[LianYL] WTF Macross F, WTF

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Yeah, yeah I know I should be flipping through my electromagnetics textbook. I know I should be indulging in calculus equations. But hey, it’s the last episode of one of the best Macross series ever made, so what gives? Term tests come after potentially great anime episodes anytime, like that Fabulous episode of Xam’d.

Alas, watching the last episode of Macross Frontier was like having someone suddenly swing a punch into your belly right after treating you to an expensive Brazilian BBQ meal.

Let’s analyse what kind of damage the last episode has done to the image of the series.

1. Alto expected that he’d be shot so he jumped out of his Valkyrie before Mr. Siscon shot him in the ass. So why not pilot away from the laser trajectory eh? Maybe it is because Frontier is losing so much weaponry that he can afford to sacrifice his plane for a deus ex machina in the last episode. Oh wait, they sent the asshole a second Valkyrie right after he just crash and burned his previous one. Seriously, being the harem lead sandwiched between two war-changing singers really gives you all the privileges you need.

2. Alto sees through the eyes of big fat Ranka and realises that the short mental imprint of some megazord is actually a Battle-form of another Macross colony. So how did he manage to peek through the huge Ranka? I have no idea. Must be that high-tech earring Sheryl gave him that can somehow transcend time and space. If I was the President of Frontier, I’d just play the ‘we-all-live-in-the-yellow-submarine’ song all day long into the jewel and direct it at the Vajra. That’d have made war so much more simpler.

3. So Queen of the universe got outwitted by songs and bug swarms easily. You know that if you’re holding on to some sort of lame weapon of mass disruption, you should take good care of it, not place it in a stupid neon cage that the captivated prisoner breaks free with just a swing of her arms. This is uber space age man. Use some high-voltage lightning cages or laser rays for stupid’s sake. In the case whereby rescuers appear, at least have some defence? Alto striding into the prison cell and flying out without his Valkyrie was the most unforgivable crap that appeared in the episode.

4. Hi guys, we blew a bomb of cash on the entire series on songs and production. Now we’re almost bankrupt and the last episode is here, what should we do? Oh yeah, let’s remix the damn songs! Afterall, what’s more powerful than a bunch of powerful songs? A damn remix of course! No and wtf. I was expecting them to save one good song for the last episode. Yeah yeah, the number of songs in the series is already too good to be true, but hello, a song for a the last episode? Not to mention that the remix was one of the worst I’ve ever heard. It makes IOSYS sound awesome.

5. The Vajra sing with their belly. No they do not sing, and they never did sing. That song right at the end of the episode? That is called plagiarism in its rawest bug form. You know what’s the next thing that they use their belly for? Digest humans.

6. We are different and alone, therefore we stick together and cooperate to make life better. Such is life. Yeah, the Vajra were clueless about our species so in an effort to save us from sick, sick variety, they decided to shoot lasers at us as a greeting, and see if we would respond in kind by firing nukes on them. We all understand war really well. It made as much sense as the Pythagoras Theorem. Poor Michel, I feel sad for his forced death.

7. A bunch of songs spurred tonnes of Vajra troops to protect our Frontier island from harm via sacrificial means. I hope the Vajra will understand that if a huge laser was ever fired upon their homeland, there won’t be a tonne of Valkyries standing vigilantly in the way of the laser. But who cares, they’re fast-spawning zerglings without stim-packs. We’re more important.

8. The bugs sing with their belly, so shoot the head thanks. Yeah, Ranka probably forgot that Vajra had to somehow, you know, think. Never mind that, Ranka says, maybe we singers have no brains! Pew pew pew, off the head goes. The brainless Vajra are now happy that we’ll be taking over their motherland and spewing toxic waste gases into their atmosphere very soon.

9. Alto, in his urgency to have a threesome with his harem, sends his brand new Valkyrie to its explosive doom while giving it a last, cool salute. Dude.

This episode really ticked me off as I just purchased the finale volume of MX0 and was greeted by a typical Yasuhiro Kano ball-busting move. Let’s just say it made me feel stupid for actually feeling for the characters throughout the entire 10 volumes. The same frequency struck me as I watched episode 25 of Macross Frontier. But no fear, there’ll be an upcoming Macross F movie/OVA! Meh.

