The kiss that started a crisis of faith…(aka Yurilicious)
Well that was a fine episode that has basically catapulted Sheryl in esteem. No longer is she merely the haughty pop princess, but rather she is simply Sheryl a woman who has worked hard to get where she is and has the ambition and drive to succeed. While her career has defined her she is nonetheless capable of human qualities and quite capable of turning on the charm.
I like how they add a little snippet at the beginning of most episodes to immerse the audience into the Macross universe. The colony fleet has a charm all its own. Though in all honesty, much of it for me is due to the nostalgia I feel every time I see a familiar sight from San Francisco. It gives a sense and awe of scale how the fleet is one of many and is a successor to older fleets. The frontier fleet is big and yet small in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps this only adds to my affection for this series as Satelight loves my home town as much as I do.
Yeah who the hell asks for a suspension?
Oh you done did it now…
How could you Ozma?! How dare you make her cry.
So poor Ranka is getting an ear full from Ozma about how hard it was to get her into an all girls private school, and then proceeded to tell Ranka that her dreams are silly. Suffice to say I felt that getting a wok to the face was suitable recompense. Being suspended I can understand, but taking a shit on you little sister’s dreams is not exactly good parenting. Also Ozma committed a horrible crime in making Ranka cry. Nice house by the way Ozma, Nob Hill is a nice neighborhood.
With no school for the day Ranka goes off looking for Alto-hime for some encouragement. Unfortunately for Ranka Alto-hime is off on a quest to find Sheryl’s earring which he left back at SMS along with Giliam’s personal effects. However his first search is interrupted and he swiftly grabs Sheryl and stuff them both into a locker to avoid detection. It was a close encounter of the awesome kind, in no small thanks in part to Alto-hime stowing his phone in his right pocket, I smell a trend. Good to know that Alto-hime has by now broken his entire school and there are few who do not know him by the name of Princess. Good to know that Alto-hime is a shy and bashful princess who endeavors to avoid suitors no doubt from both genders.
I approve of yuri-lurvin in lockers.
Oh yeah Sheryl is so ruined for marriage, Alto-hime you must take full responsibility…
How I wish Alto-hime were just in possession of a deliciously flat chest…(turns on yuri-goggles) much better.
I like how the phones in this place look radically different in appearance yet are all tied together by the same holo-display interface. Unlike Shirukii I like Ranka’s phone it’s alive I tell you alive! Though it dies every so often it too can come back from the dead, hence why I want ot call the phone Buddy Jesus. Ozma’s concern for Ranka is interesting since when Cathy showed up he looked so excited to see Ranka but his expression rapidly soured when he saw her. Ozma has been raising a lot of death flags already with his admission of NBR onii-chan to Alto-hime, the failed relationship with Cathy, and not the rift with Ranka. If Ozma makes it out I will be pleasantly surprised, but these occurrences do no bode well. Mr. Brilier looks like an odd fellow I suspect he has an implant in the form of a ring and I have no idea why there seems to be a bulge on his right eye that looks like a sickly green pustule.
Nostalgia is a funny thing.
There is no girlfriend, but there is a HUGE fan club of both boys and girls…
No but it should be illegal to be a boy and look that hawt. Oh who am I kidding this is THAT blog…amirite?
I am glad that Luca is aiming for Nanase, I am sure that Luca is broken by Alto-hime, but nonetheless I can see why Nanase make him burn with passion. Unlike that other shouta of mecha Luca is not prone to using nii-san when referring to Alto-hime. That dastardly Mikhail though seems more able to get along with women and with but a gesture sent Luca into a panic over Nanase. Too bad Mikhail seems to be indifferent to romantic love but I guess the guy enjoys teasing people at least the ones who cannot crush him. Though I have agree that getting involved in a sibling dispute is messy business, but I do like how Ranka finding him first forced that lout Mikhail to follow her around for a day.
So onto the juicy Alto-himexSheryl dayto I have to say when Sheryl snatched Alto-hime’s amulet I did for a second imagine that Alto-hime was a girl as she he looked down her his shirt. You know if Alto-hime were a girl he could have easily gotten it back without having to risk sexual assault charges. I like the fact that Alto-hime is cognizant of the fact that trying to get it back from the embrace of Sheryl’s bosom was a losing proposition. Sheryl playing with the butterflies was strangely compelling, as was her teasing of the currently single Alto-hime. The boy is still shy around women, perhaps being in kabuki for most of his life has made him inept in the ways of courtship given that he could not make heads of tails of that sophomore’s confession and his now habitual fear of Sheryl’s bare bosom and racy ads. Indeed now that I have seen these ads I guess Alto-hime is even more justified in calling Sheryl and exhibitionist.
So who’s going to be the onee-sama?
And you don’t treat Alto-hime as a boy, do ya?
Now with his amulet seal broken the woman within Alto-hime shall burst forth…BURST FORTH! Dang guess it didn’t work.
