The First Rule of Kiraboshi: Don’t Talk About Kiraboshi
No idea if anyone else has picked up on this, but with the past few episodes I’ve been getting a certain vibe from Star Driver.
You know how Fight Club was all about the impotence of modern men to affect the world around them to any significant degree, thus resorting to beating the hell out of each other as the only means of “control” that makes a lick of sense? That’s what I’m seeing in Star Driver.
The good guys in Star Driver, the kiddies in the drama club that are protecting the maidens or whatever, are fighting a hopeless battle as far as I can tell. They desperately want to save the maidens from being deflowered or whatever it is the Kiraboshi dudes do to them when they want to go to the next level. They see this as a good thing, not only because it keeps the Kiraboshi gang from getting the shit they want, but there’s a definite “don’t fuck with me when I don’t want to be fucked” vibe to it as well. It isn’t just about keeping the baddies from powering-up their mecha, it’s about loudly crying “no means no.”
The catch is that in preserving the whole maiden thing, they’re locking themselves into a life of isolation and meaninglessness. The maidens get to keep their purity and get to fuck over Kiraboshi’s vague plans, but they have to live on this damn island for the rest of their lives– to be free you gotta imprison yourself and shit like that. Even what’s his face is bound to the island under threat of execution– leave the island and his ear-fetish maids will gank his ass. Maybe succumbing to Kiraboshi’s demands will set the maidens free of their island imprisonment, allowing them to leave and do whatever the hell it is that they want to do with their lives. All they have to do is sell their souls to the proverbial devil and put out. It’s a lose/lose situation for the good guys.
But the Kiraboshi kiddies aren’t in a better position. They have all of this power at their disposal, but it’s largely ineffective. They can summon giant robots into some alternate dimension and duke it out, and they all have various “first level” powers that can be used in reality, but none of it seems to be of any real use to them. Have we really seen anyone use their super-swanky powers to any real constructive end? That swimmer chick could blow shit up with her clone power thing, but she couldn’t control it. Pink-haired whorebag can kiss dudes and put them under her control. To some degree. Maybe. It seems awfully easy to break her control. And everyone else? What exactly can they do? Not much as far as we can tell. They have all of this great potential, but they can’t seem to do jack shit with any of it, and it’s made all the worse with Takuto’s interference. They may have all the posturing of superiority, but they’re in just as much of a fucked up situation as the drama club kids.
So, you have the good guys that can’t win no matter what they decide to do, and you have the bad guys who can’t win regardless of how much they seem to be capable of doing so. Neither side can really do much of anything. They’re just like all of the dudes from Fight Club– they exist in a world where they have belive they can make a difference, but everything’s acting against them. Hell, even Takuto’s not particularly effective. He may be able to kick Cybody ass, but now that the Kiraboshi gang’s announced that they may have the ability to regenerate destroyed mecha, what’s the use in being able to slice up shit like a flamboyant garbage disposal when the thing you just offed can come back next week to do it all over again.
Everything’s shaping up to be a big, futile mess, and the only time anyone seems to really enjoy themselves is when they’re duking it out in their Cybodies. Despite all of their posturing, the Kiraboshi kids can only exert their potential when fighting, while Takuto seems just as lost outside of Tauburn. Outside, he’s just the third wheel in a love triangle. Inside, he’s the Galactic Pretty Boy, kicking ass and looking good while doing so.
So yeah, we’re looking at some sort of anime equivalent of Fight Club at this point in the series. All of these kids are impotent to affect the world around them, so they have to let out their frustrations with the world in giant robot fights. Very few Kiraboshi peeps seem all that upset when they lose. If anything, they seem relieved to have been able to vent their frustration. It’s Robot Fight Club, and at this point Galactic Tyler Durden’s kicking all sorts of ass. We’ll see where it goes from here.