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Summary:

With footage of the Miss Macross Contest now being broadcast on TV, Ozma is angry that Ranka didn’t tell him and even angrier that she got suspended from school for it. When he says that someone shy like her can’t become a singer, Ranka starts throwing things at him and ends up running out in tears. Alto meanwhile has brought Sheryl to his school so that he can search his locker for her important earring. Today is her only chance to find it because she is returning back to the Macross Galaxy fleet next week. Unfortunately, two other students come by the locker room at the same time, causing Alto to panic. Thinking quickly, he takes Sheryl and hides with her in a locker before the students can see them, but while they’re in there, Alto’s cell phone starts vibrating. This has a stimulating effect on Sheryl, and that in turn causes Alto to get embarrassed and bump his head on the ceiling of the locker. The noise startles the two students, but luckily a teacher then calls them away. Afterwards, Alto still can’t find the earring and claims to have another clue to its whereabouts, but Sheryl doesn’t necessarily believe him and suggests that he could be lying so that he can be with her.

Back at the Lee apartment, Ozma is sitting around worried about Ranka when his doorbell rings. He thinks it could be her, but it turns instead to be Cathy who is here to take Ozma to a Frontier government national security committee meeting. Along the way, Ozma calls up Mikhail and instructs him to find Ranka, causing Cathy to observe that Ozma hasn’t changed. She then starts to express how she wishes he had shown her the same concern, but she quickly realizes what she’s saying and stops herself. Ozma’s response is merely that she’s talking about something that’s already over, and Cathy agrees that it’s a thing of the past. Alto meanwhile tries to call up the S.M.S person in charge of items of the deceased but can’t get in touch. He convinces Sheryl to wait until tomorrow so that he can look for it when he goes to work, but Sheryl then takes the lucky charm that was around his neck and refuses to give it back until he fulfills a certain condition.

A short while later, Alto gets a phone call from Luca who had earlier seen him with Sheryl, though Luca had been too far away to recognize her. Luca had heard about Ranka’s suspension and now passes along the news to Alto, but right as Alto is responding, Sheryl turns off his phone. Sheryl thinks that Alto and Ranka are dating, but Alto denies it and claims that he doesn’t have a girlfriend. She’s happy to hear this and urges them to get going, however Alto then gets a message from Ranka who wants to talk with him since she’s now been suspended for the Miss Macross contest. Alto tries to call her back, but he finds that her cell phone is turned off and gives up for now because Sheryl is being impatient. The two end up heading out into the heart of the city, and Alto is a bit embarrassed to be with the person whose face is on every billboard. Nevertheless, they have a lot of fun together and end up taking the tram to the lookout point high above the city. Sheryl loves how beautiful the city and all of its surroundings are, and she also likes how Alto doesn’t treat her like a star. She then leads him to the train, and – after earlier having spotted Ranka and Mikhail boarding a train together – Alto decides that there’s somewhere he wants to take her.

That place turns out to be a stretch of farmland where Zentradi ranchers are raising huge cow-like creatures, and Sheryl is impressed by the Zentradi size. Her attention then turns to the sound of music coming from a nearby Zentradi mall, so Alto takes her there. As it turns out, Mikhail and Ranka are there too. Mikhail had earlier run into Ranka outside the school and had followed her all the way out to this place. When he notices that Kuran Kuran is also there, he tries to avoid her and offers to buy Ranka some ice cream. The ice cream makes Ranka feel friendly enough to reveal that she was looking for Alto because he actually listens to her, unlike her brother. Mikhail tries to get her to head home since Ozma is worried about her, but Ranka refuses because of how her brother treats her like a kid and kept his piloting a secret from her. Around this same time, Ozma finds himself at an alien creature research laboratory where Leon reveals that they have an intact Vajra corpse suspended in a giant tube. Their analysis has revealed a lot about the creature’s abilities, but what’s really interesting is that the creature’s brain is too small to control it. In other words, the Vajra are lowly creatures that don’t need to think on their own, so someone could be using them as biological weapons.

