Rinne no Lagrange 2 – 02
「鴨川ボーソービーチ」 (Kamogawa Bousou Biichi)
“Mayhem on Kamogawa Beach”
Rinne no Lagrange constantly exceeds my expectations. No matter how much I enjoyed the previous episode and come in expecting the next one to be great, every episode exceeds what I thought it could be in a way I never imagined. I heard some major hype about this episode, so I went in expecting the world. I got it, and more.
The first half of the episode was full of Rinne no Lagrange’s signature mix of innocent comedy, fluid action, and heartfelt emotions from likeable characters. I liked seeing Lan and Muginami fight about as much as Madoka did, but it was when Madoka started hearing their feelings through the Voces – something not without precedent, I might add – that heartstrings were tugged upon. I especially liked how Tadokoro transmitted his warning about the incoming Le Garite forces on an open channel to give Muginami a chance to escape, and how Madoka kept having trouble controlling Midori. A bit rusty, aren’t ya Madoka-chan?
Exposition-wise, we finally got an answer as to why Le Garite and De Metrio are so intractably opposed. With their respective star systems set to collide sooner rather than later, it’s hard to think of a way for these two parties to come to any sort of agreement. I can’t think of a conventional solution to their problem other than evacuating and destroying one of the planets, but then again I suspect that I would think of too many plot holes if I started applying proper physics to the question, so I’m going to avoid doing so. If the planets are set to collide, it stands to reason that one needs to get out of the way or they will all be destroyed – and if you know anything about how humans work, you know that neither planet is going to want to relocate their entire civilization, or at least not willingly.
Then there’s Villagulio. Compared to Dizelmine, who it is apparently well known is willing to destroy De Metrio to save his own people, Villagulio certainly comes out looking like the better of the two when he’s unwilling to order Muginami to kill Madoka and laughes at Madoka’s silly antics. Part of me wants to say that he’s hoping for a third option (trope!), that Madoka will be able to do something that will get them all out of this mess. Still, don’t count on him being a “good guy” quite yet. After all, we still don’t know what his end game is in all of this. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if they build him up to be the better of the two, only for him to try to do “what he has to do” at the very end. Doubt everyone. Everyone but Madoka, that is.
Speaking of, enough delay! There was a lot to enjoy about this episode, but it was the scene at the school that made it truly glorious. From her call with Villagulio and Tadokoro (Yasumura Makoto) to her swimming across the bay to reach her friends, Madoka was frantic to find Lan and Muginami now that she had seen them again. This built up the tension until the point where Lan and Muginami met in the school and argued over the courses they were taking. In their arguments, they revealed that they were each doing what they felt was best, and in my not-so-humble opinion neither of them were truly wrong. Muginami wanted Madoka out of the fight, both for her sake and that of her planet, whereas Lan felt that Madoka would be forced to help Le Garite, so she would prefer it happen on her [Lan's] terms. The problem is that both of them were working within the systems that are their respective planet’s governments, when what they really needed was a third option.
Enter Madoka. It may not be logical, it may not be smart, and it may not be what they should do, but compared to Lan and Muginami fighting each other so that only one of their planets had to die, Madoka choose to do what she felt was right and bring them together in the hopes that the three of them would be able to figure something out. No plan, no idea what to do, but she believes in her friends…I don’t hate honest idiots like that. But really, my words can’t do this scene justice. Hearing Muginami slip back into her old cheerful voice, seeing clumsy Lan mess up what the other two did, seeing the girls laughing together once again…ohhh man, that was so d’aaawww! My heart almost can’t take it!
Ohandbytheway, there was that one other thing: Those. Yuri. Kisses. O.O *Stilts breaks* My heart! My heart can’t take the HNNNNNNNNNNG!!! I know it was at least partly fanservice, and that some executive somewhere probably wanted to move some more BDs, but the three girls’ emotions were just so earnest – Muginami saying that she loves Madoka, Lan saying that she’ll protect her, Madoka tackle-hugging them both – that it fit the scene perfectly. I mean, Madoka had to do something drastic to get them to listen to her, right? And Muginami (when she’s in genki mode) is exactly the kind of girl to follow suit when Madoka has a good (silly) idea. As for Lan…it was a nice touch to subvert our expectations of the Madoka x Muginami kiss by getting some heartwarming Lan clumsiness in there. I just, I just… *clutches chest* Oh man. I’m gunna be alright. Probably.
Now all that’s left is to find that third way, and from the looks of it, Youko-nee and Asteria are already hard at work on just that. It has always been rather odd that a bunch of mecha with strong flower motifs were assumed to be a weapons of mass destruction, and now it’s looking like they might be more than just that. From the looks of it, we could even be finding out what that third option is really soon. If so, then all Madoka and her waifus need to do is make Le Garite and De Metrio accept their method to save their plants. I’m sure that’ll be no problem at all. They seem like reasonable folks.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – No matter what the obstacles, Madoka will always fight for her waifus. Never forget that. Also, THOSE YURI KISSES HNNNNG!! #lagrange #lagrin
- By the way, halfway through this episode I couldn’t see how it could possibly live up to the hype I had heard, until Tadokoro and Watabe Eri (Tanaka Rie) mentioned that Lan and Muginami were still on Earth. “Yay!” I exclaimed. “There’s still a chance!” Ohhh yes, yes there was.
- Never doubt what Madoka will do for her waifus. Swim across the ocean? No problem. Where’s the coast.
- Madoka said she will make Lan and Muginami’s brothers become friends again, like she just did. Fear not, fujoushis! Madoka has promised hot Villagulio on Dizelmine action! Look forward to it.
- It looks like the ED is going to be a rotating affair, with this week’s being the Lan version. I have to say, I liked this one a lot more than the previous one. Seto Asami’s sultry (and slightly auto-tuned) voice sounded a lot better than Ishihara Kaori did, at least when she’s in super-genki, slightly tone deaf Madoka mode. Now I just can’t wait to hear Kayano Ai’s version!
- Lan kissed Madoka, whereas Muginami did not. That settles it – Lan is the waifu and Muginami is the mistress. Now let’s finish up this whole universe saving thing so they can have their wedding!
ED: 「ジャージ部魂！」 (Jersey-Bu Tamashi!) by 石原夏織, 瀬戸麻沙美, 茅野愛衣 (Ishihara Kaori, Seto Asami, Kayano Ai)
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