Kiraboshi!..wait…what did we just watch? Anyone know?
|My first actual first impression post for Metanorn … *deep breath* … okay, I’m good. I’ve really been looking forward to Rinne no Lagrange since it was announced a while back, mostly because I’ve been hoping for a mecha series to come around and fill the void left by the fabulous Star Driver Sundays (and Gundam AGE just wasn’t doing it for me), but also because it’s an original anime. I’m really excited to find out the direction it takes.|
|Here it is, our mecha anime of this season. I don’t know whether I should put my hope on it or not. Sure, the trailer is pretty interesting, but the summary is not interesting at all. Pilot with a jersey wear? Are they lacking budget in the outfit department or what? Oh well, I guess I’ll see how it is now.|
|Oh hai there random mech show. I had no intentions of watching this, but I had spare time on my hands and suddenly had an urge to finally start Evangelion. …So I watched this instead. Yep, so here I am with Fosh with my first impressions on Legrange.|
|Fufufufu welcome aboard Hawthorne! It is so great to see you jump right into the first anime of the new years and starting the winter season with me. I have been waiting for this show to get finally released! I can echo Hawthorne’s comments about this being possible filler for that fabulous Star Driver, I can really see it in this anime. So how does this anime hold out? Hopefully it is a fun ride for most of us right? It is time to find out now.Plot starts with our lead character Madoka walking to school and she runs down the beach to save someone from drowning, she arrives at school afterwards and does a bit of acting, Kendo and a round of tennis before she meets a strange blue haired girl named Lan, who asks Madoka about piloting a robot. The following day she joins up with Lan and soon finds herself pulled into a mecha battle against some men from space…|
Madoka-“Quality? Throw that out of the window….for now…”
Starting right off Takuto err Madoka saves a random person from drowning giving us the first taste of Lagrange “fan-service” who doesn’t like random swimsuit shots? She runs to school in her swimsuit because her clothes were stolen…OH NO! NOT THE CLOTHES! After that bit of fun Madoka finally arrives at her school and we watch as she takes part in some after school activities like some acting, a bit of kendo and a quick round of tennis! Those scenes just show off how athletic our main hero can be. Before Madoka heads home she meets a mysterious blue haired girl who returns her “borrowed” uniform.
Madoka-“What else can I try? Gun club? HELL YA!”
Ah the fun of school in anime, Madoka leaves the school she returns home to get jumped by her sister! Sounds like Mio’s life from Nichijou. Her sister suddenly asks to see Madoka’s panties why you ask? Because she is way into yuri themed anime! Wait a second that’s not right, she was just looking for something “strange” on Madoka’s body. The following day Madoka heads back to school and finds the blue haired girl again and the two of them chat and swap names, but she asks Madoka a strange question about piloting robots! Leaving her stunned until Lan takes Madoka to her base to find a large machine waiting for them.
Sibling love, isn’t it the best? Huh Madoka?
This is clearly the most important plot development of the episode.
Madoka loves friendship while Lan is confused.
Madoka learns more about Lan and discovers she is really an alien, while they chat the base gets attacked by another mecha that owns the local military with laser powers! Lan convinces Madoka to pilot the machine and she rushes out to defend the base. While Madoka engages the mysterious machine her sister arrives to attempt to stop her crazy sister! Madoka gets knocked for a bit and she decides to try something insane as she grabs the enemy machine and defeats it with a well placed German suplex. The episode ends with everyone staring in shock with both machines stuck in a weird position.
Madoka-“Look at my sexy dance moves….” Lan-“…..”
Lan-“This is going to be a long…series…” Madoka-“DUDE LOOK I KNOW KARATE!”
Mecha Wrestling Federation is a huge in the future.
Older sister hard at work.
Needs more EHHHHHHHHHHH.
Madoka-“This looks like a giant mecha duck…”
Captain-“Did she just….wrestle with the enemy?” Soldier-“…..yes….she did…”
Woo, void filled. Starting next week, Rinne Sundays … hm, sounds good enough. I have a habit of falling in love with a series after only one episode, even if it turns out horrendous in the end, but I really enjoyed everything about this premiere, or I guess, early airing. It all felt slick, but never too rushed, from the moment Madoka was running down the beach all the way up to that outstanding mecha (… or perhaps alien) showdown. You won’t find any lulls here, which is pretty standard of a first episode I suppose.
My one minor concern, not really a complaint though, is that Madoka seems like THAT kind of protagonist, and by THAT kind of protagonist I mean the type that is overly optimistic and go-lucky and verges on being a Sue. If I had to describe her I’d say she’s a cross between Fam Fan Fan and Ohana, but I probably shouldn’t be judging her this early. I must say though, she has really mastered the art of “EHHHH!?” The other characters aren’t that bad either, the mysterious Ran reminds me a lot of Eureka appearance-wise and story-wise, and Madoka’s sister is an awesome foil, in some regards. The other ditzy looking girl in the official artwork wasn’t in this episode, but I’m interested in what she’ll add other than more fanservice. Oh, and I appreciate the alien bishies, nice touch.