Back at the mall, Mikhail questions if Ranka can even sing in public and challenges her to do so right there since it’s place where people haven’t specifically come just to see her sing. At the same time, Sheryl is having a blast playing in all of the giant-sized stuff, and it inspires her, so she grabs the nearest thing she can write on – a pair of giant panties – and starts jotting stuff down. By chance, Kuran Kuran notices what Sheryl is doing and runs into Alto in the process. As the two watch Sheryl, Alto makes a paper airplane and wonders aloud why people sing and try to fly. Having just finished writing, Sheryl answers that they can’t help it, and Kuran agrees. Since Alto understands what she means, he lets the paper airplane go and watches as it soars above the mall. Ranka happens to see that very same paper airplane, and after remembering how Alto had previously thrown one too, she gains the courage to sing. Her voice quickly attracts the attention of a large crowd, and even Alto and Sheryl come to see her. This turns into a great success among the mall crowd, but what Ranka doesn’t know is that, over at the alien creature research laboratory, the captive Vajra suddenly comes to life and starts banging its head on the glass tube. Ozma manages to catch Cathy when she faints, and he then has Leon hit the emergency switch that isolates the Vajra within metal shielding and vaporizes it.

In the aftermath of her performance, Ranka explains to Mikhail that it was all thanks to Alto. The two then spot Alto and Sheryl standing by a nearby fountain, and Sheryl is in the process of returning the charm. Glad to see that Ranka will be okay, she thanks Alto for today and promises to send him a ticket for her farewell concert. Alto in turn promises to find and bring her the earring. Sheryl then kisses Alto on the cheek, much to his, Mikhail, and Ranka’s surprise. Meanwhile, out in space, a variable fighter suddenly appears, broadcasting an emergency message about how the Macross Galaxy fleet is under attack by a swarm of Vajra.

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Wow, for a date episode, this was a lot more fun to watch than I thought it’d be. I’m quickly becoming a fan of SherylXAlto because of their chemistry together – I think it comes down the fact that playful Sheryl is much much better than bitchy Sheryl. I definitely laughed when she started writing on that giant pair of Zentradi underwear. The way the episode ended (with Ranka witnessing Sheryl kissing Alto on the cheek) was admittedly predictable, but I don’t count that against the show given how good everything was. The question now is if Ranka is jealous or just surprised – in other words, I wonder if this is going further down the path where the girls to compete for Alto as well as to compete as songstresses. I guess the alternative is that they don’t because the Vajra threat takes precedence or something.

In addition to all that, every time I think that this series couldn’t possibly keep bringing out more songs, they do. This week it was Ranka’s (Nakajima Megumi) version of What ’bout my star, along with Sheryl’s version. Speaking of music, I’ve been listening to the full version of the ED and the Don’t be late Sheryl song nonstop – it’s really good stuff. I can’t wait for all of Ranka’s songs to be released in late June (on the 25th to be exact).

Still, despite this being a fun episode, there were some nagging questions raised about what Ozma’s past relationship with Cathy was, who the shadowy guy Leon was talking to, and why Ranka’s songs have such an effect on the Vajra. I get the feeling we won’t learn the reason for the latter of those until much later. I also assume the appearance of the ship from the Macross Galaxy fleet at the end means that either our heroes are going to be sent into battle soon or that Sheryl is going to be stuck with the Frontier fleet – or both. That being said, the title of next week’s episode “Bye Bye Sheryl” suggests that the latter may not occur.

May 1, 2008 at 3:10 pm
143 comments »
  • May 3, 2008 at 5:43 pmtsuchiro

    if the anime is like the manga the president announces the galaxy has been under attack and declare state of emergency

  • May 3, 2008 at 5:44 pmtsuchiro

    gah wtf the spoiler tag didnt work

  • May 3, 2008 at 6:48 pmlanabear

    I’m sorry, I’m really not trying being bias in anyway, but didn’t the Vajra attack after Sheryl’s concert? (episode 1) Is it because it reacts to everything that sings? so we can’t just base our main character to be just Ranka because she sings more within the series.

    everyone has their own opinion of who they want Altoh to end up with. Although we’re still in the 5th episode of this at lease 25 episode show, i personally prefer him ending up with Sheryl.

