「風と火と水と鴨川と」 (Kaze to Hi to Mizu to Kamogawa to)
“Wind, Fire, Water, and Kamogawa”
Sometimes I really have to stop and wonder if it’s okay for Rinne no Lagrange to be this awesome. ‘Cause like, there are other anime that are airing, some of which are by XEBEC’s parent company Production I.G, yet they just keep plugging away with their perfect blend of mecha action and high school humor, and now take the story to a whole other level that’s out of this world. Exactly what happened when Muginami lashed out at Madoka and caused the Jersey Club president’s good intentions to erupt into a flower blossoming-like effect is up in the air, but the reactions from everyone — especially Balance T. Moid — pretty much speak for themselves. Based on what I’ve seen, there’s little doubt in my mind that this is what the series tagline “Flower declaration of your heart” is in reference to and what Villagiulio cruelly turned on Muginami in an effort to trigger. I also presume this is what the Vox legend foretells, even though it doesn’t seem like anything bad happened to Madoka (based on the preview).
Speculation aside, I am fairly convinced that Villagiulio was shooting to kill Muginami in an attempt to set off Madoka, judging from his “this works as well” line when Muginami didn’t hesitate to defend the “brother” who kicked her to the curb. As such, it looks like I need to re-evaluate my original suspicion that Villagiulio is merely playing the “bad guy” role, despite how hilariously charismatic he continues be with energy drinks around Kirius and Izo. While I haven’t ruled out the possibility that scenes like that are an attempt to portray all the characters in an amiable way, effectively making it harder to discern whose side to take, it is pretty hard to overlook the fact that he was willing to kill Muginami for his ambitions. For now, that puts him much more in the antagonist category than the antihero one, though I fully expect the backstory of the fallen De Metrio royalty to alter my perspective on him next time. Quite frankly, between Villagiulio and Moid, I actually find the latter’s motives a lot more suspicious — even in spite of everything that’s happened — especially since it’s hard to trust anyone who doesn’t open their eyes in anime. Youko’s own suspicions only compound my own too.
As for the goofy moments that are littered throughout, such as Souta’s reaction to Youko eating his cup of noodles and then tossing away his disposable chopsticks (which I presume he wanted to keep and re-use), they’ve become such an integral part of the series that things would feel out of place if we didn’t even see those random moments when things get serious. In my mind, that just speaks well of the formula we have here that is somewhat reminiscent of STAR DRIVER, so it’s promising to know that Lagrange is getting the same two-cour treatment (albeit after a season break). Even now, this series remains one of my favorites this season, if not my absolute favorite.