Japanese Title: スタードライバーTHE MOVIE
Romaji: Suta-doraiba- THE MOVIE
Release Date: February 09th, 2013 (Japan)
Running Time: 150 mins.
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Writer: Yoji Enokido
Starring: Mamoru Miyano (Takuto), Saori Hayami (Wako Agemaki), Jun Fukuyama (Sugata), Ami Koshimizu (Keito)
Here is a trailer for the film adaptation of the anime Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto. This was announced at the beginning of last year and with the release date of February 09th approaching we are starting to see a deluge of promotional videos including a region-locked music video of the girl idol group 9nine’s theme song ‘colorful’ and this trailer.
South of Japan is a tropical island resting under brilliant blue skies named Southern Cross Isle. This is the island that a boy name Takuto Tsunashi has washed up on after swimming from the mainland alone and without any possessions. After enrolling in the local senior high school he makes a positive impact due to his happy-go-lucky personality and scores some friends in Wako Agemaki and Sugata Shindou. What he does not know is that beneath the school sleep giants named “Cybodies” and Takuto will find himself caught up in this secret as an epic story unfolds as a secret organisation named The Glittering Crux plans on activating giant mobile suits which have been sealed away on the island. Known as cybodies, these suits can only be controlled by pilots identified as Star Drivers and to unleash their full power a seal put in place by the island’s four shrine maidens must be broken. It just so happens that Wako Agemaki is a shrine maiden and so Takuto resolves to protect her. It should help that he is the Galactic Pretty Boy, gifted star driver of Taubrun, the 22nd cybody.
The anime movie is touted as a retelling of the TV series with some new content added. It is directed by Takuya Igarashi (Mushi-Shi, Soul Eater) and it is animated by studio Bones (Un-Go, Fullmetal Alchemist). The script comes from Yoji Enokido, a familiar figure from the industry who has written the scripts for the anime movie Redline and who was in charge of the composition of the TV series for titles like Nodame Cantabile, Revolutionary Girl Utena and , more importantly, Star Driver the TV series. So this movie is in good hands then! Seiyuu from the TV anime take their roles again with Mamoru Miyano (Taihi in Chihayafuru) taking the lead as Takuto, Saori Hayami (Miho in Bakuman) voicing Wako and Jun Fukuyama (Yukio in Blue Exorcist) voicing Sugata.