The latest delicacy in the Macross Frontier fleet, Vajra kebabs!
In the meeting with Bilrer, Alto learns of his dream to conquer the fold-faults and also of other interesting things which we are not privy yet for this episode. Nevertheless, Alto returns to his usual routine of work and school, but he’s surprised to see Brera as Ranka’s bodyguard.
Alto finds a sick Sheryl, escaping from the hospital after learning about Grace’s defection to Ranka, and he brings her to the S.M.S quarters after she refuses to return to either the hospital or get a hotel room. She gets mixed up in things, when a sudden secret operation is outsourced to the S.M.S, namely Operation Ranka Attack, to test out Ranka’s effectiveness towards the Vajra.
The operation begins in earnest, and thanks to Ranka’s new remix of Aimo, the guys have an easy time with the Vajra, who are confused upon hearing it. Sheryl witnesses the whole operation, and probably suffers quite a shock herself. The operation ends safely and everyone is rejoiced to finally gain a trump card against the Vajra.
Generally, a balanced episode in terms of it being either a Ranka or Sheryl episode. It’s definitely confirmed Ranka’s voice somehow affects the fold and the Vajra, while Sheryl gets quite a bit of screen time with Alto, but not much development in terms of that. The aircrafts were of course, given a much deserved focus again, and it’s glad to see the Koenig Monster again, even if it was merely as Ranka’s “carriage”. I really LOL’ed at the Ranka decal.
Interestingly as well, this episode pretty much reaffirms the status of the series as a direct sequel, with some cameo mentions of the Protodeviln and Basara by the members of the S.M.S. I just hope they don’t appear in the series themselves.
Also, the new ED song by Sheryl finally appears in this episode, which definitely did raise my spirits up a bit. I’ve been waiting for the new set of OPED songs for quite a while, and having on the ED appear at 16 is pretty late, I think. The song, Northern Cross, is a very upbeat rock number, quite fast, and does show May’n’s prowess. There’s still also the new OP, Lion, to be excited about, and it’s a duet between Sheryl and Ranka.
Lastly, after this episode and coming this far in the series, I have to say that if you’re a hardcore old-school Macross fan, this show is definitely not gonna live up to expectations. In fact, I think the whole series background and structure are kinda screwed up and arbitrarily done just to fit things in after 25 years of the series. However, Frontier definitely still good, and just as Macross Plus was all about the dogfights and Macross 7 was all about the singing, Macross Frontier is all about the love triangle. Yeah, just had to get that off my head after I reached enlightenment on the fact.