  • May 3, 2008 at 7:07 pmWestlo

    There has been 3-4 occasions where the Varja have reacted directly to Ranka…. zero to Sheryl.. yes they attacked during her concert but they also just attacked Macross Galaxy.. and they have attacked previous Zentradi fleets as shown in episode 4 when Alto and Klein Klan train. In other words they are attacking anyone coming in this direction.. but they have only reacted to Ranka at this moment. So like Minmei was the key to the Zentradi, Ranka should be the key for the Varja which should drastically reduce her chances of ending up with Alto if Kawamori wants to keep Ranak and Sheryl as even leads..

  • May 3, 2008 at 7:37 pmdiva

    @westlo-What does Ranka being the key have to do with her chances of ending up with Alto? Is the writer that inflexible to always go with his previous set-ups? :|

  • May 3, 2008 at 7:50 pmWestlo

    It’s got nothing to do with previous setups, it’s got everything to do with balancing Sheryl and Ranka who are being shown as equal female leads. If Sheryl has nothing to do with the Varja and ends up losing Alto what’s her role in this series than? She’s already famous and successful unlike Ranka who will more than likely end up becoming that.

    Ranka and Sheryl are equal female leads, neither of them are more important than the other in the overall scheme of the show itself so if one is more important in one aspect (Varja) than the other should be more important in the other (Alto) to keep the equality between them.

    This won’t be like the original in how Minmay had way more screentime than Misa, it will be more even.

  • May 3, 2008 at 7:54 pmHaesslich

    Hudson: Show me the part in the manga where that happens, then we’ll talk. If you don’t like green-haired quarter-Zentran, then just say so and be done with it.

    GP: Alto and anyone could stay good friends – unlike Hikaru or most other male leads, he’s not looking for a girlfriend at the moment, nor does he apparently have any ex-girlfriends to clutter the romantic landscape that we know of. That’s probably part of what’ll fuel any yaoi-fodder that makes it into the doujin marketplace… on top of his girlish good looks. Besides, with what Kawamori said about not letting any Macross completely duplicate another, if we’re looking at Ranka and Sheryl as Minmay and Misa… then Misa’ll lose this time. So let’s not, and see how things go on from here. At least Sheryl doesn’t hate him, and Ranka isn’t completely infatuated with Alto so we’re not looking at a meltdown situation just yet.

    Ozma’s past with Cathy explains her reaction in episode 3… and makes the whole ‘Leon taking her on the desk with Ozma’s file on top’ particularly… galling? I’m not sure how I’d put it. But it may also explain her pissed-off look when Leon was holding Ranka’s file and fixing things with the other judges.

    Westlo: We -hope- it’ll be more even, but we can’t be so sure of it. They may end up sharing screentime, however, should Sheryl get ‘stuck’ on the Frontier due to events elsewhere (and the Galaxy is travelling along the same part of space the Frontier is, unlike the rest of the other fleets). Whether this means Sheryl ‘ends up’ with Alto, or the triangle gets hopelessly confused is another story. At the moment, Alto’s not looking for romance unlike Mikhail or Luca… nor is he boffing anyone like Leon, or even flirting. However, should Sheryl and/or Ranka start flirting with him, then he might be responsive… as he sorta ends up doing here.

  • May 3, 2008 at 8:51 pmWestlo

    It should be more even, Sheryl being listed 2nd on the cast order for 5 episodes out of 6 (she’ll be second next week 100%) as well as being the main focus of the first manga volume cover shows that. While I disagree I can see why some people complained Hayase came from nowhere in the original.

    “At the moment, Alto’s not looking for romance unlike Mikhail or Luca…”

    He looked pretty taken with Sheryl after that kiss on the cheek and he definitely enjoyed himself more as the day went on. Him and Sheryl blushed a lot during this episode as well. Their relationship will progress next episode too more than likely, at this rate Ranka will be the 3rd wheel.

