27
Jul
08

Macross Frontier Ep 16

Why so serious?

Why so serious?

A slow episode which experiments with Ranka’s singing capabilities.

The episode begins with that Richard Bilrer dude. You know, the giant who freaked out Alto at the end of the previous episode. Anyhoo, we’re only shown a brief clip of his conversation with Alto. He’s basically trying to…

...unite the galaxy...

...unite the galaxy...

…or something. Like any good old man, he just wants all the people (and aliens, and different races of people and aliens) to get along happily ever after. Keep on dreaming old man, cuz that shit ain’t never gonna happen! Like ever; otherwise we won’t have another Macross series!

Back to their school, Ranka is now accompanied by Brera everywhere she goes (what with him being her bodyguard and all). Obviously, Alto gets jealous from all the attention Brera is getting from the girls and gets rather pissed when he’s also in one of their classroom sessions just standing there…

...looking all cool and shit.

...looking all cool and shit.

This, coupled with the fact that Brera not only rescued Ranka a couple of episodes back from the Vajra mothership, but also has infinitely superior skills to Alto was the last straw for him. So Alto decides to tussle Brera the old fashioned way in front of the entire classroom to show them who’s the man. And we find out soon enough that…

...it's not Alto.

...it's not Alto.

Outside the highschool drama, Grace gives Ranka a new bootleg recording of her “Aimo” song. And she listens to it on her…

...cellphone-cd player!

...cellphone-cd player!

Apparently this new battle-music remix doesn’t sit well with Ranka and she goes off tune in her recording session. Brera, being the good bodyguard that he is, gives Ranka a quick pep talk. He tells Ranka that…

...her songs make him feel like the universe is hugging him like the Milky Way... O_o

...her songs make him feel like the universe is hugging him like the Milky Way.

To simplify things, we cut straight to Alto just strolling in some park where he happens to see some beatup hoe

some beatup hoe lying on a bench Sheryl.

Sheryl, lying on a bench.

I think she most likely ran away from the hospital to seek someone’s attention and remind people that Ranka is not the only songstress of hope in the galaxy comfort. After seeing Alto, she faints. So Alto does the most logical thing and takes the unconscious Sheryl to his bunk in SMS.  A perfectly timed entry of Michel reduces Alto’s chances of getting his freak on with Sheryl; but the precise timing of the emergency meeting completely destroys any chances he had.

Uhh.....yeah...

Uhh.....yeah...

So the emergency meeting was actually a call for the SMS division to escort Ranka on a ‘secret mission ‘ (which Sheryl of course hears). This ‘secret mission’ is actually an experiment to see how much Ranka’s singing voice can adversely affect the Vajra. Hints of this were found in the earlier few episodes where we see the Vajra attack, only to end up being dumbfounded if/ when Ranka sings. A few episodes back we also saw that a potentially ugly situation with the Zentradi tribe took a u-turn when Ranka had her impromptu concert on the besieged planet. Clearly there is a connection between Ranka and the Vajra on a much deeper level, signifying that perhaps the Vajra could in fact co-exist with humans (just like the Zentradi)?

Philosophical discussions aside, we are shown the SMS attack some remote Vajra base in order to draw them out, so that the experiment can proceed.

Say hello to our little friends!

Say hello to our little friends!

And the plan works, just like clockwork.

Oh, hi!

Oh, hi!

Anyways, a non-epic battle quickly ensues where the Vajra attack, Ranka sings, Vajra stop, SMS attacks, Vajra get pwned, Ranka freaks out, Vajra come back to senses; but it’s too late and they all get wiped out by the SMS.

Grace deduces that Ranka needs ore training...in seeing more Vajra getting massacred.

Grace deduces that Ranka needs further training...in seeing more Vajra getting massacred.

Again, we hear the battle-mix of ‘Aimo’ during the fight sequence with the Vajra. Now I absolutely love ‘Aimo’, but I wasn’t particularly a fan of this bootleg. However, once she reached the chorus and the music swells with majestic notes in between church bells and guitar riffs, I kinda warmed up to it. Back on the Frontier, once it’s established that Ranka’s voice is in fact effective against the Vajra, the President assumes that the battle against the Vajra is won. And on that delusional note, we’re given the new Ending.

Sii......I like.

Si......I like.

Apparently there was a Dark Knight TV Spot at the end of the Ending (and before next week’s preview). And to quote the fansubbers [gg]…

...Watch. This. Movie.

...Watch. This. Movie.

Which concludes this weeks episode.

Is that Ranka?!?11

Is that Ranka?!?11

PS: You guys just have to see The Dark Knight in an Imax cinema to do the film justice.


2 Responses to “Macross Frontier Ep 16”


  1. 1 Lycan
    July 29, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Hahaha beat up hoe! She does look like one in that particular scene. All hail Ranka!

  2. April 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    kyaaaa i just love brera (i like him much more then alto) !!!!!! and ranka is the best !!!!! she is sooo much better the ….. what was her name.seh….she…. sherly !


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