“Ao no Ether”

Macross Frontier

Just as planned.

You gotta admit, Leon’s actually doing a better job than Howard at this President thingy.

Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier

We begin the episode with angry, ANGRY, Klan putting on a FAST Pack on HERSELF and unleashing fury hell hath not seen on the Vajra, for killing her dear Micheal. Man, I didn’t know they made the packs compatible with the Zentrandi already.

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Luca brings the remainder of the party to Island 3, where the L.A.I has housed “Little Garden(?)”, a miniature version of the “Dimension Eater” with a radius of 50km. Luca plans to use Ranka as a bait to lure all the Vajra on the ship to Island 3, then detonate it, wiping them all out in one feel swoop. Of course, Alto isn’t too happy about it…

Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier

However, Ranka decides to do it. Before she starts to sing, Brera comes to comfort her, saying she doesn’t have to sing, but Ranka’s made up her mind. “Aimo” begins and lulls the Vajra out of their bloodlust and in to Island 3. Despite the carnage before her, Ranka bravely sings on.

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Macross Frontier
Island 3 meets her untimely but noble demise. Goodbye, Formo.

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Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier

In the aftermath of the attack, a lot of lives have been lost, and much more people are injured, whether physically or mentally.

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Macross Frontier

Even Ranka is not spared, as she abruptly announces her inability to sing anymore.

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Macross Frontier

Unexpectedly, she is reunited with iKun, who has grown considerably since we last saw him.

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Later that night, Alto is surprised when Ranka calls her out. Both of them share a sweet moment before Ranka decides to drop a bombshell.

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Macross Frontier

Ranka shows off her Vajra pet, iKun, and announces that she will bring it back to its kind, with the help of Brera. Saying her farewell and declaring her love to Alto, she departs on her own journey.

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Good to see the lovebirds are still alive, but where are they camping?

First of all, Ranka’s songs are getting considerably better and better. I really, really liked the new song, Aoi no Ether, that she sung at the ending of the episode. It was a perfect accompaniment for the emotional scene of Ranka saying her goodbye to Alto. That scene really showed us a much more stronger Ranka too, as she finally decides to make her own decisions and to try and stop an impending war. She is really making her mark in her own way.

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Despite such, we still have a lot of mysteries surrounding the Vajra, the fold quartzes and the V-type infection research. Apparently, the BD-DVD release of Macross Zero has unearthed hints about Frontier in Zero, making a more solid connection towards the two continuities. Judging from the preview for Northern Cross, it looks like a lot of the mysteries will be unveiled next week.

Sadly, this being a Ranka episode, not much Sheryl this time round. Klan in the FAST pack was awesome though.

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous Said,

    August 29, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

    I couldn’t take Leon seriously because he’s also Gintoki.

  2. Kraker2k Said,

    August 29, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

    “Apparently, the BD-DVD release of Macross Zero has unearthed hints about Frontier in Zero”

    Do tell us more please. Certainly sparks an interest in me.

  3. biltwick Said,

    August 29, 2008 @ 10:38 pm

    ““Apparently, the BD-DVD release of Macross Zero has unearthed hints about Frontier in Zero”

    Do tell us more please. Certainly sparks an interest in me.”

    In episode 1 of Zero, next to a photo of Mao and Sarah’s parents are two earrings that look suspiciously like Sheryl’s. My theory is that they’re the same, and made of fold quartz, that’s why wearing them affects the Vajra (resonance perhaps?).

    Seeing how both Sara and the Bird-man teleported away at the end of Zero, and Shin disappeared, my theory is that the Vajra are either made/modified by the same species that created the Bird-man. Both are either biological or have more organic-looking designs. Alternatively, the Vajra were created by Sara when she teleported back into physical space, Sara was both lonely and fearful of any military vessels eventually coming, so she created the Vajra as a defense system to prevent human expansion (like the Space Monsters from Gunbuster).

  4. Magnius of the Chaos Said,

    August 30, 2008 @ 2:11 am

    God, I have to catch up on my Macross Frontier.

    It’s like, 11 episodes until I reach this one? I should get off my MF hiatus…

  5. Decors Said,

    August 30, 2008 @ 7:26 am

    This Ep is “Ao no Ether”

  6. Jounin Said,

    August 30, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    iKun, the next product from Apple…he got pretty big in a little over a day. From what I gather, Ranka originally wanted Alto to go with her, but his hatred for the Vajra made it hard for him to accept and Brera said he would go instead, saddening Ranka. My question is: does Brera’s VF-27 carry enough food for Ranka at least?

  7. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 30, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    Bleh, I accidentally added the “i”.

    Actually, I’m more interested in where iKun’s gonna be sitting in the VF-27.

  8. Aren D. Said,

    August 31, 2008 @ 7:25 am

    “iKun”, hehe… I hope Apple won’t be making Vaja-like stuff :P

    Oh, Kurogane, IKun is fasted himself on the back side of VF, just look at the last scene. around 21:00

    “Return Ikun to his friends” this kinda unclear for me… is it same like you find a wild cat, rise him a bit and let him back to the nature where he belongs? But space kinda big…

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 31, 2008 @ 7:41 am

    Yeah, I just noticed.

    It would actually be pretty funny if he was somewhere inside the fuel tank or smth.

  10. THAT Animeblog - Macross Frontier 21: Elopement with Brera…? Bye Bye Ranka Said,

    August 31, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    […] of the fleet is gone there is no defense other than the indiscriminate MDE-Bombs. I diagree with Kurogane that this was Ranka’s way of stopping a war (besides war is already upon the fleet) it was […]

  11. Cat Megex Said,

    September 3, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

    The bomb is called “Little Girl”, by the way.

    Remind you of anything? Hint: it’s the thing that went with with “Fat Man”.

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