STAR DRIVER 14

STAR DRIVER

Even the hairdressers are fabulous on this island.

So after a two week or so break, STAR DRIVER returns with a pivotal episode. Of course, whoever following Good_Haro’s blog has been pretty much half-spoiled about the next five episodes or so, but still it seems that SD still has enough up their sleeve to totally surprise us.

Mainly the Eva-esque parts this week involving Ayingott and its Eyes with Marino getting that “invasion” thing as well as the totally out of nowhere flashbacks of the twins’ memories minus herself while using the Eyes. It has also got to be said this is the first time ever we see a hint of “evil”-ness in the show. Previously it was more on the lines of “we have clashing objectives, so we’ll need to fight each other” kind of thing.

Other things that caught my eye was Head totally being able to fake not being in Zero Time then suddenly appearing late to the scene, the spoiler-tastic OP and ED sequences that feature what looks to be like a blue version of Tauburn (Samekh?! or Reshbal?) and a bunch of other Drivers from Kiraboshi that haven’t appeared yet so far. Also, Keito and Head in league, albeit that was already predicted a long while back so it wasn’t surprising.

Next week will be an important episode about the Twins and should serve as the real turning point for the series in to serious territory. Can’t wait for it. Also I wonder if Keito will get a song too, lawl. I don’t think Koshimizu’s a good singer though.

P.S. I don’t get why not many people want to watch this show. This is easily the most interesting show airing nowadays.

20 Comments

  1. metalsnakezero Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 3:51 am

    I feel like Marino You is like Kyou where both are willing to do anything for their sisters, including not loving the man their sisters love. Also Wako fantasies are getting a little weirder, unbutton shirt and wet Sugata and Takuto!?

  2. Burgerz Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    I was surprised by the serious turn in this episode, but I still loved it. I also love Wako’s fantasies in this show ^_^ Very amusing

    In response to your ending comment, I think people don’t really like this show due to the turn in anime genres these days. A lot of people aren’t really use to these shows, and many people don’t have patience to wait a story out if it requires a bit of thinking (and this show doesn’t really require much!)

  3. Kaisos Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    It was declared ‘shit’ by the entire anime fandom after the first episode didn’t turn out to be Gurren Lagann.

    This happens a lot to good productions; You’ve done it yourself, Kuro.

  4. e360 Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    Simply too fabulous for some people, their bodies were not ready.

  5. GlassBiscuit Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Shit’s going to hit the fan next episode, and it looks like Mizuno is going ape shit by the looks of the preview.

  6. yanipheonu Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Well let’s not put on the rose-colored glasses. It’s not really that great of a show. The plot is poorly done, the characters are one-dimensional, and they’ve crammed as many cliches as they can into this. I can see how people (myself included) are turned off by the style of the show too, i personally find the show simply unappealing to look at visually. Of course, that’s fairly subjective, but it’s my personal experience.

    I think it’s the fact that, this is ok, but BONES could do much much better. The show is serviceable enough, but after seeing stuff like FMA and Eureka Seven out of them, this show had more potential that feels squandered on a just ok and cliched show. With great mecha anime recently like Gurren Lagann and Macross Frontier out, it feels they should have tried better to reach the same level, as it is, compared to those show, this just feels sad.

  7. Aikun2012 Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    The only reason I dropped this series is because of the “Galactic Pretty Boy” nonsense…. But other than that it was okay… Thought it seemed kinda gay… But I might get back into it since Kurogane is enjoying it…

  8. Dakkar Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    It’s a watchable show, even decent one perhaps, but so far I’ve seen no signs of greatness. Heck, its grandmother Utena was more interesting and aesthetically pleasing, and you would expect them to learn something during all those year that’s passed since then…

  9. Reid Gheith Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    Star Driver was actually one of the better anime series to debut back in the latter part of 2010. While most other shows have used the same monotonous formula of ecchi + tsundere girl + indecisive guy, Star Driver does that but actually tries a bit harder to impress.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    >>Also Wako fantasies are getting a little weirder, unbutton shirt and wet Sugata and Takuto!?

    She’s really a huge closet fujoshi.

    >>A lot of people aren’t really use to these shows, and many people don’t have patience to wait a story out if it requires a bit of thinking.

    Hurr durr.

    >>This happens a lot to good productions; You’ve done it yourself, Kuro.

    I think of myself as a lot more better at judging good or bad shows now, :wink:

    @yanipheonu: I didn’t say “great”, I said “interesting”. Also I don’t see how the characters are one-dimensional, they’ve been doing a lot of character development in the past few episodes especially for the Glittering Crux people.

    Also, comparing SD to Eureka 7 and FMA is total bollocks. Eureka 7 took a while to get really started while FMA is a big-name adaptation. And I have no idea why you keep complaining the show is cliched when it takes those same cliches, runs with them, and then abruptly lampshades them too.

    @Dakkar: Again, I said “interesting” not “great”.

    @Reid: I like your constructive comment, but forgive me for removing your free advertisement for whatever shitty streaming/ddl site link you own.

