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Madoka Kyouno is the sole member of the Jersey Club and always ready to help others out. One day, she is approached by an alien named Lan who asks her to pilot a robotic aircraft to defend mankind against an evil force. Thus begins a [[GreyAndGreyMorality surprisingly morally ambiguous]] story despite having a highly idealistic protagonist and an overall lighthearted tone.

''Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne'' (輪廻のラグランジェ ''Flower declaration of your heart'', ''Rinne no Raguranje'') is an anime that started airing in January 2012. The Second season began airing in [[Summer2012Anime July 2012]]. The anime is being produced by Creator/{{Xebec}} and directed by Toshimasa Suzuki. The anime has been licensed for streaming in North America by Creator/VizMedia.

In addition to a manga adaptation, there is also a {{Prequel}} manga entitled ''Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne ~Dawn of Memoria~''(''輪廻のラグランジェ 〜暁月のメモリア〜'', ''Rinne no Ragurenje ~Akatsuki no Memoria~''). Oddly, it was released before the original anime premiered.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AccidentalPublicConfession: Due to Madoka's monologuing in the space capsule. Well, the first part of it wasn't engineered, the second part wasn't public.
* AFriendInNeed: Madoka says she will always help friend in need; even if it's a friend she just met, she'll pilot a robot for her.
* AfterTheEnd: [[spoiler: All the aliens are actually descendants of humans who left before Earth's civilization collapsed 20,000 years ago. Now their home planet is essentially a galactic reserve for society.]]
* AirVentPassageway
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Averted with Izo, who finds Earth television boring (and he seems to think a samurai drama is some sort of real-life ritual). On the other hand, Vilagulio enjoys playing a hula hoop game on a what [[BlandNameProduct suspiciously looks like]] a UsefulNotes/NintendoWii.
* AlienAmongUs: Lan and Muginami mostly understand Earth culture, and Villagiulio is subject to VillainsBlendInBetter. Neither applies to Kirius, Izo and Array [[spoiler: though they seem to have adapted by Season 2]].
* AliensInCardiff: Alien HumongousMecha in Kamogawa.
* AmusingInjuries: Madoka takes some.
* AntiVillain: Between their many humanizing scenes, lack of inclination to perform any actually villainous acts, and the show's GrayAndGreyMorality; it is ''really'' hard to see the Kiss trio as anything but this. Their boss Villaguilio probably counts as well.
* ApocalypseHow: The reason De Metrio and Le Garite are fighting? [[spoiler: Their planets are going to crash into each other.]]
** [[spoiler: The Vox Units are also believed to be capable of destroying planets.]]
** In the end [[spoiler: the events of the series alter the orbits of De Metrio and La Garite, stopping the problem.]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: In the last episode [[spoiler: Lan is crowned as the ruler of Le Garite. [[SubvertedTrope Then she puts on her jersey...]]]]
* BadassAdorable: Madoka, for sure.
* BatmanGambit: Lan and Muginami pull this off in Episode 17. [[spoiler: Lan has Muginami thrown in prison, then distracts the guards with an overly long speech so Muginami can secretly escape and rescue Madoka without interference.]]
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Vox Aura handily catches Kirius' blade... [[{{Subverted}} and fails]]. Doesn't matter, Vox Aura has ''thick'' plating (Kirius claims [[IMeantToDoThat it was supposed to be nonlethal]]). In fact, this happens ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny twice]]''. [[RuleOfThree The third time]], it works. [[spoiler:Because Lan's robot does it that time.]]
** And then it becomes one heck of a BrickJoke in Episode 23.
* BatterUp: Madoka bats away a flying newspaper dispenser, using a ripped from the ground streetlight.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: In Episode 17, Madoka and [[spoiler: Yurikano]] have a mental slap fight.
* {{BFG}}: Villagiulio's Ovid has one, and Lan receives a rifle as well.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Lan's brother and his Le Garite Knights in Episode 12 drive off Kiss just in time.]]
