Lion. fucking. rocks. Period.
This song is god damn epic, and the first official duet song by Sheryl and Ranka doesn’t disappoint. The OP sequence that follows it really ups the “epic”ness in to a whole new dimension, and I love how they’re still keeping the “triangle” theme for it too. I seriously hope the show will live up to this new OP.
Damn, the single is only out on the 20th!
Sheryl faces off the main boss
We finally found out the mystery illness plaguing Sheryl all this while, V-type Infection. It seems the tablet that Michel picked up and sent to analyze was actually one experimental drug used to treat the condition. Other titbits about the disease is that it’s only contagious via body fluids and blood, so humans rarely get it. The earlier hydra incident on episode 10 is also connected to it. I also remember it being mentioned in Macross Zero too. Otherwise, there’s not much information I can get about the disease other than it being related to Photoshop LOL.
Yes, Photoshop is bad for health.
It’s revealed as well that Grace picked up Sheryl from the slums and used her as an experimental subject in the V-type Infection research led by Dr. Mao Nome and assisted by Dr. Ranshe Mei(?) as well as hers truly. All the findings, made by Michel and Klan, throw Sheryl in to a state of shock as she becomes aware of her impending mortality but she forbids them to tell Alto about it.
After slave-girl C.C, we now have trash-girl Sheryl.
Poor Sheryl t.t
She leaves them and wanders alone in the rain, in a daze from the shock. A further blow comes when the Ranka’s role for the impending long-distance fold by the Frontier fleet is announced on TV, and she realizes her fame has been eclipsed by Ranka.
Collapsing in the rain, someone offers her a hand up, which she thinks is Alto, but it turns out to be his elder brother instead. Alto, searching for Sheryl after receiving a heads up from Michel, rushes to meet them, but his brother tells him to go get her at the Saotome manor instead. An emergency call also interrupts Alto from further intervention.
It turns out the Vajra are attacking en masse, and the army with the S.M.S are dispatched to deal with it, but they can’t put much of a dent in to the nuke-immune Vajra. Ranka comes to the rescue with her singing, and thanks to her help, Frontier manages to destroy the Vajra attackers with its main cannon, and immediately they perform the long-distance fold in to the unknown.
Damn, it’s true. Ranka’s pantu-less in the decal!
Another build-up episode, and a somewhat-welcome one at that as we finally get some background information on Sheryl, whose past hasn’t been explored much yet. It definitely was a shocker to learn the facts given out in this episode, especially to learn that she has a mysterious disease related back to Macross Zero. Looks like the clone theory is totally whacked now. It also kinda explains how Sheryl got her surname too, she probably got “adopted” by the research team. BTW, Ranshe looks exactly like Sheryl with green hair.
The resemblences are striking.
The part in the rain wasn’t as romantic as I had hoped it would be actually, because I kinda expected Alto to come to Sheryl’s rescue, but instead his brother steals the spotlight from out of nowhere, lol. I have to say though, when Sheryl mistook him for Alto… her imagination of Alto sure looked god damned attractive enough to make me consider “bending”, if you know what I mean. Oh god, Alto… :X.
Oh god Alto is so hawt
Otherwise, there’s not so much else to talk about Ranka, except for more hints that she is linked with the Vajra when she cries out in pain when Frontier blasted the whole bunch of Vajra in to space dust.
Next week; Frontier successfully folds, meganekko Ranka and Sheryl in kimono.