STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 22
「神話前夜」 (Shinwa Zenya)
“Legendary Night Before”
With the Night Flight drama club’s play depicted for most of the episode, the only thing that stood out more than all the parallels between it and the actual story was the allusion that there’s more to Sarina and their little vice president than it seems. Not only did they make themselves out to be galactic overseers of what’s happening with the Cybodies on the island, Sarina also made it clear she’s aware that Reiji (i.e. Tokio) is a lot older than he seems by referring to him as an “old man” after he asked if he can paint a picture of her. Then there’s the little fur ball himself, who either spoke off-screen or telepathically communicated with Sarina. Kyuubei comparisons are surely abound.
The play itself undoubtedly warrants a more in-depth look that goes beyond what happened on the surface, where Columna (Sugata) made an agreement with a witch, Ayin (Tiger), to board a ship at the northern island and sail it, in exchange for the Night Gem that will allow him to physically embrace a girl named Crace (Wako), whom he had fallen for and normal people can’t see. Some obvious parallels were the mention of Columna’s “brilliant aura” that allows him to see Crace, the witch’s “magical eye” that allowed her to do the same (Ayingott?), the flying ship that Columna was able to move (Samekh?), and the inheritance of the Night Gem (akin to a mark).
To be with Crace, Columna even killed the Queen of the Fish Planet (Jaguar) who deemed it taboo for anyone to be higher than her in the world, and took over the throne as king. He became drunk with power and lost sight of Crace completely, becoming the magical ship itself, and wouldn’t even hand it over to Ayin who had been after it for the past 7000 years. (Cue crushing of Ayingott.) He had resigned himself to an immortal life of solitude in his castle afterward, leaving behind his magical ship to be sealed away. A member of the galactic race Entropeople (Sarina) informs Mark (Takuto) that they can’t use magic and are powerless to destroy or prohibit the use of the ship left behind, and it’s now up to him to decide what to do with its powers since he also radiates a brilliant aura. All she does is plea that he doesn’t follow the path that Columna did. Cue the kiss and curtain call.
It’s a lot easier to see the connection to the main story from the rest of the play, and Reiji’s remark about how Mark would only end up repeating the cycle seemed to suggest that the Cybodies’ powers cause a perpetual problem. If the play is indeed any indication of things to come, the downfall of Columna sort of foreshadows a potential bad ending for Sugata, whereas Mark’s vow to use its powers to protect Crace is the good ending that Takuto can bring about. Sarina’s conversation with the vice president appears to be in agreement, as they continue to oversea what’s happening with the ship (i.e. Cybodies) and are unable to help in any way. What’s interesting is how Sarina alluded to everything being up to Takuto, Sugata, and Wako, and how the vice president mentioned that Tauburn was created just for Earthlings and its potential is unknown even to them. While that doesn’t really change what’s going on, it does broaden my perception of the Cybodies and puts new meaning on all the galactic stuff that Takuto tends to spout out.
As for Hana, I’m not entirely sure how much she adds to the story by coming to the island to meet the girl that she’s heard so much about from Takuto (or so she claims) only to leave right after, aside from reiterating that our Ginga Bishounen does indeed have feelings for Wako. Keito on the other hand looks like she’s been re-energizing Sugata’s mark for some time now, since he seems to fall into a coma even without using his powers. More so than confirming their nightly meet-ups are completely innocent, Sugata learning that Keito’s the east maiden should take the series in any interesting direction in its final three episodes.
* I gather it’s no coincidence that the kanji for Keito’s lastname, Nichi, looks just her Heth mark.
* In addition to 9nine’s Kawashima Umika playing Hana this episode, the other four members were credited as female student extras.