STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 11
「サイバディの私的活用術」 (Saibadi no Shiteki Katsuyou Jutsu)
“Personal Use of Cybodies”
It was only last episode that I was hoping to see Sugata show everyone who’s the ruler around these parts, and this very next episode delivered when he decided to use his King’s Pillar to even things up. After witnessing that and how he took Head’s words to heart about using abilities one’s been blessed with, I’m already looking forward to the prospect of seeing Samekh in action before long. Aside from the eventual fight at the end of this episode, there was a fair bit of interesting plot development as well. For whatever reason, Simone’s relationship with Takashi is something that’s caught my eye since episode three, so it was nice to see more of that coming into play here. Leading up to that, Simone detesting Kanako was the real surprise, which stems from the fact that Kanako’s husband Leon is actually her and her sister Mylene’s (Ogasawara Arisa) father.
My immediate reaction was how weird that is — having a classmate of yours as your father’s current wife — except Simone’s situation is even stranger since she’s serving as Kanako’s secretary both publicly and as a member of Otona Bank. While Mylene did eventually reveal that Simone (real name Pamela) was saved from a traffic accident thanks to Kanako’s use of her Cybody’s abilities and that their own mother suggested that Kanako become Leon’s wife since he needs those abilities, it still didn’t shake the odd feeling of it all. I’m not the only one that thinks so either, as Simone herself still can’t bring herself to like Kanako’s seemingly perfect ways. Looking back, I can’t foresee this background info becoming a significant subplot in the grand scheme of things, but I’ll give it credit for being one of the most unique ones.
As for Simone and Takashi’s combined effort to defeat Takuto, it was nice to see a rematch between the two guys. Better yet, it was nice to see that that Simone’s Daletos actually seemed to have a chance of winning, rather than the usual second phase Cybody lining up to get a licking from Tauburn. At least, that’s what a lot of the Kiraboshi members thought while they were watching from the sidelines. Because of that, it made Sugata’s intervention even cooler. Incidentally, Kanako looked like she was more worried about Simone’s well-being rather than fearing her becoming the new leader of the brigade, despite what Simone had us believe earlier. Judging from that, I’m inclined to believe that she actually does care about Simone, even though she doesn’t tend to express it all that well.
The preview for the next episode seems to suggest that she’ll be the next person to challenge Takuto, which may or may not have been prompted by watching her Otona Bank members get defeated. This in turn leaves me wondering what’s become of the plan to locate Mizuno as the western maiden and reach the third phase. I gather Marino’s in no rush to see her Ayingott repaired when her sister’s enthralled with a lead role in the drama club’s next play, so perhaps there will be a lot more second phase attempts to go before things get back on track with the maidens. On that note, I am enjoying Mizuno’s Innocent Blue song a lot more, which she just loves to sing on top of a bus when she senses a Zero Time battle coming. Wako’s “Komorebi no Contact” is pleasant as well (largely due to Hayami Saori‘s singing), so I wouldn’t mind hearing that as the “battle theme” later on.