Walküre (ワルキューレ Warukyūre, German for Valkyrie), is a tactical sound unit featured in the Macross Δ television series and its theatrical adaptation, Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre. It also refers to the real life idol-group made up of the characters' voice actresses.
Overview[edit | edit source]
Walküre is the idol group that performs live concerts to suppress the Vár Syndrome, under the protection of Delta Flight who also double as its sideshow performers. Members sing with their trans-dimensional voices which produce "Bio Fold Waves" that suppress symptoms of the Vár. During terrestrial live shows, "Cygnus" multi-drones released by Delta Flight before every performance serve as their shields, amplifiers and special effects props.
Walküre is also the real-life five member idol group that have performed in several live concerts and numerous events since 2016. Series creator Shōji Kawamori described each member as such, Minori Suzuki is "new, bright and emotionally rich," JUNNA is "powerful and lyrical," Kiyono Yasuno is "perception and strength," Nao Tōyama is "geek hacker" and Nozomi Nishida is described as "charming idol." All recordings were first conducted separately, and the opportunity for all members to come together for the first time was on March 2016. Masao Fukuda, the music producer for the series, wanted the songs to have a sense of "durability," that "would be loved for a long time, across generations, similar to Do You Remember Love (1984)." His goal was for the songs to have an "addictive" quality which would let people listen to them again and again without getting tired.
Members[edit | edit source]
|Mikumo Guynemer (美雲・ギンヌメール)||JUNNA, Ami Koshimizu||August 17, 2064 ||3 years old||165 cm||Purple||"Music is mysterious!"|
|Freyja Wion (フレイア・ヴィオン)||Minori Suzuki||November 3, 2052 ||14 - 15 years old||154 cm||Red||"Music is energy!"|
|Kaname Buccaneer (カナメ・バッカニア)||Kiyono Yasuno||June 8, 2044||23 years old||168 cm||Yellow||"Music is life!"|
|Makina Nakajima (マキナ・中島)||Nozomi Nishida||April 19, 2049 ||18 years old||159 cm||Pink||"Music is hope!"|
|Reina Prowler (レイナ・プラウラー)||Nao Tōyama||July 23, 2051 ||16 years old||147 cm||Yellowish green||"Music is love!"|
- For personal data, see "CHARACTER" on the Macross Portal Site.
- In the group's real world activities, the members are credited as “Mikumo Δ JUNNA”, “Freyja Δ Minori Suzuki”, “Kaname Δ Kiyono Yasuno”, “Reina Δ Nao Tōyama”, “ Makina Δ Nozomi Nishida”.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
The Walküre members are able to disguise themselves or change costumes at will using specialized holo bodysuits. Their suits are also equipped with gas jet clusters, enabling them to be mobile in the concert stage, as well the battlefield. Each member have unique ways of flashing her signature "W" sign. For example, the group's center, Mikumo Guynemer, flashes the "W" signs with both her hands. Meanwhile, Reina Prowler and Makina Nakajima both pose together when flashing the "W" sign. They usually end their concerts by saying, "May the sea of stars be blessed by the goddess."
Walküre members have been selected because they possess fold receptors that have a sufficient active ratio, recruited through periodic auditions. When the members sing, they generate biological fold waves that calms down the Vár. The reaction is significantly amplified in the battlefield or when a member's life is in danger. This is not a permanent cure, however. As revealed later in the series, the Vár Syndrome is accelerated after a significant portion of the people has ingested Windermerian apples and water. This aspect is not revealed in the theatrical adaptation, Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre.
The concerts, called "Waccines," must be live shows, not pre-recorded songs. If a song is recorded, broadcast, or digitized, the effects are negligible. There are cases where Var can be supressed however, as demonstrated by Delta Flight pilot Messer Ihlefeld listening to Kaname Buccaneer's single "AXIA~Daisuki de Daikirai~" on his music player.
