Star Driver – initial impressions

October 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm 5 comments

“Dazzling the stage… Galactic Prettyboy!”


Breaking and entering - who said it's just bad guys who do it?


I’m pretty damn sure Star Driver made a big impression on the show’s viewers with its outrageously fabulous and extravagant mecha designs. Casting that aside, Star Driver has got a semi-intriguing story to go along with it, combined with some really nice animation.


How convenient...


First things first, I gotta say: the mecha in Star Driver look like they’ve been created by Prada designers, from their ridiculous high heels, to the rather flowery plume on top of Tauburn’s head. Many consider Star Driver similar to TTGL in the fact that both emphasise the ridiculous and the over-the-top. I guess this is true to some extent, but where TTGL is full of GAR, Star Driver is filled with flamboyancy (refer to Takuto’s personal maho shoujo transformation).


Sometimes what matters is not whether you won, but how you did it.


That doesn’t necessarily make the show bad. It just makes it somewhat different to what we expect from a mecha series. Personally I still haven’t gotten used to the mecha models, and Takuto’s transformations till cracks me up. However, the nice animation makes up for all these ‘shortcomings’.


*dynamic pose*


As for the characters, the way they develop them could mean the be all or end all of this series. The teenage/highschool focus is a risky one. Take Durarara!! which had a great cast of older characters. Ironically the weaker  and less interesting characters in this series were its 3 highschool protagonists who, in the second half, were far too preoccupied with their angsty teenage hogwash. Some of Star Driver’s characters seem intriguing at the moment, such as the cool Sugata, and the head of the Glittering Crux Brigade.


The Glittering Crux Brigade - not to be mistaken for your average gay parade members.


The story isn’t without its faults either. The first episode was pretty confusing to follow, and after watching the episode, I was pretty bamboozled by what had unravelled. So much is left unexplained, such as why Takuto can ‘apprivoise’ without a mask, who his grandfather was, etc. Also, the whole ‘rescuing the princess aka Wako’ thing each episode will get old very quickly, so I hope director Igarashi Takuya has more up his sleeve for the rest of the series/season.


Just me folks 😛


One thing to note in this 2 episodes: Tauburn has clearly won too easily against his rather hot-headed opponents. I hope they just don’t make him into this god-almighty hero-mecha. On another side-note, the insert song (Monochrome) is used really well. I just hope they don’t overuse the tune too much.


The vice-president gives Takuto a personal welcoming.


Overall, if you don’t mind some different, do give Star Driver a try. However, if you know that you’ll never get used to the mecha designs and the deliberate flamboyancy of this series, don’t even try.

OP: a nice idea with the visuals is combined with an apt song.

ED: it’s okay, emphasising the relationship between the three main characters.


So would you call this a maho shounen transformation?



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. justam  |  October 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Seeing as how this is pretty much the spiritual successor of Revolutionary Girl Utena, I think the pre-fight costuming sequence is here to stay, as is ‘Monochrome’.

    • 2. ippius  |  October 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      yeah i heard bout Utena. unfortunately i havent watched it. is it good?

      • 3. justam  |  October 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

        I haven’t watched it either, but I’ve been reading up a lot on people who caught up/rewatched Utena just for this show. It seems like a tough show to get through… and it also appears to leave most viewers confused. They usually still say it redeems itself by being elegant, instead of FABULOUS, as with star driver.

  • 4. Baka!  |  October 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    It’s like gundam…….but made in Venice.

  • 5. krusnick  |  December 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Mahou shonen!!! Hahahaha!
    Always Cracks me up!


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