Macross Delta 19 Review (A history of Macross. No Robotech here!)

Macross Delta 19
Macross Δ 19
マクロスΔ 19

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Macross Delta 19With the destruction of the Protoculture structure, the Windermere forces leave Voldor. Two days later, Hayate and Mikumo are still unconscious. Mirage and Freyja are outside Hayate’s hospital room when Berger Stone from the Epsilon Foundation Brisingr branch shows up. Despite Berger working with Windermere, they take him to the bridge, where he reports to the top Chaos folks and Walküre while he waits for his cargo to be unloaded. There, he expresses a theory about music as a weapon, recounting the Macross history. On Windermere, Roid tells a similar tale to Keith as Heinz is still unconscious. Afterward, Mirage pays a visit to Hayate, who wakes up.

Thoughts/Review:

Well, this was an exposition episode and then some.

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When I realized we were getting a history of the Macross universe, I thought, “Har! No Robotech here!” Yeah, I’m terrible like that.

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The idea being espoused of music being a weapon doesn’t surprise me. In the original Macross series, music wasn’t a weapon per se. Basically, the Zentradi had never been exposed to music and it touched something deep inside them.

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I never watched Macross Plus, so I can’t speak to it.

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I only saw the first episode of Macross 7, but clearly that was set up to use music as a weapon. Otherwise, why would you have some loser in a variable fighter, screaming everywhere he went, “Listing to my song!” 😐

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I blogged the Macross Frontier series. I could see the notion of weaponizing music there.

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So yeah, Macross Delta coming out and saying, “We think music is a weapon” makes sense. After all, Walküre were being used on the front lines in combat situations for Var syndrome.

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I had speculated that Mikumo was a member of Protoculture. This episode suggests that she might be an android. I really hope not. I want her to be Protoculture. Seriously, if she were an android, that should have been something easily detected. (Well, I say that, but then I’m reminded of the humanoid Cylons in the Battlestar Galactica remake.)

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The mysterious Lady M gets more focus this episode. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that she’s none other that LIN Minmei. Yeah, she should be an old woman at this point. Macross took place in 2009. Macross Delta takes place in 2067. Supposedly, she disappeared along with the SDF-2 Megaroad-01 in 2012. That doesn’t mean that Minmei died. I think it could be quite interesting if Minmei showed up.

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Pretty convenient that Berger Stone shows up to provide Chaos with all of this exposition, especially since he’s been working closely with Roid and Windermere.

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Finally, I wanted to wretch over Mirage forcibly being put back into the love triangle. I like Mirage. It is a shame there isn’t some other guy there for her. Well, maybe she and Chuck could get together.

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In the end, Macross Delta 19 ended up being an exposition story which sets up the final phase of the anime.

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6 Responses to “Macross Delta 19 Review (A history of Macross. No Robotech here!)”

  1. Rob C says:

    I think you got it right on who Lady M could be. I was suspecting the same thing. I suspect that Frey isn’t going be Hayato’s lady in the end. I REALLY think she going end up with the King of Windemere, due to need for someone to guide him and she more off-world seasoned and has powerful voice herself. Its sort of Minemai sort of thing.

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    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I suspect that Frey isn’t going be Hayato’s lady in the end. I REALLY think she going end up with the King of Windemere, due to need for someone to guide him and she more off-world seasoned and has powerful voice herself.

      Interesting theory there.

      And your spoiler theory is interesting as well.

  2. ctrn says:

    Well….. I’m just going to say that IF lady M is Minmei…. that can be a total transformation of the character personality and cognitive capacity. I always thought that Minmei was a really stupid, egoistical and hollow girl. Yes, life can change people but I don’t think that she had the capability to mature to the degree needed for leading a huge paramilitary/scientific corporation from the shadows.

    I you want someone capable I think that Lady M could be:

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    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      If Lady M is Minmei, she’d be an elderly lady. Time is a funny thing. When one is a time, life is almost infinite. Old age is far away. When one reaches midlife, things can start changing, for good or ill. For some folks, they can look back at their life to date and see all of the bad or stupid choices they’ve made. That can lead to “what might have been” thinking.

      With Minmei, I can see time having made her a wiser person. Further, if Lady M is Minmei, then she’s purposefully kept out of the limelight all these years. And there would have to be a reason she runs Chaos.

      As to your spoiler theory, that’s an interesting idea. 😀

      • Rob C. says:

        Maybe not as old as you think she is. She was 16 when Miss Macross happened. Yes Still old at a ripe age of 74, but space travel does not age people as bad as gravity. Also you got access to Clone technology. The Macross Delta Special that came out at the same time as this episode, had a request from Mirage’s grandfather. Yes it’s funny / amusing and non-canon thing. It could hint something going on. Max still alive.

        IF Lady M is who we THINK we is, which isn’t well known fact to at least Macross Frontier’s fleet (2059). That would resolve what heck happened to the original colony fleet.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          IF Lady M is who we THINK we is, which isn’t well known fact to at least Macross Frontier’s fleet (2059). That would resolve what heck happened to the original colony fleet.

          I agree. I think that could be a motivational factor in bringing her back since it would resolve the mystery.

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