We (the founders of We Remember Love) watched the culmination of the Macross Frontier saga together and in grand fashion: using an office board room and a high-end projector. It is only fitting, as the Macross Frontier sub-franchise is, and had always been the representative anime for this blog. Yes, our favorite show is Super Dimension Fortress Macross, but is Macross Frontier that remembers love, and is the show that in 2008, got us following anime blogs and finally start one ourselves.
We also are, rightly or wrongly, continuity fanboys. We like our coherence, consistently, and symmetry. This is why Kawamori’s cavalier attitude towards canon is a curse upon our houses. We like looking back, remembering love for a single narrative continuity. This is impossible for the Macross franchise. We accept that it’s the way it is. But it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it as fans.
In the future, we may (if our finances and powers permit) edit our best ever version of the Macross Frontier continuity drawing from as much media we can get hold of. For now, here is the version (minus chronological time stamps) I’m starting from.
- Alto & Sheryl meet as kids in Macross Galaxy (destiny)
- Alto & Ranka are long-time friends w/ the rest
- Sheryl’s tour touches down in Macross Frontier
- TV Series version of Alto’s hubris causing trouble with “Don’t be Late”Vajra’s first attack
- Movie version Sheryl not rescued by Alto outside (not escaping via limousine)
- Alto gets Gilliam killed, guilt ensuesSheryl tries to get earring back, meets Ranka (trolls her with Diamond Crevasse)
- Alto tries to get into SMS, gets punched
- Training montage for Alto
- Ranka tries for Miss Macross, Alto’s training culminates with Klan duel
- Star Date, Ranka gets discovered at Folmo mall
- Ranka pays duesSheryl is suspected of espionage, Galaxy gets attacked
- Sheryl hires SMS
- Battle to rescue Galaxy turns bad, Vajra attack Frontier
- Ranka sings with Sheryl to save Frontier
- Ranka does movie: Bird Human
- Ranka concert at Atlantic Dome
- Operation Diamond Crevasse initiated by Galaxy & Grace; foiled by Leon
The rest unfolds how The Wings of Goodbye unfold. I care less about the order of the events, what is important here is the content. What I clearly don’t want included are:
- Alto’s soliloquys, especially about gender identity
- Alto dive-bombing Sheryl during her concert on-purpose (TV version is king)
- Ozma practically begging Alto to join the SMS
- High School Fucking Queen
- Ranka x Brera
- Alto’s dead mother oedipal thing with Sheryl
- Ranka’s goddess Vajra queen stuff
The wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, thing about The Wings of Goodbye is how it changed the TV series’ treatment of the power of song. It went from the Macross 7 TV-style magic sound force dynamic, to a communication dynamic more like Macross Dynamite 7. Mechafetish likened it more to the Space War I cultural stuff, but no. That’s quite a stretch. The singing was to reach the heart of the Vajra, which is a lot more like Basara singing Angel Voice to the Great Space Whale.
Things that will have to go, but I’ll definitely miss:
- The extended Diamond Crevasse scene at the end of episode 06 “Bye-Bye Sheryl”; truly epic stuff re mission preparation
- Friendly Fire (ep 09 – maybe there’s a special side story for Klan that can accommodate this)
- The idol sing-off at the hospital WHAT ‘BOUT MY STAR Oh my lord one of my most favorite moments in anime period
I suppose it’s just the idol sing-off that really can’t be accommodated anymore as it directly conflicts with the events in the narrative I choose. Sigh. Can’t pick ‘em all. How about you, what would you keep, what would you leave out if you had to have an official continuity?
The Ongoing Post Series:
- The Top 3 ASDFGHSDFG Moments in Sayonara no Tsubasa
- A Tale of Two Movie Adaptations: TTGL vs. MF
- The Resolution of the Triangle
- The Rehabilitation of Characters: Ranka,
- Going Beyond the Impossible: The Reconstruction of a Canon [you are reading this]
- Sheryl Nome: The Most Awesome Woman in Anime
I mentioned these so I can have some order in the conversations to come.