Ranka is the daughter to researcher Ranshe Mei, the leading scientist aboard the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet, who worked alongside Dr. Mao Nome. She is also younger sister to Brera Mei, later revealed to be the cyborg Brera Sterne. When Ranka was conceived, Ranshe was infected with the "V-Type" infection that was slowly killing her, but Ranka was born immune to it. This allowed Ranka to have a deep physical connection to the Vajra via her songs, that seemingly mimics the actions to that of a Vajra queen. It's because of this the Vajra were lured to her singing and caused the attack on the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet. Ranka doing her famous pose while singing Seikan Hikou (scene from episode 12).
Personality & Character
Ranka is a lively and upbeat young girl. She is generally optimistic about the future, which serves her well as she slowly realizes her dream to become an idol singer. She would often clash with her guardian Ozma Lee, who can be overprotective to a fault. She develops a crush with Alto Saotome, and would confide with him over her personal and professional frustrations. Ranka unfortunately suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome, and would often break down upon witnessing combat with the Vajra. This trauma stems to an event in her past that she has never been fully able to recover from.
Skills & Abilities
Ranka is one quarter Zentradi and inherits such abilities as being able to survive in a vacuum for a brief period and having her hair move as a sign of emotion
Ranka was originally born on the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet, the same colony where the New United Nations Spacy first encountered the Vajra. A brutal attack by the Vajra led to the destruction of the entire colony, leaving few survivors. Ranka was one of the few to escape, along with her brother Brera Sterne and Valkyrie pilot Ozma Lee.
Ozuma adopted Ranka as his ward, and the two moved to the Macross Frontier colony to begin a new life. Ranka takes up a job as a waitress at the colony's branch of the Nyan-Nyan Chinese restaurant chain, joining her best friend and future classmate Nanase Matsuura.
In 2059, having bought tickets to see her idol, Sheryl Nome perform at her colony she is very excited, on here way to the concert however she gets lost and ends up in the forest where she meets Alto Saotome after falling and getting sprayed by a sprinkler, unconscious in his VF-25 Messiah, flying above her. (F: "Cross Encounter")
Due to her past, the sight of war and the Vajra again hospitalises Ranka from trauma as Ozma explains to Alto. (F: "On Your Marks")
- Alto Saotome
- Ranka's crush, and personal friend.
- Sheryl Nome
- Sheryl is Ranka's biggest fan, and the one person she most wishes to emulate.
- Ozma Lee
- Her overprotective brother.
- Nanase Matsuura
- One of Ranka's best friends. They both work together at the Nyan-Nyan and are also classmates at Mihoshi Academy.
- Elmo Kridanik
- Her enthusiastic manager.