I am surprised how they worked in a little banter about implants as well. Did I mention how much I love seeing the cable cars in this show? In any case this more polite Sheryl is far more agreeable than her haughty version, and you do get the sense that this idol thing is an adventure for her given how awe struck she was with the cleaner and radically different colony fleet that makes up Marcoss Frontier. Given how UN Spacy here seems to be having recruitment problems I guess the absence of slums isn’t too big of a shock coupled with the fact that Frontier seems to be a more elegantly assembled fleet than Galaxy which put the factories within the same island as the residential areas. I just love how every so often Sheryl and Alto-hime’s interaction looked nearly yuri. I don’t think that Sheryl was looking around as if she were in a zoo, but rather more like a tourist. Everything seems exotic to her to what Alto-hime probably sees as mundane. If I was suddenly plopped in the middle of a Zentran-Meltran settlement for the macronized I am confident that many of use would be overwhelmed by the sense of awe of our giant cousins; especially if you also ran into Klein-sama.
Speaking of Klein-sama I say her macronized form is every bit as elegant and lovely as her micronized form. Like a good upstanding citizen Kelin-sama confronted Sheryl about the latter’s shoplifting. Thankfully the Alto-hime magic was able to smooth ruffled feathers and Sheryl and Klein-sama were able to see eye-to-eye. I am sure that Klein-sama was once burning with ambition and purpose in her younger years and fully understands the simple outlook on life that Sheryl and Alto-hime share. Ranka was able to sing again much to the shock and awe of Mikhail who thought a little ice cream would convince Ranka otherwise. Clearly Ranka the idol would make fore a formidable rival to Sheryl who acknowledges her worthy adversary. Nevertheless Sheryl steals a kiss from the Kabuki Princess in plain view of Ranka and Mikhail. Mikhail’s mind onviously wandered into yuri territory, but Ranka was visibly distraught by this.
Her pdeo-sense is tingling…
Oh-shit its the Feds!
The best ice cream is the kind you never pay for…
The date was not the only intriguing thing, as there was some clue as to what the Vajra are. It seems that they are not truly alive as they are more like biomechanical machines that lack the independent brainpower to function without outside control. We know that they are keyed to find Ranka, but for them to do so there has to be some one near by to give orders and depending on how large the Vajra’s radius or rather sphere of action is there might be a traitor or a plant within the fleet. We know that the Vajra can wipe out a colony fleet in short order given how Galaxy could not even send out a distress signal and needed a courier who seems to have barely gotten out of the Vajra encirclement. However thus far only probing attacks have been made and to what purpose they have for Ranka is still hidden. Nevertheless at Island 3 what was clear is that the humans along with their distaff cousins remain oblivious as to the full nature of their foes, only aware that their enemy will give no quarter and are not living creatures. The only good news is that whatever chemical solution they used to disintegrate the captured bogie is effective, but again is of little use in a battlefield.
Best View EVAR!
Your glance betrays you. So you are interested in Alto-hime…If you will not claim her him then perhaps she will.
I admit this episode allowed Sheryl to score major points with me since SherylxAtlo-hime do look sweet together. While I did anticipate Sheryl being a formidable foe for Ranka I did not expect Ranka to show her childish and dependent side as Sheryl displayed her real self. In light of this I my faith in Ranka has been shaken to the core. I don’t get the sense yet that Ranka was romantically interested in Alto-hime by episode’s end, but rather Ranka liked to bask in the attention and encouragement he offered to her. Sheryl on the other hand was disappointed how Alto-hime declared that he would show up to her “last” Frontier concert only to deliver her earring. Sheryl is not dependent on Alto-hime but rather she fancies him not only for his Kabuki Princess looks, but because he is not intimidated by her fame. Besides he makes her laugh. Coupled with the fact that Alto-hime did not post pictures of her bare bosom probably gave her the impression that Alto-hime was an honest lad.
What just that? No flowers?
Sad Sheryl is fine too. (I told you she was disappointed Kabitzin.)
Like I said he’s prettier than most girls this season.
Other highlights included Mikhail’s not so brave retreat from All Meltran Klein-sama, I agree with comrade Haesslich in that a bra does wonders for the brave captain of the Pixies. With a more radiant and faithfully rendition of Macronized Klein-sama the Shirukii doctrine of, “Microned Klein > Macroned Klein. An infallible statement made of truth, win and loli” is most disagreeable. Rather Klein is fine regardless of form, for Klein-sama is AMAZING. (BTW I was not slacking you ingrate. I just figured out how to work this newfangled IRC whatchamacallit. I was also busy with something call school, and recovering from watching this with yuri goggles.) As Kabitzin and others have said animation quality is dropping, but considering how they really made up for it with the ersatz yuri dayto, “What ‘bout My Star,” beautiful cityscape, and Klein-sama making Mikhail fearful I can over look this minor transgression. Besides I am not going to slam them since the made the sacrifices in the proper places, if only they had a bigger budget. I am very glad that the love triangle, Alto-hime brokenness, dog fights, and background all flow seamlessly together. It could have easily degenerated into Ranka going ZOMG Alto-hime and Sheryl on a dayto must follow and watch them from my clever disguise which they will never see through! Lastly even if Luca is shouta at least the lad has good taste in women. After all who wouldn’t want to date a busty moe megane in high school? Too bad for Luca freaking Mikhail has to rain on his and every one else’s parade.
Alto-hime is fine too…wait what the?
Such is the beauty of Alto-hime that Ranka is still in awe after five episodes.
He guys party at my Fleet!