sketchley Posted June 11, 2021 Share Posted June 11, 2021 9 hours ago, Biomaster said: Punctual and informative as always. Thanks! Now I honestly hope that the next Macross series (because let's face it, there will be at least one this decade) gives something new to the NUNS 'cause the VF-171 has been already used for two series straight (...) Well, this ties directly into the "why" the VF-171 appeared as the main fighter in Frontier (when all signs indicated that the main fighter should have been the VF-19): Kawamori-san and his visual design sensibilities. Kawamori-san likes to create hero VFs with a certain look to them (VF-19, VF-25, VF-31). To help the casual viewer quickly visually distinguish between the "hero" and the "ally", he chooses something that is visually distinct. In Macross 7, that was the "white" VF-11 vs. the colourful Sound Force Valkyries (red, green, and pink) and other semi-hero Valkyries (blue Emerald Force, dark blue-grey Diamond Force). With the advent of CG Valkyries and their rainbow hued paint schemes, he's double-downed on Studio Nue's stock and trade: visually distinct silhouettes. Which is how we ended up with the triangle shaped VF-171 being the main fighter, and the anything but triangular VF-25 (and later the VF-31) being the hero Valkyries. So, unless Kawamori-san gives the next hero Valkyrie a triangular silhouette, I doubt that we've seen the last of the VF-171. ※ This, of course, doesn't even address the cost of developing a new CG model asset. If the next series is done on the cheap—which some have argued Delta was—it's another strong reason why the VF-171 will reappear. (Like the Cheyenne in Macross 0 reappearing more-or-less unchanged as the Cheyenne II in Frontier and Delta.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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