Ranka Lee (ランカ・リー Ranka Rī?) is one of the main characters of the Macross Frontier television series and The False Songstress and The Wings of Goodbye movies. Ranka began as a waitress at the Nyan-Nyan Chinese restaurant, but ultimately aspired to become an idol singer like the "Galactic Fairy" Sheryl Nome, whom she looks up to. This led to a professional rivalry between the two that became more personal as they sought the affections of Alto Saotome. Little was initially known about Ranka's past, as she was too young to understand the tragedy that surrounded her. Ranka is related to Brera Sterne and has pet whom she calls "Ai-kun".

Personality & Character

Often seen with her cellphone, Ranka is a lively and upbeat young girl. She is generally optimistic about the future, which serves her well as she slowly realizes her dream to become an idol singer. She would often clash with her guardian Ozma Lee, who can be overprotective to a fault. She develops a crush with Alto Saotome, and would confide with him over her personal and professional frustrations. Ranka unfortunately suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome, and would often break down upon witnessing combat with the Vajra. This trauma stems to an event in her past that she has never been fully able to recover from.

Skills & Abilities

Ranka is one quarter Zentradi and inherits such abilities as being able to survive in a vacuum for a brief period and having her hair move as a sign of emotion


Early History

Ranka was originally born on the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet, the same colony where the New United Nations Spacy first encountered the Vajra. A brutal attack by the Vajra led to the destruction of the entire colony, leaving few survivors. Ranka was one of the few to escape, along with her brother Brera Sterne and Valkyrie pilot Ozma Lee.

Ozuma adopted Ranka as his ward, and the two moved to the Macross Frontier colony to begin a new life. Ranka takes up a job as a waitress at the colony's branch of the Nyan-Nyan Chinese restaurant chain, joining her best friend and future classmate Nanase Matsuura.

Frontier Incident

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In 2059, having bought tickets to see her idol, Sheryl Nome perform at her colony she is very excited, on here way to the concert however she gets lost and ends up in the forest where she meets Alto Saotome after falling and getting sprayed by a sprinkler, unconscious in his VF-25 Messiah, flying above her. (F: "Cross Encounter")

Due to her past, the sight of war and the Vajra again hospitalises Ranka from trauma as Ozma explains to Alto. (F: "On Your Marks")


Alto Saotome
Ranka's crush, and personal friend.
Sheryl Nome
Sheryl is Ranka's biggest fan, and the one person she most wishes to emulate.
Ozma Lee
Her overprotective brother.
Nanase Matsuura
One of Ranka's best friends. They both work together at the Nyan-Nyan and are also classmates at Mihoshi Academy.
Elmo Kridanik
Her enthusiastic manager.


  • According to the director of Macross Frontier, Shōji Kawamori, Ranka is based on Lynn Minmay from the Super Dimension Fortress Macross television series, in contrast to Sheryl Nome who is based on her movie incarnation. Similarities include being of Chinese descent, working as a waitress at a Chinese restaurant and an aspiring singer/actress.