03
Aug
08

Macross Frontier ep 17

Why so serious?

Why so serious?

High and dry…?

This episode starts out on quite a sombre mood. We’re shown Ozma reminiscing old times, listening to…

...some classical tracks.

...some classical tracks.

He remembers the first time Ranka actually called him a ‘brother’ and how moving it felt. A sense of foreboding is filling the air when we’re presented with…

...the new Op...??

...the new Op?

Oh LAWD please give me my high budget Op back from the previous episodes! I suppose the animators are trying to give the anime a cutesy look to throw us off the ‘dark’ times ahead. Or maybe they’re taking the whole ‘promote Ranka Lee’ thing way too seriously.

Either way, we cut to loli micronized Klan where…

...the fair maiden awaits.

...the fair maiden awaits.

Apparently Michael asked her out called her to a restaurant to get info on some hot chick in school. Seriously, is this guy really such a douche? No wonder his sister died on him. This embarrassing moment is cut short when we see Leon entering some shady Limo with some shadier guys; just behind Michael and Klan’s restaurant.

Back at the SMS we’re shown  Ozma and Cathy having a tender moment

...discussing Ranka's future.

...discussing Ranka's future.

He, rightfully, questions the need for Ranka’s singing to be used as a weapon against the Vajra when they have all these missiles and nukes and shit, which they can fight the Vajra with.

Cut to Alto who’s going to see Ranka, where they discuss the happenings of the previous episode. Although Ranka questions the reasoning for her soon-to-be-weaponized voice, Alto convinces her that the squad ‘feels good’ when she sings and puts the Vajra into a coma, so they can fight like real (wo)men. Satisfied with this ingenious explanation, Ranka promises to…

...sing the shit out of the vajra!

...sing the shit out of the Vajra!

After the heart to heart with Catchy, we’re shown Ozma infiltrating the ‘Extraterrestrial Life-form Research Institute’ on Frontier’s 3rd island. You know, the place where all the Vajra corpses were being taken in the previous episodes. His attempt is foiled by Brera who warns him to back down or…..die, I think. Once again Ozma starts monologuing about Ranka’s need in the fight against the Vajra, wherein Brera says that the current technology won’t last long against the little critters. In the end both of them get into a catfight when the light suddenly goes out, and eventually they’re found in rather…

...compromising positions.

...compromising positions.

Before the sexual tension could increase any further, Brera receives and ill timed call informing them of a Vajra attack.

Out in space, the fleet proceeds with the usual missile barrage, but this time the Vajra have a nice trick up their sleeve. Evolution Skin shedding. And the unwary fighter fleet gets a nasty surprise when the ammo turns out to be ineffective, greeting the viewer with delicious scenes such as these…

...ouch!

...ouch!

Anyhoo, one of the Vajra gets through and shoots a life-pwnage laser beam towards the main deck of the fleet when suddenly Ozma comes in the way!

OMG he's dead?!?!

OMG he's dead?!?!

Emotions start to run high when suddenly…

...nope. Still alive.

...nope. Still alive.

Brera latches on the moment of attention and tells Ozma that this is what he meant when he said that Ranka’s voice will be their salvation as the Vajra have already become immune to their current weaponry. Ozma retorts with saying that he’ll fight to save Ranka even if he has to claw the Vajra to death. And with that brave proclamation he launches himself into the onslaught of the Vajra…

...dieing like a hero! Wow that was some...

...dieing like a hero! Wow that was some...

...nope. Still alive.

...nope. Still alive.

Anyways, the Vajra get annihilated again by the merry men and women of SMS. Ozma and Cathy make it in time to for Ranka’s first official concert. Content that this his sister is fully grown up now and can take care of herself, he finally decides to let the blood flow and bleed to death.

OMG this time he really did die!

OMG this time he really did die...

Goddamnit!

...Goddammit!

Outside of his room, we see Grace walking into the hospital and a very pissed off Sheryl ready to confront her…

...in a ridiculous hat.

...in a ridiculous hat.

This episode was going in a great direction, what with all the nostalgic flashbacks and the classical-styled songs playing in the background whenever we see Ozma looking serious. Heck, even the name of the episode ‘Goodbye sister’ led the viewer to wrongly believe that Ozma will pass away and leave Ranka alone forever with another tragic death of a close one.  This episode did have the potential to be as great as Gurren Lagaan episode 8, but it just took the ‘Sunrise’ way out and had Ozma cheat death. Three times in the same damn episode! Asking the viewers to emotionally vest themselves for a great, but tragic death, only to fool them in the end was a stupid move. For shame Macross!

And on that disappointing note…

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