For those familiar with Macross Plus, you’re probably aware that the ever-so-talented composer, Kanno Youko, has always been one of the reasons why its music has been so memorable. For a longtime Macross fan such as myself, I was extremely happy when I heard that she would be doing the music for Macross Frontier as well. Reading this, you might be wondering what any of it has to do with Sakamoto Maaya, who performs the first opening song to the series. Well, this actually dates back to Maaya’s debut as a seiyuu back in 1996, when she starred as Kanzaki Hitomi in Tenkuu no Escalfowne, better known in English as The Vision of Escaflowne, which led to her working together with Youko on “Yakusoku wa Iranai” 「約束はいらない」 (No Need for Promises), the opening theme for the series. After working together with Youko to release numerous singles and albums featuring songs for series such as Record of Lodoss War (TV series), Cardcaptor Sakura, RahXephon, and Wolf’s Rain, the two parted ways on Maaya’s fifth single release, Loop, the first ending theme to Tsubasa Chronicle. It’s been three years since then, and the two have reunited to work on Macross Frontier with this song—Triangular.
The PV itself is fairly simplistic, focusing primarily on Maaya on a grass field backdrop, but the emphasis on a love triangle theme is there thanks to the large green triangular sculpture she stands/sits on. I’m quite a fan of Maaya’s singing, so this song grew on me almost instantly when I heard it for the very first time and makes me kind of hope she’ll perform a ballad song such as Yubiwa 「指輪」 (Ring), Escaflowne the Movie‘s ending theme. Evidently, there are plenty of other songs in the series though, due to May’n and Nakajima Megumi‘s roles as the new Lynn Minmay‘s of the current Macross era, so I doubt we’ll get to hear another song Maaya in this series, but at least she’s featured in the show as Ranshe Mei, Ranka’s mother.
Finally, I find there’s a lot of confusion as to whether the title of this song should be spelt “Triangular” or “Triangler”, but since the latter isn’t even a word, I’m inclined to believe it’s the former. The single spells it as “Triangler” on the cover though, but I don’t have much faith in the Japanese’s spelling of English words these days, even for official releases.