Is this a new meme I'm not aware of? I really liked Hikaru, at first he struggles with the traumatic experience of seeing a death in the battlefield, he's not a bullshit magical prodigy and kind of an average every man to his final battle (there's another character to fill that role) and considering he's right in the tip of a love triangle he could be a lot more annoying and wishy-washy than he is.
So, how is he terribly bad? Bland I understand. He's supposed to be the most average of average guys. But bad? C'mon.
I just finished SDF Macross lately, and I swear, it didn't even feel like he had decided anything by the ending. It was just that Minmay wasn't part of the picture. In spite of that, he didn't seem ready or eager to be with Misa whatsoever. I could see him continuing to be so damn flaky that he'd start to propose and change his mind halfway through for no apparent reason
his blandness is why he exists hes not some grim reaper killing zenrtradi by the hundreds and banging all the bridge bunnies instead he is a okay fighter pilot and a dumbass with woman he is the every man otherwise Roy should have been the MC or Max
I like that he started out as a cocky pilot who thought he was king shit because he'd won some trophies in civilian jets and was willing to take the piss out of Roy, do risky shit to show him up and look cool and just willing to have some fun.
I like that he saw some shit and got knocked on his ass by the reality of war and becoming a soldier along with dealing with first crushes.
I don't like that his kind of cocky and playful attitude from the first episode never really re-asserted itself once he'd decided to become a soldier and gotten used to that life. I think it would have made him a more interesting character in the second half or so if once he'd gotten in to life as a soldier that side of him had started to come to the fore again. Sure, it's harder to be like that when you have someone like Max around to show you just how relative your skill is, but that element of playful jibbing between male friends that he and Roy have in the first two episodes never really feels like it's there again after that point sadly and it would have added a good sense of camaraderie and made him seem more distinct.
>>13472123 I think that around the time that that part of his personality might have started to manifest again, he gets severely injured, and his mentor dies shortly thereafter. That sort of thing's going to do a number on your ego.
But yeah, I like Hikaru. I'm rewatching the series again now for the first time in a decade or so, and I'm struck by a lot of his characterization.
>>13468389 Max and Kakizaki were GOAT supporting characters, in fact most of the Macross supporting cast are. Don't know if that makes them better though characters though, having to fill an MC role is tough. Side characters can just be a fun trait or two and that's all they need. Max's arc with Milia was great though.
>>13468244 Only in DYRL. In the show, Minmay only went after him when she was cripplingly depressed and emotionally vulnerable. And she immediately got over him after her rejection, realizing she's only loved to sing.
>>13468336 He was always a douchebag. He climbed and got in Minmay's room to deliver her present Twilight style. Or when he confessed his feelings and made it all about him, moments after she was in pain of looking how Earth was getting wrecked and her family died.
He was an asshole. Misa deserved better. At least Minmay dodged two bullets (him and Kaifun).
>>13474028 Not at all. He said that he loved her BEFORE the Earth was destroyed. Then she went to talk with him, and that's when the Zentraedis attacked. Also, he didn't make it all about him; he clearly told her that since she loved Kaifun, there was nothing to do about it, and wished her happiness with him. Did you even watch the series?
>>13468234 Do people hate Hikaru? I liked him a lot. I just finished the show about a month ago and I thought it was fucking fantastic. I didn't really dislike anyone other than that fucking faggot Kaifun
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