More Thoughts on Delta (Missions 1 through 7)

Delta Uragirimono

Y’know, I was kinda holding off on this. I wanted to finish the Rewatch first and wait until I got the DVD before saying more about Delta. But we’re now about a quarter of the way through the series (a bit over, since I assume it’s going to be 25 or 26 episodes), so I figure it’s as good a time as any to talk about it.

First off, I’m loving it, but you probably either already knew that or at least had guessed. I wrote my last post about Delta right after watching it raw on the morning of December 31, before I had checked Macross World or Facebook or Twitter or anything like that. I don’t think I was prepared for the fury against the series from (western) old school fans…

Here’s what the first month was like, basically: SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS, SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS.

Read that paragraph about five times, slowly and carefully, and yeah… that’s basically it.

Added to this was a bunch of other complaints (generally, I think, from people who realized that saying “SAILOR MOON, MAGICAL GIRLS” would only get them so far, so they had to come up with something else) that either seemed silly or nonsensical… one of my *ahem* “favorites” being that too many characters (fifteen) were introduced in the first episode… yeah, unlike, say, the original Macross series which introduced only, um… fifteen (not all of them became MAIN characters, of course, but we wouldn’t have known that after seeing JUST the first episode).

Anyway, anyone who is STILL talking about “magical girls” probably hasn’t watched anything past that preview episode, because it’s clear by this point that that’s not what’s going on at all (it wasn’t even what THAT EPISODE was about). It was a joke, and a little wink at the audience.

Apparently, some audience members don’t enjoy being winked at.

(I honestly think most people were thrown, not completely because of Walküre, really, but because of the shake-up of the formula. As the Macross SpeakerPODcast reported early on, from a talkshow given by the staff, Kawamori said it was no longer possible to surprise people by having singing END a war in Macross, so instead the series STARTS with that premise and moves forward from there. And there has never been a single Macross entry that has done that before.)

Anyway, here we are, seven episodes in, and the story and characters have been intriguing and fun so far. But what impresses me the most (so far, at least) are both the astounding variety of designs for the different worlds (everything… landscape, architecture, vehicles… is instantly recognizable from world to world) and the clear amount of “extra work” that’s gone into the animation. It’s clearly being made by people who care, and who want the show to look as good as it can (and I’m really interested to see what if anything will get touched up for the DVD/BD release).

Not only that, but it’s clear now that those predicting failure and ruin for Macross, thanks to Delta, are wrong, since by all accounts, the Walküre live event last week surprised everyone, even the planners, with how successful it was. Now, again, I doubt it’ll end up being as popular as Frontier was (and definitely won’t have the surprise factor that Frontier did), but it seems like it’s off to a very good start, indeed, which means plenty more Macross for at least a few years to come.

And that’s GOOD, right…?

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