“My grandfather was an Earthling, and my grandmother a Zentradi. They were the first such interspecies couple in history. Even worse, their species were at war with each other at the time. Nonetheless, they married each other, and showed everyone how Earthlings and Zentradi can live together in peace.”
-Mirage Farina Jenius, Macross Delta, Episode 5
It is easier, and far more dramatic, to declare your love for something or someone once the stage is set. In Super Dimension Fortress Macross episode 27, “Love Drifts Away,” the series itself, along with its protagonist, Hikaru Ichijou, belts out its love for the Earth, entertainment, and the idea of love itself through the mouthpiece of Lynn Minmay, placing her on the grandest stage as a herald of both the Earth’s destruction and subsequent victory over the Zentradi.
Initially, I was hesitant to finish Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Upon watching episode 27, I couldn’t fathom the series topping the emotional climax of Lynn Minmay singing “Love Drifts Away” against the backdrop of an epic space battle, followed by Hikaru rescuing Misa Hayase while the sun sets over the scorched Earth.
Then, I encountered a “Rainy Night.”