Macross Delta

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Macross Delta
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Official series logo
マクロスΔ
(Makurosu Deruta)
Genre Mecha, romance, space opera
Anime television film
Mission 0.89: Prologue on the Battlefield
Directed by Shōji Kawamori (chief director)
Kenji Yasuda
Studio Studio Nue (production)
Satelight (animation)
Original network Tokyo MX, BS11
Released December 31, 2015
Runtime 26 minutes
Anime television series
Directed by Shōji Kawamori (chief director)
Kenji Yasuda
Written by Toshizo Nemoto
Music by
Studio Studio Nue (production)
Satelight (animation)
Original network Tokyo MX, TVQ, BS11, MBS, TVA, TVh
Original run April 3, 2016 September 25, 2016
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Game
Macross Delta Scramble
Developer Artdink
Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment
Genre Shooter
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released October 20, 2016[2]
Anime film
Macross Delta the Movie: Passionate Walküre
Studio Studio Nue (production)
Satelight (animation)
Released February 9, 2018
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Macross Δ (マクロスΔ, Makurosu Deruta, lit. "Macross Delta") is a science fiction anime television series that aired on Tokyo MX in Japan from April 3, 2016 to September 25, 2016.[3] The fourth television series set in the Macross universe, it is directed by Kenji Yasuda (Arata: The Legend, Noein) and written by Toshizo Nemoto (Log Horizon, Tokyo Majin) with Shōji Kawamori being the chief director and mechanical designer, while Chisato Mita handling the original character design. Kawamori is also credited as the original creator along Studio Nue.[4]

Summary[edit]

Macross Delta is set in the year 2067, eight years after the events of Macross Frontier in a remote part of the Milky Way Galaxy called the Brísingr Globular Cluster (ブリージンガル球状星団, Burījingaru Kyūjō Seidan), which is plagued by the Vár Syndrome (ヴァールシンドローム, Vāru Shindorōmu), a mysterious phenomenon which turns people berserk without any apparent cause. A team of talented idols, the Walküre, uses the power of their songs to calm down the infected by the Vár Syndrome, assisted by the Delta Flight, a team of experienced Valkyrie pilots, while facing the interference from the Aerial Knights of the Windermere Kingdom, which found a way to exploit the infection on their favor as part of their plan to resume war against the New United Government (新統合政府, Shin Tōgō-seifu) for control of the Cluster.

Production[edit]

The new series is being sponsored by Big West Advertising and Bandai Visual. As with the previous Macross series, the Macross Delta staff have scouted new talent for the anime. Auditions began on December 1, 2014. On February 7, 2015, it was reported that over 8,000 people auditioned to star in the new series. The final selection round was held in Tokyo in late April 2015. The finalists went through interviews with the judges, and demonstrated their singing and voice performing skills.[5]

Macross Delta held a "'Chō Jikū' Seisaku Happyōkai" ("The Super Dimension" Production Unveiling), a live-streamed event that revealed more details on the project on October 29 at 12:00 p.m. Kawamori appeared at the event to reveal the main staff, the winner of the audition for the new singer in the anime, and the new anime's characters.[6]

Promotional media[edit]

A promotional visual created by artist Hidetaka Tenjin an depicting 2 fictional dogfighting aircraft was posted in the franchise's official website on Friday the 25th, September 2015. Kawamori confirmed that both fighters in the visual are "Valkyries" (transforming variable fighters), and he specifically cited the old Swedish jet fighter Saab 35 Draken as an inspiration for the darker Valkyrie in the background of the image. Kawamori added that he has been a fan of the Draken jet since he was a child. He also acknowledged that the blue and white Valkyrie in the foreground shares a design lineage with previous variable fighters in the Macross series and therefore was less of a challenge to design. By contrast, the background variable fighter will feature a relatively new transformation scheme that bears little similarity to those of previous Valkyries.[6]

Shoji Kawamori explained that the two fighters have exhausts in different colors because they were developed by different companies. He also noted that he has been deliberately avoiding more direct design inspirations from current real world fighters, since stealth technology has made modern combat aircraft look too similar and harder to distinguish from each other.[6] Kawamori added that this new series will emphasize "Valkyrie versus Valkyrie" duels as opposed to previous television series. While video productions such as Macross Plus and Macross Zero prominently featured variable fighters against each other, Kawamori admitted that it has not been the focus in a Macross television series in a long time.[6]

