Well then. Just when you thought you had a handle on what bio-waves could do, it’s revealed that Mikumo not only destroyed the Protoculture structure and the Voldorian ruins with her song, she also incapacitated Heinz and forced the Windermeres to retreat while she was at it. She and Hayate end up falling unconscious however (though the latter does wake up), leading to a surprise visit whose revelations make you question everything you’ve known about the series and the franchise as a whole.
Courtesy of a certain sly Epsilon Foundation Head working both sides of the table, it’s revealed that Mikumo may in fact be an “ultimate weapon” created by Lady M to harness and utilize the power of music, and what’s more—it’s a journey that’s been in the making since humanity first encountered extra-terrestrial life many years ago. What follows is a dramatic recollection of various series from the franchise’s storied history—a treat in itself for long-time viewers like myself—and a discussion about music and its place in history as a conduit for various singers to influence others and change the course of history.
Given the fact that the first songs sung by Minmay were actually created by the Protoculture, Berger subsequently reasons that the Protoculture may have intentionally encoded elements regarding music and its ability to influence humanoids within their DNA since the very beginning, and a subsequent encounter with the Vajra in Macross Frontier merely increased its influence and power by causing fold bacteria to infiltrate cells across the human body rather than just the intestines. Interestingly enough, the result of the latter and an inability to control its effects ends up leading to Var Syndrome, with others having developed a natural immunity in the form of fold receptors—the very things that the Walkure possess.
Needless to say, it’s a tremendous amount of information to swallow in one shot, and I’m admittedly at a loss at how to feel at this point in time. I mean, are you telling me that everything that’s happened here is linked in some shape or form to all the major events of past franchises? We’re talking about a 30 year franchise here! And yet, when you sit down and think about it, the explanations and the links all make sense in the grand scheme of things, and I’m not sure whether to be in awe at how things worked out here or to shake my head at how crazy things have become overall. All I can say is Kawamori pulled off a brilliant piece of work/twist here, and I suppose it’s fitting that we get a link to all of the previous series given the recent franchise’s recent 30th anniversary. The fact that the ending sequence lyrics and the Windermere’s typical life span also relate to or involve the term “30 years” merely hammers the overall intent and link further, and I’ll be damned if he actually planned this from the start.
Either way, it’s particularly interesting how Berger frames the utilization of music and its influence throughout the franchise as a weapon, especially when you consider how far music is from the latter’s typical definitions and examples. Yet when you think about it, there’s a case to be made that many engagements throughout the franchise have involved the weaponization of music as both an offensive and defensive tool, and it’s a notion that makes you look at and appreciate the franchise in a different way. At the same time however, we’ve seen music utilized in many other ways throughout the franchise, and it makes you realize that it really boils down to perspective and how humans choose to use something. There’s a discussion to be had regarding a creation’s intent versus what the creation ends up being used for, and it’s certainly some food for thought in the grand scheme of things—especially in regards to nuclear power (a notable topic in Japan especially) and other aspects of life in general.
With that said, let’s not forget that there was another key development this week in regards to the doctor treating Heinz, and while we aren’t actually told what he found, it seems more than likely he’s stumbled upon some kind of proof that what’s happening now isn’t actually what was intended by Gramia’s will. Whether he actually delivers his message in future episodes is another question however, but it seems like the downfall of the Windermeres could come swifter than they ever imagined…