Macross Delta episode 5:
After the action of last week, everyone takes stock. The Windemerans have declared war on the new UN, and while Walkure and Delta Platoon trust her, their HQ, the media on Ragna and Walkure’s fans all suspect Frejya is a spy, and Hayate is undecided if he’ll stick with Delta Platoon if they have to go to war.
After escaping a mob of reporters, Hayate and Frejya go for a joyride in his Valkyire, and Messer continues to be Iceman to Hayate’s Maverick.
This episode is about as exposition-heavy as Macross gets, which means there’s a lot of random snippets of conversations, vague references back to other series, and bits and pieces that you need to put together. We now know or can confirm the following:
Ragna and Windemere were colonised by humans 30-40 years ago, and both had indigenous life that was seeded or altered by the Protoculture, just like humanity. Ragna was colonised by a New Macross fleet, Windemere by a Megaroad. If the map of human colonisation shown in Macross Frontier is accurate, the fleets were Macross 01 and Megaroad 06
Windemerans feel that they got a bum deal from the colonists and seem to hate humans as a rule. They fought a rebellion 7 years ago (which is one year after Frontier), and the New UN capitulated after the Windemerans used a ‘dimension weapon’, presumably one of the Dimension Eaters from Macross Frontier. One dimension eater destroyed a planet in Frontier so this is pretty huge.
Captains Arad and Johnson, the commanders of Delta Platoon and Macross Elesion respectively were on Windemere during the rebellion, and seem to know the Windemerean king personally.
My only complaint about the episode is that Frejya sings Rune ga Pikatto Hikattara while she and Hayate go flying, and because it’s also the closing theme for the show it’s played like 3 minutes later when the episode ends.
And in the awesome category: Frejya is still goofy as all hell, witness her dance moves while singing in the back of Hayate’s Valkyrie