Kyokai and Hato-kun brings you fall’s first fishiness…. fail whale style~
Kyokai: Gomen~ Hato-kun, you had to wait a day for me to post this review…
Hato-kun: Totally fine, Kyo! Despite how much we wish it so, anime cannot rule our lives.
Kyokai: It was all due to a conference I had to speak at. My weekend got ruined preparing for the presentation but oh, boo! It went well and at least everyone paid attention rather than dozing off. XD
Hato-kun: I guess that’s better than nothing, yeah? People slept all weekend where I was. Well, I pretty much slept all weekend and finished Index in a day, but that’s another story.
Kyokai: Fufufuuu~ I loved Index! I can’t wait for the first episode of II to air this Friday! But anyway, before boring our readers, let’s add some thoughts before actually seeing Star Driver?
Hato-kun: Well, I do like Bones. But to be honest, I haven’t seen many of their originals. Eureka 7 and Darker than Black. But I have seen some of Heroman and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, of which the former was horrible yet the latter was pretty awesome. Then there was X’amd, which is a mixed bag for me. Then again, I’m not hugely into mecha anime as I’ve said before, so Start Driver didn’t really interest me too much.
Kyokai: Bones usually has been WIN~ for me, the most epic of course has been Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. If I go back to the fall review we did, I was pretty pumped about the series because of the stellar seiyuu list and of course Bones! I did the same in our fall plans’ post so when I sat down to watch this; I was all kinds of expectant. Sakamoto Maaya? Wooo… Mamoru Miyano? Fukuyama Jun? BONES!!! *fangirl squee*
Hato-kun: Let’s do this!
Kyokai: That washing on the shore is…. Takuto sure seems dedicated and there is some nice music playing…
Hato-kun: Yeah, though, it was a horrible opening… I mean, if the starting was in media res, then I could forgive it. Why can’t we get a good shooting star for once? It’s such a typical anime opening, though. Random ‘pretty boy’ washes up on shore.
Kyokai: It indeed is. Somehow that title of pretty boy didn’t settle well with me.
Hato-kun: But, can she really smell, well, boys?
Kyokai: That was creepy. I was like, who does that?
Hato-kun: I certainly don’t.
Kyokai: Lol, I guess it’s her ability?
Hato-kun: Her esper ability (Still caught up in Railgun xD)
Kyokai: Lol, Railgun and Index are FTW~ And of course, she had to rescue the pretty boy.
Hato-kun: Agreed xD I wonder if the blue haired dude is her man. On another note, she’s really ugly.
Kyokai: It’s too early to decide that but they sure are chummy. You’re right, she’s not pretty at all, weird for an anime like this.
Hato-kun: Why does the maid have rabbit airs?
Kyokai: She reminded me of someone in Ookami-san, so forgettable. I guess, they will walk hand in hand to the academy they are gushing over.
Hato-kun: FABULOUS. Oh god. More ‘Fabulous’ stuff. Those maids are really distracting.
Kyokai: Hohohoo~ They are.
Hato-kun: Not in a good way xD
Kyokai: And of course, they have to talk about that indirect kiss.
Hato-kun: Of course xD Oh now he’s alone with the maids -_-
Kyokai: And of course, he would ponder.
Hato-kun: And he’s popular with the ladies.
Kyokai: Mamoru is not fitting well into the skin of this character. Maybe because I am not liking the skin and love the seiyuu. Too much fangirling over a pretty boy. >.>
Hato-kun: Everyone has stupid hair. It’s annoying xD Does that painting mean something? An ‘R’? Oh… his Dad painted it.
Kyokai: Another Random fact without much info.
Hato-kun: Oh, and she’s a maiden. And now she’s naked.What the hell is this.
Kyokai: Lollll. Purifying herself, what does that even mean! I keep on repeating it to myself too.
Hato-kun: Her boobies glow? Creepy.
Kyokai: Hahahaaa! It’s her special mark,whatever that is. Not a lot of explanation is given. Makes me feel lost.
Hato-kun: Okay, I take it back. THIS girl is ugly.
Kyokai: Pink haired one?
Kyokai: I forget the name. She looks like your typical TSUN, but I can’t expect any DERE. Also, a lot of random characters get introduced and nothing captures my eye. Green hair colour…. I miss Tatsumi (from Shiki). At least he’s badass but this one… seems like forced brawny.
Hato-kun: Animation is pretty fine. Oh god, obvious plot device. THE ABANDONED GOLD MINE. NONE SHALL ENTER.
Kyokai: But, of course they will. NOTHING NEW!
Hato-kun: People in funny outfits. Giant golden cogs.
Kyokai: And MASKS. WTF.
Hato-kun: Okay, so now I’m at the OP.
Kyokai: Are we getting into some Illuminati shit? Oh yeah, Aqua Timezzzzzzz~
Hato-kun: So far, this is horrible. It’s just a mesh of bad after bad after bad. Why can’t the main guy get a bigger T-shirt? It’s obviously too small.
Kyokai: Yeah, I dig.
Hato-kun: Hey look, a robot.
Kyokai: I don’t find anything interesting, but wait till you see the mecha. ‘Tis horrible….
Hato-kun: Okay, this is the best part, the ad for Sengoku BASARA.
Kyokai: YESSS! PARTYYYYYYY DA SE~! The only good part… QQ
Hato-kun: Okay, back into it. Naked people. Robots. Masks. Bad hair. It’s pretty much the 80’s.
Kyokai: Secret Society~
Hato-kun: That woman is wearing nothing but underwear.
