THE GREAT MACROSS REWATCH – Ray and Akiko and Stefan…

7 PLUS 4

Ray and Akiko and Stefan…

ICONIC SCENE: Better times…

RELEASE DATE: May 25, 1995

This two-and-a-half-minute short, included with Vol. 4 of the VHS and LD of the series (eps. 13 to 16), like the Veffidas one, tells us something we didn’t already know: that actually, while Akiko talked about Stefan as her fiancé, it was really Ray that she was in love with (and he with her), and that Stefan was really her second choice (it’s certainly not a coincidence that Stefan is asleep, silent and virtually unseen throughout the film, even though, really, he’s just a few feet away from Ray and Akiko).

Watching it after Episode 31 gives a somewhat different feel, I think, than watching it after Episode 16. With the series nearly two-thirds of the way finished, it seems more to point towards Ray and Akiko’s future rather than being just an explanation of their past. Perhaps. And the forest scenery and the cabin are lovely.

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