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Macross Δ (マクロスΔ(デルタ) Makurosu Deruta?, pronounced Macross Delta), is a 2016 anime television series. It is the latest entry within the Macross Timeline, set in 2067, eight years after the events of Macross Frontier. It aired every Sunday at 22:30 JST on Tokyo MX.[1][2]

SynopsisEdit

AD 2067, a strange disease called "Var Syndrome" causes humans to become berserk, lose themselves and rampage.

The antidote is the tactical sound unit Walküre. In order to quell in the symptoms of "Var Syndrome", their tour of the stars with live performances expands.

At the same time, however, variable fighter troops called "Aerial Knights" of the "Kingdom of the Wind" begin manoeuvres.

Entangled with the mystery of the Protoculture's legacy, the curtain is raised for the story of passionate teamwork and love larger than a star system.[3]

MissionsEdit

Episodes in Macross Δ are called "Missions".

Mission Title Japanese Airdate
0.89 Prologue on the Battlefield (Prefetch Edition) December 31, 2015
01 Prologue on the Battlefield April 3, 2016
02 Ready for the Audition April 10, 2016
03 A Stormy Dogfight April 17, 2016
04 A Shocking Debut Show April 24, 2016
05 Dancing in the Moonlight May 1, 2016
06 Decision Overload May 8, 2016
07 Behind Enemy Lines May 15, 2016
08 Escape Resonance May 22, 2016
09 Uncontrolled on the Edge May 29, 2016
10 Axia Flash June 5, 2016
11 Jellyfish Reminiscence June 12, 2016
12 King of the Wind June 19, 2016
13 Passionate Diving June 26, 2016
14 Embracing Adrift July 3, 2016
15 Parting Resolution July 10, 2016
16 Hesitating Birthday July 17, 2016
17 Scatter on Stage July 24, 2016
18 Sense Emergence July 31, 2016
19 Eternal Songs August 7, 2016
20 Impulse Experiment August 14, 2016
21 Yearning Secret August 21, 2016
22 Extreme Brave August 28, 2016
23 Scarred Requiem September 4, 2016
24 Fatal Judgment September 11, 2016
25 Star Singer September 18, 2016
26 Eternal Walküre September 25, 2016

CharactersEdit

ΧaosEdit

= SDF/C-108 Macross Elysion CrewEdit

WalküreEdit

Delta FlightEdit

Kingdom of WinderemereEdit

Aerial KnightsEdit

MechanicEdit

ΧaosEdit

Beta FlightEdit

Delta FlightEdit

Aerial KnightsEdit

ProductionEdit

Idol auditionsEdit

A new Macross television series was first announced at a Kanto-area rerun of the Macross Frontier on the last Wednesday of March 2014.[4][5] On October 20, 2014 around 00:000 Japanese time during the FIREBOMEBR 2014 BASARA EXPLOSION CONCERT, it was revealed that auditions to find new singers and voice actors would begin on December 1, 2014 and more information would be revealed about the series in November.[6][7]

Auditions began on December 1 as intended. They are held at Joysound's Karaoke boxes across Japan.

One would choose their most favorite Macross song from the karaoke list, record oneself singing the song by the box's "Utasuki Douga" function, then send the video via Joysound's special site for the audition. One was required to must be 25 or under as of January 30, 2015, and a resident of Japan. One could be either a professional or amateur singer, but the condition was that one currently had no contract with any record companies, regardless if it was a major or indie label.[8]

To celebrate the auditions, Macross Card Fighter held a special campaign where users input a new keyword each day in order to get a new Minmei card illustrated by Risa Ebata.[9]

On Februrary 7, 2015, it was reported that over 8000 people auditioned to star in Macross Delta. The organizer was then in the process of choosing the finalists with videos and profile documents. The final selection round was held in Tokyo in late April. The finalist went through interviews with the judges, and demonstrated their singing and voice performing skills. It was stated that the new heroine would be announced on the portal site for the Macross franchise with more information about the anime.[10]

Promotional EventsEdit

Macross Plastic Model DiscussionEdit

On October 26, Shoji Kawamori attended the Macross Plastic Model Discussion stage event at the All Japan Model and Hobby Show on Saturday with representatives from six plastic model and hobby companies. During the event, Kawamori provided more details on Macross Δ. The franchise's official website had posted images of two new variable fighters from the series the following day.

Kawamori confirmed that both fighters in the visual are "Valkyries" (transforming variable fighters), and he specifically cited the Swedish fighter Saab 35 Draken as an inspiration for the fighter in background. He added that he has been fan of Draken since he was a child.

He also acknowledged that the fighter in the foreground shares a design lineage with previous variable fighters in Macross anime and therefore was less of a challenge to design. By contrast, the background fighter will feature a relatively new transformation scheme that bears little similarity to those of previous Macross variable fighters.

The emcee also noted that the two fighters have exhausts in different colors, and Kawamori explained that this is because the fighters come from different manufacturers. Kawamori also noted that he has been deliberately avoiding more direct design inspirations from current real-life fighters, since stealth considerations have made real fighters look more similar and harder to distinguish from each other.

