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Macross Δ (マクロスΔ(デルタ) Makurosu Deruta?), also known as Macross Delta, is a 2016 anime television series. It is the latest entry within the Macross Timeline, set in 2067, eight years after the events of Macross Frontier. It aired from April to September 2016 on Tokyo MX and BS11.[1][2]

The theatrical adaptation, Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre, was released on February 9, 2018, and its sequel Macross Δ the Movie: Absolute Live!!!!!! in 2020. Additional story material can be seen in Delta Mini-Theater. It received two official manga adaptation, a four-volume manga adaptation simply known as the Macross Δ manga and a three-volume manga adaptation, Macross Δ: Ginga wo Michibiku Utahime, a sidestory, Macross Δ Gaiden: Macross E, and prequel manga, Macross Δ: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shiro Kishi, a set in Windermere. A light novelization, Macross Δ: Girl of Al Shahal written by Ukyou Kodachi, was also published. The music for Walküre is produced under the label FlyingDog.

SynopsisEdit

In A.D. 2067, deep within the Brisingr Globular Cluster, a mysterious disease called "Vár Syndrome" begins infecting humans and Zentradi alike, causing them to go berserk and resulting in massive loss of life and property.

An interstellar enterprise known as Chaos forms Delta Flight and the tactical sound unit Walküre to counteract the spread of the Var. Walküre's idols' power lies in their singing, which contain powerful "bio-fold waves" that help calm those infected with the disease. Mikumo Guynemer, Kaname Buccaneer, Makina Nakajima and Reina Prowler tour system to system in hopes to quell the symptoms of the disease.

At the same time, an elite variable fighter unit known as the "Aerial Knights" of the "Kingdom of the Wind", led by King Gramia VI, Heinz Nehrich Windermere and Chancellor Roid Brehm, having found a way to exploit the Var, openly declare war on the New United Nations Government. They blame them for the use of a Dimension Eater on their planet, among other war crimes committed in their home system of Windermere seven years ago.

Caught in the conflict is would-be Walküre idol Freyja Wion and Delta Flight pilots Hayate Immelman and Mirage Farina Jenius. They will soon be entangled with the mystery of the Protoculture and the legendary Star Singer. The curtain is raised for the story of passionate teamwork and love larger than a star system.

MissionsEdit

Episodes in Macross Δ are called "Missions".

Mission Title Japanese Airdate
0.89 Prologue on the Battlefield (Prefetch Edition) December 31, 2015
01 Prologue on the Battlefield April 3, 2016
02 Ready for the Audition April 10, 2016
03 A Stormy Dogfight April 17, 2016
04 A Shocking Debut Show April 24, 2016
05 Dancing in the Moonlight May 1, 2016
06 Decision Overload May 8, 2016
07 Behind Enemy Lines May 15, 2016
08 Escape Resonance May 22, 2016
09 Uncontrolled on the Edge May 29, 2016
10 Axia Flash June 5, 2016
11 Jellyfish Reminiscence June 12, 2016
12 King of the Wind June 19, 2016
13 Passionate Diving June 26, 2016
14 Embracing Adrift July 3, 2016
15 Parting Resolution July 10, 2016
16 Hesitating Birthday July 17, 2016
17 Scatter on Stage July 24, 2016
18 Sense Emergence July 31, 2016
19 Eternal Songs August 7, 2016
20 Impulse Experiment August 14, 2016
21 Yearning Secret August 21, 2016
22 Extreme Brave August 28, 2016
23 Scarred Requiem September 4, 2016
24 Fatal Judgment September 11, 2016
25 Star Singer September 18, 2016
26 Eternal Walküre September 25, 2016

CharactersEdit

ChaosEdit

SDF/C-108 Macross Elysion CrewEdit

WalküreEdit

Delta FlightEdit

Kingdom of WinderemereEdit

Aerial KnightsEdit

MechanicEdit

ChaosEdit

Beta FlightEdit

Delta FlightEdit

Aerial KnightsEdit

ProductionEdit

Idol auditionsEdit

A new Macross television series was first announced at a Kanto-area rerun of the Macross Frontier on the last Wednesday of March 2014.[3][4] On October 20, 2014 around 00:000 Japanese time during the FIRE BOMBER 2014 BASARA EXPLOSION CONCERT, it was revealed that auditions to find new singers and voice actors would begin on December 1, 2014 and more information would be revealed about the series in November.[5][6]

