ED: 「アイモ」 (Aimo) by 中島愛 (Nakajima Megumi)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
Macross F gets an actual opening sequence with the normal broadcast, and it makes me really excited because it hints at what’s going to be a huge cast of characters and all the things that are in store. The ED was also featured, but it was shortened to half length (presumably because of all the edits to the episode), and my initial impression is that I don’t like it nearly as much as the OP.
The normal broadcast for Macross F’s first episode turned out to be noticeably different from the special broadcast that aired at the end of last year. Unlike that version, the episode that aired today starts out with the narrator explanation of the Macross universe, and they cut out Sheryl arriving on the main ship and the first half of the opening scene with Alto and his friends (meaning they also cut the great BGM that was in that scene). I think they made some minor cuts elsewhere too, but one of the bigger changes was the addition of a scene where Sheryl basically throws a fit because there are people who she thinks are fans backstage.
However, the biggest change – and the one I liked the least – was them extended the concert scene but removing one of my favorite parts: the mixing of the song and the battle going on at the same time in space. Instead, they added a scene during the concert where an accident leads to Alto diving towards Sheryl, and that in turn causes her to fall. He subsequently catches her, and the concert goes on. It made me think they might be trying to play up the potential romance aspects, which is fine, but I wish it hadn’t been at the expense of that incredible action/music sequence from the special broadcast. Having said all that, it still really didn’t change my positive outlook for the series, and I’m eager to see the rest of the story starting next week.