Macross 7 is my favorite of the series. Did we lose anyone? Ok. The rest of you, come with me.
Macross Delta gave me plenty of hesitation. Our main character looked insufferable, there were magical girls singing in combat, we no longer are watching our familiar crafts floating their way through space. Thing were different and that makes us all crotchety when we’re veteran fans.
Three episodes later, I’m sold. Technically, break dance dodging bullets sold me, which is unfortunate because they left it out of the preview episode (if you saw the preview episode then went to episode 2, you are missing something amazing).
Having watched the first episode, I (feeling a little crotchety) started rewatching some old Macross shows, some movies I missed, DVDs, VCDs and the like. You know what happened? the magical girls made sense.
Let’s take a look at how we got here:
We actually established this in the 80's. In Macross: Do You Remember Love, Hikaru and Minmei are on their date through the city. They find a little costume shop simulation. You step on a platform, you get your Julia Roberts dress sequence.
Technology improved, portable changing. We’ve gotten a little showy, but every generation had it’s own reason for singing. Minmei for morale and an accidental weapon, Myung for profit, Basara for... wait lets hit another topic:
Lets go down the progression. The Zentradi dealt with culture shock when dealing with music, having only lived a life of war. I’ll dab a little on Macross II, as song was either for explicitly war or normal pop culture. Macross Plus was profit... and whatever the heck was with the mind control thing there at the end. But what’s important for magical song power is Macross 7.
Basara, our pacifist extraordinaire, believed song was more than a weapon. That music spoke to the soul. That music was what made the universe go round and what language nature spoke and that it was the most powerful thing in existence. Basara is the essentially the first Jedi to understand and use the Force.
Everyone thought he was an idiot. Then an alien race had an adverse reaction to it. The military said, “let’s weaponize it!” And that is where we get our first idol group:
the JAMMING BIRDS!
Y’all forgot about them, huh? Because it was a terrible idea. Picture what you assume is already happening in Macross Delta. You gather some talented voices, toss them at the enemy with an armed VF-11B escort, and let them calm/defeat the alien menace.
And the exact thing happens that you expect.
The girls are freaking out, the pilots are getting shot out of the sky, everyone is yelling “WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA!” The military, obviously. But they missed the point.
Kooky scientist gets it, he sees what everyone already knows by Macross Delta. That singing with heart thing, that produces its own energy. Fold energy apparently.
This is your magical mystery cure for the universe. I’m not going to try to explain it, but everything reacts to it. Sometimes it can turn sunflowers, calm hearts, cure diseases, move mountains, or on a occasion bring someone back from the dead. This is the weird world we already are living in.
Also, song can travel distances instantaneously cause Fold Energy. I bring that up because of Episode 3 of Macross Delta, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Flying dresses. Who knew.
Sheryl Nome actually had one in Macross Frontier: False Songstress. She didn’t trust Alto to catch her during a concert. Turns out it was a good idea. Not the only precedent for personal hover technology though.
Macross 7 Trash was one of those things where I hated everyone’s relationship but the world building was enjoyable. Their hoverblade racing and hand to hand combat was a nice change of pace. The blades basically made you your own jet.
Next on the Magical Girl precedents:
Had a hard time thinking of non-song related shield technology. If you watched the original macross, however, you remember the pin point barrier.
The primary defense of the SDF-1, some tiny shields navigated with track balls. By the production of the VF-19, they could fit on a Valkyrie. Turns out shield technology made it to personal size. Why haven’t the aircraft from Frontier or Delta made use of it? ‘Cause reasons.
Everything that Walkure does has already been established in the Macross Universe. Putting it all together makes them Magical Girls.
That’s my info dump for the day. I’m going to be breaking down my favorite parts, justifications, and weird Macross history as we go forward.
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