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Mission 10: Axia Flash

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 21, 2017

 

Summary

 

Berger Stone of the Epsilon Foundation arrives on Windermere and tells Gramia that with some adjustments they can boost the power of the song of the wind. Roid notes that this would put more strain on Heinz's body, and Berger adds that they're 45 percent done analyzing the systems on Sigur Valens. On Ragna, Freyja sings at the RagNyanNyan booth during the jellyfish festival. Hayate cooks and wonders why there are so many couples out, until Chuck explains that the festival is for lovers. Makina adds that according to legend, lovers will be together forever if they confess their love under the jellyfish. Makina asks Hayate if Messer is coming since he's leaving tomorrow, but Hayate doesn't think so. On the Macross Elysion, Messer apologizes to Arad for not being able to fully train Delta Flight before leaving. Kaname tells Messer that they'll see him off tomorrow, but he says there's no need. Makina and Reina share with Hayate, Mirage and Freyja the gossip that Messer likes Kaname, and that she likes Arad. Later, Hayate convinces Messer to come to the restaurant for a going away party. Arad and Ernest have drinks on the ship and discuss the planet's Protoculture ruins. Arad is convinced that the Aerial Knights came to Ragna to conduct recon on the ruins and that the attacks on planets without ruins were just misdirection. Ernest notes that Lady M asked them to increase security on Ragna and Al Shahal, which are the only remaining planets with ruins on them. Hayate comments to Chuck about how festive Ragnans are, and fans cheer when they see Freyja. Kaname asks Messer about his new position, and he tells her that he gets to keep his plane in his new role as a trainer, but he'll probably never fight again. All the lights in the city go out just before the ocean lights up from jellyfish floating to the surface. Chuck explains to Hayate that once a year the jellyfish come to the surface to lay their eggs. Hayate comments that he doesn't think Messer would be happy as a training officer. Messer shows Kaname the music bracelet and tells her that he's alive due to "Axia."

 

The next day, Messer departs in a shuttle. Roid confronts Keith with a sword and tells him that Heinz needs to rest. The two begin dueling, but Keith ultimately knocks away Roid's sword. Heinz intervenes and proclaims that he'll sing and die. Delta Flight is deployed to Al Shahal after the song of the wind causes a Var outbreak. Mirage flies over the Protoculture ruins and notes that they're glowing. Ernest is informed that the song of the wind is also resonating with the ruins on Listania and Airberl, along with Ionideth, which has no ruins. Walkure deploys and lands near the Protoculture ruins, which reacts to Mikumo and Freyja's singing. They see an image of Windermere's interdimensional scar and are knocked off their feet, as is Heinz. The Aerial Knights press their attack by deploying Lil Draken drones, and Hayate is chased by Keith. Hayate maneuvers behind Keith, but he ends up taking damage. Bogue and the twins break off to go kill Walkure. In the distance, Messer's Siegfried completes atmospheric reentry, and he reaches the ground in time to save Walkure. Messer asks Kaname to sing before the Var completely takes him over, so she starts singing "Axia." Messer takes off and shoots down multiple drones before engaging Keith's Draken III. Messer unleashes a barrage of missiles, but Keith shoots them down and fires back with his own missiles. Bogue and Herman are amazed that Messer can match Keith's skills. Keith's rune shines as he notes that Messer is also riding the wind. The two fly directly toward each other, and Keith sacrifices a Lil Draken to block a shot that would have killed him. He then fires a precision shot through Messer's cockpit, killing him instantly. A shocked Kaname falls to her knees as Messer's Siegfried descends uncontrollably.

 

Commentary

 

Messer is marked for death this episode such that you'd think he was a fan of pineapple salad. Arad and Ernest finally do what they should've long ago, which is to take him out of action since his Var infection is a liability. The Aerial Knights are starting to make their moves against Protoculture ruins, and it's unsettling that the song of the wind can be heard even on planets without ruins. Delta Flight shows up as usual, and we see that Bogue is making a habit of directly targeting Walkure in an attempt to shut down their singing. They're saved by Messer, who violated orders and came to Al Shahal to fight. He puts up an impressive fight until getting sniped by Keith, leaving the gruesome image of him blood splattering everywhere like ketchup being squeezed like a bottle. It's not common to see the senpai type character die this early on, and while it's a bit of a surprise, it doesn't have the same impact. Messer spent most of his screen time being an excessively grumpy critic of Hayate and Mirage's piloting skills, and we really only learned any details about him in these last two episodes. I think his death would've been more effective if we'd gotten to know him a bit better first.

 

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