It’s Alto’s birthday and those who love him want to give him something special. First off we have Ranka, who’s now flush with her newfound purchasing power as the emerging Superdimensional Cinderella. We know she eventually took the lethal chef (baker) route (albeit tame compared to most anime examples), but she also bought a grab bag of goodies for her favorite pilot.
See what an idol can buy for you!
Hikaru Ichijyou had a model plane in his room, and Minmay sang all about him. I should at least get him a really good model kit, because I’m a Cinderella like Minmay and Alto-kun is my Hikaru only prettier.
But Ranka has doubts, knowing Sheryl has a head start in this idol business and also probably knows her way around money and nice things more. Ohhhh, what would Sheryl-san give him?
Ranka frets that at this moment Sheryl could be in school with Alto, while she has all this idol things to do. But what can she do? Being an idol is so important! But I want to be an idol who can work with Alto again. Sheryl did this documentary with him, but I don’t think that beats working on Tori no Hito, I mean — we kissed and all. I’m happy that Alto-kun is my first kiss. Am I his first too? Kyaaa!
I know it’s not quite that good a gift, but I really want to give him tickets to my first live! Maybe it’s not a gift at all, or if so, it’s more for me. I’m so selfish oh no! I must do something special for him. I need to do it with my own hands!
What I really want is for Alto-kun to fly me in the air like he does Sheryl — her first concert here it looked soo good. I’ll be singing too, while flying. It’ll be so awesome. In the meantime though, I think I’ll make some cookies in the shape of valkyries.
It is at this point it’s important to show how Ranka is so out of Sheryl’s league in the Alto sweepstakes. It would take a massive dose of misfortune for Sheryl’s siege upon Alto’s heart to lose its way. How do I know this? Let us look into what Sheryl actually does for Alto and the dynamics therein:
- She takes him away from distractions — all the way out to another planet where there are no rivals. Now that’s how to date tactically.
- Despite all the time Ranka sees alto fold paper airplanes she doesn’t really get how flying is such a big part of Alto’s life, his identity — and how it’s the point of all his aspirations; how she and Sheryl are even distractions in the way of his fulfilling his dreams. Sheryl gets this…
- …and fashions a gift out of actual, purposeful work. Alto escorting the Galactic Fairy to Gallia IV means Alto gets to fly under a real sky, an actual atmosphere. It’s priceless!
- For good measure, she delivers it in signature fashion:
These tits are saying, Yes I can and may give you the things you most want, but always on my terms… and you’re going to like it this way. The only thing that Sheryl may be mistaken about here is how popular Alto’s chest actually is… but I won’t go there.
One thing I find interesting is how up to this point, Alto isn’t necessarily behaving like a person worthy of such attentions. He is aloof to both of them, and at times even rude. Part of this can be explained away as just bantering with Sheryl, but not telling Ranka that he won’t show up for their meeting, and instead sending Michel to deliver the news is rather awful.
This is when Ranka shows a bit of character. Did she get crushed, despite knowing Alto blew her off to be with Sheryl? No, not at all. She tasted her own baking, and found nothing but bitterness… but her holding that Valkyrie-shaped cookie in the air, and wishing Alto “Happy Birthday,” had no bitterness at all. Sweet, yes my sweet.
Ranka’s recipe for VF-cookies, reverse-engineered by some weird fag (otou-san 2008/06/22)
Note: Today is MY birthday, when my body turns 33 while my mind turns 9 thereabouts. Anything Ranka or Sheryl would’ve given Alto I would’ve taken gladly as opposed to that ungrateful dandy.
One Year Ago…
The Super Dimension Fortress was christened the ‘Macross’ on South Ataria Island [->]