Macross Frontier – Why combining series and movies is good for Ranka and bad for Sheryl

A lot of Sheryl fans would love to see series and movies combined purely because of movies end. They desire to have Alto x Sheryl but with series happy end. At first I felt annoyed by this until I messed around a bit on iMovie Maker. Combining clips form series and movies. Originally over lapping them to show how depressing triangle is. During this course I decided as a joke due to similarities combined the series and movie moments to create a combined one. This proved to have interesting results. (Click to play the video.)

To start with we will go for Ranka’s rescue concert. Both series and movies feature a moment Ranka heads off to rescue someone she cares deeply for by singing. In the movies this was Sheryl however in series it was primarily for Alto. Now combining the two is tricky. While the obvious thing is to rescue both this would mean Alto wasn’t part of the rescue party like in the series as a result we would end up just following the series. Having it primarily a Sheryl rescue doesn’t work either. That was movies main focus. So the solution is a weird one.

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As you can see the only way to combine them both is to have a random goth Lolita that looks shockingly like Alto attempt to rescue Alto during Ranka’s concert. Sheryl while both in series and movies she was captured she has no purpose in the combined rescue. The goth Lolita has no reason to rescue Sheryl as that would follow movie events and Alto can’t rescue Sheryl because he is also captured.

Moving on we got the pre final battle. During pre final battle one of the girls sings alongside side Alto battling. In series this was done by Sheryl who went up against a fake Ranka. In movies this was done by Ranka with no fakes around. Alto in both gives up towards the end and the girl who sang during pre final battle is upset over Alto’s loss. In the series Ranka was rescued at this point and sang encouragement, healed Sheryl and was reunited with the other two. In movies Sheryl sang encouragement and was reunited with both Alto and Ranka. Problem with combining the two comes down to Ranka and where she is during the pre battle. If you have her in fake Ranka that would be just following the series and likewise having her singing with Alto just makes it like the movie. While having them both sing during pre final battle sounds like a good idea it would be equivalent of pressing skip button. The solution is as follows.

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A Ranka vs Ranka pre battle which leads to Alto rescuing Ranka and being reunited with her. Sheryl again loses out. Since she is not there to sing at beginning nor is she the one missing she has no part to play within the combined story.  If she sang later it would be like the movies. At best she may appear during final battle as an onlooker.

The final part is the ending. The primary goal for all Sheryl x Alto fans. This is by far most interesting. During the movie final battle Ranka is left alone, Sheryl in coma and Alto is MIA. One of the side pairings are now together unlike in series. In series all three are together but one pairing is permanently separated. Now going with the Sheryl x Alto fans Alto must have confessed to Sheryl and gone MIA as well as best happy end for all other pairings. This leaves Ranka alone and Sheryl in coma. So far this isn’t really a combination of the two. There is only one solution left to us…

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Starting similar vain to movies it eventually merges with series towards the end. Yes that means even though Alto confessed to Sheryl it is Luca that goes to her instead. However having both Ranka and Sheryl OK would have made it follow the series even with Alto MIA. It would also defeat the purpose of why Sheryl x Alto fans want to combine them both if Alto was MIA. This leaves us with Sheryl in coma while Alto flies around with Ranka on looking.  Since no one else was hurt Luca like in series then goes to the hospital to visit Sheryl.

My 2012 Awards

Don’t Want it to End 2012 – The Last Story

When it comes to The Last Story I wish it was longer. I really feel this game should have been longer. It is just so much fun and story plays such huge importance to the game. I completed the game over a weekend and wish there was lots mroe to do. At best can replay dungeons or online modes but I want more story based dungeons. Want to know more of this world.

Please Move on 2012 –  Macross Frontier

As much as I like Macross Frontier I feel it’s getting to point of stupidity now. In particular with Sheryl Nome. She’s basically slapped on everything and gets most attention out of all the characters from series. Her pairing with Alto seems too over used now that it’s annoying. I’m just getting fed up of attention she gets and really wish we could move on. Although this could be me as a Ranka fan just wanting more Ranka stuff and less Sheryl stuff. XD

Please Don’t Forget 2012 – Pandora’s Tower

Out of three major JRPGs localised for Wii by Nintendo Pandora’s Tower feels neglected. The game is a lot of fun and offers a darker theme. It’s not same type of RPG as other two which is why people shouldn’t compare them. The timer is nothing to really worry about and Elena is a lot of fun to interact with. It’s also one of the few RPGs on Wii that actually use Wiimote in a meaningful way and not just as a normal controller. Please don’t forget about this game.