** Earlier in Episode 11 [[spoiler: Izo, Array and Kirius use their shields to protect Kamogawa from a WaveMotionGun]].
* BishoujoSeries
* {{Bishounen}}: The three attackers of the earth, Izo, Array, and Kirius.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Muginami seemed to be leaning towards this at the end of episode 5. Talking about war like it was nothing kinda rubbed people the wrong way. But after Villagiulio's ReasonYouSuckSpeech, she'll probably snap out of it.]]
** [[spoiler:Dizelmine seems nicer than Villagiulio, but let's not forget that, of the two, he's the one with the genocidal plans lined up as the first option.]]
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Everything's resolved nicely by the end of the first season, but... Madoka lost two close friends (and quite likely more than just friends). They do promise to see each other again, though...and they do in Season 2.]]
* BookEnds: The first season begins and ends with Madoka stripping to a swimsuit she was wearing under her clothes to help someone at the beach.
** And again in the first episode of the second season.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Done to Muginami in episode 5 after Villagiulio tells her that she is just a parasite and that she never was a part of his team.]]
* BridgeBunnies
* ButtMonkey: Array, who constantly gets into various embarrassing situations, such as having to spend latest episodes [[WholesomeCrossdresser in a]] ''FrenchMaidOutfit''.
** And he seems to like it seeing that he never took it off.
* CatchPhrase[=/=]VerbalTic: Madoka always says "Maru", which means "Tick", "Circle" or "Perfect" in english.
** Which may be a Japanese pun on her name, since "Madoka" can also mean circle.
** And Lan has "Wan", which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for "Woof!"
** There's also Muginami's "Roger that!" (''Kashikomari!'', short for ''[[http://jisho.org/words?jap=%E7%95%8F%E3%81%BE%E3%82%8A%E3%81%BE%E3%81%97%E3%81%9F Kashikomarimashita]]'')
*** They all also do hand gestures, Madoka makes an air circle and Lan does a FauxPaw, and Muginami does a little salute.
*** In Episode 24 [[spoiler: their Catch Phrases are the last spoken words in the series.]]
* [[spoiler:TheCavalry: The Le Garite fleet arrives just in time as Vox Aura... runs out of fuel, or whatever causes it to stop moving. It's still possible to win the battle with the other two Voxes, but considering what happen when you push Vox pilots to their emotional limit, it's probably not a wise thing to do.]]
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Madoka's cellphone gets almost no reception in the floating city...
** SuperCellReception: ...but it somehow works just fine inside her robot and under hundreds of feet of ocean. The latter oddity is lampshaded by the commander.
* ChainmailBikini: Averted, sort of. The pilot suits cover everything, but they usually make themselves transparent on the arms, legs and [[SexyBacklessOutfit upper back]] for no apparent reason.
* ChekhovsArmy: [[spoiler:Le Garite fleet.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The shield materialization ability of the Ovids [[spoiler:saves most of Kamogawa from the falling debris of the big battle. ''Most''.]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Yurikano. If she's not on the same otherworldly shore as the one Madoka ended up in, things would probably went disastrous.]]
* ChristmasEpisode: Previews indicate Episode 21 will be one.
* CliffHanger: Episode 11. [[spoiler:Madoka's sister is [[DroppedABridgeOnHim mortally wounded by a fallen enemy bot]]; Madoka sees this and has a FreakOut that causes all three Voxes to lose control and [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique blossom]] simultaneously. Gratefully, she gets better - but see PseudoCrisis.]]
** [[spoiler: And even more gratefully, the season finale DOESN'T end on this, even when it was known well before airing it would be two seasons. It ends fairly conclusively, yet still open to more afterwards.]]
* ColourCodedCharacters: The Ovid and their contrails.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: The only building Madoka lands on in episode 3, apparently shut down the previous week. She also manages to crash-land in an empty lot; the house that was there had recently been demolished.
** Although she didn't need to be that worried as an evacuation order was issued and the people were presumably heading to shelters.
