My words from last week’s episode have come back to bite me in the ass. Just when I thought the love triangle was clearly pointing towards Sheryl, Ranka steals the spotlight. And this time, instead of Sheryl’s songs playing throughout the episode, it’s Ranka’s voice we hear. Included in this episode are Seikan Hikou, Aimo, Neko Nikki, and a different ending with Ai Oboete Imasu Ka.
To summarize a little, Sheryl and Alto arrive safely. However, due to an illness, Sheryl collapses, and some of the Zentradis use her illness as an excuse to start a rebellion. They hold Alto and the rest of the crew hostage.
Back at Frontier, the rest of the Macross crew receive word of the terrible news. Unfortunately, because of the fold dislocation, it will take them a week to arrive to Gallia-4, and by that time, the battle will already be over. The situation doesn’t look good for Alto, but an unexpected savior comes along: Luca.
With Luca’s family researching and building the newest technologies for Frontier, Luca gives Michel access to a prototype that isn’t affected by fold locations. According to Luca, if used right, the equipment can shrink the size of the galaxy to one tenth its original size.
Back at Gallia-4, the rebelling Zentradis are ready to use missiles to take over the mothership. The other Zentradis, trying to protect the ship, have no other to choice, and ready themselves to fight back. At last minute, Ranka shows up in Michel’s VF, ready to sing.
I have to give points to Ranka – I didn’t think that she was that well-known. But after a few episodes, her famous singing is good enough to stop a battle. The Zentradis stop fighting, awed by the little singer in the VF. (Some even fall in love… and was that a nosebleed @ 16:50?!) Only one Zentradi doesn’t want to stop fighting, the one dude who started it all. Alto fights him and beats him easily. However, the Zentradi says he’ll remember Alto, probably foretelling a future fight between the two.
Anyhow, Michel tells Alto to take into consideration Ranka’s feelings. Michel says he’ll take care of Sheryl, and Alto and Ranka head back towards Frontier. On the way, Alto thanks Ranka, telling her that saving him was the best present he received. (Mushy Mushy. Both start blushing.) Suddenly, Alto loses control of the VF for some unknown reason, and he crash lands. While trying to figure out what’s wrong, Alto hears Ranka calling him, and runs to see what she’s looking at. What he sees surprises him (and me too) : A Macross.
How many times did Alto blush this episode? Yeah, I counted. Around three-four times. While he was with Sheryl, he didn’t blush as much. God, I hate to say it, but Sheryl’s been left in the dust. Right now, Alto’s totally in love with Ranka saving the day. In consolation, I’d totally love to say that he’s just in love with her heroism, but even I’m not so sure anymore. As a Sheryl x Alto fan, it was a little heartbreaking to see Sheryl looking at the VF flying across the sky. What she couldn’t do, Ranka did.
By the way, I’m also wondering how this fits into Grace and Leon’s plans. Did they plan for Ranka to save the day? I think I’m getting the vibe that Grace deliberately knew Sheryl wouldn’t be able to perform… Still curious about the relationship between Grace and Brera too, but I suppose we’ll get to that soon enough. Next episode is Ranka x Alto again, I’m thinking, only cause they’re stranded. However, with the twist this episode brought, I can’t be sure that Sheryl won’t just turn up in the middle. It should be interesting though, and we’ll get to see how Alto manages to get Ranka to her debut live on time.