Missing One 2012 – Star Fox

I love Star Fox series. Normally we at least get some sort of minor mention but it’s been quiet for too long. Last Star Fox game we got was a remake in 2011. WIth no Star Fox attraction in Nintendo Land we are all waiting in hope something at least a little Star Fox related appears. Hopefully this year there will be something new Star Fox related.

Most Played 2012 – Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

It’s a great game to pick up and play now and then which is probably why I play it so much. The Dark notes are addictive and the music I know of. Since listen to mostly Japanese and gaming music most other music games just don’t interest me. It’s also one few music games I am actually OK at. There is no way I can do the harder difficulty ones. It took me 15+ attempts on lowest difficulty of Dark Notes.

Most Random Fun 2012 – AKB0048

When it comes to concept it sounds crazy. It’s rebel space idols with micsabers and mechas to put simply. The concert scenes range from almost normal to combat idol battling against army who are trying to put an end to entertainment. The fact the series also promotes real life idol group called AKB48 you would be forgiven for thinking this would be complete rubbish. It’s not. It’s a great deal of random fun.

Most Wanted to be Localised 2012 – Project Mirai

When it comes to other games I feel a bit safer in regards to their localisation. Project Mirai is music game starring vocaloids. The style is done as uber cute chibi or nendoroid style. It’s first Vocaloid game that Gumi has appeared in. Some of music videos have been redone for 3D. Needless to say I always wanted to try out a vocaloid game and this cute one looks perfect for me. However no word on game ever getting localised.

Best New Monsters 2012 – Dream Eaters from Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance

I really wanted to give this game a reward. This is was best I could think of. I feel some people are too hard on the game. I haven’t played all Kingdom Hearts games and I don’t find this game confusing. maybe people relay too much on their memories of the games as opposed to reading what this game has put about them. Choosing to skip cut scenes and not read reports. This game is heaps of fun. I really like Dream Eaters. I like their quirky nature and the way Sora teams up with them. I find their designs are a lot of fun and most unusual when it comes to collecting monster type systems.

Best Multiplayer Fun 2012 – Nintendo Land

When it comes to having fun with others Nintendo Land is just heaps of it. It wouldn’t be the same if it was online multiplayer or played on my own. The game really shines through when played with others. Unfortunately it makes playing single player a bit difficult to do. Once you experienced how much more fun it is with others hard to look back at single player.

Best localization 2012 – Harvest Moon 3DS Tale of Two Towns

When it comes to localizations it can be worth the wait. Especially in case of this 3DS port of DS game. In American release this game was plagued with issues and bugs. European release it was saw fit to have bug fixes. No lag and random crashes for us. We like to thank the American beta testers for their work in finding these glitches so that us European players can get much-needed bug fixes.

Happy Ending 2012 – Aquarion EVOL

From the premonitions, love triangles and previous series ending this was aiming for potentially a huge bad end. For a light-hearted mecha series it would have been disappointing specially with the themes of defeating ones destiny. Ultimately what we get is one super happy end for all. Love triangle dissolved without sad rejected characters at end. Everyone moving on and building a happier world. Whether or not you feel about the end pairing everyone was happy. Which is more than what can be said of other series and movies.

Macross Frontier Series – 5 Reasons Why Sheryl Should Have Rejected Alto

When it comes to the Love Triangle we always want our favourite pairing to win. That said I’m perfectly fine with the pairing I want ultimately not being the final so long as everyone is happy at the end. When it comes to Macross Frontier series I thought of best way to describe my thoughts on the love triangle without sounding like I am being mean and one-sided. I am in search of ultimate happy end for the love triangle. So instead of going about this the usual way of saying who I think she end up with whom I’m going to say why Sheryl should have rejected Alto instead. Here are a list of reasons why Sheryl should have rejected Alto in the series.

5. Sheryl has Other Options

When it comes to ending love triangle I always love the idea of everyone finding love as crazy as that sounds. I don’t like concept of being Forever Alone. It’s depressing and not true in many cases. When it comes to choices Sheryl has at least a couple of other male bachelors waiting around the corner. Both of them have shown they can be much more reliable and helpful then Alto ever was towards Sheryl. One was even crucial in getting Sheryl back singing. In other words she should find someone better for her then Alto.

