「鴨川上空衛星軌道にて・夏」 (Kamogawa Jouku Eisei Nite – Natsu)
“In Orbit Above the Summer Skies of Kamogawa”
Another fine offering of Rinne no Lagrange. I’d like to take my time getting into this, but it’s late and Stilts is as tired as Lan trying to keep Madoka and Muginami away from her poetry journal, so let’s jump straight into this.
First off, Dizelmine. In my constant search for the proper bad guy for this show (other than Moid), Dizelmine is now making a solid play for the title. For instance, I’m sure I’m not the only one who found his sudden charm offensive utterly transparent, though not for lack of skill on his part (the dudes smooth). This distrust proved well placed, because as the episode moved on, revelations – some unexpected, some less so – added up to what amounted to a great big glowing sign that says “BAD GUY” floating above Dizelmine’s head. I mean, look at those wicked grins he was throwing out! That just screams bad guy, right?
Still, I’m not sure I disbelieve Dizelmine when he says that he still considers Villagulio his one and only best friend. Though certainly cold and calculating, Dizelmine is a leader trying to do what is best for his people, and if that means that other people must die in the process, well, many other kings have made that very same decision countless times before him. Whether Dizelmine is the bad guy is, honestly, a discussion I’m going to leave to another time, probably a Stilts Out Loud post that I’ll write sometime this week (hopefully). Feel free to throw out your thoughts in the comments below, or just wait for that. For now, moving on.
While it was Madoka and Muginami who were holding up the fanservice this week, it was Lan and Muginami’s attempt to save Madoka that really made my body hot (from the warm fuzzies, you perverts!). As with Dizelmine’s nice guy act, I didn’t believe for a second that Lan had turned on Muginami. Yet, it was the way they went about their rescue attempt – Lan providing the distraction while Muginami fingered a key and snuck around towards Madoka – that showed how close they have become. I’m not entirely sure they planned all that beforehand, though I think that’s why Muginami grabbed Lan’s arm, and besides, doing all that without discussing it beforehand is a bit of a stretch. Still, apparently that kiss brought them closer together than I thought, ufufu~
But the most interesting part of this episode was undoubtedly the meeting between Yurikano and Madoka. The revelation that Yurikano’s mind was trapped beyond the Rinne was no surprise, but it was a nice touch to zoom in on the moment of her death when Madoka went into her mind-trance. On that, a quick detour: so apparently Yurikano committed suicide to prevent Dizelmine and Villagulio from fighting. That does not compute. But no, then she says that she did it to stop Dizelmine from using her power to destroy De Metrio. That does compute, even if I can’t help but wonder if there was another way. Find it, Madoka. Find it!
But I digress. I absolutely loved the scene where Madoka and Yurikano faced off. Loved it. Two proud young women who, now that words have failed, are intent on conveying their feelings in the only way people like them know how – with their whole hearts, flying straight forward with everything they believe in. You thought I was going to say their fists, didn’t you? Well, that too, certainly. Though outside of fiction I think that most violent conflicts are senseless, even then sometimes a punch-up truly is the only way to get to a problem’s natural resolution. A large part of me is sad that Lan and Muginami interrupted Yurikano and Madoka’s clash. The rest of me is glad, and looks forward to it being continued at a later time, preferably on better terms.
…is what I started to write, until Madoka opened her eyes and spoke in Yurikano’s voice. “Holy $%@^!” I exclaimed out loud, literally. That was a wonderful little twist there, at least in my eyes, though I have a feeling quite a few of you will (understandably) disagree. After all, putting Madoka’s brain in Yurikano’s body was the entire point of the whole exercise, so it stands to reason that if it succeeded, Yurikano’s mind would need to go somewhere. There’s also the fact that something as slight as Muginami breaking in shouldn’t be enough to instantly stop Dizelmine’s plan from happening. Still, all the clues were pointing towards that, and it all happened so relatively fast that I didn’t have time to consider this alternate possibility before it had happened. Perhaps a lucky bit of storytelling magic that only worked on a few, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Anyway, it looks like next week we’ll get to see what Lan and Muginami will do when they find out that their beloved Madoka is trapped in a comatose body. With Izo, Kirius, and Array launched, and the three Voces launching on their own power, there’s a powder keg brewing…especially now that Yurikano’s powers have apparently been released. I’ve stopped trying to anticipate this show, save to say that I think I’ll enjoy next week’s episode. Seems a pretty safe bet by this point, eh?
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Dizelmine reveals his true plans, Lan & Muginami perform a daring escape, & Madoka faces off w/ Yurikano…w/ a twist #Lagrange #LagRin
- Muginami is a great imouto, which is to say, a great person. I loved it when she said she hoped that Villagulio, Dizelmine, Lan, and Yurikano would all be together again soon. Even if it means her becoming further away from her beloved onii-chan, even if she has to share him, she still wants them all to be happy. Fortunately, Lan intends for Muginami and Madoka to be there this time too. They’re all good girls, through and through.
- …I just got it. Be With Hiroshi. BWH. Breast, waist, hips. Three sizes. Oh Hiroshi-ojiisan, you magnificent stealth pervert you. My hat is off to you even more than it was before, sir. Bravo.
- Lan, you’re an adorable genius. Muginami, you’re a sneaky genius. Madoka, you’re an idiot…but I like you that way.
- I just realized that Rinne no Lagrange is a story about two warring factions who are fighting over a superweapon that can destroy worlds. When you put it like that, it almost sounds like the second coming of Star Wars, doesn’t it? Only, you know, better. And I say that as a huge Star Wars fan too, though those prequels did immeasurable damage to my willingness to admit that. Really, all the children too, Anakin? What a dick.
- Villagulio is actually going to charge out alone so he can duel Dizelmine one-on-one. Bets on how Dizelmine feels about fair fights? Never been much of a fan of them myself, at least when I’m involved. I’d be careful if I were you, Giuvi-nii. Dizelmine isn’t as much of a kind and reliable onii-chan as I am.
- This is your regularly scheduled reminder: Lan is still adorable. Thank you. Have a nice day.