The groans! The pain! I suppose the end of this episode wasn’t bad, but for the most part I felt like the first 3 episodes of this series could have been rolled into two. There was a lot of faffing about this episode, a lot of silliness. And plenty of things that I know Ghostlightning would have cringed at in viewing. The whole nonsense about Madoka hopping about the city trying to save it just irked me. All she had to do was just leave the area. Hell, she shouldn’t have charged in the first damn place!
Hearing her sing the that Jersey Club song just made me nauseous. Seeing the horrible mecha on mecha combat made me wonder if the genre was being mocked, or just underestimated. And having Lan in the background mentally pacing back and forth on piloting her machine or not wasn’t exactly the most compelling way to sidestep the action. “Action”? Ugh.
I could say that there is some positive to this series in that the bad guys aren’t faceless, or pure evil entities. They’re bishounen, but I won’t punish them for that. They’re about the only things so far that have been given better than average development this early into a series. Everything on the Earth side is what irritates me with its bland characters. The snippy commander who clearly hates his job. The snake-like butler/alien who.. actually I don’t think he’s a bad character so far. He could be a good guy or bad guy in my eyes. There’s Madoka who is just knucklehead in my mind. And not the kind of knucklehead I like either. Lan, the doll/Rei Ayanami sterotype who has succeeded for getting a lot of screen time for either looking vacant or frustrated. I suppose I could comment on Madoka’s cousin, but there’s not much to say. She’s just succeeded at being vague, nosy, bossy and annoying to her cousin. She does have a nice game face though.
It’s rare that I put a series on life support this early into its run, unless I just hate the first episode. I’m pretty steadfast in my “5 episode or bust” policy. But Rinne no Lagrange has not shown me anything compelling. It has no “wow factor” for me at all. And I’m starting to feel that what I want to see as a mecha fan, and what the studios believe mecha fans want to see are no longer compatible. Or maybe that’s the problem.
Maybe I’m not watching a mecha show at all, but instead another one of those cleverly disguised mahou shoujos. The two genres aren’t really that far apart in their general story structure. They often involve some sort of coming-of-age story/a journey to find one’s self. There is plenty of fluffing and posing involved in both genres if we’re gonna be honest. The enemy of the week theme seems to run pretty strong in both genres. And you can bet there are going to be some convenient upgrades.
So maybe if I look at this in a different light, I may come to tolerate it better. You think? No. No. This show clearly dresses itself up as a mecha. So I will judge it as such.