Oh Please Kawamori for the love of Misa please let Grace be the one who kills Leon.
At least that is what I hope it was… Well that was one episode that was firing on all cylinders, lots of plot progression all around and much to my elation my Alto-hime has finally given Sheryl an answer of sorts. Congratulations Sheryl you will have Kabuki-hime by you’re side until you can sing no more! Unfortunately with her condition being terminal as Sheryl is a long term carrier her seemingly last moments of her career will mean that she will die for the safety of the fleet. I salute her resolution and resolve to put volk and fatherland above her personal safety, and taking up the duties and responsibilities that traitor Ranka cast aside as if they were but trifling things. We will defeat the bugs and burn them out of their nests! So say we all!
Sort of new toys…they still look sexy though.
So it seems that Leon gets to be the fifth President of Frontier, but if Grace has anything to say about it will be one of the shortest presidencies in Frontier’s history. Since Leon had the gall to try and off Grace it is clear Leon is underestimating Grace and will be very shocked to see Grace roll up to his office in her VF-27 (possibly gold plated) and fuck up his office with an Itano Circus. At the very least it seems Grace is the most evil and dead sexy Cylon of the year, looks like Klein has some competition in the smexy female pilot category. Heck Grace grasping her hopes and dreams gives poor Alto-hime a good run too. The new fold quartz based weapons seem to be working and this time they are taking extra precautions to prevent the bugs from rapidly adapting. The modified VF-171, the VF-171EX is still a beautiful machine though still not as sexy as that VF-25. Nice to see how they are using SMS to train the rookies for the VF-171EXs, instead of just letting the rookies learn the hard way.
Hmmm… I still prefer the VF-25 hopefuly Alto-hime and Luca will get them back.
Sheryl starts singing again for free with the help of Elmo. Elmo doesn’t seem to mind as he now approves of Sheryl’s songs because there is love in her songs now. Mina, Monica, and Ram also approve of this new Sheryl. Their taste in music is about as good as how they look, god I love these girls. Klein is still mourning the loss of Mikhail and decides to tell Alto-hime the truth about Sheryl’s illness. Luca and Leon ask Sheryl to take Ranka’s place after explaining how after being terminally ill Sheryl’s songs have the power to create small fold waves, not nearly as powerful as Ranka’s but still better than nothing. While there is a cure for Sheryl’s illness, she is past that point and in the end decided to sing for the sake of Frontier which is still in ruins with its people still mourning the loss of the last Vajra attack.
The blue-haired alliance. Might as well be brother and sister.
Bobby finally finds Cathy and Ozma again and gets all teary eyed when he sees them. Ozma and Cathy tell Wilder, Bobby, and Canria how Leon orchestrated the assassination of Howard Glass and has by now destroyed all the evidence. Wilder was tipped off by Bilrer about the impending integration of NUNS with SMS. Canaria also informs Ozma about how Ranka has gone rogue and regained her memories. SMS is now at a crossroads try and do something or quietly go along with Leon’s integration plans. Wondering if they are doing the right thing Cathy sends out a call to arms of which we know nothing about to all of SMS. 70% of SMS soldaten answer including Mina, Ram, and Monica who has wedded her fate to that of Wilder. As for the other 30% they all have their reasons to stay behind.
Yakk Deculture! Ranka is Minmei, she even has a doll!
Sheryl gets back to her new home and shortly collapse in front of Alto-hime. Alto gets the call from Cathy but before he reads it he turns off his phone when Sheryl is awake again. Sheryl struggles to keep a brave face and conceal her illness thanking Alto-hime fore making her see that she must sing again. Under the full weight of his knowledge of Sheryl’s impeding fate hime begs Sheryl to stop for the sake of her health and to stop putting on a brave face. Sheryl insists that her songs are the only legacy she has left and is proof that she lived. Alto-hime relents and wipes off her tears reassuring Sheryl that he will be with her until the end. Sheryl admits that she is scared and asks Alto-hime to give her courage. Meanwhile Ranka and Brera find the Vajra homeworld where the once and future queen of the Vajra lives, much to the delight of Grace and her cabal.
