Rinne no Lagrange 2 – 04
「再会の街、鴨川」 (Saikai no Machi, Kamogawa)
“A Reunion in Kamogawa”
It’s time for the conference in Kamogawa! First of all, I must applaud Asteria once again. I enjoyed her little political mind games this episode, of first abandoning Dizelmine and Villagulio and then getting them trapped in an elevator together. To me, her choice of location struck me as quite clever. Not only did she have the plausible deniability of “oh, the elevator just stopped on its own” (complete bullshit, and everyone knows it, but it’s the kind of bullshit that a politician like Asteria can get away with peddling), but it trapped them in a situation where the two of them were absolutely alone with no ability to storm out of the room. Plus, there was the view. Perhaps I’m looking too far into it, but I think the choice of giving them an outside view – even if it probably made their bodyguards hyperventilate – of the ocean and the city was subtle genius. For kings who spend their followers’ lives like money at a casino, it’s important to not become too separated from the real people who suffer the consequences of their actions. There, looking out at quiet Kamogawa, perhaps they could have come to a more peaceful conclusion.
Alas, Yurikano fucked that up a bit. Her appearance didn’t have much “punch” to it since we already knew she was alive from last episode, save for what we saw in Izo, Kirius, and Array’s reactions. After being shackled with the guilt of her demise for so long, she suddenly appears right in front of them…only for them to not even be able to speak to her before she disappears. We’ll be seeing some more plot-important actions from them soon, I’ll warrant.
Then there was Yurikano’s deft dodge of Villagulio in favor of “Dizel-sama”. There, my heart broke a little more. That’s fitting, because it’s also what broke Villagulio, and sent him on what is looking like a determined warpath. It’s interesting how, if you change the circumstances of a conflict just slightly, the side that looks like the bad guys can change completely. Where before it was definitely Dizelmine, now Villagulio is beginning to look like the king who will drive their planets to war. Not that Dizelmine is blameless for this – the fact that he kept Yurikano’s survival a secret for so long doesn’t exactly scream “good faith” to me. That and he nakedly referred to her as a “trump card,” even if it was a card he hadn’t intended to play quite yet. Whoops.
But here’s the crazy thing – I’m not entirely convinced that Dizelmine is the bad guy he’s been made out to be. He’s cold to be sure, but he also used to be a scardy cat like Lan, and he was once best friends with the very amiable Villagulio. Then there’s the discussion in the elevator. Though Villagulio outright mentioned the rumors that Dizelmine wants to use Vox Aura to destroy De Metrio, Dizelmine purposefully avoided confirming them. Sure, part of that is undoubtedly politics, but he outright said that his plans involved Madoka, and I don’t think anyone who has met Madoka for half a second thinks she would help commit genocide on a planet, or could easily be tricked or brainwashed into the same. It’s possible that he has a third way in mind already…or he could just be trying to piss off Villagulio so that De Metrio will start the war, making Le Garite look like the victims. If so, mission accomplished.
Still, if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that if anyone is going to end up being the big bad (trope!) in all this, it’ll be Moid. Remember, he was the one who was supposed to place more chaperones around Yurikano so she couldn’t wander around. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think for even a second that he would make a mistake like that if he didn’t want to. I’ll bet that everything so far is going according to his plans, and that if anyone is going to end up laughing evilly once again, it’ll be him. There’s certainly precedent for it.
Next episode, Madoka is finally in space proper, but some potentially fun diversions aside, it’s another meeting with the “real” Yurikano that has me eagerly waiting. Giving up that little tidbit of information to Dizelmine could end up being a painful mistake on Madoka’s part. Hopefully her and her waifus will be able to pull something off to make their little trip worth it…perhaps with a little help from the trapped mind of Yurikano herself.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The conference goes to shit when Yurikano crashes the party. Now Madoka is in space & Villagulio is on a warpath. Ruh roh. #Lagrange #LagRin
- Yuriyuri? Wait, that’s not right…
- Even intergalactic kings have to be screened by the TSA. Lame. Ah well, at least they didn’t cavity search him.
- So now we definitely know that Yurikano is not a clone, and also that she’s acting exactly like she did as a child, right down to wanting people call her Yuriyuri. So it’s the real Yurikano…in body, at least. Her mind, however, is clearly still trapped beyond the veil. To be honest, without that I don’t think you can really call her the “true” Yurikano. Without her memories, her feelings, and all the experiences that went into making her the person that died on Militia Zodia, she might as well be a different person. All the important parts are gone…for now.
- Two nations are about to go to war over Madoka. Congratulations, Madoka-chan! You’ve got some Helen of Troy shit going on there, except with intergalactic superpowers instead of ancient city-states. This is the face that will launch a thousand starships, and it is maru~!
- Animation quality took a slight dip this week. You might not even have noticed, as there were no real egregious mistakes – I know I probably wouldn’t have, were I not taking screenshots – but there was definitely an across-the-board lessening of quality. To be honest though, I count us lucky to have gotten the level of quality we got. It’s well known that the DVD and BD sales for the first season weren’t real great, so there was a distinct chance that we could have gotten super shoddy animation this season while the studios tried to eek out a profit in cost savings. The fact that any drop in quality hasn’t come at important times, and hasn’t been all that noticeable anyway, is a blessing, all things considered.
- Muginami, your plan…Orz. You’re not fooling anybody.
- Izo was being so tsundere there at the end. Go for it, man! Ask Sachi out! Get yourself a cute little Earth diplomat girl, ne? ~_^
- With that ending animation, it’s obvious why they waited until this episode to switch to this one. Would have been an a bit of a spoiler before then
ED4: 「忘れないよ。」 (Wasurenaiyo.) by 中島愛 (Nakajima Megumi)
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