** And then there's the peanut farm. Really, Episode 3 is a parody of this trope.
* CrapsackWorld: U-Go, the planet Muginami hails from. It's described as essentially being the trash heap of the universe.
* CreativeClosingCredits: People Walk on Chairs? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGfT0E14bw0 SO MANY CHAIRS]].
* CrossCounter: Between Madoka and [[spoiler:Yurikano on the other side of Rin-ne.]]
* CryCute: Madoka at the end of Season 1.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Multiple characters.
* DeflectorShields
* DestructiveSaviour: Madoka consciously does her best to [[{{Defied}} avoid being one]]. It doesn't always work...[[spoiler: especially considering that her Vox has some kind of special ability that plays right into Villagiulio's hands...]]
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler: Halfway through the final episode of the series, the plot skips to some time after Madoka's graduation.]]
* TheDragon: The dark-skinned lady who nearly leveled Kamogawa with a WaveMotionGun in season 1, [[AllThereInTheManual her name is Grania]].
** In season 2, Moid seems to be one for Dizelmine.
* DramaticIrony:
** In Episode 9, Kirius runs into Madoka outside their mecha...and neither of them recognize each other. Kirius even says later that he should have asked the girl he met where Madoka was...not knowing said girl was Madoka.
** In Episode 18: "[[AccidentalPublicConfession If someday I meet Lan's brother again I want to tell him how you feel.]]" [[spoiler: He's listening]].
*** Later on[[spoiler: Dizelmine basically ends up confessing to Yurikano, thinking that she was still [[FreakyFridayFlip Madoka in her body]] The viewer knows perfectly well they switched back]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom: In backstory, [[spoiler: Yurikano blew up half a planet]]. We get to see it in Season 2. [[spoiler: Note that she didn't use the Vox to do it.]]
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Muginami is rather quickly forgiven for being a bad guy, who was planning on giving the Vox to Villagiulio. Hell, Madoka apologized ''to her.'']]
* ElementalPowers: Vox Aura, Lympha, and Ignis are stated to have the powers of wind, water, and fire respectively.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: All three of the main girls have 'Memoria' in...unusual places, to say the least. [[spoiler: Madoka's appears to be on her ass, Lan's is somewhere near her breasts, and Muginami's is ''just'' above her crotch.]]
** On the other hand, [[spoiler:Asteria's tattoo, that which she calls Rin-Ne, is located right on her bossom.]]
* EmpathicWeapon: The Vox units only work if the pilot believes in themselves. Madoka seems to have "befriended" hers at some point in the past as well.
** Near the end of Season 1, Vox Aura begins glowing even when Madoka's not anywhere near it, and in Season 2 [[spoiler: all of them move on their own to rescue their pilots.]]
** In Episode 23 [[spoiler: Aura actually sends Madoka an e-mail.]]
* [[spoiler:EternalRecurrence: According to Asteria, she's the Witch who cycles the world through war and peace, and she hopes to be freed from this role by Madoka. Whatever that means.]]
* [[spoiler:EveryoneLives: Although Moid gets banished to the Rin-Ne, so he's ''effectively'' dead.]]
* EvolvingCredits: Episode 12 replaces the OP with the ED, and Episodes 16-18 and 22-23 have a completely different ED than the one for the earlier episodes of Season 2.
* {{Expy}}: Fighter-mode Vox's design is very close to the [[CoolPlane FFR-41 Mave]] from ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze''. It's reinforced by the takeoff in Episode 1, which is almost identical to the Mave's first takeoff in Operation 02.
* FacePalmOfDoom: Villagiulio makes one to [[spoiler:Muginami]]. Squishy.
* {{Fanservice}}: Normally mild, but episode 7 has a BathtubBonding scene, spontaneous SkinnyDipping, and a bunch of eels doing... things. Probably meant to counterbalance the flashbacks to Muginami's DarkAndTroubledPast in the same episode, but mainly it's just [[MoodWhiplash jarring]].