Bobby loves them both. Cathy is so lucky to have a sister like that…
The Glass faction of SMS decides to become pirates and seize Macross Quarter and make off with all haste. NUNS along with Luca and Alto sortie off to stop them in their inferior VF-171EXs. Ozma is contemptuous of all of them and gives his reasons for being a pirate as the best way to protect the women he loves. Ozma then accuses Alto-hime of just going with the flow and attributes his stubbornness as the reason why he’s not running off with Quarter. Ozma says he’s not and adult but a man and asks Alto what his wings are for. After shooting each other in a charge Ozma remarks that Alto has improved. Fleeing the battle Ozma tells Alto that Ranka has chosen her path as has he, but asks where Alto will go. Despite a lot of Ozma’s big talk it was a good dogfight with Northern Cross blaring in the background.
Elmo is the Duke of Deculture.
First off I think I might be the only one who doesn’t approve of everything that Ozma says in the dogfight. I agree that Ozma is a man, but he is not an adult. In fact I think Ozma won’t be an adult until he fathers his own kids. One of the reasons why Ranka turned out the way she did was because he was not being an adult with her, nor is Ozma being much of an adult by proclaiming to be leaving Frontier to protect Cathy and Ranka. I say Ozma is about as thick as Alto-hime when it comes to knowing his wingmen. Ozma didn’t seem to understand that Mikhail’s death inflamed both Luca and Alto. I know that Ozma was busy and all but he could have at least tried to meet with both of them personally to try and address the issue, Mikhail was his wingmate too. Since Luca seemed utterly ignorant of what they were doing Cathy’s message must have been vague indeed. I think Alto has already chosen his path but unlike Ranka’s or Ozma’s he can’t protect Sheryl and has to watch her die while he is unable to save her no matter how much he flies. Had Alto been “going with the flow” he would have been there on Quarter after reading Cathy’s vague message, but instead hime mounted a sortie in an inferior fighter. The thing I agree with most in Ozma’s big talk is that Alto has improved, for an inferior pilot Alto did very well considering he was also flying the inferior Valkyrie when Ozma was aiming to kill. Alto at least has finally decided to do something for Sheryl even if Ozma is ignorant of it. I really want to know what the master plan is for Quarter now that they have left since it just reeks of self indulgence and self righteousness at a time when all of Frontier is under the hegemony of Leon. Ozma was not playing nice since he clearly shot at Luca for a kill. Whatever they have planned it better be good enough to excuse leaving everyone on Frontier to Leon’s machinations and actively trying to kill the pilots who are unaware of Leon’s treachery. At least the plan was good enough for Canaria to endanger her husband and child by becoming a pirate with Leon in charge. hopefully their plan will not be “ally with Ranka’s Vajra”, but rather identify which NUNS units are loyal to Leon and which aren’t before advancing to phase 2.
Sheryl has decided to defend the fatherland until death. Honor and Blood for the Northern Cross.
Hopefully Bilrer is playing his own games and did deliberately tip off Wilder about the integration of forces, hence the unofficial memo. Otherwise you have to feel sorry for the man he’s only every done good to help his crew and at least deserves some respect for giving those people a job and letting them run their own operation without much interference from him. I suspect that Bilrer will be having a little chat with both Luca and his favorite kabuki-hime. We know that Bilrer is aware of Grace so he’s probably wary of Leon as well. I don’t think we need a third maniac in the series, besides I hope Bilrer is more cautious given how Grace has proven as invincible as she is sexy. I can understand why Klein stayed behind to help Luca and Alto mourn the loss of Mikhail since their hatred has given them tunnel vision. I like how Klein wasn’t just weeping for herself but was also trying to take care of Alto and Sheryl to have them avoid her fate. Luca would never leave Nanase behind and resolved to stay and protect her going off on some vague message from Cathy wasn’t going to change that. Alto might have left, but he promised to be with Sheryl who decided to stay and sing until she dies for the people of Frontier. Out of everyone in SMS I think that until we see the master plan the boys and girls of Quarter have, that Klein acted the most like an adult.
For once I agree with Leon. Ranka how could you go off with Brera you filthy traitor?!
Poor Cathy has lost her dad but at least she still has her surrogate family in Bobby and their daughters Mina, Ram, and Monica. I like how Cathy is an adult about this and choose the time and place where she cries. The decision to ask 70% of SMS to mutiny for the sake of her father was a hard choice. In the end though even if they had good intentions, it won’t mean shit if taking down Leon means slaughtering the people who chose to stay and protect the Frontier Fleet. Again I hope their master plan is good since going after Ranka is pretty much a pipe dream since they have no idea where to look. Hopefully they are still taking input from Bilrer or Klein who can act as their eyes on Leon. If Ozma never grows up into and adult, then at least he has Cathy to be the adult for him, forever if need be.
