+20/+20/+20/+30 Support Boosts To Ranka’s Confidence Stat All Round
Okay so this week I’m going to have to do a shorter summary again and I’m sure people don’t mind at all given the irritating length that I’m aware some of my articles can go on for. So without further ado, Macross Frontier Episode 06 Quickie Edition.
Summary: The Zentradi record producer signs Ranka to a contract with Ozma’s approval (given in the most dramatic fashion possible) and Alto, Michel, Lucy and Nanase take her out to celebrate and form her first official fan club. (Complete with the coolest mood expression table I’ve ever seen) Meanwhile President Glass is getting ready to make an official announcement regarding the Vajra saying the time must come and he feels now is best. Leon does not seem to approve. Meanwhile Sheryl is getting ready for her fairwell concert when she learns of the attack on the Galaxy Fleet. Alto makes a boneheaded maneuver by indicating that he was with someone else at the mall when her heard her song as if to unintentionally say he wasn’t interested in her and gives her a ticket to Shery’s concert, but as Michel begins to call him an idiot the President begins an emergency broadcast across all vid windows.
A Prelude To Space War III?
Glass tells everyone the unfortunate news of the Macross Galaxy’s fate and also states that he has declared a state of emergency and a plan of action in order to assist the Galaxy and protect the Frontier. Ozma also calls Michel to give the unnofficial news that they are about to be deployed. Meanwhile Leon again seems to be up to his own agenda as when talking about a Sheryl Nome interview with Katherine he says that the “offical appointment” will come later. Michel later tells Alto that they are now under exception clause b, which forbids them from withdrawing from any government contract during war time, which this qualifies as. In other words Alto is here until the job is done. Soon the Sheryl Nome interview broadcasts and she portrays a strong “the show must go on” attitude with regard to the concert not being cancelled and her belief that her home is safe and she will return there. Alto decides to go out to talk to her and in the meantime the SMS Battleship is being deployed and Katherine assigned to it’s bridge crew.
A Promise Kept
When he gets there he returns the earring as promised and meanwhile a few ships from the Galaxy defold in front of the Skull Squadron and seem to have Vajra attached to them. Alto and Sheryl continue to talk and she explains that the earrings are a memento from her mother who she doesn’t really recall all that well and leaves it at that. The conversation shifts to Alto’s distaste for the Frontier Cities lack of a sky, which doesn’t feel right to him as a pilot and Sheryl is about to talk about Galaxy a bit when Michel calls and orders Alto back to the hangars for deployment. Their mission, assist the survivors of the galaxy and fend of the Vajra. ESCORT MISSION LEVEL TIME! First though Sheryl comes clean that she hated the Galaxy since she had no family, relatives and friends and she allows Alto to keep the earrings as a keepsake, but that he has to return it.
….He Gave It A Name….Luca’s Definitely Got A Metrosexual Thing Going On
At Long Last
Holy Crap, This Could Be A Music Video Or Something. Actually It’s At Least 50 Times Better Done Then The Average Japanese Music Video Since Half The Time I Don’t Have Any Idea What The Fuck Is Going On In Any Of Them
Saraba Frontier Yo Tabidatsu Fune Wa
Uchuu Senkan Macross Quarter
The Macross Quarter makes it’s maiden launch at the command of the captain as Sheryl begins her concert and Ranka rushes to get there. Ozma gives a speech to his men saying that not one of them is going to die and they will return to the Frontier. As they begin their fold Ranka arrives at the concert to see it as if both her and Sheryl are seeing them off to the tune of Diamond Crevasse.
Much of this episode spends time tying up the plotlines relevant to the Frontier City story arc as the SMS is about to head off on it’s journey to rescue the Galaxy fleet, not knowing if and when they are going to be back. It’s good that they spent the time doing this, but it does make this episode a bit slow moving and mostly set up. That’s not a bad thing though and we do get to learn a bit more about Sheryl. It seems likely that the reason she was envious of Ranka is that Ranka has the friends and support she wish she had as a child and Sheryl almost seems to realize that her existence as an idol is a hollow one as for all the adoration she is showered with, it’s not a reciprocal or deep meaningful relationship like the one she has with Alto. Seeing as how the earrings are the closest thing she has to something resembling a familial relationship I think the fact she gave it to Alto means he’s something like a first true friend to her, or likely even a romantic interest. The time they spent together was short, but it obviously seems to have had a huge impact on her as she wishes him off in another expertly timed scene where the lyrics seem to match exactly what is happening on the screen. I love the stylish fades to the ending sequence where the music starts early and while Sunrise seems especially fond of them, Macross Frontier’s staff sort of goes a step further by actually making it part of the episodes actual context instead of just an ending theme before it becomes one. Extremely nice touch.
Ranka’s short on screen time this episode, mostly content to worry about her brother and Alto and it sucks for her that she doesn’t even have time to enjoy her new recording contract. Poor girl. On the political front I have to say that Howard Glass seems like an honest politician, but I don’t trust Leon at all. There’s no other explanation for his cryptic comments other then him having something to do with all of this. Could the Vajra be a failed experiment that went from on the 117th fleet? And what does Ranka have to do with this. So wait….there is sort of some new plot details going on her, just absolutely nothing to build off of yet. Reminds me of Code Geass’ current “kill god” situation with the Emperor.
Anyway, so aside from a few questionable character art consistency issues the episode is reasonably solid. Not good, not great, but above average, mostly thanks to the last 6 or so minutes. I can’t wait for this series to really start feeling like a Macross though. The Macross Quarter has launched and now the fireworks should really begin. Even just seeing the bridge bunnies (a bunch of Ruris) and the captain actually get some lines as well as the shots of the bridge and outside of the Quarter gave me a nostalgic feel. It’s time to get serious…..next episode.
Rating: Seven Out Of Ten