Part 2: Prologue 1 - Another Encounter - Part 2
And youve got the gist of it. The Vajras, thankfully, come in in waves, so youre at no risk of being overwhelmed; keep your guys closed, Kenichi with a decent enough stack of HP just in case, and take them down one at a time. No enemies here survive two clean hits from anyone (except Alto).
Its a sniper rifle thats also an automatic rifle!
Ozmas strongest weapon, a.k.a., firing EVERYTHING.
And the Voltes second best weapon. Look at those vintage explosions.
: And the radars clear. I think thats all of them.
: Dont relax yet, Megumi. If those things really were living weapons, you never know what might happen next.
: Hes right. Skull 2 and Skull 3, go and patrol Island 1s perimeter just in case we might have Vajra stragglers hanging about.
: Yes, sir. Come on, Luca!
*Off they go.*
: (He said Luca? Hes also here ?)
: Hey, greenie! Wheres the girl?!
: Oh, thats right!
*Alto flies over to where he left Ranka.*
: Sorry for the delay. Have you calmed down?
: Yes, Im good!
: Huh you got a stiffer upper lip than I expected.
: Heheh Well, I am 25% Zentradi.
: Ah So youre made of tougher stuff than you appear.
: Still, Im only safe thanks to you. So thank you thank you so much!
: Y-Yeah, no problem
: Greenie, quit yacking and get her to the hospital! And when you get there, leave the mech!
: Why do I gotta do all that, huh? If youre worried about her, go and take her yourself!
: If I could do that, I wouldnt have told you to, dumbass!
: (That angry voice sounds so much like my brothers but hes a businessman, so its got to be someone else.)
: Huh? Whats this ?
: Something up, Hiyoshi?
: Weird Its pretty faint, so I cant get a bead on it but Im pinging an enemy on radar
: Hey, Cpt. Ozma! Can your Valkyrie find the thing?!
: D-Dont call out my name, idiot!
: No way is that you, brother?
: N-No! Im not, Ranka! ... Ack!
: I knew it it IS you!
: Why are you working as a pilot? Werent you a businessman? And didnt you promise me that youd never do anything dangerous again?!
: The Vajras come back to life!
: Thats what I was picking up on the radar!
: You goddamn cockroach!
*The Vajra rushes Ranka down!*
: Cpt. Ozma?! Hrm, that monster !
: Cpt. Ozma!
: Y-You alright, Ranka ?
: Brother! Dont die! Please!
: Why? Why would you do something like this?! I I never told anyone what happened, so why why !
: Hey, calm down!
: This is Voltes V, calling Delta 1! Skull 1s down and needs immediate evac!
At the Quarters hangar, Kenichis just as surprised to find that Alto was flying that VF-25 as the guy is to find that Kenichis group, Michel and Luca were legit pilots.
Megumi explains that they were all sworn to confidentiality, so they couldnt say anything Michel and Luca probably had a hard time keeping that secret, Kenichi figures. Alto doesnt seem to sure.
Regardless, Kenichi asks what happened to Gilliam and explains to Alto who that was. Before he can tell what happened, Ozma (!) walks in and asks him to wait until everyones here.
Hiyoshis shocked hes not at the hospital but Ozma laughs that he wouldnt get bedridden over nonsense like that plus, Canaria, tagging along, has given him the go-ahead to get back to work. Mind, she does warn him to take it easy unless he fancies reopening those wounds.
When Megumi asks, Ozma relates that Ranka calmed down, so he had her sent home without seeing him. Hiyoshi apologizes for his big mouth but Ozma tells him not to sweat it, as it was his own fault for not telling us what was up. So, why DID she freak out as badly as she did?
Ozma and Canaria explain that she reacts violently when faced with friends and family being harmed. In essence, she has Dissociative Amnesia, stress and physical trauma leading to her being incapable of processing a certain experience she had; whenever something causes her to remember said experience, it triggers a terrified outburst.
Alto asks what kind of experience it was and Ozma says Ranka lost her entire family eleven years ago. Her entire family? Yeah, Ozma isnt her real brother rather, he was the worthless pilot who failed in his mission to protect her family. Granted, Rankas forgotten everything about that event.