** FanserviceWithASmile: When Lan and Muginami help Madoka out at the restaurant, damn near the entire town gathers there due being told about "a cute waitress AND a klutzy one?". And damn near everyone sits there gawking at Lan spilling everything and Muginami being Muginami. Later they all get waitress uniforms anyway.
* FashionableAsymmetry: When wearing her jersey (i.e. pretty much all the time), Madoka has the right leg and left sleeve rolled up.
* ForcefulKiss: Oddly, done by a third party. When it seems like neither Lan nor Muginami can let go of their hostilities towards each other due to the war between their respective nations and each girl's opinion on involving Madoka into it, Madoka forces the two to kiss each other and gives a RousingSpeech to make them both re-join the Jersey Club. Afterwards, Muginami makes Madoka and Lan kiss each other for fun, then Lan tries it on the other two when they start heckling her but only succeeds in making them [[EpicFail headbutt]] each other.
* FreakyFridayFlip: In Season 2 [[spoiler: Madoka switches bodies with Yurikano. It abruptly and inexplicably ends when Madoka in Yurikano's body touched Dizelmine. Presumably it was ThePowerOfLove.]]
* FuroScene: Madoka and Muginami have one in Episode 7.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Muginami
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the concert-goers in Episode 10 wears a shirt that reads "[[ForeignCussWord FUCK]] KEIN". Whoever Kein is is never explained, either that or it's just a GratuitousEnglish for "fucking".
* GilliganCut: In Episode 14, Madoka attempts to leave the island base Pharos. Tadokoro let's her go because there are no ships to take her to the mainland. Cue the next scene, where [[{{Determinator}} Madoka finishes swimming to shore.]]
* [[spoiler:HappyEnding: For all their struggles, heartbreaks and a BittersweetEnding for Season 1, the entire series ends on a happy, positive and hopeful note. Madoka, Lan and Muginami are reunited for good, closer than ever, and has expanded their Jersey Club across other planets, of which new members include Izo, Kirius, Array, Villagiulio, Grania and Dizelmine; De Metrio and La Garite finally bury the hatchet; Yurikano is back from the Rin-ne for good and has reunited with her loyal understudies Izo, Kirius and Array; Lan ascends the throne of Le Garite in lieu of Dizelmine, who now travels with the recently-abdicated Villagiulio; and Astela, finally free of her burden, travels together with Yoko around the world searching for more traces of the Rin-ne. The only person not to get a good ending is Moid, and considering [[BigBad that he was responsible for much of the misery in the series]], it's a fitting fate for him to be apparently [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor stuck in the Rin-ne, forever doomed to listen to Madoka's heartfelt marching song (which he deems dreadful) over and over]].]]
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Everyone's motives are very vague at best- the only thing we can be sure of is that Madoka wants to protect Kamogawa, and everybody else isn't making it clear why they're fighting. The villains are actively trying to avoid causing collateral damage to the Earth and in general aren't that bad of people, they simply want their weapons back when it's not really told why they're on Earth in the first place.
** Things get slightly less grey in the space war in season 2, where Prince Dizelmine intends to destroy De Metrio to save Le Garite while Villagiulio outright says he will not be like Dizelmine.
* HumanAlien: All of the aliens that have appeared thus far. Justified because [[spoiler: [[TransplantedHumans they actually are descendants of Earthlings that voyaged to other planets before Earth's civilization collapsed]].]]
* HumongousMecha
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: [[spoiler:Moid]] says that the Rinne connects people's minds (or something to that effect), but it ''rarely'' have a good effect when it intrudes into the real world. [[{{Warhammer40000}} Peril of the warp]], much?
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: "Kamogawa" is in every episode title of both seasons, as well as all [=OVAs=].
* ImprovisedWeapon: For the first couple of fights, the Vox units don't get any weaponry whatsoever, forcing Madoka and Lan to punch and throw random crap to victory. Later on they get actual weapons sent to them.
* IndirectKiss: Youko's apprentice was estatic in episode 6 at the prospect of sharing one with her when she took his instant noodles from him.... only to finish it and thow the cup in the bin, visibly dissapointing him.
