Part 4: Prologue 2 - Galaxy Chase - Part 2
Inside the Knight-Class Vajra, Alto looks around and eventually finds Lucas plane all tied up by some tentacle things. Hes out cold inside, so Alto moves in and starts tearing stuff up to set him loose. He gets Luca back just fine but before Alto can wake him up, the ticked-off tentacles go and tie his Valkyrie up; that is, until a mysterious man saves him!
Alto spots the guys red Valkyrie not a model hes seen before but his attention is diverted by Ozma getting in touch. He explains that were moving to immobilize the ship, so he better use that chance to get out pronto.
Sounds good and, as Luca comes to, they both start flying to the exit.
Outside, the red Valkyries quickly left the area with Alto and Luca emerging from the Knight Vajra right after.
Theyre still good to fight and with nothing else for us to worry about, Ozma gives the word to blow the enemy to kingdom come. Talia sees that our rescue operation was a success and gives the same order to Shinn and co.
Durandals especially supportive of Rey, who vows to fight to the fullest.
And now to wrap things up, lets show off some other stuff.
: You goddamned bugs! This is payback for before!
If you kill something on the first Vajra batch with this attack, you get a special convo:
: Skull 4, splash one!
: Wow his kabuki moves are so ingrained in his head that they show even in his flying!
: Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Hes not bad at all, eh?
: Psh, that dumbass I told him to look for another target as soon as he finished his attack run.
: He reminds me of a certain someone when he was young.
Heres the Minervas main gun.
Shinns Blast Silhouette in action.
And Luca getting revenge:
: Ive gathered more than enough data only thing left now is taking them down!
: Did we get im?!
: No, the enemy ships coming back online!
: What are our odds?
: This things as stupid as they come, right, Lam?
: Right. Weve run a simulation based on the data compiled by Skull 3 and weve the advantage in terms of top speed.
: All sections are ready and good to go.
: Firing pattern and evasion programs are already in place. Leave the navigation to me, sir.
: C-Captain, wait just a minute! What are you up to ?
: Inform the deployed units that the Quarter will now engage the Vajra battleship at close range!
: Close range?!
: Youre actually going with that, eh?
: Sorry, but Im afraid Ill be bagging this largest of games! Transformation, engage!
: Macross Quarter engaging transformation! Main reactor output rising! Fractal Module System activating!
: Whoa ! The ship really did transform!
: So thats the Storm Attacker Mode...!
: Bobby, show them how this 400-meter long vessel was still crowned with the Macross name!
: OK, Boss!
: HERE! WE! GOOO!! OOOORYAAAAAA!!
*The Quarter blasts off towards the Knight-Class Vajra!*
: How dya like that? This is how the SMS does things!
: Regardless, I have some questions over the necessity of such extreme steering of the Quarter urk
: (That insane maneuver was just Oh, god, Im gonna be sick !)
*Cathy runs off to find a bag.*
: Oho, guess I blew her away. Ahahahahaa!
Thats all enemies dealt with and Monica isnt detecting any other De-Fold signals. Luca thanks everyone, especially Alto, for the rescue but he tells him not to worry no big deal. More important is figuring out who those ZAFT guys are.
Jeffreys just received some intel over the survey of the area and asks everyone to calm down and listen: its looking like the we, and the Frontier Fleet, De-Folded in parallel world. Sounds crazy as all get-out but its true; Sakonji explains that despite L.A.I. and Kentarous joint research into the matter, whatever accident struck the Solar Falcon before has apparently happened again during our last Fold.
But how are we sure this really is a parallel world? First off, because we can see more stuff floating around space than just the Earth and Moon; moreover, after analysis, our folks have found several differences like, for instance, the fact that theres no Macross City on this Earth.
So, Kenichi sees, we didnt transcend time today but, rather, the dimensions themselves. Damn. Well, Jeffrey calls everyone back aboard to wait and see what the president decides to do now.
The Coordinators watch as everyone returns, Luna sighing that some words of gratitude wouldve been nice. Inwardly, Rey ponders that, if Durandals conjecture is correct, then those living weapons are we dont get to know.
Regardless, Talia calls everyone back. Durandalll be getting in touch with the newcomers leader and then, hopefully, theyll know who we are.
Later, Durandal informs Talia that another teams being assigned to chasing Bogey One. While the recovery, or destruction, of the Second Stage units was the Minervas top priority, thats changed theyll now be assisting the Frontier Fleet and the Supreme Council has already approved of this.
Howard puts in a call to the ship and, having reviewed the PLANTs proposal, agrees to welcome them aboard and relay intel on the Vajra; in exchange, theyd like the colonies consent to remain stationed in their air space while they repair their ships.
Durandal readily agrees, even offering the PLANTs assistance in any way necessary. Howard is very thankful and invites the Minerva into Island 1.
By Howards office, he asks Mishima if he thinks these people to be trustworthy. He cant say for certain yet but does make note of how easily Durandal accepted our outrageous story could it be that this isnt the first time people have come here from another world?
