“Kyun~ kyun~, kyun~ kyun~, watashi no kare wa… PIROTTO!!”
Aw crap. Sorry, but I kinda laughed when Ranka burst in singing “Seikan Hikou”.
Anyways, from last episode, Alto and Sheryl arrive at Gallia 4, but Sheryl collapses immediately, sparking a rebellion by the land troops, who demand ships and weaponry in exchange for the hostages. News arrives at Frontier, and the S.M.S. can’t get there on time due to the various fold faults surrounding Gallia 4.
Luca pulls some strings for his beloved Alto-senpai, and manages to procure a fold booster that isn’t affected by the faults, a prototype being developed by his family’s L.A.I company. The fold booster enables Mikhail and Ranka to arrive on Gallia 4, in the middle of an altercation, so Ranka immediately starts singing, with Mikhail’s Valkyrie now equipped with speakers (oh god, the Macross 7 flashbacks….). Ranka’s impromptu performance manages to quell the rebellion and Alto quickly disposes of the leader who tries to kill her.
Eventually, control of the base is retaken, and Mikhail charges Alto to bring Ranka back home for her live concert the very next day, using the prototype fold booster left in orbit around the planet. Unfortunately, Ranka’s singing somehow stirs an ominous presence on the planet which disables Alto’s Valkyrie. They crashland in the jungle, and to their surprise, finds the remnants of the original Macross on the planet.
Wow, let’s see… Ranka’s impromptu concert made me laugh out loud rather than impressed, especially when she appeared and sung, of all things, “Seikan Hikou”. It came complete with the “blink-star” effects too! Dear god, I had visions of Macross 7, especially with the bling bling speakers installed on Mikhail’s unit.
I’m really surprised that they decided to that. I think in the world of Macross now, the “Minmay Defense” is actually a real entry in the textbook for dealing with Zentran uprisings. Hell, I’m surprised it still works despite half-a-century of living together with humans. A few of the poor Zentrans actually nosebled on seeing Ranka’s performance. Deculture!!!
Anyways, this was primarily a Ranka episode, so poor Sheryl got lesser screentime. She really pushed herself hard over the past few days it seems. It looks like they’ll be developing the “emo” side of her more now, as her professional pride self isn’t gonna live this down well, especially with Ranka stealing the limelight from her by quelling the base rebellion. This is seriously gonna make or break this series for me, and I hope they don’t destroy her character.
Most interestingly though, is the surprise discovery of the original SDF Macross on the planet of Gallia 4. Last time we saw it, it was still entrenched on Earth in Macross city, so it makes absolutely no sense it should be on some backwater planet. Kawamori better not use the “Planet of the Apes” twist/escape here…
He really looks like that guy from the original series.
Nanase is really a closet lesbian.
Which explains why she doesn’t like long, cylindrical things.
Oh, no. Sheryl!
Increasing the romantic tension, eh.
That was kinda useless of you, Alto.
*tries hard to hold the laughter*
Ranka has some healthy canines.
Zentradi: -50% resistance on moe attacks.
Sheryl feeling the emo.
Uh-oh! Plot twist!
Well, can’t wait for next episode, nicely titled “Memory of Global”. Thankfully, no more football by next week!