Posted on 26 February 2012 with categories: Rinne no Lagrange

A building up episode, which was used to expand a bit upon the background of this series (ad it’s good to have a bit more information on what the Vox actually are), and to introduce the probably final major character of this series: the boss of the whole organization returns. So obviously she’s a a young-looking blond girl.

At the very least she’s proactive and gets things done, but we’ll see what the creators have in store for her and for that bizarre cross-dressing maid for the rest of this series. What also was a major point in this series is that Madoka isn’t going to be a pilot anymore. Now, that’s the kind of twist that really has me wonder why the creators pulled it. It’s not really going to make a point if Madoka just ends up ignoring all this, piloting her Vox anyway.

Overall, the direction that made me praise the first episodes of this shows has weakened a bit for the past few weeks. There were still some points where this episode was rather sharp, like with the maid, or the point where Madoka agreed to not pilot anymore (hence my worries for the next battle), but I don’t know… it lacks that energy that made it so addictive. Is this just a matter of building up (this is a Tatsuo Sato series, after all), or is this Xebec being lazy?
Rating: * (Good)

16 Responses

  1. Crypt says:

    Woah the chick in the screenshot looks just like victorique from GOSICK. I just had to point that out haha

    • meow says:

      Careful. She could be a lot older than she looks. I get the feeling she might have first-hand knowledge of what the Rinne is capable of.

  2. Taara535 says:

    Major ripoff from Top Gun. Just had to say.

  3. rawr says:

    frankly I thought this ep was great o.o
    it introduced new, interesting characters,had lots of revelations, and propelled the story forward.
    On a side note I wonder what Lan’s going to do now that she found out the truth about “woof”

    • Oroboros says:

      If she’s smart and really self-aware, she’ll pull it out to be sarcastic. ;)

    • meow says:

      A lot of my old theories got blown out of the water with this episode’s revelations. Trying to get things straight here. Can we can throw out Tadoroko’s explanation to the school about a galactic war out the window? Especially given that Gil’s team is negotiating with Asteria? It looks like Gil’s side and Moid’s side are competing over who get the Vox – and I assume the girls along with them, in order to activate the Rinne for some reason. Moid+Lan’s onnichan has Lan. Gio has Muginami. So Madoka is the tie-breaker?

      Also, it is implied that the 20,000 year old incident might have been an accident. Aura went out of control? Moid got awfully excited that the Rinne activated, even though it’s something that destroyed Earth once. Hmm….

      Btw, I think Lan’s greeting would work as an official Earth greeting….in places like Akihabara…XD

  4. meow says:

    Hm. Got a question. Who’s the guy in the hologram talking to Moid? Is that Lan’s older brother?

  5. esha25 says:

    I think the hologram guy is Lan’s brother. I’m still confused as to everyone’s motivations, this show gets caught up with some tongue in cheek stuff that I don’t think is necessary. Head chick taking every opportunity to feel Lan up. It’s funny the first time the 5th or 6th time in one episode is a bit annoying.

    • meow says:

      Haha. I think she’s just a bit sado and likes to get under everyone’s skin. Look what she did to the poor guy she “rescued” from captivity. XD

      • esha25 says:

        Now that was funny. I guess I am just sick of the clique’d “we drew boobies. now some character has to bounce boobies around” joke that’s been recycled in anime for so long.

        • meow says:

          I get the feeling that her doing that was less about fanservice and more to signal that she’s not one of the bad guys, in spite of what some of the other things she may decide to do, like ground Madoka, may say otherwise. And I gotta say it’s a reasonable decision, considering just about the only thing we know about the Rinne is that it destroyed human civilization on Earth once before. She’s a brand new character and a somewhat unknown quantity. Real curious to know how she’s acquainted with Gil. I think she represents the Earth side that wants to keep Vox sealed so the Rinne can’t destroy Earth again. I think Gil might want to activate the Rinne, but somewhere far away from Earth for his own purposes. Ditto Moid and Lan’s bro, who want the same thing for their side. And apparently something else is going on somewhere that makes them want to hurry.

  6. info600 says:

    and no one realized that the maid was someone from earlier episodes…

    I’ll just stop right there and let the rest of you find out by yourself (trolling forums helped me)

  7. RABUJOI says:

    So now there’s a “Lolita in a Position of Power” (LoPo, or “lope”) in all three mecha series: Mouretsu Pirates’ Princess Gruier, Chairman Crea, and now Asteria. Huh.

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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 10:24 AM)
    oh, when I said “more or less the same,” I meant that it’s easy to tell when they did something because you can recognize their trademarks from other works.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 10:22 AM)
    You’re not going to see any sudden, steep climbs of improvement, they’re already past that stage and into the subtleties of mastery.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 10:22 AM)
    They all have a style that’s more or less the same. It improves, but it’s only noticeable if you follow them closely. We’re talking about pros that are getting better at what they do, not just in purely visual means, but output efficiency, layout design, frame rate control, etc, while still trying to keep two subjects happy: their dedicated audience and themselves.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 10:19 AM)
    and I still don’t understand “stagnating.” It still sounds like “more of the same old, just in different strokes” which would refer to progressing consistency. Hiroyuki Imaishi, Mitsuo Iso, Masaaki Yuasa, Yo Yoshinari, Masahiro Ando, hell, let’s even throw in Shinichiro Watanabe.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 10:17 AM)
    even without the edits, they employ a nice modern style, focusing on sharp, sleek designs with lots of symmetry and emphasis on form. “detail” is exactly what I think when I see their architecture and environments just spiraling with mathematical forms and stylized lighting.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 10:09 AM)
    @K-Off as for Shaft’s backgrounds, Rebellion is enough to blow any viewer’s mind, new or veteran. Their TV series undergo tons of BD edits (as sites like Sankaku Complex will lovingly detail with hundreds of screenshot comparisons). Granted many of them can seem insignificant, but that’s attention to detail, no mistake, even if it’s unnecessary attention lol.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 10:04 AM)
    In either case, South Korea doesn’t have strong enough support for the animation industry to launch series of their own (else they’d probably go through everything Naver has). Not much point when dramas and games are more popular, thus draw in more money, and people can get their anime fix from Japan. Although with more global successes, it seems like there’s some rumbling in the industry, but likely most of these series are going to be like weekend morning offerings in the US.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 10:01 AM)
    Although that could also be because of the shifting to digital procurement of media.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 09:59 AM)
    @K-Off just like in the US or even in motherland Japan, the hardcore anime communities are a small percentage of the overall population. I said stigma, but it’s not solely present in Korea. Animation in general is usually aimed at a younger audience. You could even say animation is somewhat suffering in the US, compared to perhaps back a decade ago when animated cartoons were filling timeslots to the brim.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 09:56 AM)
    @Friend Satoru Kosaki generally does good, fitting tracks, along with the rest of Monaca.

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