「白の鴨川」 (Shiro no Kamogawa)
“A White Kamogawa”
I thought this was going to be a pretty light-hearted episode, something the chair imagery seemed to back up. Yet, between departure of Array and Kirius and the situation involving Moid – not to mention that nice Le Garite attack at the end there – it was anything but. Indecision, sad partings, and serious problems were the order of the day, as we quickly ramp up to the conflict that will end this series…with a bang, by the looks of it.
As far as indecision goes, that was all Madoka’s territory. While Lan and Muginami know what they want to do – Lan to help her onii-sama, and Muginami to do something for her home planet of U-Go – Madoka appears to have no idea…or is just putting off the decision. First of all, I was so sad at the news that Lan and Muginami would be leaving that I couldn’t properly indulge in yuri shipping, nor make comments about Lan’s “We’re one now” comment. Noes, don’t go! Fortunately, Madoka hinted at the end that there might be another path. If not employment and not higher education, then what does she, the girl who put the rings around the planet, have in mind for the future? I don’t know for sure, but I’d warrant that it doesn’t involve staying on Earth, at least not full-time.
Sad partings was the realm of Array and Kirius, and everyone who came to see them off. After hearing last episode that Array would be leaving, I wasn’t in the least surprised to hear that Kirius was going as well, nor that Izo would be staying. If anyone was going to stay, Izo would be the one to hang around for a fleeting chance at seeing Yurikano again, or maybe just to ride things out until the whole situation feels well and truly over. And their parting…well, it was obvious to me as soon as Madoka said it that they would all cry at the same time, but I didn’t see Hiroshi-ojisan being one step ahead of them. Partings can be said, but there were such good feelings here, of relationships that changed each other’s lives and of friendships that will endure even across the stars. I loved it.
My only concern with the KISS boy is that Array and Kirius’ departure + what we saw in the preview has my internal “Death Flag” alarm going off in regards to Izo. I could be wrong, of course – LagRin hasn’t shown a tendency to kill off characters – but if it is ever going to happen, here at the end of the series would be the place to do it. We got a scare last season with Youko-nee, but I hope they’re not going to go all the way with Izo…even if it might immortalize him in a way survival never could. Madoka doesn’t like seeing those close to her die, after all. Still…fly safe, man.
Of course, the most important parts of the episode, as they so often does, pivoted around Moid. Villagulio spoke of the betrayal that Dizelmine once suspected of him – and exiled him for – along with how Moid has served Dizelmine’s family for a long time. Hearing that, as soon as I saw Dizelmine’s pain, the memoria appearing on his body, and the distrust reborn in his eyes, I knew what would happen. “I can see the ending!” as a certain otomega gamer would say, except not really. I only see one point. I see the poison words of Moid, as they dig into Dizelmine and drive him unerringly down the wrong path. Dizelmine once thought that Villagulio had betrayed him, and gone to the opposition’s side…and now that Moid is back, Dizelmine is convinced of Villagulio’s betrayal once again. There’s believing in your friend, Villagulio, and then there’s stupidity. Wake up and smell the betrayal. It’s not coming from you this time…as if it ever did.
So the stage is set for the final confrontation. Barring something totally unforseen – I wouldn’t put that past this show, though the signs are pretty clear at this point – Moid is indeed the end baddie that Madoka and her waifus will have to beat to make way for peace across the galaxy. Yet they vowed never to fight again. This lull after the Yurikano arc has put the action on the backburner, but now it’s coming roaring back for the grand finish. Now we will see whether Rinne no Lagrange will finish strong, or disappoint us and fall down to hell. Or, just possibly, do something fantastic, something totally amazing…and earn its place, in my mind at least, among the top anime of the year.
I can’t wait to find out.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Indecision, sad partings, & the poison words of Moid drive #LagRin towards it’s final conclusion. Cannot. Wait. #Kamojo #Lagrange
- Tadokoro and co are great. Even when Asteria was hiding things from them – big things, terribly important things – they forgave her like it was nothing. She had her reasons, and they respected that. Good, good people. You picked well, Asteria-chan.
- Poor Machiko-sensei, she has no one to go to that hotel with but Youko. C’mon, invite Tadokoro! You know you want to :3
- Yuri. More yuri. Even more yuri (maybe). You’re welcome.
- 20,010 years old? CONFIRMATION! WE HAVE A LOLI IN THE HOUSE!
- Holy shi…oji-san is awesome.
- That’s some distribution they’ve got on that Kamogawa Energy.
- Michi x Izo. Do this Xebec. Do it for me.
- Just to be clear, that ship that exploded definitely wasn’t Array and Kirius’. I was worried because that’s plainly a De Metrio ship, but I compared the designs, and Array and Kirius’ ship was different.
- Finally, on the bridge that triggered Asteria’s memory – my guess is that whoever is the bridge is the one who dictates what kind of reaction the Voces give off, i.e. whether they make a planet bloom, or destroy it utterly. That might be why Asteria and Yurikano’s experiences with the Voces ended so badly – Yurikano had no bridge to stablize the reaction, and Asteria probably had one (Moid) who was working against her. Now Moid has transferred the bridge memoria to an angry Dizelmine, perhaps so he doesn’t have to wait 20,000 years if things go bad? I don’t know. Now that I say it, I’m not so sure. I really ought to stop trying to predict this show. Still, feel free to give it a shot in the comments below!