* IntertwinedFingers: Madoka and Lan do this in episode 12.
* [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Kamogawa Is the Center of the Universe]]
* LaserBlade: Array's robot has one.
** Also Kirius and Izo
** And later Vox Aura and Vox Ignis.
* TheLoad: [[spoiler:Muginami apparently. Villagiulio said that the only thing she did back at their Alien base, Kiss, was eat and sleep.]]
** Not really. TheLoad gets in the way. [[spoiler: Also, its heavily implied that he was twisting the reality as part of a scheme to piss Madoka off and get Muginami to stay behind.]]
* LockedInARoom: In Episode 16, Asteria conspired to get Villagiulio and Dizelmine locked in an elevator. Ultimately proves fruitless.
* LoopholeAbuse: An amusing moment in Episode 4. Madoka's teacher announces there is no regulation that says students can pilot robots. Commander Tadokoro counters by indicating there's nothing that says students ''can't'' pilot robots either.
* MaleGaze: Well, female. Madoka's first view of Lan is the full slide up with her slackjawed.
** Quite a few shots have a female character's rear end covering half the screen...
* MechaExpansionPack: The Vox units get one about episode 10. It gifts Muginami with a double-blade sword, Lan with a [[MoreDakka machine gun]], and Madoka with a smaller LaserBlade.
* MentalWorld: [[spoiler: Rin-ne is more or less the collective unconscious.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Good job, Lan and Madoka, you beat the bad guys with ThePowerOfFriendship! [[spoiler:Then Array recounts a legend that essentially amounts to "the Vox units will destroy the world".]]
** In season 2, after Madoka [[spoiler:in Yurikano's body]] is sent into Le Garite in a space capsule:
--> "Goodbye, Lan. Goodbye, Muginami. Goodbye, Earth."
--> ({{Beat}}) [[spoiler:(Vox Aura launching itself to pick up Madoka's capsule and fly back to the general direction of Earth)]]
--> "Everybody! I'M BACK!"
* MustMakeAmends: Lan feels ''very bad'' for making Madoka pilot the Vox Aura and for the destruction that Kamogawa suffers from battle. But Madoka doesn't think badly of her, since being a pilot is Madoka's own decision.
* NewTransferStudent: Both Muginami and Lan transfer into Madoka's school in episode 4.
* NGOSuperPower: As fitting of a [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion NERV]] {{Expy}}, Novumundos is ridiculously powerful. Asteria casually threatens to replace the American president during a phone call.
* [[spoiler: NoRomanticResolution: The trio is together at the end, but seemingly still only as close friends.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Dizelmine is very secretive and often downright villainous to everyone he supposedly cares about, is crazy half the time and has genocide as option one for the season's conflict.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Quite possibly the PRETTIEST OhCrap ever. Sure making an explosion that resulted in green energy flowers falling everywhere looks harmless, but the resulting EvilLaugh from Moid and Villagiulio's relative approval of the event sure as hell doesn't mean good things.]]
* OnTheNext: Which are hilarious conversations between the cast, often completely unrelated to the actual preview.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In Episode 9 Izo re-enacts a samurai drama on TV in an attempt to indicate that he wants to fight Madoka...and the people listening thinks he wants to confess to her.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: The Voxes. This trope is called "Memoria" in-universe. Notably, Madoka seems to have been chosen by Aura when she nearly drowned, while Muginami was chosen when she touched Ignis while naked.
* OverlyLongName: Lan's full name is Fin E Ld Si Laffinity. Madoka just thinks it [[ComicallyMissingThePoint sounds foreign]].
* PaperThinDisguise: In Episode 16, Madoka and Muginami do this to sneak onto the Le Graite ship. Dizelmine and Moid see right through it, but let them on anyway.
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: The Voxes triggered [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Glacial_Maximum Last Glacial Maximum]] [[spoiler:collapsed the human civilization of that era and forced the survivor to flee to outer space, their descendants today being the "aliens" like Lan]]. No wonder Kirius and co are hellbent to destroy the Voxes.
