STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 12
「ガラス越しのキス」 (Garasu-goshi no Kisu)
“Kiss Beyond the Glass”
Whether you like Kanako’s promiscuous personality or not, it’s hard to deny how she spices things up by teasing Takuto about kissing her through the glass. Judging by her behavior, it has no bearing on the brigade’s plans to take their Cybodies to the fifth phase and out of Zero Time either. Instead, it’s just her way of enjoying her high school life, which works for me since this series is intended to be as much about school life as it is Cybodies. While most of the episode focused on just that, it did showcase a very cute side to Simone as well when she delivered Kanako’s letter to Takuto inviting him out on a date. It looked like she had completely forgotten about Takashi for a moment when Takuto worked his galaxy magic by calling her “Simone-chan”, saying that she must really care about Kanako, thanking her for delivering the invitation, and complimenting her blue eyes. It was a smooth four-hit combo on her heart, and one that left a lasting impression as well. At this rate, I think Takashi’s got more to be worried about than defeating Takuto’s dual wielding. As for Kanako, the only thing really missing from her indirect kisses with Takuto as she continues to make him her plaything is either Wako or Mizuno around to react to them. Up until now the story hasn’t played up any sort of jealousy between the girls, so I’m starting to wonder if they’re all content with sharing Takuto. Even then, I’d imagine someone would have said something after Kanako tricked him into a giving her a real kiss at the very end. Well played President.
On the more relevant side of things, there were a few interesting revelations in the latest brigade meeting. One was that they aren’t in any rush to repair Manticore’s Ayingott until they understand the Cybody repair process better, meaning that the second phase battles will continue on for a bit longer. The other is that there’s some sort of risk to the Star Driver in doing so, as it relies on the resonance they have with their Cybody and uses up their vitality, or “libido”, as Professor Green referred to it as. In connection, it was suggested that all the previous Star Drivers of Samekh may have had their vitality consumed to revive the King of Cybodies, and the reason why Sugata was able to wake up from his coma was because its resurrection is now complete. The latter was particularly noteworthy, as it implies all the previously defeated Cybodies can’t fight again without some risk involved, giving us a plot devices that saves all the previous battles from becoming meaningless. It may also mean that Sugata can use Samekh as he pleases, which gives me something to look forward to after all the subtle foreshadowing from his discussions with Head. At this point, I’m still not sure if Vanishing Age’s leader has some ulterior motive in convincing Sugata to use his powers, but I do want to find out the more I hear the two of them talk. In a way, it feels like their conversations have replaced Sakana’s story to hint at what’s coming. Supplementing that is Mizuno, who explained to Kanako that everyone can use magic of some kind, but a powerful magical demon lord has sealed almost all of it up. From the sound of it, she seemed to be talking about the Cybodies and Zero Time, though that would of course mean that Samekh is the “powerful demon king”.
Upon hearing that, I’m as curious as ever about what role Samekh will play in all this, because it’s starting to sound like it’s just as likely to be the ultimate problem as it is the ultimate savior. With the way the story’s been progressing largely in Takuto’s favor, the former actually seems likely as it would provide a real threat to him. After all, this latest battle showed Kanako taking it to Takuto pretty well in her Zero Time boxing ring, only for Tauburn to bust out a completely new move with the help of the funnel-like weapons on its hips and make quick work of her. I joked before them being overpowered, but now it’s really starting to shape out as such. In any case, it looks like the focus is shifting back to Benio next time, along with some backstory between her and Sugata. Perhaps there’s another reason for her orgasmic kiss in episode seven…
* Luckily for Wako, she only got pulled into Zero Time while she was brushing her teeth. I still got a laugh from hearing her talk with the toothbrush in her mouth though. That, and Kanako confident about beating Takuto and only worried about killing him.