Macross Delta 26 Review (It’s finally over!)

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SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Macross Delta 26Chaos gets their assault on Ragna ready, starting it with a three member Walküre concert. Heinz orders Mikumo to do her Star Singer thing. In doing so, Heinz and other elites of Windermere become aware of Roid’s plan to evolve all humanoids into Vajra-like beings with Windermere ruling all. Heinz orders his forces to help Chaos, but they are all caught in the neural net. Hayate confesses to Freyja, then Mirage confesses to Hayate. Mirage goads Freyja into confessing to Hayate, causing Freyja’s song to help free them. Mikumo breaks free and is rescued while Keith and Roid kill each other. The war over, Freyja and Hayate fly off into the wild blue yonder.

Thoughts/Review:

And so this tedious, outrageously bad series comes to an end, and not a moment too soon. Seriously, I haven’t felt this drained of IQ since I stopped watching Sailor Moon Crystal.

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A Meaningless Story

So, what the heck was Macross Delta all about? It is the story of some glasses fetish bozo who wants the universe to evolve into creatures similar to the Vajra in Macross Frontier, with the Windermere version ruling everyone in perfect harmony.

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Seriously, I suffered through a 26 episode stupid advertisement for music CDs and old Macross titles. As such, what laughable goes for a plot is just mindless dribble. I have no understanding of Roid’s motivations. I know even less about why he has a cabinet full of glasses (and I’m scared to ask). The whole Windermere political situation is just garbage that could have been salvaged if the writers were allowed to write a story, not produce advertising.

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What else? We never learn who Lady M is. We don’t really know about that stupid pendant Hayate wears. And I really don’t understand the original purpose of the Star Singer. The whole Chaos organization is rather stupid, more so since they’ve got their magical idol babes in Walküre. Even if you say they were there for Vars, it is still stupid. Where’s the search for a real cure since magical idol babes have so little success?

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Were I to comb through this series, the number of plot holes and stupidity would probably be off the scale.

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A Shocking Love Triangle Resolution

The one surprising element to Macross Delta 26 is that they didn’t kill Freyja and have Hayate end up with Mirage. I never got into the prediction game on the love triangle, but I did express a desire for Freyja and Hayate to be together, then Chuck could hook up with Mirage. I was only half right as Chuck’s sister came back from the dead, leaving Mirage alone. Sorry Mirage.

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That aside, the other surprising element is that Hayate actually grew a pair and confessed his love to Freyja. I think this episode is a first anime I’ve watched where the second girl (Mirage) confesses to the MC to get the first girl (Freyja) to confess to the MC.

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But even though I’m glad that Freyja and Hayate are whatever they are, sadly, I mostly didn’t care. I say “sadly” because had Macross Delta been written to contain an actual plot with proper character development, I would have cared. I would have cheered. Instead, my brains were oozing out my ears and nose from having started to melt from the stupidity I was subjected to.

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

As endings go, even though Hayate and Freyja are a couple, there’s just so many unresolved items on the table that Macross Delta feels unresolved. As such, Macross Delta doesn’t feel like it should be over. I note that blog reader Rob C. remarked on how the series is open for a sequel. He’s right, and based on how many people seem to think Macross Delta is awesomeness (and I guess the music CD sales were good), Japan may inflict yet another Macross Delta series on us. 😐

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In the end, Macross Delta 26 brings about a mostly unsatisfactory end to a mediocre series.  I’ll probably write a series review in the next week or so.

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15 Responses to “Macross Delta 26 Review (It’s finally over!)”

  1. contrasena842003 says:

    The whole Chaos organization is rather stupid, more so since they’ve got their magical idol babes in Walküre.

    And if I see it like that I can accept that the garbage organization is directed by Minmei. As I commented several disgusting episodes ago, I can’t believe that time and experience are enough to give the maturity and capacity needed to be the founding leader of a big pseudo military organization to that stupid girl.

    I was so bored watching this episode that I was running my own version of the thing in my head, and even adding more stupid things it was better than the real thing to me. It was a mix with the old Agent Smart tv series and the fifth element, where Windermere was the future version of Control and Chaos was Chaos, but everyone was double agent and all was full parody. But I will not say more about that because it is really stupid.

    A couple of things: Windermere and Walkure both start with “W”, maybe on purpose. And, as probably you already know, Hayate means something like “wind”.

    Also, this episode is the first one where I noticed that the voices of the girls were in sync with the happenings: If they talked, the sing stopped, and the instrumental music continued!! Woah, it took 26 episodes.

