Macross Frontier Episode Guide 21: Azure Ether

Leon arrives on the bridge of Battle Frontier and orders its immediate departure, explaining that President Glass was killed by the Vajra. “My turn,” he says as we head to the opening.  At SMS headquarters, Alto and Luca prepare to head to Island 3 with Klan blazing a trail for them. Klan is now at her full size, is carrying a Valkyrie’s gunpod, and has strapped a Valkyrie’s armor pack with its…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 20: Diamond Crevasse

Where last episode ended on a multipart cliffhanger, this episode begins by showing us all the pieces that were left hanging. Most of the scenes are unchanged from episode 19, but this time we do see that Alto and Sheryl’s closeness was less a passionate embrace and more Alto catching Sheryl as she had yet another dizzy spell. That jump from Ranka’s disbelief to the opening credits is still…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 19: Triangler

We open this episode with Ranka dreaming about her mother not being able to come to her because of work. Disconcertingly, the dream seem to end with young Ranka reflected in a Vajra’s compound eye. Nearby, Ai-kun receives some kind of signal and runs off.  Alto sneaks back into his family’s home, but Yasaburō is there waiting for him. He leads Alto to Sheryl who not only has recovered, but is…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 18: Fold Frame

This episode picks off right where the last episode ends. Sheryl confronts Grace demanding to know “why”. Grace tells Sheryl that she is nothing more than a manufactured idol who would have gotten nowhere if Grace had not pulled out of Galaxy’s slums. And then Grace tells Sheryl she is going to die.  After the new opening, the real one this time, not the silly Ranka one, we come back to Sheryl…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 17: Goodbye Sister

We start this episode by watching as Ozma reminisces about his early days after adopting Ranka. Notably, he first manages to break through her catatonic state by baking her an, apparently, terrible pineapple cake.  Oh! And look! We’ve got a new bizarrely colorful opening. I’m guessing this episode is somewhat Ranka centric?  At SMS, both Alto and Michael are being forced to do laps in their…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 16: Ranka Attack

While returning from a mission to collect Vajra corpses, Alto thinks back to his time with the shadowy Mr. Birler, a full size Zentradi who has a dream of connecting the furthest points of the galaxy. Mr. Birler seems sure that somehow the discover of the Vajra will help him do it. On the bridge of the Macross Quarter, the bridge bunnies are impressed by Alto’s combat performance but also wonder…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 15: Lost Peace

This episode is an interesting one. It spends a lot of time going back over past events from Grace’s point of view and gives new context to her actions throughout the first half of the series.  The first thing we learn about Grace is that she was not acting alone. There are at least three other intelligences housed within her body. Or maybe not within her body, exactly, as she obviously destroyed…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 14: Mother’s Lullaby

In the aftermath of Grace’s attack on Gallia 4, we catch up with multiple different characters and learn how Alto, Sheryl, and Ranka’s absence is affecting them. Elmo is left trying to set up a live concert when his star is missing. Ozma is left pondering when his adopted little sister managed to grow into a woman making important choices for herself. We also get a fun bit of Bridge Bunny gossip…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 13: Memory of Global

We begin this episode with Alto and Ranka exploring closer to the downed Macross-class ship. The jamming that dropped Alto’s Valkyrie out of the sky continues to be an intermittent issue, but it seems it’s only affecting the navigation and radar systems. If Alto really wanted to fly, it seems he could do so on manual or maybe some sort of more limited emergency mode. Alto and Ranka walk on foot…


Macross Frontier Episode Guide 12: Fastest Delivery

We start this episode by seeing a Zentradi Commander and his assistant trying to deal with the 33rd fleet’s threat of rebellion. The look of these two Zentradi is interesting because they have a resemblance to the Zentradi commander and assistant/historian who were first humanities enemies and eventually its allies in SDF Macross. The leader of the rebelling group also bears a very strong…