Star Driver 25 – Our Apprivoise [END]


Our Apprivoise

「僕たちのアプリボワゼ」 (Boku-tachi no Apuribowaze)
“Our Apprivoise”

Wow, this series finale was certainly something to remember. Yet, something didn’t seem right with the way it all ended. This episode more or less re-inforced the fact that Head is one big troll.

The Final Boss: Sympathy & Samekh

The Final Revelations

With the final episode here, a few more ultimate revelations were made.

Keito Is A Pretty Big Deal

After Keito gets her seal broken, she reveals that Samekh was never broken to begin with and that she had been sealing it all this time. Shocking, right? I’m not really sure why/how she’s been sealing Samekh away, though it may have something to do with why she’d visit Sugata at night when he’d be sleeping.

Head Is Still The Final Boss

The Glittering Crux was taken over by Sugata, seemingly leaving Head useless. However, last episode, Head recieved Shingo’s mark allowing him to apprivoise Sympathy. What’s so special about Sympathy? It has the power to apprivoise other Cybodies, so since he takes over Samekh, Head pretty much reigns supreme.

Head Wants To Be The New Doctor Who

It’s a classic move, but Head reveals that he used the Glittering Crux as pawns to help him achieve where he’s at now. That was kinda obvious a while ago, to be honest. As a seemingly last minute plot twist, Head reveals that if Samekh were to be released from Zero Time, it would drain all of the libido from the entire planet, effectively killing of mankind as we know it. OH NO! Part of me feels that plot twist was pulled out of their ass, but it works I guess, because it increased the intensity of the episode. By breaking the South Maiden’s seal and bringing Samekh to the fifth phase, one can control time as he pleases. Head wishes to go to the past and mess around after mankind is wiped out.

In the end, they all band together.

The Lost Marks, Wako Apprivoises

Wako protects Takuto from a fatal hit and apprivoises her Maiden Cybody. She ends up being exposed to Head as he attempts to break her seal as she tries to shield herself for dear life. This heightens the urgency of the battle as Head/Samekh deploys all the old Cybodies that Takuto defeat to thorougly beat the crap out of Takuto. Meanwhile, the powerless Kiraboshi can only stand and watch. However, with some stroke of miracle (or a random trigger on the writer’s end), Simone is able to hear Daletos calling out to her and everyone’s mark comes back enabling Kanako, George and Tatsuya, Benio, Midori, Takashi and Simone to apprivoise again, effectively taking over the same Cybodies that were beating up Takuto.

Tauburn isn't done yet.

Endgame

With the allies’ Cybodies in pieces and their Drivers losing conciousness, hope is seemlingly lost. But of course, as Takuto has been doing throughout the entire show, finds resolves and punches his father again for the second time in an even more spectacular fashion than before.

IT'S

A

PUNCH!!!!

And the final boss was defeated that night.

Now, epic battles aside, the final twist to the show was at the end. It turned out that Sugata had been planning  to seal away Samekh forever, effectively taking himself with it. Heck, I don’t think even Keito knew about this, which is probably why he told her to “live on” last episode. Probably why she was crying her eyes out, as Sugata and Samekh was plunging into the darkness. That’s why he apprivoised. Being taken over by Head was an unpredicted move. All this time, Sugata had been preparing Takuto, strengthening him so that he could take care of Wako when he’s gone. It was really moving when Takuto simply glared into Wako’s eyes and she understood what needed to be done. However, BREAKING HER SEAL WAS TOTALLY UNEXPECTED. But as soon as he did that, I realized what he was going to do, which was to try and defeat Samekh once and for all before it drains all the libido from the planet. With the planet saved, and Sugata okay, the show kind of ended abruptly. I personally would have liked a bit of an epilogue to go with it.

Takuto x Sugata ending.

Final Impressions

I can certainly say that this was one of the better shows during the Winter season. Even though it started in the Fall season, the show was really weak until it got to the Mizuno/Marino arc. Many people were turned off by the show, either for how boring it was, or how confusing it was. You just need to have patience with this show, because it really is worth wait. BONES created a memorable show, to be honest. With a great cast of characters with a great voice cast to boot and a pretty intricate story I can safely give this show as a whole, a solid 8.5/10.

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Posted on April 5, 2011, in Anime, Star Driver and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. OH NO! Part of me feels that plot twist was pulled out of their ass, but it works I guess

    We know that the last time that Samekh came was during the time of the dinosaurs. The fact that it could cause an extinction level event was I think foreshadowed in that. We just didn’t know that it killed them off by stealing their libidos.

    However, with some stroke of miracle (or a random trigger on the writer’s end), Simone is able to hear Daletos calling out to her and everyone’s mark comes back enabling Kanako, George and Tatsuya, Benio, Midori, Takashi and Simone to apprivoise again

    The cybodies are intelligent. Ayingott and Samekh are able to act on their own if they apprivoise naturally. The Phase 4 probably awakened the dormant intelligence in the cybodies even if their bodies were slaved to Samekh.

    • I don’t think I remember hearing about Samekh being around during the time of the dinosaurs, but what you’re suggesting does make a lot of sense.

      And even at the end of the show we’re still speculating about certain happenings in this episode xD I think that even if Phase Four awakened the dormant intelligence of the Cybodies, I still think it’s a bit too convenient for them to be awakened at that point. Though, from a writer’s standpoint, it did help serve as a saving grace for Takuto and a good execution for the Glittering Crux to band together and help Takuto.

  2. Tauburn’s Last Mission was more awesome, epic and FABULOUS than anything that ever came out of Gundam. In a good way. Trans-AM BURST can suck it.

    I love this show, but like you said it didn’t really pick up until the Mizuno arc. Another thing this show did really well was the music. I didn’t really like the first OP that much, but everything else from the EDs, second OP to the maiden songs and even the slowed down musical version of Crossover in the final episode was great.

    There are still many unanswered questions though, like the Entropeople, the origins of the Cybodies, and why Tauburn was the only Cybody designed for humans (and also why it can pull so much stuff randomly out of its ass to deal with any situation).

    Regardless, I think this finale is great and it really left me satisfied with this show =)

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