OP: 「一度だけの恋なら」 (Ichido dake no Koi nara) by ワルキューレ (Walkure)
「覚悟のオーディション」 (Kakugo no Audition)
“Ready for the Audition”
Talk about starting things with a bang. Jenius comes out of nowhere to grab Hayate out of mid-air like it’s nothing, and with a punch here and a hilarious expression there, I think its safe to say that when we look back at this a few months from now, we could point to this as the unofficial start of our expected love triangle. It’s a rocky one, especially when you add in how Hayate screws up by touching her plane at the end, but I mean, there have been worse starts to a pairing haven’t there…? OK, so not really—am I the only one who thought Hayate was going to give her a middle finger here?—but hey at least they’re on a speaking relationship?
In the meanwhile though, the Freyja x Hayate pairing’s coming off as strong as it did the first episode, and if we’re talking about head starts, these two certainly have hit it off a lot better than the aforementioned. Playful teasing, priceless reactions, and city shenanigans highlight an obvious starting chemistry between the two, and the latter’s certainly turning out a lot more reminiscent of Ranka from Frontier than I ever expected her to. The new ending theme in particular hammers this in, and as Hayate slowly builds his way toward what should be a protective role as Freyja’s inevitable Delta Platoon guardian/pilot, there are certainly parallels to be drawn between them and Ranka + Alto’s respective rises from obscurity.
Seeing how well those two worked out though, this bodes well for the long-term, but at the moment they’re both exceptionally raw in terms of their development, and they’re going to need to truly rise to the occasion if they want to fill the shoes left to them by their franchise counterparts and the roles they’re expected to take in Δ. Freyja’s passing of the final audition is a good start, but one wonders if there won’t come a time where she’ll need to give her all without relying on the adrenaline rush of a near-death situation to get her going, and this could be a bumpy ride as she sorts through the inevitable hurdles that’ll come her way as the newest member of the Walkure.
With that said, I’m still not too sure whether or not to call the Walkure the flashiest gang in the universe given their constant usage of the “W” symbol (that’s clearly a gang sign more than anything at this point), but I guess it’s fitting considering how much influence the wind is having on our respective cast members (especially those on the other side of things). This second episode brings us a bit more information regarding our Draken piloting antagonists, and with the revelation that an yet to be seen “Lord Heinz” seems to be suffering from a condition that is causing him to run out of time, it makes you wonder if it isn’t something at least partially related to Vars Syndrome. Their impeccable timing last week hints at them being involved in the Syndrome cases we’ve seen so far, but it could very well be that they’re just hitting the areas afflicted by the Syndrome purely to obtain data on the Walkure as a potential treatment. Depending on how things work out here, they could very well end up on the same side before its all said and done (starting many cross-factional triangles while they’re at it), and I sure hope that Roid’s got enough glasses in his collection to last until then…
All things considered, nothing unexpected really happens this week, and Δ seems content following the general formula of prior series so far, with a little bit of differentiation to separate its cast and setting from the others. A few more scenes end up clearly taken from/influenced by AKB0048, but what’s more surprising are the many references they’ve littered here in various blink and you’ll miss it moments. It was a nostalgic touch seeing both Ranka’s cellphone in particular and the Macross Elysion was also positioned in a way that both references the original Macross and Macross Plus. I half expected something akin to Information High popping up, but I guess you can’t exactly expect those kind of fireworks to this early on.
Here’s looking forward to next week and more seal-cats/mer-cats? I want one.
Author’s Note: Just a extra tidbit, Ikenai Borderline and Love! Halation the War have already been released as Digital Singles.
ED2: 「ルンがピカッと光ったら」 (Rune ga Pikatto Hikattara) by ワルキューレ (Walkure)