History[edit | edit source]
2063[edit | edit source]
In an effort to produce an effective tactical sound unit, research went into studying previous units such as the Sound Force, Jamming Birds, as well as former idols Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee. As member of the newly established "Music Division" of Chaos, Arad Mölders recruited Kaname Buccaneer to be its first "idol" due to her experiences as a singer and having seen war in her home planet Divide. She was briefed on fold receptors and plans to form a Walküre, a "tactical sound unit." Kaname was originally slated to be a trainer and manager before she was tested for fold receptor potential. She would then be selected to perform alongside Reina Prowler, a hacking expert from Chaos' Intelligence Department.
2064[edit | edit source]
Public auditions were held, and new recruits Makina Nakajima, Claire Paddle and Lydie LeGrand were added to Walküre's ranks. Rigorous survival training and singing and dancing lessons were conducted for the then-fledgling sound unit, but little progress is made because aside from Kaname, almost all of the members have no combat experience. Another issue was the constant friction between Makina and Reina, usually caused by the latter's refusal to participate. Lydie quits midway through training.
2065[edit | edit source]
Walküre makes their formal debut as a unit of four (essentially three, since Reina was still non-cooperative) and were deployed to perform several live operations. However, all of them ended in failure, as they had little effect on people infected with the Vár Syndrome.
During one such operation, Kaname faced certain doom at the hands of a Vár-infected Zentradi but was rescued by Arad Mölders, now leader of Delta Flight. Back in Ragna, Arad meets with Kaname in a cafe, proposing that Walküre and Delta Flight should do co-op training to improve the quality of their performances with special effects, air shows and other similar stunts.
They faced yet another setback as the major backer of Chaos, the mysterious "Lady M," informed them that they will be disbanded if they fail the next mission.
Makina, who was considering quitting at the time, has a change of heart and made costumes for everyone, as she felt that the standard combat uniforms were not suitable for idols like themselves. The improved presentation, wardrobe and subsequent side-by-side sorties with Delta Flight proved fruitful. Messer Ihlefeld would later join Delta Flight following a successful performance in the planet Alfheim.
Walküre quickly gained fame around the galaxy, but Claire suddenly quits the group as she was no longer able to handle the stress of performing in the battlefield.
Mikumo Guynemer was later introduced to Walküre. She did not go through any screenings or auditions, but her singing voice and bio-fold receptors were beyond anything the group has heard since; so much that she becomes the lead singer of the group, taking Kaname's position.
Inspired by Mikumo's voice, Reina finally starts to contribute to the group's performance (improving her relationship with Makina in the process) and the former would serve as the lead singer of Walküre for the next few years.
2067[edit | edit source]
The third wave of final auditions were held in the planet Ragna.
Freyja Wion from the planet Windermere was given special permission to participate despite not having gone through the preliminaries. There were no passers, but a few Chaos and Walküre members hold a special audition for Freyja to awaken her dormant potential. This was done by staging a life-and-death situation in a stalled suspension rail car with a Var-infected victim.
Freyja passed the special audition and becomes the group's newest member.
In the theatrical adaptation, Freyja completely missed the third audition, and was besieged on all sides by the Vár-infected crew members of the cargo ship where she was a stowaway. She became a part of Walküre after being rescued by Delta Flight pilot Hayate Immelman, since she was shown to have high fold receptor potential when she placated a cargo ship crew member with her singing.
Real Life Activity[edit | edit source]
The opening theme of Macross Δ "Ichido Dake no Koi Nara" was released online through a promotion video (PV) where Walküre appeared live for the first time prior to the series debut. The official video on YouTube has exceeded 18.125 million views (as of August 2020).
Walküre's debut single "Ichido Dake no Koi Nara / Rune ga Pika tto Hikattara" charted on the Oricon Daily Charts at No. 2 and No. 3 in the Weekly Chart. A commemorative free mini live concert was performed at Lazona Kawasaki Plaza. Nearly 10,000 people appeared to see the event. Walküre members then appeared in the music portion of "Mezamashi TV" on May 18, 2016, "Debut song was only stopped by Hikaru Utada, which got the first place in distribution ranking!" was introduced.
