「永遠のワルキューレ」 (Eien no Warukyure)
The curtain falls, and for the most part, it’s a mixture of what we’ve come to expect from Macross finales and the things we expected to happen plot-wise. Primarily,Roid’s attempt to forcefully link all of humanity together is rejected by the Windermeres and Delta Platoon, and—while not in an alliance per se—they team up in an attempt to ensure his plan doesn’t succeed. Keith sacrifices himself to deal the final blow to his old friend, and ultimately at least one prediction came true in regards to two of the big three dying from the Windermere side of things.
Through it all, I think one of the biggest surprises is the fact from both Heinz and Freyja survive, and I suppose it’s only fitting given the circumstances and the fact that it’s cruel enough as is knowing that they don’t have long to live regardless. Thankfully, we do get a confession from all three members of our main triad before it’s all said and done, and while Mirage’s seemed more of an attempt to spur Freyja on more than anything, it was certainly a nice inclusion that brings much needed closure to an episode that otherwise felt a lot more rushed than many of the franchise’s previous finales.
Don’t get me wrong, the other series also ended their respective runs with whirlwind endings—a franchise staple—but there’s an argument to be made that having Mikumo still under Roid’s clutches with a few minutes left really pushed the envelope in this regard, and we don’t really get much of an epilogue aside from a few (albeit beautifully illustrated) shots of our main cast on Ragna and in another Walkure performance. The Windermeres are unceremoniously cut out following their retreat, and however much they were disliked by many viewers, it’s an omission that doesn’t sit well with me given the amount of focus that’s been given to them throughout the series. Adding to the disappointment is the fact that we never did see Lady M despite her many mentions, and it feels like a missed opportunity more than anything, as an appearance by someone from the original Macross would have not only made things better for older fans of the franchise, but also culminate the obvious links they tried to make here between Δ and all the series that have come before it.
Alas, I suppose we’ll have to just be satisfied with what we got, and all that’s left are the final impressions—which you’ll find after the epilogue caps.
ED12: 「絶対零度θノヴァティック」 (Zettai Reido θ Novatic) by Walkure
Final Impressions: When you get down to it, Macross is one of the most popular and well-known franchises out there, and following in the great success that was Frontier, it reasoned that Δ would be as great as its predecessor. Sadly, the series referred to as “a stunning revival of a 25 year old franchise” was followed by one that didn’t come close to hitting the same highs, and Δ‘s struggles ultimately came in forms—ranging from an odd pacing that caused the plot to be filled with sudden lulls and large bits of exposition to an underdevelopment and under-utilization of various members from its main cast.
Mirage ended more of a tool to advance the plot rather than a true third complement to the typical Macross triangle, and when it was all said and done, the supposed love triangles that were supposed to exist outside of the main triad never actually happened. What we got instead were antagonists they tried and rarely succeeded to paint as grey, and in terms of botched execution, it’s not hard to remember Messer’s death—however typical of a franchise that has unceremoniously killed off important characters—and how little we felt about it in the following episodes. Valkyrie combat was also lackluster despite statements that there’d be more emphasis regarding that aspect, and it’s a pity that we pretty much only got to see what, three episodes worth of the series’ famed super packs in action?
Given the many issues with development, it’s hard to say whether or not the series was one that had too much or too little time to work with, and this will go down as a series that makes you wonder what exactly happened here. Still, despite everything I’ve said so far, I do find myself without regrets after watching a series that was still solid even with its many issues, and there’s no denying the uniquity of a series that essentially comes only once a decade. Hearing JUNNA and Suzuki Minori make their respective anime debuts made this series worth watching by themselves, and there’s still a charm that Macross series possess even if its content may not end up what you expected.
The big question is where the franchise will go from here, and given it’s continued popularity, it’s all but guaranteed we’ll get something more in the future. The thing is whether or not it’ll be another decade or so before the next one, and let’s just say I’m not looking forward to the wait if it does end up being the case. I suppose I’ll just have to settle for the imminent arrival of my DX Chogokin and assorted kits…
And so, here’s hoping that you’ve enjoyed coverage of Δ here on Random C, and I guess the next time we’ll meet shall be at the year end’s Best of Anime post. Until then, I bid thee a fond farewell!