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Macross Delta TV Anime Introduces Its Female Idols

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An Aerial Knights pilot also profiled before New Year's Eve preview special

The official website for Macross Delta, the next television anime in the Macross science-fiction anime franchise, began posting more character profiles on Monday. The website now has the character profiles for the story's idols:

Freyja Wion
Voiced by Minori Suzuki
A 14-year-old girl, born on the remote frontier of the galaxy, who yearns to be in the tactical sound unit Walküre.

Mikumo Guynemer
The vocalist of the tactical sound unit Walküre. A mysterious girl, of unknown age, whose history and private life are all shrouded in enigma.

Kaname Buccaneer
22-year-old leader of the tactical sound unit Walküre. She serves as the "big sister" of the team.

Makina Nakajima
An 18-year-old member of the tactical sound unit Walküre and a girl who appears to be a bit flighty. She serves as the mechanic.

Reina Prowler
A 15-year-old member of the tactical sound unit Walküre. She hardly talks or displays her emotions. She is also an ace hacker.

The official Macross Fan Club already previewed these character profiles to club members since last week, and also presented another character: Keith Aero Windermere, a 19-year-old male ace pilot in the Kingdom of Wind's Valkyrie unit Aerial Knights. He possesses a high sense of chivalry.

Almost all of the character names revealed so far have ties to aviation.

The anime's website previously streamed a teaser video and a commercial. The commercial previews the Walküre's song "Ikenai Borderline" (Unreachable Borderline).

Text: Teaser
Text: A.D. 2067
Text: On a planet on the frontier of the galaxy
Text: A new wind blows
Text: The Tactical Sound Unit counters…
Text: The Var Syndrome consuming the galaxy
Text: The legacy of Protoculture
Text: Aerial Knights of the Kingdom of Wind
Text: Walküre of the battlefield
Text: Original Creators: Shoji Kawamori/Studio Nue
Text: Director: Kenji Yasuda
Text: Series Script Supervisor: Toshizo Nemoto
Text: Original Character Design: Chisato Mita (Capcom)
Text: Character Design/Chief Animation Directors: Majiro/Yuu Shindou
Text: Animation Production: Satelight
Text: Chief Director: Shoji Kawamori
Text: A new Macross history …
Text: Begins, now …
Text: New TV Animation
Text: Macross Delta
Text: Preview TV Special Green-Lit!!
Text: Macross Preview Special airs on Thursday, 12/31 at 6:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11

Five girls form the "Tactical Music Unit" Walküre, the first major songstress group in the Macross anime franchise. (Macross 7 had the Jamming Birds group, and The Macross Digital Mission VF-X game had the group Milky Dolls.) The Walküre group battles the Var Syndrome that is consuming the galaxy, and there is also the mysterious Aerial Knights Valkyrie fighter team of the Kingdom of Wind.

The taglines accompanying the above images are "Flying Walküre" and "Reveberating Wind."

A Macross Delta preview special will run on Japanese television on New Year's Eve, and the staff teased that "there is a rumor that the all-but-complete first episode of Macross Delta" will air in the special.

Minori Suzuki, the 18-year-old winner of the newest Macross singer auditions from Aichi Prefecture, will play Freyja Wion, an aspiring idol who is full of spirit and who is always smiling.

Shoji Kawamori is credited as the original creator with Studio Nue, and he is also serving as the chief director. Kenji Yasuda (Arata The Legend, Noein - to your other self, Sōsei no Aquarion Love) is directing at Satelight. Toshizo Nemoto (Inu X Boku Secret Service, Log Horizon, Tokyo Majin) is supervising and writing the series scripts. Majiro (Barakamon, Nagareboshi Lens, Ongaku Shōjo) and Yuu Shindou (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Persona 4 the Golden Animation) are adapting the original character designs by Chisato Mita (Capcom's E.X. Troopers game) and serving as chief animation directors. Hidetaka Tenjin is credited as the "Macross visual artist."

The other staff members include:

Color Key Artist: Kanako Hayashi
Art Directors: Shigemi Ikeda (Atelier Musa), Yukiko Maruyama (Atelier Musa)
Worldview Design: Thomas Romain
Art Design: Vincento Niemu
Valkyrie Design: Shoji Kawamori
Mechanic Design: Stanislas Brunet
Director of Photography: Atsushi Iwasaki (T2studio)
CG Director: Hironori Morino
CG Supervisor: Hiroyuki Kashima (unknownCASE)
CG Animation Director: Atsushi Sakiyama (unknownCASE)
Editor: Kentarou Tsubone (Real-T)
Sound Production: Flying Dog
Sound Director: Masafumi MIMA

The staff presented the designs for the main variable fighters:

VF-31 Siegfried

Kawamori confirmed that the VF-31 is an update of the YF-30 Chronos that appeared in the Macross 30 game. The design has built-in gun ports in its arms.

Sv-262 Draken III

Kawamori noted that this is the first time that a Valkyrie with this unique delta wing design variant has appeared in Macross. Tenjin noted that the cockpit is not transparent.

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