The first album "Walküre Attack! " topped the Oricon Daily Chart at 1st place and the Weekly Chart 2nd place. The second single "Zettai Reido θ Novatic" / "Hametsu no Junjou" won the Oricon Daily Charts No. 2 and No. 6 on the Weekly Chart. The second album "Walküre Trap!" achieved 3rd place on the Oricon Daily Chart and 3rd place on the Weekly Chart. Both albums were certified gold discs and "Walküre Attack!" was awarded "Animation · Album of the Year" at the 31st Japan Gold Disc Award.
In August and September 2016, Walküre's first major live concert was held at Zepp Stadium in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo, entitled "SANKYO presents Macross Δ Tactical Music Unit" Walküre "1st LIVE in Zepp Walküre Attack!".
In 2017, the rare track album "Walküre Will Not Stop" was released on January 25th. On January 28th and 29th, "SANKYO presents Macross Δ Tactical Music Unit" Walküre "2nd LIVE in Yokohama Arena "Walkure Will Not Stop" was held, with more than 22,000 attendees in two days. Ami Koshimizu and Youko Hikasa, who played former Walküre member Claire Paddle, also appeared in guest performances on the 29th.
Suzuki and JUNNA appeared in Los Angeles (Anime Expo 2017) and Shanghai's "Anisong World Matsuri" in June and July 2017. On August 6, she appeared in Japan's largest outdoor festival " ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017."
On February 14, 2018, a third single "Walküre Won't Betray You" was released to coincide with the debut of Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre. On February 24th and 25th at Yokohama Arena, "SANKYO presents" "Macross Δ Tactical Music Unit" Walküre "3rd LIVE" Walküre Does Not Betray You" at Yokohama Arena". Live viewing was held at a Korean movie theater, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and parts of Japan. On September 23, "Toyosu PIT" performed a "sensational premium live event" and announced the production of the second full movie version of the movie.
In addition, each of Walküre's five members debuted as a solo artists under the FlyingDog label. JUNNA, Minori Suzuki are having their music produced by the same lyricists and composers for Walküre. Kiyono Yasuno and Nozomi Nishida have also pursued solo careers under FlyingDog.
In February 2019, all members of Walküre made an appearance at the FlyingDog 10th Anniversary Festival - INU Fest! concert. They then performed alongside many other Macross singing veterans at the Macross Crossover Live 2019 two-day concert event at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Radio Program[edit | edit source]
- Macross Δ Gorigori Radio and Chaku-kun! (April 2 - 20th Nippon Culture Broadcast every Sunday on 3:30) - Minori Suzuki · Nozomi Nishida regular appearance.
Internet Programming[edit | edit source]
- Macross Will Not Stop (January 6, 2017 - SHOWROOM every other Friday) - Minori Suzuki · Ami Koshimizu regular appeared as MCs.
- Macross Modelers (January 13, 2017 - SHOWROOM every second Friday) - Nozomi Nishida regular appearance as a second generation female MC.
TV Program[edit | edit source]
- NAOMI's Room (broadcasting on October 22, 2016, NHK Integrated Television )
Participation Event / Live[edit | edit source]
- October 29 - Macross Delta Super Space-time Production Presentation (Akihabara UDX Gallery) - Minori Suzuki.
- March 21 Rune-pika Screening - 1 & 2 Stories Gorigori Showing Cha Rukunen ~ (TOHO CINEMAS Shinjuku) - JUNNA, Minori Suzuki appeared.
- March 26 Anime Japan 2016 Macross Δ - Just before broadcasting "Macross" Prime Talk Show (Tokyo Big site RED stage) - Minori Suzuki appeared.
- May 14 - "Walküre" Waccine Mini Live @ Kawasaki Plaza (Kawasaki Plaza Rufa Square) - JUNNA · Minori Suzuki appeared.
- July 24 - Wonder Festival 2016 [Summer] (Makuhari Messe) - JUNNA · Minori Suzuki appeared.
