Ah, finally a new episode of Frontier. A two week wait is just agonizing.
Ranka deals with her new-found fame but her jobs keep piling on and bringing her further away from Alto. Despite the busy schedule, she intends to celebrate Alto’s upcoming birthday but doesn’t manage to get in to contact with him, leaving only a voicemail asking him to meet her at the hill on that day.
Alto himself is facing problems of his on, when his brother comes for a visit, informing him that his father collapsed, and would like to see him on his birthday, telling him to stop running away from his true calling, acting, and come back to the family. This puts Alto in a state of melancholy.
Alto gets a reprieve, as Sheryl accepts a job to make a sympathy call(?) to the planet Gallia 4, and asks Alto to escort her there, with the promise of being able to fly in a blue, limitless sky. Alto accepts the job and the episode ends with Ranka getting stood up, as Alto and Sheryl head off to Gallia 4.
So right after the break, we get more character development, and I can’t help but to think of “The Melancholy of Alto and Ranka” as the perfect subtitle for this episode, lol.
Poor Ranka continues on her losing streak in the love triangle, even getting stood up by Alto at the end of the episode. Sheryl’s pretty much the preemptive in the triangle now, she even refers Alto in a much more familiar way now, though it was really worrying to see her coming down with something in this episode.
There’s also a bunch of plot development, involving a breakaway Zentradi faction and the planet where Sheryl is going to be visiting next week. Ominously, Grace is hinted to be the mysterious contact of Leon, connected to the VF-27.
This week’s ending theme is also different, and Ranka’s 「Neko Nikki」 song is used. I sure hope the one week delay was caused by them drawing the animation for that, lol. I do like the song though, can’t wait for the CD to come out. Nowadays, I really find it hard to think that Ranka is Megumi Nakajima’s debut role, she sounds already like a professional seiyuu.
Apparently no episode next week as well… another two-week wait orz.
Oh god, Sheryl in sukumizu!
Gotta love the scene composition here, with Alto playing it cool.
… don’t ask.
“No match for mine when I’m macronized.”
Shota Alto is so cute <3
“I’ll definitely protect you.”
Poor Ranka got stood up.