「鴨川に来た男」 (Kamogawa ni Kita Otoko)
“The Man who Came to Kamogawa”
This episode was so maru maru maru maruuu~! Forget not being able to do no wrong; Rinne no Lagrange just seems to do everything right. The flashback to Lan’s childhood was an eye-opening one, raising a big question as to why Villagiulio parted ways with her and became the leader of Kiss (and effectively her enemy), whereas a day in the life of Muginami with her easygoing yet clearly manipulative ways brought the matter front and center, revealing that she’s “acquainted” with Villagiulio. All the while, the lighthearted moments continued to be prevalent throughout — even with Villagiulio himself — and didn’t take away from the seriousness when the tone suddenly changed. In terms of execution, not only are we getting a perfect blend of story and comedy, but also a lot of speculation-worthy build-up that has me eagerly anticipating where things are headed. That’s a very good feeling to be left with after an episode, especially for a series that I’m enjoying as much as Lagrange.
Right from the get-go, this episode seemed intent on making the viewer dislike Muginami’s character for being a fake and manipulative bitc– alien girl; however, I honestly found it hard to hate her since it looked like she was genuinely enjoying her time with Madoka and Lan, and was quick to reveal that she possesses the Memoria for Vox Ignis when asked what she’s after. That suggests to me that she isn’t hanging around them just because of an ulterior motive, but that it’s reflective of her nonchalant personality in whatever she does — even when it comes to fighting a war. Where things got really interesting of course is when Villagiulio threw her away like some dirty old rag for taking the last Vox for herself, leaving her in tears and absolute disbelief that her beloved “onii-chan” wants nothing to do with her. I honestly felt bad for Muginami as she started to tear up, but given how it looked like it pained Villagiulio to do that to her, I suspect that it may all have been an act to get Muginami working together with Madoka and Lan. For what purpose I don’t know, but that’s largely why I want to know how he and Lan eventually became enemies. Whatever the reason may be, I really don’t see Villagiulio becoming the main antagonist of the series, given how charismatic he’s proven to be.
As for some general points of interest, I’m still not sure exactly what De Metrio and Le Garite are, but judging from Lan and Villagiulio’s dialogue in the flashback, it does sound like they’re both planets and that Le Garite was (or still is) allied with De Metrio. If so, this would imply that there are differing views over the legend of the Voces and that an interplanetary war is now taking place on Earth over them, much like I was suspecting. Also noteworthy was mention of Lan’s brother who was slated to become the next king of Le Garite. I got a bit of an ominous feeling from that, thinking that he may have passed away fighting one of De Metrio’s wars. Either way, I’m sure Lan’s brother will come up again, but not before we see what happens to the heartbroken Muginami who doesn’t appear to have fully activated Ignis yet.
* Spot the Nissan cars!
* I just loved Muginami’s line about how the Vox poked her, given where her Memoria is located. And here I thought Madoka and Lan’s were in scandalous spots. Boy was I mistaken.
* Ask and I shall receive it seems, as Hiroshi got a good moment in the spotlight already.
* Full-length images: 01, 17, 19, 25, 26, 28.