4. Someone to Depend on

While appearing strong on outside Sheryl really leans on others to get job done. Whether that is Grace, her fans or someone else. She is not type to wait around for someone. She doesn’t want the type to just keel over and follow her every command but she needs someone she can relay on. Alto is a pilot who favours sky first. Alto will not always be there next to Sheryl. She needs someone who can be. Asking Alto to just give up his sky is same as asking Sheryl to give up singing for the sake of their love. It’s not going to happen. However they could come to a compromise even if the relationship would always be somewhat unsteady.

3. Alto Found Strength in Song

As an Idol Sheryl’s song is meant to reach out and touch others. This should be true and more so for someone in love with her.  You would expect Alto to perform brilliantly when Sheryl sings. However when Sheryl sings alone Alto loses. It’s not until Ranka joins in or starts singing does he find strength and become a better pilot. This is really shown in later episodes where Alto is met with continual losses until Ranka starts signing again. In part you could argue that it was other factors going into those losses and Sheryl just had bad luck that when she was singing bad stuff happened. That is some really bad luck though.

2. Alto Never Asked to Hear Sheryl’s Song

Being an Idol Sheryl would expect her lover to listen to her music. He would go out of his way to listen to her song and see her perform. During entire series not once did Alto ask to hear Sheryl’s song. Not once did he go somewhere with specific reason to listen to her. First concert he attended he tried to one up Sheryl and even when carrying her he wasn’t that interested in her singing and spent it talking over her singing. It wasn’t until much later did he stop and listen to Sheryl singing while out walking. Even then he didn’t stop to listen to her song fully. Rest of time he heard her song wasn’t of his free will. It was either a coincidence or part of the job.

1. Thinking of Ranka

If there was any great reason to reject someone it is because they are thinking of another. If Alto has madly in love with Sheryl when it was just those two together alone his thoughts of Ranka would vanish. Even when he was alone with Sheryl and Ranka was gone his thoughts always drew back to Ranka. In fact he spent a lot of his time chasing after Ranka during parts of the series. During the final battle he even asks Sheryl to help him reach Ranka. It’s hard to believe that someone would put up with a guy who asks for help to save love rival. It’s even harder when you consider Sheryl was on death’s door at one point but instead of focusing entirely on her Alto includes Ranka in motivational speech as well. Ranka was OK at that moment.

Note: This only applies to series and not movies. Some of the points work for Ranka to reject Alto in movies and some moments didn’t happen at all in movies.

Top 10 games I would want a sequel to but probably will never get one

 

10. Luminous Arc 4

As strategy games go I enjoyed the games light-hearted adventures. The witches looked great too. It’s unfortunate the 3rd game and Arc Rise Fantasia didn’t get released in Europe. Even so I would like to see 4th game. More crazy and fun witches. Lots of random funny dialogue and abilities. Can always release 3 and 4 together in some sort of package for outside of Japan right?

9. Tales of Symphonia 3

Really asking for it but even so would still want another sequel to Tales of Symphonia. Even if it was just so I could play as Colette once more. Just one more time to explore world of Symphonia. Just to finally sort everything out and see the world move onto a brighter and happier tomorrow. I wouldn’t mind the monster system returning either.

8. Avalon Code 2

The world is ending so you get a book that lets you alter stuff. Make people happy, change monsters so hopefully they are weaker, change armour so you get fairy wings and weapons you can change too. All the while you prepare to create a new world with words you gathered in the book. Also a side dating system added in for good measure. Would like to play sequel with more options and maybe add-on dictionary for all the words you get.

7. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Crystal Bearers 2

This game was so much fun. While not Final Fantasy or a Crystal Chronicles game makes it a hugely under rated/appreciated game I would still like to see a sequel. The ability to mess around as much as you could in this game was just so much fun. Just thinking of a larger world with more stuff to mess around with just sounds like a lot of fun. However unlikely it is to happen.

6. Muramasa Demon Blade 2

Hand drawn sprites and crazy amounts of action not to mention the adorable white foxes… Do I really need to go much deeper into why I would want a sequel for this game? I mean some of the endings could easily take us off into side games. I would like to see mixture of both characters ending 2. Seeing them become Demon Blade hunters with cute white fox companion would be fantastic. Did I mention the cute whites foxes..?

5. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles My Life as a King 2

One of the best games on Wiiware. You play as a King of a Final Fantasy town based on Crystal Chronicles series. While lacking in action it’s still a very enjoyable game. I’m sure many have wanted to build own Final Fantasy town and have team of heroes go off to fight enemies. It was a lot of fun. I can be very particular where everything goes. I want to make sure it looks perfect even though not sure who will be looking at it. This game needs huge expansion. More hero types, more buildings, bigger city, able to ride a chocobo off into adventures and hopefully create perfect summoner town. Everything must summon something foxlike though.

