Posted by psgels on 29 January 2012 with categories: Rinne no Lagrange

The chemistry between the characters is really good in this series. This was supposed to be just a dull building up episode, but thanks to that chemistry I didn’t mind that at all. These characters are very funny when they’re together, and I’m not just referring to the main characters. The side-cast also is full of characters who are great to watch and who love to make quips towards each other.

One of my biggest fears for this series was the third main character. The last thing that this series needed was another ditzy stupid female. And yet, surprisingly she turned out to be a completely different character, using her traces of ditziness actually to her own advantage. I also like how this series didn’t try to glorify how she was using CPR. It’s been a while since I didn’t see someone freak out and link saving lives to randomly kissing.

Unfortunately, one very annoying cliche slipped by. Two, actually. The first is the lead character suddenly living together with a bunch of cute girls. The main one though was the “waitress scene”. That’s something I’ve seen dozens of times before and it was only saved because of the good characterization.

And again: this episode showed the damages of the last episode being rebuilt, both for the main characters and the aliens. Another thing that this series does well is that the town that this is set in feels alive. This show is very good at putting in small details that flesh out the characters, but it’s doing the same thing with the setting. I like that.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. David A. Young says:

    This director seems to put a lot of importance on the connection of people to places. It was a major part of “Shingu,” and it’s even already apparent in “Moretsu Pirates.”

  2. Synkronized says:

    The waitress scene also made me roll my eyes. The three characters rooming together didn’t strike me as bad since it got executed in a reasonable manner.

    Your comment about the CPR scene highlighted one reason why this series has run so smoothly. Part of Rinne’s charm is how the characters feel real and a major component of that is how they don’t raise lame drama over stupid crap like CPR.

    That and the waitress scene showcased how Lan and Muginami approach things. Lan does stuff to try fitting in and bonding, while Mugi does stuff that suits her whims.

    It seems simple enough but it feels like Rinne’s solid all around execution is a rare quality amongst shows.

  3. Nic says:

    Now, this is where I’m out. The fanservice was irritating before in how blatant it was and the plot pretty cliched but Madoka is what made me continue to watch.

    But this episode was worthy of crap harems like Zero no Tsukaima. When an anime starts dedicating episodes to fanservice (beach, maid), it’s simply not worth watching anymore. Plot took the backseat so you see where their priority lies.

    Dunno how you watched the same thing and thought it was excellent.

    • AidanAK47 says:

      Blatant fanservice? In fanservice terms this is relatively tame. My friend if you want a true example of blatant fanservice then watch the first episode of High school DXD.

  4. mulligan says:

    This week’s episode slowly (but surely) drained me out of any patience or hope that things could miraculous lift the script from more plot device recyling and resorting to fanservice. I really do wish I could find the series as good as you do…

  5. RABUJOI says:

    Agree with you that the characterization and charms of the three girls really saved this from being a pedestrian buildup episode. As did the bookends with the guys. I wonder why they decided to go with all-female core of good guys and an all-male core of bad guys? We’ll see, but obviously this isn’t Aquarion, so no ‘union’ silliness.

    We were a bit surprised how much of a clutz Lan suddenly became in this episode. I mean we know she wasn’t able to achieve warrior mode in her Vox until recently, but she always struck us as graceful and composed; I suppose it was the anxiety of having to step up and perform on the same level as Muginami. While it seemed out of character at first, we like the added depth Lan got this week.

    But yeah, Madoka’s school must be very lax indeed to just let random people enroll in the middle of the term. ;)

  6. David A. Young says:

    The waitress thing bothered me at first, but by the end they were laying it on thick enough (with Lan’s clumsiness) that my impression is they were intentionally poking fun at the trope. Still, it was the weakest episode so far. There are enough things going on here that I’m still interested in seeing where the series goes, but shark-jumpage is definitely a possibility.

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  • ratsgnoF
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 07:27 AM)
    @Emma I agree. When you look back, teenagers are retarded and do a lot of stupid stuff.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:51 AM)
    @ak184: Sporadically mildly entertaining with an enjoyable final stretch. Though at times I found myself falling in and out with the series.
    @Aidan: I would be more than happy to read your yahari review.
    @RatsgnoF: Looking back at being a teenager, I can’t say that moment of a persons life isn’t free of melodrama.
  • ak184
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 11:53 PM)
    Out of curiosity, for those who were watching it, what did you all thought of jojo stardust crusaders? Now that it has recently ended
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 05:35 PM)
    IMO I think that emphasizes how important their relationships are with each other. It shows how the characters have developed and change. They’re very vocal about how they feel and what they want. To the point where it would seem melodramatic.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 03:17 PM)
    @Emma, I never disliked the movie. And I do think it did that archer vs Shirou fight much better. But the problem with it is that it basically removes coherency from the story. People would just be downright confused watching it if they have no knowledge. The movie is pretty much fan service.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 03:13 PM)
    I was actually thinking of writing up a Yahari review. Overall I enjoyed it but I felt that it got far too melodramatic at points over relatively little. It just felt like the characters where making mountains out of molehills.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 07:59 AM)
    That exactly why it’s so good. It’s not very cliche like most animes. The characters themselves have very interesting personalities. Personalities that are actually unique. Not those personalities that every main lead has. Very cliched anime is bad. I can literally predict what happens next watching it the first time. Seeing those 3 interact and struggle is very enjoyable It’s kinda down to earth in a way.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 07:02 AM)
    I think, watching Yahari, that its time I stopped bashing the “Too many teenagers thing in anime”, better to make the teenage characters we get actually interesting people.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 06:57 AM)
    If they do plan a season 3, it probably won’t be out for about a year or two. The last 2 episodes were adapted from volume 11 which was released 5 days ago.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 06:48 AM)
    That final episode of Yahari’s second season pretty much left me saying “Season 3 where and now”
    And “You can’t end this here”.

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