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While Alto and Sheryl are away at Gallia 4, the day of Ranka’s first concert rapidly approaches, and Nanase is feeling lonely since hardly anyone is around. She’s overjoyed when Ranka shows up at school, but is also shocked at the small green creature that Ranka has adopted because it’s a violation of the ecosystem protect law. Still, once she sees how close Ranka has become to it, she agrees not to tell anyone. Alto and Sheryl meanwhile arrive at Gallia 4 and are greeted by the Zentradi commander Ogotai and his men. Unfortunately, Sheryl faints from her sickness as she’s getting off her ship, and this angers the Zentradi faction that had been waiting for her song as part of their negotiations with Ogotai’s faction. Fighting quickly breaks out between the two sides, even as Sheryl is still lying on the runway while being attended to by her people, and though Alto tries to respond in his Valkyrie, he gets captured along with all the other humans. Word of what happened quickly reaches the Macross Frontier, but they can’t get to Gallia 4 in any less than seven days because of all the fold dislocations. Ranka wants Mikhail and the others to go save Alto, and seeing her sadness prompts Luca to propose a method that’ll allow them to reach Gallia 4 quickly: a new fold engine that is unaffected by the dislocations. Luca has access to it because of his family ties to the LAI corporation.

Back on Gallia 4, the humans have been herded into a guarded building, and Alto stays by Sheryl’s bedside. Though sick, Sheryl struggles to get up because she still wants to give him his present, but Alto puts her back in bed and decides to do something about all this. He sneaks out of their prison and makes his way to his Valkyrie, however he quickly gets caught again. Luckily, Ogotai sees what Alto is doing and has his men provide some covering fire, but when this fails to produce any results, Ogotai is faced with the decision of using his main ship’s guns. Before he can finish giving the order, however, he suddenly starts to hear music. Arriving aboard Mikhail’s specially-fitted Valkyrie is none other than Ranka, and she begins to sing Seikan Hikou. The song causes all the fighting to cease, and everyone gathers around to hear Ranka, dropping their guns in the process. The only person who remains antagonistic is the rebelling faction’s leader, but Alto prevents him from shooting Ranka and engages him in a Valkyrie vs. Queadluun battle. As the two fight, the rebel leader asserts that fighting is the Zentradi life and blood, and this reminds Alto of what Yasaburo had said about the curse-like blood of an actor. Alto takes his frustrations out on his opponent and succeeds in disabling and dumping the Queadluun into the nearby ocean.

Alto returns to Ranka right as she’s finishing singing Aimo, and when he questions why she came out here into so much danger, Ranka wishes him a happy birthday. Afterwards, Mikhail gives Alto the duty of taking Ranka back to the Frontier with the special fold engine in time for her concert tomorrow. Mikhail promises to bring Sheryl back himself, and he advises his friend to think properly about Ranka’s feelings. Alto thus brings Ranka with him when he takes a flight in his Valkyrie above the clouds of Gallia 4, and he thanks her for saving him, calling it the best present. Mid-flight though, something strange suddenly causes all of the Valkyrie’s systems to fail, and Alto is forced to make a crash landing in the canyon below. Ranka experiences a quick vision of something shortly after they land, and when she investigates, she finds a huge Macross class ship just over the nearby ridge.

ED Sequence

ED: 「愛・おぼえていますか」 (Ai – Oboeteimasuka) by 中島愛 (Nakajima Megumi)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
There was a ton of Ranka music this episode (Seikan Hikou, Aimo, and Neko Nikki), and so having Ai – Oboeteimasuka finish out the episode rounded it out pretty well.


Wow, the Ranka concert this episode was a bit unexpected, never mind the fact that they went through almost her entire repertoire of songs. I had suspected that Sheryl’s sickness would show up again, but I still thought that she’d be the one singing this episode, so this turned out to be a pleasant surprise. To me, this was for Ranka was episode seven was for Sheryl, though part of the difference is that Ranka had a much bigger effect on the battle than Sheryl did. Still, no matter how many times I see it, I can’t help but laugh when the bad guys literally dropped their weapons because of the music, and so in true Macross fashion, she stopped the battle with her song.

What’s perhaps even more interesting is how Ranka stole both Sheryl’s spotlight and Sheryl’s time with Alto. I mentioned last week that it wouldn’t surprise me if Sheryl intentionally offered Alto something he couldn’t resist so that she could have him to herself on his birthday, and so when Ranka got that opportunity instead, it felt like karma was at play. Now, I’ve been writing Ranka off as a love interest because it looked like the writers were going to let Sheryl have that role, but this episode does close to a 180 on that. Considering how much of a contrast the ending of this episode was compared to last episode (i.e. lonely Ranka scene vs. lonely Sheryl scene), I think the two girls are back on equal footing, if not advantage Ranka. I’m sure Sheryl will have something to say about that once she’s feeling better again, but she’ll probably have to fight Ranka for screentime because there’s theoretically going to be another big Ranka focused episode coming up with her first concert. That might not happen next week though if Ranka and Alto continue to be stranded wherever they are, and Alto has to fight Brera again like the preview shows. I’m also curious to see what’s with the Macross (SDF-1) at the end and how it got there.