Auditions began on December 1st as intended. They were held at Joysound's Karaoke boxes across Japan. Applicants would choose their most favorite Macross song from the karaoke list, record oneself singing the song by the box's "Utasuki Douga" function, then send the video via Joysound's special site for the audition. One was required to must be 25 or under as of January 30, 2015, and a resident of Japan. One could be either a professional or amateur singer, but the condition was that one currently had no contract with any record companies, regardless if it was a major or indie label.[7]

To celebrate the auditions, Macross Card Fighter held a special campaign where users input a new keyword each day in order to get a new Minmay card illustrated by Risa Ebata.[8]

On February 7, 2015, it was reported that over 8,000 people auditioned to star in Macross Δ. The organizer was then in the process of choosing the finalists with videos and profile documents. The final selection round was held in Tokyo in late April. The finalist went through interviews with the judges, and demonstrated their singing and voice performing skills. It was stated that the new heroine would be announced on the portal site for the Macross franchise with more information about the anime.[9] A two-part feature documenting Minori Suzuki and JUNNA's audition process was produced for the series' home release.

Promotional EventsEdit

Macross Plastic Model DiscussionEdit

On October 26th, Shoji Kawamori attended the Macross Plastic Model Discussion stage event at the All Japan Model and Hobby Show on Saturday with representatives from six plastic model and hobby companies. During the event, Kawamori provided more details on Macross Δ. The franchise's official website had posted images of two new variable fighters from the series the following day.

Kawamori confirmed that both fighters in the visual are "Valkyries" (transforming variable fighters), and he specifically cited the Swedish fighter Saab 35 Draken as an inspiration for the fighter in background. He added that he has been fan of Draken since he was a child.

He also acknowledged that the fighter in the foreground shares a design lineage with previous variable fighters in Macross anime and therefore was less of a challenge to design. By contrast, the background fighter will feature a relatively new transformation scheme that bears little similarity to those of previous Macross variable fighters.

The emcee also noted that the two fighters have exhausts in different colors, and Kawamori explained that this is because the fighters come from different manufacturers. Kawamori also noted that he has been deliberately avoiding more direct design inspirations from current real-life fighters, since stealth considerations have made real fighters look more similar and harder to distinguish from each other.

Kawamori added that this new series will emphasize "Valkyrie vs. Valkyrie," as opposed to previous television series. While video series such as Macross Plus and Macross Zero prominently featured variable fighters against each other, Kawamori has not done this in a Macross television series in a long time.

The emcee of the event noted that the Macross Δ logo features a planet within the Japanese characters that form the word "Macross." Kawamori specifically noted that this is in direct contrast with Macross Frontier, whose setting was primarily in space. He started to describe more about Macross Delta's setting but stopped short and asked fans to watch the Macross Δ Super Dimension Production Announcement Meeting (「マクロスΔ(デルタ)超時空製作発表会」 Makurosu Deruta Chō Jikū Seisaku Happyōkai?) on October 29.

Kawamori pointed out that the delta symbol in the logo is made of triangular symbols, to symbolize the three main thematic elements of Macross: music, a love triangle, and transforming fighter planes. However, he noted that the two symbols are split, and explained that this is indicative that the three elements will not come together as expected in the new story.[10] On December 4th, a PV revealed a song from the franchise, "Ikenai Borderline", sung by idol group Walküre.[11][2]

Mini ConcertEdit

The first mini live concert "Waccine Mini Live" was held at Lazona Kawasaki Plaza. Minori Suzuki and JUNNA appeared and performed several songs, including "Koi! Halation THE WAR" and "Rune ga Pika tto Hikattara". The venue was reportedly packed, with the 2nd floor up to the 5th floor filled to capacity. JUNNA was noted for her mature singing voice and Minori for the "genki" energy she brought in her performance. At the end of their show, they both exclaimed "Gorigori Attack!". The success of this event confirmed Walküre's popularity beyond the television series.[12]

