Rinne no Lagrange S2 – 12 (Final): Maru Maru Victory

No, but this is depressing…

All good things must come to an end and this week it was time to part ways with the Jersey Club. There was to be no Round 2 and the Jersey Club won by a knock out. Not only was Dizie out cold his ass was smacked so hard he broke the space time barrier and ended up in the last decade. Good for him that minors can’t stand trial in most cases, but punishment must be doled out and making Dizie Lan’s lackey is a fitting punishment. Guivini also get put back in his proper place, his lackeys were claimed by Muginami by right of conquest and he was reduced to being a serf. Perhaps with a little more hard work Guivni might one day call himself a lackey. Love is blind and for better or worse Yurikano is still tsundere for Dizelmine, but at least she is now back and reunited with her lackeys.

Madoka, Lan, and Muginami didn’t get to gattai in a mecha sense but were able to ruin Moid’s life. While most people find the Jersey Club song to be charming, Moid has sick taste as evidenced by his breakfast atrocities. Moid may have plagued humanity for the last 20,000 years but with his dreams crushed and the magic of his false Rinne shattered by a thunderous Jersey Club chorus, Moid was laid low for the last time. Death would have been too kind a fate, but thanks to his false memoria Moid was rejected by the universe and sent into another dimension. Moid was a crafty bastard though he created a legend and manipulated numerous factions to get his chance, too bad for him that while he was smart and good, Madoka was relentless and lucky. It just goes to show that it is always to be lucky than to just be good.

So with the Vox legend being a hoax it was a simple matter for peace to be concluded. It was inevitable, the jersey Club by itself constituted more military power than could be found in the whole Polyhedron. Dizelmine was kicked so hard he went back in time, and Villabulio’s reign as king was largely installed out of desperation. Moreover the War of the Two Kings had drained the morale of both De Metrio and La Garite. As such Lan’s coronation was a forgone conclusion and Kiss was eager to make amends to Muginami. Madoka may not have a conventional job after she graduated, but who needs that when Madoka has the backing of Lan? Besides being a hero is a full time job and while violence is no longer needed much these days the Jersey Club is busier than ever as the demands of peace have exceeded the demands of war.

Last season had a heart breaking goodbye but now that the Legend was exposed as a fable Madoka, Lan, and Muginami were able to formalize their Yuri Union and with their new pool of lackeys they were able to accomplish more without having to part. Grania might not be getting into fights anymore but as Muginami’s lackey I am sure she will be able to live in peace and stay out of trouble. Grania could have done a lot worse by following Guivini, but I am glad that Grania is now a lackey of the Jersey Club she can undo some of the damage she has done in life.

Final Thoughts: It was a fun series overall, Rinne will not be remembered for being very deep or for being action packed, but it was a fun ride from start to finish, the mystery was there and just like that it was gone. The Legend was interesting but in the end it was just fiction that was blown over by Madoka’s sheer will and enthusiasm. While nominally mecha Rinne played out more along the lines of magical girl since the science fiction elements never deviated into hard details and mixing in a bit of ancient astronaut made it seem more magical than logical, kind of like Madoka. Having Madoka around was a nice deviation from the prevailing pilot archetype that has dominated for the last few seasons. If nothing else it was good to have final closure instead of the torturous goodbye from last season. A little humor never hurt anyone though if you came for the mecha and forgot that this show is less about beam spam and more about kicks to the head you will be disappointed and are probably an idiot. Part of me thinks that may this was a subtle satire of some recent mecha shows, the space flowers were much more useful and former friends becoming enemies was quashed out right through kissing (GLORIOUS YURI KISSING). Sure they never ask or tell that Madoka, Lan, and Muginami are more than friends, but for me it’s a case of “I don’t know but I can tell.”

It’s a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously and makes it abundantly clear that this is a happy and festive series. Madoka sets the tone and if her excessive optimism, lack of GRIMDARK, and book smarts irritates you are better off watching something else. She doesn’t change much, she just changes the life of the people she meets. I like her simple nature and genuine enthusiasm, it doesn’t work like that when you get older but when you are young it is better to make the most of youth instead of being mopey and angry at the world.

