「鴨川の海の向こう側」 (Kamogawa no Umi no Mukougawa)
“Beyond the Seas of Kawogawa”
An interesting episode. A very odd one too, in certain respects. Oh, I’m not talking about how messed up the world was getting, though that certainly was the case, but in how the story was told. Take the early fights between the three girls and the nega-Dizelmines. So how were each of them fighting him again? o.O Then there was how he was absorbing the red crystal ovids to make himself stronger (or at least bigger). The whole thing had an offsetting feeling, partially by design, but also partially because of there was no movement or life from the Dizelmine. He had suddenly transformed from a complex character gone nuts to an immovable wall, an impassable challenge which the girls were beating their heads against. It sapped the tension from those fights, to be honest. There wasn’t enough danger.
Speaking of anticlimaxes, Moid and Asteria. I’ll be the first to say that the Big Bad of a series doesn’t have to be the final enemy themselves, they just have to be the impetus for all that’s going wrong. Yet Moid getting taken out by a sucker punch from Youko-nee was far too quick. Let us watch her hit him, and then watch him cower as she stands over him threateningly, him shaking in fear as guards come out and slap handcuffs on him. Make it more satisfying, guys! You built him up as something so menacing, so it was disappointing to see him go down like such a bitch.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Moid’s reasons for all of this also lacked oompfh. He talked about how the Rin’Ne is a place where people’s hearts connect, and that he longs to hear the voice within the Rin’Ne. What voice? With the way Moid was talking about “the will of a greater presence,” it sounds to me like he heard god in the Rin’Ne…or something like that. Still, I have to wonder if there’s more. Moid mentioned a day when Asteria (Queen Macun) didn’t fulfill his desire. I wonder, was that the day of the opening of the Rin’Ne, or something else? A lover scorned, perhaps? Did Moid just want Maycun, and got a bit nutty after spending 20,000 years unable to reach into the Rin’Ne after her? Regardless, as far as villainous motivations go Moid’s wasn’t anything to write home about, at least not from what we know so far. I preferred it before he started explaining, when he was just a villain who climbed to the top of the largest building he knew of so he could be shrouded in the perfect ambiance. The optics were great; the substance, less so.
Speaking of villanous motivations, Dizelmine’s weren’t that great either. The revelation that he and Villagulio considered one another doushi (comrades) was apparently shocking to Madoka, but a giant duh to me. Dizelmine came a little unhinged when he came to suspect that Villagulio had betrayed him back before the beginning of the series, and all Moid did was help bring forth his rage. Not exactly A-list material there.
But this show is and always will be about Madoka, Lan, and Muginami, so let’s finish off with them. I’m sure I’m not the only one who got Evangelion vibes at all giant-mechas-moving-on-the-own moments we got this episode, including what appeared to be an email straight from Midori (though for my money, the Voces seem more like Lambda Driver-equipped Arm Slaves to me). It was sweet though, how Hiroshi-ojisan’s packed lunches came in handy, just as the Law of Conservation of Detail (trope!) demanded they would. I also had to smile at how the girls sat down and chatted while Dizelmine was powering up off to the side. It was sweet, but odd, and killed the tension that could have been piggybacked off of them mysteriously coming back together. Wait, how did that work again?
Last but not least was the final fight. I must admit, as far as climaxes go this one didn’t have enough punch to it. I loved, loved how the girls united to fight and fly together, and how they brought back the blade reception and the german suplex from Season 1. The music was great too, dangerous and heroic but still light-hearted – no bloodshed was hinted at, it seeming to say that Rinne no Lagrange was going to finish this out as it has done it all along. Still, it was so short, and Dizelmine’s mech behind thrown into the sky-water had such an inconclusive feeling to it that I asked aloud “is it over? Was that it?” And judging by the preview, it would appear that it is.
To be honest, I feel a lot like I did at the end of Season 1, a little off-kilter as the climax I expected was tripped up by a quirk in the pacing. That’s not to say that it was a bad climax, either then or no, but it is significantly more worrisome when there’s only one more episode to go. We still have that whole Yurikano thing to wrap up, and as far as I know the Earth is still wrapped in a roiling sphere of death waves, so there’s more to be seen. One more episode and we’re done, once and for all. Let’s see how it goes.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Emo facial distortions galore as Madoka & the others take on Dizelmine & Moid. Earn that maru~, girls! #Lagrin #Kamojo
- That yuri trolling. I’m going to be so sad when nothing comes of it T__T
- I got a chill when Muginami proclaimed that anyone who made Lan cry or Madoka suffer would answer to her. Warrior waifu get-o!
- The war cries and facial distortions were off the hook this episode. Related: there’s just nothing like a girl howling for blood *swoons*
- Put your shirt back on, Moid. Nobody wants to see that.
- They rammed the godsdamned ship! Badass! Way to go, Grania!
- I like Giuvi-nii, so it’s nice that it looks like he’s going to survive, but I can’t help but think that an opportunity to be amazing was missed, storytelling-wise. We shall see, I suppose.
- Finally. After all these episode, they finally actually sat in the chairs that have been doing so much work as symbolism for a while now. I think more than anything else, that signals that this story is coming to a close.
- Once more. All together now.