Rinne no Lagrange: Final Review

Time to wrap up the Winter 2012 season with final, final review for the series Rinne no Lagrange. This mecha/not-sure-what-to-qualify-this series follows the story of Madoka who discovers a powerful secret hidden just outside of her hometown of Kamogawa. Human history, as we know it, was merely the tip of the iceberg, as Kamogawa becomes the scene of a galactic struggle over the legendary Vox mechas. Supposedly to have nearly destroyed the Earth thousands of years ago, humanity took it’s technology into the stars, leaving the Vox behind, all for the preservation of the human home world.

Along the way, Madoka becomes friends with the alien princess (and moe incarnate) Fin E Ld Si Laffinty (“Lan” for short) and starcrossed refugee, Muginami. As the trio pilot the three Vox units against the Kiss forces attempting to take the Vox for themselves (and probably nefarious purposes as well). With an OVA and second season to come, I really don’t feel I can review the plot. It’s hardly begun and I think there’s much more in store for our trio of heroines. Though, so far, I’m very much emotionally attached and was heartbroken to see the group split up at the end of this first season (I hope they don’t wait too long to reunite in the next season).

Animation was stellar and I loved the streaming trail that followed the Vox units in flight, as well as the detail in, well, everything. The action and fight scenes were superbly framed and my only complaint was that the best parts of the fights were shown after-the-fact, leaving me upset for a few minutes (or sometimes a whole week) that they had cut out the action-y goodness. I’m also not very pleased that Muginami returned to Kiss with Villaguilio WITH THE VOX IGNIS!!! She just delivered the super weapon into enemy hands… At least Lan (the one I like) is on the hunt for her in the Vox Rympha. I can’t imagine Madoka sitting on Earth for too long. Pretty soon she’s going to be itching to get back to Muginami and Lan, so she’s not going to wait much before she jumps in the Vox Aura and scares everyone on the base half to death (and I eagerly await July for exactly THIS scene…)

 

Final rating for Rinne no Lagrange:….9.0 Great animation, compelling story, but maybe a little lax with the giant robots. I’d like more giant robots. More giant robots…would be nice. Not that the cute schools scenes weren’t…cute, but a certain point, it just feels like filler. I have high hopes for the continued story, and more giants robots.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

 

…….giant robots, please :3

Rinne no Lagrange: Madoka’s Surprising Power, which part of the Trinity is she?

Back with the 11th episode of the Winter 2012 series, Rinne no Lagrange. Nearing the halfway point of the series, Lan and Muginami fly off into the edge of space to face the approaching Kiss fleet, en route to destroy Pharos. Leaving Madoka stranded planetside, she’s somehow able to contact them through Midori, reminding them of how the Jersey Club always stands together and doesn’t leave a member behind.

Racing to Pharos, Madoka sprints to launch in the Vox Aura while the Captain tries to convince Asteria to lift the ban on Aura’s flight and Lan and Muginami enter combat with hordes of Ovids. Luckily, their new weaponry is more than apt to cut through a few dozen Kiss Ovids. But their fighting power gets split when Villaguilio enters the fray, leaving Lan to handle the fleet while he has his one-on-one with Muginami. All according to his plan, Villaguilio’s forces push Lan back closer to the planet surface, so the Ovids can get in range of Pharos and unleash their barrage. But Earth isn’t defenseless, equipped with adapted LeGarite technology, the base armors up with a sub-space shield capable holding back oncoming blasts from above.

At the school, students and teachers look to the sky and the battle unfolding over Kamogawa. As Youko sways Asteria into letting Madoka fly, preparations are being made to send the Jersey Club a good luck message, from the grateful residents of Kamogawa. After Madoka lifts off to join the fight, she sees over the skyline of the city bursting fireworks and a salutation written in residents on the school ground. But the residents aren’t merely spectators in this fight, as Kiss forces in orbit fire down on the defenseless city, lighting up the atmosphere in a blaze of light…thankfully, the wonder triplet from space  came to save the day with giant subspace shields to divert the blast and protect the city.

