Macross Delta – 26 (Fin)

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Delta surely wasn’t going to end with Lloyd using Mikumo as the instrument to bring the entire humanoid population of the galaxy under his command; we just needed some clutch performances from our heroes—plus a confession or two—to turn things around.

Before heading out to the final battle (which is the final battle, in case you missed last week), neither Hayate nor Freyja can say “I love you”, merely mumble, while King Heinz essentially lets Lloyd do whatever he wants, even though he eventually wants peace talks with the UN, a far less ambitious (and less crazy) goal than Lloyd has planned.

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Kaname, Reina, and Freyja do their thing shorthanded while Delta Platoon does theirs, but everyone is sent to the Naked World when Lloyd gets Mikumo singing the Song of the Stars. For a few minutes we see the future Lloyd has in mind for the galaxy, and, well…nobody on either side likes it very much.

Heinz realizes Lloyd is up to no good too late, but thanks to Freyja’s determined singing, he adds his own song to the mix to notify Keith, Bogue, and the other knights to assist Delta and Walkure in stopping Lloyd. When Freyja’s voice falters, Hayate finally gives her the “I Love You” she’s been waiting and hoping for.

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The connection turns triangular when Freyja doesn’t immediately respond, leaving Mirage free to confess her love for Hayate and challenging Freyja to say something back already. She does, telling Hayate she loves him too. Everything turns pink, everyone is cast out of the Naked World, and Walkure is back on the stage, in new, Final Battle outfits.

A nominally-healed Makina adds her voice to the other three, and eventually not even Lloyd can keep Mikumo from singing along, donning her own Walkure outfit in Macross Giant Songstress Mode. At the same time, Delta blasts a hole in the Windermerean flagship, and with help from the Aerial Knights (someone called that), rescue Mikumo.

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Keith ends up being the one to take out Lloyd, his own best friend, with an air of disappointment he strayed so far from reasonable ambition. While his stated goal is universal peace, Lloyd wanted to become no less than a god, with total control over every living soul at once…which just wasn’t going to, er, fly. 

This is a finale full of nicely-composed images, including the Chaos fleet’s daring entry into battle, the Giant Mikumo on Ragna, Keith and Lloyd’s last moments before the ship blows up, the reunion of Walkure, and the parting shot of Mirage, who unsurprisingly ends up being the loser in the triangle, despite the fact she’s going to probably end up living far longer than Freyja.

Freyja’s skin crystallization doesn’t simply vanish when Lloyd is dealt with. But Hayate chooses the possibility of far outliving the object of that love, rather than the alternative (the part-Zentradi Mirage far outliving him). The flame that burns half as long burns Twice as bright.

And so ends Macross Delta, surely not the strongest of Macrosses, but perhaps better than no Macross at all? For all its flaws (and the fact one of its meal tickets—its eye candy—was out-candied this Summer by Zestiria), it was a show with deep ties to the past, which marched to its own beat in a 2016 where so much can feel the same. It was a fun ride.

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Author: braverade

My name is Hannah Brave. Because I enjoy watching things explode (or at the very least moving very fast) I typically review anime in the action, adventure, space, and sci-fi genres, though not exclusively.

6 thoughts on “Macross Delta – 26 (Fin)”

  1. While the show did have some excellent moments, Delta as a whole honestly feels more like a rough draft than a fully fleshed out show.

    For one, Lloyd’s endgame is pretty much just a rehash of Grace’s plot in Macross Frontier. And his (and pretty much the entire Windemerian side’s) lack of character exploration means there is no real narrative distinction in this particular plot thread. Grace, at least, was stated to be evil, Lloyd has no clear motivations. This also makes the whole “bromance” between him and Keith feel hollow, since there isn’t really much in it.

    And for all the talk, continuity nods, and Berger’s lengthy expositional monologues, Delta doesn’t really add anything new to the Protoculture mythos., which is rather disappointing, since Delta seems to be more heavily anchored to it compared to that of the other entries in the franchise. Heck, even Mikumo’s identity as the Star Singer is never really utilized outside of her role as the obligatory mcguffin.

    Ande then there is the romance. Sure, Delta actually did resolve the triangle, but it’s a triangle that barely existed in the series. Even Mirage’s last minute confession feel like the series reminding the audience “hoy, we still have the love triangle, in case you forgot”. Also, Hayate’s and Freyja’s romance kinda feels lacking in certain aspects to be really engaging.

    And those trippy flashbacks felt like they should have been show more earlier than just being crammed here.

    Basically, the show felt like it was waiting on which of its checklist of plot points would click more with the audience and will just build on from there.

    Hopefully, if Delta does get a movie sequel/adaptation, it would be given the proper Macross treatment )and that would include them getting Yoko Kanno back for the soundtrack).

    1. Despite a fairly exciting finale, in the end, Delta was what I thought it was: Not as good as Frontier, the only other Macross I’d watched.

    2. Rough draft and check-list are excellent descriptions! Very much in the way new-Star Trek often suffers from cameo and exposition diarrhea, and emphasis on X-treme style, Delta does little to justify its existence outside of being a Macross brand entry.

      Like Hannah, I suspected this would be the case during the trailer. The Windemerian valkiries and gothic loli styling smacked on trying too hard and having no sense of aesthetic connecting to the grounded* military styles used in the past. The Captain’s muscle design even came off like Teen Titan’s beast boy, jarringly out of place within Delta’s own cast line up.

      1. Yeah, one thing Frontier handled MUCH better was how bigger Zentradis were able to coexist with smaller humanoids. Poor Captain Johnson just looked stuffed into wherever he was!

      2. yeah but in a cartoony way :( his style was totally out of place with everything — like Scotty’s green alien engineer assistant in new trek it’s all wuuuut???

  2. story stopped progressing somewhere in the middle and only moved a little in the last episode. that sitting in a chair and controlling someone has already been done to both ranka lee and the vajra queen in frontier. apart from a few songs in the first few episodes the rest are forgettable. every maross is a musical. this one simply fails half way through without ever pacing up.

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