- July 31 - CBC Radio Summer Festival 2016 (Eikya Odori Park Hisaya Square) - JUNNA · Minori Suzuki appeared.
- September 22 - Professional Baseball Central League Yokohama x Yakult Battle Beginning Ball Ceremony (Yokohama Stadium) - The event was cancelled due to rainy weather.
- October 30, Mezamashi Presents T-SPOOK TOKYO HALLOWEEN PARTY Halloween Parade Special Live (Odaiba special site)
- March 30, - D'anime store special events "Macross Δ" Talk & Mini Live "Tsu I got to ready!" (Tower Records Shibuya B1F CUTUP STUDIO) - Minori Suzuki, JUNNA (secret guest) starring.
- June 30 - Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 ~ Japan Kawaii Live ~ (Los Angeles Microsoft Theater) - JUNNA, Minori Suzuki appeared.
- July 22 - BILIBILI MACRO LINK - STAR PHASE × Anisong World Matsuri (Shanghai Mercedes · Benz Arena) - JUNNA, Suzuki appeared.
- August 5 - ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017 DAY 2 (National Hitachihama Beach Park BUZZ STAGE)
- October 9 - Momentary Completely Burning! "Macross Demonstration Movie" Announcement Event! (Lazona Kawasaki Plaza Rufa Square)
- December 19 - Macross 35th Anniversary Commemoration "Macross Δ": Christmas Mini Live at Tokyo Sky Tree (Tokyo Sky Tree Temped Deck) - JUNNA, Minori Suzuki appeared.
- May 13 - Announcement Live 2018 "Aunppa!!" (Makuhari Messe Event Hall)
- September 23 - Blu-ray & DVD buyer-exclusive Walküre "Senshi Premium Live Event" at Toyosu PIT (Toyosu PIT)
- February 2 - Flying Dog 10th Anniversary LIVE - Dog Festival! - (Musashino no Mori General Sports Plaza Main Arena)
- June 1 - 2 - Macross Crossover Live 2019 at Makuhari Messe (Makuhari Messe exhibition hall 1-3)
Live Concerts[edit | edit source]
|August 14 - 20, September 2016||SANKYO presents Macross △ Tactical Music Unit "Walküre" 1st LIVE in Zepp Walkure Attack!||Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo|
|January 28 - 29, 2017||SANKYO presents Macross △ Tactical Music Unit "Walküre" 2nd LIVE
"Walküre Can Not Stop" at Yokohama Arena
|February 24 - 25, 2018||SANKYO presents Macross △ Tactical Music Unit "Walküre" 3rd LIVE "Walküre Won't Betray You" at Yokohama Arena||Yokohama Arena|
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The way Reina and Mikumo make their "W" signs is identical to the "West Side" gang sign popularized by rappers.
References[edit | edit source]
- Febri Macross Delta Vol. 35", 2016, p. 70.
- The Sound World of Macross Δ Spreading in High Res” FlyingDog Music Producer Interview with Masao Fukuda”. Lis Reso (September 9, 2016).
- The birth date and age of Mikumo were initially treated as unknown, but were later revealed in Mission 21 of Macross Δ, and her age is mentioned in Mission 22.
- Official Uta Macross Official Twitter [@uta_macross] (July 26, 2017) "[Freyja Wion]".
- Official Uta Macross Official Twitter (@uta_macross) (July 27, 2017) "Makina Nakajima".
- Official Uta Macross Official Twitter (@uta_macross) (July 27, 2017) "Reina Prowler".
- Macross Delta Glossary
- Macross Δ Mission 21
- Macross Δ Mission 02
- "Febri Vol. 35", Ikusan, June 2016, page 30.
- Recochok Weekly Ranking (10th May - 20th May - 16th)
- Barks - 22,000 present in Walküre concert
- Ami Koshimizu's Ameblog
- Anime News Network - Minori Suzuki and JUNNA interview!
- Walküre 3rd Live at Yokohama Arena
- Live viewing event of 3rd Live!
- Yokohama First Pitch Ceremony