Macross Delta 13 Review (Proud Oneesan…and some battles.)

Macross Delta 13
Macross Δ 13
マクロスΔ 13

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Macross Delta 13 As Macross Elysion arrives at Al Shahal, Sigur Valens and the Windermere fleet begin to fold out. Macross Elysion manages to land a shot on Sigur Valens, damaging its sound system. As such, Heinz cannot use his song until repairs are made. The Aether is dispatched back to Ragna with Delta Squad and Walküre since it will take some time for Macross Elysion to fold again. Major Valan has his NUNS troops destroy the Protoculture ruins, which then cause a Protoculture structure to emerge. Sigur Valens hovers above the structure as Heinz sings, negating Walküre’s concert on the Aether.

Macross Delta 13 Vars Syndrome spreads as CHAOS attempts to evacuate folks to the artificial island for extraction. With Hayate having lost his fighter in the bomb explosion and saved by Mirage, Hayate gets Messer’s fighter to rejoin the fight. The artificial island lifts off as Walküre resumes their concert. Bogue stops that by attacking their concert pyramid, destroying it. Sigur Valens attempts to destroy the Aether, but Macross Elysion literally falls out of the sky, taking the shot and falling into the ocean. Freyja sees Hayate in trouble, so she reacts, singing as her rune glows, and she leaps from the Aether.

Macross Delta 13 Hayate reacts to her song as Walküre backs her up. Freyja is caught by Mirage as Macross Elysion emerges from the ocean, shifting to Storm Attacker mecha mode to get the better of an exchange of fire with Sigur Valens. Thanks to Freyja’s singing, Hayate shoots down Keith. The Aether docks with the ship-mode Macross Elysion, before it and some other escaping ships escort the artificial island away in an emergency fold. Meanwhile on Sigur Valens, King Gramia dies and Roid takes over leadership of Windermere’s forces.

Thoughts/Review:

So far, Macross Delta has failed to impress me. However, I will say that outside of the hideous, magical idol concert stuff, I found this episode to actually be the most interesting of the lot.

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NUNS got to play the jerks in this episode when they set off their bomb. However, considering how Gramia knew what was going to happen, I think he and NUNS are actually working together. Or at the very least, Gramia is working with Major Valan. After all, Valan was not surprised when the destruction of the ruins ended up restoring some kind of Protoculture structure above the waterline, right in time for Sigur Valens to dock with it.

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Macross Elysion falling out of the sky seemed to be a nod to the Battlestar Galactica remake TV series, where the Galactica did the same thing as part of a rescue effort. I do call BS on how it could conveniently manage to get between the mega blast from the Sigur Valens and the Aether in time. (It still looks cool though.)

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We got our battle between Macross Elysion and Sigur Valens — well, sort of. Macross Elysion gets a shot at Sigur Valens as it folds out. It takes a shot from Sigur Valens when it drops from the sky. Then when it emerges from the water to take a second shot from Sigur Valens as it fires a shot in Storm Attacker mode. Not the massive ship vs. ship battle I expected.

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I guess our battle babe (Mirage) and our magical idol babe (Freyja) have come to an understanding over Hayate. They’ll take turns every other day, then share him on Sundays. I’m expecting the jealousy aspect to rear its head and cause ugliness though ’cause sharing is not always caring.

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I did have to grin at Mikumo’s proud oneesan moment at witnessing Freyja jumping off of a perfectly good starship deck in the atmosphere. The series has been hinting that there’s some greater connection between the two and that Mikumo might know more than she lets on. She’s still a smug “you know what” as far as I’m concerned. 😛

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In the end, Macross Delta 13 managed to make me somewhat interested in the story, even if I had to mute the mind-numbing, nearly non-stop music from our magical idol babes.

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11 Responses to “Macross Delta 13 Review (Proud Oneesan…and some battles.)”

  1. kyun~kyun says:

    I have been reading your reviews since the first one. Glad you’re starting to like Mikumo as the episodes progress.