Kyokai: If you watch this enough, you recognize the main guy is the green-haired one we saw previously. Also, I hate seeing women weak.
Hato-kun: Hey look, it’s the Johnny stealer from Eden of the East.
Kyokai: Lol! Good one XD
Hato-kun: That is not a suitable martial arts move. Pliers, really? CYBODY, BRING IT.
Kyokai: What new could you do?
Hato-kun: Does he have an eyepatch? Girl in a cage. Wow.
Kyokai: Singing too. This was one of the most random scenes, “I can’t sleep.”
Hato-kun: Make some powerful girls in anime for once. Oh god, she is singing.
Kyokai: Le sigh.
Hato-kun: CYBERCASKET, OPEN IT.
Kyokai: hurr hurr
Hato-kun: He turns on the robot with his mask, then gets electrocuted to death. Awesome. And now he’s got a collar on. Kinky.
Kyokai: Somebody should boss him around. From his expression he sure loved it. WRONG SHOW. Go to MM! now and join Sado!
Hato-kun: Lol, yeah! It seems like we don’t know much about anything. Ehh, time stopped.
Kyokai: Ugu, walking blind…
Hato-kun: Let’s just get into some bubbles and fly away guys. That’s cool, now we’re in space.
Kyokai: Cybuddy space I guess. Some alternate dimension? Who the eff knows -___-
Hato-kun: YOU’RE THE GALAXY PRETTY BOY?! Yeah dude, didn’t you read the title of the episode?
Kyokai: Lol! *falls down laughing* Bishounennnnn~ (the way he said it…!)
Hato-kun: DAZZLING THE STAGE, PUT ON MAH JACKET, PIMP IT OUT.
Kyokai: Getting some Yu-Gi-Oh GROOOVE, YO~
Hato-kun: He’s… dancing…. in his robot…
Kyokai: With his hips out… I mean come on. O.O
Hato-kun: It’s so ugly! Obviously Bones hasn’t played enough Armored Core. That was the worst explosion. Ever.
Kyokai: Yeah, it was like ‘Activate!’ and then everything fizzles out.
Hato-kun: How’d they get on a stone hand? I’M HUNGRY YO’.
Kyokai: I seriously have no idea. So RANDOM. I can’t even begin to comment on this…
Hato-kun: Better than me; I’m speechless.
Kyokai: WE ARE SO NOT DOING EPISODICS OF THIS!
Hato-kun: That makes me say, “The ad at the end of the episode. Best. Ad. Ever.”
Hato-kun: Well, that was terrible. My friend had been telling me that this would be a great series and it would be one of the best this season. Well, while after seeing the episode he maintains that outlook, I for one am not impressed. While it’s still the first episode, there was pretty much NOTHING explained. Another thing that was, well, predictable, is that it was so typically anime. While some shows it works, it just did not for this show.
Sure, the animation was nice, but like I said, it doesn’t make a show. The characters are easily forgettable, their designs aren’t exactly top notch (then again, I couldn’t do better), random characters popping out from nowhere and random rules and societies coming from the abyss. While I’m sure I could come to like it if things we explained, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon.
Aside from that one redeeming point, I can’t find anything good to say about this show. Seriously, NOTHING. I don’t think I can even continue writing my thoughts, they are just too angry and violent. The pacing was horrible, hell, you know what? I’m going to say something I’ll never say again. I enjoyed Code Geass more than that. And I hated Code Geass. Is that an accurate enough? I hope that gauges my hate for this show. I don’t think I’ll be following this one….
Kyokai: ……………… Oh god…. Not a lot of anime make me say this unless I’ve seen one of the blatant fanservice ones but this was Borderline. TOTAL. Disappointment! I expected better from the Director of Ouran Host Club! It’s okay that it was an original animation but c’mon… Is the target market for this kids? Can’t mecha be loved by adults?! What is this—I don’t even…
I can’t call myself a mecha fan because I’ve only watched TTGL and Evangelion movies. Transformers doesn’t count of course. Even when the seiyuu cast is mind-blowing, character designs are too lean to be likeable. I mean, I feel like everyone has long necks and pointed frame of a face with bubblegum hair. It might actually look good if it’s somewhere in a show like Panty and Stockings but this was made for mainstream by BONES! 25 episodes?! Who the heck is going to watch this for so long? D:
Also, Mamoru is usually WIN~ but he and the seiyuu I already fangirled over can’t save this show for what it is. Galactic pretty boy? Pfffffffffttttttttttt!!! What is that on the mecha’s head? Cloudy fluff? Giant feather of an invisible cap? Why does it have such a weird design…? Why does Takuto goes through a lame version of Yu-Gi-Oh during transformation and struts like a drag queen? (Mind you, I liked Yu-Gi-Oh). Also, as it’s a mecha I can say it, gayness much…?
The only thing going for this one is the overall animation of the world and background; sadly, that is the only thing that I could comment on subjectively. The OP was definitely better than ED (I have a soft spot for Aqua Timez). I can see this going towards Takuto’s quest for finding more about his grandfather and a rabu triangle with Wako and Sugata; some more Cybuddies thrown at him in opposing the secret league of Juujidan most probably. But who the heck cares?
*rolls on the floor and goes into a fetal position*(I just watched Ore no Imouto too). Random thoughts aside, PUHLEEZ, I am so not watching this. Sayonara Sakamoto Maaya but your love can’t keep me here; I’m running away from this one like the wind! Honestly speaking, this is my most negative review ever at Metanorn, but I am bound by my duties to exactly tell you what to expect from this hennayatsu mecha… Now, rest is up to you to watch this or leave it. I’m sure done, Ja ne~