「衝撃 デビューステージ」 (Shogeki Debyu Suteji)
“Shocking Debut Stage”
It’s been said that a candle that burns twice as bright also burns twice as fast, and if there’s one major revelation that trumps almost everything this week, it’s the apparent lifespan of the Windermeres. With an average lifespan of just 30 years, they’re literally burning away their lives in exchange for their unique abilities, and quite interesting how they’re choosing to utilize their already short lives to wage war on the New Unified Government (that was a pretty flashy declaration though).
One would think that they’re trying to make use of their innate abilities and their Vars inflicting relic while they have the chance (Heinz doesn’t seem to have much time/energy left), but given the enormity of the organization they’re trying to fight and the fact they’ll have to outlast an enemy whose lifespans are likely twice that of their own, it makes you wonder what exactly the purpose of their fight is. Is it really just for the sake of a grudge? Or could they know that their time is almost up and they’re attempting to leave their mark before they go the way of the dinosaurs? Or is it the first in a series of steps to try an obtain something that could grant them salvation from their way of life and shortened life span?
This week leaves one with a multitude of questions regarding our mysterious Kingdom of the Wind (and their fancy logo), and it must be said that for all their supposed disadvantages in regards to a prolonged war and lifespan, they do seem to have a very telling advantage for the time being. Currently, the only defense against the Windermere’s relic and the Var Syndrome lies with the Walkure and their song, and given that they have to physically be at a location to counter its effects means that they can only defend one specific place at a time. The fact they can make a locale immune (temporarily?) to the Syndrome and its effects certainly help, but they’re essentially forced to broadcast their location every time they go to a location, and it makes both them and the Delta Squadron easy targets no matter where they go. Add in the fact that 3 of the 5 members seem unable to sing without amplifiers mean that even the Walkure are heavily reliant on Mikomo and Freyja (a newcomer whose weaknesses were readily apparent this week), and things aren’t looking too great in terms of a tactical perspective, especially when you consider how strongly Messer seemed to react to the relic and its Var Syndrome effects. The latter is a disaster waiting to happen, and Jenius’ hesitation at shooting at allies when needed could prove exceptionally costly.
With that said, this was a debut concert fitting of the franchise and its history, and while you knew it was going to get interrupted at some point, what we received was the visual eye candy we’ve come to expect from more recent Macross iterations. The recycled transformation scenes and the slightly strange cuts in the songs to fit the episode lowered its impact a bit, but we had some trademark klutz moments from Freyja to set the stage, heartwarming moments between Hayate and Freyja prior to the concert, and a bunch of scenes with the VF-31 in all three modes to even things up. We even got the SV-252’s transformation to boot, and while it wasn’t the strongest of concerts (it was more reminiscent of things from AKB0048 more than anything), it gave us plenty to think about—especially the potentially depressing ending that could await Hayate and Freyja should they turn out more than just friends. What I’m personally dying to know though, is who the Earthling is that visited Windermere and led her on this path in the first place, and I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.