    “Besides, with what Kawamori said about not letting any Macross completely duplicate another”

    Ozma survives and gets with Kathy!

  • May 3, 2008 at 9:09 pmDepressed Conspiricist

    I feel like Sheryl will be killed off before Ranka is, and Alto will just be left with her earring. Maybe in the next episode? Hopefully not, but that’s just what it feels like to me. If it happens, remember you heard it here first.

  • May 3, 2008 at 9:16 pmCrimson_Pirate

    ooh~ getting interesting with the ranka x alto x sheryl…
    I personally don’t care which who alto ends up with as long as there seems to be a good process in between of them getting to know each other (meaning I wouldn’t want the alto to suddenly declare he likes one of them out of the blue). I am leaning a little towards alto x ranka, but if the storyline follows the original Macross with Hikaru and Minmei and Kawamori, then I think the chances of Alto ending up with Ranka are low…however, I hope that at least Ranka wouldn’t ever be close to being selfish as Minmei was (when she told Hikaru she didn’t care about others and only wanted to survive with him).

  • May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pmHaesslich

    ‘Should’ and ‘will be’ are two different things. Remembering that another show which got blogged about on this blog (SEED Destiny) ended up being usurped halfway through by the main character of the previous series due to rumored director/writer conflicts with the cast. Kawamori has only stated that he’d be making sure the story didn’t echo exactly any previous Macross one, which means we’re probably safe from insane hologram/AI enemies for now, as well as a step-by-step repeat of the Misa/Hikaru/Minmay triangle.

    The main strike against AltoxRanka aren’t the role of the latter, but their current interactions and the way they seem to think about one another – Alto’s protective of her and supports her in ways that Ozma refuses to, while Ranka feels close to Alto because he’s Alto and has protected her in the past… even if his joining SMS puzzles her somewhat. He doesn’t think of Ranka romantically, which argues against a relationship at this time… but neither does he really see Sheryl that way yet, although the dayto-episode may tilt the equation more towards her if Sheryl keeps hunting him down and making him feel like an idiot (aka: normal state of affairs for a man in love).

    We’ll see if he’s interested next episode – I don’t know many heterosexual males who wouldn’t be staring after Sheryl if they’d been escorted by her a whole day, complete with a trapped-in-a-locker interlude. That’s why I say we need to wait and see to confirm if he’s as taken with her in a romantic way or if it was a ‘heat of the moment’ sort of thing. He wasn’t hunting for this, and if you look at him in Episode 1 he appears rather annoyed by how Mikhail’s chatting up and hitting on every girl in sight using his ‘you look like Sheryl Nome’ line. They’re definitely friends at this point, and Sheryl doesn’t hate him – we saw that way back in Episode 3. But whether HE’S interested is still something to be settled. Or whether Ranka’s seriously interested in him beyond the fact he’s pretty and he’s usually there to help her… unlike the more distant ‘brother’ Ozma. That’s why Ranka was so annoyed when she couldn’t find him this episode – Alto wasn’t there when she was looking for him.

    Personally, I’m hoping Ozma and Catherine Glass do get together – Leon’s using her, and she apparently isn’t quite over him to judge by their fighting, which reminds me MUCH more of the classic Hikaru and Misa sparring of the first series, albeit tempered by the fact that Ozma’s technically a civilian now and she’s not the Executive Officer, which means rank is no longer a big barrier as it would’ve been back when Hikaru was still a junior officer and Misa was second-in-command. Roy Focker and Claudia LaSalle had an easier time of things since they were both relatively senior officers and Claudia wasn’t effectively his immediate superior (as Lisa was, handling squadron control and carrier ops like a CAG) on top of other duties.

    Besides, Ozma needs someone to settle him down a bit… if he survives. The odds agaisnt him doing so will drop significantly if we find out he likes pineapple salad, though…

  • May 3, 2008 at 9:43 pmHaesslich

    Isn’t the role of the latter, that is. Shows me for not spellchecking and going through the grammar.

