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Episode 49: A Voice Reaching Across the Galaxy

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: July 25, 2000
New Review: June 24, 2008

 

Summary

 

Battle 7 is heavily damaged as it comes under attack from the Protodeviln. Its left arm is destroyed, and Max orders the crew to abandon ship. At the same time, the entire Macross 7 fleet folds out over Battle 7. Milia gets out of bed and asks Michael for a report. Mylene flies up to City 7 and sings "Holy Lonely Light" to protect it from Glavil's attacks. Docker attacks Gavil with a Spiritia rifle, but Gavil easily dodges the attack. Battle 7's crew escapes in trucks as the battleship explodes, but Max launches in his Sturmvogel and unleashes a volley of missiles at Geperuniti. Geperuniti screams out that his Spiritia Farm is being destroyed, and Gavil destroys Docker's Excalibur. Max dodges the attacks of Goram and Zomd, and he's joined by Milia in her red Sturmvogel. Glavil slams into Mylene and breaks her barrier, which smacks her Thunderbolt, causing heavy damage. Ray and Veffidas begin playing "Planet Dance" on their own and create enough song energy to repel Glavil. Ray tells Gamlin to take care of Mylene, and although Mylene wants to sing, Gamlin flies her heavily damaged Thunderbolt away. Max and Milia try to come up with a way to trick Goram and Zomd, and Mylene returns to the hospital. She urges Basara to wake up and opens the barrier containing him. She cries out that it isn't fair, and Gamlin suddenly starts singing "Planet Dance." Mylene joins him, and Basara wakes up. Mylene knocks Basara over as she hugs him, and Gamlin tells Basara that he finally got him to sing. Inside City 7, an enormous crowd stands in front of Basara's Excalibur and sings "Planet Dance." Basara greets them and glides over to his Excalibur. His fangirl runs along side and tosses up her flowers, which he catches. Outside, the Jamming Birds sing as they fight Panzersolns. Max and Milia fire reaction missiles into Geperuniti, but they cause little damage. Tendrils appear from Geperuniti's body and grab Goram and Zomd, sucking away their Spiritia. Gavil merges with Glavil into Glavigula, and he tells Geperuniti to stop because he'll create a Spiritia black hole and suck the universe dry. Geperuniti's tendrils suck the Spiritia of the Einstein's crew, and Exsedol wonders if it's the end. Basara arrives on the battlefield and sings "Planet Dance," which Sivil hears.

 

Gamlin and Mylene switch places with one of the Jamming Birds' Thunderbolts, and she starts singing "Light the Light." The other Jamming Birds join her, and they're all enveloped in song energy. Basara sings directly to Geperuniti, but Geperuniti says it's useless because nothing can stop things now. Gamlin feels his energy being drained, but Mylene tells him to hold on. Max and Milia start singing as well, and Chiba urges the Battle 7 crew to sing too. The Spiritia sucking starts to overwhelm everyone, and even Basara stops singing. Glavigula sees the end coming, and Sivil says she can't hear Basara's song. Sivil starts singing "Power to the Dream" and begins to emanate Spiritia. Basara wonders why he sung every day to the mountain as a kid and tried to make it move. He then snaps to his senses and starts singing "Try Again," which allows him to break free from Geperuniti's tendrils. His Excalibur completely breaks apart as he flies toward Geperuniti, but Sivil rescues him. She says that she'll eliminate Geperuniti, but he tells her his dream has already died and that nothing can stop the all-consuming darkness. She hits Geperuniti with Spiritia while Basara sings. Geperuniti asks her if she's accepted her hopelessness, but she starts singing with Basara. Together, their song energy hits Geperuniti, and he starts singing as well. He sees Spiritia flowing as he sings, and his body glows with energy, causing the tendrils to crumble away. Sivil and Basara land on the ground and stand before Geperuniti. Geperuniti says that Anima Spiritia exists within them as well, which he never realized. He tells Glavigula that they have their Spiritia Paradise now through song and no longer need this galaxy. They all fly away, and Sivil tells Basara that she'll never forget his song. Ray tells Basara he had a nice stage to sing, and Basara says that the entire galaxy was singing. As the crew recovers, Gamlin helps pull Docker out of his damaged cockpit. Akiko and Rex help citizens inside City 7, and Basara sings "Charging Love Heart" while Guvava watches the sunrise.

 

Commentary

 

The series comes to a close with a solid finale. When it comes down to it, the Protodeviln could've created Spiritia themselves by singing rather than having to steal it from everyone. This ending is somewhat rare for a mecha series, as you usually don't get to see the main villain survive and have a happy ending though. I have to wonder about Geperuniti's departure, since he left while still possessing the body of Ivane Gyuntar. I guess that guy gets the short end of the stick. It's obvious that the first time around, most of the series didn't really do it for me. That all depends on mind set - those who come into this show expecting something like the original Macross will probably be shocked and disappointed. But based on its own merits, Macross 7 is a Macross series to the core and can still be enjoyed in the context of the larger franchise. That being said, it's not without problems. For me, the biggest one is Basara's lack of evolution as a character. He's really no different from episode 1 to episode 49. But in a character like Gamlin, we see him evolve from an almost robotic, by-the-book military guy into a hot-blooded guy who believes in Basara's music. Mylene grows up, Gigile softens up, Max and Milia fall in love again - just about everyone in this series changes somehow, but Basara is strangely static. There was an opportunity to change when he went out on his quest to discover why he sings, but he comes back pretty much the same. On other levels, the bright color palette and some of the strange designs may be off putting to those used to stuff like Macross Plus, but they're something that you can get used to over time. Finally, mecha combat is supposed to be one of the highlights in any Macross series, but this series falls short in that respect. A lot of the battles are poorly choreographed and consist of overuse of the same stock footage. As a whole, Macross 7 is a pretty solid series, so long as you watch it from the right viewpoint.

 

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