「裏切りの空ほ鴨川」 (Uragiri no Soraho Kamogawa)
“Betrayal Over The Skies of Kamogawa”
Now that it’s over, I feel compelled to admit that I was a touch concerned about the direction Rinne no Lagrange was going in the past few episodes. Mostly I sat back and trusted director Suzuki Toshimasa and his team, because they haven’t failed me so far, but there was definitely that little creeping worry that all the slice-of-life type stuff wasn’t the LagRin I wanted to be seeing so close to the end. Hell, I might even look back at the end of this season and agree with that assessment in hindsight. Yet for now, I have but one thing to say about this episode: wow. Actually, let me make that two things: Oharuhi-sama what just happened there that evil laughter wooooow. Just…wow.
Okay, so I have a few more things to say. First of all, in an episode full of heroic characters running around at their absolute best, four got an extra smile and/or a whoop of glee from me. The first three were of course Izo, Array, and Kirius. Array and Kirius’ return was especially great, with them blasting back in just in the nick of time, as real heroes do. Boo yah! The other character, and perhaps the best of the bunch, was none other than Hiroshi-ojisan. Words can move mountains where guns and swords would do naught but chip at the sides, and his words of encouragement, seemingly so minor and a bit silly, were all the more touching for it. Though a secondary character without a huge effect on the plot, Hiroshi-ojisan shows the meticulous care that the director Suzuki’s team has given to every aspect of this show. Superb.
From the beginning of this episode I realized that the death flags I sensed last week weren’t for Izo, but rather for Villagulio. (I mistook Villagulio’s Ovid for Izo’s in the preview, whooops!) Charging off alone, leaving a worried Grania in charge, believing in Dizelmine when he was doing damn near everything he could to not deserve it…yeah, not smart, Giuvi-nii. I can’t hate him for it though, exactly. Normally I would, but I must admit I’m instantly taken in by the generally idealistic tone of Rinne no Lagrange whenever I load up an episode. In any other story I would scoff at him, but in a universe with Madoka, it seems more understandable to do as he did. Still not smart though, especially how things ended. Giuvi-nii…
As for Dizelmine, he is, as Madoka rightfully said when she kicked him in the head, a fucking idiot (emphasis and expletives are mine, though come on, you know she was thinking it). Yes, it’s cliche, I know, but when I saw Moid up on the ship smiling smugly to himself, all I could think was “keikaku doori.” You fell right into his trap, Dizel! It doesn’t surprise me in the least, but then again, that’s not such a bad thing. Instead of throwing us a curveball with the big bad late in the game, the series has quietly built up Moid as the only guy who could really be pulling all the strings and making things go bad, so his eventual defeat (I assume, I hope, oh I so so hope now, sooo much…) will be even more satisfying for it. Gods, I’m going to enjoy watching him go down.
But the big things about this episode revolved around Dizelmine, the vox he got from Moid, and what happened to Villagulio. Moid mentions “Feeding off a tainted heart…”, and it appears that this was exactly the reason he needed Dizelmine in a vox. He tried it with Madoka last season, but her heart wasn’t tainted, just temporarily distraught. Even this season when Asteria accidentally embarassed her into triggering the blossoming, the ring of flowers just stayed peacefully around the planet after that. Dizelmine is another thing entirely though, as apparently Asteria was 20,000 years ago. Villagulio’s betrayal, whether real or something maufactured by Moid, runs so deep as to allow Moid’s poison into Dizel’s heart. And how deep it went! His evil laughter as he stood over the beaten Villagulio was haunting, twisted, and thoroughly and utterly broken. And then… *winces* That’s it, that’s the end for Dizelmine. There’s no way out for him now. No way out other than death.
Now Madoka, Lan, and Muginami are trapped in the Rin’ne while the Earth is at a berserk Dizelmine’s mercy. Two more, just two more episodes to find out how Madoka and her waifus are going to stop Dizelmine’s madness, take down Moid, and save the planet – or, if Asteria is correct, the entire universe – from destruction. As a wise character once said, some people just want to watch the world burn. Now it’s time to step up and save it before everything burns away forever.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The madness of a king, the death of a friend. Shit just got serious as the three Vox girls launch into battle one final time #LagRin #Kamojo
- They didn’t have nearly as much trouble breaking their vow as I expected. Honestly, I’m fine with this. A little navel gazing might have been fun, but not this late in the game. Better to do as Madoka has always done and act upon what she thinks is right without worrying too much. With those three, that seems to work best.
- While Dizel and Giuvi-nii fractured, Lan and Muginami have only become closer, with no friction between them this time. It’s Yurikano. Yurikano is the Madoka in the Dizel-Yurikano-Villagulio trio, and without her there’s just no glue to hold them together, just like how Lan and Muginami fought when they were away from Earth between seasons.
- Kirius is so tsundere. Fujoushi bait go!
- The soundtrack was great this episode, especially early on. Special mention goes to during Dizelmine’s evil breakdown, when there was just a low-pitched background hum, like that of a flying saucer hovering overhead. Perfect ambiance for his collapse. Sometimes, less is more. Now I just wish I could learn that lesson with my writing, Orz
- At the end there, Dizelmine’s Vox was just like a berserk Eva, except the only beast inside it was Dizel himself. That makes it even worse.
Full-length images: 07.