June 26, 2008 at 9:44 pm
  • June 28, 2008 at 6:14 pmtsuchiro

    @yukisami: you do realize that the v-infection they mention earlier is something that vajra gets not humans…..

  • June 28, 2008 at 8:24 pmmai

    About the blushing, I thought that Alto is just one of those people who just blush for a lot of reasons. He just keeps blushing all the time (for a lead male anime character in a mecha series!), I actually didn’t notice that he was doing it again this time until people started to talk about it *^__^*

    As for the good quality in Ranka’s performance, I just say it’s about time she had that treatment from the Macross staff! Most of her other performances were awkwardly animated, except for the Miss Macross one.

  • June 28, 2008 at 8:32 pmRedWolf

    “I think the Macross in planet Galia has something to do with the incident involving the research fleet.”

    More likely the first contact with the Vajra 19 years ago. The 117th Research fleet was destroyed 11 years ago.

    But I do suspect that Ranka has been on Galia 4 before as the moment she noticed the Macross appears to be flashback. Remember Ranka has amnesia of her childhood.

    Also the glowing thing in the water reminds me of the Birdman of Macross Zero. Particularly the spiral symbol of the Protoculture.

    Ozma said there is connection between Ranka and Dr. Mao Nome.

  • June 28, 2008 at 8:51 pmGP


    The blushing doesn’t mean anything, he’s blushed at Klain sp? alot, does that mean he loves her as well? Guys and girls blush in different situations, nothing deep behind it.

    Also, this Ranka performance animation quality was a given. It’s the best PR for her single CD that released on the same day the episode aired. They’d be silly to animate it poorly.

    This ep just pushed more plot development even if some people only think it pushed the triangle subplot (which it does, but all Ranka eps push the main plot also. Only a few Sheryl eps have). Note the macross at the end as the big plot pusher, also when she’s singing we have that vajra/birdman type thing waking up.

    I agree with most who said this probably has something to do with the 117th Research fleet that was attacked. Macross class ships all more or less looks like the SDF1 now, look at battle 7 and battle 13 etc. Those are the only ones that can transform as well, and though the sizes aren’t the same as the original, they should have similar weapons systems. It just wouldn’t make any sense at all if it was the original SDF1.

  • June 28, 2008 at 9:55 pmjimber

    Hmm we need someone on the inside working with the writers, just Tell us what the heck is going on :)
    Its not like i’m going to stop watching it.

    Well does anyone know about the Macross 7 love triangle?

  • June 28, 2008 at 9:56 pmjimber

    hmm anyone know about the MAcross 7 triangle?

  • June 28, 2008 at 9:57 pmWestlo

    ^ In one word, unresolved.

  • June 28, 2008 at 9:58 pmMYM

    I thought it was hilarious when Alto told Ranka that she gave him a great present. Getting your butt saved from a horde of gun toting giants is definitely a great gift, to say the least. I mean, if she just came to the planet to give him some cookies he would have been screwed. All in all, Ranka has taught us how to properly give someone a belated birthday present: perform an impromptu life saving concert.

  • June 28, 2008 at 10:16 pmpinoy78

    Somewhere in Japan Shoji Kawamori is sitting back AND enjoying a warm bottle of Sake with a devilish grin on his face. Well played sir, you’ve got the Macross community BUZZING with that ending.

  • June 28, 2008 at 11:01 pmmai

    @GP – I didn’t interpret his blushing as anything specific either, as I said, I thought that he’s just a “blushy” guy XD

    Aaaand… I was reserving this opinion because it’s just my opinion (WTF I’m rambling) – They had to animate the Ranka song like that because it needed the push, unlike Triangler with Maaya Sakamoto and her anime fanbase, and unlike Diamond Crevasse which is a very beautifully written and delivered song. They had to package the Ranka song with a beautifully animated dance (among other gigs by Megumi Nakajima) to make it sell. Okay, that’s an opinion of course, I can’t back it up. All I know is that the dance made the song tons catchier in my ears.

    The more logical opinion I have is that Ranka is a new star in the context of the Macross story. She had to be shown as a good performer to the viewers of the animation, or else it will appear as if she doesn’t deserve the rise to fame that she recently had. Hence, they had to animate her dance really well.

  • June 29, 2008 at 2:02 amGP


    I agree with you, it’s a mix of both those things (in regards to Ranka). They had to do it both to help push her more since her VA is new, so the songs need to be catchy, and also in the context of the story it’s also the same, Ranka is new so they’re showing she can sing and dance and all that.

    It’s also a key episode plot wise, for the ending AND for that vajra/birdman thing we see etc. These important episodes will get top notch animation done regardless.

