「鴨川スイマーズ」 (Kamogawa Suimaazu)
It feels like I’m just repeating myself every week when it comes to Rinne no Lagrange, as the unassuming and unpretentious robot anime doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to delivering twenty solid minutes of entertainment. I never quite know what I’m in store for each week, but I never seem to be disappointed either as everything just comes together remarkably well time and time again. At this point, I dare say the show can do no wrong, given that it knows how to seamlessly switch over to the lighthearted side of things and just have “fun” with the premise. In this particular episode, I loved the comedy involving Todakoro, who went from Novumundus Commander to whipping boy in an instant before Youko and her friend/Madoka’s P.E. teacher Iwabuchi Machiko (Asakura Azumi). There’s just something really funny about seeing someone of authority brought down to everyone else’s level, especially when it’s by his own subordinates. The comedic pause in that scene was pretty spot on, just like it was for Madoka’s unbelievably slow thought process that had me chuckling as well.
The highlight of course was Muginami transferring to Kamojo High and stirring things up just like I had hoped. Her mission on Earth remains a mystery, but I’m starting to think that she’s a member of the “Chivalrous Thief Alliance Kiss” headed by
Kaburagi T. Kotetsu Villagiulio (played by Nakamura Yuuichi in an unnaturally deep voice), judging from their similar-looking fluffy jackets. If not that, then I suspect she’s from another planet/affiliation altogether, seeing as nobody seems to know who she is. What we do know is that she’s aware of Madoka and Lan’s Memoria, the markings on bodies that signify their contracts with their Voces (plural for “vox” in Latin), and the fact the Lan is the princess of Le Garite — something that we only learned for the first time here. (Up until now, I figured that Lan was someone important based on how Moid addresses her, but the princess of Le Garite wasn’t what I had in mind.) We also know that she eventually pilots Vox Ignis, so that would presumably put her at odds with Villagiulio if he does turn out to be the person who helped Array escape. (Villagiulio destroyed their ship but wants to team up with them for some reason.)
In any case, the comedic fallout of Muginami’s formal introduction to the series was my favorite part of this episode, as a jealous Lan was really cute to see. I felt sorry for her when she turned out to be a klutz, but at least there was a niche customer base that she appealed to. Muginami on the other hand just had to be the complete opposite — a seemingly air-headed girl who’s quick to adapt — which warped my image of them further. The end result was pretty fun to watch, and was very much in sync with how the series turned out to be something really different from what I originally thought (in a good way). During all the waitress hijinks, we also got to see more of Youko’s father/Madoka’s uncle, the surf shop/”B.W.H” restaurant owner Nakaizumi Hiroshi (Hamada Kenji), who’s easygoing like Madoka but very perceptive of a situation. I’m not sure if he’ll have a major role in this series, but he’s already proven to be the “cool uncle” who deserves some extra screen time.
Next time, it looks like Muginami might reveal who she is.
* It wasn’t mentioned in the actual episode, but the official website states that Kiss is a “Chivalrous Thief Alliance”.
* Vox Ignis was discovered way back in 1820, while Vox Lympha was discovered in 1960. There was no mention of Vox Aura though.
* Full-length images: 05, 12, 18, 25, 26.