If anything, Mishima figures we ought to play nice with them while we try to figure out whats up and what were going to do. And, on the subject, Mishima asks what that ones thoughts on this event are. Howard says he/she is quite curious about the whole thing and wants us to be as proactive in stablishing connections to the PLANTs as can be.
If we can pin down the cause of this phenomenon by cooperating with them, a lot of new possibilities will open up. A NUNS officer calls in, reporting the Minervas approach. Howard asks Mishima to welcome them at Island 1s port, though he asks for a few minutes in order to tighten security around the area.
At his office, Mishimas gotten in touch with some guy in sunglasses, whos rather amazed by the Frontier Fleet ending up in another universe. Mishima figures his group didnt expect this, imagining they wouldve preferred if we, at the very least, hadnt gotten in touch with another civilization.
Sunglasses says they always knew there was a risk of a transdimensional warp, though it was deemed extremely unlikely. But never mind that now, Mishima asks if Sunglasses was able to grab the data on that and he says that theyre already collecting it from the Dulfim. As for Mishima, Sunglasses tells him to go about his usual business. His side is focusing on revising the plan at the moment.
As he signs off, Mishimas already scheming: a parallel world, hm ? If we play our cards right, then
The situations a lot more critical at Ozmas place, whos just found out of Ranka entering Miss Macross without running it by him first. To make it worse, those shenanigans got her suspended from her big shot school and getting her enrolled in there was a whole lot of trouble for Ozma.
Ranka stomps that this is her dream she really wants to be a singer and Ozma calls bull: how the hell could a shy girl like you make it as a singer?!
That does it. Ranka explodes, calling him an idiot a bunch of times and throwing everything in arms reach. At length, she runs off.
Out in the streets, Rankas sending a message to Alto explaining what happened and asking for his advice on how to reconcile her wishes with Ozmas stubbornness. He doesnt answer right away but she quickly runs into Michel, Ippei and Megumi.
Theyve heard from Nanase about her suspension and the girl is really worried about her Ranka figures shell need to apologize later. As a matter of fact, Ozma had already gotten in touch with everyone, including Alto and Michel says he asked the three of them to handle it as he had something else to do. What an insensitive fella.
As Ranka pouts, Megumi asks her to come home as Ozmas really worried but she outright refuses to do so until he accepts what she wants. Where will she go, then? Anywhere it doesnt matter.
Ranka runs off, leaving Michel to sigh that they cant well let the girl leave like that. Time to chase after.
Altos other business is over by Sheryls stage, where he was roughed up a bit when folks mistook him for a stalker (Grace hadnt told the staff about him, see). And hed gone through all this trouble to come and bring her earring back in person!
Sheryl apologizes but is also grateful. These earrings are a lucky charm and a memento from her mother, someone whose face she cant even remember anymore. And thats a secret, mind!
Yeah, yeah, Alto wont tell anyone. More importantly, he tells Sheryl not to lose hope on the Galaxy Fleet yet not until weve gotten back to our world and confirmed whats what. Sheryls a bit amused at him trying to console her but figures everyone knows the feeling of caring for their hometown. Alto himself has got to have an attachment to this place, no?
Actually, no, he doesnt particularly care that much for the residential ships. Why? Theres no sky here, he says. Sheryls not surprised by that answer but Alto says that he IS a pilot, after all. Isnt he still in school? Yeah but hes been officially recruited into the SMS, so hes a fully-fledged pilot now.
Ooh, look at you, the big bad ace, Sheryl quips, But if youve just been recruited into the team, wouldnt that make you just a little nugget?
As Alto frowns, Sheryl admits that she doesnt like the Galaxy Fleet either. In fact, lacking any living relatives, living there was about her least favorite thing in the world. But now Alto tells her to pull herself together as it aint like her to look so bummed out.
Now its Sheryls turn to frown at his attitude, though she quickly composes herself. Shes got one question: since Altos joined the SMS, does that mean hell be fighting the Vajra? Probably, though who knows what well actually have to fight in another dimension.
In that case, Sheryl wants him to keep the earring like she said, its a lucky charm. Mind, shes only letting him BORROW it and expects to have it back later. Alto accepts and, with the show starting soon, wishes her good luck out there.
The Minerva crewmates are taking the time to check out Island 1, being especially blown away by the Zentradi Mall and its giant everything. None of this looks CG to Shinn and Lunas having a hard time believing this to be real.
Lucas showing the around and having a laugh: Blown away, are you? Then you ought to try shouting Deculture!
De-what now? A Zentradi expression for when theyre shocked or excited about something. Though their language is pretty much unused now, the expression itself still lives on. Sounds good to Meyrin, who cries a hearty Deculture.
Shinn and Luna find it incredible to see both humans and the ginormous Zentrans living side-by-side like its no big deal especially considering how they all but destroyed Earth in the past. Indeed, Luca wont deny the ravages of the old interstellar conflict but thats all in the past now.