Kawamori added that this new series will emphasize "Valkyrie vs. Valkyrie," as opposed to previous television series. While video series such as Macross Plus and Macross Zero prominently featured variable fighters against each other, Kawamori has not done this in a Macross television series in a long time.

The emcee of the event noted that the Macross Delta logo features a planet within the Japanese characters that form the word "Macross." Kawamori specifically noted that this is in direct contrast with Macross Frontier, whose setting was primarily in space. He started to describe more about Macross Delta's setting but stopped short and asked fans to watch the Macross Δ Super Dimension Production Announcement Meeting (「マクロスΔ(デルタ)超時空製作発表会」 Makurosu Deruta Chō Jikū Seisaku Happyōkai?) on October 29.

Kawamori pointed out that the delta symbol in the logo is made of triangular symbols, to symbolize the three main thematic elements of Macross: music, a love triangle, and transforming fighter planes. However, he noted that the two symbols are split, and explained that this is indicative that the three elements will not come together as expected in the new story. [11] On December 4, a PV revealed a song from the franchise, Ikenai Borderline, sung by idol group Walküre.[12][2]

Mini ConcertEdit

[1]

ReleaseEdit

Similar to the Macross Frontier Deculture Edition version of the first episode of Macross Frontier that aired before the series began, the first episode of Macross Δ, Prologue on the Battlefield, also had a special airing called Macross Δ Episode 1 Prefetch Edition (『マクロスΔ(デルタ)』#1先取りエディション Makurosu Deruta Dai-ichi Sakidori Edishon?) which took place on Thursday December 31, 2015 at 18:00 JST on Tokyo MX and BS11.[13][14] The series itself, however, was stated to begin airing in spring. On March 9, 2016, the official airdate for was finally announced via the Macross Δ spread in the April 2016 issue of Animedia magazine.[1]

The blu-ray will contain English subtitles. Additionally, people who pre-ordered it will get a clear VF-31 Siegfried.

StaffEdit

  • Color Key Artist: Kanako Hayashi
  • Art Directors: Shigemi Ikeda (Atelier Musa), Yukiko Maruyama (Atelier Musa)
  • Worldview Design: Thomas Romain
  • Art Design: Vincento Niemu
  • Valkyrie Design: Shoji Kawamori
  • Mechanic Design: Stanislas Brunet
  • Director of Photography: Atsushi Iwasaki (T2 Studio)
  • CG Director: Hironori Morino
  • CG Supervisor: Hiroyuki Kashima (unknownCASE)
  • CG Animation Director: Atsushi Sakiyama (unknownCASE)
  • Editor: Kentarou Tsubone (REAL-T)
  • Sound Production: Flying Dog
  • Sound Director: Masafumi Mima

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Much of the terminology of the series is inspired by Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Examples include:
    • The idol group Walküre is named after the German word for Valkyrie who are the titular beings of the second part; Die Walküre.
    • The forename of main character, Freyja Wion, comes from the Norse goddess Freyja which inspired the character Freia, whereas her surname is inspired by the apple giving goddess Iðunn which is what Freyja Wion's apple motif homages.
    • One of the main variable fighter series, the VF-31 Siegfried, is named after the titular dragon-slayer of the third part; Siegfried.
    • The other main variable fighter series, the Sv-262 Draken III, is named after the Swedish word for Dragon in contrast to the VF-31 Siegfried. The reason for using the Swedish word as opposed to the German word is because, in addition to its name, its design is heavily influenced by the J35 Draken, manufactured by Swedish company Saab.
    • The planet Ragnar is named after Ragnar Lodbrok, the Viking king who (according to legend) married Siegfried's only child, Aslaug.
    • The Brisingr Globular Cluster is named after the Old Norse word for fire, or amber "brísingr". It may also be a reference to the goddes Freyja's torc (a type of neck ring), which was called "Brisingamen", meaning "gleaming torc", or "torc of sunshine".
  • In the July 2016 issue of NewType Magazine, Macross Δ was ranked the best series. Additionally, Hayate Immelman and Messer Ihlefeld were ranked the best and ninth best male characters, respectively whereas Freyja Wion, Mirage Farina Jenius, Mikumo Guynemer, Sheryl Nome and Reina Prowler were ranked the best, fourth best, fifth best, eighth best and ninth best female characters, respectively.[15]
  • Locations on the Planet Windermere including Windermere itself are named after various locations in the Lake District in the UK.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Macross Delta Anime Slated to Premiere on April 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Macross Delta' Release Date And Shoji Kawamori Follow-Up Interview Details — Forbes
  3. MACROSS PORTAL SITE マクロスポータルサイト INTRODUCTION (Translated)
  4. Anime News Network - Macross Science-Fiction Anime Franchise Gets New TV Series
  5. Crunchyroll - New "Macross" Anime Teased
  6. Anime News Network - New Macross TV Anime Project Announced With Singer Auditions
  7. Macross World - Macross△!
  8. Crunchyroll
  9. Macross World
  10. Crunchyroll
  11. Macross Creator Kawamori Offers Details on Macross Delta Anime, Thunderbirds
  12. Macross Delta Special's TV Ad Previews Walküre Idols' Song
  13. 「マクロス」公式アカウント
  14. 『マクロスΔ(デルタ)』 1先取りエディション
  15. NewType Magazine July 2016

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