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OP Sequence

OP: 「星間飛行」 (Seikan Hikou) by 中島愛 (Nakajima Megumi)
Watch the OP!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Streaming

By now, Seikan Hikou isn’t really anything new, and I’ve listened to it quite a bit, so I don’t have much else to say about the song itself. The animation sequence that accompanies it here is amusing and very colorful, and I’m hoping that its relatively simplicity means that the upcoming Lion OP will be really impressive to watch.


As he loads his gun and stares at the promotional flier for Ranka’s concert, Ozma recalls the day he had first brought her to their current home. Since she was still traumatized, he had tried making her a pineapple cake, and although she didn’t think it was delicious, she had finally started talking and showing her feelings to him. Back in the present, Mikhail is still worried about Sheryl and asks Kuran to introduce him to someone she knows who is studying pharmaceutical sciences. Kuran starts to get mad at him, but something else suddenly catches Mikhail’s attention: across the street, Luca is getting into a limousine guarded by men in dark suits. At around the same time, Ozma and Cathy are discussing how someone with an implant is involved in all this, and they suspect something is up with the Galaxy and Leon. Ozma is especially concerned about why Ranka needs to be used when they can already fight the Vajra with their current reactive warheads, and he thinks that the keys are in the Vajra and the 117th Research Fleet. As he walks out of the room, he asks Cathy if she still remembers how to make pineapple cake and comments on how he misses it. This leaves Cathy thinking about how she and Ozma once almost had a passionate night together, but it had been cut short by an urgent phone call.

Over at Ozma and Ranka’s house, Alto sneaks past the guards and into Ranka’s room. While she’s getting him a drink, he notices some pictures of her and Ozma as well as a bamboo container labeled Ai-kun. When he tries to see what’s inside, the creature Ranka adopted jumps out and onto his face. After Ranka returns and clears things up about Ai-kun, she explains that she wanted to talk to him about the experiment involving her. Alto reveals that the others in the S.M.S are happy that the fighting will get easier, but when Ranka asks about how he personally feels, he states that expanding and improving are basic desires of all living things. Competition and strife are born when two or more different groups have those desires, and Alto thinks that it applies to the current case. Since Alto doesn’t oppose her singing to fight the Vajra, Ranka hopes to help everyone and vows to do her best. Meanwhile, Luca brings a suitcase of Fold Quartz to the government building. Leon notes that these are created only inside the bodies of the Vajra and declines to tell Luca about the gems’ power, but Luca already suspects that this all has to do with Richard Birla’s plan. Luca knows that Birla originally made a name for himself in the transportation industry, and his escort organization was the beginning of the SMS. He thinks that the idea is to monopolize distribution and communication on a galactic level – equivalent to ruling the galaxy – but Leon and Grace reveal that they have a different plan.

By now, Ozma has left the S.M.S base and has arrived at the alien creature research laboratory with the intent of investigating what’s happening to the Vajra corpses. He tries to sneak in through the sewers, but he’s caught by Brera who had been following him. Brera knocks out the lights in the sewers and attacks with his knives, but Ozma is able to hold him at bay and demands to know what Brera and the others are plotting. Specifically, he wants to know why they’re using Ranka’s dream as a tool, so Brera reveals that it’s necessary in order to protect her. When Ozma asserts that things are different from 11 years ago since they have enough power now to protect Ranka on their own, Brera counters by saying that this only applies to right now. Ozma then notices the necklace Brera is wearing and realizes who Brera really is, but their conversation is interrupted by a call informing Brera of an impending Vajra attack. Because of this, the two pilots quickly return to base and launch in their respective Valkyries, and Ozma’s group is authorized to use reactive warheads. Much to their surprise though, the warheads have no effect on these Vajra who simply shed their current carapaces and harden new ones. One of the large red Vajra then charges straight at the Macross Quarter and fires a shot aimed at the bridge. Fortunately, Ozma protects everyone by shielding them with his Valkyrie.

Since his Valkyrie is mostly still intact, Ozma goes on to struggle with his opponent in close quarters combat. What ultimately destroys this particular Vajra is a shot from Brera’s quantum beam rifle, and Brera reveals that the old weapons won’t work anymore because the Vajra are always evolving. Brera knows that even his beam rifle will become ineffective sooner or later, and he makes the point to Ozma that this is why they need Ranka’s song. Ozma, however, refuses to accept this and declares that he’ll fight with whatever he has, for as long as he has the will to fight. He then charges a Vajra and cuts through it with the Valkyrie’s knife, and despite his wounds, he feels that he wouldn’t be a man if he couldn’t protect his little sister and the woman he loves. Following Ozma’s lead, the others draw their knives and quickly finish the fight. In the aftermath, everyone attends Ranka’s concert, and Ozma both enjoys the song Seikan Hikou and observes how much Ranka has grown from being a crybaby. He loses consciousness soon afterwards, and Cathy panics when she notices that he has actually been bleeding profusely. They rush him to the hospital, and although everyone is worried, Ozma gets treatment and survives. Meanwhile, Sheryl confronts Grace and says that they need to have a talk.