And despite having his sister in that state, Ozma still went on piloting? Thats what set her off last battle, Alto protests. Ozma says hes doing it all to protect her, though Alto asks how he can say hes protecting Ranka by hiding so much.
What the hell are you getting at, then? That I should walk up to Ranka and say hey, your family was torn apart by Vajra and that left your mind a mess?! Ozma explodes.
If anything, Alto says hed want to know it all he doesnt like the thought of others deciding whats what in his life. And, on that note, he wants Ozma to explain just what those Vajras are. Ozma warns that therell be no going back if he hears the truth but Alto is undaunted.
In that case, Ozma tells him to wait 24 hours and think things through: what does Alto want to do? What would he fight for? I dont need 24 hours! Just let me on the Valkyrie! he yells, eliciting an angry punch from Ozma. Altos got his head running wild on adrenaline so calm the hell down and think things through!
As Alto grunts in submission, Ozma requests everyone called over to tell what happened to Gilliam. And, as the one who saw the guys last moments, its up to Alto to relay his account to the survivors thats how things work here
Altos not too happy but the Quarters crew starts coming in (Mina thinks hes cute). Along with them are Michel and Luca, whore blown away to see Alto as the mystery pilot.
Luca apologizes for the two of them keeping their work at SMS a secret but, you know, confidential. But, hey, if Alto joins the crew, theyll be able to fly together as teammates and not just at school.
Michel isnt too sure about that and questions if Alto would eventually run out of them as he did with his family. Hes flown with Alto for almost a year and can tell that hes not ready; if he goes at it the way he is, then hell end up either dying or getting someone else killed. And Michel is in no way interested in being the victim, so Alto oughta take this as a friendly warning.
By Griffith Park, Altos inwardly denying Michels accusations when he hears Ranka singing from a nearby hill. She spots and thanks him for the help today though only now she gets a chance to ask his name. Alto asks if shes feeling better and, indeed, she is as scared as she got, her brothers injuries werent too serious.
As for the song, its something she remembers from her childhood the only thing she remembers, even and shes rather fond of climbing this hill to sing where no one can hear her. Is she actually alright with that, not having anyone hearing?
In truth, Rankas never actually considered that before but I was so scared when I got attacked by that monster. I thought Im going to die here, never having done anything with myself and without anyone knowing I existed but what if I could let everyone know that Im here that I exist?
Alto says its impossible and Ranka agrees: Yes, someone like me could never but she doesnt get to finish. Or, at least, itll be impossible if you keep getting stuck on what ifs or thinking youre not good enough, he amends his statement. Ranka huffs that hes so very mean (he gets that a lot) but, then, she decides that she WILL make herself known to others just like her beloved Sheryl. And Alto, nonchalantly, agrees to be her very first spectator as Ranka starts singing again.
As luck would have it, Sheryl was around and heard her shes rather impressed. Ranka freaks out, though Altos more startled than star-struck. Sheryls got business with him but thats low priority now she asks/tells Alto to shuffle away. He wants to know how Sheryl knows his name but, again, she shoos him off.
With him fuming in the distance, she prods Ranka about being her beloved Sheryl; the girl starts clamming up in embarrassment but Sheryl yells against it. Just come out and say whats on her mind!
Well, Sheryls just lovely and she sings and dances so well and shes got this aura of talent and self-confidence, etc, etc. Rankas long been a huge fan and wondered if she could potentially come to be like her; while it may be impossible for someone like her, Rankas still willing to give it her all.
Sheryl likes hearing that, as you cant well do anything if you havent, at least, the willingness to put in the effort thats a good first step for her. Now, does Ranka love to sing? Absolutely! Then shell need to start making waves and chances always present themselves.
Is the girl talk done? Yes, so Sheryl turns her sighs back to Alto: give me back my earring. What? She knows hes got it, so no playing dumb! Alto yells that hes no idea what shes going on about but is interrupted with Nagisa runs over, looking for Ranka. She was so worried and AAAAAH! Its Sheryl! Whats Sheryl Nome doing somewhere like this?!
Ranka begs her to keep quiet but, too late, people around heard her yelling and the fans are rushing over. Nagisa faints and, meanwhile, Altos conscripted into service when Sheryl demands him come with her before the mob comes over; as Alto groans, Sheryl wishes Ranka good luck as she runs off.
