Ranka DefenseSeptember 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm | Posted in Articles, Complexity | 16 Comments
I don’t think I’ve ever really taken the time out to talk about Macross F on this blog before. There’s just the one mention of me wanting Ranka to win SaiMoe, but that’s really it. So this feels a little weird now, but I will persevere.
With the way Ranka’s been portrayed by other bloggers these past two weeks, I feel I want to speak up. A lot of the Ranka fans are either being too quiet or they’re being like “Sakura fans” were back in TRC and have abandoned their character the exact second she did something they didn’t like.
I don’t want to lay all of this out as a comment on someone else’s blog. I find that a little bit rude. I know I don’t mind it, but other might. Because it’s the internet, you never know how people are going to interpret things. My enthusiasm towards defending Ranka could be taken as rage towards those saying bad things against her. And that’s not my intention at all.
So I’m keeping this to my blog and with no links to any other bloggers I may or may not be thinking of.
Let me start off by saying. I respect the opinions of those who blogged episode 21 of Macross Frontier. You’re entitled to your own opinion, especially when it’s stated on your own blog. And after all, people go to your blog for your personal opinion. I can’t fault you for giving the readers what they want.
However…I respectfully disagree.
There’s no doubt that it’s because I’m a Ranka fangirl that I see Ranka in a positive light. Just like how the Sheryl fans saw Sheryl in a positive light when so many others were going, “Man what a stubborn bitch.” Personally, I like Sheryl (just my weakness for all things cute makes me love Ranka ten times more).
I can freely admit my bias. I just think a lot of other people need to admit their personal bias against Ranka as well.
Some people were just absolutely waiting for the opportunity to pounce on Ranka. Others grew to dislike her in episode 20 and decided that was that.
I thought Ranka deserved a lot of what was said about her during episode 20. Episode 21? Eh…not so much.
To start, I think people were ignoring a lot of important facts during episode 20. Obviously Ranka deserved that smack in the face. She was acting like a spoiled child.
But then again, isn’t that just what Ranka is?
I think the most unfair thing people do when watching Macross F is compare Ranka and Sheryl during their times of distress. The two are completely different people with completely different pasts.
Sheryl was able to get back up pretty easily when she hit rock bottom. She came through in the time of crisis. Her problem was more difficult, she got over it easier, so therefore Ranka’s just being a whiney little baby!
Yes…and no. The big difference between Ranka and Sheryl is their pasts. Sheryl’s already been at rock bottom. She used to live on the streets when she was just a little girl. She’s much more used to dealing with despair. When Sheryl hit rock bottom again, it was more about her remembering where she had been. But she’d dealt with that before, so she was able to deal with it again.
On the other hand, Ranka had one bad thing happen to her when her family died. She can’t remember that at all. The rest of her life she’s just been spoiled. I believe it’s been pointed out that Ozma’s to blame for a lot of it, but it’s not just him. Everyone spoils Ranka. Nanase for sure, Alto’s always protecting her too, Brera does nothing but help Ranka, even Sheryl gave her special attention.
Not everyone intended to spoil Ranka I’m sure (Sheryl definitely didn’t), but none of them ever really let Ranka face too much harshness either. If things were going bad, rarely did Ranka have to stand up for herself. Just a couple of times against Sheryl for Alto.
Then I guess because of those couple of times, everyone expected Ranka to still fight on for Alto’s heart when she saw the scene on the roof at the end of episode 19. Sure, we all knew what happened, but how was Ranka supposed to view that scene? She didn’t know Sheryl was sick, but she knew Sheryl liked Alto too. And the way things looked, it seemed like Alto was holding Sheryl, so it wasn’t like the other times when Sheryl was making a move on Alto and Ranka could just do the same.
And Ranka had just figured her feelings out and was about to confess. You could see how happy she was. So instead of it just knocking her down from the ground, it’s like knocking her down from a much higher place.
But Ranka was being childish, thinking only of her broken heart whent things were falling apart, so she deserved that smack Sheryl gave her. But then Ranka gets critscized for not controlling her feelings when she’s singing?
You’re…joking right? The fact that Ranka made the vajra angrier because she was still in pain was the fault of bad timing. It’s not like you can control your feelings. No one set Ranka straight after what she saw. Obviously, she ran away and then shit hit the fan so there was no time, but was Ranka supposed to just figure it out on her own? How?
