The title will be, apparently, Macross Delta; and the producers are currently conducting a public audition to find this series' songstress, ala' Megumi Nakajima the seiyuu for Macross Frontier's Ranka Lee. The series is set in 2067, 8 years after Macross Frontier.
My great shame as a devoted Macross fan (coming to the series via Robotech, as so many American kids did) is that I've never finished Macross Frontier. I don't mean I haven't watched the movies yet; I have tried to watch the series repeatedly and haven't made it past the third episode. While the setting is wonderful and fits well into the Macross universe, I don't like any of the characters. Regardless of the plot, the character arcs are as predictable as a harem anime. They're all caricatures. It feels like the writers just went with tropes and stereotypes. Consequently, I have to struggle to make it through each episode and have no interest at the end to start the next. That's usually a sign you're not enjoying your viewing experience. Beyond that, Macross stories after the first have tended to drop more subtle story elements while building up a couple of the simpler concepts. As dopey as the "victory-through-music" plot of Robotech and Super Dimensional Fortress Macross was, there was also a reasonably realistic and complex love triangle and themes of duty, honor, loyalty and respect. Subsequent Macross stories have focused more on the music as a parallel plot element (i.e., there has to be a lot of music because it's Macross, so we have to have some kind of band or talent show that runs the entire length of the series) and the love triangle is the primary plot element, with all plot complications related to whatever mysteries surround the musical heroine/heroines, and how will our hero not care about the sudden and disturbing revelations. All of the other plot points are replaced with A) one or more telegraphed, arbitrary deaths, and B) more love triangles for the supporting characters. Any mention of the nobler qualities of the human psyche are handled fleetingly and cynically, if at all.
Side Note, and caveat: I haven't watched all of Macross Frontier, as I mentioned, so this may not be at all accurate. However, I've wondered recently if the sudden drop-off of interest in Macross Frontier the past couple of years has anything to do with increasing interest and support of the Japanese Defense Forces, even in popular culture (i.e. KanColle). Frontier, like earlier Macross properties following the first, dispensed with the military (the United Nations, as all anime military was for a long time) as a hero vehicle and turned to vigilantes and mercenaries. In fact, the military is more likely to act as a minor villain or at least a hindrance. It will be interesting to see if Delta returns to something like the original role of U.N. Spacy given the popularity of the J.D.F. at the moment. (further note: I was going to include a link or two illustrating my claim, but I am having some bizarre internet problems and half of the websites I try to visit won't load today. You're welcome to search for news from Japan. Understand that by "popular" I don't mean people are celebrating the Defense Forces in the street or anything like that; but there has been a change in the Japanese perception of its military's role in the world, along with an increase in the amount of trust the Japanese people are willing to place in their military leaders. Don't rely on western news sites for confirmation; they're clearly baffled by the idea of citizens supporting their military, let alone trusting someone with a rank.)
You know, I really didn't think I would have anything to comment on regarding the Ray Rice assault. Guy hits his wife in public (note: I just now noticed that this sentence didn't read the way I intended. What I was trying to say is that Rice assaulted his wife, which is a crime; and it was done in public so the criminal proceedings are likely to be a formality. Whether Rice did something wrong or not isn't really in question). Job done. He's gonna get prosecuted, probably get a big fine and community service, the NFL will slap some silly ethics violation punishment on him, and life goes on. Unfortunately, the media and a sizable minority of Americans have decided it's the NFL's job to police their players and function as judge, jury and executioner in some kind of bizarre twist on The Running Man. So I wrote this earlier today:
Parks Canada, which has been searching for the two lost Franklin Expedition ships Erebus and Terror for several years, announced last week they believe one of the ships has finally been found. Both ships were abandoned in ice, although the final location was never precisely identified. It was known that the ships attempted a westward crossing from Beechey Island, but were presumably stopped by ice west of Cornwallis Island and returned to Beechey for the winter of 1845-1846. Based on a message found in a cairn on King William Island, the expedition attempted sailing south in the spring, only to be locked in ice northwest of King William Island, where the ships remained until being abandoned a year and half later. The ship found last week was discovered west of O'Reilly Island, which is southwest of King William Island and just off of the mainland. It is also the location of twin shipwrecks named by multiple reports taken from Inuit tribes in the decades following the loss of the expedition. It is not yet known which of the two ships has been found, although iron fittings apparently fix the identity to the Franklin ships. Also, all known references indicate that the remains of the other ship should be found nearby.
Some background on the Franklin Expedition by Dr. Tim Ball, who studied the arctic climate for the time period in question.