  • May 4, 2008 at 1:29 amdiva

    How are we so sure that Sheryl has no other purpose in the show other than become Alto’s potential love interest? What’s up with her earrings? I remember in the preview episode 1, Sheryl’s earrings were featured in the ED theme. Besides, she’s Ranka’s almighty idol and the Galaxy’s idol. There are so many possibilities to work on her character. I think I wouldn’t be THIS confused with the love triangle if I haven’t read all these Minmay/Misa comparisons here–even the weekly cast order’s being analyzed lmao. If I ignore all that and just LOOK at the storyline, it’s crystal clear Ranka is not the third wheel here.

    @westlo-Since the weekly cast order’s inconsistent, I think it has something to do with Ranka’s VA being a newcomer or something. If you want consistent, the cast order in the official website is. Ranka’s clearly listed second.

    http://www.macrossf.com/character/character.html

  • May 4, 2008 at 3:10 amTmoo

    woot for shipper wars!

    http://randomc.net/image/Macross/Macross%20Frontier%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2004.jpg

    this looks hot :P i wouldn’t mind either pairing atm, and we’ll most likely see some rankaXalto development in the near future to match sheryl’s to some degree.

  • May 4, 2008 at 3:24 amdiva

    O geez, shipper wars lol Soon, I probably will just watch the show without reading other’s opinions and whatnot and just enjoy watching my two fave characters struggle their way to the top.

  • May 4, 2008 at 7:46 amVF-Man

    If we’re talking about cameo Valkyrie appearances, a Civilian Valkyrie from Macross II shows up in Episode 3, at 00:15.

    As to the love triangle, what about that mysterious, yet-unseen woman in the OP? Maybe she’ll end up Alto’s love interest, like Max and Milia. She seems to be the pilot of that enemy fighter in the OP, since it appears right after her.

  • May 4, 2008 at 8:15 amCiupy

    VF-Man..that “unseen woman” is actually a man and is played by a male VA.

    His name is Brera Sterne (not a spoiler since it was shown in the Director’s cut episode briefly along with a sketch of him).

  • May 4, 2008 at 9:57 amWestlo

    Diva I and manga readers already know about Sheryl’s earrings as will anime viewers next week. I’ll honestly be surprised if they become a focal point in the actual plot in the show, focal point in the development/relationship of characters yes, but plot no.

    “If I ignore all that and just LOOK at the storyline, it’s crystal clear Ranka is not the third wheel here.”

    Name the romantic development between Ranka and Alto. I hope you can come up with something aside from they inspire each other and support each other, or that Alto fights for Ranka because if so next weeks episode should be interesting… If you think these are romantic developments than I expect you to acknowledge them again next week ;)

    Anyway they have had zero romantic developments so far, just pure friendship, yes we as viewers know they will, it’s obvious even without taking into account the OP song title, first line in the op song and love triangles being part of Macross tradition. But as things actually stand they have had no concrete romantic developments.

    Now Ranka’s actually seen Sheryl kiss Alto on the cheek, Alto’s reaction to that and things should get more interesting next week.

    “@westlo-Since the weekly cast order’s inconsistent, I think it has something to do with Ranka’s VA being a newcomer or something. If you want consistent, the cast order in the official website is. Ranka’s clearly listed second.”

    It really doesn’t matter since they’re pretty much been shown to be equal leads, also Sheryl being listed 2nd for 5 out of 6 episodes (she’ll be 2nd next week, content aside the episode has her name in it..) isn’t exactly what I’ll call inconsistent but whatever the point is moot.

    The VA being new has nothing to do with it or Noe wouldn’t be listed about Hiromi in True Tears, Soul and Maka above Death The Kidd in Soul Eater etc.

    Also I hope retarded shippers don’t ruin the conclusion of this show when reading thoughts on the final. If we get something as amazing as episode 26 of SDF Macross (Love Drifts Away) and the majority of comments is “boo/yay Sheryl/ranka won/lost” than /facepalm.