As for the upcoming new season, I’m actually quite surprised at how many of my presently-collecting manga series are turning into anime series. I’d probably be catching only a few of the shows, namely Kurobarrel, Kemeko and maaaaaybe Casshern(Hello Madhouse!).

What about CLANNAD? Let’s just say I outgrew it. I shall leave a link to DM’s post on the episode and leech extra pageviews from trackbacks without any constructive feedback on his post.

16 Responses to “[LianYL] WTF Macross F, WTF”


  • All kickass prototype fighters go out like that anyway. -_-

  • Deja vu, I knew it would end badly.

  • I added that two characters that shouldn’t be added and the comment got cut off. Stupid me. Repost :

    1. Based on episode 25, alto’s valkyrie was trailing parts after sustaining some damage, could be out of control so bailing out was a wise decision BUT based on episode 24, alto was rushing in to relief Klan from getting her butt kicked by Brera who promptly shot one big hole in alto. Hmmmmmm. Anyway, the valkyrie that got destroyed belongs to the army. The one that they sent him is the one from SMS on board Macross Quarter so this part makes sense at least.

    2. Could be a fly through he did of the hologram…?

    3. Yea, I agree man. I seriously thought there were laser turrents surrounding Ranka that will tear Alto to beats but I guess they must be experiencing a BSOD while running Windows 2309.

    6. The vajra wanted to do an extraction of Ranka (because they could sense her fold waves) from macross frontier by sending their commandos. Too bad their operation success rate was 0%.

    Seriously, I thought Macross was going to be one series that wouldn’t give the kind of BS you highlighted out but I guess we were all wrong. I find it hard to believe you can remote control a complicated aircraft using just the movements of 1 hand. =/ At 19:57, I LOL-ed at the multi-lock function that kira from gundam seed showed us being repeated here in macross. Come to think of it…brera = justice, alto = freedom? Macross Movie? Or 4 parts condensed macross F just like GSD. I predict the disappearances of many side characters!

  • Pretty much sums up the wtf-ness I felt.

    I went into facepalm mode when Sheryl and Ranka started their “Musical Extravaganza” as you call it.

    But still, it was a show worth the watch.

  • Face it man you have been trolled and you have been trolled hard, you must be new to this Macross thing, The only solace you will find after a Kawamori troll is with your favorite maid at your local maid cafe,. Go there now and weep your fake teears before her at how big bad Kawamori trolled you.

    After that is over and done with, just realize that this Kawamori’s way of making us all want to see the movie…

    Such a pity your rage is meaningless as you lack the means to realize it in destructive ways with your puny arsenal.

    Enjoy being stupid. :P

  • @Loba
    Watch Macross Zero. That one’s good.

    @Crusader
    I realised my rage destructively by tearing tissue paper.

  • That’s just wasteful, now if you burned a whole warehouse of it with a flamethrower that would be destructive. :P

    Scale comrade, the scale of devastation must match the depths of your rage.

  • My sentiments exactly. This episode took all the great storytelling and plot development from earlier and just killed it. I’ve never watched earlier versions of Macross, but from what everyone else has said, it wasn’t afraid to think outside the box and come up with endings that no one else would dare pull off. So I guess the hype was what makes this ending so disappointing with everyone living happily ever after.

    Ranka Jesus magically cures Sheryl, making that time when she was going to die a minor inconvenience. Alto cops out and doesn’t pick either of the girls. Was it just me who got threesome vibes when Alto was talking about both girls being his wings? And at the very end, we get a life goes on voiceover, and this is just the beginning. Uhhhh…no. The beginning was 24 episodes ago. I want closure! I want character growth. And I wanted to see Grace kick some butt! But she died so so easily.

  • Actually I kinda liked the episode, it felt like Gatekeepers’ last episode. The remix was quite good too. Of course the premise of singing to save the galaxy is pretty retarded but that’s Macross and the action was great.

  • Was there a time skip? At the beginning Klan Klan was like “Ozma, you’re late.” And after a few seconds she is in her micloned(SP?) form and sending Alto his new toy. D=

  • I was surprised you didn’t comment on the “Macross Attack” being a blatant rip-off of Giga Drill Breaker O_O

  • >>>I was surprised you didn’t comment on the “Macross Attack” being a blatant rip-off of Giga Drill Breaker O_O

    You are mistaken, the Macross Attack was present long before this Giga Drill Breaker (whatever) existed. It was first attempted in the original SDFM aired in 1982. If anything, Giga Drill Breaker ripped off Macross’ original Deadlus attack and not the other way around.

