Macross Frontier 15: Just when I thought…
…I was going to be able to write a post on this series without having to deal with the dysfunctional love triangle of the animellennium, the two ladies start a singing contest for Alto’s attention and lo and behold Ranka goes so far as to do a triangle with her hands. This is something!
The conspiracy involving Sheryl is very twisted. I love it. I don’t understand it, I don’t have a clue, but that’s fine. The mere suggestion that Sheryl’s tour has been engineered to wreak all sorts of havoc on mankind is just delicious.
If there’s one thing that I didn’t like about this episode (and I’m being picky since this episode and the last have entertained me greatly) is this dude Brera. I mean his shonen-ness. And by that I mean for example the scene at the president’s office where he shows up and introduces himself as “Brera da”. Not even a “Brera desu.” That’s impossibly rude. Literally impossibly rude. Even high schoolers in a casual setting will introduce themselves more politely than this, just prior to bantering in the rudest of terms. So I don’t know, I have an issue with the characterization of this, well, character. There’s a current of though among young people, in Japan and elsewhere, that being indifferent (so-called nihilistic) is hip. In Japan faux-nihilists abound. Fine. But this is the president so please, shape up. I don’t care if Brera is the Emperor of the Galaxy or whatever, because if he’s the Emperor of the Galaxy then he desperately needs a change of wardrobe.
Can we count how many naked body parts of Ranka and Sheryl Alto has seen so far? I don’t remember off hand, but the numbers are stacking up. He takes it really well, though, too well I think. This man’s libido is stunted, period.
Looked at it objectively, Alto is a very desirable man. He’s handsome, comes from a good family, is gainfully employed, cares about others and does heroic stunts every so often. So I guess I can get why Sheryl and Ranka are so riveted with him, even though there is no way in the universe I’d be interested even if I was the girliest of girls (or the boyest of boys, for that matter). Either he stays the same way and then any sort of relationship would be a disaster, or he will change but then let’s just wait for him to change first. So if I were inside the Macross universe and was one of these girls’ buddies I’d give them the “there’s plenty of other fish in the sea” speech. Honestly. And that’s not all. For example:
Animekritikette: “So, you just told me that Alto saw your bits, right?”
Ranka: “Yes, I was so embarrassed!”
Animekritikette: “And what was his reaction?”
Ranka: “He told me to cover up.”
Animekritikette: “That’s it?”
Animekritikette: “He didn’t stammer for the next five minutes, or break into a sweat or sit down abruptly. Nothing at all?”
Ranka: “No. Why would he sit down abruptly?”
Animekritikette: “Never mind. My dear, there’s plenty of other fish in the sea, so let’s leave that salmon alone.”