So much for Ozma dying. I counted at least four separate times that I thought he’d bite the dust, but it looks like the writers were just toying with us. I should have suspected that something was off when the preview last week was hinting so strongly at it – too strongly. I like Ozma’s character though, and he gave a nice speech during the battle, so I’m not exactly sad that he made it out alive. Of course, given how they did this, I probably won’t be shocked now if the writers killed off Ozma when we least expected it. Actually, now that I think about it, that scene where Ozma protected the Macross Quarter was rather reminiscent of a certain scene from Gundam SEED, except replace Mu La Flaga with Ozma and Murrue with Cathy. And no fake-death-only-to-return-in-the-sequel-as-the-masked-man either.

Aside from Ozma, there are a lot of smaller things going on that deserve some attention. For starters, seeing Ai-kun tear up Alto’s paper airplane was a little unsettling in the bad omen sort of way. I still suspect that Ai-kun will play a not-insignificant role in the near future. There’s also how Nanase might be joining the dark side, or at the very least, it’s highly likely that Grace will manipulate her to influence Ranka. On top of that, I get the feeling that Luca might eventually get blackmailed by Leon and/or Grace, and even if that doesn’t happen, continuing to associate with them isn’t going to lead to anything good. Similarly, I’m a little worried that Mikhail will tread treacherous waters trying to investigate the pills that Grace was giving Sheryl, and that could get him killed if things take a dark turn. Given how she appears to be connected to everything, Grace is clearly still the central figure here, and I’m curious to see what happens between her and Sheryl. The preview suggests that Sheryl is going to be in for some more depression, but I’m hoping she’ll somehow be able to rid herself of Grace forever and settle on her own path.

July 31, 2008 at 9:10 pm
  • August 3, 2008 at 2:11 amShmexiness

    “Who would f*#k this alien abortion green haired ugly piece of sh*t anyway?”

    Alto and Brera. What a dumb question. Add those crazy otakus around my area too. Hontou, Ranka summoning Alto in her room with Alto complying like a sucker, didn’t know there this kinky!

  • August 3, 2008 at 2:37 amboc

    Ozma is awesome simply because he’s a Fire Bomber fan. Fire! Bomber!

  • August 3, 2008 at 11:09 amLink_Soul

    Ok guys seriously! This series need to bring up the speed up a bit! I mean its the 17th episode and we still havent seen anything dramatic. Its mostly about the relationships between the people in there and STILL that is not executed well.
    We still havent seen the 2 girls fighting for Alto that much! We need more action SOON and more romance development!

  • August 3, 2008 at 11:18 amSilly

    Lol! They did a Roy Fokker but then took it back.

  • August 3, 2008 at 2:56 pmLoliu

    the secene with Ranka’s little green thing ripping up alto’s paper plane was really interesting and scenes like that usually have a strong meaning.

  • August 3, 2008 at 11:16 pmani_d

    @Westlo-”If Leon asked her to she’ll probably work at a strip joint if Alto said it was okay…”

    Alto will probably rip Leon’s hair till his head comes off first before that happens. ^_^ Ranka’s already having a gut instinct that what she’s doing to the Vajra is wrong, it’s just that her adviser Alto is as naive as her. Both are naive, so both think they’re doing a good job.

    By the way, when Ozma said “it’s different 11 years ago, we can keep Ranka safe now”, I suddenly have a bad feeling that Ranka is someone who isn’t supposed to live a normal life. I can’t wait to see the story flesh this drama out. And it looks like Ranka’s voice nurtures the Vajra more than anything. Were those Vajra eggs hatching in the concert hall? I still go by Leon’s words in 11 about Cinderella. =/

  • August 4, 2008 at 5:01 amViolett

    That scene where Ozma blocks the cannon also can be referenced to Macross: DYRTL where Hikaru in the first dog fight destroys a enemy before hitting the bridge. Klan is soooo cute… But I am wondering what happened to the other zentradi girl she hangs out with and did she even care about the maybe death of the red hair girl.

    But just form the previews Sheryl looks to be in a slump, but who knows what the directors have in mind. But it wouldn’t be surprising if someone died in a non dramatic manner, as they has how Macross has usually been.

    Back a few episodes I am starting to think maybe ranka will mutate into a vajra herself, because back when she was held by the queen she was implanted with something. This is just speculation but her mother may have been the queen before, and thank god ozma didn’t die and hats off to them for teasing us like maybe 4-5 times in the episode, now i think about it if he died next episode it would be a complete wtf.

