「鴨川にも届け, この声」 (Kamogawa ni mo Todoke, Kono Koe)
“May This Voice Reach Kamogawa”
So much of fiction is about miscommunication. We see it continually in romcoms, where miscommunication leads to zany hijinks that keep the main couple apart long enough for the writers to run out of other material. Yet in tragedies the beast also rears its scaled head, with more dire results. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this episode a tragedy – though laughing I was not, or at least not too often – but there were definitely elements of it throughout its ~24 minute run.
The first time miscommunication reigned was a bit subtle, though to me, with my practiced eye for history, politics, war, and the manifold foibles of humankind, it shone as clearly as the crystals that threatened to engulf our heroes. I am talking about the miscommunication that lead to this episode’s battle. They started with a bad situation – Yurikano’s release from beyond the Rin’Ne let loose the aforementioned leaf-crystals, which were doing a number on Dizelmine’s ship. That’s definitely bad. Then the KISS Three rose to retake their lost friend, causing Le Garite to suspect De Metrio’s involvement in the anomaly. Ovids were launched, which caused De Metrio launched ovids of its own, and pretty soon a series of decisions that ranged from reasonable to only slightly stupid led to a lot of people dying. I love seeing decision-making on this scale, especially when it’s shown realistically. When you have a crisis full of uncertainty and incomplete information, people often jump to conclusions based on prejudice, suspicion, and fear, decision they often end up regretting in retrospect. Stupid on their part? Yes. But it’s also very, very realistic. I’ll admit, I’ve been there myself.
The other area where miscommunication mucked up the works was with Yurikano’s feelings for Dizelmine. As Madoka mused over the open comm channel (which she accidentally triggered, of course – classic Madoka), had Yurikano told Dizelmine and Villagulio about her feelings – both that she loved Dizelmine, and that she didn’t want them to fight – then perhaps things would have ended up differently. Probably not; people in general are stubborn, and Dizelmine and Villagulio especially so. Still, what if, what if, what if…? As I myself have talked about before (note: heavy spoilers to multiple shows in that link), it’s the stories that make you wonder what could have been that stick with you. Me? I’m wondering what this story would have been like if Yurikano, a young woman who was grousing about her skills being rusty even as other people praised her fighting prowess, were a cast member from the start. Probably a lot more boring, admittedly. She’s way too competent! She’d probably solve problems without even needing Madoka’s help. Heavens forbid.
One more thing. I’d like to talk about how the Yurikano-loves-Dizelmine reveal was done. I’m not certain whether it was done beautifully, or if I’m just terribly biased in Rinne no Lagrange’s favor by this point, though if it’s the latter, it’s only because it has earned my goodwill so consistently. Still, I can say this – when the reveal came about, my jaw dropped, and stayed that way for some time.
Thinking on it more, I do think that scene was well done, especially with how the soundtrack completely cut out while Madoka was floating and playing her little word game (another good touch there, btw), only to come back with mournful, wistful piano strains as Madoka moved further and further away from Earth. Wait, when the hell did I turn into Moomba here? Regardless, it was a good moment, which was punctuated nicely by Aura flying over to save the day. I expected it, but I still laughed at Madoka’s genki “tadaima!” Glad you’re sticking around, Madoka.
From the sound of it, next week’s episode is probably going to revolve around Yurikano’s feelings a bit more, judging both by the tone of the preview and by Madoka’s expression at the end. Beware, all ye leaders of intergalactic governments, of the wrath of a genki girl from Kamogawa. Nations have fallen to forces weaker than Madoka. …this should be fun!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Love from politics, that stretches across ideological divides…& yet is still consumed by them. Yurikano… #LagRin #Kamojo
- Good try, Madoka-chan.
- This episode reminded us that those KISS guys are actually pretty strong. That’s easy to forget since they got whooped by Madoka so long ago, but come on, let’s face it – who doesn’t get whooped by Madoka sooner or later? Other than Asteria, who is perhaps the only person more badass than Madoka. Perhaps.
- When Muginami got spaced, I originally thought she should have died immediately. However, that’s not quite true. A human can (apparently) survive in a vacuum for a few minutes before dying of hypoxia (i.e. no oxygen in the body). However, Muginami definitely should have lost consciousness (humans lose consciousness in a few seconds, and she was out there for at least 10), and there’s a pretty good chance her lungs should have sustained serious damage from holding her breath. Still, I thought that was a serious breach of science, but they were actually way closer to the truth than I was. Well done, LagRin. Well done.
- I forgot to mention above, but I got some serious Evangelion vibes when the Voces launched themselves in order to save their pilots. This isn’t a bad thing in my eyes, but your mileage may vary.
- Blushing “Yurika” is cute! In related news, IZO YOU BASTARD!!!
- Finally, I’m not entirely clear on why Yurikano disappeared. She had a real body, right? I’m not sure, but my best guess is that she didn’t have to. Rather, she once again chose to, in order to avoid seeing her brother and her love fighting over her (and her ability to destroy planets). My guess is that she’s back behind the Rin’Ne, and we’ll be seeing more of her before this series is through. At least, I hope so.
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