After a quick round of introductions from everyone, Luna thanks Luca for playing tour guide to them of course, no thanks are needed. Lucas doing this both as an apology for not assisting them during the quarantine and because the SMS owner told him to.
Seems the Minerva crew had to undergo both blood tests and sterilization before coming aboard. Can they blame us, though? This is a different dimension, so we had no idea what kind of germs and viruses could exist here.
Meyrins fine with that but what annoyed her was getting a reminder of how lacking her figure is compared to her sisters. Luca lets out an awkward laugh but apologizes for any inconvenience. With that said, they should hurry along as theres still plenty more to see!
Elsewhere in the mall, Michels finally caught up with Ranka and begs her to stop running. He yields! Now how about a small truce, they go and get some ice cream and relax for a bit? Michel swears he knows a good place, so Ranka accepts.
Cut to a bit later and Rankas feeling better with her ice cream. Michels bought some to the Voltes Team as well, considering it was his captain who got them tangled up in all this. But with that done, he asks Ranka to go home Ozmas really worried.
The answers still no. Ozmas always treating her like a child and he kept his pilot gig a secret for who knows how long. So Rankas entitled to go and do her own thing, too! Michel says shes acting like a spoiled kid without an ounce of consideration for Ozmas feelings.
Moreover, he figures the reason Ranka doesnt want to go home is that she knows she wont be able to persuade him to change his mind. She wont make it in the singing business with that kind of attitude, FYI. Hell, could she even handle singing in front of a bunch of people?
Ranka says she absolutely can, like how she sang for the audience at Miss Macross. That was then, though could she do it right here, in front of all these mall-goers? Is she capable of placing herself in front of all these people who didnt come here expressly to see her and sing for them?
The girl falls silent and Megumi chides Michel for his sharp tongue. Still, he figures Ranka needs to realize how childish shes being; someone lacking commitment shouldnt speak of being a singer. Ranka perks up right then.
: Youre wrong I do want as many people as possible to listen to my song !
: (You shouldnt call it quits just because you failed once.)
: Alto here goes !
: Kimi wa dare to kisu o suru ♪
: What a lovely song
: Yow, whod have thought the little girl had a voice like that !
: Hey, do you hear that song? Its coming from around here
: Yeah, I think so and its a good one, too. You can feel a whole lotta heart behind those lyrics.
: Huh ? Isnt that Ranka singing? Michel and the others are there too
: Whoever she is, her songs got a lot more feeling than Lacus recent work.
: Wow look at how quick she drew a crowd.
: OK, I know when to throw in the towel
: Thats whats called natural talent, I guess.
: Alright. I have to admit that you were pretty amazing there.
: Yes, it was beautiful.
: Aw, n-no, that
: You managed to get us all hooked, too.
: Luca! Whatre you doing here?
: I was showing the ZAFT pilots around the Frontier and we wound up hearing Ranka.
: H-Hey. Your singing wasnt half bad Actually, it was pretty good.
: Absolutely. It gave me a real nostalgia rush, even.
: Th-Thank you very much!
: Y-y-you there!
: Huh? Me?
: And who exactly are you?
: M-My name is Elmo Kridanik, Im the head of a talent agency! Young lady, would you please sign up with me? Youre going to be a star!
Back at Ozmas place, Elmos desperately trying to convince the man. He remembers the dreadful Space War I between humans and Zentrandi something that couldve been completely avoided had they tried to understand each other with song instead of resorting to violence.
Song is culture, culture is love and, thus, song is love! And Ranka has the capacity of relaying that love to the people, so please let him sign her up!
Megumi and Michel are looking from afar, seeing Ozmas angry face and realizing a storm is coming. Ozma raises his voice, Elmo immediately flinching Take care of my little sister please, he says. He even bows to Elmo, everyone else gaping in surprise.
Back to Mihoshi Academy, its been one week since the Frontier Fleets been brought to this world. Things have been relatively calm following a speech from Howard but Luca still doesnt know what were going to do. Michel figures our priority will be to gather intel, though hes got a bad feeling.
When Alto asks, Luca says info on the Dulfim and its crew are being tagged highly classified, so weve no way of knowing what happened to them. Ippei doesnt like the dreary conversation and asks Nanase how Rankas doing. Working pretty hard in preparation for her singing debut, it seems, though she didnt tell her what exactly that involves.
Nagisa adds that shes taking some time off from Nyan-Nyan and hasnt even been answering their calls. Luca does relay a rumor that someone looking like her was spotted singing on the street. Should we go and cheer on the future superstar, Kenichi wonders, but Luca isnt so sure it was Ranka. For one, the singer was supposedly dressed like a carrot
Yeah, Ranka wanted to be a big time singer, so no way shed dress up like that mustve been someone else. Either way, Nagisas heard that weve got a new transfer student coming and Michels always ready to give a warm welcome provided its a girl.
And the door opens up, revealing the new student: Ranka!