Leon Mishima (レオン・三島 Reon Mishima, pronounced Le'on Mishima) is one of the antagonists of the Macross Frontier television series and its film adaptations, Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress and Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye. He is member of the N.U.N.S. and is President Howard Glass' aide and Chief of Staff, and is the fiance of his daughter, Catherine Glass. He appears to know a lot about the Vajra thanks to his ties with the Macross Galaxy.
Mishima was a talented young man who once served under the New United Nations Spacy. He served under President Howard Glass' administration and was tasked with stopping the Vajra menace. Little did anyone know that Mishima had been covering up information about the Vajra for years, starting with the incident regarding the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet eleven years ago.
He secretly contacts the Macross Galaxy's fleet's head Grace O'Connor and the secret council, unbeknownst to the President and his fellow staffers. He had hoped to use Brera Sterne and Grace to further his ambitions to seize control of the government. Additionally, he was able to detect Ranka Lee's innate connection with the Vajra, and had her closely monitored. His fiance, Catherine Glass, grows suspicious over his activities, and begins spying on him on S.M.S.'s behalf.
He had President Glass assassinated while he was evacuating to the Battle Frontier during an assault by a large Vajra force on Island 1. He was soon appointed as "citizen officer" a later became the fifth President of Frontier fleet. His death varies depending on the source material, but in the theatrical film Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye, he has Grace O'Connor and Sheryl Nome arrested on crimes of espionage and is later killed by Brera Sterne.
In the novelization of the television series, Leon grew up in a hostile environment in a remote planet. He studied at the Central University of the Earth with a scholarship from the Richard Birler Foundation, and witnessed the decadent lifestyle of the elite. He would often look at the SDF-1 Macross monument, which helped form his ambition to become "the King of Macross". The novel also details his coup d'état and downfall in great detail, describing how he successfully controlled the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Supreme Court, as well as killing President Glass and Vice President.
In the novelization of the theatrical adaptation published by Kadokawa, it varied little from the original and described how Mishima formed his ambitions. He grew up in a poor family from a frontier colony, and dreamt of becoming "the King of Macross" (wherein he commanded a Macross-class battlefortress and controlled the New United Nations Spacy).
His loving fiance. They break-up once he seizes the government.
He serves his administration, but deeply loathes him. He has him assassinated as he flees to the Battle Frontier.
The original design by Takahashi was originally short hair, but it evolved into a mushroom-like hairstyle so it would elicit "a reaction when he is turning around", which was then adopted by director Yasuhito Kikuchi. Based on this hairstyle, they decided that the voice actor in charge is only Tomokazu Sugita. During voice recording sessions, it is said that Sugita was called "Mushroom Sugita". According to Yoshino, who was in charge of series configuration, this "mushroom" hairstyle is an indication that he is "intoxicated" with being the villain and that Mishima is "the result of pursuing his own coolness".
Notes & Trivia
- Leon and Grace O'Connor have several duets together in the Macross 30th Anniversary Super Dimension Duet Collection Nyan Kora× album.
- "Macross Frontier PASH! ANIMATION FILE 02" page 24.
- “STAFF INTERVIEW (3) Series composition and screenplay Hiroyuki Yoshino” “Macross Frontier OFFICIAL FAN BOOK” page 93.
- Macross Frontier Episode 15 "Lost Piece".
- Macross Frontier Episode 20 "Diamond Crevasse".
- Ukyō Kodachi "Macross Frontier" Vol. 3 46-47
- Ukyō Kodachi "Macross Frontier Sayonara no Tsubasa" 9 pages
- Interview NO.4 "Character Designer Talks" Risa Ebata x Yuichi Takahashi "Macross Fronter PASH! ANIMATION FILE 02" p. 59.
- Production staff interview: General director Shoji Kawamori x director Koji Kikuchi x series configuration Hiroyuki Yoshino Macross Frontier PASH!
- Production staff interview: General director Shoji Kawamori x director Koji Kikuchi x series configuration Hiroyuki Yoshino" "Macros F (frontier) PASH! ANIMATION FILE 02" 90 pages
Macross Frontier characters
|S.M.S.||Ozma Lee | Alto Saotome | Luca Angelloni | Michael Blanc | Canaria Berstein | Klan Klang | Nene Rora | Raramia Rerenia | Henry Gilliam ||
|New United Nations Spacy||Jessica Blanc | Major Ohgotwhai | Major Ohgotwhai's Advisor | Tehmzin | Machida|
|Macross Quarter||Jeffery Wilder | Catherine Glass | Bobby Margot | Monica Lang | Mina Roshan | Ram Hoa|
|Diva||Sheryl Nome | Ranka Lee|
|Macross Galaxy||Grace O'Connor | Brera Sterne|
|Frontier Presidency||Howard Glass | Leon Mishima|
|Others||Nanase Matsuura | Miranda Merin | Ranshe Mei | Mao Nome | Richard Birler | Elmo Kridanik | Ranzō Saotome | Yasaburō Saotome | George Yamamori | Ai-kun | Ōsanshōō-san|