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Mission 3: A Stormy Dogfight

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 17, 2016

 

Summary

 

Mirage is angered by the idea of Arad bringing Hayate on board as a pilot. She reminds him that he shouldn't take the battlefield lightly, but he tells her that he's just here to fly. She then takes him on a stressful flight in her Siegfried that gives him motion sickness. Arad puts Mirage in charge of training Hayate in just one month, and Hayate vomits all over her. Later, Freyja sees Hayate at a cafe and is surprised that he's joined Delta Flight. They leave with Chuck and Kaname, who show them the restaurant RagNyanNyan that doubles as the male dorm for Delta Flight. Chuck's younger siblings Elizabeth, Hack and Zack greet him, and Freyja recognizes the boys as the ones who tried to stick her with the phone. Chuck's sister Marianne is upset when a mercat steals Makina's fish dinner. Chuck and his brothers try to stop the mercat, but it beats them all down and escapes. Hayate sneezes from his cat allergy, and Messer walks up and tells him to get out of the way. Kaname takes Freyja to the female dorm and explains that Reina and Makina live together, while Mikumo's arrangements are unknown. Freyja meets Mirage, who starts lecturing her about the dorm rules. At Xaos, Mirage angrily searches for Hayate, who has skipped every class, including Ernest's judo lessons. Bridge operators Mizuki, Nina O'Brien and Beth Muscat eat lunch and gossip about how Hayate and Freyja aren't doing so well. Mirage finds Hayate on deck, who is waiting to fly. They start his training flight by taking off from the Macross Elysion with a pair of upgraded VF-1EX Valkyries. Mirage demonstrates basic maneuvers, but Hayate struggles to match her and nearly crashes into the water. He then spins around uncontrollably and complains that the support AI is getting in the way of how he wants to fly. Mirage then turns off his AI, which causes the plane to fly rougher and make him vomit again. Later, Hayate and Chuck chase the thieving mercat underwater and are outmatched again by it. Mirage complains to Mizuki about losing sight of Hayate again, and Mizuki mentions having seen him at RagNyanNyan. Mirage finds them at the beach, so Chuck immediately excuses himself by jumping into the water. Hayate says he was told that his job was to protect Walkure, not fight, but she points out that fights still happen anyway. She tells him that if he can't fly on the battlefield, he should leave. He asks if she likes flying that way, and she answers that she flies to protect. Mirage later tells Arad that she wants to conduct a one-on-one battle with Hayate as his final exam.

 

The bridge and maintenance crews gossip about Hayate's chances in the fight. Freyja screws up during an audition, and Makina wonders why she isn't generating any fold waves. Kaname explains that fold receptors generate fold waves in sync with the mind, so when Freyja's life is in danger, the reaction is stronger. Freyja walks home and encounters Hayate and Chuck's brothers, Hack and Zack. She lies to Hayate about her progress and asks why he isn't getting ready for his flight. He explains that the first time he flew he could hear her singing, which made him feel the wind. Hayate vows to wipe the grin off Mirage's face and teases Freyja about her creepy laugh. The next day, Arad explains the rules to Hayate: he has five minutes to hit Mirage with a paint round, with Messer serving as judge from his Siegfried. As the test begins, Mirage maneuvers behind Hayate and hits him multiple times. Freyja sings during practice, but her fold wave level drops dramatically. Kaname changes the holographic display on the walls to show Hayate's exam. Mirage tells herself that passing someone as unskilled as Hayate would only get him killed in his first battle. Hayate tries to shake Mirage off his tail and turns off the support AI, which causes his Valkyrie to fly out of control. Mirage orders him to eject, but he refuses. Arad concludes that he was wrong about Hayate and orders Mirage to eject him, but she can't since he turned off the AI and remote control. Freyja tries to leave the room, but Mikumo tells her that the lesson isn't over and asks where her battlefield is. Freyja sees that Hayate is also fighting and starts singing, which activates her rune and a fold wave reaction. Hayate hears Freyja and removes his helmet, which allows him to feel the wind. He pulls up before hitting rocks, to the relief of Arad and Chuck. Hayate tells Mirage that the exam isn't over and starts shooting at her from behind. Reminded of the mercat's moves, he pulls up to avoid Mirage's attack and falls behind her. With the sun behind him, he transforms to battroid mode and lands several shots on Mirage's Valkyrie. Arad declares that Hayate has passed, and Mirage is surprised that she lost. Hayate dances through the air until Messer shoots him with several paint rounds and tells him to stop screwing around. After returning to the ship, Hayate apologizes to Mirage because he sees now that flying isn't enough. But he doesn't like shooting things, so he intends to act his own way. He says that he's looking forward to tomorrow's classes and leaves. Freyja teases him about his performance, and Chuck asks Arad if he teamed Hayate with Freyja because of her singing.

 

Commentary

 

Things begin to take shape as Hayate and Freyja try to find their places in Xaos, with mixed results. Hayate's care-free attitude is at odds with being a pilot in a PMC, but Arad indulges him, to Mirage's dismay. Without Freyja's singing, Hayate performs poorly in his first test flight. It's nice to see the original Valkyrie model still in use decades later, but it's blatantly obvious that the blue and red color schemes on both planes is a reference to Mirage's famous grandparents. Freyja's performance is similarly unremarkable until she sees Hayate's struggle and is inspired to do her best. Basically, they need each other to bring out their abilities, which is why they'll be partnered together. Hayate's attitude reminds me a bit of Isamu Dyson, but he's not quite as stubborn and comes to see by the end that Mirage was right. Maybe she'll give him some slack now that he's shown promise, but I doubt the same leniency will be coming from Messer. The guy is a wet blanket even to wet blankets.

 

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