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First Impressions: Macross Delta

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  Studio: Satelight
  Episodes: 26
  Writer: Shoji Kawamori
  Director: Kenji Yasuda
  Producer(s): Satelight
  Music By: Music Creators
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  Original Run: April 3, 2016 to Ongoing
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Macross Delta, the newest installment of the long-running Macross franchise, takes place 8 years after the ending of the previous series, Macross Frontier. It started airing during Spring of 2016 and will run 26 episodes.

The plot of the series is that the galaxy is plagued by a mysterious illness called the “Var Syndrome”, which turns living entities berserk with no apparent cause. The tactical team Walküre, made up of talented idols, uses their songs to calm the infected. They are assisted in this endeavor by the Delta Squadron, made up of experienced Valkyrie pilots, who protects the Walküre from the infected life forms as well as interference from the enigmatic Aerial Knights, who are part of the Kingdom of the Wind.

Plot   -   8 / 10

Delta plotA fan of the Macross franchise will definitely enjoy how Delta begins, as it follows the general formula of Macross, where the protagonist meets the female (wannabe) idol through sheer coincidence, and then has to engage enemies that threatens their surroundings, and during this conflict, the idol reveals her abilities via song to enhance the main characters abilities as a pilot. Through the first 3 episodes, we are introduced to the setting of the series and learn more about both the main character, Hayate Immelman and Freyja Wion, who aspires to be a member of Walküre. The series has not yet delved too deeply into the Var Syndrome or the Kingdom of Wind yet, and it will be interesting to see how Hayate and Freyja fare in the conflicts to come.

Characters   -   9 / 10

The obligatory triangle
The obligatory love triangle

The characters in Macross Delta are extremely enjoyable, for the most part. The only exceptions are the members of the Kingdom of Wind, but seeing as there is very little information on them, so it would be best to reserve judgement on them until a later date. In terms of the characters we have more exposure to, they complement each other very well. For example, it is easy to see the chemistry between Hayate and Freyja (right) as the scenes with them show how much they complement one another, which is translated into combat, as the two of them needs the other in order to tap into their full potential. However, it would be a grave mistake not to examine the characters from the perspective of the obligatory love triangle. As noted above, the viewer has seen just how well Hayate and Freyja interact, and in episode 3, we also get to know more the other member of the triangle, Mirage (left). However, she has not had a lot of screen time with Hayate as of yet, therefore, it will be fascinating to see how the relationship between them plays out, as Macross has a rich history of establishing strong relationships amongst the triangle. Examples include the Lynn Minmay-Hikaru Ichijo- Misa Hayase triange in the original Macross anime and the Sheryl Nome-Alto Saotome- Ranka Lee triangle in Macross Frontier.

 

Music   -   10 / 10

Not surprisingly, Macross Delta has superb music, just like all of its predecessors. In particular, the insert song Ikenai Borderline and the opening Ichido Dake no Koi Kara are both excellent and joins the pantheon of great music from the Macross franchise.

Ikenai Borderline

Ichido Dake no Koi Kara

 

9
Action packed and filled with awesome songs.
  • Catchy Songs
  • Engaging characters
  • Awesome Mecha fights
  • Non-Macross fans might have trouble understanding the setting
  • Does not focus much on side characters yet
  • Callbacks to previous Macross series might be lost on some
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