Well, all good things must come to an end, but luckily for us there will be Rinne no Lagrange OVAs in June and a second season in July. Still it is going to be difficult to do without the Jersey Club. As send offs go it was rather interesting that they used a flashback instead of a chronological progression. If nothing else it gave us what we all wanted in another film starring Madoka. The Rinne team seems to know their audience and while it may have happened on film it seems that Lan and Madoka have decided to embrace their yuri union. Sadly Muginami was not able or ready to participate and seems to have gone back a bit towards that lout Suckiguilio. Thankfully Dizelmine seems to have much more sense than the former crown prince and is able to negotiate a deal as well as kick Kiss out of the system. Grania had no problem shooting Kamogawa so I have no problem watching Kiss get massacred by La Garite.
What a massacre it was as La Garite simply steam rolled Villagiulio’s invasion force. I am glad that Kiss took heavy losses because this makes it easier for Lan to take Muginami prisoner. I was hoping that Muginami would simply leave Digigurio to his fate, but I guess it is too early for that. If nothing else distance has made Muginami’s heart even fonder of Madoka and I am sure that they will have a most happy reunion. I for one am elated that there will be a reunion in July as well as more fluff in June. It will be most difficult to lose Lagrange Sundays for a season but I am sure it will be bursting at the seams with Maru. The Flower of Rinne did not fully blossom but at least we know now that part of it will destroy Ovids and create a gravity field that can drag down ships in orbit.
I once pleaded to the powers that be to fund the next Madoka production, my wish was granted, and HOW. Muginami might still be on the fence, but I have the confirmation of what I had suspected all along. Madoka and Lan have embraced their Yuri love and I wish them all the best since it will be a difficult time apart. The first part was just beautifully poetic, I don’t care if it may or may not have been scripted but by Zeus I have not heard a passionate confession like that in a long time. Patrick and Andy kept it simple, but only in yuri will you have such elegant prose. Lan and Madoka looked so lovely together and I felt sad to see them have to part even if for a short time. The movie may have brought me joy to see them confess their feelings but it only added to the pain when it came time to part. I knew that this day would come but it didn’t make me feel any happier to see it end. Hopefully next time they can kiss, but in the meantime it is good to know that all three of them have been able to adapt. Madoka went back to her solo act and to be sure I laughed a little when she helped out the karuta club. I am not sure if the Rinne team simply loves karuta as well of if they are closet Chihayafuru fans but I will take the latter.
I am relieved that Dizelmine has some tact and diplomatic skill as he handled the Earth situation remarkably well. He honored his alliance with Earth, allowed Novumundus to keep Midori, and dealt Kiss a devastating defeat. Moid may have a few screws loose but Dizelmine is king and a damn good one at that. I guess that since Fulligiulio is still out there that Dizelmine’s chances of being the final boss have diminished. Having seen part of Rinne blossom it seems much of the doom and gloom surrounding it has diminished. Yurikano being the upstanding woman that she is helps a lot, given the remarkable similarity between Yoko, Madoka, and Yurikano. Still Lan seems very devoted to Dizelmine but isn’t blindly devoted to the point that she doesn’t realize her brother is more than capable of executing his enemies.
Asteria reveals herself as possibly the first pilot to cause the Flower of Rinne, and it doesn’t come off as too jarring a revelation since she seems to know a lot more about the Voxes. Asteria also seemed to be far more afraid of Rinne blooming than even Array, that she was able to deal with De Metrio, Kiss, and La Garite hinted that she knew much more about the galactic politics than a normal Terran. Madoka seems to have something special that neither Yurikanon nor Asteria had, namely the ability to maintain some semblance of control over blooming or at the very least avoid the worst of it. Certainly Madoka could not have done so without help form Yurikano and the support of Asteria. The only question I have about Asteria now is if those who achieve memoria live longer or if upon her exit from the beach that Asteria simply returned to earth some millennia after the age she was born.