    I’ve been complaining about the quality of the music, and here you have an example: Every time any of the girls sang without the “Music Track”, it was awful. Makina is justified because she was hurt… but the rest? Everytime Freyja started to sing “a cappella” it was horrible until the track overlapped. I think that if the singers are the same as the voice actresses they will do playback on stage on the surely to come “promotional concerts”.

    And the tittle of the final mission? “Ragnarok”…… “Ragna+Rock”. Yeah, I think the battle was there because that stupid pun.

    I don’t know what is more stupid: This series or my own stupidity, as I watched it to end and probably will watch more because it’s Macross. And I still remember Love.

    • contrasena842003 says:

      Sorry for the double post, but this is just to inform you that the latest chapter of Illya 3rei manga scanlation is out.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      And if I see it like that I can accept that the garbage organization is directed by Minmei.

      Well, we don’t even know for sure that it is Minmei. ^_^; It is just implied.

      And the tittle of the final mission? “Ragnarok”…… “Ragna+Rock”. Yeah, I think the battle was there because that stupid pun.

      😆 Score one to you! Even I missed that. ^_^;;;

      I don’t know what is more stupid: This series or my own stupidity, as I watched it to end and probably will watch more because it’s Macross.

      Ha!ha! Yes, I’m in the same boat as you.

  2. Rob C. says:

    Sorry for late post but i needed time to recover. LOL.
    Well, what can i say, i didn’t predict where this train wreck was going either. Thou i did guess right that there would be musical solution, thou Kieth offing off his best friend was something of original thing. I honestly thought his younger brother was going die and he would be stuck in his place. That would been i don’t know, smarter move which series hasn’t done at all.

    I think we have to blame for this is Toshizo Nemoto (who did Log Horizon, Tokyo Majin) with Macross 7 writer Shōji Kawamori . Kawamori wanted to go a completely different direction from what Japanese and American audiences were expecting. I wasn’t able find a interview with him. However, i suddenly got deja vue feeling he was not unlike original maker of the Gundam, who gave us Gundam Reconguista in G. Which was arguably similar train wreck to this one. However, it had more plot and more enjoyable action in it than Delta. However mind set of it’s producer/writer is same. Ignore everyone.

    Astro, is there really movement to make some kind of sequel of this thing? I honestly didn’t think it was that good. Anime News Network didn’t even post any news of it’s movement since it’s not scream for american audiences (a blessing or a curse?). DVD ratings for one of it’s latest sales of it’s 02 dvd was 1st week at 12 and down 23 with total of 1,176 dvd sold by september. That’s successful??

    Anyways, if this boondoggle of show get another sequel they may as well bury the franchise. it’s so off the rails it’s not even funny. Ignoring show’s roots and focusing on off the hilt means sell CDs or generate any kind of currency.

    If sequel happens: It will be Windermere vs NUNS, this time Chaos will be with them i SUSPECT near the end of it. What happens after words, maybe ugly unless they change up the writing staff.

    RIP Macross if this frame work for the future.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Sorry for late post but i needed time to recover. LOL.

      Heh! I hear ya. Then again, I’m just way behind all over. ^_^;;;

      Astro, is there really movement to make some kind of sequel of this thing?

      That I don’t know. There was buzz for a bit and with all of the unresolved plot elements, they could do a sequel. However, if they aren’t selling music CDs and the anime videos aren’t selling that well, then I doubt they’d spend the money on a sequel.

    • It should have been a 50 episode show, really.

    • But.. but..
      Keith going Jeremiah (Code Geass) at the end kinda makes up for the whole trainwreck ..!
      And the Valkyrie swordplay, although brief.

  3. Alexander says:

    Late to the party, but I’m blown away that people thought this show is good. Thanks for pointing out what I thought would have been obvious to at least series fans.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Yeah, this surprised me as well. However, the popularity of the series is good enough in Japan that another Macross series is being produced.

      • Valvatorez says:

        Otaku will like anything with cute girls. However the series flopped ratings wise.
        Which is why they had to earn back most of the budget with overpriced concert tickets and special editions. Also had to bring back Sheryl for the anniversary because the older fans consider Delta garbage.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Also had to bring back Sheryl for the anniversary because the older fans consider Delta garbage.

          Hahaha! That cracks me up.

  4. Ben says:

    Macross Delta was a turd plot-wise, but at least it was well animated. The dogfights were the only reason I watched this show.

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