    On the other hand, I love this episode. It was a very powerful mixture of music and action. As for the triangle, Sheryl won, and that part is clear, so there is no more I can say about it.

  • haha c`mon, a brazillian bbq is not that expensive

  • Warning: I’m raging just as much as poster.

    Also, lol for “megazord” and “for stupid’s sake.” You’re awesome.
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    1. Macross F should be dubbed “Macross Fail.” Seriously, why climax all that story, only to have it end in a flash?

    Did the animators run out of finances similar to the animators that produced The Big O, thus forcing them to tie everything up in the last episode? That would be a reasonable scenario… if Macross wasn’t well known and trying to lift off the ground (like The Big O was).

    Or perhaps there was a giant fire that destroyed their episode 26? No, that couldn’t be it either… I saw the credits roll and everyone was fabulous in the end…

    So what’s the real reason Macross F failed so hard? I, honestly, don’t know why. Nothing makes sense!!! There’s no reason why it couldn’t have been two episodes in one! I mean, standard anime runs 12 episodes, extended and/or dual seasons run 26 episodes, not 25. I want to make sense out of this because I want all that time I’ve invested in this big lie of a series to mean something.

    2. Let us not forget that joke of a song there was for the final battle. It’s like someone lost a bet and was forced to produce the stinkiest pile of crap they could muster up.
    “Hey, for the final battle, let’s have an epic duet that no one’s heard before!”
    “Great idea! Let’s mash up every song that Sheryl has done and make it into one big song!”
    “Brilliant! And then, after that, we’ll have your duet idea; Ranka and Sheryl will sing SONGS THAT THE AUDIENCE HAS HEARD A TRILLION TIMES and combine those two songs!!”
    “You’re more epic than Cowboy Bebop. Let’s celebrate by going in the closet wearing our Alto and Schneizel masks.”

    3. What was the significance of having those Macross Galaxy AI’s chatter to Grace when you don’t even see them? Why bother introducing characters you don’t even use? Mr. Bilrer also comes to mind. He’s Zentradi, likes trains, wants to unite the galaxy with the pretty stone, and wants to meet Minmay some day. That’s it. (WTF!?)

    4. What’s better than bringing up another series/OVA (Macross ZERO) and tying with the current series? Not using ANY of the characters in the previous series for a cameo other than “oh yeah, Mao Nome is Sheryl Nome’s grandmother lol duh.” I mean, seriously, wouldn’t Sheryl, when she was orphaned and brought to the laboratory as a kid, know that Dr. Mao was her granny? Or vice-versa, wouldn’t Mao be all like “sup, grankid.”

    5. Nothing makes sense and everything is rushed. No explanation needed–just watch the last episode and weep.

    6. Main characters are shit. Supporting characters are meh.
    Despite Micheal’s tragic past being ultra lame, he’s one of my favorite characters for remaining cooler than Alto.
    Ozma is awesome from the beginning and remains awesome. I just wish that Gilliam didn’t die in episode 1.
    The crew of the Quarter were pretty cool. Cathy/Lt. Glass was the ideal girl throughout the series.
    The rest of the supporting characters are pretty boring.

    Ranka is a child that never really grows up. Sure, she gets a little more courageous, but that’s far from growing up.
    Sheryl, who you are led to believe was in her twenties in episode 1, is really a lousy trouble-maker that’s spoiled.
    Alto is a pansy when it comes to relationships. I highly believe that he thinks that Sheryl and Ranka have cooties and, therefore, cannot touch either of them without wigging out in some pathetic way. It’s not even remotely funny like when Renton wigs out when Eureka gets close in Eureka seveN, it’s just pathetic. He doesn’t grow out of this either, which makes it all the more depressing.

    7. Alto’s dad and brother are all like “you’re an actor, not a pilot.” I was waiting for Alto to be all like “bitch, I save LIVES, something that acting can’t do.” But once again, Alto failed me and didn’t deliver the justice.

    8. Leon should’ve been clubbed like a baby seal, gagged like a prisoner, and catapulted into space. “You’re under arrest” simply wasn’t enough. Moar is demanded!