* PoorCommunicationKills: This is practically the main theme for the first six episode of Season 2.
* PosthumousCharacter: Yurikano. Who just happen to look like Madoka. [[spoiler:Subverted, as she's NotQuiteDead...]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: The Vox seems to work better when using this. More than likely this will surface between the three pilots as well.
** This and ThePowerOfLove are what Madoka intend to use to stop the war between De Metrio and Le Garite. [[spoiler:They've been used to successfully re-friend Lan and Muginami.]]
* {{Precursors}}: [[spoiler: ''Earth'' is actually the origin of the Polyhedron "alien" cultures, in fact being the descendants of human colonies from a lost age gone twenty thousand years ago.]]
* {{Prequel}}: The ''Dawn of Memoria'' manga deals with Izo, Kirius, Array and [[spoiler: Yurikano]] while they were still in the De Metrio military academy. Interestingly, the manga began serialization four months before the anime aired, giving some of the characters an EarlyBirdCameo.
* ProductPlacement: Drink [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rinne_no_Lagrange_drink_5995.jpg sweet energy drinks]] and you'll be able to save the earth! Also, the credits do mention it's sponsored by Nissan to a degree, as well as the mechs being created by Nissan's vehicle designer.
** See RealPlaceBackground, right below.
* PseudoCrisis: Episode 12 [[spoiler: [[InMediasRes actually begins two weeks after the]] CliffHanger [[InMediasRes in Episode 11]], showing everything is fine. We only learn what happened later in the episode.]]
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Kirius, Izo, and Array. [[spoiler: They pull a HeelFaceTurn]].
* RealPlaceBackground: Kamogawa. As part of the show's IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming, "Kamogawa" is worked into every title in some fashion. Kamogawa is hoping this show will increase tourism for them.
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler: Essentially the ultimate power of the Voxes through entering Rin-ne.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: Muginami calls Madoka out in episde 6, claiming that she doesn't truly think of others and that everything she does is for selfish reasons. It does nothing but piss Madoka off, and makes her enable the Rin-Ne.]]
** In episode 7, she realizes that Muginami was right and that she needs to learn to listen to people.
* RecapEpisode: Episode 0 of season 2 (first aired 1 July 2012), WholeEpisodeFlashback narrated by Madoka's elder cousin.
* RedHerring: Season 1 drops some implications that [[spoiler: Lan's brother is dead]] but it turns out he's been alive and well. A similar thing occurs with [[spoiler: Yurikano, who's NotQuiteDead.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Muginami and Lan.
** Also their "brothers", Villagiulio and Dizelmine.
* RelaxOVision: Happens in Episode 15 when Asteria says very ''naughty'' things to Madoka, simply to get a reaction. ForScience.
* [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Romantic]] [[OneTrueThreesome Three Girl]] [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Friendship]]: Madoka is very, very close to both Muginami and Lan. (Despite Lan's misgivings, she has no problem with having two people be her Most Important People.) [[spoiler: Madoka and Lan star in the blatantly romantic student film "The Spaceship and the Lily", and the false declaration of love turns out to not have been so false...]]
** Then comes season 2, episode 2. They start outright declaring love for each other and stuff.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The three colored chairs that represent Madoka, Lan, and Muginami. At the end of episodes that mark important turning points in their characters, the chairs shift positions and placement. [[spoiler: In Episode 11 they go flying into the air. And at the end of the first season, Madoka's chair is all alone...]]
** Season 2 continues the colored chair symbolism, but this time they show up in odd places [[spoiler: such as Madoka's chair appearing in the place where Yurikano performed her HeroicSacrifice]] And then in episode 23 [[spoiler: Yurikano appears with the chairs.]]
** In Episode 24, [[spoiler: the last image of the series is of the three girls sitting in the chairs]].
* RunningGag: Madoka's inability to pronounce Villagiulio's name.
--> Madoka: "Villagiuvio!"
