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Star Driver Massacred by Censors

Fabulous mecha anime Star Driver has become the target of utterly draconian and shameless censorship it seems, with the crude mutilation of the title not even bothering to resort to the figurative fig leaf of foreshadowing and plot construction.

Some complain that it is all but impossible to understand what is going on thanks to this overzealous censorship, as any explanatory dialogue or even helpful noises have been removed too.

As you can see above and below, viewers in some areas are treated to mysterious plot twists and unexplainable incidents, amongst other efforts at DVD sales promotion. The complex storylines and imagery promised were completely expunged in favour of unitelligable actions by the characters, gratioitous fanservice for male and female audiences, but none of the genre-altering plot which is the major premise of the title.

Interestingly, previous works by Bones were broadcast with the plot making about as much sense… Is there some underlying factor prompting these actions?

Those not intent on waiting for the DVDs for the unedited version of the plot will have to make due with what they’re given, as Star Driver’s intentions are not clear on any station it’s being broadcasted on.

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  1. Posted November 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I see what you did there.

  2. Kagura89
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    >Implying Star Driver doesn’t make any sense

    I don’t have any problem with this show but it strange because most of the people including you suffers “completely missing the point” syndrome with this show. Did i missing something?

    • Posted November 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      Pray tell what is the point other than the lulz right now?

      • Kagura89
        Posted November 18, 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

        It’s lulzy & ridiculous but it doesn’t mean what happen right now is plotless. There are something going on but the mystery shrouded on this show is what drives the story. This show is like reading poem, you can view it in different angle.
        Then again, it’s Enokido show so i expected people would take some time to understand anything.

  3. Milfeulle
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    is dis sankaku

  4. shitkakucomplex
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Hahahaha oh wow
    well played

  5. Posted November 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I guess I’ll make a real comment.

    I don’t think it’s so much I’m confused about Star Driver, it just seems to be tremendously mishandled. The end of the previous episode made it sound like Sugata would stay in a coma for at least longer than a day (lol) and now his betrayal/hypnotism comes off as pretty ridiculous. Not only was the set up telegraphed miles away, I don’t even think they’re that good of friends anyway, unless sulking and trying to give away your fiance is a sign of friendship.

    Little by little we see the wheels coming off the rails…

  6. Posted November 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I don’t like the characters in the show for some reason, and it’s overall a bit too flashy for me. Granted, it flashyness could turn into awesomeness if I liked the characters more… I can see that people are either loving it or hating it, some people say it’s the best thing since sliced bread, and some people (like you Scamp) say it’s ridiculous and plotless. I already dropped it at the first episode, so I can’t say more, because then I would be complaining about shows I didn’t watch. GAH, TVTROPES WARPED MY MIND! HELP ME!

    Also Scamp, you NEED to do a review of the AWESOME 6 episode of Panty and Stocking, and the 7 Episode. Transformers. Panty. Stocking. Robot. GAH! And telling us that gambling and stripping and selling all your things at ebay is a-ok.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted November 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink


    • Scamp
      Posted November 17, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Panty and Stocking is my fanservice show of the season. I love me some screwdriver porn

  7. Posted November 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink


    • Scamp
      Posted November 16, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

      I can’t wait for the next aniblog tourney so I can have a whole new generation of anibloggers who realise what a massive circle-jerker I am

      • Posted November 17, 2010 at 5:18 am | Permalink

        Hey, and maybe I can say to your face again, “Oh, yeah, and there was that aniblog tournament thingy a few months back, that thing just looked like such a dramafest, I try to steer clear of stuff like that…” LULZ SOCIAL MISSTEP

      • Scamp
        Posted November 17, 2010 at 10:42 am | Permalink

        lulz, don’t worry. I don’t hold that against you or anything

        *continues sharpening knife*

      • Posted November 18, 2010 at 1:32 am | Permalink

        Oh, dammit, I would’ve never taken you for a yandere…

      • Posted November 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

        He’s actually a tsundere. I’m the yandere. Or the sadist.

        … >:D

  8. Posted November 17, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    I don’t really mind that Star Driver doesn’t make a lot of sense, it makes it fun to guess what’s going on. But it better not end up like Xam’d though… ugh that was horrible.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 17, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      Bones again. They aren’t particularly good at having their series make that much sense

      • Posted November 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        BONES likes to take the “show, don’t tell” mantra to extremes. I’m not sure if they make everything up on the fly, or if they just assume audiences are geniuses.

  9. Posted November 17, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Teens are sexual predators. Kids that don’t follow that pack mentality get lost in the shuffle or get eaten/deflowered by giant robots. Insert flamboyant knight in shining armor that can never exist in real life so the reality of the situation is lessened to be pallatable for otaku. That’s Star Driver.

    It’s all pretty straightforward to me, it just gets more and more boring and monotonous with each episode. I just want more chanting cultists and weird robots. Instead I get typical high school drama wrapped in mecha-rainbows.

  10. Posted November 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I believe the fact this show doesn’t make sense is its selling point. It’s interesting because you don’t know what’s going on and you really want to finally understand what the hell is this all about. Of course, it’s Bones so you will never fully grasp it, but shhh! It’s a secret! ^.^

  11. seansky
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    bones anime always feels that way, try blassreiter, or shangrila.

    but, i dont see what u meant be censorship of the plot. Even those it doesnt make too much sense, i dont see any awkward cut-off in plot, like, i dont feel anything missing.

    • Posted November 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

      Uh, both of those are Gonzo titles.

      • Scamp
        Posted November 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

        Nonono, neither of those shows exist. In fact, everything post-06 made by Gonzo is a myth. A conspiracy. Gonzo stopped making anime in 2006, apart from that one time when they decided to help out AIC with Seto no Hanayome.

        Yup, definitely don’t exist. Blassreiter, Rosario to Vampire, Shangri-La, Tower of Druaga, Strike Witches, Saki, Dragonaut. NONE OF THESE ANIME EXIST ARRGGHHH!!!!

      • Posted November 19, 2010 at 4:53 am | Permalink

        FACT: I drank my way through Dragonaut. It was the only way I could finish it.

        Red Garden was the last good thing they made… and Afro Samurai was the last enjoyable thing they made…

  12. blub
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    *scratches his head* I only watched the first stardriver epi so I can’t say anything about that. But which Bones animes do you mean, the shows I watched seemed quite normal in the story department.(dtb, fma:b,eureka,scrapped princess, wolf’s rain,ouran,xam’d. And probably a few more.)

    • Scamp
      Posted November 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      DtB normal? I’m convinced they took the Evangelion approach of ‘making it up as we go along’. Xam’d is the other one I would have used as an example of a mess of a story.

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