    9. WTF was up with the time lag? First the Frontier battleship fires its huge-ass laser, then all of a sudden it’s a SDF Macross? The 2nd OP revealed that to happen eventually, but some transformation scenes would’ve been great. But… oh, right, pressed for time.

    10. I wonder what was going through their heads when they were at ep 25. “Gee, maybe we shouldn’t have had those filler episodes?” or maybe… “Let’s take after Gundam SEED Destiny and the final ep of Code Geass R2 and see how far we can mess this up!”

    Sorry for the long post. I don’t want to take the spotlight, but I’m equally as furious as you are.

  • >>>Did the animators run out of finances similar to the animators that produced The Big O, thus forcing them to tie everything up in the last episode? That would be a reasonable scenario… if Macross wasn’t well known and trying to lift off the ground (like The Big O was).

    Obviously not. This has proven to be a very expensive production, especially when one looks at its marketing campaigns, how well its singles are doing in Japan (which all of them made top 3 and stayed there for weeks), not to mention its DVD and BD sales (again topping charts and proven to be a sellout). So financially, they are doing quite well.

    >>>So what’s the real reason Macross F failed so hard? I, honestly, don’t know why. Nothing makes sense!!! There’s no reason why it couldn’t have been two episodes in one! I mean, standard anime runs 12 episodes, extended and/or dual seasons run 26 episodes, not 25.

    25 years anniversary to the original Macross, and thus matching that magical 25 episodes count.

    >>>Let us not forget that joke of a song there was for the final battle. It’s like someone lost a bet and was forced to produce the stinkiest pile of crap they could muster up.

    While I prefer new songs, it wasn’t bad for me at all. The last episode was a beautifully composed battle ballade.

    >>>What’s better than bringing up another series/OVA (Macross ZERO) and tying with the current series? Not using ANY of the characters in the previous series for a cameo other than “oh yeah, Mao Nome is Sheryl Nome’s grandmother lol duh.” I mean, seriously, wouldn’t Sheryl, when she was orphaned and brought to the laboratory as a kid, know that Dr. Mao was her granny?

    And why have the main characters live under the cameo character’s shadow. Did you know a lot of people watched Mac 7 because of Max & Milia. Moreover, in Mac Zero, I felt sorry for Shin because he was definitely under the shadows of the great Focker. That being said, there were cameos here and there, but I like the producers’ approach on this as they weren’t overwhelming. I saw Hikaru, Misa and even Breetai making a cameo in the first few episodes. Lynn Minmei, of course, had her cameo at the very last episode. Basara’s music made it into the show several times. Its all good.

    >>>Sheryl, who you are led to believe was in her twenties in episode 1, is really a lousy trouble-maker that’s spoiled.

    Trouble maker? Spoiled? I am hoping you are not mistaking her for Ranka. I cannot recall for one instance where she made trouble for herself, nor an instance where she was spoiled by anyone. Ranka on the other hand, had the tendency of getting herself into a snafu, which at the end required the mobilization of an entire fleet. She is also quite spoiled by her adoptive brother and her friends.

    >>>Alto’s dad and brother are all like “you’re an actor, not a pilot.” I was waiting for Alto to be all like “bitch, I save LIVES, something that acting can’t do.” But once again, Alto failed me and didn’t deliver the justice.

    I was hoping for him to dance Kabuki.

  • >>>25 years anniversary to the original Macross, and thus matching that magical 25 episodes count.

    Precisely. That’s all the more reason to make the last episode, episode 25, longer than the average 22-25 minutes.

    >>>Trouble maker? Spoiled? I am hoping you are not mistaking her for Ranka. I cannot recall for one instance where she made trouble for herself, nor an instance where she was spoiled by anyone.

    I may have confused “trouble maker” with “hussy.” Either way, they were both immature little /b/tards. >_> Sheryl was spoiled more-so than Ranka. She left Grace to clean and pack up her clothes in ep 1 and always had the “I’m Sheryl, I’m all that and a bag of Macross” attitude that most spoiled children have.

    >>>Ranka on the other hand, had the tendency of getting herself into a snafu, which at the end required the mobilization of an entire fleet. She is also quite spoiled by her adoptive brother and her friends.

    Ranka has the “Miaka syndrome.” Every time you turn your head, she’s in trouble and needs to be saved.

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