Ranked #1833

Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto

Alternative Titles

Japanese: STAR DRIVER 輝きのタクト


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2010 to Apr 3, 2011
Premiered: Fall 2010
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.421 (scored by 25,817 users)
Ranked: #18332
Popularity: #774
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To the south of Japan, there lies a lush green island called Southern Cross Isle. One night, a boy by the name of Takuto Tsunashi washes up on the shore of the island. Having swum from the mainland alone and without any possessions, he enrolls in the senior high level in the school on the island - Southern Cross High School.

With his bright and positive personality, he starts to mix with various students in the school and builds relationships with many of them, including Wako Agemaki and Sugata Shindou. But this school hides a deep secret. There are sleeping giants hidden under the ground called "Cybodies".

There are about 20 of these giants, and they are just some of the various secrets kept by everyone on the island: The secret movements of the mysterious organization known as Glittering Crux. The songs of the shrine maidens. And even Takuto himself will soon come to embrace a great secret...

This island in the southern territories surrounded by the blue sea and the blue skies is the stage where the "Eulogy of Youth" filled with love, dreams and friendships, will begin.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Tsunashi, Takuto
Tsunashi, Takuto
Miyano, Mamoru
Miyano, Mamoru
Shindou, Sugata
Shindou, Sugata
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Agemaki, Wako
Agemaki, Wako
Hayami, Saori
Hayami, Saori
Watanabe, Kanako
Watanabe, Kanako
Niina, Ayano
Niina, Ayano


Igarashi, Takuya
Igarashi, Takuya
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Episode Director
Asai, Yoshiyuki
Asai, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director, Assistant Director

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Opening Theme

#1: "Gravity Zero" by Aqua Timez (eps 1-13)
#2: "SHINING☆STAR" by 9nine (eps 14-24)

Ending Theme

#1: "Cross Over" by 9nine (eps 1-13)
#2: "Pride" by SCANDAL (eps 14-25)

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Apr 4, 2011
Adaptations are becoming a bit of a thorny issue in anime these days, which is a bit odd considering how many are produced every year. The constant conversion of stories from other media is a pretty lucrative business as there's already an established market for the end product and its merchandise, regardless of how good the show actually is. Like anything in life though, there's a price to pay, and there are increasing concerns about the impact adaptations are having on original works. The resulting negative effect on script and screen writers is beginning to be felt throughout the industry as studios everywhere are finding read more
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Apr 4, 2011
Star Driver has been one hell of a polarizing anime since day 1. Some people were initially on board because it looked like a throw-back to old school mecha. Some watched it because it looked like a full on parody of 90's anime with the ridiculous nature of the show combined with the over-the-top style. And even more watched it because it was penned by the same guy who did the composition for Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yoji Enokido. Yet when the credits rolled at the end of episode 25, it was obvious to me and to anyone who stuck with the show that Star Driver read more
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Nov 28, 2010
You know how, like when you were a kid, you'd ask for a bedtime story that wasn't from the book? For me, that's what Star Driver is. It's one of those stories that's just... different. Maybe there are animes that could be similar, but this one just stands out.

If you think about it, the story is simple. The Galactic Pretty Boy has to defeat the Glittering Crux Brigade, in order to... well, we're looking for 'save the world', I guess? Other than the names, it sounds pretty generic, but I gave it a perfect 10. Not because of some sort of game-breaking plot device read more
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Jul 3, 2011
I've never seen an anime get so many high ratings for reviews, while I think it's pretty crappy. I saw this anime in the January 2011 copy of the Japanese Newtype, and thought it seemed interesting enough so I decided to watch it. I liked how the characters looked, and it seemed vaguely interesting, but my high hopes were soon shot down. I don't know if I am missing the pure genius of this anime, or if I just see past all the jiggling boobs and girls who want to tap everything, and see the series for the pile of nonsense it is. read more
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Star Driver is obviously very influenced by TTGL when it comes to the mech battles. The over the top animation style is the same, the beautiful universe background during the fights comes from the final battle from TTGL as well. There are many other similarities throughout the show. 
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Produced by Studio Bones, Star Driver and Captain Earth are mecha series with style. But more than that, there are also mysterious origins relating to the world both series are part of. In essence, there are strange phenomenons involving the main protagonists as they deal with mysterious factions.

There is decent amount of action, drama, and focus on the conflict between various characters. If you're looking for a mecha show with similar style, these two titles should be under your radar. 
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Penguindrum reminded me of Stardriver a lot because of the whacky music and transformation sequences. 
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Star Driver and Code Geass are most memorable to me as series that seamlessly blend school life with rather convoluted conspiracy plots involving plenty of mecha action. The main characters are faced with an incredible burden and eventually, have to save the entire world in their respective ways. That's where the similarities end, however. Both protagonists have very different personalities, and the setting from which their stories take place is very different, with very different motivations. Star Driver remains mostly formulaic with every episode having more or less the same structure, whereas Code Geass builds upon itself in the form of missions that can span  read more 
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