went.

The entire inventory of Animate...cleared out from one Saturday.


"MEITO!!!!" The President shouted over his intercom, nearly breaking it.

"Yes, president?"

"Superb work!" He deemed. "I'm not quite sure what you pulled off, but the company is officially safe! Thanks to your branch's hard work combined with the sales made by Legendary Girl A, we were able to stomp the competition! They came no where close to our quota!"

"SERIOUSLY!?!" Meito asked. His heart felt like it was going to burst in green, auto-evolutionary energy.

"Listen, I do not mind if you continue working this angle. If you continue to keep sales like this, you'll go places!"

"THANK YOU, PRESIDENT TAKAHASHI!"

It was Monday, with the sales placed into the computer and shelves were restocked with items. He pondered to himself thinking of his superior's last statements. He had worked at his station for a few years...if he could move up the company ladder, what that be the best road to take? Dealing with suits? He did like the attention of it all, but he didn't want to be stuck to one building. It couldn't be possible though, considering the current president of the company was so masculine and powerful.

"From this day forward...ALL OF JAPAN WILL KNOW OUR NAMES!"

"Sounds fun." One voice said.

"Ah man..." A female groaned.

"Just...one condition."

"What's that?"

"No microphone stands!" Kaito shouted.

Meito felt a teardrop on his cheek from that statement while Kaito took away his precious stand. If he was planning to hang around with this man every week, he shouldn't be wielding anything dangerous.


Now I hope you all have heard that song before. And also feel free to be mean when it comes to the grammatical/spelling/mechanical errors. Did you know that Word has a Reviewing Tool? Oh is it so damn irritating...around when I was checking through all it, it randomly came up and just drove me insane. If I made a mistake, tell me. One thing that's annoying about it is that instead of actually fixing the error automatically, it it only inserts the correction, not deleting the mistake.

Please review and critique!

Secondary Disclaimer: Rock Band 2 is property of Harmonix Studios. Any Way You Want It was written by Steve Perry and Neal Schon. Produced by Geoff Workman and Kevin Elson. Labeled by Columbia Records.