ReleaseEdit

Similar to the Macross Frontier Deculture Edition version of the first episode of Macross Frontier that aired before the series began, the first episode of Macross Δ, Prologue on the Battlefield, also had a special airing called Macross Δ Episode 1 Prefetch Edition (『マクロスΔ(デルタ)』#1先取りエディション Makurosu Deruta Dai-ichi Sakidori Edishon?) which took place on Thursday December 31, 2015 at 18:00 JST on Tokyo MX and BS11.[13][14] The series itself, however, was stated to begin airing in spring. On March 9, 2016, the official airdate for was finally announced via the Macross Δ spread in the April 2016 issue of Animedia magazine.[1]

The Macross Δ DVD and Blu-ray home releases contain English subtitles. Additionally, customers who preordered the first volume received an exclusive 1/72 VF-31J Siegfried scale plastic model, as well as a 40-page special booklet, an art box and inner jacket with illustrations by character designer Majiro, and a sleeve case with illustrations by "Macross visual artist" Hidetaka Tenjin.[15]

StaffEdit

  • Color Key Artist: Kanako Hayashi
  • Art Directors: Shigemi Ikeda (Atelier Musa), Yukiko Maruyama (Atelier Musa)
  • Worldview Design: Thomas Romain
  • Art Design: Vincento Niemu
  • Valkyrie Design: Shoji Kawamori
  • Mechanic Design: Stanislas Brunet
  • Director of Photography: Atsushi Iwasaki (T2 Studio)
  • CG Director: Hironori Morino
  • CG Supervisor: Hiroyuki Kashima (unknownCASE)
  • CG Animation Director: Atsushi Sakiyama (unknownCASE)
  • Editor: Kentarou Tsubone (REAL-T)
  • Sound Production: FlyingDog
  • Sound Director: Masafumi Mima

GalleryEdit

SongsEdit

Songs Composer Lyrics Arrangement Debut Vocals
"Giritic♡BEGINNER" (ジリティック♡BEGINNER?) Kotomi Fukagawa Atsuda Uuzuya Takeshi Kuraiuchi Insert Song Reina Prowler, Makina Nakajima
"Song of the Wind" (決意の風?) Mina Kubota Mina Kubota Mina Kubota Melody Chubak
"Fukakuteisei☆COSMIC MOVEMENT" (不確定性☆COSMIC MOVEMENT?) Kotomi Fukagawa, Junko Rokumi, Akiko Watanabe, Anada Doumiya Atsuda Uuzuya Takeshi Kuraiuchi Insert Song Walküre
"Rune ga Pika tto Hikattara" (ルンがピカッと光ったら?) Nishi Nishi コモリタミノル コモリタミノル Ending Theme Walküre
"Jellyfish" (クラゲ音頭?) Nemoto Kozo SUZUKI Suzuki, TOMISIRO Kubota Mina Insert Song Reina Prowler, Freyja Wion, Makina Nakajima
"Walküre Attack!" (Walküre Attack!?) UiNA Kotaro Kodaka, UiNA UiNA Insert Song Walküre
"Koi! Halation THE WAR" (いけないボーダーライン?) Nishi Nishi コモリタミノル コモリタミノル Insert Song Walküre
"Ikenai Borderline" (いけないボーダーライン?) Nishi Nishi コモリタミノル コモリタミノル Insert Song Walküre
"Walküre's Birthday Song" (ワルキューレのバースデイソング?) Happy Field Mina Kubota Mina Kubota Insert Song Walküre
"God Bless You" (いけないボーダーライン?) Takeshi Kitagawa Takeshi Kitagawa Takeshi Kitagawa Walküre
"Hear The Universe" (?) Yuho Irisari Rasmus Faber Rasmus Faber Insert Song Walküre
"AXIA~Daisuki_de_Daikirai~" (AXIA 〜ダイスキでダイキライ〜?) Rokumi Junyo Yoshiki Matsumoto Suzuki Daichi Hideyuki Insert Song Walküre
"Ruchetto Arukan - Song of the Stars" (ルーチェット・アルカーン 〜星の歌〜?) Mina Kubota Mina Kubota Mina Kubota Insert Song JUNNA, Ami Koshimizu
"Absolute 5" (Absolute 5?) Kisuke Takuya Watanabe Takuya Watanabe Insert Song Walküre
"LOVE! THUNDER GLOW" (ワルキューレ?) Saeki Kenji SiZK, Stephen McNair SiZK Insert Song, Ending Ep 18 Walküre
"Silent Hacker" (Silent Hacker?) Kisuke Takuya Watanabe Tatsuya Kurachi Insert Song Reina Prowler
"GIRAFFE BLUES" (GIRAFFE BLUES?) Naho h - wonder Kato Yuuke Insert Song Walküre
"NEO STREAM" (NEO STREAM?) Emi Nishida Watanabe Future Takeshi Kuraiuchi Insert Song Walküre
"REMEMBER 16" (REMEMBER 16?) K.INOJO Aiki Kawachi bamboo tree Insert Song Walküre
"Zettai Reido θ Novatic" (絶対零度θノヴァティック?) Koichi Kojima Koichi Kojima Mitsunori Ikeda Insert Song, Opening Theme Walküre
"Hametsu no Junjou" (破滅の純情?) Nishi Nishi Nishi Nishi Comoritamin Insert Song, EndingTheme Walküre

