Dammit, this movie. Dammit!
Dammit, this movie. Dammit!
For one, I ended up with a bigger empathy for Ranka’s feelings and choices now, and it gives a whole lot of perspective back on the dynamics of the love triangle surrounding Alto. Originally I just felt she was being a selfish kid, but after rewatching, now I felt that she did really get screwed over by a lot of things out of her control. Despite such, she still attempted to take back control of her life and choices, even though it inadvertently resulted in to opposing results. Or maybe I’ve just mellowed out after two years.
Frankly, the biggest realization I’ve had from rewatching the show is that the love triangle is a central part of the series identity and I guess will probably never be given a canon resolution i.e Alto’s final choice. While no doubt I’m still 100% in the Sheryl camp, I think that the allure behind Macross Frontier will always continue to be the Sheryl x Alto x Ranka love triangle and the embodiment of the friendly rivalry between the two ladies will be the legacy that marks this show in the Macross franchise ultimately.
Despite that, I’m still going to be ready for ‘surprises’ though, in the second Macross Frontier movie coming out early next year. Still, I think they’ll ultimately end it like the TV series, even if the character dynamics will be tweaked a little bit. We’ve already seen that in Itsuwari no Utahime anyways. Still, it’s going to be a looooooooooong wait for the Blu-Rays :(.
One big gripe I have about the Blu-Rays though…. why couldn’t they redo all the crappy budget episodes. I still cringed at Brera’s slicing of the Hydra in to half, and High School Queen feels quite painful now, being the Sheryl fan I am. Oh sigh…
This post is dedicated to the good, the bad and the WTF’s of this year. It’s really been an interesting year…..
Heh, I was supposed to post this yesterday, but with all the shopping, satelite tracking, celebrations and epic rickrolling, I only finished it today. I guess this will be my first real post of 2009, hehehe.
Anyways, the point of this post is to relive the more memorable moments of 2008 for me, in terms of anime and such. Another year filled with good things, bad shit and “just WTF were they thinking?!” craziness.
Another year passes. Man, it’s hard to believe I’m already in to my 9th year of being an otaku as well as my 4th year of blogging. Time sure flies. I’m now well over 1500 posts with nearly 16k comments, and it’s thanks to everyone’s support that I’ve gotten so far.
This year was marked by an increased number of good shows, but surprisingly, it wasn’t as “happening” as last year. To put it in another way, while the average increased, the top end of the bell curve wasn’t as high as last year. Nevertheless, this year still had its moments.
My choices here aren’t particularly graded using a strict measure, it’s more of an overall rating of shows of this year that I greatly enjoyed in one way or another, so please view it as that rather than a solid indicator of quality.
Of course, being a mere mortal with a real life outside of the Internet, I will inevitably miss a few gems here and there, so feel free to voice up any other shows that you, my dear reader, believe I should have watched and not missed for this year.
With that said, here’s the list.
If there’s ever a reason to buy Nyan Tama, Nyan Nyan Service Medley (Toku Mori) warrants more than enough to justify the 3800 yen. It has Iteza, Triangler and… SHERYL SINGING AIMO!
Why couldn’t they have used this version in the final episode instead? :(
So according to a magazine scan (source is unknown but it would be greatly appreciated if someone can tell me), we’ve been misspelling her name all along. It’s “Clan Clang”, not “Klan Klan”. I guess that solves one mystery amongst the English viewers, ROFL. The scan is linked below.
It’s a ruddy hillarious scan though, with entries such as “watermelon”, “peach” and “I love middle-aged men”. God, I seriously wonder which magazine is this from. And I seriously wonder if people will start using “Clan Clang” to refer to Klan, LOL.
P.S.: Shin has posted some translations from the scan. They really say for themselves, but it’s good to have them translated anyways ^^.
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! They just announced May’n’s gonna be in Singapore for Anime Festival Asia 2008. I am totally freaking out (in a good way) about this. Now I have a good excuse to go to Singapore and visit all my kouhai bloggers there, ROFL.
It’s too bad only May’n’s going, they could’ve brought Megumi along as well and then we might be able to see Triangler (fight on stage) live!
More information over here, looks like AFA 2008 is gonna be a pretty darn huge event. Definitely not gonna miss it, but looks like I’m gonna be especially broke afterwards ._.
Sure is crazy how fast Macross Frontier CD’s are leaking. Not that I am complaining though….
01 Prologue F
02 ノーザンクロス／シェリル・ノーム starring May’n
03 トライアングラー(fight on stage)／ランカ・リー＝中島愛＆シェリル・ノーム starring May’n
07 Test Flight Delight
10 妖精／シェリル・ノーム starring May’n
12 真空のダイアモンド クレバス／シェリル・ノーム starring May’n
13 愛・おぼえていますか～bless the little queen／ランカ・リー＝中島愛
15 is this LOVE?
16 shadow of Michael
17 アイモ O.C.／ランカ・リー＝中島愛
18 Battle Frontier
19 娘々サービスメドレー／ランカ・リー＝中島愛＆シェリル・ノーム starring May’ [(1)ﾗｲｵﾝ (2)ｲﾝﾌｨﾆﾃｨ (3)私の彼はﾊﾟｲﾛｯﾄ (4)ﾀﾞｲｱﾓﾝﾄﾞｸﾚﾊﾞｽ (5)星間飛行 (6)what’bout My Star? (7)愛･おぼえていますか (8)ｱｲﾓ]
My favourite OST tracks are Prologue F, High School Life and イヌミミランカ. Those three tracks are probably the “signature” tracks of the show for me and it’s good to finally get to hear them in full. High School Life’s full version was a bit different than I expected though.
This time, the number of vocal tracks nearly equal the BGM ones. Aptly named Triangler (fight on stage) ver. is the Sheryl x Ranka duet of the song, and damn, it would be fun to actually see them “fight” on stage with that song, LOL.
It’s also good to hear the full version of Anata no Oto finally, and it’s a catchy song as I expected. Sheryl’s Yousei and Ranka’s Ao no Ether is also in the album, but I’ve already heard the full versions. Still, it’s good to get the official releases.
There’s also the remixes. Without doubt, Shinkuu no Diamond Crevasse is the official, best version of Diamond Crevasse ever, and it’s good to see they actually gave justice to it with a full track. Ranka’s Do you Remember Love ~ bless the little queen~ doesn’t really evoke much excitement to me, since it’s basically Ranka singing the full version isntead of a excerpt. Aimo O.C. is best described as a “demonized” version of Aimo, and I do think that description fits it the best, considering the context it was made. Wonder what does the O.C mean? “Over Clocked” maybe? Or “Over Charged” ?
Finally, the highlight of the album is THE MEDLEY, “Musume Service Medley”, which is the clean version of the one played at the end of the series. Needless to say, it’s an awesome listen, but I do feel the medley more better in the context of the series. Frankly, the medley song changes got a bit weird to me during the early parts, mostly during the transition to “My Boyfriend is a Pilot” and when “Seikan Hikou” comes in.
Overall, another awesome sound track from this series. Of course, we still have the movie to wait and anticipate much. Man, I hope we get more Sheryl tracks. I still feel there’s not enough pieces from Ranka and Sheryl.
Yes, it’s been leaked, again. Awesome medley is awesome.
But I still feel the “clean version” feels lacking. I think it’s the awesome Alto shouting.
Maybe I should just rip the audio straight from the show.