Star Driver 4 – A Whole New World
Now we know the main plot of Star Driver: Takuto has to stop all the dudes who want to gangbang Wako so that he can bone her himself and whisk her away to Tokyo, where she can become a singer and be one half of the most fabulous couple in the nation. It all makes sense!
lol j/k etc. This is an interesting episode, but then again, I always enjoyed those mecha episodes where the hero(es) gets swept away into an illusory world where everything seems normal but isn’t quite right. But I suppose this is more a fantasy than a full-fledged world of illusions; it’s a fleeting fantasy, at that, considering Tiger/Taiga/whatever doesn’t have quite the will or desire or what have you to truly wish for the break-up of her master and the maiden in favor of Takuto . . . even though that’s what all the concerned parties seem to want. Oh well, tradition and so on.
What else is interesting is Takuto’s suggestion that perhaps his own desires mixed in and simmered a bit to help create the illusory world. It could be just as much his idea as anyone else’s: a nice, solitary refuge for him and the girl for whom he has fallen, a pure, romantic place far away from the sexed-up maniacs who are ready to spread some good ol’ contamination. A maiden’s seal can’t be broken when there’s nobody around to break it, right? Nobody around but Takuto, anyway.
Also, romantic walks on beaches! Wet clothing! Chaste undressing! Yowza!
I wonder if Takuto and Wako will have too pure pure love throughout the whole series. In Utena, sticking to outdated traditions/models (the idea of the Prince, etc.) was shown to be fairly silly, but totally unhinged banging wasn’t totally celebrated either. (Although it did look cool for a while.) The whole Maiden thing is clearly a downer on Wako — she has to give up on a dream (becoming a singer in Tokyo) because of this nonsense. That seal will probably be broken eventually, although it seems that doing so will have catastrophic consequences . . . unless Takuto pulls a Scott Pilgrim and destroys all of Wako’s ex-boyfriends all the Cybodies on the island.
(Side note: I do wonder what these Maidens actually do aside from sit in bubbles, sense robots, tell stories and unlock apocalyptic events. Maybe that’s all they need to do, though. It’s certainly a specialized field.)
But, yeah, Takuto has declared total Cybody war, which doesn’t really make things too much different than they were before, since he was whooping the ‘bots from the start. I guess the difference is that he is doing it in the name of the Moon of Wako. They’re, like, almost official and junk now. Soon rumors will swirl harder than ever before, and maybe even people will start ignoring Wako as she walks through hallways because she’s cheating on Jun Fukuyama with the mysterious new Galactic Pretty Boy.
A final note: I love the suggestive chain. It’s a bit classier than a suggestive tentacle or something like that. Plus it’s crazy multi-layered symbolism. Who doesn’t love that?