The staff also presented the official designs by Shōji Kawamori for the two main variable fighters: the VF-31 Siegfried and the Sv-262 Draken III. The VF-31 is flown by the Walküre group's escorts, the "Delta Flight". Kawamori confirmed that the VF-31 is an update of the YF-30 Chronos that appeared in the PlayStation 3 video game Macross 30: Voices across the Galaxy. However, unlike the YF-30 the VF-31 design has built-in gunpods in its arms and forward-swept wings.[4]

The Sv-262 is used by the Aerial Knights Valkyrie Aerial Knights of the Windermere Kingdom. The new variable fighter design was inspired by the real-life Saab 35 Draken. While describing the Sv-262, Kawamori mentioned that this is the first time that a Valkyrie with this unique delta wing design variant has appeared in Macross. Hidetaka Tenjin also noted that unlike other Valkyries its cockpit is not transparent.[4]

[edit]

The Macross Delta logo features a planet within the Japanese characters that form the word "Macross". Shoji Kawamori specifically noted that this planet is the main setting for the new series. He also explained that this was made deliberately in direct contrast with Macross Frontier, whose setting was primarily in space. Kawamori started to describe more details about Macross Delta's setting but stopped short and asked fans to watch "The Super Dimension" Production Unveiling event.[6]

Kawamori pointed out that the delta symbol in the logo is made of triangular symbols to symbolize the three main thematic elements of Macross: music, a love triangle, and Valkyries. However, he also noted that the two symbols are split, and explained that this is indicative that the three elements will not come together as expected in the new story.[6]

The Super Dimension Production Unveiling[edit]

18-year old Minori Suzuki from Aichi Prefecture was announced as the winner of the newest Macross singer auditions. Suzuki plays Freyja Wion, an aspiring idol who is full of spirit and who is always smiling.[4] Other characters include five girls that form the "Tactical Sound Unit Walküre", the first major songstress group in the Macross anime franchise, as Macross 7 had the "Jamming Birds" group, and the PlayStation video game Macross Digital Mission VF-X had the group "Milky Dolls". The Walküre group battles "the Var Syndrome that is consuming the galaxy", and there is also another mysterious group called the "Aerial Knights Valkyrie fighter team of the Kingdom of Wind".[4]

Hidetaka Tenjin is credited as the "Macross visual artist" for this series while Majiro (Barakamon, Nagareboshi Lens) and Yuu Shindo (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Persona 4: The Golden Animation) are adapting the original character designs by Chisato Mita (designer in Capcom's E.X. Troopers video game). Other non-Japanese staff members include Thomas Romain as worldview designer, Vincento Niemu as art designer, and Stanislas Brunet as mechanical designer.[4]

Bandai also presented prototypes of the DX Chōgōkin models of both fighters, with a release date planned.[4]

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The anime premiered on Tokyo MX and BS11, along other stations in Japan on April 3, 2016. The opening theme is titled "Ichido dake no Koi nara" (一度だけの恋なら, lit. "If I Love Only Once") while the ending themes are titled "Ikenai Borderline" (いけないボーダーライン, Ikenai Bōdārain, "Forbidden Borderline") for the new year special and Episode 1 and "Rune ga Pikatto Hikattara" (ルンがピカッと光ったら, Run ga Pikatto Hikattara, lit. "When the Rune Sparkles") from episode 2 onwards, all performed by Walküre.

A Macross Delta Preview Special was aired on Japanese television on New Year's Eve, with the staff teasing an 8-minute preview of the first episode.[4]

Inserts[edit]

