Single most satisfying moment of the show, right? Y/Y/（< ゝω・）☆ KIRABOSHI!
I’m surprised by BONES. While the last two episodes did not really hit the right notes with me, they’ve been clearly planning the last episode right from the start of the series.
While, yes, a lot of plot threads were left unresolved (Sarina and VP, Sora, etc.) and some were dynamically ended (the “Departure”, Glittering Crux), the final episode managed to clear up the most important ones well enough to leave a satisfying aftertaste for me.
For one, what has been majorly hinted and explained outside the show about the Cybodies was well used here. The whole mechanism of the Cybodies sealing Samekh alone and protecting the seal has been already expounded upon in interviews and it was well used here. While there’s still a bunch of questions remaining about them, I really don’t feel like caring much about it anymore mainly because their main purpose has been accomplished and therefore should not bear any more relevance later on to the future of the story.
Then, of course, there is also Sugata’s choice of sealing Samekh as a final resort after he realizes the truth about it. I’m glad that all the “preparation” he put Takuto through was touched on here when Takuto ultimately realizes that it was all for the sake of Wako to have someone dependable taking care of her after he inevitably sacrifices himself. I liked that how all that development wasn’t wasted.
Finally, we have Takuto making the ultimate gamble in himself and the fate of the world by choosing to break the final seal and destroy Samekh once and for all to release Sugata and the Maidens from the burden of their Seals. That was really a great way to end the show on a high note and still keep everything consistent.
In conclusion, despite a few hiccups here and there, STAR DRIVER was an entertaining show to watch and I’m really happy to have continued forward with it despite the flaws. The lack of resolution of the main trio’s relationship is actually the better solution here and unlike Macross Frontier, I don’t really feel any reason that Wako should be forced to choose someone just for the series to end. Hell, they’re all still sweet sixteen, they can enjoy their lives a lot more before they have to make that decision.
Rewatch: Good for the entertainment value.
P.S. LOL at the nice troll by gg at the ending credits. Got me real good there.