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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.

* The commercial for the Shining Star opening single that’s slated to be released March 9th has been shown for some time during the STAR DRIVER’s broadcast, and shows clips from the music video.



February 27, 2011 at 1:40 am
  • February 27, 2011 at 1:45 am♕Croozboy♕

    Nice, at least Wako did something in this episode. I guess Wako’s Seal is about Cybody Ordinance.

    (Damn 1 hour after airing, post already. 30/10)

  • February 27, 2011 at 2:17 amRickyMack

  • February 27, 2011 at 2:17 amEliteF22

    So we finally (hopefully) get to see Samekh.

  • February 27, 2011 at 2:36 amClick

    I thought that the preview was much more interesting than the actual episode, but hey, Wako with long hair looks pretty good :>

  • February 27, 2011 at 3:22 amTama

    What the…. I need Sub ASAP :(

  • February 27, 2011 at 4:19 amlkaze

    i want to watch it , but just moved back to malaysia and no internet yet at my place. *cry* i want to watch

  • February 27, 2011 at 5:41 amSissy

    Anyone else get this feeling of Infinite Ryvius with that woman?

    • February 27, 2011 at 4:18 pmRickyMack

      after you pointed it out i do

  • February 27, 2011 at 6:34 amjrj

    nice episode… though as you said, it is sort of dumb that Takuto couldn’t kill anyone, much like Kira/Renton.
    love the Kanako’s comment about “it is the rage for seeing the guy she love with other girl that made it happen”, now we finally see Wako taking the initiative :)
    can’t wait for next week, and the gaint cybody

    • February 27, 2011 at 8:00 amSuppa Tenko

      But Renton obviously had no problem shooting a huge ass rainbow colored laser, killing millions of his lover’s relatives in one shot.

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:14 amHarouki

    Well the directors said right off the bat, they didn’t want anyone to die.

    And I thought this series had 32 episodes?

    • February 27, 2011 at 8:03 amZwei

      37 if that’s what you mean

      i am wondering about it also, i mean, we really have 4 episodes left!? XD

    • February 27, 2011 at 9:54 amIsrafel

      That’s what I thought, too. Something around 3x episodes, like the Utena series. Where did they get the source that this series was only 25 episodes?

    • February 27, 2011 at 10:34 amGia V.

      Hope it’s more than 25, 4 more episodes seem to hardly wrap everything up without making things seemed rushed…

      • February 27, 2011 at 9:37 pmDa5id

        And spend 12 episodes with Cybodies just chilling outside of Zero Time doing nothing?

    • February 27, 2011 at 4:49 pmDivine

      It’s 25. Ao no Exorcist is slated to take over its Sunday 5pm time slot in April.

  • February 27, 2011 at 9:50 ampineapple

    It looks like Hana’s coming back in the next episode.

  • February 27, 2011 at 10:03 amTorint

    Are those dinosaurs I spy next to Samekh?

    • February 27, 2011 at 11:40 amZero

      Oh my… I think they are… huh….

      Samekh’s probably chilling with his buds from Jurassic Park. Unless its… you know… something like 65 million years old.
      But that just sounds absurd. Right?

      • February 27, 2011 at 3:30 pmNY

        Just like fathers that don’t age!

        …Oh, wait.

      • February 27, 2011 at 4:19 pmRickyMack

        they don’t call the group vanishing age for nothing!

  • February 27, 2011 at 10:31 amprejsu

    am i sensing Sugata’s jealousy, or am i just imagining things? it will only get interesting from now on… Maybe we’re up for some kind of a duel?:D

  • February 27, 2011 at 1:42 pmexia

    Sugata doesn’t look jealous, Just a little surprised. Wako looks good with long hair, is that a wig? extensions? can’t be real hair as shes always had short hair it seems like.

  • February 27, 2011 at 2:37 pmPoiira

    There was that last image with Sugata standing in Samekh’s hand too… hahahaaaaa can’t wait for next week!!

  • February 27, 2011 at 4:04 pmxcswmboy

    Sugata still got that night visit from Keito, so I don’t care about his jealousy of Wako.

    I was exasperated by Madoka saying you should know when to accept defeat when all Kiraboshi has been doing is regenerating and throwing cybodies at Tauburn in hopes of winning eventually. The human shield concept is good. If they want to give up the “fair duel” like scenarios, then they should just regen a bunch of cybodies and do a mass tandem attack on Tauburn. Then maybe Tauburn would learn to shadow clone itself or something. lol.

    • February 27, 2011 at 4:49 pmDa5id

      You honestly think that getting some counts if you don’t know you’re getting it? That’s called rape, man.

  • February 27, 2011 at 4:47 pmDa5id

    Great, Takashi quits ANOTHER group which he made absolutely no contribution to. And with four episodes left, its unlikely he’s getting back in the pilot seat again. Plus, this would be the third time either Kou or Madoka’s Cybodies have Apprivoised. Seriously, just put Taka in the game! Or better yet, wake up that Shingo guy. Hell, Ginta was doing way better. HAVE SOME BRAINS FOR GOD DAMN ONCE, KIRABOSHI.

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:13 pmBluance

    Now we will see all that stretching come into play, wait play’s aren’t all about flashy introductions lets bring in Samekh!

  • February 27, 2011 at 8:19 pmAmurita

    Gah, usually I like watching Star Driver but this ep just didn’t feel that interesting until Wako decided to use her maiden powers…then the battle just ended up like it usually does.

    I’m really hoping this play ends up being related to the story Sakana-chan made up and that magical past thingy that Mizuno was talking about before.

  • February 27, 2011 at 9:38 pmKarmafan

    Does Head know that Takuto is his son? And vice versa?

    • February 27, 2011 at 11:38 pmLurker

      Head knows since this was hinted in the previous episodes. I have no idea if Takuto knows but, knowing the asspulls the writers have been doing, I won’t be surprised if Takuto also knows the identity of his father. IIRC, Head and Takuto haven’t met face to face yet.

  • February 28, 2011 at 2:39 amdeafvader

    “I’m admittedly more curious about what I would imagine to be Samekh though”
    Your Samekh link leads to the wrong pic… or is just my com?

    • February 28, 2011 at 9:53 pmBossun

      no way, the brunette in that picture is totally Samekh >_>