  • August 4, 2008 at 6:28 amCris

    Actually, the references to the pineapple cake w/ ozma and cathy are throwbacks to Roy Focker, a pilot with the same callsign (Skull 1/ skull leader) as Ozma and a similarly schemed valkry from the original Super dimensional fortress macross and from Macross zero. In the original macross, Focker left his fighter to spend time with his girl, who made a cake (i think it was pineapple too). The techies found blood in the cockpit too. The main difference being, Focker died, ozma didn’t.

  • August 4, 2008 at 6:53 amCris

    Oh, and I have a feeling the Ai-kun thing is a baby vajira

  • August 4, 2008 at 7:12 amWestlo

    “Alto will probably rip Leon’s hair till his head comes off first before that happens. ^_^ Ranka’s already having a gut instinct that what she’s doing to the Vajra is wrong, it’s just that her adviser Alto is as naive as her. Both are naive, so both think they’re doing a good job.”

    Considering Alto’s track record in fist fights I would expect Leon to knock him out.

  • August 4, 2008 at 12:52 pmani_d

    ^It’s the thought that counts.

    And Ai-kun IS a baby vajra. That much is confirmed.:) They said fold quartz grow inside the Vajra’s bodies, but Ranka has those inside of her. If she’s the Little Queen, then she can turn out to be part Vajra. I guess we can say that technically. If you notice, the Vajra queen in 14 also bears the same hairstyle as her, she’s like an older version of Ranka. If Ranka realizes that she can talk to the Vajra, she can tell the Vajra to leave Frontier alone, or even go find Galaxy and smite them. Then everyone will live happily ever after. I don’t think MF is as dark as I thought. As for Raramia, she probably ejected herself at the last minute and is just really badly hurt. Klan looks too happy to look like she’s mourning. =/

  • August 4, 2008 at 4:00 pmCris

    And I also think Michael (sp?) may be a throwback to max jenius, because he’s got a blue VF, glasses, and calls himself a (sniper) tensai..

  • August 4, 2008 at 5:52 pmtonbo

    cheers folks,

    lots of familiar scenes this episode, got me going ‘woahh, woahh,…’ each time . not least since the same script writer also handled My HiME franchise, the SEED franchise and now he does the ‘Pine Salad/Cake’ & ‘Mue shields Murrue/Arch Angel’ incidents all in one episode. no copyright infringement here as its all under the Bandai umbrella… de culture

    the Research Fleet is termed ‘Hyaku Nana Jyu’ – 170th , or so i keep hearing Ozma repeating…

    As for Raramia Reremia, although some full size Zentradi can survive for extended periods of time in Space environs , even unprotected, in her case, she may have been critically injured in the explosion following that shot from the Vajra. tho chances are almost nil she survived the fire fight raging all around her and was out of the path of that eventual Macross Cannon blast, there are still some of us rooting for her, even in Japan. so i dun know. (her name i extracted from NewType July issue, where she appeared under the topic Cosmic Girls , with Nene, Kuran and Raramia mimicking Ranka’s ‘Kira***’ move like she does in Seikan Hikou)

  • August 4, 2008 at 6:27 pmtonbo

    Cris, you may be closer to the truth then you think, heh. the real Max and Miria however, were often squabbling over ditty little things on Macross 7 (the fleet, not the series alone), which got them staying apart… tho they eventually got back to cuddling terms.

    the first Macross series was slated for 48 eps , got axed to 27 then got stretched to 36. so certain issues were rushed and stayed that way, probably Fokker’s death was one of those not originally meant to happen so fast. lots of things appeared rushed.
    this time round, the guys got good time to make a good show. make a good brew, some say. so like in John Woo’s film ‘A Better Tomorrow’ the gangster shoots his younger brother, a cop, to regain the trust of other gangsters. the cop survives that time. but not in the second movie. here’s hoping things will blossom for Ozma and Cathy.

    the ‘Vajra’ evolved to their present state… so there may be other forms that are non-aggresive, or even human-like (ie ‘Grace’ ?)

  • August 4, 2008 at 7:49 pmMe

    I’m shocked Ozma survived. It all screamed like a reimaging of Pineapple Salad from the original Macross. Ozma already comes off as an analog of Roy to me as it is. The pineapple cake, the increased air time and emphasis on his relationships, the suddenly keeling over in a casual setting, the hidden severe bleeding: pretty much identical to how Roy went out. But I’m glad he’s survived for now, though I still have him marked for death for later. Mikhail and/or Kuran are moving up on my death list too- going to learn some things they shouldn’t have and at least one will get killed for it.

  • August 4, 2008 at 11:40 pmMabo

    Can somebody tell me what is the title of the song and the singer’s name during the battle where Ozma is protecting the Macross Quarter, it’s very amazing, I love it :D
    Thanks ^^

  • August 5, 2008 at 12:03 amSamurai Pumpkin

    LOL, Ai-kun is a baby Vajra.