Kabitzin just make banner for Ram, she likes snails, those are almost like slugs…
Not much on the Ranka front, but I do hope Ozma learns the truth about how his Ranka has been acting as of late so he can apologize like a man for spoiling her to the point that she would run off with Brera. Given how disingenuous Grace was about Brera leaving without her knowledge I highly suspect that given how Grace also found the Vajra homeworld that Brera is not acting entirely on his own. I bet Grace was the one who manipulated Ranka into leaving or at the very least bugged Brera and was able to see what he sees. Grace is just awesome, I hope this will be one of Kikuko Inoue’s most memorable roles for years to come. It’s hard to believe that the voice of Belldandy is the same one as the super evil Grace. Ms. Kikuko Inoue, you ma’am are awesome.
I am glad it hurts, traitor…maybe Brera will make it all better.
Sheryl has over awed me once again, she sang for charity and was content with that. Unlike Minmei who took food and money to support her Kaifun, Sheryl did the exact opposite. This is why I have taken a liking to Sheryl she has improved and has done everything right where Minmei fucked up. While Kurogane would have us all believe that Sheryl sings only for Alto this is false since Sheryl thought about the grieving people of Frontier before she thought of Alto-hime. Ranka sings for Alto, Sheryl sings for the poor citizens of Frontier in their darkest moment. Like I stated before I admire Sheryl’s resolve to put the people of Frontier before her own life. This is the exact opposite of the Sheryl we met in episode 1 where she cared only about Sheryl Nome. She wanted to tough it out herself and spare Alto-hime and every one else the ordeal of having to watch her waste away. Sheryl has every right to be scared at time when she has fully accepted the duties and consequences of being Ranka’s replacement for the fleet. I am glad Sheryl did not ask Alto-hime to stay with her because she was lonely she only asked for the courage to see things through to the very end. I am also glad that Elmo, Monica, Ram, and Mina also like her new songs. The scared little girl who Grace found on Galaxy has grown into a fine woman. Sheryl as she is now is the anti-thesis of Minmei, I just hope Alto-hime not only sees that but loves her all the more for it.
Poor Elmo can’t get a break from MIB for the last two clients…
I think that Alto-hime has made a decision, its by no means definitive, but given how in the post Canvas 2 world is Alto-hime might pull off a jerk move by leading Sheryl on only to get with Ranka in the end. I hope it won’t come to that since at this late in the game I want these plot threads resolved sooner and don’t want more love triangle stuff mucking things up or slowing things down since the action has really heated up now. Regardless of whether or not Sheryl and Alto-hime got intimate with one another is pretty much moot. All we know is that while hime was in there with Sheryl giving her “courage” it must have gotten really hot in there. Hot enough at least to take off his jacket… In any case I think it was as good as an answer as we are going to get from Alto-hime. Hime has decided to be with Sheryl and give her the courage to see things through. The tragic part is that other than that there isn’t much else hime can do for her. The parallel with his mother Miyo-sama is important because when Miyo-sama died Alto-hime probably had no idea that she was on the verge of death; hime’s life was forever altered by that tragedy and now the imminent loss of Sheryl will be a severe blow to Alto-hime. I don’t think that Alto wiped away Sheryl’s tears and hugged her out of a sense of pity, I think he did it because he cared that much for Sheryl. For most of the series hime has been really tolerant of Sheryl’s antics and teasing, when Sheryl was kicking herself Alto-hime wanted to revitalize her spirits, and now that hime knows that she isn’t going to live into old age hime showed the most emotion he ever has for the entire series.
Klein you should just adopt yourself into Alto-hime’s family that way you can help all of them sort their problems.
Alto-hime probably never did say good bye to his mother who kept things hidden from hime. Now that he knows that Sheryl is slowly wasting away I think Alto-hime is doing what he would have done for his mother. Alto doesn’t want Sheryl to die, her songs and the public be damned if they don’t get their idol, and that I think is the real indicator of how much Alto-hime cares. It was not the most perfect “I’ll be with you until the end” thing ever but it was for the most part genuine in the sense that there was something between them when they showed each other how vulnerable they really were for the first time. There was no pretension of strength or façade of nonchalance it was two people who confessed their fears and uncertainties to one another. Sheryl was afraid and lonely, and Alto did not want Sheryl to die. In his heart I think that hime has come to a decision. If Alto wanted to find Ranka then the opportunity to run off after her came and went with Quarter. It’s much more telling how Alto-hime did perceive Ranka’s flight with Brera as nothing less than a betrayal. Alto and Luca are out to kill Vajra and they seemed quite willing to bring Ranka back in chains if they had to so Nanase would never know how Ranka had betrayed them all for the bugs. Hime chose to stay behind because he wanted to honor his promise to Sheryl to be with her until the very end. Hime wasn’t screaming because Ozma was right, but probably because he wasn’t protecting much of anything by flying any more. Brera was better able to protect Ranka, Ozma was able to protect Cathy, Mikhail was able to protect Klein, but Alto cannot protect Sheryl no matter how many times he sorties. All three of them Ozma, Brera, and Mikhail were flying to protect the person they loved. Alto can’t even do that, so how much of a man is he when the person he cares about is dying and hime can’t do more than give Sheryl the courage to sing and die?
