Macross Frontier 22: To be a Man
[I did watch 21, it’s just I want to talk about 22.]
Spoilers spoilers spoilers!
OK, how should I put it? I’m ambivalent about the way things unfolded in the first half of this episode (pun intended, kyahahaha!).
Sheryl’s illness, caused by the Vajra, becomes a weapon against the same beings once a certain advanced stage is reached. This is awesome, this is poetic justice. Forget the justice bit, this is poetic plain and simple.
So Sheryl pops the big question to the newly minted president (and bearer of a wondrous name as, honestly, the writer who came up with the guy’s name should have gotten a raise just for that): “Does this mean little Ranka is on the same boat???”
And the answer is of course: “Y-No, actually, no. Her case is different.” Say what?! The poetry collapses. Where’s the harmony now?? I’m all for simple and elegant solutions. Now we’re stuck instead with some wacky reason..probably to the effect that she has green hair because she’s part Vajra due to some failed experiment or something. Whatever.
Alto, all too Alto
I wouldn’t have handled the talk with Sheryl the way he did. I would have actually said I loved her. And if she even begun to look as if she suspected I was saying it out of pity for her situation, I would have added that I always loved her and that I just hadn’t dared say it earlier. This, my friends, is what the AK code of manliness requires (whether Alto truly feels that way for her or not being utterly beside the point). Then again, this is why Alto is Alto and AK is AK, and I’ll be darned if I say I wouldn’t rather be Alto sometimes!
Anyways, it is a testament to Sheryl’s despair that she accepts Alto’s weak consolation.
P.S. Love Ozma’s line: “I’m not an adult. I’m a man!” 😀