STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 19
「三人の日曜日」 (Sannin no Nichiyoubi)
“The Three’s Sunday”
After seeing Takuto and Sugata out of character in the preview and suspecting that something was up, it wasn’t all that surprising to learn that Kou and Madoka were the culprits behind it. It was a bit predictable in that sense, but that didn’t take away from what followed suit with some really tough maidens who aren’t so easily fooled. I just like the way the two new Vanishing Age mambers have stirred things up a lot since joining the cast, and Keito’s been looking more like a heroine than an antagonist lately because of their antics — a welcomed development if it means a chance of seeing a grown-up version of her and Wako pretending to be idols again.
Admittedly, it did feel like a rather convenient cop-out for Kou and Madoka to not have any interest in seizing Takuto’s powers and breaking Wako’s seal with the former’s body-swapping ability, considering how the two of them could have easily put an end to the whole story and brought about the Day of Departure if they wanted to. In hindsight, I guess I should be thankful that the writers even addressed that possibility, instead of leaving it as a huge gaping plot hole.
In Zero Time, it seems like Takuto continues to pull abilities out of nowhere, transforming Tauburn into a jet mode using its Piles this time around. Normally I’d cough this up to just poor writing, but this series has established its over-the-top style on the robot side of things, so it was actually pretty cool to see it all play out. As far as I’m concerned, the more outlandish the better, as it further distinguishes the show from typical robot anime. There’s no need for lengthy explanations when the inner workings of the Cybodies aren’t the main focus of the story. In fact, this latest battle between Takuto and Kou was probably one of the most enjoyable to date for that very reason. The end result was a high-speed battle when it took the skies against Kou’s transformed Cybody with the usual flashy finish, that made good on the absence of a fight altogether last time.
Leading up to all the “fun” on Wako’s birthday, it seems like there’s no fooling the queen of kissing through the glass, as Kanako is quick to point out that Ruri shouldn’t be getting a hickey on her neck for doing so. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that’s the whole point of having “protected kissing” to begin with, but I just love how Ruri’s rapidly progressing relationship is doing wonders on spurring on Wako and her wild imagination. I got a pretty good laugh out of her and Simone’s reaction, as well as Wako turning into one of Sugata’s fan girls as soon as she saw him tear up from chopping onions. It felt a little out of place since she’s never really shown that much interest in Sugata, and even more so when Takuto joined in to add fuel to the fire. I wasn’t sure if that was intended to throw viewers off with the nice little tease at the end with Wako deciding between Takuto and Sugata, but even if it were, I still think she won’t compromise and will want them both.
For now, the preview for the next episode are where the real questions lie, as it looks like we’ll finally learn more about Reiji’s past and who that mysterious person seen hospitalized back in episode seventeen. Head seems awfully close to whoever it is, which I really don’t know what to make of since he looks like a guy to me. I guess I’ll find out soon enough.