Basara Nekki (熱気 バサラ Nekki Basara?) is the main protagonist of Macross 7 and its subsequent spinoffs. He pilots a red VF-19 Excalibur Custom (dubbed the "Fire Valkyrie") and is outfitted with a special control scheme and sound broadcasting system. He is the lead singer and guitarist of the popular rock group, Fire Bomber. He would later be part of the special music-based tactical unit, Sound Force.
Personality & CharacterEdit
|“||Stop attacking and listen to my damn song!||”|
|“||Someday, I'll make you understand my music.||”|
Basara is an enigmatic character. He is an orphan who grew up in the mountains of Japan, owning only the clothes on his back and his trusty acoustic guitar, which dwarfed him. His hobby was roaming the wilderness, playing and singing; so strong was his faith in music that he believed he could move a mountain, and would sing to it in the midst of a typhoon. He encountered an alcoholic ex-U.N. Spacy pilot, Ray Lovelock, and his talent and determination convinced Ray to form the rock band Fire Bomber with him. As guitarist and main vocalist Basara now fronts the band, with Ray playing keyboards, young girl Mylene Flare Jenius as bassist, and a quiet full-blooded Zentradi woman, Veffidas Feaze, as drummer.
In addition to being a good rock singer, Basara also seems to be an exceptionally talented pilot, though the origin of his skill is unknown. He pilots a customized VF-19 Fire Valkyrie, its control system modified to resemble an electric guitar, and its gun firing remote speaker pods which transmit his singing to his targets. Basara disdains weaponry and is annoyed at Ray's desire to fit missiles to his VF-19, though occasionally he uses them in blind anger. In the Dynamite 7 OVA, he has also been shown to be able to pilot a Valkyrie outfitted with a regular control interface, indirectly through the physical manipulation of his regular acoustic guitar while still being able to pull off impressive feats of piloting, a testament to his ability as a pilot.
In the early episodes of the series, every time the mysterious apparently human enemies attack, Basara drops whatever he is doing and flies into the midst of the fighting, believing that the power of his songs will reach into their hearts and make them stop their assault. At first his music has no effect and his skill in dodging enemy fire is the only thing that keeps him alive, and moreover his interference on the battlefield annoys Macross 7 pilots, especially the highly disciplined Gamlin Kizaki. However, his music—and that of Fire Bomber—causes humans to regenerate their spiritual energy, Spiritia, after it has been drained by the enemy. When his methods thus begin to show an effect, he is invited by Captain Maximilian Jenius to join a special civilian squadron called Sound Force, though his complete lack of respect for military rules vexes those who would command him.
Anima SpiritiaEditLater in the series it is revealed that Basara and the rest of Sound Force (Fire Bomber) are the new "Anima Spiritia", the only force capable of defeating the Protodeviln and their Varauta army. However, Basara regards the real enemy, the alien beings known as the Protodeviln, in the same way he regards everyone else: rather than destroying them, he wants to win them over.
At first his singing appears to hurt the renegade Sivil, a female humanoid Protodeviln in whom he recognises his own free-spiritedness, and when she kisses him she is overwhelmed and driven into a comatose state. He continues to sing for her in an effort to reanimate her, inspiring Gigile, another Protodeviln in temporary human form, to do the same. The two become unlikely allies against the other Protodeviln, and Gigile begins to admire Basara, who through the power of music awakens Gigile's true form. However, Gigile self-destructs to protect Sivil afterwards.
In the end, it is Basara's singing what helps the Protodeviln evolve into a Spiritia self-generating race with no need to steal it from humanoids any more.
- Ray Lovelock
- His father-figure. He helped Basara during his time wandering aimlessly around the galaxy.
- Mylene Flare Jenius
- His band mate. He has little respect for her in the beginning, and little still in the end as they constantly bicker amongst each other. He does acknowledge her singing abilities and cares for her when she is in trouble.
- Veffidas Feaze
- His band mate and drummer. The two seem to have an understanding.
- He becomes fascinated with Sivil, hoping to save her through his music.
- An enemy that he wishes to convert to his side through music.
- His family name Nekki, as written in Japanese kanji, means "hot air" or "enthusiasm".
- In Macross Δ Scramble's Another Arc Mission "Sound Selection 2" , Basara will interfere with a Walküre concert, exclaiming "Music is Passion!" immediately after Freyja's own catchphrase. He will then start playing his songs (only one in the regular edition, the rest will be stock BGM). The object is to drive him away for the concert to continue.
- In some Macross games, Basara will always be locked to his signature unit. He can't use other Variable Fighters, Destroids or Zentradi weapons and nobody else can use his Fire Valkyrie, either.
Macross 7 characters
|Macross 7 Crew||Maximilian Jenius | Milia Fallyna Jenius | Exsedol Folmo | Kim Saintlaurent | Miho Miho | Sally Saint Ford | Gadget M. Chiba|
|Fire Bomber||Basara Nekki | Mylene Flare Jenius | Ray Lovelock | Veffidas Feaze|
|Diamond Force||Gamlin Kizaki | Physica S. Fulcrum | Kinryu | Docker|
|Jamming Birds||Barton| Bobby Lacoste | Randy | Ripple Chitose|
|Protodeviln||Lord Geperuniti | Gigile | Sivil | Glavil | Gavil | Valgo | Goram | Vomd|
|Zolan||Graham Hoilie | Maria Velázquez Hoilie | Elma Hoilie | Liza Hoilie | Lawrence | Sazapie | Kaliba | Loschier | Patrol Captain|
|Others||Flower Girl | Michael Johnson | Alice Holiday | Akiko Houjoh | Honey Suzuki | Janet Johnson | Emilia Jenius | Rex | Gubaba | Capy|