Macross Delta Episode 18
Now that was one hell of a mind mind-boggling episode. It just got ugly and crazy and insane real fast. The operation to investigate the Protoculture’s new structures on Voldor was already jeopardized before they even had a chance to go in when the Aerial Knights have arrived to the scene for the purpose to guard it while they undergo some experiments (which both Cassim and Keith seems to be wary and feel uneasy about). I honestly wasn’t sure what was going to come out of this episode given how Freyja, Hayate had this rare opportunity to be able to sit down and chat with Cassim. It was especially fun to see Freyja and Cassim have a chance to chat as she was drawn over after sniffing out roasting apples. The two spoke about the favourite local delicacy and how they actually know each other (though not necessarily directly) but through knowing others from the village. It was nice to finally have this kind of opportunity because I really like Cassim’s character, and honestly I was dreading he was going to get killed in this episode (and for a second I thought he did but I’ll get to that later). What made it so pleasant to watch was how Cassim had removed his Knight’s cloak, wondering whether or not he is truly a knight anymore since he doesn’t feel comfortable with the way things are goign forward. He was the first to voice concern about the experimentation taking place on Voldor, knowing the planet is inhabited and continued to grow uneasy when he heard about how the environmental conditions have changed, such as the weather. He also mentioned how he senses an ominious wind rising, and frankly he is absolutely right.
Ever since that Roid has been given the authority and power to pursue further research on the structures, not only Cassim has been growing more wary of his intentions, but so is Keith. We already seen a rift rapidly developing between Roid and Keith, but it is an understatement, especially after what had happened today for Keith to be exceptionally cautious of what Roid is trying to do and how Heinz and the other knights are going to be impacted by it. And everything went south when Roid had Heinz start singing the Wind Song while Walkure were undergoing their own experimentation of how the ruins would react to them. And man, it was chaos, absolute chaos. Not only were the Aerial Knights being affected, (most noticeably Cassim, I was already getting anxious and frustrated at the possibility of him being killed off today- thankfully it looks like he will live another day, for now. However his days are numbered as due to the Wind Song, combined with Walkure and the Protoculture Ruins, we saw how he started to age faster. I doubt he will be quiet about this one. Being caught up in such an experiment is the last thing he wants to be a part of, but I digress…) but both Freyja and Mikumo were caught up in this turbulent storm, and had virtually lost all control of what they were doing. I was honestly surprised to see no one was looking out for Mikumo (it only makes me more sad…) despite the fact she too was suffering from the same situation. Kaname had to knock Freyja over in attempt to stop her because Hayate too was losing control and it looked as if the Var Syndrome was starting to take control of him as well. It was only when Freyja stopped singing he was able to snap out of it, but it was still really bad and ugly. Yet despite taking out Freyja, it appeared that nobody bothered to try and stop Mikumo who continued to be more or less forced to sing as she had no self-control and more crazy wind stuff happened.
However as result, it appears Mikumo finally unlocked at least some of her memories from the past. In fact we got a name: Rudanjal Rom Mayan. My guess is this is her true given name. Furthermore, she reached far beyond, creating a unique wind which Keith and Heinz were both stunned by. Heinz was visibly shaken how he was overwhelmed by such power. This only makes me even more curious to see if she is in fact the true heir of Protoculture (I know, I have been going on about this for weeks now, BUT I AM SO CURIOUS). Not only that, but we saw (what looked to be) scientists were hovering over her, and her eyes gazing into the galaxies of the universe. Anyhow I hope she will be okay because even her ending theme song is making me worried.
Last but not least, another reason why I sincerely hope Cassim won’t die anytime soon is because he recognized Hayate’s surname. With that, it definitely indicates he must have known Hayate’s father and perhaps he can offer us the much needed Windermere’s side of the story to have a better understanding of the truth behind Wright’s actions.