What They Say
The anomaly triggered by Dizelmine’s Magoltul is now spreading across the entire world. Meanwhile, the Jersey Club girls find themselves inside the Rin-ne, where a colossal Magoltul confronts them.
As the darkness continues to spread across the earth, Madoka, Lan and Muginami wake up separated, in a place similar to where Madoka first met Yurikano – and where they must each fight against a vision of Dizelmine’s Vox. Meanwhile, Asteria confronts Moid, who reveals he manipulated Dizelmine into opening the Rinne – and for his trouble receives unexpected punishment from Yoko. Back inside the Rinne, Madoka sinks into despair over being unable to defeat Dizelmine & being separated from her friends…
So, as expected, Lagrange finally remembers its mech-action aspect, and delivers an episode that explains what Moid’s been trying to achieve these past 22,000 years or so (surprisingly mundane, I have to say), sees the war between De Metrio and Le Garite draw to a close (because frankly, there are more important things going on right now), and sees Madoka, Lan and Muginami…. Sit down and eat hamburgers, which were apparently stored on secret compartments on their Voxes.
No, you’re not misreading that. The world is ending, with the Rinne looking like it’s taken lessons from Guilty Crown’s Apocalypse Virus is how that’s portrayed, but the girls sit down for a snack before moving on to the serious business of defeating Dizelmine and saving the world.
Only Lagrange could get away with doing that, I suspect – and I’ll admit that, really, I didn’t mind. It’s just this show’s way of bringing the mundane into a dangerous situation and reminding us that our heroines really are just a group of high-school girls. As frustrating as its refusal to confront the ‘big picture’ has been for most of this season, it’s that rooting in the everyday which has been a large part of the show’s appeal, and I’d probably be complaining even more if that aspect had been jettisoned now.
And it is just an interlude, before the series gets down to dealing, finally, with that ‘big picture’, in a way that’s loaded with action and yet doesn’t quite do away with the touching moments, either. (And bonus points for the way that Moid is finally brought down to earth, too.)
We don’t get all the answers – there’s still one episode to go, and there are a number of issues held over that the final episode will hopefully deal with. But after all the frustration of waiting for Lagrange to stop messing around and get to the point, here’s the payoff – and it was, by and large, worth waiting for.
Action, adventure, threat, payback, revelation, and some light snacking. If there was an episode of Lagrange that could be said to have it all, this would be it. Next week’s finale now gets the enviable task of following this up and making sure the series gets a decent ending – we’ll soon see how that turns out…
Content Grade: A-
Streamed by: Viz Media