  • May 4, 2008 at 12:43 pmHaesslich

    I thought Macross was 36 episodes, not 26… and even though Misa ‘won’, the trio maintained a good friendship (Misa and Minmsy starting theirs then) that led to Minmay joining them on Megaroad-01. As far as anime triangles go, it dudntcend poorly for anyone for a change – you could say that they anticipated the Shuffle anime ending by 22 years or thereabouts. ;)

    I’m not against the shipping so much as the notion that the relationships have progressed beyond friendship yet. Sheryl has cast ehatvmay be the first stone there; but Alto-hime has yet to reciprocate. For those who say blushing=romance, i would point to the end of episode 3 where he blushes after Ranka leans in close to tell him teasingly that he’s being mean after being chided for her defeatism. We shall see how things develop – and as long as nobody asks for pineapple salad, we should be good. Unless Sheryl or Ranka order it sometime.

  • May 4, 2008 at 12:44 pmSergio

    you guys can read japanese?! that’s awesome (I assume that’s how all of you know about the manga and what’s going to happen next)

    Since I already said my current opinion on the love triangle I just want to say,.. Is anybody else tired of that froggy cellphone? I’m starting to hate it(one more reason of why I don’t like Ranka, along with her strange voice, odd hairstyle, whinnyness, lol).

  • May 4, 2008 at 12:47 pmdiva

    I’m saying Ranka and Alto connected first then here comes Sheryl. Third wheel= Sheryl. Why would they show Ranka’s jealous face if Ranka feels nothing for Alto. Why give Ranka screentime and concern when this episode is all about Sheryl and Alto? It only means Ranka is already involved in the LT. Plain and simple. I’m perfectly aware RankaxAlto’s mutual relationship is still on the friend zone officially, but it has every symptoms of ‘potential love’ in it. Since yea, there is going to be a LOVE triangle. It’s going to spark soon regardless of how Sheryl connects with Alto next episode. In my opinion, it would be interesting to see Alto get wooed by Sheryl. I’d like to see how RankaxAlto turns out.

  • May 4, 2008 at 12:52 pmHaesslich

    Plus, it is nice to see it confirmed that Sheryl foes seem to appreciate that Alto’s normal treatment of the Galactic Fairy is why she seems to like his company. It shows that she us emphatically not a Minmay clone, despite her introduction, and that she’s mature enough to be Ranka’s friend and maybe mentor.

    Cathy and Ozma also feel like a Claudia and Riy who lasted through the first war but who grew apart. This makes me think the triangle could be her, Leon-the-bastard, and Ozma… nahhhhh.

  • May 4, 2008 at 12:59 pmHaesslich

    sheryl does, even. Dang small keyboard.

    Diva: Ranka called him a pretty girl, and that incident ended with a ‘huh, what a strange girl… but I think I’ll try it’ thought from Alto after her farewell suggestion he visit Nyan Nyan. I can’t quite feel the romance there yet, or the connection outside of him deciding he didn’t want to yell at a young girl (unlike Sheryl, who he felt deserved to be yelled at)

  • May 4, 2008 at 1:40 pmWestlo

    I’m saying Ranka and Alto connected first then here comes Sheryl. Third wheel= Sheryl.”

    They connected as friends.. and both girls met Alto on the same day…

    “Why would they show Ranka’s jealous face if Ranka feels nothing for Alto”

    Sudden realization is a bitch isn’t it? Also going by past episodes she might be jealous of Alto getting a kiss from Sheryl :p

    “Why give Ranka screentime and concern when this episode is all about Sheryl and Alto? It only means Ranka is already involved in the LT. Plain and simple.”

    There is no love triangle atm, let me repeat this there is no love triangle atm. Ranka fans can whine and moan all they want but the fact is the love triangle hasn’t started period. Now if Ranka starts to make a move on Alto it’s in reaction to Sheryl’s kiss which shows that the start of the love triangle is Alto x Sheryl.

    Was Asa from Shuffle involved in the love… uh polygon when she looked at Rin with longing a few times early on even though he had no idea she was interested in him? Was Hiromi in True Tears in a love triangle when she looked at Noe and Shin with jealousy in the 2nd episode?

