Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne
Rinne no Lagrange is the only anime this past season that I haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying with my close, anime-brained friends. They all gave it a pass, and those who had heard of it thought it was riddled with ecchi (thanks to the fan art floating around). I also haven’t received any comments for the episodes I blogged, so I’ve been alone in opinion with this one. It’s a shame, really, because it’s a very entertaining drama with alien bishōnen, eye candy, and pumping electronic music. Sure, it’s a little on the weird/girly side, but weird in a good way! And rest assured, the fan service isn’t that bad, and that’s coming from someone who despises it…
Now on to the specifics that I know you’re dying to hear! This series was divided into two seasons lasting 12 episodes each. The first one introduces our cheerful heroine and proud leader of Kamogawa Girls’ High School Jersey Club, Madoka. What is the Jersey Club, you ask? Well, it’s an unofficial club with a mission to help people in need, though Madoka probably never dreamed of defending the Earth against aliens. Her destiny is to pilot the Vox, alongside two alien friends, Lan and Muginami, to ensure the peace of her beloved planet. The main conflict is to keep the Vox from falling into the wrong hands, as it could unleash a great power capable of destroying the planet, which had happened twice before. They are commonly referred to as “the tragedy.”
Both Lan and Muginami have a brother who leads their own planet, called Le Garite and De Metrio, respectively. When their brothers are at odds, it puts a lot of strain on their friendship and especially on Madoka, whom they both wish to protect with their lives. When they do manage to get along, they can be childish and sweet, occasionally crossing over into yuri territory (but again, very mild stuff). What makes this series most appealing to me is their bond which must overcome years of bitter fighting between their planets. For instance, do you fight to protect your friends, or do you remain loyal to your people, even if they’re the ones threatening peace? As they show us repeatedly, it is never an easy decision.
The second season is where things start to get really crazy. Now Le Garite and De Metrio are literally headed on a crash course, so they set out to annihilate the other. Madoka finally leaves Earth for a while, which is a refreshing change of pace. When you really get to know the girl’s brothers, though, you realize that neither of them are big bad villains. Rather, they are just big children playing with dangerous toys. The solutions to their problems can be downright silly (like a punch to the stomach), so I’d advise you not to take anything too seriously. Just try to find amusement in the insanity of it all! This season also looks at the two “tragedies” in depth and how they’re connected to a few mysterious characters.
I don’t know if my review was convincing so much as informative, but I’d recommend Rinne no Lagrange to anyone looking for a mecha anime with an emphasis on friendship and girl power. Sometimes, it’s good to take a chance on something different and unpopular.
Season 1 Score: 7/10 meeps
Season 2 Score: 8/10 meeps