Just as planned.
You gotta admit, Leon’s actually doing a better job than Howard at this President thingy.
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.
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…
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.
Island 3 meets her untimely but noble demise. Goodbye, Formo.
In the aftermath of the attack, a lot of lives have been lost, and much more people are injured, whether physically or mentally.
Even Ranka is not spared, as she abruptly announces her inability to sing anymore.
Unexpectedly, she is reunited with iKun, who has grown considerably since we last saw him.
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.
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.
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.
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.