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♫Kyun, kyun, kyun, kyun, Falselogic wa pairotto!♫ LTTP Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

Like I said, I guess it’s a thing! It’s definitely really happening. And it happens enough in Frontier it’s not just some disposable gag squeezed in by an episode director or something, but something intentional. I do not remember it happening more than just Ranka though. Maybe Klan too but I forget. I like to think though that the Windermere sparkle runes are somehow related. Like Protoculture genetics influenced the creation of both. At the very least, it *feels* like it’s a natural evolution of the same idea into something more meaningful in Delta.
 

Yimothy

Red Plane
(he/him)
I’ve reached the end of the original series. After kind of meandering for a while they certainly wrapped it up quickly. The final scene was a bit odd - Hayase just walked out of the Macross after it got rammed by the enemy ship? And is she back with Ichijo now? She deserves better after how he’s treated her. What else in the franchise is worth a look?
 

Egarwaen

(He/Him)
Most of it! There’s few duds, though some shows (Macross 7) require some suspension of disbelief and accepting quirks of the format of the time. Macross Plus is probably the friendliest to the viewer.

As a warning, though, Harmony Gold’s licensing policies around Macross material make it all very difficult to find outside of Japan.
 

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
Season 1, Episode 14 - Global Report (get it?)

Oh this is a re-cap episode. The one you told me about. Nothing new here.
 

Egarwaen

(He/Him)
Season 1, Episode 14 - Global Report (get it?)

Oh this is a re-cap episode. The one you told me about. Nothing new here.

There's a little bit of Global's perspective on things, but it's mainly of interest when you're already pretty deep in the series.
 

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
Season 1, Episode 15 - China Town

You thought I forgot about this! I didn't! Just busy. But, now seems like the perfect time for a distraction!

Episode starts w/ Capt. Global heading off to the UN headquarters in Alaska (Global Warming?) Time to party for the civilians on the ship. Why would they want to leave? This is going to come back and bite them in the ass isn't it? (I know because there are like 17 more episodes to this series...)

OMG, did they really put that giant bump in Focker's sheets? Lady of the fucking Lake?! Minmay and Hikaru get some alone time on his plane for some reason. I thought maybe it was an air show as part of the celebration but they just seem to be flying around and then she fell asleep (she's a very overworked teen idol.)

Short scene between the captain and Hayase about how he knew her dad and a very large cannon.

Cut back to Hikaru and Minmay, they flew to Japan. Nice shots of Mt. Fuji, then it's back to Alaska. A conference room where for some reason none of the counselors are physically in it. Just these big wall sized screens. I mean if they were just going to have a Zoom call why bother having them physically come all the way to Alaska from the Macross? Wait, what? How could they think Minmay was dead? In wars that happened a long time ago? Also, I thought the part of town her house was in was transferred into space when the Macross used it's jump thing? What is going on? back to UN HQ and how are they refugees? These people arguably had a country/ies before they left. They could go back to those, couldn't they? Minmay fights with parents, handsome man re-enters Minmay's life. Oh, it's her cousin.

Ah, grand conspiracy. This new unified government is off to a great start... We can't just let people go home! We lied and told everyone they were dead. What, and they're still making them the Captain's problem? I mean isn't that what internment camps are for? Hard to run a giant spaceship and take car of 56k civilians... What a stupid mess!

Is cousin marrying a thing in Japanese culture? Hikaru seems bummed about the news of Kaifun joining them. Oh, and considering all the civilians are "dead" its weird how UN command didn't bother to put the entire Macross on lockdown, just let people leave if they wanted to/had a plane...

Hayase and her relationship with her dad don't seem great.
 
UN headquarters in Alaska (Global Warming?)
Maybe? IMO it's more likely that Earth was completely devastated in WW3, and that they wanted to build their military HQ in somewhere safe and remote and hadn't been bombed into ground already.

I mean if they were just going to have a Zoom call why bother having them physically come all the way to Alaska from the Macross?
It's been a while since I saw the show, but I'm pretty sure a large part of it is because Misa's dad wanted to get his daughter off of the ship.

Ah, grand conspiracy. This new unified government is off to a great start... We can't just let people go home! We lied and told everyone they were dead. What, and they're still making them the Captain's problem? I mean isn't that what internment camps are for? Hard to run a giant spaceship and take car of 56k civilians... What a stupid mess!
They might explain it better in later episodes, but what's going on here is the UN is offering up the Macross up as a sacrificial lamb to the Zentradi. They noticed that the Zentradi's attention seems centered on the Macross, so they think that if they disassociate themselves from the Macross and its crew, that the Zentradi will leave Earth alone. It's complete nonsense of course, but that's in character for how the show views/respects military/political leadership. And this isn't the last time something like this happens in the franchise. In Macross 7, the NUN hangs the Macross 7 and her entire civilian population out to dry and orders them on a suicide mission in hopes that the Protodevilin just magically go away and don't bother the rest of the galaxy after the Macross 7 Fleet is destroyed. A similar situation happens in Macross Frontier as well, and in Delta, the NUN straight up thinks the Macross Elysium and its refugees are expendable/acceptable collateral damage.

Is cousin marrying a thing in Japanese culture?
IIRC it is, and it's legal, but it's still broadly frowned upon/considered taboo by most people.
 
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