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Episode 34: Private Time

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: May 1, 2000

New Review: January 21, 2004

 

Summary

 

Misa makes sandwiches for a picnic lunch with Hikaru, which she has been looking forward too. As Hikaru shaves, he gets a phone call from Minmay. She asks him if he can come immediately to Highlander City to see her. He tells her that he already has plans, and she tells him to break them. She says that if his plans are with someone from Macross City, he can see them anytime. Hikaru reluctantly agrees and calls Misa's house, but she's already left. He thinks about how he asked Misa to come to him with the forest after he saw it on one of his daily patrols. Misa arrives at the cafe where she is supposed to meet Hikaru and wait for him. Elsewhere, Hikaru flies to Highlander City in his Fan Liner and meets Minmay at the airport. She's in disguise, and he wonders what would happen if the paparazzi saw her with him. She says she doesn't mind being spotted in public with him, and they head for a restaurant. In Macross City, Misa continues to wait for Hikaru. On the Macross, Kim and Shammy gossip about Misa going out on a date with Hikaru, and Machizaki tells them they're insensitive. Minmay asks Hikaru how long it's been since they were alone together, and he says that the last time was two years ago during the Rain of Death. She asks him if he still feels the same way he did back then, and he thinks that's the wrong kind of question to just ask out of nowhere. Kaifun storms into the restaurant and tells Minmay she has to leave now for a performance. She says she doesn't want to, so she gulps down a glass of wine and says she's too drunk now. Kaifun grabs a glass of water and throws it at her face to sober her up. He tells Hikaru that he's ruined his date, but he'll apologize to him someday. They leave, and Hikaru stays behind and has a few drinks at the bar. Misa wonders where Hikaru could be, so she calls Machizaki and asks him if he knows. As Hikaru drives back to the airport, he encounters a U.N. Spacy roadblock. He asks a soldier what's going on, and the soldier tells him that some Zentradi are on the rampage at the airport. Hikaru then pulls away and drives through the roadblock to get to the airport.

 

As Hikaru heads for the airport, several Valkyries fly overhead to fight the Zentradi. On the runway, several Zentradi armed with gunpods, two Regults and a Nousjadeul-Ger destroy the Valkyries parked on the runway. In a nearby hangar, Hikaru is given special permission to lead a Destroid Spartan squad for fight the Zentradi. The Zentradi continue their rampage and fire into the buildings, killing civilians. Hikaru's Destroid squad and a Valkyrie come onto the field, and he blasts away a Regult that is about to crush his Fan Liner. He demands that the Zentradi surrender, and they answer by shooting at him. He orders his men to attack, and they engage the Zentradi. One of the Spartans disables a Regult, and Hikaru takes on a Zentradi man. He orders the next phase of the operation to begin, and a Destroid Phalanx appears from behind the airport and fires tear gas canisters at the Zentradi. A Valkyrie takes out the Nousjadeul-Ger, and the Zentradi surrender. Hikaru then jumps into his FanLiner and hurries back to Macross City to apologize to Misa. Misa continues to sit alone, and she sees a small puppy and gives it food. The little girl who owns the puppy calls for him to come back to her. Hikaru then runs down the street to Misa and apologizes for being so late. She tells him it's okay, and they decide to take a walk together. As they walk through a park, Hikaru wraps his scarf around Misa. She looks at it and sees an inscription that says"L.M. loves H.I." She tells Hikaru he's wrapping it around the wrong person and leaves. At South Coast City, Kaifun congratulates the people on their autonomy and says Minmay will sing for them. The music for "My Boyfriend is a Pilot" begins, but Minmay says she doesn't want to sing and runs away. She sits by a lake and tells Kaifun it's all his fault that she can't be with Hikaru. He tells her she's still spoiled and thinks only of herself. He asks her how she thinks the audience felt when they went home. He tells her that when her songs show concern for other people's feelings, she'll be a real singer. He says he's tried to help her do that, but now that's over. He tells Minmay goodbye because he is going out on the road and won't see her for a long time. He asks her to sing him a sweet song someday, and she cries alone after he leaves.

 

Commentary

 

Well, Hikaru proves yet again how wishy-washy he is and how easy it is for Minmay to manipulate him. He finally gets things right with Misa, but he completely ruins things by giving in to Minmay. Minmay still seems to be lost, and Kaifun's rude behavior doesn't help the situation. She's looking for something, and Hikaru is the only person she can reach out to. However, he doesn't seem to feel the same way about her that he did two years ago. On the other hand, if he hadn't stood up Misa, those Zentradi in Highlander City could have caused much more damage and death. Too bad he was too stupid to not notice the inscription on the scarf before meeting Misa. Also, Kaifun makes his departure, and he won't be anyone that I'll miss. On a strange side note, when the little girl is calling for her puppy, she's standing in front of a store that says ADALT TOY. That just seems so wrong on so many levels, but funny nonetheless.

 

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