Posted by psgels on 15 August 2008 with categories: Macross Frontier



Short Synopsis: Ranka’s popularity has skyrocketed as she gives a concert at Alto’s school.
Highlights: Back to the love triangle again, animation was a bit off at times.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10
In this episode, the plot took a step back (all we saw of it is build-up for the next episode, in which we’ll see whether Leon’s coup will succeed and the mysteries behind Ranka’s fluffy partner will be revealed) and instead this was all about developing the love-triangle between Ranka, Sheryl and Alto. A good love-triangle should be like a good tennis-match, and not with one of the players grabbing the ball and running off with it, and the creators have done an admirable job to keep it a bit ambiguous about who Alto will end up with.

This episode ended with Sheryl in favour, but the question of course remains whether Ranka will give up or not, after having seen the two together. I hope she doesn’t spend the next few episodes angsting over what to do, though. This episode kept hinting at how Alto is the big reason for Ranka to keep singing, and Ranka has never had the courage to take Alto away from Sheryl in front of her.

There were unfortunately a few scenes where the key animation frames and especially the characters looked off again. Like, Ranka’s face was too stretched out, etc. Normally I don’t have a problem with that, but this is Macross Frontier, with its huge animation budget. Most series don’t have an unlimited budget, so it’s only natural for the animation to be rather inconsistent, but Macross Frontier doesn’t have this excuse.

10 Responses

  1. Square says:

    “There were unfortunately a few scenes where the key animation frames and especially the characters looked off again.”

    Um yeah they’ve had whole eps look off, pretty sure the budget is spent on music and CG and they out sourced a lot of the animation.

  2. jacobian says:

    Actually, Sheryl spent the episode deliberately trying to push Alto away due to her illness, in an attempt to protect his feelings. The moment that Ranka interrupted was NOT a romantic confession, but rather Sheryl preparing to tell Alto the truth about her impending death. She had more than likely just collapsed when Ranka walked in on them.

    Now that Ranka reacted the way she did, I’m positive that Sheryl will go back to pushing Alto away without explaining why, thinking that by pushing Alto to Ranka she can save him a lot of grief.

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  4. ravebeing says:

    I’m pretty sure too that Sheryl probably collapsed. Alto’s and Sheryl’s arms aren’t around each other, so Ranka’s probably over reacting. I wished that Sheryl told Alto about her condition, but Ranka had to intrude.

  5. SageGaiGar says:

    I’m wondering if the quality has anything to do with something like the movie Equilibrium, where the quality was pretty low through most of the movie and it seemed like everything was saved for the final epic battle. (quite worth it)

    I hope that the quality goes up as the episode count continues.

  6. indr0008 says:

    was that a vajra that was joining the crowd?

  7. anonymous says:

    I think Alto likes Ranka because why does he needs to feel nervous or surprised if he doesn’t like her and he likes sheryl? There’s a few misunderstanding in this episode. I wonder where Ai-kun went. The graphics of this one doesn’t look too good and by the way I agree with jacobian’s comment^^

  8. madonna says:

    Alto has always liked Ranka, he just isn’t aware of it that’s why he doesn’t know how to respond. He comes to her on his own free will (she doesn’t have to be dying too) and Brera ticks him off whenever he protects Ranka in his place. After witnessing the ending scene, I’m happy because Ranka’s going to win Alto. I can say that straight up now. That scene is so cliche if you watch a lot of romance shows.

  9. Ez says:

    Not running off with the ball indeed. xD

  10. JustinStrife says:

    I wonder if you’re so confident after episode 20 aired Madonna. I don’t know where your confidence comes from, considering Ranka has shown very little growth with Alto compared to Sheryl. Sheryl knows the most about him, she’s interacted with him at his own home, she’s not afraid to stand up to him, and make him treat her as an equal…

    In the adult world, Sheryl x Alto is far more realistic and likely. If you’re still in school, and crushing over the HS Quarterback, then I could see how you’d still be pulling for Ranka at this point in the story…

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  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:49 PM)
    @Emma I think Deen makes some really good looking anime. People tend to give them crap for some of their mid-2000 stuff and justifiably, but their recent stuff and early stuff is really quite visually arresting.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:43 PM)
    Now granted,deens adaptation of sankarea had some pretty neat visuals behind it.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:14 PM)
    Granted that none of those manga had the type of mass appeal that Sankarea has, but they’re some pof the best manga I’ve read within their specific genre (sentimental ecchi comedies/romances). I love his art style too. It just works so well for sappy romantic stuff. Inu Neko Jump will always be one of my favorite manga.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:12 PM)
    On the subject of Sankarea, I’m about as big of a Hattori Mitsuru fanboy as anyone could be and I have to say that Sankarea is my least favorite manga of his. His strengths and weaknesses just don’t lend themselves very well to that type of horror/drama plot. Umisho, Inu Neko Jump, and Otogi no Machi no Rena even were all better manga.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:47 PM)
    To be fair to the series though, I thought that the owl was pretty cool.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:18 PM)
    But I’ve heard complaints about the fanservice of rea not making sense considering her past/background and I’m inclined to agree.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:16 PM)
    Ha, and once again another shounen ruined by not being a seinen manga.
    @Aidan: Sometimes..sometimes I feel its the fans that should be writing these things instead…well the good ones =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:05 PM)
    @K-Off, Potentail for Rea to go berserk and starting a zombie apocalypse? Or at least enough to have her slowly lose her mind and chiro having to resort to more and more desperate measures to protect her and stop her from hurting others. There was plently of potentail in the premise, just that the author didn’t have the balls to take it that far.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:51 PM)
    Wasn’t awful now by any means but I’d rather stop with it before any good memories of it get ruined =<
    I think I'm just fed up with these shounen comedies/dramas and pandora hearts is also the last time I take a chance on a shounen fantasy show.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:48 PM)
    Although as a whole sankarea never really geled together for me, series of genre clashing and a master of none, there were little pockets of interest and the art was good and moments did feel like something more. Some of the fanservice, comedy also felt misplaced.

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