Final Grade: A-

Warning: Do not take if you suffer from glass half full, woe is me, serious business, NOOOOOOOOOOO or general malice. Taking Rinne might result in unexpected fun, happiness, and excessive laughter. Side effects include Battle Hymn of the Jersey Club, kissing games, Royal Decree, a fondness for sweats, an inexplicable desire to swim, Lackey,  brown bagging your lunch, haunted beach house, writing poetry, looking for treasure in all the wrong places, 10 Years Younger, Free Pass, and Maru. Please contact your Local Techmarine if you failed to heed the warning so that you may be repurposed as a servitor so that you will be more useful lobotomized than you ever were in life. ALL HAIL THE OMNISSIAH.

Yeah, he’ll be napping as the Universe burns.

Yeah the yuri will bring about a new golden age.

Yurikano is still tsun tsun for Dizie.

I am surprised Moid doesn’t have the runs…

Nice but it’s not GATTAI.

Most soothing is it not?

Not your genre?

Yes it IS.

Her wish was granted.

Sadly Guivini polluted yours beyond recognition.

These space flowers are for more than just show they are an a mission…

He just threw up didn’t he…

Yeah keep calm and carry on.

Just ten years?

Madoka likes the you are right now too.

It’s been a long time, but…

…this time she remembers.

It’s good to have lackeys.

Tadokoro is getting old…

U MAD?

Let it be seared into your memory and may it haunt you forever.

It’s not like you have ever been there.

So that was why the legend didn’t come into play…

Moid needed to be punished for his piss poor story telling.

Nice FAIL face you got going there.

Hey Sachi cut her hair…does this mean Izo confessed?

Man all we got in my day was some lame school picnic…

Zeus would be more happy to answer your prayer.

Cheer up Yoko, I am sure Asteria will pay you nonetheless.

Hooray for regime change.

Because you can barely dress yourself…

Lan announced her marriage to Madoka to the roaring cheers of her people.

One never really leaves their service as Madoka’s lackey.

Yeah Madoka wasn’t too thrilled with shoutas in her midst.

Because no one likes Guivini.

Not used to taking orders are you Grania?

Muginami is now the Grand Duchess of U-Go, by Lan’s Royal Decree.

Kiss was a stupid name Jersey Club is much better.

Flowers of Rinne are more than just pretty, they restore atmospheres and alter orbits.

I needs one.

Nothing like doing community service by blowing up something.

At least someone is thinking of the children.

Well don’t forget to include Guivini when you guys take out the trash.

That it was.

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10 Comments

  1. MrTerrorist
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    And thus ends a great mecha series. The Jersey club shall be missed.

    PS: Since Lagrange is over, does that mean you now have time to do some Battlefield Assessments for Muv Luv Total Eclipse? May the Emperor help you in your quest.

    • Crusader
      Posted October 1, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Not sure about battlefield assessments I really do need to catch up though. Alas reality has other ideas. There are days I wish I were a lazy college student and then I look at the fee schedules…

      It was a grand old time with the Jersey Club. They have the best job ever.

  2. Whatsht
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Madoka was looking for her mother in the sea and she found Midori?
    Are Voxes really Evas in disguise?

    It’s been a fun show so fun, too bad it’s ending. Oh well, there’s still the Mouretsu Pirates Movie.

    • Crusader
      Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      No EVAs require mothers who abandon children and need pathetic AA batteries and AC power cords. I think Madoka jumped in the ocean again to try and find her mom after mom died.

  3. Posted September 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Apparently a lot of people are butthurt about a mecha having a happy ending. I understand that one might see this episode as wrapping everything up super-nice, with a bow and everything, as some poor ending, but I do not share that sentiment. It was obvious from the beginning of this season that everything would be good in the end. Every major conflict, which in other series could last a whole season, were resolved in a couple of episodes.

    Where am I going to get my yuri next season?

    • Crusader
      Posted October 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      If anyone wanted a GRIMDARK story they need to have their head examined. It was just too happy and was fully consistent with the tone set in season 1.

      Hopefully there will be something yuri this coming season.

  4. Posted September 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    What we do now without you, Langrage?

    • Crusader
      Posted October 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Hope for OVAs.

  5. magnuskn
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Best mecha series since Frontier.

    • Crusader
      Posted October 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      I liked Aquarion EVOL just fine but Rinne was just as fun.

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