Anime Review - Star Driver Collection 1
Every now and then an anime series comes along that has all of the hallmarks of greatness. A series that is the epitome of all that is good in anime like unbounded creativity, glorious animation and story lines that befuddle as much as delight. Star Driver... is almost that series.
On the southern edge of Japan, the inhabitants of Southern Cross Island lead seemingly normal lives - but far beneath the surface of this quiet island lies an ancient secret that lays dormant until Takuto Tsunashi washes ashore one night...
Upon enrolling at Southern Cross Island High School, Takuto and his friends become embroiled in a conflict with a clandestine society to control giant machines, called Cybodies, sealed under the island whose powers are bound by special shrine maidens. What secrets will Takuto dig up, and how will he deal with the obstacles that lie ahead of him? This struggle will threaten to tear apart the entire island!
Hopefully things start to happen in the second collection if Star Driver because at present, it's promising a lot and not quite delivering. In watching Star Driver I suddenly realised what my high school teachers felt when they said "he has potential, but lacks application".
Although negative comments in this review seem plentiful, there is so much to love about Star Driver and if collection 2 actually wraps things up into a neat little package it could be one of the best anime series in recent memory. There really is so much to love about Star Driver.
Star Driver Collection 1 is available on DVD from Madman now!