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STAR DRIVER

GINGAAAAAAAAA PAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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.

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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.

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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.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Good for the entertainment value.

P.S. LOL at the nice troll by gg at the ending credits. Got me real good there.

12 Comments

  1. yanipheonu Said,

    April 7, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    All I know is: Better luck next time, Bones. The action was definitely good, but the story needed a lot work, and personally the designs didn’t do it for me, but obviously that’s not the case for everyone. If I had liked the look of it, I’d probably be a lot more kind to it.

    But there’s definitely potential, if they focus on making a better story, they can make a series that is even better!

  2. Benigmatica Said,

    April 7, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    What can I say… The ending is so FABULOUS!!!

    But then again, this needs a better conclusion… Like what happened to the rest of the cast?

  3. CaptainBright Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    Nope. Not convinced at all.

    This is only worth one watch. Even that is being on the lenient side of things.

  4. Athos Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 1:10 am

    Y/Y/(< ゝω・)☆ KIRABOSHI!

    ^ Good god man– what kind of unholy wretch has the internet created because of this show!

    *sigh* Anyways… let's see… I think the reason why I liked STAR DRIVER is because of the main cast, and the reason why I liked the cast is because they were all three dimensional. I know, just… hear me out for a second.

    They all had normal side, right? In which they were normal teenagers trying to enjoy their school life. That's the first one. They also all have a FABULOUS side, in which they were completely over the top, as if they were playing along with the stupid setting they were given by the writers, while still being mildly aware of how ridiculous it all is. This is the second one.

    The third side is their ambitions. ALL of them have at least ONE no-bullshit, perfectly reasonable motive to do what they do. Eternal youth… honor for their clan… protecting loved ones… immortality… saving the world from the shadows… revenge for their family… you name it. They were only like… 2 characters with "sad past" for a motive (never happens), and only one of them was fueled by love (got dammit, Keito). Because of this, it doesn't feel at all like you are watching some sort of drama, and it's enjoyable just to watch them being themselves and interact.

    I had my fun. There were episodes I didn't like, and some that I downright hated, but I can honestly say I don't regret watching this. NOW WHERE'S MY GOT DAMN EPILOGUE–

  5. AidanAK47 Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 2:35 am

    That punch was ripped off from this [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nts_RUwJGbM]one piece moment.[/url]

    Come on Kurogane. One episode does not excuse an entire series of pointless and nonsensical crap.

  6. Pw3age Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    The series could have been shortened with less filler enemies and story. I want more about the VP and such.

    I’m surprised that despite the few lines Sugata had in this final episode, all of them were emotionally powerful. So FABULOUS! (< ゝω・)☆ KIRABOSHI!

  7. Serine Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    It was a refreshing change of pace to see a main character that’s so bright and confident. Takuto is probably my favorite main character in a series of this type.

    I definitely think this show is worth a rewatch. Only through rewatching do you realize the importance of some of the earlier dialogs. It’s kind of like rewatching Fight Club knowing the ending twist- Everything’s different.

    Despite some of the episodes in which their purpose to the plot was questionable, Star Driver never failed to be entertaining, and to that end, I’d say it’s a series I’d at least recommend. Not up there with the greatest works in animation, but certainly not the worst.

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    Actually you know what STAR DRIVER reminds me of? Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo.

    It was also filled with randomness and never did fully explain everything but I liked it. It’s actually better when you rewatch it too. STAR DRIVER is really similar to it.

    And that punch was obviously from Gurren Lagaan than One Piece. The animator is the same guy too.

  9. GlassBiscuit Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    Takuto should said his “Itsa paaaauunch” when flooring head. That would have been the icing on the cake.

  10. TheBigN Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    >>Single most satisfying moment of the show, right?

    Hell. Yes. Especially because he Takuto doesn’t say “CLENCH YOUR TEETH” prior to it. Head deserved every bit of that.

    I still think the show should have ended with Sugata waking up being carried in Takuto’s arms.

  11. Dakkar Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Fukuyama Jun tried to pull Lulu once again, but this time around C.C. stepped in and Suzaku opted to be a fabulous bro rather than a butthurt emo…
    Still, the series as the whole fell short from what I expected from Bones’ high budget show made by staff members that famous…

  12. Beowulf Said,

    April 8, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    >>And that punch was obviously from Gurren Lagaan

    Ohh, so you never watched Getter Robo then ? Too bad, it is actually pretty cool.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4qdNh3OLcU&feature=related

    video very related, see 2:34 …

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