「鴨川スピリット」 (Kamogawa Supiritto)
From Madoka’s trademark “Maru” line to the vanishing pilot suits that reveal all the skin we need, Rinne no Lagrange’s second episode provided more of the mecha action and goofy comedy that I thoroughly enjoyed in the premiere. In fact, this episode felt like an extended version of last week’s, as things seamlessly picked up with Madoka’s return to the off-shore Pharos base with her newly activated “Ovid” robot, Vox Aura. No more than a few hours passed before Izo took it upon himself to finish what Array started, and in the process, revealed that they’re after the legendary power of the Voces so that their planet of De Metrio (presumably) can crush Lan and Moid’s (Okitsu Kazuyuki) planet of Le Garite. So with that, we have a general idea of what the series will entail: A struggle of power between two alien races that will be decided on Earth.
The more subtle development comes from what I alluded to in the Winter 2012 Preview — Lan is afraid to pilot a legendary Vox and form a “Memoria” link with it to activate its true power, hence why she asked Madoka for help. In Madoka’s case, it was likely an accidentally formed bond when she nearly drowned ten years ago — much like I suspected last time — but it’s interesting to see the stark contrast between how Madoka reacts to having the fate of the world on her and how Lan does. If these past two episodes were any indication, Madoko’s very much an “in-the-moment” type of person, especially if you know how to use some reverse psychology on her like Youko does, which makes her more suited for piloting a Vox compared to someone who knows the true burden of doing so. As such, I’m looking forward to seeing this disparity in dispositions plays out next time when Lan finally musters up the courage to pilot Vox Lympha and evens the odds against Izo and Kirius.
At the moment, I’m not too sure what to make of Youko being a marine archaeologist who was originally researching the Voces as Out-of-place Artifacts, a.k.a. OOParts, other than how it puts her at odds with the military personnel at Pharos — Commander Tadokoro Shouzo (Yasumura Makoto) and Captain Watabe Eri (Tanaka Rie) — for swooping in and taking her research from her, but I do like how there’s a third party involved in all this. She’s already shown what she adds to the story, so now I’m curious to see how the carefree Muginami (Kayano Ai), who’s also an alien, stirs things up when she eventually pilots Vox Ignis.