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Macross Delta Special's Promo Video Shows More New Mecha, Idols

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New Year's Eve preview special to be streamed

The official website for Macross Delta, the next television anime in the Macross science-fiction anime franchise, began streaming a promotional video for the New Year's Eve preview special on Friday. The video features the song "Ikenai Borderline" (Unreachable Borderline) by the in-universe idol group Walküre.

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 idols are:

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.

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 also 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: Shōji 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/Masaru Shindō
Text: Animation Production: Satelight
Text: Chief Director: Shōji 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

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

The Macross Delta preview special will run on the Tokyo MX and BS11 channels on New Year's Eve at 6:00 p.m., and it will also stream simultaneously. The "all-but-complete" first 25-minute episode of Macross Delta" will run in the special. The Macross Delta x Monster Hunter X game campaign also begins on Friday.

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.

Shōji 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 Masaru Shindō (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: Shōji Kawamori
Mechanic Design: Stanislas Brunet
Director of Photography: Atsushi Iwasaki (T2 Studio)
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

Thanks to Kagayaki and Dennis R for the embedded videos

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