Ray Lovelock (レイ・ラブロック Rei Raburokku?) is a former U.N. Spacy variable fighter pilot turned head and keytarist of the rock band Fire Bomber. He is a mentor to Basara Nekki and pilots a VF-17T Nightmare Custom as a member of Sound Force.
Personality & CharacterEdit
|“||Basara, you've been singing with all your heart until now. But it's up to the listeners to make what they will of it. You might not be happy with it, but it's still a fact. Maybe it's worthwhile to think a little about why you've been singing.||”|
In the intervening years, Ray became a pacifist and founded the band Fire Bomber, and became a father-figure and mentor to his band mates, Basara Nekki and Mylene Flare Jenius. Many consider Ray as a practical, dependable and level-headed leader. There are times however, where he finds himself in situations where he has to make excuses for Basara's inexplicable actions. He doesn't mind though, as he has some implicit understanding of Basara's true nature. When times are tough, Ray finds himself relying on Veffidas Feaze to help sort out problems.
Though he maintains ties with his former army colleagues, Ray has no intention of returning to the military. The shock over Stephan's loss was so great that he now refuses to handle weapons like guns even for self-defense. Despite his pacifist nature, he still encourages Basara to use missiles in dire emergencies, saying it was analogous to having an umbrella in case it rains during a picnic trip.
Skills & AbilitiesEdit
Ray was a formidable pilot, having been a member of an elite fighter squadron. His knowledge and skills of piloting hadn't dulled despite his new role as keytarist, and he regularly trained others, such as the the biker gang leader Rex.
|“||Ray was a pilot back before the Macross 7 was launched. Together, Ray, Kinryu and Stephan were part of the Pink Pecker team. In particular, Ray and Stephan were really good friends, and always hung out together. Then one day, during a Zentradi attack, Ray and Stephan were caught behind enemy lines. Not sure whether to attack or retreat, Ray decided to attack. Stephan tried to stop him, but Ray wouldn't listen to him... and Stephan was killed.||”|
Ray also maintained close ties with the military, allowing him access to the latest variable fighter technology, such as the VF-19 Excalibur Custom. Thanks to the help of Captain Maximilian Jenius and Dr. Gadget M. Chiba, they establish the tactical music unit Sound Force where he pilots a VF-17T Nightmare Custom. Ultimately, Ray's steadfast belief in Basara and the band helped defeat the Protodeviln threat.
- Akiko Houjoh
- Ray has known Akiko for years and they had a little history together. The two started talking again on a regular basis after Akiko's company started promoting the band.
- Basara Nekki
- He has an understanding with Basara and his desire to sing. He serves as his father figure and mentor when Basara becomes difficult to work with.
- Mylene Flare Jenius
- As the latest band member, he cares for her to succeed as he sees talent in her. He is protective of her well being and hopes she would get along with Basara.
Notes & TriviaEdit
- A Macross 7 Plus short entitled "Ray & Akiko & Stephan &…" shows the three in their younger days, vacationing at a log cabin in the countryside. Stephan took a nap inside the cabin while the two lounge outside. As they watch the sunset, Akiko reveals to Ray that Stephan proposed to her, but wanted to hear what Ray has to say about it. Ray insists that Stephan would be a good match for her as opposed to a hothead like himself. In the end, Akiko went with Stephan because he was honest with his feelings, unlike Ray.
- In Macross 7: Encore's second episode "On Stage", Ray's dramatized story in the show "Coffee Break" was slightly accurate, only he did not become a wandering street performer with Basara, nor did he try to have Basara adopted to a stable family.
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|