With the city well defended, Madoka, Lan, and Muginami turn their attentions to the Ovid fleet still entering the airspace. Together, the trio blast through dozens of enemy units using the increased power of the Vox response to “bio-something-rather-that-has-to-do-with-emotions”…. :D Despite the progess, Madoka receives a shock to her success in battle, as she sees her cousin, Youko, injured after an Ovid crashed in the school field. Distraught at this, Madoka goes into another berserker mode, but this time pulling Lan and Muginami in for the ride as well. Activating the blossoming Rinne flowers which emanate from all three Vox robots.

Madoka has once again activated the secret power of the Vox robots, but is it as fearful as Asteria thought? Or is Youko correct and the fears unfounded? Either way, everyone is going to have serious problems if the Rinne blossoms cause the machines to stall like they did last time. Hopefully something better will come out the blooms this time around and Rinne no Lagrange won’t leave us with too bad of a cliffhanger to hold over the break between seasons.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Rinne no Lagrange: Finally, Some Action on the Horizon

Back with the 10th episode of the Winter 2012 series, Rinne no Lagrange. With the Vox Aura grounded, Madoka and the Jersey Club focus on the high school’s arts festival. After helping more than a few dozen other clubs, it’s time for the Jersey Girls to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Everything from fair food to haunted houses (not cool making Lan cry!!), everything is fun and games, until Asteria returns for the upcoming operation. An operation that Madoka is not to be informed of. After being called on by other friends, Madoka and Asteria are left alone while Lan helps the surfing club and Muginami the astronomy club. After treating Asteria to local cuisine (much to her delicious surprise), Madoka learns of the incoming invasion, and how Lan and Muginami are already heading out to fight them without her.

What at first was Madoka’s sadness at possibly losing people she cared about, has now blossomed into a drive to protect her friends and her hometown. As she races to the base, Lan and Muginami already head out to face the approaching Kiss forces, lead by Villaguilio. This appears to be the climax of the rising action, soon to be presented in the form of an epic space battle for the safety of the earth and possession of the Voxes. If Madoka can control that strange power that stopped Villaguilio’s attack, will she stand a chance against this full-fledged force approaching Kamogawa? Well, she already has a mental remote-control on the Vox Aura, perhaps Midori has more surprises in store as well.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Rinne no Lagrange: It Just Gets Weirder and Weirder

Back with the 9th episode of the Winter 2012 series, Rinne no Lagrange. Madoka, Lan (who keeps the “woof”!!), and Muginami continue their lives togethers in Kamogawa, as the Jersey Club prepares for the big school festival. Meanwhile, Villaguilio has his Kiss cronies set up at a small house, only to await further orders, and are not allowed anywhere near the Vox.

Not content to sit and wait, Izo, after watching part of a samurai movie, decides to find Madoka himself and take care of her. After all, Villaguilio didn’t say anything about taking out the Vox pilots. With a trusty knife in hand, he makes his way to Kamogawa. To try and stop him, the other two Kiss cronies quickly give chase and try to find Madoka before Izo. Though, upon arriving, each one gets distracted in their own way. Izo spends time re-enacting a ceremony he saw in the samurai movie, Kirius gets enthralled in the smell of the sea (even unknowingly meeting Madoka as she rescues a drowning boy), and Array gets stuck waiting tables for Madoka’s uncle when he can’t pay his bill with the credit card.

After hearing Madoka’s story from girls at her school, Izo decides to leave Kamogawa. Hearing how she was so despondent after her mother died trying to save another life, only to regain her life after seeing others so selflessly giving, and doning the jerseys and jersey spirit herself must’ve revealed a soft spot. Regardless, this episode shows the not-so-evilness of the Earth’s adversaries, in what’s to become the calm before the storm. Both Kiss and Le Garite forces are en route to reach the earth and a battle over the Vox is sure to rage. But with the Vox Aura still grounded, can the Jersey Club hold it’s own against Villaguilio and the Kiss Ovid pilots? And I’m also starting to doubt how good the intentions of the Le Garite leaders are…

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku