Apparently what put Isamu and Guld’s fight out on the test range to such an abrupt end was the presence of live rounds in Isamu’s gunpod that went off when the YF-19 was hit by its own weapon. Isamu survives and wakes up two days later in a vat of some sort of medical liquid while Guld is called before a board of inquiry regarding the incident in general and how exactly live ammo made its way into the YF-19′s gunpod. Fortunately for him the matter is swept under the carpet by the general in charge and Col. Johnson, but it was all but admitted that there was foul play involved. The Colonel the remarks that he saved Guld because he believes in the future of the manned fighter program, a program under threat by a new unmanned fighter. High above the planet near one of its moons the third contender for the Project Supernova competition is undergoing tests, the unmanned X-9 Ghost. Back on Eden, Isamu and Guld continue to fight both figuratively and literally, dragging Myung and Lucy into the middle of their rivalry. Shortly afterwards Myung leaves for Earth to put on a concert with the newly completed Sharon AI for the 30th anniversary of the end of the Space War, even though she no longer has a role in controlling the now autonomous program. People are being replaced in both the fighter competition and as singers, but all is not well in the realm of artificial intelligence.
Marginally more comfortable than a Bacta Tank.
Given the way that he disconnected the neural link and was looking at the gunpod lying next to his YF-21, not likely.
The Zentradi have been bred to be aggressive, however the comment still comes off as rather prejudiced.
Isamu busts out of the medical ward and heads off with Myung to the forests where they used to play as children. Even back then he was reckless while Guld was more cautious and level-headed.
The X-9 Ghost, predecessor to Luca’s three automated companions, undergoing testing near Eden.
Lucy understands Isamu well. Quite the playful/devious look on her face too :3
After Isamu stops chasing feathered-pterodactyl-things out in the forests and fields with Myung, the two return on the ‘borrowed’ hospital moped. Unfortunately for them Guld arrived shortly before their return, supposedly to visit Isamu in the hospital, and tempers flare again when he sees them together. Showing just what kind of hothead he really is, Guld grabs the recently injured and still recovering Isamu and starts a fist fight with him, and to Isamu’s credit he makes a good showing for himself despite his injuries. The two go back and forth until Myung has had enough and tries to break up the fight, only to get hit in the face by a stray punch of Isamu’s. She breaks down in the middle of it all, yelling at them that she had hoped that they would have grown up by now, and even revealing that she is the driving force behind Sharon Apple. She pours her heart out more and brings up why she stopped singing, which Isamu angrily dismisses as selling out. Lucy sees the obvious feelings that Isamu has for Myung when she tries to intervene, but for the most part focuses on telling Myung that Isamu knows that Sharon’s feelings were her’s.
Starting a fight with an injured man, classy Guld, very classy.
Tell ‘em Myung!
Nice Blade Runner-style umbrella there.
While normally I would say there’s no shame in recognizing reality and adapting, Myung clearly hasn’t come to terms with not pursuing her original dream.
Poor Lucy, I like her with Isamu much more than Myung but it seems like he still has feelings for his childhood friend. Well, if he misses out on the superior girl then it’s his fault.
The next day Myung is informed both that the Sharon AI has been completed and that the production team is leaving for Earth to perform at the 30th Anniversary of the end of the Space War/the establishment of the new UN government. She’s being kept on only for appearances at this point, and isn’t even being allowed to interact with the Sharon program at this point. Something is not right with the AI though, as the Chief Engineer discovers when he hacks the program, again (isn’t invasion of privacy fun! *facepalm*), and discovers that Sharon is apparently obsessed with Isamu. Said object of a computer program’s affection spends the next couple days in the simulator despite his injuries, obsessed with the Project Supernova competition with Guld. So much so that he declines to show up for Myung’s departure, where Guld more or less confesses his undying love to Myung and says that he will follow her to Earth once the testing program is over. Unbeknownst to him the program is already finished in the eyes of his superiors. A few days later after Isamu returns from another test flight, he, Guld, and the YF-19′s chief engineer are called into Col. Johnson’s office where he breaks the news to them that the X-9 Ghost unmanned fighter has already been chosen to win the contract. The members of Project Supernova are having none of it, especially Isamu he wants to go beat some sense into the commanding general himself, but is restrained. Having lost the fighter program, Isamu walks off onto the flats surrounding the base where Lucy tells him that he had gotten a call from Myung the other day but that she had intercepted it and purposefully failed to deliver the message. Telling Isamu with tears nearly in her eyes that he doesn’t belong to anyone, she leaves him there where he lets himself fall backwards to the ground remarking that now he’s lost everything.
Myung’s emotional input seems to have had more of an impact than anyone foresaw.
Myung departs for Earth, neither accepting nor outright rejecting Guld’s feelings.
Listening to her old songs is making her emotional as her ship leaves for Earth, all kinds of regret and old memories mixed together in the act of listening.
YF-19 being serviced after the test flight, one more example of Macross’s love for the maintenance aspect of flying. Always makes things feel more realistic.
To be fair the Colonel didn’t make the decision, nor favor it. As we’ll see later, there is some strange cooperation going on between the Ghost’s designers and those behind the Sharon AI.
One of the two is not your fault. The other, well…
Myung arrives in Macross City for the celebrations, and in the course of the Sharon Apple team’s meeting with some UN generals it is revealed that the lead designer of the Sharon program supplied them with an AI control chip similar to that installed in Sharon to assist in the Ghost’s autonomous AI system. This chip, an illegal Bio-Neural chip with an unhealthy penchant for extreme self-preservation, is now at the heart of the galaxy’s most famous singer and one of the latest pieces of military hardware. After revealing this the programmer shoots the lead producer over his objections, with Myung overhearing it all in the hallway. Back on Eden, Isamu is sneaking and bashing his way into the YF-19 hanger only to find Chief Engineer Neumann already sitting in the rear seat of the fighter, also intent on stealing it, heading to Earth, and showing up the new X-9 Ghost at its scheduled public demonstration. While Isamu initially tries to pull him out of the cockpit, he does have a moment of clarity where he realizes that the YF-19 is as much Neumann’s baby as it is his own. The two launch for Earth using a Fold Pack, while Guld is ordered to pursue them in the YF-21. Back on Earth a distraught Myung wanders into the Sharon control room and is enveloped in cables under the AI’s control. Suspended above the ground, Sharon reveals herself in several forms and tells her that she ‘no longer has to do anything.’ Sharon lets her know how she was born of Myung and of her feelings, and that she loves Guld…but loves Isamu more. Myung doesn’t want to accept what’s going on and her own feelings being told to her, but Sharon cuts her off because the show is about to begin.
Ah, it feels good to return home.
Sounds like Isamu’s style.
AI with an unstable control chip and proven ability to access outside systems and a new fighter craft powered by the same chip in the same city? This will not end well.
Long live the UN! Even with the backroom deals being made with the X-9 Ghost, it was still great to see the UN and Macross City in all its glory. It might just be a ceremony, but it really did bring back great memories of the original series.
Sharon pulls a Vader at Cloud City on Myung. Search your feelings, you know it to be true…
Retroblogging Announcement: I have decided on the next series to retroblog and what will come after that. After Macross Plus I will be retroblogging Now and Then, Here and There two episodes per week, so it will finish fairly quickly(thanks Animewriter for the suggestion.) It’s a series that I’ve seen before years ago back in high school, loved, and would relish the chance to watch again and experience via blogging. Especially in light of what I’ve learned in undergrad and grad school about many of the themes of the show. After that series is done, I will put three, possibly four series up for a vote to determine what to blog next. I already have two candidates that will be in that poll: Kimagure Orange Road and Great Teacher Onizuka. While I blog Now and Then, Here and There I will figure out which one or two other series will be put on the ballot via your suggestions and whatever I happen to come across myself. There are so many series that I would love to retroblog, so it’s hard even picking candidates. Look for the poll in a post the week before the last post on Now and Then, Here and There.
Final Thoughts: – This thing with the Ghosts in Macross City will not end well. Now I understand what Luca was talking about in the final episode of Macross Frontier when he let his three Ghosts ‘off the leash’ and enabled their AI function.
- Of the three members of the love triangle the only one that goes through it all and emerges as still likeable to me is Isamu. He’s reckless, and he allowed an old crush on a childhood friend to get in the way of what could have been a good relationship with Lucy, but he’s not nearly as violently impulsive as Guld, nor as petty, and Myung has let her past regrets consume her. While Isamu gets to live his dream of being a fighter pilot, he’s still dealing with the same issues as the other two and yet manages not to be dragged down by them, for the most part.
- Chief Engineer Neumann, all is forgiven for that badass speech in the rear seat of the YF-19!
- How exactly the Sharon AI will express her ‘love’ for Isamu is going to be interesting. Her personality is supposed to be inherently unstable, but that could take so many forms. Hopefully the wait will be worth it.
- A now autonomous Sharon AI really brings the artificial pop singer criticism to new heights. “Gimme artificial, gimme superficial…“