Macross Frontier 23-24: Shame on You, Luca
After watching the first five minutes of this episode (and that’s even including the OP) it’s absolutely clear: Alto and Sheryl slept together last episode. Wow.
So this seems to be setting up for a happy ending, huh. Sheryl and Alto, Brera and Ranka. Sure, Brera plays the harmonica but I think Ranka is a forgiving human being and she’ll let that one pass. In fact, allow me to propose the theory that it was Brera’s awful harmonica that suddenty turned the Vajra against Ranka after things seemed to be going so well. Before you dismiss it, consider that my other theory (that Ranka was part Vajra because she had green hair
, though her mother had green hair too oh well forget it then) turned out to be right, according to Leon in this episode.
[Wasn’t it disappointing not to see Child Brera’s exposed chest? No, it wasn’t. Thank you animators, thank you.]
15 minutes in the Brera x Ranka connection grows even stronger. Cybernetic Oniisan Romance? Bonus!
Is Alto’s flashback cum interpretation of his entering the SMS accurate? I can’t really say, but it’s clear that Ranka is strongly on his mind now. This is where the question of whether Alto and Sheryl slept together becomes relevant. A certain type of men is known for valuing women they haven’t (yet) bedded higher than those they already have.
It’s amazing that after complaining so many episodes about the love triangle focus now I’m more interested in how these relationships are going to turn out than in the Vajra deal… Like for example: what will happen to Klan?! I don’t see a happy ending for her at all 😦
Luca’s kiss is unethical. I don’t care for sentimentalities here, this is highly unethical.
I love the song duel in this episode. Ranka’s music is clearly superior from a biological standpoint, and in a wacky way I see Sheryl’s costume change (into a skimpier outfit) as an attempt to make up for the gap. Alas, the Vajra aren’t very sexy beings at all and they still prefer the fully clothed Ranka.
As an Evangelion fan, this kind of situation always reminds me of that. I know Eva is nowhere near being the only show that does this, but Giant Rei immediately comes to mind. [Ghostlightning agrees with me here] While we’re at on the topic, Luca’s kiss reminds me of Shinji and Asuka if you know what I mean. I don’t see Shinji being more culpable than Luca, do you? The whole battle sequence looks lovely, BTW.
What’s most amazing is that Sheryl gets to see Alto’s dogfight on the big screen. I can kind of understand how a big screen picture of the fighting could motivate Sheryl to sing better and stronger, but who had a camera pinned on her lover?! And if someone did, why would they?! For military reasons the rational move would have been to keep Sheryl unaware of any injury or dearth on Alto’s part for as long as possible.
By the end of the episode it would seem Sheryl is in shock and the Vajra are going to have a field day. Ranka needs to snap out of it, play the diplomat and have both humans and Vajra coexist peacefully. Hopefully some day we can have Vajra plating pumpkins and what not on Macross Frontier. I do believe those Zentraedi could use the competition 😉