I’m breaking a personal rule here. I said I wouldn’t cover a character I would obviously like, or a lead character (especially in one of my favorite shows). However, I break this rule because I finally figured out a way to participate in the 12 anime moments of 2008 (Part of a 12-day series fondly remembering some of the best moments in anime this year. Participants include: lolikitsune, lelangir, Owen S, FuyuMaiden, IKnight, Zeroblade, Nazarielle, TheBigN, ETERNAL, Mike, A Day Without Me, digitalboy, Josh, otou-san, Culchann and Pontifus, IcyStorm, Cokematic, koneko-chan, and miz, and you’re welcome to join too!).
I’m already on day 9 of the series, and I’m afraid I can’t do much about my backlog, but I do want to participate somehow, and this is my first sortie. By the way, the list is not in any order, just the moments that come to mind.
Alto uses SLAVE MODE to control his VF-25F Messiah brought to him by Luca and Klan Klan. This is one of the very few Macross Plus references in the nostalgia buffet that is Macross Frontier (the others can be found in episode 1 Deculture edition, and in Ranka-as-Macross-Galaxy the same way Sharon Apple became the visage of SDF-1 in Macross Plus).
The awesomeness of this moment is rooted on these things:
- The reference to Isamu Dyson’s hand movements.
- Northern Cross played up to its awesome potential. OMG Sheryl!
- SMS Skull squad executing tactical play: Totsugeki Love Heart!
- Klan Klan in loli form piloting Mikhail’s bird.
- Alto coming to terms with his identity.
While all five are of tremendous significance to a decultard such as myself, this post is concerned with the 5th item. One thing I noticed in Crusader’s post, his tour-de-force treatment of Alto, is that he didn’t go after this moment. He did say this:
I think that for a lot of men that the biggest influence on your life was probably a woman, hell you probably came from one as well with no shortage of pain that men can scarcely imagine I might add. Besides if you can recall your childhood I am sure it was your mother who scolded you every time you did something stupid or wrong, if your mum was old school you probably got a good beating as well. Like most guys today Alto-hime had to learn how to accept his feminine side, and even the bravest of US Marines have to learn how to cook, sew, do laundry, and if they have a family, take care of their girl children as well.
I’ve had strong women around me for most of my life. I was raised in a matriarchy, where the extended family revolves around my grandmother (on my mother’s side). I’ve had awesome colleagues and friends that are women, and have formed deep relationships with them. I married quite the strong one too. After 9 or so units of Gender studies at uni, I’ve absolutely no problem with feminine sides.
This is relevant in that moment, Alto was going to do manly things: rescue Ranka and save the galaxy. He did so by accepting his femininity, by owning his identity as an actor playing a woman’s role. He acknowledged this too is him, and his ability to fly is very much intertwined with the skills he’s earned as an actor.
Watch him, his hands, his turning in space. He <i>danced</i> to bring the VF-25 Messiah closer, to the music of Sheryl. What Crusader’s post is so successful at doing, is presenting Alto as a subtly layered male lead. I realize that he’s not an obvious favorite of mine, and he still isn’t (way behind Basara, Isamu, Ichijou, and Max). And this moment is where it all comes together.