“Missing Birthday”

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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.

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Oh god, Sheryl in sukumizu!

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Gotta love the scene composition here, with Alto playing it cool.

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Alto’s “brother”

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… don’t ask.

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:O

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“No match for mine when I’m macronized.”

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*poke*

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Sheryl~~<3

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Shota Alto is so cute <3

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“I’ll definitely protect you.”

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“Arigatou… Alto-kun.”

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Poor Ranka got stood up.

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12 Comments

  1. Nuntius Said,

    June 20, 2008 @ 11:35 am

    no ep again next week!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo, over all~ nice ep :3 Alto x Sheryl ftw xD but i feel kinda bad for cute Ranka :/

  2. Haesslich Said,

    June 20, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    I’m not so sure this is a definitive Alto x Sheryl pairing yet – she bribed him with flight, not with ‘fly me there, and I’ll make it worth your while’. For him, flying is sex… rather than sex being sex.

    Either way, Ranka got stood up because he’s a blockhead who didn’t have the decency to tell her he had business.

  3. Banpei Said,

    June 20, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

    There should be a new episode next week – that note only said that it will start 4 minutes later than usual.

  4. manga Said,

    June 20, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

    Kinda boring ep, sure Sheryl in swimsuit and that very fascinating dress later on is a good looking thing, but alas, I want either more development in the love triangle or more action.

    But oh well, next ep will be action. Wonder why Sheryl got sick though and why the other secret organisation wants her…

    I´ll await the next ep once again.

  5. linkinstreet Said,

    June 20, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

    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
    Err last week got Euro 2008 Group matches. That was the delay

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 20, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    Aw fuck, so it was the damn football. The sooner that shit is over, the better.

    Thank god the Olympics isn’t until August.

  7. Heero Yuy Said,

    June 20, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

    @Kurogane: Never thought we’d find ourselves in the same situation as Konata mentioned regarding sports programming eh? lol

    “The sooner that shit is over, the better”

    Amen to that. It’s been playing hell with time slots lately. (I’m assuming when you say football I should think what Americans call soccer?)

  8. dangan Said,

    June 21, 2008 @ 7:54 am

    I support Alto and Sheryl to be together.

  9. avx Said,

    June 21, 2008 @ 8:51 am

    Saotome Alto, hmmm any relations to Saotome Ranma? hahah both gender benders with same last names

  10. EX-Keine Said,

    June 21, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

    @Heero Yuy: Hey, it was bound to happen, but at least it isn’t delayed because of baseball like Konata likes to say, although I would like to say, for someone like me who lives in the US and doesn’t care at all about soccer, I gotta say, Euro 2008 has been pretty entertaining, especially with the quarterfinals. I think next week’s ep. will probably be replaced with some semifinal match. How fortunate that the NFL here doesn’t interfere with any time slot, since games are always on a Sunday afternoon…

    Hmm… from the looks of things it seems that Sheryl is taking Alto away from Ranka more and more, not that I have a problem with it, because Sheryl is pure love, and this show needs more Sheryl, haha

    When I see that “bro-con” pic of Alto and his brother, is it wrong to think that Alto is Tomoya from Clannad being gay and all that?

  11. Tarsun Said,

    June 22, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    @Kurogane

    I got the impression that Leon had a hand in the love triangle development in this episode. After hearing Ranka’s text message and Nanase’s and Alto’s lack of contact with her, it got me thinking: Did Leon put a wire tap on Ranka’s phone?

  12. kiorei Said,

    June 23, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

    I still can not get over the animation. It’s not just a little better than other shows, it blows them away. (that is saying something with Sunrise’s Geass airing.)

    I also found the episode to be quite lacking.

    Nevertheless, the show is damn good.

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