Title Lyrics Arrangement Composition Strings Arrangement Singer Episode
"Giritick ♡ Beginner" (ジリティック♡BEGINNER) Kotomi Futagawa Umuya Aneta Reina & Makina 1, 7, 17
"Koi! Halation The War" (恋! ハレイション THE WAR) Umuya Aneta
Kotomi Fukagawa
Tatsuya Kurauchi Walküre 1, 2, 4, 17
"Ikenai Borderline" (いけないボーダーライン) Naoki Nishi Minoru Komorita 1, 2, 8, 13
"Fukakuteisei ☆ Cosmic Movement" (不確定性☆COSMIC MOVEMENT) Kotomi Fukagawa
Rokutsumi Sumiyo
Akiko Watanabe
Aneta Umuya
Umuya Aneta Tatsuya Kurauchi 3, 4, 17
"Bokura no Senjō" (僕らの戦場) Miho Karasawa
Yūsuke Katō
Yūsuke Katō 3, 4, 9, 18
"Rune ga Pikatto Hikarittara" (ルンがピカッと光ったら) Naoki Nishi Minoru Komorita 5, 17
"Aura Sala ~Hikaru Kaze~" (オーラ・サーラ〜光る風〜) Mina Kubota Heinz (Melody Chubak) 6, 15, 18
"Walküre Attack!" UiNA Kōtarō Odaka Kōtarō Odaka
UiNA
Walküre 6, 10, 13
"Silent Hacker" Saeko Suzuki
TOMOSIRO
7
"Giraffe Blues" Naho H-Wonder Yūsuke Katō Miya, Mikumo 7
Freyja 8, 23
Walküre 9, 11, 18
Kaname 20
Mikumo 21
"Wind Vaasa ~Ketsui no Kaze~" (ザルド・ヴァーサ〜決意の風〜) Mina Kubota Heinz (Melody Chubak) 8, 10, 12, 13, 15
"Neo Stream" Emi Nishida Mirai Watanabe Tatsuya Kurauchi Walküre 8, 14
"Axia ~Daisuki de Daikirai~" (AXIA〜ダイスキでダイキライ〜) Rokutsumi Sumiyo Hideyuki Daichi Suzuki Ryōki Matsumoto 9, 10
"Kurage Ondo" (クラゲ音頭) Toshizō Nemoto Saeko Suzuki
TOMISIRO
Mina Kubota Freyja, Reina, & Makina 10
"Remember 16" K.INOJO Atsushi Takashi bamboo tree Zack & Hack 11
"Ichido Dake no Koi Nara" (一度だけの恋なら) Miho Karasawa
Yūsuke Katō
Yūsuke Katō Walküre 13, 26
"Walküre no Birthday Song" (ワルキューレのバースデイソング) Happy Field Mina Kubota Happy Field 16
"Onyanoko ♡ Gir" (おにゃの子♡gir) Saida Kaseki TeddyLoid 17
"Hear The Universe" Yūho Iwasato Rasmus Faber 17
"Hametsu no Junjō" (破滅の純情) Naoki Nishi Minoru Komorita 18

Manga[edit]

Four manga adaptations were officially serialized, all released in June 2016. The first one, is serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius. The second, titled Macross Δ Gaiden: Macross E (マクロスΔ外伝 マクロスE (エクストラ), Makurosu Deruta Gaiden Makurosu E (Ekusutora)) is written by Shoji Kawamori and serialized in Kodansha's Magazine Special. The third, Macross Δ: The Diva Who Guides the Galaxy (マクロスΔ 銀河を導く歌姫, Makurosu Deruta Ginga o Michibiku Utahime) is serialized on Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex. The last, Macross Δ: The Black-Winged White Knight (マクロスΔ 黒き翼の白騎士, Makurosu Deruta Kuroki Tsubasa no Shiro Kishi) is also serialized on Monthly Comic Rex.

International Release[edit]

Due to a current legal dispute over the distribution rights of the Macross franchise, involving Studio Nue and Big West against Harmony Gold, much of the Macross merchandise post 1999, including Macross Delta, have not received an international release.[7]

Reception[edit]

Richard Eisenbeis from Kotaku gives the preview episode a mixed review. He praised the episode's beginning for introducing the basic setting and shows the first meeting of Freyja, Hayate, and Mirage along with some short character building scenes for each, but criticised halfway point of the episode. Despite praising the aerial dogfight, he thinks the sudden conflict and the introduction of 15 different characters was "far too much too fast". For the music, while the first two Walkure songs are deemed forgettable, he thinks the final song used for the ending and credits, "Ikenai Borderline", is great. Richard's main problem is Walkure themselves, referring them as the elephant in the room. He commented "While their "magic" is clearly technology-based, it is something so unexpected in a Macross anime, it's likely to throw even longtime fans for a loop—I know it did me". Nevertheless, he genuinely interested to see more and hopes much of the information will be sorted out by the time the series makes its true premiere this spring. [8]

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