--> Lan: "You almost got it right."
** She still can't get the hang of it in season 2, where she screws up Villagiulio's name in an unsecured broadcast to his ship, pissing off his second-in-command (and Commander Tadakoro) but making him crack up and muse how she hasn't changed.
*** She settled for Giuvi-nii still wrong though.
* SceneryPorn: It can be said without a doubt that the show takes place in vibrant and lush surroundings, a nice break from the usual bleak flatlands and crumbling cities found in most mecha shows. [[spoiler: Even the metaphysical apocalyptic scene after Rinne fully blooms is astonishingly nice-looking, if depressing.]]
** SceneryGorn: However, U-Go, Muginami's planet, is broken and gray and stark and overall horrid place. A horrid place that happens to posess the {{Animation Bump}}s within the show itself.
* SeizaSquirm: Asteria makes Izo, Kirius and Array do this in her office after they lose track of Madoka.
* SequelHook: Season 1 ends with plenty of questions. Fortunately, a second season is there to answer them.
* [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers on Deck]]: The girls who produce the student film "''The Spaceship and the [[{{Yuri}} Lily]]''" (starring Madoka and Lan) are implied to be a bunch of [[LesYay Madoka/Lan]] [[YuriFan shippers]].
* ShoutOut:
** In episode 8 the Voxes buzz the command bridge and make Tadokoro spill coffee on his shirt, just like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSRngcYVoM0 this scene]] from ''Film/TopGun''.
** One of Madoka's Jersey Club odd jobs in episode 12 is serving as a poetry reader in a game of karuta. Probably not a coincidence that this series aired in the same season as ''{{Chihayafuru}}''.
*** Even more that Lan and Muginami seiyuu are Chihaya and Kanade from said series.
* SkinshipGrope: No groping, but naked bathing and hugging.
* SpaceElves: The Polyhedron people. Lan especially fit the naive elven princess archetype.
* StarshipLuxurious: Le Garite's flagship
* StrategySchmategy: Madoka has no idea what the hell she's doing at first. Her random flailing moves confuse Kirius, who begins thinking that they're immensely powerful Earthling combat techniques that he's never fought before.
* SuperRobotGenre: Though it has RealRobot storytelling.
* TakeAThirdOption: Season 2, instead of [[spoiler:having to choose either Lan or Muginami's side of the war, Madoka uses ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship to make the two stop fighting each other. Afterwards, Asteria recommends that the two seek asylum on Earth.]]
** Vox Particles appear during times when the pilot is in a high emotional state (anger, sadness or hatred being the easiest to use), so when Novumundos wants to try out the Vox Particle Control experiment, it seems like they might have to either risk putting Madoka through the same trauma as Lan went through in the previous episode or stopping. Asteria notes that shame works as well as the other emotions and proceeds to tease the three heroines and let Madoka's imagination do the rest. [[GoneHorriblyRight What happens after though...]]
* {{Telepathy}}: The Voxes facilitate the transfer of thoughts. At the end of Season 1 [[spoiler: Madoka actually hears the thoughts of everyone in Kamogawa.]]
* TenMinuteRetirement: The three heroines decide to never fight with the Vox again in the middle of Season 2. This lasts for roughly one BreatherEpisode. Madoka does this on her own a couple of times, as well (see [[Characters/RinneNoLagrange character page]]).
* ThanksForTheMammary: Completely out of the blue, Asteria sneaks up on Madoka and grabs her breasts. Madoka actually seems pretty disturbed by the sudden groping, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse but this is quickly forgotten.]]
* ThoseTwoGirls: For a brief moment, Michi of the Astronomy Club and Sachi of the Surfing Club get this role.
** [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]]: [[spoiler: Izo, Array, and Kirius also end up falling into this.]]
* TransformingMecha: Which only adds to the very EurekaSeven-ish design scheme of the mecha.
* TriangRelations: This is ''one'' interpretation of the relationship between Madoka, Lan and Muginami by the end of the series (especially Type 8), fueled by the huge amount of {{subtext}} between them.
