“Memory of Global”

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Intense episode this week.

Crashed down, Ranka and Alto explore their surroundings and a memory recall hits Ranka when she sees the SDF Macross lookalike. After she calms down, they continue scouting the area, and Alto finds a stream so they take a rest there, and Alto decides to take a little dip in it. Cue cliché embarrassing moment when Ranka ties up Alto’s hair and a small local creature decides to surprise them a bit. Cue another embarrassing moment when Ranka wants to use the toilet but can’t say it out loud. However, this time, it ends up seriously when she gets captured by something.

Worried, Alto heads for the SDF Macross lookalike, and finds out it’s part of the 117th Exploration Group from the ship markings. Alto infiltrates the ship and finds a research facility for Vajra-looking things and a picture of a much younger Ranka as well. Meanwhile, Ranka has come to and finds herself inside a Vajra nest, radioing Alto for help. However, the egg-laying Vajra notices her awake, and is about to touch her when Brera comes in with his Valkyrie and shields her. Alto takes the chance to get Ranka, but a protective shell covers her. One of Brera’s shots hit the big Vajra, and it triggers a reaction within Ranka, causing the whole place to overflow with purple light.

Both Brera and Alto are thrown outside, and the ship starts to rise up, shedding the outer coverings to reveal a Vajra mothership. Alto gets his VF-25 and starts a dogfight with Brera and is almost outmatched when help comes in the form of Mikhail and Sheryl. Alto tells them to retrieve Ranka from inside the Vajra mothership, while he engages Brera, but they’re all interrupted when Grace activates a LAI machine that causes a planet-wide fold fault, consuming it in the process. Mikhail and Sheryl seem to manage to escape it by following the Vajra ships folding, but Alto’s fate is left in a cliffhanger.

Yes, definitely an intense episode this week, with a ton of action and more mysteries unfolding. It is now confirmed that Grace is part of the whole conspiracy, although to what extent she plays in it is still unknown, and it seems she may have been eaten in the fold-fault-explosion, but then she might be just a fake android body of the main conspirator, considering what we’ve seen and know of the Galaxy ship with it’s advancements in technology. Also, it’s definitely rare to hear Inoue Kikuko in such an evil voice, heh.

The fold-fault generator explosion was pretty awesome, at the least to say of it, but it does seem that humans, especially LAI, are definitely researching some dangerous technology here, and poor Luca got a sounding-off from Leon in this episode. It’s also still a mystery as to what extent Leon is part of the overall conspiracy as well, but he seems to be pulling a lot of strings here and there.

Also, it seems my own theory that Ranka is the “Queen Vajra” or at least someone essential to the Vajra is being confirmed more this episode, with that reaction to the Vajra egg-layer getting hit and the chain reaction it caused. There’s also the mystery of her past, and we are given quite a number of flashbacks concerning her forgotten past this episode, although none are conclusive as of yet.

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Worried Sheryl :X

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Weird name for a pill. Fancy printing on it as well.

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Oh man, why is he so pretty?!

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Are you guys elementary school students?!

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Nana definitely hates long, cylindrical things. *ahem*

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Random loli Klein shot!

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Te~he :P

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His cockpit kinda looks awesome, really.

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Loli Ranka shot!

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Dun.. dun… dun!!

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Definitely getting more and more interesting now, the show is, especially with all the questions popping up more and more. Was that ship the original SDF? If so, why was it in the 117th Exploration Group? Why did it become a Vajra nest? It looks like the show will be turning much more serious from now on. Can’t wait for next week yet again, especially when it’s about the secret of Aimo being revealed.

10 Comments

  1. mikemil828 Said,

    July 4, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

    Boom times are here again.

    //Was that ship the original SDF?//

    Nope, apparently it is the SDF-4 Global, which unlike most of the SDFs after the original could transform into a humanoid mode.

  2. The Sojourner Said,

    July 4, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

    I swear pretty Alto makes this all yuri-like.

  3. d3v Said,

    July 4, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    I see Alto will be breaking more people this episode.

  4. primeparadigm Said,

    July 4, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

    Both the non-transformable Megaroad class ships and Macross ships shared the SDF designation. My guess is that while most colony fleets used Megaroad class ships like the original SDF-2 Megaroad-01, fleets that needed greater protection like the 117th fleet were probably issued Macross class ships like the SDF-4 Global since they were far more heavily armed than the bigger but colony orientated Megaroads.

  5. Crusader Said,

    July 4, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

    I agree that it cannot be SDF-1, and it seems that with the new name and number it is a sister-ship or successor class of Macross.

    I have to admit that my admiration for Sheryl really grew this time like a real pro she went out and did something. She even hit one of my own fundamental weaknesses and I dearly hope that Sheryl becomes a pilot as that flight suit did suit her superbly. Kyun Kyun watashi no Sheryl wa Piloto….

    Alto-hime grows more radiant and yuri-able as the eps go by.

    Though it seems that Brera-nii is on the fast track for to becoming a Kaifun Class ass-hat personality-wise, though at least he’s a killer this time around. :)

    I am curious to see who that VF-171 pilot is in the preview though…man now even the VF-171 is looking more awesome in battroid form. God I love this series.

  6. DrmChsr0 Said,

    July 5, 2008 @ 1:10 am

    Say it with me people.

    Sheryl X Ranka.

    Habeeb it.

  7. Haesslich Said,

    July 5, 2008 @ 6:24 am

    Sheryl and Ranka looks good to me, if only to piss off all the Sheryl x Alto or Ranka and Alto shippers.

    Mind you, I’d settle for “everyone dies but Sheryl and Mikhail and Klein, who go off together” ending too, just to piss off the shippers. Ah, delicious plot development – how we’ve missed you.

  8. manga Said,

    July 5, 2008 @ 6:44 am

    So, Ranka still has her brother (Sunrise tip 1).

    Grace was the underling that killed herself for starting hatred (Sunrise tip 2)

    Whatever his name is in the red mecha is drawn to Ranka by unknown reasons (Sunrise tip 3)

    Why did this feel like an ep of Gundam Seed or Gundam 00? And so the ability that Gigil used in Macross 7 is now a weapon?

    Oh well, kinda good ep with lots of Alto-hime breaking a lot of new guys. You can´t be male with that face you know.

    Nice dogfight though. Oh well. I´ll continue watching for as long as the show keeps going on. Best show in a long long time.

    My thoughts about the next ep:
    It´ll go like this: Vajra attacks the Frontier Fleet, Ranka feels herself being eaten/drained of energy and things are looking bad when at the final moment Alto-hime comes rushing in to save the day of the next ep.

  9. Westlo Said,

    July 6, 2008 @ 2:23 am

    “Sheryl and Ranka looks good to me, if only to piss off all the Sheryl x Alto or Ranka and Alto shippers.”

    I think you’ll be surprised at how many of us would switch to that in a heartbeat if it was a realistic chance…..

  10. wolfx Said,

    July 7, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

    I see some familiar names here….hmmmm.

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