So the Big Boss of Novumundus finally makes an appearance and apparently she was bringing along an old friend, I admit I had no idea it was Array we had seen him so few times it was easy to forget what he looked like. In fact I suspected that Asteria was a trap, how wrong I was though. Still I would really like to know what transpired between Asteria and Array, clearly they both seem to agree on the danger of the Voxes and for now I guess we are in a three way fight between Digibulio, Dizelmine, and Asteria for control of them. Still while the destruction of the world is no laughing matter this episode was nonetheless filled with fun and funny. While I may never see a great and grand dogfight at least there was someone on the Rinne team that loves Top Gun. In case you missed it when Madoka buzzed the Pharos tower it was pretty much a solid homage to Top Gun where Maverick buzzes the tower and causes a superior to spill their coffee.
In any case we finally get some much needed history about the Voxes and of the galaxy at large. As Ancient Astronaut fiction goes it is good to see that they actually used the Last Glacial Maximum to make it more science fiction since Cro-Magnons (modern humans) have been around for roughly 35,000 years if the evidence we have is correct. As such Ancient Egypt was roughly 5000 years ago so as the theory goes if it takes only 5000 years to go from Pyramids to Space Stations then what were our ancestors doing before then? Well there is no good answer and the one presented here while plausible is simply not substantiated by any evidence, still it is a nice way to tying a very harsh environmental period to the gap between the dawn of man and Ancient Egypt. If nothing else it just goes to show how the discovery of alcohol led to civilization, this is disputable but it cannot be denied that the Ancient Egyptians were fond of brewing tasty drinks that gave people hangovers. It also goes nicely to explain why U-Go had 55 gallon drums that looked very 20th/21st Century, and covers why the aliens all look human and seem to have the same cultural roots. While this show is light hearted and silly this ancient astronaut stuff unifies the setting very nicely and shows that the Rinne crew has a clue and aren’t smoking weed while making episodes.
Asteria seems to be of the opinion that the Voxes should be controlled and it is now clear that the Voxes had gone out of control before, Kirius, Digigurio, Moid, and now Dizelmine, Lan, and Asteria have confirmed this. As for the treaties that keep Earth a neutral sacred ground it seems that things are moving inexorably towards a greater onslaught now that we know La Garite is out to start the Circle of Rinne. Quite why destroying the world is a good thing is beyond me but it seems that Dizelmine and Moid have kept their real agenda hidden from Lan. Whatever the truth is about what happened 20,000 years ago I am sure Yoko will find out. Until then it seems that Madoka is grounded indefinitely which is unfair but understandable. I am pleasantly surprised that Madoka had enough maturity to recognize the risk of flying Midori and in true Jersey Club fashion put everyone else first. All too often protagonists get too full of shit and start dabbling in things beyond their comprehension. Madoka was able to keep her ego in check and get her friends to stand down.
I think Madoka understands enough about the prophecy and for now there seems no immediate indication as to the fate of those who achieve memoria. This worries me a bit as I am unsure how Muginami will take it since she seems to know too little about the legend to have made a reasoned decision when she achieved memoria. Madoka on the other hand, seems stoic enough to not let it affect her too much, and given that she is possibly living on borrowed time I don’t see her resenting Midori. How Lan will react to the truth of her brother’s ambitions will be interesting, while Moid seems to ooze malevolence we haven’t seen enough of Dizelmine to give him the evil tag. As much as I don’t trust Vigiburio there has to be some reason that Dizelmine wants to complete the Circle of Rinne.
With regards to Madoka, Lan, and Muginami they seem to have patched things up fairly well and are growing closer by the day. I don’t care if it is gratuitous I enjoy it all the same when they share a bed, go to Seaworld, and start hugging. There isn’t much Yuri to be had this season and I fully intend to get it where I can and certainly the Lagrange crew are more than willing to comply. I just loved how yuri seemed to just ooze off the screen and it seems that even Asteria is getting in on the act by groping Madoka when the opportunity presents itself. While I think Asteria’s intentions are good I have the nagging suspicions that she is willing to go to extreme lengths to prevent the completion of the Circle of Rinne. That she is running the show on Earth and is negotiating with Kiss and Le Garite indicates that she has some political savvy and isn’t sucker material and more effective than Tadokoro. Just how De Metrio is going to factor into these events remains to be seen but if there was a mass exodus 20,000 years ago the number of factions must be staggering.
Speaking of De Metrio, it has been a while since we last saw Array, Kirius, and Izo. Hopefully they will make their presence felt and it will be interesting to see how their loyalties shake out given how only Array has any strong sentiments regarding the Voxes. I am most amused by how Array ended up in a meido outfit, again I had no idea it was Array. Perhaps his long absence was just an elaborate set-up for this joke certainly I was not actively looking for clues as to Array’s fate but it works. It seems though that Asteria might have gotten the legend from Array and has an agreement with him. Quite why Asteria needs to keep secrets from her own faction is anyone’s guess but for now it seems as though she has an Ovid pilot of her own. Nonetheless it seems that she has broken Array and cowed him into cross dressing. It was rather convincing and to be fair De Metrio seems to lean rather bishie.
While we finally get the last touches on our setting and everyone seems to have made their entrance it will be back to fun and good times at Kamogawa Girls’ School. Array seems set to show us all how he is broken beyond repair as he is still running around in meido garb. Kirius is likely going to make girls swoon, while Izo seems to be afraid of women in general. I say let the fun times roll, this series can’t do any wrong by me. I still wonder what will happen when the De Metrio boys meet the Jersey Club, since they only might have seen Array, but since he is broken beyond repair they might not catch on to the boys behind the opposing Ovids. Maybe to the Jersey Club, Array will forever be Asteria’s meido. It’ll be fun to see how Kirius, Array, and Izo will adapt while walking around Kamogawa.