    I disagree that Gramia is working with NUNS or Major Valan. Gramia showed clear disgust at the fact that they would so easily hurt their motherland, by blowing up the ruins in order to stop them from taking control of them.

    And for the concert, they gave you a whole episode last week without singing. Be thankful ?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Gramia showed clear disgust at the fact that they would so easily hurt their motherland, by blowing up the ruins in order to stop them from taking control of them.

      That’s true. However, he knew that the bomb was going to go off. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have had his ship prepared. It is as if he expected NUNS to set off a bomb and then to have the Protoculture structure emerge. Major Valan also seemed unsurprised at the result.

      And for the concert, they gave you a whole episode last week without singing. Be thankful 😛

      Ha!ha! True, though Heinz did bellow out some stuff. 😉 However, they made up for their non-concert ways by having more concert stuff this episode.

      • kyun~kyun says:

        I re-watched the scene and you’re right, good eye. Grama expected the impact, while the others did not. It could have been brushed off if he sensed it with his ruins, but he didn’t he knew ahead of time. To makes things worse, it would seem as though only he is aware of it, as the other’s sensed it after him and the animation team made sure to point out their use of ruins when sensing it. This raises some really interesting questions, and how this will turn out now that Roid is in charge.

        And no problem, I was so happy Mikumo made you grin I had to comment. Glad episode 13 managed to make you somewhat interested in the story. And next time un mute the non-stop music from our magical idol babes, just accept them already! ?

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          I re-watched the scene and you’re right, good eye.

          I didn’t notice it initially, but when I was going through the episode again as part of working on my review, I noticed it.

          And next time un mute the non-stop music from our magical idol babes, just accept them already!

          Ha!ha! That’ll be difficult. Don’t get me wrong; I completely understand the battle sequences playing music of some kind. But the whole idea of having a concert in a battle just makes me cringe every time.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Oh…and thanks for writing! 🙂

  2. Charleston Ho says:

    I think more like Valan work with third party which most likely Eplision Foundation. After all they also onboard inside the ship. I think Valan and Eplision Foundation are members of conspirator as Valan order retreat ASAP after scanning on ruin

    Also so-called magical singer happen before Delta which is First happen in Macross 7 where Basara able to disable dimensional being with his Song. Also what Hayate and Keith do it happen before in Macross Frontier movie 2 which I recommend to watch before ep 8

    By the way you should check this:http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2016/06/30/020000

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Even if Valan is in league with another party, I still think that Gramia is involved. He appears to have known that a bomb was going to go off and what the results would be.

  3. Charleston Ho says:

    Also so-called magical singer happen before Delta which is First happen in Macross 7 where Basara able to disable dimensional being with his Song. Also what Hayate and Keith do it happen before in Macross Frontier movie 2 which I recommend to watch before ep 8

    Here the proof:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyM3d-szCRA

  4. ctrn says:

    Well, I don’t know why, but I liked this episode. If I over analyze it I will probably ruin that impression.

    Just three things: First, the way Sigur Valens attacked and damaged Macross Elysion is a clear homage to the damage on the original Macross Ship on the movie “Macross: Do You Remember Love?”, done by a Meltran ship, on the floating protoculture ruins at earth.

    And second: I find troubling the lack of “Itano Circus” on the combat scenes, a trademark of Macross dogfights.

    And third: I liked how the classic robot-hand-cinderella-air-rescue in this episode was done by a rival and not by the “love interest”. Or maybe the final relationships on Delta will be “unorthodox” and the we will have an epic plot twist? 😉

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Just three things: First, the way Sigur Valens attacked and damaged Macross Elysion is a clear homage to the damage on the original Macross Ship on the movie “Macross: Do You Remember Love?”, done by a Meltran ship, on the floating protoculture ruins at earth.

      I only vaguely remember that. That being said, what you say doesn’t surprise me. So much of Macross Delta appears to be a not to previous Macross incarnations.

      Or maybe the final relationships on Delta will be “unorthodox” and the we will have an epic plot twist?

      Ha!ha! That would be a nice change of pace.

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