  11. Dakkar Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    @Kurogane
    Considering all the hype that preceded the airing of the show, people were expecting great things, not just somewhat interesting stuff :) After all, we have BONES, we have big names for the director and the scriptwriter, we have a huge budget poured into the animation, yet I still can’t get over the feeling that this show doesn’t have much substance.

    Another thing, it’s not clear what audience they actually target with it. On one hand, that’s a good thing as it allows the show to be less restrained by cliches, on the other, it doesn’t exactly help the commercial success unless they’re able to roll out something amazing, which they aren’t…

  12. J3N0V4 Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    possible spoiler alert for those without logic

    /a/ has more or less confirmed Blue Tau to be Head’s due to the Star Sword and the theory that Head is Sam for the story, Sam ate the squid and the squid was blue kind of logic

  13. puyopop Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    Bisexual males and straight girls are the problem in this show.

  14. Zyl Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Besides the hint of evil-ness and the impending Twins bust-up, I also liked how the episode is forcing Wako, fujoshi jokes aside, to confront her feelings about Takuto.

    As for Keito, I get the feeling that while she’s in league with Head, the one she really wants is Sugata. Plus since it’s confirmed she’s a Maiden, she’ll be eligible too.

  15. Spik Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    @Dakkar

    Honestly it just seems like you want to take a dump on Star Driver for not being whatever you want it to be. I personally find Star Driver to be pretty darn interesting in terms of characterization, plot development and visual execution as compared to its competitors in this season and last.

    I don’t really understand the mentality of blaming a work for not living up to its hype, since I prefer to see a work of animation on its own storytelling merits rather than the merits of its advertising team. Plus hype is not something that can be regulated or controlled, fanboys can easily work themselves up into a frenzy with or without help, and who can be blamed if reality doesn’t live up to their self-spun fantasy? Plus isn’t it jumping the shark to pronounce hype as the reason Star Driver failed when it hasn’t even entered the true meat of its story yet? Your reasoning just seems like a convenient excuse to dislike Star Driver just because someone else likes it.

    As for the point about Star Driver not living up to its pedigree or well not being as “Awesome” as any Great Anime Legend of Your Choice, I don’t really think that is a good way to measure if an anime is watchable or not. Since Great Anime Legends are Legends for a reason, they come only ever so often and set a new benchmark before departing for lands unknown. Its not every season or every year that an Anime Legend is born. I’d rather enjoy myself watching stuff I like that interests me rather than starve myself waiting for that once-in-a-blue-moon Classic and being severely disappointed with everything else that isn’t. That isn’t a very enjoyable experience for a hobby that is supposed to entertain you.

  16. Yue Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    As Bakuman once said, all manga (anime) need is to be interesting, and it’ll be read/watched.

    ..
    ..
    ..

    so bring back fishgirl and her song!

    got cockteased this episode when the song started playing, but mizuno just had to sing her song as well.

  17. berz Said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    lol i wouldn`t call macross frontier great, even more with that kind of ending =/
    (kimagure orange road is a good example of a good ending, and yeah im actually a macross fan)

    anyway, when e7 stated, it wasnt as popular as it was when it ended, in fact most people only watched e7 after it ended.

    in star driver`s case, its more like a strange story wrapped with a strange package(weird looking mecha, antagonists… even the main hero wears some funny clothes =_=U). so its expected that most people will go meh on it.

    as for me, im still interested. its way better/interesting than a lot of other shows out there and i can easily watch it till the end. (unlinke a few other shows that i stopped after 3 episodes)

  18. Dakkar Said,

    January 11, 2011 @ 2:41 am

    @Spik
    I wonder if you’ve actually read what I’d written :) Personally, I didn’t have much expectations for Star Driver to begin with, nor do I really care about it in either way as of now. As I mentioned, it’s a watchable show with some potential, and the subbed version happens to appear on Sunday mornings when there’s not much else to watch anyway, but it has to do much more than it does in order for me to give it anything but a lukewarm attitude. Well, to be fair, I tend to be rather requesting, so the last series to leave a lasting impression on me were Casshern Sins, which aired quite a while ago, and I watch a good number of shows every season.

    If you compare it with the current competition, it wins in terms of production values and originality, but at the same time the art style is definitely not the one to suit everyone, other people don’t care for mecha, and some of those who do are outright insulted by what this show has done to their beloved piloted robots. Throw in some gay and harem tendencies, as well as “fabulous” antics, and in the end you’ll find out that almost everyone has something he/she definitely doesn’t like about this show. Kind of hard to be really popular with that, eh?

  19. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 11, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    I don’t see why shows should be judged based on pre-airing hype.

    In that case, Madoka’s already failed this season because the first episode doesn’t have bloody corpses, girls with guns and text with obscure references in the background.

  20. Dakkar Said,

    January 11, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    The hype has nothing to do with how good she show is, but it certainly impacts how well it does.
    The greater the hype, the more people who would otherwise skip the show altogether give it a try and often end up disappointed. It’s natural and predictable, but it creates a negative background, amplifying the frustration of those who would enjoy the show if the bar wasn’t set way too high because of that very same hype.
    Hype is a free publicity which can benefit you greatly (see Apple), but if you fail to live up to the expectation, it’s going to bite your in the butt. This is what we seem to be seeing with Star Driver…

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