Now, like I said, Ranka deserved a lot of what was said about her in episode 20. The only way I was able to set it aside afterward was, “Well, she’s just a teenager and she’s been spoiled her whole life. It’s not like she was really knew how to act in that sort of situation.” Yeah…I think a lot of times we forget that teenagers are just teenagers in our mech anime.
However, episode 21…how come I saw Ranka redeem herself, but everyone else just saw more of her acting like a child? Well, I mean she still was acting like a child (that’s her personality), but especially compared to the previous episode, Ranka made the right choices.
For episode 21, I think the thing everyone forgot was Ranka’s connection with the vajra. When they die, for some reason she feels sad and she doesn’t know why. Speaking as a girl (and on a quite different scale) when you’re sad for no reason…the worst thing about it can be the fact that it’s confusing and stressful because you have no idea why. Ranka just knows that it has something to do with the vajra, she must be confused and scared too.
When the vajra die, she’s in pain. She’s been helping everyone kill the vajra with her song. So is it unreasonable for her to stop hurting herself? Well, I don’t think anyone thinks it’s that unreasonable when it’s worded that way. Not only that, but she’s confused. When you’re confused you have to take a step back and take a break from what you’re doing. If you keep going without sorting things out, you’ll screw up.
And that’s not the only reason she stopped singing. Ranka probably feels like her singing is just being used as a weapon, and that’s not what she wanted. In the beginning it probably wasn’t that big of a deal, because the vajra weren’t human, they were just creatures killing the humans. But then Ai-kun became her pet. She knows the vajra aren’t all just bad creatures.
Really, I don’t understand what’s wrong with Ranka leaving to find out the truth. Everyone else calls it running away, but to me, staying seems like the safer thing to do. Who knows what Ranka might find out if she leaves?
And people saying that it’s easy for Ranka to confess since she’s leaving, doesn’t she get any credit for trying to confess up on the roof? No, I guess not. I don’t find it unfair that Ranka confessed right before leaving either, because it was the one thing she really wanted to do. Though I do admit that it’s probably the most questionable thing she did in episode 21. But she just gave up on Alto, can’t she at least tell him how she feels?
I think most of the people complaining about that are just Sheryl fans who are upset that Ranka beat her to the first confession. They’re trying to say it doesn’t count.
However…Leaving to find out the truth = running away? Yeah…I just don’t get it.
Well, this has turned out to be my first Complexity article. A purposeful look at all the smaller things people may be missing. Personally, I think it’s short, but I really didn’t want to say too much.
This article really shouldn’t be argued with too much I think, or rather, no one should try tp “Prove it wrong”. Anime is a form of entertainment with a story that, like all stories, is open to some interpretation. This is mine. I didn’t agree with the other interpretations, so I put mine out there as well. I’m not right, you’re not wrong. We just disagree.
That said…I think Ranka has fulfilled all the requirements to be a favorite anime girl of mine now. Cute, her actions make sense to me, she seems somewhat realistic (in the way that she acts like a teenager in the middle of a war sometimes), and now she’s hated by other fans. If I were to do a “Ten More Anime Girls” ranking tomorrow, Ranka would be number one on that list.
Yup, I guess I’m just a Ranka fan through and through. Quite frankly I’m disappointed in the fans who defected. You love her for being naive and innocent, but when her naivety leads her to messing up, you guys abandon her. Well, I don’t want you guys being fans anyway.
When people inevitably return to Ranka’s side (hopefully her awesome moment will be when she does an awesome duet with Sheryl), I’ll just get to say, “Posers. I loved Ranka all along.” and be satisfied with that.
To completely show off my Ranka support, you might have noticed that I changed my banner to one featuring Ranka in an unofficial image I found on Danbooru (Never Safe for Work btw). I’d credit if I could, but no source for the image.
I was planning on using a Ranka banner whenever Ranka’s SaiMoe run ended (whether it’s because she got kicked out or won it all), but I want to show my Ranka love now. A defense post and a banner states where I stand on Ranka support rather well I think. Not just any post either, but my one hundredth post, and the first post for Complexity (it’s short, but it counts). Ranka deserves it.
Ranka love~! No matter what, I love her innocence and naivety. Even if it leads her to do stupid things. That’s what being a fangirl is I guess!
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