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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.

In 2012, he starred in the musical anthology, Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song!, opposite Macross Frontier characters, Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee.

Personality & CharacterEdit

Stop attacking and listen to my damn song!

—Basara Nekki

Basara is known for his quick temper, as well as his penchant for saying exactly what he thinks, which most of the time is not complimentary. As with all great musicians, he also has somewhat of an ego and believes himself to be always right. But under the caustic personality lies a man who truly cares for those close to him and who has a great love for the human soul. Basara's vision isn't limited to humanity alone, however: his great dream is to make the whole universe realize the power of music. His strongest belief is that music is more powerful than war.

PhilosophyEdit

Someday, I'll make you understand my music.

—Basara Nekki

Basara is a highly emotional pacifist who fanatically believes in the power of music and emotion over physical might. He cares little for anything other than his music, and seems oblivious to events around him; in particular he does not notice the feelings women have for him, including Mylene and female biker Rex. The only emotions he ever expresses to any degree are wild enthusiasm for his concerts and angry frustration at those who fail to "understand" his songs; the rest of the time he maintains a nonchalant, almost contemptuous air, addressing everyone in casual Japanese language. A free spirit, he goes wherever he pleases and frequently arrives late at Fire Bomber's concerts (often making his entrance via parachute), believing they cannot start without him. However, when alone he sings songs expressive of his moods, the only way he can cope with his emotions.

BackgroundEdit

OriginEdit

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.

Valkyrie PilotEdit

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Basara piloting his VF-19 Fire Valkyrie

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.

Sound ForceEdit

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.

AbilityEdit

Anima SpiritiaEdit

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Basara singing to Sivil.

Later 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.

RelationshipsEdit

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.
Sivil
He becomes fascinated with Sivil, hoping to save her through his music.
Gigile
An enemy that he wishes to convert to his side through music.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • 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
TV Series Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again | Macross 7 | Macross Frontier | Macross Δ
Events Unification Wars | Space War I | Sharon Apple Incident | Protodeviln War | Vajra War
Movies The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? | Macross Plus Movie Edition | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie | Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress | Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye | Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song! | Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre
OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 | Macross Plus | Macross 7: Encore | Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy's Calling Me! | Macross Dynamite 7 | Macross Zero
Books Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences | Macross Ace | Macross Dynamite 7: Mylene Beat | Shōji Kawamori Macross Design Works | Macross Chronicle | Macross 7: Trash | Macross Plus: TAC Name | Macross The Ride | Macross 7th Chord | Super Dimension Fortress Macross The First | Macross F ~Secret Visions~ | Macross Δ Manga | Macross Δ Gaiden: Macross E | Macross Δ: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shiro Kishi | Macross Δ: Ginga wo Michibiku Utahime | Variable Master File | Macross Δ: Girl of Al Shahal
Video Games Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Famicom) | Super Spacefortress Macross | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross 2036 | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Eternal Love Song | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II (Arcade) | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Remember Me | Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Love Stories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader Complete Pack | Macross Plus (Arcade) | Macross Digital Mission VF-X | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Game) | Macross VF-X2 | Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy- | Macross Plus Game Edition | Macross M3 | The Super Dimension Macross: Aiuchi Typing Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Macross Ace Frontier | Macross Triangle Frontier | Macross Ultimate Frontier | CR Fever Super Dimension Fortress Macross | My Boyfriend is a Pilot 2012 | Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy | Macross Card Fighter | Pachislot Macross Frontier | Macross Δ Scramble | Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture
ONA / Short Film All That VF - Macross 25th Anniversary Air Show | Macross 7 Plus | Macross Fufonfia | Delta Mini-Theater
Concerts Macross One Night Stand | Mylene Night | Macross 25th Anniversary Live: Minmay meets Fire Bomber | Macross Crossover Live A.D. 2009x45x49 | Macross Crossover Live 30 | Fire Bomber 2014 Basara Explosion | ANIME SYMPHONY JAPAN PREMIUM CONCERT MACROSS 35th × Macross F 10th Anniversary | Macross Crossover Live 2019
Others Macross 30th Anniversary Project | Macross: The Museum | Macross The Musicalture | Macross: The Museum ver.2.Δ | Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo SkyTree | Macross: The Art 1982-2018 | Macross Bakuon Film Festival | All Macross Big Voting | Macross Crossover Live 2019