4. Fragile Dreams 2

Not the best game combat wise but it’s story and atmosphere are up there with the best. The story of Seto and his journey through the near empty world of sorrow. I was surprised that he wasn’t suffering from severe depression. He has a lot to be sad about. Losing only other living person he knew of and having to search for other people. When he finally meets someone/girl he ends up having to battle monsters and meet lots of strange errm… Never did figure out what the shop keeper was. Anyway it was a strange, sad yet hopeful game. It’s unfortunate the game will never get the sequel it deserves. We all want Seto to have happy end because current end not so sure if he did.

3. Final Fantasy VI-2

I don’t honestly think this has a chance of happening. Even so I really like the magitek armour and felt the poor thing was severely under used. Just really enjoyed this game and want to see more from the characters and the world itself. While I do like the espers and magic I think it would be great if they did a far into the future sequel featuring reincarnations of previous characters who are now magitek armour knights. Maybe not magitek armour as such but something really close to it. Maybe just after a mecha RPG. Either way I think it would be interesting game to create. Because of attention given to Final Fantasy VII it seems unlikely we will ever get to revisit the world of Final Fantasy VI.

2. Theatrhythm Macross Frontier

Theatrhythm pretty interesting take on music genre. Macross Frontier is an idol and mecha anime series. I think Theatrhythm Macross Frontier would be great. The music would be split across three modes and music split between main three characters as well. Ranka for Ranka music, Sheryl for Sheryl music and Alto for the duets. Then the modes would be Triangle (for character interactions), Mecha (for mecha battles) and Concert (to watch Ranka and Sheryl sing). Just thinking of the cute chibi Macross F character dancing it out or cute chibi mecha battling  it out… Might be too cute for some but I think it would be a lot of fun. I don’t see how this would come to be though.

1. StarFox Adventures 2

It is the hate/like game for series fans. It doesn’t but does fit in with rest of the series at the same time. It wasn’t a perfect game but it wasn’t the world’s worst either. Why do I most want this game to have a sequel then? The potential for Adventures spin-off series to Star Fox is just huge. There is a decent list of plants for the team to fully explore so it’s not like we have to revisit same planet all the time. Combat system I admit in StarFox Adventures was slightly modified Zelda one but I could easily see them put in a much more action packed system for sequel. The ability to ride around on difficult vehicles and fully explore and learn about the planet just seems to be too big of an opportunity to miss. unfortunately we will never know where spin-off series called StarFox Adventures would take us. Can only dream of potential.

Art Book Collection Part 2

These books are imported from Japan and have quite a bit of text. That may influence buying the book.

Rune Factory Official Memoirs

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Rune Factory game series is Harvest Moon meet RPG to put basically. The artbook contains art from 1st game up to 3rd and also includes Frontier. It contains a few new artwork not seen anywhere before. For the most part it is a collection of already available and easy to find art. It does contain monster art as well as.

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It is a really nice looking book though. There is quite a decent chunk of text at back of the book. Going to miss out on details of the characters. If your a fan of the series and art it is a nice collection. Not as good as it could have been though.

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Xenoblade The Secret File

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First things first… This isn’t really an artbook. It does contain a lot of really nice artwork and screenshots form the game but mostly it is text. It really like this book even though it has ton of text I can’t understand.

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I would buy the book of English version was to release though. The book itself obviously contains a lot of spoilers. I have tried not to show many spoilers but I like Melia. I can see this book being really helpful if I could understand it. Even so there is enough art and screenshots to make up for lack of understanding. There are pages of just text though.

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It does show concept art for armor and story boards. In particular the later section on Mechon’s is pretty interesting to look at even if it contains lots of spoilers. That is what to expect from this type of book though.

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Macross Frontier Official Complete Book

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Book is for Macross Frontier two movies. Contains screenshots and artwork from both movies but mainly focusing on 2nd movie. It heavily features the cover art and if you remove sleeve get to see concept of it. It has pull out version and later in book version of it. The book heavily focuses on the two main girls. It does includes bits form other characters though.

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Both Sheryl and Ranka get their own character section with two pages to show them off. Ranka’s introduction page I prefer. The new outfits from 2nd movie are heavily focused on. Older outfits do make an appearance as well. It does show enough detail for those wanting to make costumes of older outfits. Some of the art has been reused though.