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Notes & TriviaEdit

  • Much of the terminology of the series is inspired by Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Examples include:
    • The idol group Walküre is named after the German word for Valkyrie who are the titular beings of the second part; Die Walküre.
    • The forename of main character, Freyja Wion, comes from the Norse goddess Freyja which inspired the character Freia, whereas her surname is inspired by the apple giving goddess Iðunn which is what Freyja Wion's apple motif homages.
    • One of the main variable fighter series, the VF-31 Siegfried, is named after the titular dragon-slayer of the third part; Siegfried.
    • The other main variable fighter series, the Sv-262 Draken III, is named after the Swedish word for Dragon in contrast to the VF-31 Siegfried. The reason for using the Swedish word as opposed to the German word is because, in addition to its name, its design is heavily influenced by the J35 Draken, manufactured by Swedish company Saab.
    • The planet Ragnar is named after Ragnar Lodbrok, the Viking king who (according to legend) married Siegfried's only child, Aslaug.
    • The Brisingr Globular Cluster is named after the Old Norse word for fire, or amber "brísingr". It may also be a reference to the goddes Freyja's torc (a type of neck ring), which was called "Brisingamen", meaning "gleaming torc", or "torc of sunshine".
  • In the July 2016 issue of NewType Magazine, Macross Δ was ranked the best series. Additionally, Hayate Immelman and Messer Ihlefeld were ranked the best and ninth best male characters, respectively whereas Freyja Wion, Mirage Farina Jenius, Mikumo Guynemer, Sheryl Nome and Reina Prowler were ranked the best, fourth best, fifth best, eighth best and ninth best female characters, respectively.[16]
  • Locations on the Planet Windermere including Windermere itself are named after various locations in the Lake District in the UK.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Macross Delta Anime Slated to Premiere on April 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Macross Delta' Release Date And Shoji Kawamori Follow-Up Interview Details — Forbes
  3. Anime News Network - Macross Science-Fiction Anime Franchise Gets New TV Series
  4. Crunchyroll - New "Macross" Anime Teased
  5. Anime News Network - New Macross TV Anime Project Announced With Singer Auditions
  6. Macross World - Macross△!
  7. Crunchyroll
  8. Macross World
  9. Crunchyroll
  10. Macross Creator Kawamori Offers Details on Macross Delta Anime, Thunderbirds
  11. Macross Delta Special's TV Ad Previews Walküre Idols' Song
  12. Anime Recorder - Waccine Mini Live Report
  13. 「マクロス」公式アカウント
  14. 『マクロスΔ(デルタ)』 1先取りエディション
  15. Anime News Network - Macross Delta 1st Blu-ray & DVD Listed with English Subtitles
  16. NewType Magazine July 2016

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