Sundays in Japan only because this will NEVER BE LICENSED
The battle for Ragna begins as Delta squad and the rest of Chaos go on the offensive. With Windmere on the front and NUNS breathing down their neck, saving the civilians becomes the top priority.
This was a pretty solid mid-point climax. The stakes were high, the battle was intense, and we’re left with a new direction for the series to take in the second half. Taking a city on a chase across the galaxy is very much a call back to the original series (or *ahem* Space Battleship Yamato) and a turn of events I’m totally on board with. Really dumb things like Freyja leaping off the carrier had me facepalming pretty hard, but I can’t deny I was having fun. Isn’t that all that matters?
That was some painfully gratuitous teasing we got this week. Mirage gets a hug? Freyja gets weirdly sexually harassed about her rune? Scandalous! I liked that Mirage got to do all the saving people out of the sky this time, although I think it would have been even better if she was the one to take down the White Knight. It was her tactics and leadership that kept them alive and put Hayate in position to fight him off, but obviously he gets the glory. I would have liked it more if she got the final shot or even if it was more of a team victory. At least she’ll win the Love Triangle, so once again sorry Team Freyja.
I would have been fine dramatically cutting off “Ikenai Borderline” if they swapped in some hot new track, but instead we got some of the most boring songs in the catalog for the main battle. Sorry folks, the OP is just not that great. Seems like now would be the time for a new OP/ED so hopefully they’ll step it up next week. As for Walkure itself, Mikumo didn’t seem too seriously hurt but I do wonder if we’re getting to the point where Freyja will take over. Hopefully not.
OK, who didn’t get up and cheer when the Elysion came out of the water holding a giant beam cannon? Overall it was a good, well choreographed battle although the number of actual streaming missiles seemed to be pretty low. These kids these days with their lasers… ANYWAY, as expected the bad guys have kind of won for the moment but on the Macross scale it wasn’t too big a victory. The Good Guys still escaped with a colony ship (they had one of those handy I guess?) and from what I could tell minimal casualties. We’ll have more of a damage report next week and I’m looking forward to the new direction we’re heading.
Final notes on the Betting Pool of Death: liablueleaves wins with 80 points or whatever we’re calling them. I guess Messer dying was too obvious for everyone? I’ll re-evaulate the odds in the next episode or two and we’ll see if we can get it going again.