Posted by psgels on 28 November 2010 with categories: Star Driver

Yet again: an episode that gives a complete new spin to the story. And we’re only nine episodes in yet; normally you see these kinds of things ten episodes later or something. This episode again did something that went completely against my expectations, it brought in A TON of new stuff, characters and plot threads.

Mizuno, the west maiden really brings a huge new plot along with her. From out of nowhere, she introduces a new Crux Brigade member (replacing the head, who went on a holiday after what happened in the previous episode), who turns out to be Mizuno’s twin sister, entirely in it to protect her sister from being found out (even going to the point of setting up a flamboyant act for it), not knowing that her subordinates (four also totally new characters) have formed their own brigade and are pretty much just using her as a tool. This definitely brings some great new potential to the series. Also, this episode on top of that introduces painter R. We have no clue who it is apart from that it’s special to both good guys and bad guys.

I don’t really understand the whole point of the shrine maidens at this point, though: why is the West Maiden necessary to reach third phase? I mean, I can understand it if you’d need 1 maiden for phase 1, 2 for phase 2 etc (opening up the possibility for a phase 4 as well), but the fish girl just left and the brigade members still were able to enter phase 2.

This wasn’t the most enjoyable episode because it spent quite an amount of time introducing these new characters (plus, I’m missing the fish girl song). The fight scene in this episode also was a bit unremarkable (again, it was just used to build up and nothing more). The romantic hi-jinks were also not the most enjoyable, but the fanservice could have been much worse I guess. There were no stupid cliches nor was there too much of a focus on the fanservice, so I guess it’s all-right.
Rating: * (Good)

19 Responses

  1. Anca says:

    Only one of the seals is broken, fish girl’s. If they need one more to unseal Phase 3, it means that by destroying fish girl’s seal they obtained Phase 2, entering Zero Time. I think it’s a fair assumption that the Crux hadn’t used been in it before. However, there’s been hints that Keito might be the East Maiden – if so I don’t understand why her seal is still whole.

    Anyway, Miko #2 would give them Phase 3, and Miko #4 Phase 5 which might be taking the mechs out of Zero Time.

    The mysterious R might be Head, they did say (or write somewhere) that he used to be a painter.

    I really liked this episode. I’m rooting for a threesome ending so I’m glad Takuto and Sugata got some friendly interaction.

  2. Keith says:

    I have a feeling that when the next seal is broken, what Zero Time is to normal time, this will introduce the next level. That’s my theory anyway. I’m pretty sure that the next seal being broken is gonna completely alter the context of the show.

  3. omo says:

    The R painter is Takuto’s dad, which was explained in ep1 IIRC.

    They are looking for another maiden, since Wako is hands off due to having to defeat Ginga Bishounen in order to get to her.

  4. JiLL says:

    Is this still on going? The mecha action looks promising.

  5. Solaris says:

    They said before the miko maiden are seals preventing cybodies to move irl and taking over the world.

    I like this tomboysh maiden far more than Wako, but she’s a secondary char, so her love story most likely won’t be granted. Pity ^^

  6. Denizen says:

    I personally expect the Third phase is simply each Star Driver being able to manifest their own Cybody in Zero Time, without the need for a machine. This would also mean more than two Cybodys in Zero Time at one point.

    I guess from then on, it’s manifestation of Cybodies within the Islands, and then the final seal means they can be used anywhere.

  7. synkronized says:

    Omo answered the question about the West maiden. Wako has Takuto and Sugata as her body guards, putting her totally off limits. It makes sense to go for the hidden, but (supposedly) less guarded maidens first.

    I wonder who the final maiden will be, I’m curious about that one.

  8. Ransom says:

    Whenever I see that R painting I can’t help but think about Rahxephon… I wonder why :S

  9. nooly says:

    They Changed the picture on the bus in the ED from sakana chan to mizuno O:

  10. S-R says:


    Well, I think the 4th maiden’s identity was pretty heavily hinted at in the previous episode. And given that Mizuno DID turn out to be the West maiden…
    I loved how the rest of the Crux just seemed exasperated and bored of Manticore’s personality pretty quickly. I do wonder if she will become a silent, or not, ally of Takuto an Co. in the future for the sake of Mizuno’s safety as she definitely seemed interested in him and Mizuno’s interest in him.
    And as for the painting, yeah, as ever, agree with the RahXephon vibe.
    I wonder if ‘Ryousuke’ holding up the painting signed ‘R’ was a little bit of misdirection, as if not then that would be a disgustingly heavy-handed ‘hint’.

  11. Watcherzero says:

    Really wish they would do a new transformation sequence, 9 episodes using the same transformation sometimes more than once each episode.

  12. C160 says:

    Yeah,this episode seems a bit lackluster but I do like Mizuno as a character. I thought she would be all annoying from the last episode preview, turn out she’s not and Marino is obviously faking it too. I hope the Glittering Crux can enter third phase soon, since the battles are becoming a bit dull. Or maybe more than 2 participants in a battle,that would be nice too.

  13. Valinor89 says:

    I miss the fish girl song so much…
    And I agree with the seals having to be broken to acces another fase, not actually posessing the maidens.
    The song and mini stories the show lacks something. It’s kind of like the shadow acts in Utena. (BTW i never actually liked the formula but Star Driver is very different)

  14. Saevel says:

    I don’t think it has to do with having the shrine maiden there, as more as releasing there seal on the cybodies. I believe when they kidnapped Wako earlier in the series they were going to break her seal on the cybodies in Zero Space.

  15. blindability says:

    If the bus scene from the last episode taught us anything, it’s who the four shrine maidens are – which means Keito is the East Maiden. Perhaps her seal was broken first to get the Crux into the First Phase. The North Maiden (aka Fish Girl)’s seal was broken in episode one which advanced the Crux into another phase. They said that if Wako (the South)’s seal was broken, they would advance into the Fourth Phase, which means Mizuno’s seal is the key to the Third Phase.

  16. kuromitsu says:

    What I’m wondering about… is the Kiraboshi gang is holding their meetings somewhere at Sugata’s mansion?

  17. Kurara says:


    I’m also wondering where these meeting are being held. It must be a pretty sizable place if it can fit the members of Kiraboshi AND the cheering audience that occasionally shows up in some scenes. -_-

  18. kurin says:

    Phase 1 is when the Cybodies are not functional. This is the default state, I think.

    Phase 2 is when the Cybodies can move in Zero Time while being piloted from Cybercaskets. Head broke Fish-girl’s seal to enter Phase 2 after the Science Guild figured out how to operate the Cybercasket.

  19. Solaris says:

    @Kuromitsu + Kurara.
    The pink haired girl said in the firts episode nobody had to get near some mines nearby.
    That, obviously, triggered Takuto’s curiosity on the double. ^^
    Now just imagine where Kiraboshi’s hideout could it be?

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
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    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
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    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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