12 Days of Christmas: Maru! – Day III
On the third day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave to me…
3 lovely flowers
2 sides of consciousness
And a wish-granting rock.
2012 sees quite some yuri sci-fi anime, with some including Mouretsu Pirates, Senki Zesshou Symphogear and so on. One of them, Rinne no Lagrange, is the best in that genre this year in my opinion. The anime was divided into two halves, with the first airing in earlier January and the second half started airing in July.
The anime stars Kyouno Madoka, a girl who was the only member of the Jersey club in the Kamogawa Girl High School. With her “jersey spirit”, she gives a helping hand to anyone in need of one, even including piloting a strange robot known as Vox to fend off attacks to Earth from other planet inhabitants.
The most obvious and appealing aspect of Rinne no Lagrange is most definitely it’s visuals and sounds. There are almost no quality drops and the high production quality remains consistent throughout the anime. The battle animation of the voxes and the various effects are definitely top notch, and is gorgeously flashy for some of the epic battles due to the active use of effects. Backgrounds are especially vibrant too.
Sound is definitely quite on par too, in the first half, the unique OP “Try Unite” became one of the best and respectively, the ED “Wasurenai yo” for the second half of the anime is one of the best ED I heard this year too.
The story left a bit to be desired, especially the second half left with quite some plot holes but overall, it’s still on a satisfactory level. The bonding relationships between Madoka, Lan and Muginami is lovely to see, and one element I like is how the studio used abstract symbolism to signify the three main character’s current emotion or situation, and with their high quality visuals, the end result is especially wonderful.
All three, especially Lan and Muginami fight at times, probably due to how they are from different origins, and that is where our awesome protagonist comes in, Madoka. When Madoka emerges, she could always quickly calms down both of them and instantly made them reconciled together, more so, they got even closer after the strife. Madoka treat her “wifeys” with care and love, and Lan and Muginami treat her the same. It is quite lovely watching the three adorable girls together, and when the three is together, you get the feeling that they are practically invisible, and could probably even take on the whole world! When they are separated, then such impression is immediately lost. It is just impossible to think of the Jersey Club without all three together; they are inseparable. Ahh, the power of yuri.
While the ending for Rinne no Lagrange leaves something more to be desired, the anime is no doubt enjoyable to watch, and Madoka, Lan and Muginami are just too lovely to just passed this up!