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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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:06 PM)
    Being bias is not admitting to reasonable faults, not agreeing to them. Trying to exclude the historic significance of a show is not a calm rebuttal, but a desperate attempt to undermine. What is bias is defending Shirou’s childish idealism. Even Nasu realizes how ridiculous that sounds, and makes a point to counter it with one of his own characters. Although by the end he gives in and then pulls a Deus Ex Machina by reviving Archer one last time to tie up loose ends.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:14 PM)
    You are the one whose not calm. Minute I say one negative thing about your precious EVA and you get riled up. And I don’t even hate the show, I just don’t think it’s the pinnacle of the medium.
    Ladies and gentlemen, presented below is the purest form of complete total blind Bias.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:02 PM)
    Now if someone wants to have a calm discussion about it I’m more than willing to partake. But if you hate the show then that’s fine, just let it be.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:00 PM)
    That’s the end of my rant. I know I won’t change any minds that have already been set, but K-off wanted to know what I found appealing about the series, and I gave my honest opinion.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:32 PM)
    An anime original that wasn’t an adaptation of some manga, LN or VN gave it a certain charm and unpredictability, which is absolutely a welcomed addition. Now I’m not gonna deny its plateura of problems, but it’s hard to sit back and hear people call Casablanca shit because it doesn’t have the flair and optimism of Age of Ultron.

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