donderdag 3 november 2011

I want a date with Klan Klan

Also known as Clan Clan / Clan Clang / Klan Klein and every other possible phonetic variation of that name... japanese ain`t the most easy language to translate.

A blue-haired, stern-looking, but well-endowed Zentradi female (Meltran) who is in command of the all-female S.M.S. Pixie Squadron (which consists of herself and two subordinates), with the rank of captain. As a childhood friend of Michael Blanc, she actually harbors a crush on him that does not seem to be reciprocated until just before he is killed. She is also a top ace Queadluun-Reapower-armor pilot. Due to a certain genetic anomaly, she appears her age as a fully developed Meltran while macronized, but becomes physically a juvenile in her micron form. This makes her the perfect target for Michael's mockery.

In episode 20 Diamond Crevasse Clan reveals her love to Michael in the heat of battle, only to watch helplessly from the macronization chamber how he dies trying to protect her. Michael's last words of confession prompts her to tell Alto to be honest with his feelings for Sheryl and Ranka, in the process revealing Sheryl's fatal infection to Alto. When the Macross Quarter deserts the Frontier fleet, Clan is one of those who stay behind, saluting the ship as it launches past her. During the final battle, her Quaedluun-Rea is critically damaged by Brera Sterne, but she springs back into action in Michael's VF-25G while in micronized form, trumping her sniping skills. In the climatic confrontation with Grace, her VF is damaged while covering Alto, so she gives him Michael's sniper rifle, with which he defeats Grace in the end.

Banpresto released a Juvenile Clan statuette a few years ago, and I got mone of eBay last month for the incredible amount of... 1 euro. New in box, from France to Belgium it costed me 6 euro extra in shipping, so that is what I consider a great bargain. Since not one anime related shop is left standing in the `buzzing Metropolis` that is Antwerp, I have to deal with shipping costs anyways, as even travelling the 50 odd km`s by train to Brussels is still more expensive then spending postage within Belgium.

And needless to say, the blue haired babe is quite popular with cosplayers...

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