Nagisa comes to, wondering where Sheryl went. Ranka waves it off as a dream, as didnt Nagisa say shed been having some strangely realistic dreams nowadays? Still, Nagisas a bit confused as she never outright fainted like that.
But never mind that, Nagisa wants to know why Ranka didnt get in touch with her and Kawai to let them know she was safe they were worried sick! Ranka apologizes, saying she was at the hospital and thats all the more reason why Nagisa wants her to get home and rest ASAP. Off they go!
Cut to downtown Island 1, Alto figures theyve lost the fans though Sheryl asks if he shouldve left Ranka back there. But shes the one who dragged him away in the first place! And, plus, he barely even knows the girl. Shes not his girlfriend? No! Absolutely not!
And, on that subject, should a famous person like Sheryl be wandering around town? What, doesnt he like accompanying her? Nope. Well, tough luck because shell be returning to the Macross Galaxy next week, so todays her only chance to find her earring its very important to her.
Well, the thing dropped into Altos EX-Gear as he carried her, so he tries making a call to the schools Lost and Found. No one answers, though, prompting Sheryl to try yanking the phone off his hands to try it herself. Alto tells her to back off and hell try again first thing tomorrow.
As for how she knew said earring was with him, her manager Grace has some bits of tech implanted into her own brain, so she went through the recorded visual data and saw what happened.
Said brain implants are also very illegal in the Frontier but Sheryl says theyre pretty commonplace at the Galaxy; not Sheryl though, one of her selling points is that she's all human. Still, thats a subject for another time as shes got to get going Alto promises to have the earring delivered as soon as its found.
At Ranka and Ozmas place, shes trying to wrap her head around everything thats happened today.
Sheryl and Altos words about not getting stuck on just what ifs and to take her chance when it presents itself. And Ranka might have something in mind
The SMS Team has moved over to Island 1s cemetery to have Gilliams funeral: He was the bravest of soldiers. With neither fear nor hesitation, he fought to his last to defend his fellow man Still, this is far from the end. One day, his mortal shell will become our flesh and blood as we burn away our souls amid the sky. So rest, my friend; farewell and see you soon, Jeffrey says.
Ippeis taking it badly and Michel, speaking frankly, says hes a bit envious: Ippeis lost important people to him before but he managed to rise above that and keep going. Meanwhile, Michel finds himself constantly hounded by his past, always on edge.
He apologizes for being an ass and Ippei does the same. Hes surprised Michels also got that kind of history but, truth be told, its not that uncommon among the SMS folk he just doesnt like talking about it. Michel figured it was only a matter of time before Ippei found out, so he decided to say it himself; a decent bunch of people know, too, but he does ask it kept a secret from Alto.
Ippei swears to honor his wish and, exchanging a handshake, Michel proclaims himself to be eager to have more scuffles with him. Inwardly, Ippei swears to Gilliam that all of them will survive through this.
Ozmas met up with Alto at the graveyards outskirts, telling him that, as civilian military providers, none of the SMS crew will officially be tagged as having died in combat its always treated as accidental deaths. They get no proper funeral services and their families wont even be informed the particulars about their deaths.
Alto sees no problem with this, as he lives life through his strength alone and will die by it as well. So, hes willing to join the SMS. Ozma objects that those 24 hours arent over yet, but Alto says he doesnt need to think any more than hes already done he wont change his mind.
Ozma doesnt like that hes keeping with that idiocy and moves to punch him though stops just short. Alto didnt even try to dodge and Ozma asks why. Because I figured you wouldnt actually punch me, he says. I only came here because I was committed to doing this and you dont seem the type to not notice that.
Ozmas chuckle indicates a bullseye and he tells Alto to present himself tomorrow at 0800. Michel, Luca and the Voltes Team were spying from afar and run in to welcome Alto to the job starting tomorrow, theyre comrades-in-arms!
Altos also looking forward to fighting with them, all in the name of keeping Ranka and the Frontier Fleet safe from the Vajra.
Finally, at the Miss Macross Contest, were getting introduced to the 7th contestant to take to the stage: Ranka Lee!
Her overenthusiastic bow slams her forehead against her mic (Nanase, from the crowd, is worried). Still, she soldiers on: I-I love music, so I figured Id come and sing for you! The song is My Boyfriend is a Pilot!