「鴨川の誓の」 (Kamogawa no Seino)
“A Vow to Kamogawa”
First of all, the peace conference. After Dizelmine’s plans became clear for everyone to see, it was quite likely that the other planets would bend Le Garite over their collective knee and wail on them. Traditionally, kings who embarrass their countries this much don’t come out smelling like roses; they have trouble keeping their thrones, and quite possibly their heads. Here’s where Lagrange’s wonderful idealism comes into play. Villagulio could have gone to his old pal – you know, the one who tried to exterminate his entire planet using his younger sister! – and figuratively stepped on his neck. That he took Madoka’s message to heart and buried the hatchet speaks volumes about his true character. That’s not how politics works in real life, though I wish it did. That’s okay, though. What’s fiction without a little idealism, and a little painting the world as it ought to be? Plus, we don’t have Madoka in real life, so that counts for something. A lot, really.
After the conference, the maru and D’AAAWWW readings flew off the charts. After all the strife these two kings have caused, it was nice to see them fully reconcile with their imoutos. Lan’s smile was wonderful, but of the two, Muginami’s nearly broke me. So much worry, so much insecurity about Yurikano, her onii-chan’s real imouto, and then Villagulio wiped it all away with just a few words. Beautiful. That’s a good onii-chan for you, blood be damned.
While I enjoyed the conversation between the three girls about love, it was their vow that really intrigued me. A vow to never fight in the Voces again…you can’t tell me I’m the only one who immediately thought “Yeah, like that’ll happen.” But this brings up an interesting thought. Before I go into it, picture in your mind how Madoka is. Got it? Good. Here’s the thought – Madoka doesn’t break vows. Now, I don’t doubt that she would do so if it was truly necessary, but this means that if some kind of trouble is stirred up again – and with five more episodes, I’m damn well sure that’ll happen – she’ll either have to go full pacifist or break her vow, and either way sounds utterly fascinating to me. Will she stay true to her word and try to solve what’s likely to be the biggest crisis the Earth has ever faced without violence, or will she break her word, despite the damage this is liable to entail for a proud girl like her? Hmmmm…
Finally, there is Asteria…or should I say, Queen Maycun. We’ve all long suspected that Asteria was one of the Vox pilot from 20,000 years ago, but her reaction this episode plus the flaming symbol that matches the one we saw on her chest back at the end of Season One pretty much confirms it. This also raises the likelihood that she was one trapped behind the Rin’Ne who was booted out when Yurikano arrived to nearly a certainty.
Still, the question remains – what effect will Asteria have on the end of this show? The 20,000 year question, the 1,000 year problem…none of these have answers yet, and Asteria and the Voces are at the center of them. Between a vow that seems destined to be broken, three mecha that have started moving based only on their owner’s thoughts, and a loli commander who may have once nearly destroyed the planet, we have more questions than answers…and I couldn’t be happier! That’s why I love original shows, because no one has any idea what will happen! Have I said that before? I’m sure I have. Bring on the apocalypse, baby! I can’t wait to see how Madoka and her waifus avert it.
…but probably not next week. Next episode looks like it’ll be more carefree, with the Jersey Club back to its normal escapades helping people. I’ll admit, I’m a bit apprehensive about returning to the silly antics with so few episodes left, but I’ve learned to trust Rinne no Lagrange to deliver the good storytelling, so let’s see where it goes. Hopefully Madoka will get some time in to study so she can graduate…and maybe we’ll learn a little more about what is to come.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – An intergalactic incident ends w/ smiles & handshakes…& questions aplenty about what is to come. Maru~ #Kamojo #Lagrange
- These two intergalactic rulers have a stark lack of bodyguards. I mean, if a Japanese schoolgirl tried to punch my country’s leader, she’d be buried in a pile of muscular men wearing impeccably tailored suits before she could cock her fist! Put it down to that idealism again…or, more likely, animation budgets.
- This whole planet-colliding-incident will take place in 1,000 years. Given that time frame, I’m surprised they’re worrying about it right now! By Earth standards, that’s practically forever…though then again, by Earth standards that’s also half of recorded history, while to the planets of the Polyhedron that’s more like 1/20th. I guess it should come as no surprise. If places like Europe and China are swimming in history – at least compared to young places like America – then the planets of the Polyhedron are drowning in it.
- Wait, a thought just occured…if the planets of the Polyhedron have history stretching back 20,000 years, why are at least two of them ruled by absolute monarchies? Do they know something we don’t know? Because otherwise, CAN’T A PLANET GET SOME DEMOCRACY UP IN THIS BITCH!
- The yuri was enough, but now this show also has an epic bromance for the ages. I feel like im watching Turk and J.D. again, except with a regrettable lack of hugging.
- Moid is still here? Kill it! Kill it with fire!!
- Actually, another thought. Have you ever considered that Moid might be a good guy in the end? That would be a wonderful turnabout, if he spends the entire series slinking around and being shady…only to help save everybody in the end. I’m not saying it’s likely, I’m just throwing it out there.
- Zetsubou! Zetsuboushita!
- The other question about Asteria – why is she a loli? Because clearly this hasn’t always been the case! But please, don’t say “covering all of the fanbase.” That’s not very maru…even if it’s probably true.
- I’ll admit, the upbeat ED has grown on me. I still like Lan’s version the best of the three, but…well, it’s not bad.
- Oh man, the wan, the kashikomari, and the maru are all back in full force. I… *gets choked up* I missed this!!