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Kaname Buccaneer (カナメ・バッカニア Kaname Bakkania) is a character from the Macross Δ television series. She is the 22-year-old leader of the tactical sound unit Walküre.[1] Her catchphrase is "Music is Life" (歌は命 Uta wa Inochi). She is nicknamed "Kana-Kana" (カナカナ) by Makina Nakajima.

She has consistently ranked on the top of many fan polls as a favorite character of the entire Macross series.

Personality & Character[]

Kaname is the oldest and most experienced member of the tactical sound unit Walküre. She acts as the 'big sister' of the team and manages schedules and mission briefings.

Kaname is usually seen socializing with Arad Mölders, leader of Delta Flight, which has led to speculation about the true nature of their relationship. Meanwhile, her attitude towards ace pilot Messer Ihlefeld slowly changes through the course of the series, leading the two to share a deep mutual respect for one another.


Kaname is originally from the wartorn planet Divide. As a child, she always dreamed of singing and eventually débuted as a solo artist, performing for several years and had such hits as AXIA~Daisuki de Daikirai~. She would eventually be recruited by Chaos after they discovered latent "fold receptors" in her singing voice.

In 2063, Kaname and a young hacker named Reina Prowler became members of the singing group Walküre, whose objective was to cure people of the Vár Syndrome. A year later, Chaos also recruited Makina Nakajima, Claire Paddle and Lydie LeGrand to join the group. Lydie quit midway through the auditions. Kaname assumed the role of center for Walküre, however, due to the lack of synergy in the group, their efforts proved ineffective against the Var. Lady M eventually laid down an ultimatum for the Walkure: If they fail in the next operation, they would be disbanded.

Things began to look up when Kaname's longtime colleague, Arad Mölders, suggested that Delta Flight coordinate with the group during live performances. Makina then designed elaborate costumes for each member. Their efforts paid off, and they began seeing success in their missions. It was also during an operation in Planet Alfheim that Kaname met the dashing ace pilot Messer Ihlefeld. However, despite their best efforts, Claire quit the group due to combat fatigue and stress.

Kaname would continue to act as the center of the group, but lost the position when Chaos replaced her with the mysterious Mikumo Guynemer.

Kaname partnered with Messer Ihlefeld.

In 2067, Chaos announced they were holding an audition to recruit a new member for Walküre on the planet Ragna. Kaname and the rest of Walküre were on a routine patrol mission on the planet Al Shahal when a Var outbreak began on Shahal City. A strike force led by the Aerial Knights launched a sneak attack on the planet's garrison. During the battle, Kaname detected Freyja Wion's unusually powerful "fold receptors" as she was singing. Freyja and her companion, Hayate Immelman, miraculously survived the battle and were debriefed by her and Delta Flight. Kaname then recommended Freyja try out for the auditions being held on Ragna. Freyja took her to her word and some time later, joined Walküre.

As the conflict with Windermerians progressed, Kaname discovered Messer suffered frequent Var attacks that he barely managed to control via listening to her song, AXIA~Daisuki de Daikirai~, on his bracelet music player. This prompted a change in Kaname's demeanor towards Messer, who never really considered her feelings towards him. His untimely death at the hands of Keith Aero Windermere made her realize that she cared about him more than she first realized. Messer was given a formal Ragnan funeral ceremony, where his spirit could be free with the jellyfish. She kept his music bracelet as a memento, and treasured it well after the war with Windermere ended.


Arad Mölders
Kaname has a close working relationship with Arad, and the two would frequently hang out and drink together. However, nobody has ever confirmed if the couple were romantically involved.
Messer Ihlefeld
Two years prior to the events of the series, Messer became infected by the Var during an operation on the planet Alfheim, but he was "saved" after listening to AXIA~Daisuki de Daikirai~, a song sung by Kaname. Since that incident, Messer carried a special 'song bracelet' that would only play AXIA, as a means of containing the virus. When Messer joined Delta Flight, he made sure to protect Kaname from harm.
Mikumo Guynemer
Kaname was awestruck the moment she heard Mikumo sing. She was relieved that she no longer had to bear the burden of being the lead vocalist of the group. The two have since maintained a professional relationship.


Notes & Trivia[]

  • Kiyono Yasuno also voices Natsuki Kimura in The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls.
  • In Delta Mini-Theater, A running gag in the related segments is that Kaname seems rather embarrassed about her solo career from years ago and does everything in her power to delete or confiscate all related media.
  • In 2019's NHK special program All Macross Big Voting, Kaname ranked fifth place on top Macross character of all time.


Macross Δ characters
Chaos Ernest Johnson | Beth Muscat | Mizuki Yuri | Nina O'Brien | Guy Gielgud | Harry Takasugi
Walküre Mikumo Guynemer | Kaname Buccaneer | Makina Nakajima | Reina Prowler | Freyja Wion | Claire Paddle | Lydie LeGrand
Delta Flight Mirage Farina Jenius | Arad Mölders | Messer Ihlefeld | Chuck Mustang | Hayate Immelman
Kingdom of Winderemere Heinz Nehrich Windermere | Gramia Nerich Windermere
Aerial Knights Roid Brehm | Keith Aero Windermere | Theo Jussila | Xao Jussila | Bogue Con-Vaart | Hermann Kroos | Kassim Eberhardt | Wolf Gura
New United Nations Spacy Lauri Marin | Wright Immelman | Alberto Larrazábal | Robert Kino
Others Berger Stone | Lady M | Q-Lulu | Don
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 | Macross Δ Movie: Absolute Live
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 | My Fair Minmay | 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 (Arcadia 2001)| 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 | P Fever Macross Δ
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
Drama / Character Album The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. III MISS D.J. | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. IV Distantly Fading Memories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. V Rhapsody In Love | Macross 7 Docking Festival | Macross 7 CD Cinema 1: Mellow Heart Beat | Macross 7 CD Cinema 2: Melodious Illusion | Macross 7 CD Cinema 3: Galaxy Song Battle | Macross Generation | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Inside Story~Macross Classic | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra1 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra2 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra3 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra4
Others Macross 15th Anniversary | Macross 30th Anniversary Project | Macross: The Museum | Macross The Musicalture | Macross: The Museum ver.2.Δ | Macross Modelers | Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo SkyTree | Macross: The Art 1982-2018 | Macross Bakuon Film Festival | Macross Boys | All Macross Big Voting | Macross Won’t Stop | Shoji Kawamori Expo