* TrouserSpace: Madoka pulls a tennis ball out of her skirt. [[http://www.merkur-online.de/bilder/2009/02/10/72282/1966003828-praktisch-kann-minirock-sein-ballverstecke-welt-damentennis.9.jpg It is actually]] TruthInTelevision.
* TrippyFinaleSyndrome: Happens in the end of Season 1, bordering on GainaxEnding if it weren't for the fact not all of it is a MindScrew - and the parts that are get a MindScrewdriver in Season 2.
* TrueCompanions: According to Madoka's older cousin, TrueCompanions are people carrying the same beliefs and holding mutual love for each other. Madoka, Lan, and Muginami will probably grow into this as the series goes on.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Lan and Muginami's plan to [[spoiler:rescue Madoka from Dizelmine doesn't become apparent until Lan is into her broadcasted speech. When Muginami yanks the cell key from VictoriasSecretCompartment, it becomes clear that Lan's earlier FaceHeelTurn was merely a distraction.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The kids at Madoka's school don't seem to notice Lan's blue hair, purple eyes, and her unusual outfit. They just wonder if Madoka finally recruited a new club member. Even Madoka doesn't take notice of it.
** In a mixture of {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and CrazyPrepared: Madoka thinks Lan's costume is a swimsuit, and that she's prepared for a rescue -- just like herself in the beginning of the episode.
* VillainDecay: Kirius, Izo, and Array. Though they make pretty poor villains to start with.
* VillainEpisode: Episode 9 is centered around Kirius, Izo, and Array, where they show their [[FishOutOfWater comical misunderstanding of Earth society]].
* VillainsOutShopping: Villagiulio gets in a fight with Madoka's uncle over a coat they both wanted to buy.
** GoKartingWithBowser: Then they have a drink to make up for their immaturity. Villagiulio gets the coat.
** Episode 9 is almost completely this.
* [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Wake Up, Go to School, Save Kamogawa]]
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler: At the end of the series, Yoko and Asteria actually are walking the Earth, while Madoka, Lan and Muginami are continuing their Jersey Club activities throughout space.]]
* WarIsHell: It's all but stated that Lan lost her brother in a war sometimes in the past. [[spoiler:It's a RedHerring; he's very much alive. However, this is probably the reason Villagiulio doesn't regard Muginami taking a Vox as a good thing, since to him she's just a war-buddy-wannabe kid.]]
* WasItAllALie: When Lan corners [[spoiler:Muginami]] about secretly working for the Kiss while maintaining friendly facade.
** ItMeantSomethingToMe: [[spoiler:Muginami]]'s reply is that it was a good time, but the good time must go.
* [[spoiler: WhamEpisode: Episode 11 looked like this to many. Gratefully it all ends fairly peacefully.]]
* WhamLine: Episode 20:
-->'''Moid''': Yes. It is the [[spoiler: Memoria I was imprinted with 20,000 years ago.]]
** A non-plot relevant one at the end of Episode 24: Madoka is called on her cellphone by someone apparently inviting her to an event to be held in three days, only for her to answer that she's busy. The end of the call is the following line:
--->'''Madoka:''' ''(on the phone)'' May I ask your name again? And you're [[spoiler:the Secretary-General of which United Nations]]?
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Averted hilariously. In the last episode, once everything else has been resolved, Shozo suddenly realizes they forgot to deal with [[spoiler:Moid, the recently revealed BigBad. Cut to Moid, who has a VillainousBreakdown and calms down just in time to be [[DisappearsIntoLight spontaneously absorbed into the Rin-Ne]]]].
* XMeetsY: It's basically a considerably LighterAndSofter reworking of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', with a side of SpaceOpera and [[YuriGenre yuri]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Kirius and Lan. Lan's hair is light blue while Kirius's hair is dark blue.
** Dizelmine who's a regular in season 2 has the same hair color as Lan.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Lan in her normal outfit and Madoka's pilot suit.
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