    As for why Ranka gets screen time.. it’s rather simple… like Alto and Sheryl she’s one of the 3 main characters of this show. Do you assume Michael is going to get involved? Because he was in this episode just as much as Ranka.

  • May 4, 2008 at 3:06 pmren

    i dont get why everyone is debating this so much lol..lets just see what happens.

    That being said i’m preferenced for SherylxAlto but we’ll see how the story does it.

  • May 4, 2008 at 4:39 pmHaesslich

    ren: Because anime fanboys, myself included, have a need to feel justified by guessing correctly, thus being able to brandish their large wangs of ‘I know more than you do’. Sheryl and Alto may happen, may not. It’s too early to tell. Ranka and Alto don’t seem to be happening anytime soon, but they’ve got the emotional closeness that Misa and Hikaru developed after the Zentradi capture… a closeness which eventually led to the two of them dating. Whether it goes this way or not for Ranka and Alto’s another story.

    Westlo: Indeed. We’re getting some nice, solid foundations for the relationships which may lead to the love triangle… and to be honest, after years of ‘instant love affair’ relationships that come as part of the harem show, or relationship development which happens offscreen so they can all blossom at the same time, this is a nice change.

    And my comment about Shuffle is mostly to indicate that’s one of the few harem/love-shape endings which didn’t end in heartbreak for everyone but the chosen girl; they’re all getting along splendidly at the end (Kaede more so with Sia if the ending credits bit is anything to go by). As far as I could tell, Asa was involved only because she liked him… sorta like how Misa was involved in a triangle with Hikaru and Minmay because she liked Hikaru even if he was too thick to realize it.

    As far as this episode goes, I must say that after watching again I’ll put higher odds on Ozma dying before the last episode, now it’s been revealed he has had a love affair with Cathy… which raises his Focker-analog rating by quite a bit, especially if we see Cathy as a sorta-Claudia.

  • May 4, 2008 at 6:41 pmtonbo

    hmm, i did mention Ranka’s lastname prolly isn’t Lee, considering Ozma is a Lee but isn’t her real brother. seeing the effect Ranka’s singing had on the Vajra just seemed like watching ‘..Zero’ again

    the Vajra seemes contained, not disposed of as yet.

    wonder if we’ll get to see some ‘Rankas’ this AX doing the Pilot song… (heh)

  • May 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm8ghosts

    sheryl>>>>ranka

  • May 4, 2008 at 8:40 pmdiva

    @westlo-I think I see where the clash is here. Your definition of love triangle is different from mine. To me, love begins in casual affection, not just physical contact/blushing whatnot. Love triangle is when A & B starts to get closer and C comes in from the left field and everything explodes, turns into a triangle. It all comes down to who’s the first girl who got involved with Alto. It’s Ranka. I thought this issue isn’t even debatable since everyone can see Ranka and Alto, regardless if it’s not romantic, connected first. Platonic or not, it doesn’t change the fact that the writers kept throwing Ranka and Alto together. Why would they do that? To prove a point. The two have a BOND. Sheryl stepping into the picture, getting on Alto’s good side, Awakening Ranka’s jealous side IS the formation of the obligatory love triangle.

    Again, Sheryl=Third Wheel. People can ignore all the previous 4 episodes all they want, but let’s not twist this fact anymore regardless of how the LT gets concluded.

    As for True Tears, yes, plain as day Hiromi is in the love triangle. Hiromi found him first, Noe is the third wheel.

    @Haesslich-”Ranka and Alto don’t seem to be happening anytime soon, but they’ve got the emotional closeness that Misa and Hikaru developed after the Zentradi capture… a closeness which eventually led to the two of them dating.”

    That’s the kind of bond I’m saying. Not saying romantic, but ‘something’ is there. And yes, fangirls do debate because they want to make a point also–that and they love to procrastinate.

