Posts on Star Driver

A little late: Spring in one sentence

Before I block all memories of it in order to save my mind: Fractale: potentially subversive critique of the otaku lifestyle was ambitious in superficial ways but ultimately joyless and, at times, just dumb. Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?: Everything wrong with modern anime can be fun as long as it includes a few things […]

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I Believe That’s What We Refer To As “Shit Got Real”

Star Driver 16 was easily the best episode of the show yet, but more importantly, the most satisfying and reassuring. That yes, we really can believe in the things that we’ve theorized about the show, and that yes, there will be emotional climaxes and beautiful moments. I’m ecstatic about this. Sadly, my favorite pink-haired twins […]

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KIRABOSHI☆

Benio Shinada by もみじ真魚 I don’t talk much about Star Driver, but it really is the best thing going right now. The Utena comparisons are not unwarranted, but it’s its own animal, totally bonkers and an absolutely tasty treat for eyes and brains.

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Star Driver 11: Delicious, Komplex, Kanako

This show makes it too easy. It makes it too easy to dismiss: from the stock tropes, stock characters, and the liberal use of its credit line to previous works by its creative staff. People only watch it for the gay panting jokes now, not that Star Driver doesn’t deliver fanservice at a superlative level. […]

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It doesn’t take much

Sometimes I have to think, dear ODB in heaven, why is it so hard for an anime to make even the most base effort to be unique? It’s not that hard. Look at the latest Star Driver. As Amagami SS teaches us, the place where girls have their realization about a boy is in a […]

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