I knew it!
There are only two things you need to know about this episode:
- Alto likes Michael—or Michelle.
- Klan also likes Michael.
And maybe one more:
- Michael likes Manager Grace.
Everything else—including the return of the kickass fight sequence—is just for show since Macross Frontier is really first a love drama then second a space mecha show.
So, we have two love triangles:
- Ranka x Alto x Sheryl, and
- Alto x Michael x Klan.
Now we truly have a Macross series in the making.
“Shall we shag now or la…” *SLAP*
As to the supposedly main story line with Michael’s sister’s friendly fire, I didn’t like it as much as other bloggers did.
First of all, it had no conclusion, but yet it really did. Michael’s own misfiring should’ve answered the question already that she was simply distracted by the recent breakup and had just momentarily lost concentration, which is a crucial prerequisite for successful sniping. The only difference is that Michael was lucky and had a second chance to do it right while she did not. Yet, Michael didn’t seem to see it, and simply walked away not in the least vindicating her in his mind.
Second, it really did nothing to add to the story overall. You can’t call it character development because Michael was the same by the end of the episode as he was at the beginning: he is still a womanizing, sarcastic four-eyes not knowing what his sister really did. You can’t call it character enrichment either because he didn’t give his reason of who he was today—a sniper in the SMS or otherwise—to be because of that event. By the beginning of next episode, it wouldn’t have mattered that he had a sister who had misfired on her ex-lover/teammate. This felt a lot like a filler episode.
On the other hand, the possibility of Alto having a deeper feeling than just male-bonding toward Michael is a character revelation that will have future repercussions. This is why I started this post saying that this is all you need to remember about this episode going forward. 🙂