Since I seem to have never been the popular voice on Macross F—although I believe I have been the more rational one—there is no reason to break the tradition now:
This episode was stupid, a ruin to what was a great show up until ep. 25.
It was another Mai Hime ending all over again, where the tone of the story changed so abruptly from
- Alto adamant on killing Ranka,
- Sheryl dying as a failed experiment,
- Klan on vengeance,
- Ozma treated as traitor,
- Ranka treated as traitor,
- Vajra taking a fatal blow to Frontier,
- Frontier screaming, “Die worms! Your planet is ours!”
- Ranka who couldn’t tell her left hand from her right,
- Brera screaming to Alto, “I’ll obliterate you to the ends of the galaxy.” and blowing up Alto’s shiny VF-25, and
- both humanity and Vajra on genocide with each other
- Alto begging Sheryl to help him save Ranka,
- Sheryl living as Little Queen #2,
- Klan relinquishing Michel’s gun to Alto,
- Ozma treated as hero,
- Ranka treated as savior!
- Vajra taking a bullet for Frontier,
- Frontier screaming, “Let’s follow the Vajra to victory!”
- Ranka slapping Sheryl back and lecturing her what she should do,
- Brera screaming to Alto, “I’ll cover you.” and copulating with Alto’s shinier VF-whatever, and
- both humanity and Vajra living happily ever after as roommates,
all of which took place within a few hours span during a heated battle. How unbelievable is that?! The last time I felt this ridiculous about an ending was with Gundam SEED Destiny. Only the Mai Hime ending was worse.
Alas, Macross F did not escape the usual anime disease of delivering a cheery, agreeable ending, no matter how incongruent that may be, as long as enough explosions are tossed onto the screen (and in this case, also the numerous clips of various songs repeated back to back like in a bad DJ job), and pandering to the plethora of fans that their favorite character/pairing gets to live happily ever after.
The only way to make sense of Macross F is to take Bilrer as Kawamori and review the scene where Bilrer looks into his ring—Kawamori just wanted to see Minmay on screen one more time.
Overall, Macross F is one mediocre show with two highlights: the unprecedented, awesome CG battles, and the characterization of Sheryl Nome.
The battle sequences will for quite some times become the next measuring sticks for future mecha shows, beginning with next week’s Gundam 00 S2.
Sheryl Nome remains, at least to me, a memorable character with tons of character development from her lofty, feisty, ostentatious entrance on Frontier, through her Shakespearean heroic downfall, to her steady rebirth as a humble, passionate woman, all of which done in a heartfelt way with good, even pacing across the first 24 episodes. Too bad it was marred at the end by the deus ex machina that keeps her alive so that they can make good sales with the upcoming movie. It somehow has cheapened her pain and tears.
Lastly, the music was alright but not great. Only Diamond Crevasse will continue to frequent my iTune playlist even after next week’s new OP’s and ED’s themes arrival.
Everything else, forgettable.
You can’t believe how much I look forward to blissmo killing off every single character on the show right now. (BTW, welcome back, blissmo.)