  • June 29, 2008 at 2:17 ammy cat laughs

    looks like Alto blushing alot in this episode than others…

  • June 29, 2008 at 2:51 amjubeihimura

    Dammit where is Isamu Alva Dyson when you need him. Isamu Stupid Zentardi for you to kil!! Got for it!
    Serously, I don’t understand this at all. What the hell is SDF-1 doing in Galia 4. It’s definitly not SDF-2 unless they retconned it made it transformable. They better give a clear explanation next ep.

    As for Sheryl vs. Ranka stop bickering when you already know you can’t convince the other side your wises. It just makes you childish.

  • June 29, 2008 at 4:45 amdward


  • June 29, 2008 at 7:50 amAnnoy

    Has it occurred to anyone that there could be more than one “macross”?

    what if the ship is a mass-produced design or something? so there could be one on earth and one stranded here…

  • June 29, 2008 at 7:54 amThe Two

    You damn dirty apes! It was Earth all along!

    Considering the introduction of Fold faults and their effect on space-time, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gallia IV turned out to be Earth after all. They introduced song energy in Macross 7 and Birdman in Macross Zero; nothing is too farfetched for this series.

    It definitely looks like the Macross. The arms are ARMD carriers, and if you compare it to other images of Macross, it looks alike. If it weren’t for the fact that Macross 2 became Megaroad 1 and lost its transformation ability, I’d say this was Megaroad 1. Though, look at the shoulder prongs; they’re thinner than the ones on the Macross back on Earth, which are more Zentran like. And its head is larger than that of the original Macross.

    Maybe it’s something dragged in from an alternate universe where the war didn’t end as well for humans? (Like Robotech? :))

  • June 29, 2008 at 7:58 amThe Two

    Macross is a unique rebuild of a Supervision Army Gun Destroyer and the only one of its class. There are other New Macross- and Megaroad-class capital ships, but the design for the SDF-1 is unique. Also, all the others are much larger than the original Macross, and the New Macross-class ships have their own unique designs. Megaroads also can’t transform.

  • June 29, 2008 at 10:02 amnezumibento

    Bleah, I can’t wait for how this is going to spin out. The plot definitely is thickening, what with more hints of how Grace is pulling certain strings behind everyone’s back in conjunction with Leon. I’m interested in whether she predicted Ranka’s arrival or not. My guess is that she didn’t, but she engineered Sheryl’s illness as a trigger for who knows what scenario. Check how the Zentradi rebel leader knew Alto had escaped and was headed for his Valkyrie. Who else aside from Sheryl knew he had slipped out?

    It feels like she’s been laying ground work for something big (and possibly profitable IF profit is all she’s after). That girl’s got her hands in a whole bucket of secrets – why else would she be blocking Frontier from gathering data on the Vajira, if she didn’t have vested interests in it?

    In a way, her job as Sheryl’s manager is a convenient excuse to get to many of the places she wants to be in. Who’s going to be suspicious of an entertainer and her entourage?

    So many unanswered questions, like the whereabouts of Galaxy, what is it with Ranka and aliens, and what does Brera have to atone for that he’s allowed himself to be reconstituted as a cyborg under Grace’s thumb? That’s more interesting to me at the moment than who’s going to win the RankaxAltoxSheryl tug of war.

    As for the love triangle, I agree that it hasn’t really dawned on Alto to be aware of how either of the girls feel about him, or be interested in either of the girls romantically. He’s brutally equal with them in that sense, and sure, it’s better for him to sort out his own problems before he chooses to get involved with anyone (plus it keeps us all hanging in suspense).

    My own idle speculation is maybe Alto will eventually realize that he’s in more love with one of them in the middle of the series, but a few episodes later will lose her anyway to some inevitable choice that she has to make, or role she has to play (the fate of humanity > loverboy), and he’ll eventually end up with the other girl as a consolation prize. Heehee.

    On to the next episode! Yeah!

  • July 3, 2008 at 3:59 pmRagnarokroan

    Damn! It looks like they finally discovered it! the missing ‘Megaroid 01′ that carried Lynn Minmay, Hikaru, etc from The original Macross that is. ^^

    Hope they can tie up the loose ends now. LOL… Just great or Awesome. :D

  • July 3, 2008 at 4:01 pmfbegum

    If that is true then I… definately cannot miss this!

  • July 3, 2008 at 4:06 pmRagnarokroan

    Well the evidence is clear enough by user: THE freak, on page: 3.

    sdf2 aka megaroid 01

    and here the pic from macross frontier is just soo identical!

  • July 3, 2008 at 4:16 pmRagnarokroan

    Oh ye, this picture too shows that
    SDF 002 is Megaroid 01!

  • July 3, 2008 at 4:28 pmfbegum

    I liked that end song, it was also songed by Macross 7′s Mylene Flare Jenius and note that it is one of Lynn Minmay songs. :)

  • October 11, 2008 at 12:47 amkyoko

    Sometimes ranka pisses me off and sheryel for that matter I dont like alto at all -_- both girls can do better and whats with ending a battle when she comes out of no where to end a battle 0_0 really i still think episode 1,6,and 7 were the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

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