Anyway, I give this episode a big two thumbs up. It was fun (which is always important), looked brilliant (even with the terrible quality of the video), and with a second season already planned it has TONS of time to develop the setting and characters, who were the only part I felt were lacking. Here’s to another, hopefully, fabulous mecha series! KIRABO- nevermind.
Some of my twitter friends think it’s horrible for a first episode. No, not because it’s a pre-air where the animation is usually beyond horrid. I can understand why they think like that when I watched the first fifteen seconds of it. Not even halfway of this episode and the main girl already strips her clothes off. When I saw Madoka stripping off, all I can think of is how I’m going to survive for the rest of the episode. I did survive but full of excitement. I was wrong about this anime.
Madoka is like a whole new breeze for me. Well, not really new because there’s always that one awesome cheerful hyperactive character in every anime, but somehow Madoka makes me feel refreshed about it. Maybe it’s the side-effect of the depressing Ouma Shu and Tabuki? Maybe. But whatever it is, I already like Madoka’s cherrful-yet-calm personality
I don’t know about the plot whatsoever since it is only the first episode, but I really underestimated it. I thought it’s just about female robot pilots with echiness, but obviously there’s more than that. I don’t even feel the echiness in this anime. Just some…Naked girl taking a bath? Anyhow, however the story is, I had fun with this anime. The fighting was full of excitement. The robots are beautiful, and I already love the design of them (not as much as I love Gundam of course). I know I’ll be watching this, and this will be one of many anime this season that I HAVE to watch in high quality.
…Wow and here I joined this thinking that this was the anime with Yuki Aoi and that other woman fighting aliens/Noise/whatever with music. Obviously I was way off lololol. This grabbed my attention anyways though because of how ridiculous it was. The beginning was typical enough with the main character introduction and Madoka being extremely active in everything. I was bored by this actually, but I guess it served a purpose as to blatantly point out how genki Madoka is. Anyways, they grabbed my attention again by introducing the bad guys (I guess they’re the bad guys anyways): the evil alien space bishies. I was laughing too hard at the fact that this anime has evil alien space bishies to really pay attention to what they were saying, but I’ll probably watch this for them. That and the fact that Madoka won by German Suplexing the crap out of evil space bishie #3 (I probably won’t remember anyone’s name until episode 3 lolol). Long story short, I am finding this unintentionally hilarious.
The pacing felt off. First, it seems like they wasted half the episode focusing on the fact that Madoka does everything. I pretty much figured out her personality from the first 5 minutes of the episode, I don’t need any more of that (and no comment on the sexual harassment teacher). Second, some of the events in the episode just didn’t make sense to me. Yes, lets have Madoka strip and her cousin check out her ass RIGHT IN FRONT OF A WINDOW/BALCONY OR ALL OF THE NEIGHBOURS TO SEE. Or let’s have a meaningful conversation about the town WHILE AN ALIEN BISHIE IS ATTACKING THE SHIP. I realise that this was probably just Madoka being Madoka, but you’d think she would have some sort of reaction to things exploding. Most people would have a reaction to things exploding anyways.
Now for things that worked, having a female lead in a mecha show for once is nice. Also, she doesn’t look like the type that will emo around for half the season and waste everyone’s time (…you know who I’m talking about). Though it would be interesting to see Madoka if she ever kills a person/alien since she’s so goddamn cheerful. Plus, the whole promise with a robot thing makes an interesting premise (lol just as long as this doesn’t turn into Phi Brain with Madoka sensing inanimate object’s feelings all the time. “The toaster needs more love and attention!”). The animation was decent (…and fanservicy, but I can ignore that) and the soundtrack was pretty forgettable. I liked the OP and ED songs though. Overall, it looks like I’ll be watching this for the lols.
Hooray!! Brand new mecha series to drool over! That was certainly an interesting episode I did wish it was an official episode rather than this low quality release. But soon we will get the better quality episodes; the first five minutes were filled with Instant fan-service right in our face, not that it was a bad thing it gives you short preview of how far they are going to push things. Eventually we will get to see Madoka rocking one of those special flight suits like Lan and that other mysterious girl.
I see a few that don’t like Madoka’s character already, maybe I just love these types of girls? You know the types like Fam, or even someone like Nono from Gunbuster 2? These girls are usually a lot of fun for me to watch. However I can understand if some anime fans are tired of this cloned character over and over again. I for one am really excited to watch more of Madoka, it could have been worse! Like another Shu from Guilty Crown…thank god Madoka has a personality.
I can so agree with Hawthorne! So far this episode gets two giant thumbs up from me as well. I remember reading this series will take a break around episode twelve or thirteen, pulling another Fate/Zero style break and the rest will continue in a later season. A few things I want to learn about, like what kind of alien is Lan? Good or evil? Who are the three boys from space? And finally more clues about Madoka’s sister! I wonder what is going on with her, she reminds me of Gai but with boobs of course. I almost forgot! Opening and ending songs by my favorite green haired alien queen Ranka Lee! Aka Megumi Nakakjima.
Madoka-“Guys…a little help here! I am stuck…”
Madoka fights more boys from space! But wears a slick suit next time, so expect a lot of shots from every angle of Madoka and Lan.