Macross Frontier: The False Songstress was my most awaited thing in all anime since even before I started We Remember Love. When I finally saw it, I exploded with fanjoy and awesome. It’s the thing that was destined to make me happy, and in many ways it did.
In terms of blogging, it allowed me to write, for the first time, posts on fresh Macross media, something I’ve obviously wanted to do, and took me more than two years to finally get to do. The second post yielded the most voluminous discussion this blog has ever seen.
However, I’ve since rewatched the film many times, as is my wont. And like Macross: Do You Remember Love? before it, I’ve lost much of the affinity for the film while my love for the series from which they emerged grows and grows. I’ve stopped preferring moments in the film over those in the TV series, except for that one thing the series didn’t do:
Sheryl contracts the SMS using her credit card to save the Macross Galaxy Fleet.
/puts on Welcome to My Fanclub’s Night
Alto was reaching out to her. He still can’t say if she’s a spy or not, but he accessed her feelings and memories through her fold crystal earring, and found a girl who felt alone despite her strength. He told her that she didn’t have to feel alone.
Ozma and Cathy pop out from the shadows, accusing both Sheryl and Grace O’Connor of being spies. Grace counters by saying that the Macross Galaxy Fleet is under a large-scale Vajra attack and the Macros Frontier Fleet command is choosing to ignore it and hide the news, in clear violation of treaties, that Frontier was trying to reach the Vajra homeworld first and monopolize its resources. Cathy validates this by accessing official communiqués.
Sheryl asks Ozma how much it would cost to hire the Strategic Military Services force. One hundred twenty million credits, for the deployment of the basic weaponry of the SMS. Optional weaponry will be charged separately.
Sheryl throws her Vega Black Credit Card like a ninja star at Ozma. If that weren’t enough, she’d pledge the revenue of her next album to cover the expenses. Ozma smiles. The Galactic Fairy becomes the Goddess of War.
Grace smiles (just as planned). Alto stakes his life on this mission, on the strength of her credit. She lets him keep the earring a bit more.
Obviously the film accomplishes more than just give me this moment, but it is iconic. Sheryl as the Goddess of War becomes one of my favorite characters in all of anime. There’s of course the battle in the end where she actually fulfills the promise of this moment, but sometimes, the moment of the promise – that point where there is nothing but possibility, is what burns brightest in my memory.
Years later, I imagine when I remember love for this film, this is the moment that’ll get me to watch again (and again).
What’s your favorite moment in Macross Frontier: The False Songstress?