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Unfortunately they only show in detail two concerts. One Sheryl and one Ranka concert. It would have been nice to see more details on other concert stages as well. With Ranka they did choose her best concert scene though.

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They do show pictures from the live concerts as well. There are others bits like that. Obviously interviews and bits of information. It does contain a sizable amount of text but if you really like the series (even if your not fan of movie/s) this is a really nice book.

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Art Book Collection Part 1

These books mostly contain artwork. Pictures aren’t great but hopefully give some idea on the quality of the artbooks as well as content.

Ranka Lee Visual Collection

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Most pages consists of promotional artwork. Pretty decent sized artwork although couple of smaller ones in the book as well. Is a section of more fan service type stuff. Thankfully those pages are golden coloured so can just skip them over. The artwork is pretty and had some fan art at back. I’m guessing it’s fan art. It has a decent variety of artwork although some outfits shown off more then others. While most is just of Ranka are some group shots and her with Alto or Brera.

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As I want to cosplay and doing games design a bit disappointed on the concept art section. It didn’t show all her outfits from series and didn’t go into detail on some of her outfits as much as others. However the art is a decent size so ones included you can easily see detail. The one thing that surprised me is there was no concept art for her famed Cinderella Dress and only a few pictures with her wearing that outfit.

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The book includes interview as well as preview of 2nd movie. It also has some black and white pages mostly consisting of interview and screenshots from series and Music Clip. A bit disappointment the 2nd movie preview didn’t contain many Ranka screenshots.

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Tsubusa Chronicles Artbook 1+2

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The artbooks consist of artwork from the manga as well as some artwork used for the movie. The 2nd artbook in particular contains spoiler art for those not far into manga or for those following anime series it won’t make much sense. The books have large variety in costumes and most artwork fills entire page/s.

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If your a cosplayer or into costume design the artbooks provide plenty of inspiration even though you don’t get to see all sides to the outfit. At end of each artbook is mini manga. To be warned the artbook contains a lot of different characters. So if you were expecting main couple of the series to appear a lot might be a bit disappointment or happy to know it’s not jsut focusing on them. Plenty of group shots or ones of other characters.

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Worlds of Final Fantasy – Dawn

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Artbook featuring artwork from Final Fantasy I to IV. Really nicely presented. Showing separate monsters as well as huge page filling artwork and one long pull out one. As fan of artwork nice to see a book containing it.It can be very difficult to find art for earlier Final Fantasy games. Specially decent sized ones.

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Lack of labeling is my only complaint with the book. While some designs are used for multiple games in the series would have been nice to know which one specifically. Only a minor complaint. Artwork itself is really nice and unique. It’s unfortunate of the games don’t look much like the art.

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Galaxy Angels 2

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For those who don’t know Galaxy Angels is a game series which has manga and anime spin offs. The anime takes a comic route meanwhile the manga stays more true to the game series. If ypour interested in cosplay lots of potential outfits in this book. It contains artwork of characters from1st lot of Galaxy Angels as well as 2nd lot. Has chibis as well.

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Contains singular character art, group ones and full page art as well. It’s a big book. While the uniforms are featured heavily some other outfits and fun art included as well. It’s a really nice art book and has lots of pretty art of decent size. Tons of art with characters having wings. Are some fan service pictures well quite a few really as the game is part dating sim. The art has been put into different categories which is needed for such a big book.

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More Macross F Figures

Macross F 1st Movie Chibis

These minis so far have been a lot of fun. I got set of 6. 3 Sheryl and 3 Ranka. Setting them up is pretty easy but have to be careful of small accessories that come with the Ranka ones. You can swap heads over but this can be limiting as some heads require more space to fit on then others. There is only one Sheryl who you can fully remove her hat with. The others are stuck on or can be removed but leave huge hole on side of head. Ranka’s expressions are fun meanwhile Sheryl’s are just typical Sheryl ones. It’s a fun set of chibi figures as whole. Part of the fun is from owning more then one though.

Pictures

Three Sheryl – http://3dporch.com/s6qs

Three Ranka – http://3dporch.com/2oyn

How Sheryl won  – http://3dporch.com/mz9z

Ranka’s Accessories – http://3dporch.com/rdtb

Sheryl as Ranka – http://3dporch.com/qv12

Ranka as Sheryl – http://3dporch.com/22b4