28
Sep
08

Macross Frontier Ep 25 – final deculture!

Epic battles and epic songs!

The final episode doesn’t waste time dishing out the awesome, so we begin with Ozma and gang…

...here to save the day.

...here to save the day.

And once it’s confirmed that Alto’s alive, he gives the orders to fire at the fake-gigantic-Ranka, who then turns out to be…

...the Battle Galaxy.

...the Battle Galaxy.

Seems like Leon didn’t destroy it, and now Grace will use it against the Frontier…

...woops!

...woops!

While the jig is up for Leon, Sheryl is…

...just getting started.

...just getting started.

With renewed passion after learning of Alto’s survival, Sheryl begins the trend of…

...epic songs...

...epic songs...

…that will intertwine with…

...major action sequences...

...major action sequences...

...throughout the episode.

...throughout the episode.

Obviously all of this merrymaking and Vajra-killing doesn’t make Grace particularly happy. After gaining control of the Vajra Queen, Grace decides to show…

...her true viciousness...

...her true viciousness...

...whereby she proceeds to...

...whereby she proceeds to...

...destroy the...

...destroy the...

...living hell out of everything!

...living hell out of everything!

In between all this galaxy-wide anarchy and Alto’s whining, Ranka finally comes out of her…

...comatose mind-control captivity.

...comatose mind-control captivity...

…and starts to sing. And this time her support of the humans is…

...big brother approved!

...big brother approved!

And all it took was a bleeding eye to make Brera come back to his senses. Better late than never I suppose. While all this shit is going down, Sheryl decides to throw an emo fit of despair, resulting in a casual, yet uplifting…

...mmind-dimensional discussion between the three.

...mind-dimensional discussion between the three.

When Alto finally manages to…

...rescue Ranka...

...rescue Ranka...

…the very pissed off Grace throws a Giga-Drill-breaker huge laz0rZ towards Island 1 of the Frontier fleet. At the last second, however, the…

...Vajra themselves intervene!

...Vajra themselves intervene!

Following this is the final leg of the war. The Vajra’s convergence seems to shift the tides a little, but the overwhelming victory against all odds was confirmed when Sheryl and Ranka sung their…

...first real epic duet.

...first real epic duet.

And so was the destruction of Battle Galaxy by…

...Macross Quarter and Frontier!

...Macross Quarter and Frontier!

How can you follow up something so big and cool? You go Gurren Lagann style epic of course! In the Macross world, this starts with a…

...mad rhapsody...

...mad rhapsody...

...of serious ass kicking!

...of serious ass kicking!

After Alto and Brera’s duet, things reach critical mass when Grace is at her most vulnerable. This is when Alto takes…

...the money shot...

...the money shot...

…and Grace goes out with…

...and undeserving blazing glory.

...and undeserved blazing glory.

With Grace gone and the Vajra turning out to be not so warmongering, the galaxy is finally…

...at peace.

...at peace.

Turns out that the Vajra don’t really communicate with each other like humans do to understand each other. So the reason they actually responded to Ranka’s song was because it was…

...the song of love.

...the song of love.

You know, the baby making type. And with that…

...is back to normal again.

...everything is back to normal again.

When I saw the pilot episode of Macross Frontier back in December last year I had extremely high expectations of this anime on two fronts: animation and love story. And damn did it deliver a fine job on both! Now the core love triangle may not be as intense as the Macross of old, but it was still charming enough in it’s own, 21st century cheesy way. The characters were annoying, yet one could easily sympathize with them. The Macross universe is detailed and has been fleshed out enough over the past decades, so all it needed now was a nice coat of paint and a dash of modern socialization.

We knew this final episode would end in a happy ending, so all that was really required was good animation and great duets. Well, like I said before the break, the duets were epic and th battles were just insanely cool.

So an entertaining series to say the least, especially in todays moe-infused, fanservice-overloaded and shonen-fatigued anime world. But is it really a classic like the original Macross? Well, yes it is. But not with a resounding endorsement, as Frontier had it’s fair share of bad things. Still, the overall product is satisfying.

And on that happy go lucky note…

...see you next deculture!

...see you next deculture!

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