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STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 25 (END)

「僕たちのアプリボワゼ」 (Boku-tachi no Apuribowaze)
“Our Apprivoise”

It was a bit abrupt, but this was a finale to remember. Unexpected twists and a galactic battle in space are just some of the things that had me on the edge of my seat. While there was little doubt about Head’s plan to use Sympathy’s ability to make Samekh his puppet, Keito’s revelation that she’s the one who sealed off the King of Cybodies was the first of many surprises.

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April 3, 2011 at 2:50 am Comments (156)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 24

「ひが日死の巫女」 (Higanishi no Miko)
“East Maiden”

It’s the precursor to the finale and a pretty good one at that with a huge cliffhanger involving the fourth phase and the revival of King Samekh. There still wasn’t clear indication as to what drove Sugata to Kiraboshi’s side, but further implication that it’s for Keito’s sake makes it the most plausible explanation.

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March 27, 2011 at 4:45 am Comments (84)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 23

「エンペラー」 (Enperaa)
“Emperor”

It’s been built up for some time now and the episode title was a dead giveaway, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the vacant First Division in Kiraboshi is finally filled by “King”. Sugata’s revealing outfit was probably the real shocker, given how low it plunges down in front.

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March 20, 2011 at 4:45 am Comments (108)

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.

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March 6, 2011 at 2:50 am Comments (79)

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.

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February 27, 2011 at 1:40 am Comments (33)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 20

「描かれたあの日の虹」 (Egakareta Ano Hi no Niji)
“The Rainbow Drawn That Day”

The plot finally opens up in a major way with backstory on both Reiji and Katashiro Ryousuke (Miki Shinichirou), and comes with a love triangle that’s oddly familiar to Takuto, Sugata, and Wako’s situation yet noticeably different at the same time.

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February 20, 2011 at 4:35 am Comments (75)

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.

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February 13, 2011 at 6:40 am Comments (43)

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 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.

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February 8, 2011 at 12:10 am Comments (53)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 17

「バニシングエージ」 (Banishingu Eeji)
“Vanishing Age”

Ask and you shall receive, as included this week was a new maiden song by Keito, “Aki-iro no Aria”, to kick off the next arc. With Koshimizu Ami singing, it’ll probably only take another episode for the song to establish itself as the new Zero Time theme too.

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January 30, 2011 at 4:35 am Comments (77)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 16

「タクトのシルシ」 (Takuto no Shirushi)
“Takuto’s Mark”

Just like it was foreshadowed, this episode marks the completion of Mizuno’s arc and the breaking of her seal, for which we’re treated to a dramatic depiction of exactly what that entails. This includes how she’s forcibly dragged into Zero Time and her maiden Cybody is destroyed, unlocking the highly sought-after third phase for Kiraboshi.

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January 23, 2011 at 3:55 am Comments (91)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 15

「封印の巫女」 (Fuin no Miko)
“The Maiden of the Seal”

The sound of a maiden song returns after two episodes, and surprisingly without a trip into Zero Time for only the second time this series. Focusing on the characters instead in the real world, this most recent episode quickly became my favorite thus far, as the story finally shifted towards the conclusion of Mizuno’s arc and the inevitable breaking of her seal.

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January 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm Comments (85)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 14

「アインゴットの眼」 (Aingotto no Me)
“Ayingott’s Eyes”

It’s the midpoint of the series and with it come new opening and ending sequences featuring songs by 9nine and SCANDAL. That’s not all though, as the plot moves forward with the highly sought after third phase in sight, and some on screen confirmation on who the fourth and final maiden is. Much like the bus scene back in episode eight foreshadowed, the end of this latest episode has all signs pointing to Keito (Ivrogne) as the east maiden.

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January 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm Comments (67)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 13

「恋する紅い剣」 (Koi Suru Akai Ken)
“The Loving Red Sword”

Either hairstyles and colors don’t stand out as much as they seem or some characters just don’t bother to take notice, as the secret “Kiraboshi” greeting often leaves me both amused and dumbfounded by the surprised reactions. Take Benio for example: “Oh, so you’re Ivrogne.” Me: “… (lol)”

Note: The STAR DRIVER broadcast is on break next week. Episode 14 airs on January 9th.

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December 28, 2010 at 3:48 am Comments (35)

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.

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December 19, 2010 at 4:50 am Comments (35)

STAR DRIVER: Kagayaki no Takuto – 11

「サイバディの私的活用術」 (Saibadi no Shiteki Katsuyou Jutsu)
“Personal Use of Cybodies”

It was only last episode that I was hoping to see Sugata show everyone who’s the ruler around these parts, and this very next episode delivered when he decided to use his King’s Pillar to even things up. After witnessing that and how he took Head’s words to heart about using abilities one’s been blessed with, I’m already looking forward to the prospect of seeing Samekh in action before long.

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December 13, 2010 at 5:00 am Comments (27)

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