「星の歌い手」 (Hoshi no Utaite)
As preparations for the final battle begin, we get a few more answers to our remaining questions, and they’re generally as expected. For one, Wright is confirmed to have intentionally flown off his intended flight path in an attempt to minimize casualties, and it turns out that the dimension weapon was deployed by remote control rather than by his own hands. It won’t make a difference in the short term given that the fight will go on regardless, but it was nice to see Hayate receive some semblance of closure regarding his father, and it set up nicely for the surprise package from his mother, the revelation that Wright was the one who introduced music to Freyja as expected, and the fact that
Hayate will fittingly fly with his original plane to finish things off.
All things considered though, it’s the hint from Berger that Lady M could be Lynn Minmay after all that takes the cake, and I gotta say—all this discussion about the SDF-2 Megaroad-01 makes you realize just how hard they’re trying to link the past with the present this time around. After all, the Megaroad-01 was only briefly mentioned in the original series if I’m not mistaken, and even then it didn’t go much any details regarding its journey. Heck, I think the only thing that really had any details about it were a series of music videos from the 1980’s that included a load of footage that were planned but never animated for the original Macross, and I’m pretty sure that very few people even know about it, let alone watched it.
Either way, it’s interesting how plausible the situation could be given that the last thing we know about the SDF-2 was that it suddenly disappeared a few years into its flight with Minmay and Hikaru on board, and it makes you wonder if the final climax might not include a sudden reappearance from Minmay (of all people) to even the odds in favor of our protagonists. That’d certainly be a treat for long-time viewers, wouldn’t it?
The question is how many of our characters will even make it to the end at the current rate, and I can’t be the only one who felt that everything this week reeked of death flags. From the whole Arad + Kaname “I have a dream” dialogue to Freyja and Hayate’s moment at the episode’s culmination, almost everything hinted at at least one of each pair not making it out of this alive, and that goes doubly true for the Windermere side, which seems likely to lose at least two (if not all three) members of their big three of Heinz, Roid, and Keith. The fact that the NUNS Fleet basically nuked themselves also doesn’t bode well (even if they were likely part of hard liners that deserved it), and it looks like things are gearing for a typical whirlwind finale, which is certainly something I can’t complain about.
There is one thing that bothers me though, and in all seriousness—what is up with that bondage rope around Mikumo? I’ve avoided commenting about it for a few weeks now thinking it’d disappear or something, but it’s still there! At this rate we’ll lose half the cast and the rope will still be there! I hope they at least replaced it once or twice in the last few weeks…?
ED10: 「愛・おぼえていますか～ORCH2067～」 Ai. Oboete Imasuka ～ORCH 2067～