We Remember Love starts the 2009 with fireworks! This is a new post series co-hosted by We Remember Love Specials, on great battles in anime history. I am a big fan of military history, particularly breakdowns of great battles. Now I apply this fascination of mine to awesome anime battles.
Why did the Zentraedi lose the Great Space War?
It wasn’t because of the “Minmei Defense”, the contamination of their warlike culture with J-Pop, or UN Spacy’s Variable Fighters, or even the combination of all the above.
The Zentraedi lost because Bodolle Zer (Dolza) set an impossible mission for Vrlitwhai Kridanik (Britai) to complete. This was to capture the SDF-1 Macross. The Zentraedi war machine with its millions of warships are not built for capture operations, they are built for annihilation. Britai gave no indication of prior success in such missions, if such missions were ever undertaken by the Zentraedi.
Furthermore, I’ve found after reviewing a number of battles in the franchise, Macross is a comedy of errors of military strategy and tactics. Compared to the strategists in anime such as Tytania, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, the Crest of the Stars franchise, Code Geass and even Gundam, neither Capt. Global nor Commander Britai are comparable (strategy and tactical talent-wise) to the likes of:
- Yang Wenli (Legend of the Galactic Heroes)
- Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
- Spoor Aron Sekpadao Letopanyu Penju (Beneej Spoor, Crest of the Stars)
- Sumeragi Lee Noriega (Gundam 00)
There are more examples I can think of, but it’s already painful for me to acknowledge this as a Macross decultard. The resolution of the conflicts in Macross have far less to do with the abilities of its strategists and tactitians than with contingencies such as music, culture, and the vulnerabilities to such. Furthermore, the Macross franchise belongs fully to its pilots. And I do say, that Macross pilots are the best. Bring it on Char Aznble, Mr. Bushido, Ali Al-Saarchez, Kozuki Kallen, and I’ll show you Isamu Dyson, Roy Focker, and -ahem-, Maximilian and Millya Jenius.
The Battle of Saturn’s Rings is one of the early set-piece battles in the Great Space War. It’s more of a skirmish really, with Britai experiencing the difficulty of capturing the battleship of the alien miclones. The Daedalus Attack (or Macross Attack in Macross Frontier) made its debut, Lt. Misa Hayase’s flash of inspiration when the naive plan of Global failed due to the inability of the main gun to fire caused by the complications of the newly-developed pin-point barrier system.
After all that, tell me:
- Does Global’s plan to lure the Zentraedi in the Cassini Divide of Saturn’s Rings make sense to you?
- Does Britai’s approach to use Capt. Ziller’s ship by itself make any sense, given that he had at least 20 other ships at his disposal at the time?
- Does Britai’s decision to call for reinforcements (and to bring in Qamzin of all people!) make any sense given the tens of thousands of ships he had at his disposal within the solar system?