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 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 July 2012. The anime is being produced by Xebec and directed by Toshimasa Suzuki. The anime has been licensed for streaming in North America by Viz Media.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.
This series provides examples of:
Accidental Public Confession: Due to Madoka's monologuing in the space capsule. Well, the first part of it wasn't engineered, the second part wasn't public.
A Friend in Need: 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.
After the End: 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.
Alien Among Us: Lan and Muginami mostly understand Earth culture, and Villagiulio is subject to Villains Blend In Better. Neither applies to Kirius, Izo and Array though they seem to have adapted by Season 2.
Anti-Villain: Between their many humanizing scenes, lack of inclination to perform any actually villainous acts, and the show's Gray and Grey Morality; it is really hard to see the Kiss trio as anything but this. Their boss Villaguilio probably counts as well.
Apocalypse How: The reason De Metrio and Le Garite are fighting? Their planets are going to crash into each other.
The Vox Units are also believed to be capable of destroying planets.
In the end the events of the series alter the orbits of De Metrio and La Garite, stopping the problem.
Batman Gambit: Lan and Muginami pull this off in Episode 17. 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.
Bishounen: The three attackers of the earth, Izo, Array, and Kirius.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: 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 Reason You Suck Speech, she'll probably snap out of it.
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.
Bittersweet Ending: 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.
Book Ends: 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.
Break the Cutie: 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.
They all also do hand gestures, Madoka makes an air circle and Lan does a Faux Paw, and Muginami does a little salute.
In Episode 24 their Catch Phrases are the last spoken words in the series.
The Cavalry: 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.
Conveniently Empty Building: 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.
Crapsack World: U-Go, the planet Muginami hails from. It's described as essentially being the trash heap of the universe.
Destructive Saviour: Madoka consciously does her best to avoid being one. It doesn't always work... especially considering that her Vox has some kind of special ability that plays right into Villagiulio's hands...
Distant Finale: Halfway through the final episode of the series, the plot skips to some time after Madoka's graduation.
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.
Later on Dizelmine basically ends up confessing to Yurikano, thinking that she was still Madoka in her body The viewer knows perfectly well they switched back.
Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In backstory, Yurikano blew up half a planet. We get to see it in Season 2. Note that she didn't use the Vox to do it.
Easily Forgiven: Muginami is rather quickly forgiven for being a bad guy, who was planning on giving the Vox to Villagiulio. Hell, Madoka apologized to her.
Elemental Powers: Vox Aura, Lympha, and Ignis are stated to have the powers of wind, water, and fire respectively.
Embarrassing Tattoo: All three of the main girls have 'Memoria' in...unusual places, to say the least. 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, Asteria's tattoo, that which she calls Rin-Ne, is located right on her bossom.
Empathic Weapon: 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 all of them move on their own to rescue their pilots.
In Episode 23 Aura actually sends Madoka an e-mail.
Eternal Recurrence: 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.
Everyone Lives: Although Moid gets banished to the Rin-Ne, so he's effectively dead.
Evolving Credits: 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 FFR-41 Mave from Sentou Yousei Yukikaze. It's reinforced by the takeoff in Episode 1, which is almost identical to the Mave's first takeoff in Operation 02.
Fanservice with a Smile: 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.
Fashionable Asymmetry: When wearing her jersey (i.e. pretty much all the time), Madoka has the right leg and left sleeve rolled up.
Forceful Kiss: 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 Rousing Speech 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 headbutt each other.
"Freaky Friday" Flip: In Season 2 Madoka switches bodies with Yurikano. It abruptly and inexplicably ends when Madoka in Yurikano's body touched Dizelmine. Presumably it was The Power of Love.
Furo Scene: Madoka and Muginami have one in Episode 7.
Grey and Grey Morality: 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.
Improvised Weapon: 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.
Indirect Kiss: 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.
The Load: Muginami apparently. Villagiulio said that the only thing she did back at their Alien base, Kiss, was eat and sleep.
Not really. The Load gets in the way. 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.
Locked in a Room: In Episode 16, Asteria conspired to get Villagiulio and Dizelmine locked in an elevator. Ultimately proves fruitless.
Loophole Abuse: 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.
Male Gaze: 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...
(Beat) (Vox Aura launching itself to pick up Madoka's capsule and fly back to the general direction of Earth)
"Everybody! I'M BACK!"
Must Make Amends: 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.
Obviously Evil: 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.
Oh Crap: Quite possibly the PRETTIEST Oh Crap ever. Sure making an explosion that resulted in green energy flowers falling everywhere looks harmless, but the resulting Evil Laugh from Moid and Villagiulio's relative approval of the event sure as hell doesn't mean good things.
On the Next: Which are hilarious conversations between the cast, often completely unrelated to the actual preview.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: 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.
Only the Chosen May Wield: 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.
Paper-Thin Disguise: 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.
Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: The Voxes triggered Last Glacial Maximumcollapsed 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.
The Power of Friendship: The Vox seems to work better when using this. More than likely this will surface between the three pilots as well.
This and The Power of Love are what Madoka intend to use to stop the war between De Metrio and Le Garite. They've been used to successfully re-friend Lan and Muginami.
Precursors: 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 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 Early-Bird Cameo.
Product Placement: Drink 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.
Reality Warper: Essentially the ultimate power of the Voxes through entering Rin-ne.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: 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.
RomanticThree GirlFriendship: 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.) 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.
Rule of Symbolism: 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. 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 such as Madoka's chair appearing in the place where Yurikano performed her Heroic Sacrifice And then in episode 23 Yurikano appears with the chairs.
In Episode 24, the last image of the series is of the three girls sitting in the chairs.
Running Gag: Madoka's inability to pronounce Villagiulio's name.
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.
Scenery Porn: 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. Even the metaphysical apocalyptic scene after Rinne fully blooms is astonishingly nice-looking, if depressing.
Scenery Gorn: 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 Bumps within the show itself.
Seiza Squirm: Asteria makes Izo, Kirius and Array do this in her office after they lose track of Madoka.
Sequel Hook: Season 1 ends with plenty of questions. Fortunately, a second season is there to answer them.
Strategy Schmategy: 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.
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. What happens after though...
Telepathy: The Voxes facilitate the transfer of thoughts. At the end of Season 1 Madoka actually hears the thoughts of everyone in Kamogawa.
True Companions: According to Madoka's older cousin, True Companions 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.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: 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 Crazy-Prepared: 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.
Villain Decay: Kirius, Izo, and Array. Though they make pretty poor villains to start with.
Walking the Earth: 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.
War Is Hell: It's all but stated that Lan lost her brother in a war sometimes in the past. It's a Red Herring; 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.
Was It All a Lie?: When Lan corners Muginami about secretly working for the Kiss while maintaining friendly facade.
Moid: Yes. It is the 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 the Secretary-General of which United Nations?