「追憶 ジェリーフィッシュ」 (Tsuioku Jerīfisshu)
And so, the curtain rises on Messer’s farewell, and it’s an episode made interesting by the decision not to show the immediate aftermath of last week’s fight. Instead, it’s all about our characters gathering their resolve to stand up once again, and for all the controversy surrounding Messer’s death, the episode does at least succeed in demonstrating how much of an influence he’s had on our characters and the preparations he’s been has been making in the case of his untimely demise. It’s doubtful he ever saw himself dying the way he did—shot straight through the heart with a pinpoint energy burst—but everything (from his meticulous notes to his preparations) he did were things we’ve come to expect from Messer, and the end result is him trying to cover the angles in a way only he could.
Ultimately, his death serves as a humble reminder of how time waits for no one, and it’s something that goes for both the Delta Platoon and the Windermeres—with the former finding themselves without adequate time to mourn before shifting back to the potential need for a replacement pilot and the latter trying to accomplish their goals before their rapid aging catches up to them. The fact that Heinz’s health is up in the air adds further to the desperation of the Windermeres, and the fact that they’re willing to utilize something they only understand 60% of makes you realize just how quickly things are escalating now that they have a clear way to controlling the entire global cluster around them.
Interestingly enough, Gramia himself is taking the reigns—this seems all but certain to result in his demise at this point—and the deployment of “all” of their forces gives an almost final battle feel to the festivities of the coming week. The question that remains is if it actually IS the final battle, and the lack of broadcast information post episode 12 makes you wonder whether or not there’s going to be a second-cour at all. At this point it’s almost unfathomable that there won’t be another season of Δ given how many things they still have left to resolve, but stranger things have happened before, and here’s hoping that this is just a climactic finish to the first-cour rather than the series’ actual finale—lest there be not enough words of disappointment.
Looking forward, it’s all hands on deck as Hayate resolves to fill the gap left by Messer, and honestly there’s nothing else to say until we see how next week works out. Those who have watched other series from the Macross franchise know what exactly to expect when it comes to large scale, end of the cour climactic battles, and I fully expect next week’s battle to at least match the excitement and chaos we’ve come to expect from moments such as this.
ED4: 「GIRAFFE BLUES」 by ワルキューレ (Walkure)