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YMMV: Star Driver
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: As of Episode 18, the show may be shaping up to this with Keito and Sugata... or maybe not.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Boy, howdy.
  • Die for Our Ship: Takuto/Mizuno shippers hate Wako with all the fervor they possess.
  • Ear Worm: A vast majority of the music in the series falls under this.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A few. These include: Kanako Watanabe, Mizuno, Sakana-chan, and Sarina. In some cases they are far more popular than the main characters.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Given that the movie was mostly a recap of the series, the scene at the movie's beginning where Tauburn is fighting cybodies in Shinjuku leaves a lot of questions and plot hooks.
  • Fan Nickname: The North Maiden is commonly just referred to as "Fish Girl".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Between the Science Guild's pear-shaped clown outfits, Kou and Madoka's enormous nipple-plugs, and Ryousuke's man-thong and see-through body-stocking, the Order of the Glittering Crux has something for everyone.
  • Fetish Fuel Station Attendant: Takuto is very popular with the ladies of both Southern Cross Isle and the internet.
    • Kanako: Startlingly attractive? Check. Large, bouncy breasts? Check. No-nonsense personality (at least in her Crux form)? Check. Incredibly strong with a straight punch that can knock almost anyone out in one hit? Check, check, and another check. Outfit strangely resembling bondage gear, complete with Nice Hat? You guessed it: check. A WHIP? DING DING DING.
  • Foe Yay: Takuto and every female Glittering Crux member introduced so far with the exceptions of Keito and Undine, as well as Sugata and Head.
  • Freud Was Right: Episode 9. Sugata tells Takuto to be careful because his kendo sword is a bit longer, while holding it out in front of Takuto. Generally, much of the show could qualify, as it's about a group of teenagers trying to "break the seals" of "pure maidens" to unleash their hidden powers.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • FABULOUS!
    • IT'S A PINCH!
    • *insert an entire page consisting of panting sound effects here*
    • VIRGIN?
    • IT'S A PUUUUNCH!!
    • Also, Shingo's blushing face already seems to be turning into a small but ongoing meme on Pixiv.
  • Moe: Come on, you just have to admit it: Mizuno is adorable.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Pretty much everything about Ayingott.
    • Madoka's "3.5" fusion with Hegent in episode 21 makes Ayingott seem cute and cuddly by comparison. Uncanny Valley combined with the most blatantly psychotic character in the series? No thank you.
  • OT 3: Since listing specific examples would take up most of the page, let's just say that this show has a lot of Takuto/Wako/Sugata Ship Tease and leave it at that.
    • The end of the series points towards this, especially with Wako's line of "You don't know how much it hurts to deeply love two people at once.". Neither Takuto nor Sugata seem to mind.
  • The Scrappy: Madoka and Kou are two of the least liked characters in the anime, mostly because they show up out of nowhere in the middle of the series, aren't really developed at all, and spend about 4 episodes stealing away screentime from other characters that could have used the development.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Use a condom, otherwise, when having an affair with a girl you are just going to abandon, you will more than likely engender the one person capable of defeating you and ruin your evil plans.
  • Squick: Whatever Keito was doing to Sugata at the end of Episode 18 required her to be naked and him to be unconscious and unaware of her presence... and she was given the go-ahead by his own family. Even if we don't assume the worst, the vibes given off by that scene were very unsettling indeed.
    • The infamous Gag Sub "Please do not imitate rapists" didn't help.
    • Episode 19 provides another disturbing incident, in the form of our resident Depraved Bisexual Madoka cornering Wako and attempting to kiss her (and possibly a little bit more) whilst wearing Takuto's body and using it as a hostage. All in all, it was good news for all concerned that Wako had Sugata's knife on her at the time.
    • Also, we have Head, and his relationship to Takuto. Remember when they fought each other in episode 18? Rewatch those scenes with the knowledge that Takuto's his son. Yeah.
      • And that Head knows this too. Yeesh.
  • What an Idiot: Professor Green's defeat by Takuto was rather Face Palm inducing.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Not the world's deepest symbolism, but every Cybody is named after a letter of the Phoenician alphabet, and each letter of the Phoenician alphabet has a name whose meaning informs the abilities of the Cybody and its controller. Alf is "ox" (piloted by Raging Bull), tet is "wheel" (Speed Kid), pe is "mouth" (Scarlet Kiss), nun is "fish" (as in "Little Fish"), samekh is "pillar," ayin is "eye," etc. etc. You could figure out who will control what based on their codename (rosh means "Head," gee, I wonder who will pilot that?), as well as how many Cybodies there will likely be (22), which was confirmed in series.
    • Matthew 19:24 "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God". Now who was it who stopped Camel Star from advancing to the fourth phase?
  • What The Hell, Costuming Department?: The female members of Vanishing Age. The outfits they wear, complete with skintight spandex, and metal bat nipples, make the outfits the regular female members of the Crux wear look almost sensible.
    • Sugata's Glittering Crux outfit. And I'm not even touching on those peacock feathers either.
  • The Woobie: It's a tossup as to whose life sucks more: Simone, whose father abandoned her and her mother for a girl one year older than her; Mizuno, who had all her romantic dreams crushed in a single day by the return of her mother, an eavesdrop on Takuto, and her destiny as a Maiden; Sora, Takuto's mom who was driven by the unresponsiveness of her fiancee to a man who did not love her; or Ryousuke Sora's fiancee, who loved her all along, and who blinded himself when he witnessed her infidelity through his first phase.


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