STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 18
「ケイトの朝と夜」 (Keito no Asa to Yoru)
“Keito’s Day and Night”
It’s always the quiet and diligent ones that we need to be careful of, whether it’s in the bedroom or the karaoke room, as Keito quickly showed us this time around. You think you know someone, and then they they do something that leaves you absolutely speechless. Tetsuya sure wasn’t kidding when he said the things that happen at part-time jobs can go far beyond one’s wildest imagination. Keito’s pop version of the “Aki-iro no Aria” maiden song doesn’t quite have the same epic feel to it as Sakana’s “Monochrome”, but it sure is epic in its own way. I was already amused to no end when they made her out to be a huge hypocrite, and it only got better when Takuto caught her in the act. I would’ve figured this was a good trump card to keep on Keito, yet Takuto decided to keep it a secret and get into her good books instead, marking the first time that it actually looked like he made a pass on one of the girls.
From a broader perspective, this episode quickly reminded me of an advantage to having characters with alter-egos, allowing the high school and Cybody aspects to be flipped between seamlessly even this late in the series. Kou and Madoka are prime examples, quickly joining in the end of summer festivities right after being introduced as some new antagonists on the Zero Time side of things. Regardless of whether or not that was the goal of having alter-egos, it sure executes well in hindsight, as nothing comes off as excess, lighthearted, fan-service-type material when all the characters are involved in some way. At the same time, it provides the same type of entertainment, and from Wako of all people too. Sometimes, it makes me forget there’s a robot element to this series at all.
Coincidentally, there always seems to be some interesting developments when Zero Time isn’t involved, and this week left me wondering about the somewhat depressed look Takuto had when Wako talked about her childhood with Sugata. I wasn’t sure if he was recalling memories of Natsuo and Hana, thinking he shouldn’t be getting in between Wako and Sugata, or something else altogether. Then there was the picture inside his pocket watch, whom I presume is his mother. There’s been mention about how his father abandoned him, but nothing about his mother thus far, so I wonder if that was a bit of foreshadowing on some discussion that will come up later on.
Story-wise, I’m having second thoughts about Reiji and Keito after seeing how they’re both supportive of Sugata in some form. The two of them seem to know the most about what’s going on and have been seen conspiring together, but the question is to what end? While it’s easy to say that Keito might be doing it for the bedroom benefits of awakening Sugata from his deep sleeps after he uses Samekh’s powers, the same obviously can’t be said about Reiji. What’s more, Tiger and Jaguar know that Keito’s a maiden, so I wouldn’t be all that surprised if Sugata did as well. In any case, I like how this series keeps me and just about everyone else guessing since it’s an original story, plus how a potential Sugata x Keito pairing makes the Takuto x Wako one seem like less of a home wrecker one. It’s just too bad neither of them seem to be himself in the preview.