  • August 5, 2008 at 2:51 amSpacehamster

    I think the songs are both from Macross 7. According to the end credits, the name of the song is ‘Try Again’ by Fire Bomber. The other (used at the beginning) is ‘My Soul For You’. Since Ozma would’ve adopted Ranka only a few years after the events of Macross 7 – using Fire Bomber’s music was a nice touch.

  • August 5, 2008 at 4:08 ammadonna

    If Ozma really were to die then that would just make him another Roy Focker. Well played, Kawamori. The scene of Alto raiding Ranka’s room made me spill my coffee.XO I even knew someone that pulled the same stunt. Boy I’m so amused. Looks like the truth is bound to hurt Sheryl next episode. Sheryl and Alto getting together in the end is nearly impossible, but I’d like to see Sheryl find her inner strength to stand up to Grace and correct her doing regardless. She would more likely feel responsible that she and Grace led the Vajra to Frontier. But most of all, I’d like to see Sheryl become the Songstress of the Galaxy till the very end. I’m rooting for success in her career.

  • August 5, 2008 at 2:09 pmFochoxy

    I dun care about Ozma. You watch Ranka fanz! Next episode 18 will be equivalent of episode 12 for Sheryl! Ya sheryl looks down but she’ll have it coming to Ranka! Alto will find her in the rain serve her some hot tea and realize he cares for Sheryl more than RANKA. You heard it from fochoxy first kukukuku It’s gonna happen! Sheryl will come on top to get Alto back. Ranka will be doomed to be with the Vajra and save the Frontier with no Alto. It’s a turnaround!! ‘-,-’

  • August 5, 2008 at 8:18 pmpuchuchan

    to the person above me-LMFAO! Desperate aren’tcha? There’s only 8 episodes left. Capiche? The show is almost over and Galaxy and Vajra are running amok, your deluded if you think it’ll be Alto who will find Sheryl. WHat is this episode 16 repeat? The damn guy will be fighting outer space with Ozma and SMS. Stupid shipper….

    I’m convinced the whole Frontier can get wiped out and Ozma will still crawl out of it alive. The guy just can’t die huh? I’m going to laugh so hard if Ozma bites it randomly in the future episodes. PINECAKE!

  • August 5, 2008 at 11:02 pmMabo

    Thank you very much Spacehamster ! :D
    I didn’t know Fire Bomber (and Macross 7 so :p), I love them, I agree with you, it add a very nice touch :p

  • August 6, 2008 at 4:28 amshadowblack

    Trying to be as annoying as some Ranka fans are? Well, try harder! You’re getting close, but you’re not quite there yet.

  • August 6, 2008 at 4:49 amsia

    Omni’s blog attract morons from EVERYWHERE.

  • August 6, 2008 at 10:21 amIchiYo

    I also think Mikhail will be in danger if he keeps doing the sherlock Holmes role and may take Ozma place for the pineapple cake.
    Leon is such a fool character that I expect him to be tricked by Grace at the end and leaved like a garbage in the streets…

    puchuchan You’re right when you say that it can’t be Alto who finds Sheryl because it was already done in episode 16.

    sia Sheryl’s biased fan… aren’t you ?
    I think you should respect other people blog and shy of treated people because they’re not writing everywhere Sheryl will get Alto at the end .

    It’s pretty obvious where the story wants to leads us and every fair people out there know, now, that it’s going to be Ranka who will win Alto heart.
    You should go somwhere else if this blog attracts too much morons :)

  • August 6, 2008 at 12:35 pmEri

    the look-alike older version of ranka is probably her mom.

    considering that alto took a risk climbing ranka’s apt, he pretty much cares for his friend. hope it turns into romantic love. *keeping my fingers crossed* it’s not wrong to hope, isn’t it?

  • August 6, 2008 at 12:36 pmEri

    the look-alike older version of ranka is probably her mom.

    considering that alto took a risk climbing ranka’s apt, he pretty much cares for his friend. hope it turns into romantic love. *keeping my fingers crossed* it’s not wrong to hope, is it?

  • August 7, 2008 at 4:02 ampinoy78

    It’s nearly one week later and I’m still waiting for _ei’s and _unars fansubs.


  • August 7, 2008 at 3:29 pmKei

    @ sia ” Omni’s blog attract morons from EVERYWHERE” Like always none of your agument are convincing :)Don’t forget to be here the last episode, : it’s worse than what I supposed it would be for Sheryl …
    Sheryl is not a clone but indeed a girl who was supposed to die. Grace picked her, injected her a virus named her Sheryl Nome ( if she was speaking about her name and fame..)she was the centerpiece of the fairy 9 project who failed.
    Looks like she is dying too…
    Love Ranka more and more!!
    The new opening is awesome !

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