「閃光のAXIA」 (Senko no Akushia)
As expected, the Aerial Knights’ scouting mission proves vital in allowing them to utilize multiple ruins to amplify their Song of the Wind, and the clashing of their song with Mikumo and Freyja leads to the incapacitation of all involved. The subsequent rout of a now Messer-less Squadron forces the latter to cancel his attempted reassignment in order rescue the Delta Platoon in its darkest hour, and Kaname takes center stage with her AXIS solo in an attempt to turn the tide. Contrary to previous episodes however, there would be no fairy tale ending this time around, and Messer takes the hit as the first member of the main cast to bite the dust—in tremendously bloody fashion no less.
In hindsight, the signs were certainly there, but it’s always surprising when a main cast member bites the dust in the Macross franchise given its rarity, and this was no exception. Given the assumption that the series should be a two-cour at least, the fact that it’s happening less than mid-way through makes it even more surprising, and it makes you wonder not only how many episodes they plan to have for this series, but whether or not it’ll air straight through or via split-cours. Curiously enough, the broadcast schedule doesn’t list anything after the series’ 12th episode aside from the release of the first blu-rays…
Either way, the significance of Messer’s death ultimately extends far beyond the event itself, and it’s important to consider where exactly this leaves the Delta Platoon. Not only have they now lost their best pilot, he was the sole reason they didn’t already all get shot down in the first place, and the one who supported him with her song seems far from able to sing again in the long-term, let along the short-term. It could very well be that Kaname finds the resolve to go on regardless, but that doesn’t change that Mirage and Hayate have both taken some hits, and there aren’t any non-mind controlled reinforcements available at the current time. Mikumo and Freyja rising back up from their Song of the Wind setback is certainly a possibility given how we see them slowly regaining consciousness toward the end, but for all the magic they’ve been able to conjure up so far, they’ll really need another level of surprises if they want to get the cast out of this jam.
Looking forward, I’m honestly not quite sure where things are going to go from here, and I’m both excited and anxious to see how things develop from here. Depending on how things go, it’ll determine whether or not Messer’s death has any real lasting impact, and the reactions from the various characters will be critical in their respective developments from this point forward. This is the turning point in more ways than one, and count me in as someone who hopes that Roid’s actions this week aren’t just a one and done deal. Given his obvious talent, this could very well be the moment for him to shine in the Walkure’s stead, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he rides in as our cast’s surprising savior. It’d give him another moment to adjust his glasses in style, while simultaneously filling the gap that Messer’s disappearance has left us with. Hayate’s clear inability to fill in the role of the Reaper at the moment makes this a logical development as well, and I guess we’ll just have to see how things work out.
ED2: 「Axia ~ Daisuki de Daikirai ~」 (AXIA〜ダイスキでダイキライ〜) by Kaname Δ Yasuno Kiyono