SDF Macross 13-15: Heaven on Earth

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Been a while, I know. The gap between these posts is more reflective of my anime viewing habits (or lack thereof) than anything else. It’s here now though, and I hope you enjoy!

This was a nice session of episodes where everything has an unwinding feel to it and we got to see the characters just chill out and enjoy life for a while. There also seems to be set up for the next big events in the story occurring here as well. Looking forward to seeing how things will develop after this.

Episode 13 “Blue Wind”

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  • Sass in the workplace
  • Zentraedi spies begin their infiltration (sneaky sneak)
  • Already making notes of culture, I see – “disco”
  • Captain estimates 4-5 million enemy ships after getting intel back from Misa & Hikaru
  • The team is told they won’t need to be flying out again anytime soon and are congratulated for their efforts/achievements
  • The spies are amazed that there are inhabitants living inside Macross
  • They are confused by males and females interacting, haha – this fish-out-of-water stuff could either get very interesting or very old
  • Minmay appears! Handing roses as part of the congratulations ceremony + kisses Hikaru! (on the cheek, but still counts)
  • Singing time, yeah! “My Boyfriend is a Pilot”
  • HAHAHA the spies don’t know why but for some reason they feel compelled to dance
  • Misa gets a lovely ‘welcome back’ from her co-workers
  • Fucking Focker’s smug grin hahaha ❤ + loud (caring) lecture at Hikaru lol
  • Zentraedi are holding back to observe Macross
  • One of them isn’t all too happy about this – got that WARRIOR PRIDE
  • Battle engagement! Prepping to fend off enemy fleet
  • I’ll never get tired of seeing the jet/mechs take off
  • Macross transformation time!
  • “Misa, no second guessing yourself here” is right!
  • Kamujin (Mr. Warrior Pride) just got FUCKING TOLD – the other Zentraedi ain’t having his shit LOL
  • Battle’s off everyone. Macross is returning home (Earth); some trouble entering the atmosphere but that’s to be expected
  • So beautiful; the tears (and the Captain smoking on the bridge) is warranted
  • Ends on gorgeous sunset shot with Macross in the ocean

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Here we see the spies (Conda, Warera, and Loli – yes, one of them is called “Loli”) beginning their infiltration and possibly integration onboard Macross. Coming from a race where culture is virtually non-existent, I find their reactions to humans and the civilian life of Macross City both interesting and hilarious. Something tells me they’ll find themselves so wovenly integrated into (and in-love with) culture that they’ll be playing defense for Earth when called upon by the Zentraedi.

Something else to note is how well adapted Macross has become over time; going from abrupt transformation sequence endangering the lives of all its civilians to establishing a system to help minimize the damage and significantly lower the chance of casualties; by way of making announcements to give people time to take shelter.

Minmay singing is bliss. I wish her and Hikaru the very best in their respective careers. That scene at the end where the Macross touches down in the ocean and everyone’s out on deck with the warm and welcoming sun in the background is one of the loveliest images I’ve seen from the show yet. More please.

Episode 14 “Global Report”

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Captain Bruno is giving his report and- oh, I see what’s going on here; it’s a recap episode. And a very good one at that, surprisingly. Initially, you might think it’s a one-off excuse to do a recapitulation and spare some time for the team to work on the rest of the episodes. But as we’ll see in the next episode it’s actually a well justified tool to further the narrative insofar as informing the UN about all the things Team Macross has discovered and experienced, while evoking a well-deserved feeling of peacefulness in both Global and the viewer.

The way it’s delivered feels quite fitting and considering the amount that has happened in the show thus far, it’s a welcome break in the story. And if you’re like me and have a tough time keeping up, it’s a much needed summary of the events leading up until now. But since it is mostly just a clip show of all the previous episodes, there isn’t really much for me to say here.

Episode 15 “Chinatown”

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  • Pleasant vibes being back on earth.
  • Global has a substitute command taking over things on Macross while he’s away – “No smoking on the bridge!” lol
  • Macross festival celebration is well-deserved (really cool and novel seeing it take place on the actual ship, at sea no less)
  • HAHAHA the spies have already had their first taste of ‘beer culture’ I see (drunk Zentraedi lol)
  • Sleeping ‘Mr. Invincible’ Focker is busy with his own party for two, it seems
  • Minmay talks about how nice her fans are and expresses her admiration for them all dignified and just a total sweetheart about it
  • Hikaru takes her for a flight (with cool and confidence) and everyone’s in a good mood today, I love it

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  • Minmay’s booked for work – looks like she’ll be doing a movie. Awesome.
  • Ah, she fell asleep
  • Meanwhile Global and Misa discuss the Macross, its Grand Cannon (among other technical talk), and the Captain’s history while in waiting for the meeting with the higher-ups
  • Misa is noticeably a lot happier here – it’d be nice to see her laugh more
  • Hikaru wakes Minmay to show her a mountain; beautiful
  • Government affairs w/Misa and Global are now underway
  • Bouncy happy-go-lucky Minmay is always a treat
  • WE’RE IN CHINATOWN, baby!

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  • Nostalgia for Minmay; she’s made it back home!; family is still alive and well, and also relieved to see their daughter again
  • Too many gaps in Misa’s report for the higher-ups to accept it / to justify the proposed course of action, it seems; Global requests further deliberation (good stuff)
  • Father is disapproving of Minmay’s new life (doesn’t buy her becoming an idol and soon-to-be moviestar, but also just doesn’t want her to leave, because he expected her to take over the restaurant)
  • Brotherly reunion (Kaifun seems nice, but also potentially a dick)

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  • Nani?! All of the civilians on-board Macross have been declared dead?! That’s… kinda understandable, but still a dick move.
  • Kaifun takes Minmay’s side on the career/familial matters and decides to go with her (probably to get in the way of Hikaru x Minmay lol) – she seems really happy about it

Gosh, it’s so awesome to be back on Earth. Everything looks so wonderful, and there are peaceful vibes throughout. I absolutely adored Minmay’s flight with Hikaru, and couldn’t get enough of Hikaru’s attitude this episode – laughed when he talked big to Kaifun and Minmay on the flight back. He seems to have developed a much stronger confidence. Hope to see more of this side of him onward.

The reveal about the Macross civilians being declared dead by the UN was quite the dramatic push. The scene where Misa is on the plane back and tears up the letter from her father begging her to leave the Macross for her own safety made the whole situation feel more personal. After assenting with the rest of the board about keeping the civilians on Macross and assuring that they’ve assessed it as a low-risk situation, her father secretly sends her this letter essentially contradicting the vote of confidence from earlier. And by tearing it up, knowing full well what it means to return to Macross now, Misa is pledging her life to help everyone involved in this (potentially) dangerous position. The dynamics here are fantastic.

It’s at this point I feel that the show has opened up my heart and filled it with a special bundle of love that I find difficult to express. I can feel myself turning into an unapologetic Macross fan. Maybe it’s Hikaru’s happy-go-lucky attitude. Maybe it’s Minmay’s singing. Or maybe I’m just charmed by the humbleness of it all.

Or maybe it’s the robots and space battles.

Further Reading

I defer to ghostlightning for more on the these set of episodes, since I didn’t have all that much to say this time around and he’s far closer to an expert on the show than I’ll ever be [->]

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3 thoughts on “SDF Macross 13-15: Heaven on Earth”

  1. Ah, you don’t know the half of the Zentraedi name joke being that they accidentally made their names combine into the phrase ‘warewa lolicon da’ i.e. ‘I am a lolicon’ which……. yeah……..

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