Your new life starts today Klein-sama.
Hopefully this is the end for the love triangle. Things can only move forward and go up I hope the ride Kawamori and his team have prepared for us is going to be full of win and awesome. Now I want to see Grace vs. Brera, Grace vs. Ozma, and Grace vs. Alto-hime, any of those will do Mr. Kawamori I just want to see Grace fly her VF-27 gracefully until the end. Here’s hoping Quarter has a sound plan and that Grace will have revenge on Leon. It would be funny of Grace assassinates Leon making the whole pirates on Quarter plan moot with Ozma looking like an idiot… In fact Mr. Kawamori and crew I give you free license to make that happen because Grace is just that awesome I don’t want credit I don’t want anything just do that and I will fork over money for your Bluray release in NA in what ever collector’s/limited edition thingie you plan on dropping here.
That she’s all Nanase’s would be a start.
Should have made Ranka Judas…
Not to mention run off with Brera…
Hime’s first reaction to Ranka.
I like simple.
In short kill Ai-kun.
That’s like joining the US Navy to study nuclear engineering…
Like every other college student.
Yeah and we all know who to thank for that…
Hey look there’s Capt. Wilder!
Well that peaked her interest.
Great job Elmo!
Sheryl’s in love, and got rid of Grace.
So say we all.
Can we change the “one of us dies part”?
I want to see AltoxSheryl because that would make Klein happy, and she deserves to be happy more than any one.
Leon tried to, trust me Cathy only an idiot would try and call of a marriage with you.
Cathy is so lucky ot have a sister like Bobby.
Except the ones involving Grace.
So did Bilrer tip them off? I hope so, given how duplicitous Leon is…
Let’s hope its not a spur of the moment thing.
Better than nothing, right?
Only you’ll be doing it for the Fleet.
We will be counting on you Sheryl to make sure this does not happen again.
Some day Sheryl this will be your home for good.
This how adults make decision we think about them before we do something stupid.
Good now all you have to decide is if the 4th Squadron is really in league with Leon or if they are just a bunch of rookies who follow around Sakura-hime…
Alto felt otherwise…
Never give in, never give up!
You have more than that I assure you…
Alto-hime leads the way!
She has but she wants to do more for volk and fatherland.
Beacsue Sheryl doesn’t want Alto to care out of pity.
You Sheryl Nome, and you will do great things.
A genuine laugh is so much better.
Well that was a 180… guess living a bit longer means that much to ya, hime?
Miyo-sama will protect you both…
Because you certainly can’t have kids…
Noe finds these tears of Sheryl to be True Tears.
Noe also wants to see hime cry True Tears.
Everyone who is that close to death is.
Not any more…
You better uphold that oath Atlo-hime.
Really to go after Ranka after making this oath would make you the biggest prick in the history of Macross.
It’s Sakura-hime and she loves you.
Alto-hime you better be there to wipe away her tears until her untimely death. For Men do not mak such oaths lightly.
Hime will, at least he better.
Oh just you two?
Oh there’s more…
Leon should have sent more…
Mina wink is okay…
Oh yes “ready for marriage” Monica is moe.
Okay kids play nice okay?
Cathy has such wonderful imoutos.
Klein stayed for her imoutos Alto-hime and Sheryl, along with that idiot Luca.
Klein respects what you are doing Ozma so don’t be a prick about it. Also make it fast.
Alto stayed for Sheryl, not that hime could do much for her…
Yes she did alright…
She chose to elope with Brera…good going Ozma.
Final destination Protoculture homeworld?
Leon should have sent more men…
Grace’s new ride.
I for one welcome our Cylon Grace Overlords.
Aww…such a shame Ranka made me dislike her som much later in life…
I know…how about kill Brera? Now that is a resolution!