If there is one clear loser in all this it would have to be Villagurio who lost most of his fleet, and failed to achieve his mission. I am not sure why Villaguilio did not simply kill the pilots when he had the chance but I guess at the end of the day, he could only kill in battle. Moreover he tried to kill Madoka indicating that he didn’t have the resolve to kill Lan or Muginami and only wanted to kill the leader. Perhaps it was left over sentiment from his days as crown prince, perhaps he simply was unaccustomed to killing hence why he needed lackeys like Grania to do his dirty work. Still I hope he begs Muginami for forgiveness since it is likely that Muginami and Hupo are the only thing standing between him and Dizelmine.
Kirius, Izo, and Array find a new life for themselves as they elect to be with Hiroshi and help out at BWH while Lan and Muginami are on vacation. It was a pity though that we were unable to see Kirius and Izo meet face to face with the Jersey Club. I would have given much to see the look of shock on Kirius’s face when he realized that he was very close to Madoka at one point and I am sure that all three of them would have seen much of Yurikano in Madoka. Moreover it would have been fun to see how both of them would have reacted to Lan. The best part would have been when the Jersey Club discovered that Array was a dude. Array wasn’t billed as much of a reason to watch Rinne when if first aired but they have made him a must watch after making him broken beyond repair. For better or worse though Array might be vying with Mako-cakes for trap honors this year.
Rinne is not the most serious of shows and certainly not the best mecha series this season. In fact the mecha element is quite minimal and the combat while quirky isn’t fully into the Super Robot School of mecha combat. That said I was amused by the wrestling moves and the general light heartedness of the combat. Sure a bunch of Kiss pilots ended up dead, but in all honesty if your planet were invaded you wouldn’t give half a damn about the enemy body count as long as it was positive and steep. It was a cheery series and it made no secret of that, it certainly had a target audience and I am sure it reached most of it given the generous amounts of implied yuri and the ZOMG blatant fanservice that was advertised as such. It is a far cry from real robot and while beam weapons do show up combat was so sparse that it doesn’t become terribly irritating. Liking this series is heavily dependent on the viewer accepting the very forthright spirit that the show permeates. There isn’t much brooding and the show is generally as impulsive as Madoka and not a lot of questions are asked. I think that the lack of questions was a good thing though since they did not have the time to go into the depths of emo nor go into events outside of Kamogawa much.
Pacing for me was rather smooth it didn’t drag in places and certainly the last episode was rather odd in that it broke with the usual formula of BIG BATTLE and epilogue. They let us know off the bat that things ended well though I for one was a bit wary that it would all be a dream. I am glad that I stuck with the show even if Madoka had me pretty much at Maru. I enjoyed every episode and was amused at most of the jokes. The music for Rinne no Lagrange is probably some of the best you will find this season, Aquarion may have it beat in volume and in quality, but there is something to be said for the OP and ED as well as the BGM which just exudes genki. After a brutal work week Rinne was one of the bright spots in my weekend this season. I loved this show to pieces and I hope that those who stuck with it feel the same way. It is hardly serious, but the fun factor is undeniable for people who like fun and don’t mind having a war but not dealing with the consequences thereof. Better that it doesn’t though since all too often series that do try to deal with it often have little to offer than the same platitudes that we hear so damn often.
Final Grade: A-
Warning: Do not take if you are allergic to fun, yuri, blatant fanservice, mizugi, eels, tattoos, light heartedness, genki personalities, impulsiveness, girls being mildly hot-blooded, general absence of testosterone, and dojikko himes. Those who require a daily dose of mecha are advised that mecha content is minimal and are to a healthy diet of mecha as potato chips are to a balanced diet. If you cannot understand that last sentence please call poison control or Chaplain Crusader to complain about your lack of reading comprehension. Side effects include using Wan as a greeting, issuing royal decrees regarding skinny dipping, visions of yuri, Maru, Jersey Club Spirit, Counting down to June and July, Broken Beyond Repair, Moid breakfast, Moid smile, inability to pronounce or spell Digigurio, judicious expenditures on fireworks and mortars, and digging through Yoko’s Trash.