  • May 4, 2008 at 10:28 pmHaesslich

    diva: I don’t think I’ve ever said that Ranka and Alto don’t have an emotional tie – they always have. Whether it leaves to Romantic Triangles, which is usually how people define Love Triangles, is another story. Eventually it may… but right now, they’re just thinking of one another on a semi-regular basis, if in a ‘gee, I wonder if things are okay’ rather than ‘I think I love her/want to date her/wonder where my love-interest is/want to have sex with them right now’ thing. Sheryl and Alto are developing a bit of a bond as well… but it appears mostly one sided at the moment (Sheryl thinking to herself that ‘she’ll have to see Alto again. Ah, darn… that’s SUCH a shame…’ in the bath in Episode 3). The foundations are there for romance, but only Sheryl’s taken a step towards it so far – Alto’s mostly in a confused state since he can’t figure out women, and Ranka’s in a slightly stunned state after finally finding Alto. And look, there’s Sheryl Nome too…

    tonbo: If Ranka’s last name is ‘Jenius’, I won’t be surprised at all… Show Spoiler ▼

    I still say Ozma’s Deathclock has been raised in profile since he was involved with Cathy… which means that not only the Vajra are against him, but maybe Leon too if the latter’s a petty, possessive type.

  • May 4, 2008 at 10:45 pmRuly

    WOW This episode was awesome, i have a question what does “Deculture” mean? , because its on the special edition episode, and the guy with the glasses says it when he sees Ranka singing.

  • May 5, 2008 at 4:24 ammai

    I didn’t think so much of the love triangle until now :D

    @Ruly – Just think that “Deculture” means “Surprise”, and when used as an expression is “I’m surprised!!!” or “Holy sh###!!!” or just “!!!”.

  • May 5, 2008 at 2:07 pmYukiruchan

    Love triangles are interesting, aren’t they?^_^

    Here’s another interesting thing:
    It’s the 3rd time Implants have been mentioned in 5 episodes.
    Facts on Implants
    - They can record vision, that’s how Sheryl knew her missing earring was with Alto (from Grace’s implant)
    - They can process information and connect to networks (Grace used it to find Sheryl)
    - They are illegal in Frontier but normal in Galaxy
    - They are useful in many ways

    Put it with other pieces of the puzzle
    - Ozma, the folks and obviously Ranka were survivors of a Vajra research mission team
    - Ranka’s voice has a strange effect on Vajra
    - The Vajra keep targeting Ranka

    Results of the jigsaw
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Jigsaw puzzle foreshadowing just makes Macross F even more interesting. Gotta love it.

  • May 5, 2008 at 5:40 pmWestlo

    I found [url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/Westlo/page_2t.jpg]thisp.url] from chapter 4 of the manga interesting…. Sheryl Hayase ftw.

  • May 5, 2008 at 7:21 pmHaesslich

    Westlo: You know, that artist was evil and inspired.

    Yukiruchan: Interesting premise. It doesn’t explain why her voice would have an effect on the Vajra – Grace’s implant allows her to interface with computers, but doesn’t allow her voice any specific abilities and as far as we can tell only records sense data. Besides which, this is the universe where the power of love and music can tame just about any enemy if you’ve got the right singer…

  • May 5, 2008 at 9:51 pmEdgie

    Ranka is what Sheryl wishes she could/should/would have been.

  • May 6, 2008 at 5:45 ampinoy78

    Yack DECULTURE!

    I need episode six NOW!

  • May 6, 2008 at 8:14 ameaglearcher

    Obviously the real star of this show is Kuran Kuran. Loli’s cuteness + Sexy bombshell rolled into one. Ingenious.

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:14 amSepiraph

    The music in this series is REALLY good!

  • May 7, 2008 at 6:32 pmTmoo

    i’m leaning for sheryl x alto, but that might change with time.

    yeah the music is incredible, and i was already a fan of yoko kanno to begin with :P and the pop songs are catchy.

  • May 17, 2008 at 9:22 amhoh

    I like the shy and civilized way the mobile phone incident was talked about in the summary, though it is indeed an cliche sex joke in movies (not quite sure whether the French or the Japanese initiated it).

  • May 23, 2008 at 12:20 amCopier

  • June 5, 2008 at 6:42 pmDeamiel

    I 100% agree with Camari.

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