Rinne no Lagrange – 08
「鴨川ロリータ」 (Kamogawa Roriita)
Ika Musume as a blond-haired pushy loli in my Lagrange? I didn’t even realize it was Kanemoto Hisako voicing Asteria Lizamarie de Rochefort until I saw the credits, but it sure proved to be a highlight after the fact since she ravaged Madoka and supposedly brought the U.S. President to tears over the phone. Better yet, it turns out she’s the reason behind Lan’s “wan” greeting, which sadly we may never see again given the latter’s traumatic realization that she’s been trolled all this time. Still, it was fun to watch Asteria’s arrival put everyone on edge, particularly Tadokoro, before things took a more serious turn with the rather surprising revelation that all the “aliens” are actually Earthlings who left the planet after the legendary Vox tragedy from 20,000 years ago. (Not 12,000 years like that other show, but 20,000.)
Granted, the revelation was only as surprising as Madoka took the news, seeing as it actually brought things “back down to Earth”. I quite liked the strong female bonds that followed suit though, as the lines continue to blur on who the antagonists of the series are (if there’s even one at all). Villagiulio still doesn’t seem nearly as bad as he’s trying to make himself out to be, and Array pretty much dropped a million notches down in the badass department after we found out he’s the personal maid to Asteria, which primarily leaves the Voces and the tragedy associated with them as the main source of conflict in the series. There are evidently a lot of differing views on making the “Flower of Rinne” blossom, and Villagiulio is looking more like an antihero than anything else since he’s expressed interest in seeing them destroyed before. Asteria’s decision to keep them around but not let them bloom on the other hand just foreshadows the scenario where they eventually will, with Moid striving to do so under the orders of Lan’s older brother, Fin e Ld c Dizelmine (Ono Daisuke).
Yes, you read that correctly, as it’s already been confirmed on the official website that Dizelmine is Laffinty’s brother and the current king of Le Garite. However, his calm and composed disposition doesn’t make him seem like an antagonist to me, as I get the feeling that he has his own beliefs about the Flower of Rinne and what happened 20,000 years ago on Earth. It doesn’t seem all that unlikely that the Flower of Rinne is actually good thing if it blossoms under the right circumstances — whatever those may be. Madoka obviously believes in Aura, as do Lan and Muginami who hilariously went on strike for her, so I’m going to take a wild stab and assume that there’s some history twisting going on with regards to the legend. At the moment, the best candidate for an actual antagonist would be Moid, since he probably has ulterior motives and is only obediently following Dizelmine’s orders for now. In any case, I hope Asteria will make regular appearances going forward, as she’s the only person who’s been able to get Madoka all flustered. I guess it comes with sexually assaulting her.