Rinne No Lagrange And The Linguistics Of Chairs
If you had finished watching Rinne no Lagrange or is halfway through with it, you will most probably notice Rinne no Lagrange’s unique and symbolic presentation, using a medium known as chair. The green chair represents Kyouno Madoka, the blue chair represents Lan and the orange chair represents Muginami. Using chairs as impersonation of the characters or the Vox, thousands of surreal symbolism manifest.
The visual presentation of the chairs can be interpreted in a lot of ways. For example, in this screenshot, the green and blue chairs are seen facing towards the orange chair and likewise, the orange chair is facing towards them. This is easily interpreted that Muginami is still somewhere far away but she is about to meet Lan and Madoka soon. Likewise in here, the flipped orange chair probably means that Muginami was undergoing some kind of depression. Anyway, you can check out this post by Kuro for more examples.
While the concept behind the symbolism is certainly unique, the real question is, why chair?
According to wiki, chairs in the past, are a symbol of authority, dignity and even royalty, and it was only until much later that chairs became ordinary household goods. Only an individual with the highest authority like kings, princes and other royal members are allowed to sit on a chair. The size and height of the chair, also contributed to the individual level of power; the higher rank an individual possessed, the more taller the chair is.
“The giant green demon will rip the heavens,
The giant blue demon will devour the stars,
The giant orange demon will spew out darkness.
Through countless sacrifices,
They will rule the land”
In Rinne No Lagrange, the usage of chairs in representation of Madoka, Lan and Muginami prove that the three, who possessed Memoria, are in a league of their own. They are very adaptable in using the Vox, and can fight on very demanding levels, especially if the three are supporting each other. The fact that both Lan and Muginami are both people from 20,000 years ago makes the usage of chairs even more so fitting.
Also, the usage of simple wooden chairs instead of something fancy corresponded to the simplicity of the girls. While Lan and Muginami was slightly fighting with each other throughout the series, they deserve peace more so then ever. With Madoka’s meddling, the girls chose the most insanely simple way out of the war fought by Le Garite and De Metrio: making Lan and Muginami’s brothers come to terms with each other, who are kings or leaders of their own respective planets.
I find it interesting how even though chairs measured an individual’s power and authority in reality, Rinne no Lagrange took it up a notch and personified these chairs as our three favorite main characters. Indeed, if examined carefully, chairs are certainly something more then just an object we put our bottoms on, and Rinne no Lagrange is here to teach us that, depicting the depth and grandiosity of these chairs.