STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 21
「リビドーなお年頃」 (Ribidoo na Otoshigoro)
“Libido Coming of Age”
Well, it looks like the possibility that Tokio’s nude paintings of Sora were a figurative thing was put to rest, as one more flashback quickly indicated otherwise. What was more interesting though is that Head is aware that he’s lost a lot in his pursuit for power, which includes Sakana among them. That left me wondering exactly what he sees her as, and hoping it’s not a lover anymore since he’s much older than he appears and already has a Ginga Bishounen son.
Aside from a “very thorough” body examination by Hideki that’s way too easy to poke fun at, there actually wasn’t too much continuation of last week’s eye-opening episode. The start of the episode with Needle Star’s very short-lived second attempt to take down Takuto more or less set the tone for the rest of it, which had Window Star giving the Over Phase System a go and reaching a “3.5″ type of state. She was one with her Cybody and looked pretty darn creepy; however, this new form only gave Takuto some difficulty because he didn’t want to hurt her. It’s kind of dumb how it’s not the power from achieving the next pseudo-phase that tips things in Kiraboshi’s favor, but the fact that it causes Takuto to hold off on attacking them. It’s almost as if they’re better off using the other members as human shields to achieve the same result.
I did wonder what Takuto would’ve done if the fight dragged on since he doesn’t want to kill anymore, so Wako stole the spotlight for the rest of the episode by pulling out a maiden-type pillar attack that separated Madoka from her Cybody and allowed Takuto to “missile her” like he does with all his opponents now. It’ll be interesting to see if her ability becomes their means of dealing with Cybodies in the fourth phase, because this time around it was played up as Wako putting her libido for Takuto against Madoka and coming out on top. Assuming that means what I think it does, Sugata’s reaction raises a lot more pressing questions about how he truly feels about Wako. There’s also Keito to take into account, who’s been looking like she has nothing but Takuto on her mind lately.
Given how late we are in the series now with only four episodes to go, it’s nice to see that the love triangle of shorts is finally getting some attention. Wako volunteering to be a replacement for Mizuno in the upcoming play spoke volumes in that regard, as did Takashi’s decision to leave Vanishing Age and return to Otona Ginkou. In the latter case, I’d like to believe he did it for Simone’s sake, but it’s more likely because he’s tired of being around two crazy girls who don’t fear death and having to clean up their messes. Anyway, I’m digging the long hair look that Wako has going for the play next time, plus how Hana is coming to the island to stir things up. I’m admittedly more curious about what I would imagine to be Samekh though. I still see the King of Cybodies as the climax of the series.