I’ll be honest my original expectations were pretty low for this show before the Pre-air. Having Nissan be part of the mechanical design seemed like a sure invitation for a design as ugly as the Nissan Cube. Suffice to say I am fairly pleased with how things have turned out so far, it also helps that Megumi Nakajima is doing the OP and the End themes. I make no secret of how much I hate whiny pilots who can’t shut up about “war bad, peace good” and if nothing else Madoka isn’t the whiny type. In fact she’s the genki sports girl (who takes it to 11 with her Balance Band) who literally does everything except maybe make toast. I still have no idea what the Jersey club is supposed to do but from what we know it seems to be a Jersey collecting club that helps out every other sports club out there.
So far the funny bits haven’t fallen too flat and they aren’t over doing it, however I am not sure if this will stay all fun and games. Demetria and L’Egalite are probably from the same homeworld, and I am sensing a civil war. Quite how Earth is a brighter star than Demetria and yet a ghost of a planet remains to be seen but at this point it is possible that Demetria is dying though why the humans have sided with L’Egalite will be interesting to find out. Given the nefarious squint of the Butler of L’Egalite and Lan’s misgivings over recent events there could be a darker tone in store. Lastly since all Madoka was asked to do was sit back and hold on her wellbeing isn’t of primary concern for L’Egalite, that or they are really that desperate.
Madoka being saved from drowning goes a long way in explaining why she’s always trying to help and is ever ready to jump into the ocean to save people. Having a near death experience at least made her more willing to do more in life than most people would, and we have yet to see any wasted effort. However it seems that her Nee-san knows a bit more about piloting robots, and perhaps we shall see if Madoka was really saved or is simply living on borrowed time. That mark on her butt could be a mark of ill fate if things go dark on this series. Fanservice does come in bunches for this series and while no one seems to be flat there is plenty of indication aside from Lan’s war on pants to indicate that the Rinne no Lagrange crew are fans of “Baby got Back” I just hope it doesn’t get too excessive. Still that piloting get up is if nothing else different.
I am quite happy that this story looks to be about Lan and Madoka as well as Robot Fist Fights. I was giddy when I saw that beams were less than useless in the face of a sub space field. I just hope it means close combat and not beam spam duels. Not bad for a first episode and I must say I like Madoka’s Maru move. It’s great that Madoka and Lan were able to get along so well I just hope that they do GET FRIENDLY and do this and that from time to time. Given the most welcome lack of Y chromosome in the L’Egalite piloting corps it will be fun to rant and rave about how the Demetria boys are whiny unworthy heathens unfit to pilot mecha. It also helps that Madoka goes to an all girls school… so grab your yuri goggles.