OMG! OMG! OMG! Seriously, each week I just end up loving this show more and more, and oh if you thought it was impossible for Alto-hime to get any hotter, you were wrong… The action in this episode is just kick-ass and our Alto-hime is in the thick of it, weapons ablazing.
From a cute little scene involving the bridge bunnies, we find out that Ozma (unbeknownst to him) is the owner of Bobby’s heart, not our dear Alto-hime. So Sheryl, Ranka, you can relax girls that’s one less rival for you! 😉
In fact preceding the cute little bridge scene Bobby had been consoling his love, who’d been lamenting the fact that his dear little Ranka-chan was starting to grow up.
Of course, the cuteness is interrupted by all hell breaking loose as the Varja arrive to let loose the hounds of war.
The Frontier is closed up as they prepare for battle, so Luca who had been getting something to drink with Nanase has to head out to battle. He seems quite a bit irritated when she points out that Alto and Michel won’t be with him implying that maybe he can’t do it by himself. However instead of saying anything he just asks her to wait for him to come back, he has something to tell her and then he runs off vowing to protect her.
“I mean, your hands are kind of small ya know…”
Alto meanwhile has found the fold pack and uses that to head towards the fleet, realizing the Varja are going after the Frontier, he yells out for Ranka to wait for him.
Back with the fleet we find out that Michel’s Valkyrie survived the ride attached to one of the Varja fleet ships. Sheryl wakes up and attempts to wake up Michel only to find he’s out cold. And what follows next is just horrible HORRIBLE! The Valkyrie was such a pretty blue!
Sheryl, decides because she is Sheryl she can fly the ship. BIG MISTAKE! I love her attitude, I love that she is all gung ho. But even she had to know that pitiful amount of time she has spent in class would not be enough for her to pilot the Valkyrie in the middle of a hella nasty battle! I know Sheryl has brains, but they were sadly missing when she made this decision. Given the enemy had no idea where she was, (nice use of that Han Solo Maneuver by the way Michel) she would have been better off staying put until help could get to her.
Instead, she decides to go for it, with very UNHAPPY results. At least for me, I really liked Michel’s VF-25G.
Why Sheryl, why?
Although to be fair to Sheryl, Luca is a trained pilot and he does nothing but get hit throughout this battle and is very unimpressive. In fact he resigns himself to death at one point; all his ideas of protecting Nanase have flown out of the window.
So thank kami-sama for Alto-hime, say it with me everyone. AI AI ALTO-HIME! I didn’t think it was possible for Alto to get any hotter than he already was, but I think it increases by like a factor of 10! Sheryl certainly seems to think so, because she is so wrapped up in Alto-hime’s cool entrance, she doesn’t seem to show an ounce of concern for poor Michel. Considering she almost got both of them obliterated you’d think she could spare a thought for him. Once all this is over, I think she should steer clear of Klein.
Ai Ai Alto-hime! See factor of 10!!
Alas the Frontier takes some damage as the main Varja ship defolds unexpectedly at the rear of the battle.
That slimey bastard Leon has been advising the President, he voices out his theory that the main Varja ship must be controlling the others and so the President authorizes the use of reaction missiles. So the captain sends out the order to attack the Varja fleet behind them, focusing on the mother ship.
Alto had earlier recognized that Ranka was in there and asks for permission to rescue her. The captain tells him to equip an armor pack and authorizes him to use reaction missiles, also telling him to bring out his true strength.
A very worried looking Sheryl tells Alto to come back safe, he thanks her and very determinedly says he will bring Ranka back. Once out there an angry Ozma tells Alto if something happens to Ranka, he will kill him!
While all this has been going on, the ship containing Ranka has been showing her the battle, and she’s been getting increasingly upset about it. Ranka sees the image of her mother who begins to sing Aimo (hubby thinks Ranka’s mommy looks a lot like Minmay funnily enough). The image disappears and Ranka begins to sing Aimo. Her stomach glows, and I think we are shown a glimpse inside her maybe? It looks like she has bacterial phages! Oh no Alto-hime, you may have gotten cooties from your kiss with her, Ranka is riddled with bacteria!
Ranka should NOT have eaten those nachos!
Outside the pilot Raramira bites it, prompting Alto to think back to when Gillam was crushed before his very eyes in the first episode and an image of Ranka. He screams and goes all co-coordinator crazy on the Varja who seem to have halted due to Ranka’s singing.
It is ON bitches!
Don’t MESS with hime!
Ozma is shocked and Luca is so absorbed in hime’s brilliant display he gets shot and had to retreat. Alto heads off to the mother ship screaming Ranka’s name. He blasts a hole in the ship to go get Ranka, but Brera who had heard Ranka’s music beats him to it.
Alto blows up the creature inside the mother ship as Ranka cries out no and the resulting explosion blows him and Brera (who is carrying Ranka) free of the ship. Once outside Brera identifies himself as Major Brera Starne from the Macross Galaxy Antares Squadron! He says he had rescued Ranka and will help the fleet.
The bridge crew notices the co-operation rate of the Varja fleet has dropped and it looks like they are in chaos. So the Quarter powers up and destroys the mother ship. The Varja attempt to retreat but the fleet is ordered to give chase and wipe them out.
It also seems that Grace is still alive (sorry Hoshi) she has downloaded in to a body identical to her last one. And she refers to Ranka as the little Queen…
Brera asks Ranka with the glowing belly why she cries, but she says she doesn’t know. Next week it seems things will be a little bit lighthearted. So I’m hoping this means Michel survives!
I can’t wait, I can’t wait, hang on Michel, hang on!