Posted by psgels on 13 February 2011 with categories: Star Driver

Star Driver is full of random slice of life moments. This episode stood out at this point, though. A lot of this episode was the simple celebration of Wako’s birthday, and only showed Takuto, Sugata and Wako together. The creators put a lot of meaning behind it, thoough, and for a change it was pretty enjoyable to see them together for so long here, with the best parts being the birthday presents.

This episode also had an interesting subversion of the “I’m going to take over your body muaha”-trope. Most times when this gets used, it takes forever for someone to realize that something is wrong, and yet here everyone noticed the complete change in character of Sugata and Takuto. At the same time though, it could have been taken further. Instead, those two Crux members just gave up in the middle of it.

I keep expecting these series to get darker and more serious in their second halves, but there are more and more series like this that instead have these quiet kinds of episodes, right before they’re about to start building up to the finale. I’m not yet sure of whether or not this works, but at the end of this series we should know whether the past episodes knew exactly what they were doing… or were just randomly buying time.
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. Dorkowich says:

    There’s what looks like a rape scene in the previews.

  2. Vanilla says:

    No, no… x’3 If you’re referring to Wako and Sugata, I went back and checked, and he was just kissing her cheek while she was sleeping. Nearly freaked out after reading your comment, though.

  3. AidanAK47 says:

    Question. What exactly was supposed to be accomplished if Wako and Keito were seduced by the body snatchers? Personally It would have been more productive to say…place Takuto at the edge of the roof, jump out and watch him fall to his death.

    Honestly, the glittering crux is the most half assed evil organization I have ever seen. Needless flamboyance aside I am baffled how such a organization works. First off they didn’t seem to do much of anything before Takuto came along. They had god knows how many years to find one maiden in an island which more a less half the population within the glittering crux. How do they even get members? Was it an option when signing up for a school club? The more the series goes on the less sense glittering crux makes.

    Considering that bones is studio with common rushed unsatisfactory endings I doubt they will answer any of these questions.

  4. CY says:

    Holy! Didn’t know that Wako has that in her!
    I’m liking her more and more… :D

    But u really have got to admire Mamoru Miyano (Takuto’s seiyuu)… He can really acted out how Widow Star would sound like in Takuto’s body. The inflections and tones are spot on.
    He’s fast becoming my favourite Seiyuu… XD

  5. ANON says:

    Here’s my theory based on the preview for the next episode:

    The dude with the black hair who Head visited in the hospital is Takuto’s father.

    Takuto’s mom and dad and head are very close friends just like Takuto, Sugata and Wako. And just like Sugata who has feelings for Wako, Head also have feelings for Takuto’s mom. I believe its like history repeating itself kinda thing.

    This also explains why Head sees a lot of himself in Sugata.

  6. Puran says:

    The body switching was both refreshing and frustrating.

    Refreshing how useless misunderstandings weren’t formed. Frustrating how so little was accomplished by it.

  7. Da5id says:

    We could take over the bodies of the ONLY two people that are getting in the way of us taking over the island or whatever the hell we’re supposed to do, and make them kill each other or themselves or kidnap the last two maidens for us. But…meh, its to early for that. Maybe next episode.

  8. Dorkowich says:

    Why are there so many critiques on how task-orientated and pragmatic an “evil organization” ought to act?

    From what I see, Glittering Crux is not even a unified organization, there’s AT LEAST a 6 way divide based on different interests from the acting council alone. There isn’t even actual hierarchy going on in any of the factions, just acting leaders and employer relations. It doesn’t make sense to do anything “for the whole good of the organization.”

    Because frankly, the “organization” doesn’t exist. “Glittering Crux” is a shorter way of referring to this gathering of people of completely different interests/powers/motives/etc.

    I find it refreshing to see the characters in this series acting unlike the military in Gundam animes with their constant “what to do, what’s the most effective, can such method/sacrifice be justifiable, screamfest screamfest” lines of thoughts.

    As for window star and needle star, two of the most adrenaline-orientated excitement-seekers. I don’t see how it’s even possible for them to be trying to do anything solely for a pragmatic end in mind. I had the understanding that they were trolling, and given the sadomasochistic personas they are given I don’t see how they would even consider getting Takuto/Sugata to jump off the roof. There’s a gathering, no unification, no organization, they are just together because they are all interested in cybodies for one reason or another, it’s absurd-okay maybe not, but certainly dull to have anyone with a “good-for-everyone-gathered-here” in mind.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Oct 4. 2015 04:27 AM)
    God I hate it when subbers hardcode the subs into the video. Makes getting screenshots all the harder.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 09:00 AM)
    It did have some grit to it though.
    Aidan if you have not read akumetsu I would say to read it, however the main plot takes a bit to get going, the ending isn’t great. But I thought it was a pretty exciting/crazy read and I liked the whole stand against the government thing. Good art style as well.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 08:54 AM)
    Some might take issue with the goofy bit with the female lead and think this episode a bit overdramatic. From watching those other takes on the character I was intrigued by him and wanted to know more so based on that I’m looking forward to more of this origin story.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 08:54 AM)
    . I don’t think this’ll top the 90s Dezaki blackjack movie its got a chance of being better than black jack 21. Theres something tense/dramatic about a medical themed show that I like. I don’t know if it’ll get as office political as Team medical dragon.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 08:54 AM)
    And finishing things off…
    Black jack ep1: Its good to see a show here with an actual adult protaganist, I also have the added interest that you don’t really get to see of all things a medical drama/thriller in the anime/manga medium.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 05:17 AM)
    Oh come on now, we’re going the webshort, minimal animated, experimental seven minute episode route with kagewani, good idea for a horror show and for what it is fair enough but theres a full series/movie in there you can get out of this premise, its wasted as a series of 7 minute shorts.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 03:07 AM)
    One of the things that also annoyed me in lance n’ masks and this is a cliche that always particularly grates on me, is that punk/bullying cliche.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 02:23 AM)
    I’m not even going to dignify Ks second season with a chance.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 02:18 AM)
    It looks like I’m sticking with Lupin and One-punch for the season so far. I’ll keep an eye on heavy object.
    I just want sakurako, garo and subete to air.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 02:15 AM)
    Heavy object episode 1: There is potential here for some enjoyment value from the mecha fights, at the start of the episode I felt that but it was robbed a bit of that by some terribly done info dumping, the rest of the episode was dull and just putzed around and end on a cheap hook in the last minute.

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