And with Episode 23, the second cour of Macross Delta continues to seem somewhat aimless and leisurely, although it also seems to be at least TRYING to find a direction. I think I understand what they’re trying to do, but I’m not sure it’s working. At the end of each of the last few episodes, it seems like some major revelation is JUST around the corner… and then, in the following episode, that corner isn’t turned. And it’s the same here: the truth about Hayate’s father seems like it HAS to come in Episode 24, but it may or may not. We’ve got more info on Mikumo than we’ve ever had previously (as many have suspected, she seems to be connected to the “Star Singer”), but that still leaves many questions to be answered (namely “how” and “why”). By not revealing to anyone that he has Mikumo, Roid may be committing a serious betrayal. Or maybe not.

Still, there’s a lot to like here. This is another talky episode, but it’s not lacking in drama (although my favorite part was seeing Mikumo fly in and kick some serious ass). Certainly, Freyja, Hayate, and Mikumo seem about to face some big personal crises. And Hermann seemed poised to take Kassim’s role as the Aerial Knight that the good guys can trust to be honorable.

All this said, I have no clue where the story will take us in the next three episodes. I assume that Roid’s going to use Mikumo in some (probably heinous and self-serving) way, and I imagine that Hayate’s father will be exonerated, but other than that…

I dunno, I’ve seen plenty of people saying that they think the show is “predictable.” Weirdly, they never ACTUALLY predict where it’s going to go (or, in the one case where someone did, he got it wrong), they just say it’s predictable and leave it at that. Which, naturally, seems to me like it’s not quite playing fair.

Again, the ending could end up being great, or it could end up a total mess. I will point out that the first cour seemed somewhat meandering watching it week by week, but reveals itself as rather tightly focused when watching it again. It could turn out to be the same for the second cour…? I mean, I doubt it, but it’s not impossible.

Anyway, yeah… my first impression is that this was a good-but-not-great episode at a time when the show REALLY needs great episodes.

(Oh, a correction: last week, I said that perhaps the second cour was what would have been the movie, and thus some wheel-spinning was forgivable. According to Adrian on last week’s Macross SpeakerPODcast, that is not the case. He didn’t elaborate or explain how the one-cour-plus-movie was hammered into two cours, but if he says that the second cour doesn’t correspond to the intended movie, then it must be true. If any non-staff would know, Adrian would.)

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