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Left to right: Lan, Madoka, and Muginami.

Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne (輪廻のラグランジェ Flower declaration of your heart, Rinne no Raguranje) is a scifi mecha anime produced by Production I.G. The first season aired during the Winter 2012 anime season and the second during the Summer season of that same year. Each season is twelve episodes long. Two OVAs were made, one called "Kamogawa Days", which acts as something of an epilogue to the first season, and "Kamogawa Memoria", which is a recap. Twelve, three-minute long specials were included between the two seasons' Bluray/DVD releases.

Madoka Kyouno is the sole member of the Jersey Club, a school club dedicated to helping people. The seaside town of Kamogawa gives Madoka plenty of opportunities, and she's always prepared to lend a hand. Or even save a life, which is what happens one day when she rescues a mysterious silver-haired girl from drowning. The girl turns out to actually be an alien princess nicknamed Lan.


Lan wants Madoka to pilot an Ovid, a robotic aircraft that can transform from an airplane into a bipedal mecha. Oddly, despite only learning about them that day, Madoka has vague memories regarding one specific Ovid, the green Vox Aura. Lan herself is connected to the blue Vox Lympha and another alien girl called Muginami is bonded to the orange Vox Ignis.

The three of them work together with the military organization Nuvomundos to combat the members of the alien organization of Kiss. Kiss's leader, Lord Villagulio from the planet De Metrio, wants to get his hands on the Vox Units so he can destroy the Polyhedron Federation and their planet Le Garite. And he doesn't care who he hurts in order to accomplish this goal.

As if the threat of imminent warfare wasn't enough, an eerie legend about the Voxes hovers over the Jersey Club's head: when the green, blue, and orange demons awake, the end of the world is nigh.


Viz Media originally held the license for the show's English release. When they lost the license, RetroCrush picked it up for streaming. Both the sub and English dub are available for viewing.

A manga adaptation titled Rinne no Lagrange: Flower Declaration of Your Heart ran from 2011 to 2013. A prequel manga called Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne ~Dawn of Memoria~ was serilized in Young Gangan from September 2011 to February 2013. Memoria focuses on the student lives of the couple of Kiss members that appeared in the anime.

A PlayStation 3 game called Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne -Kamogawa Dream Match- was released on August 23, 2012.

This series provides examples of:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: The three heroines decide to never fight with the Vox again in the middle of Season 2. This lasts for roughly one Breather Episode. Madoka does this on her own a couple of times, as well.
  • Accidental Public Confession: Due to Madoka's monologuing in the space capsule while she is in the body of Yurikano, the main characters learn everything about Yurikano’s true feelings about her brother and fiancée fighting each other- she hates it.
  • 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.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Madoka and Asteria use this to get to Lan and Muginami, who are blocking the path to the Vox Aura to protest Asteria’s decision to decommission it.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: 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, Lord Vilagulio enjoys playing a hula hoop game on what suspiciously looks like a Nintendo Wii.
  • Alien Among Us: Lan and Muginami mostly understand Earth culture, and Villagiulio is subject to Villains Blend in Better. Neither applies to Kirius, Izo, or Array, though they seem to have adapted by Season 2.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: Alien Humongous Mecha in Kamogawa.
  • Amusing Injuries: Madoka takes some.
  • 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 Terrible Trio as anything but this. Their boss Villaguilio counts as well, since he wants to save his planet from a collision with another one, and feels he must destroy that one to do so, and Grania is loyal to his cause. Dizelmine, the ruler of the other planet, qualifies as well for the same reasons. The only villain that doesn’t qualify is Balance T. Moid, since he only cares about satisfying his curiosity.
  • Apocalypse How: The reason Kiss/De Metrio and Polyhedron/Le Garite are fighting is because 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.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: In the last episode, Lan is crowned as the ruler of Le Garite. Then she puts on her jersey.
  • 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.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Vox Aura handily catches Kirius' blade... and fails. Doesn't matter, because Vox Aura has thick plating (Kirius claims it was supposed to be nonlethal). In fact, this happens twice. The third time, it works, because Lan's robot does it that time.
    • And then it becomes one heck of a Brick Joke in Episode 23.
  • Batter Up!: Madoka bats away a flying newspaper dispenser, using a ripped from the ground streetlight.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: In Episode 17, Madoka and Yurikano have a mental slap fight.
  • BFG: Villagiulio's Ovid has one, and Lan receives a rifle as well.
  • Big Bad: Lord Villagulio De Metrio Lu, brother of Muginami (adopted) and leader of the enemy organization Kiss that rules the planet De Metrio and rebels against the Jersey Club heroines, the Novumundos agency, and the Polyhedron Federation. In Season 1, his goal is to steal all the Vox Units and destroy the Polyhedron planet of Le Garite, but only because he believes the Vox Units can destroy the world, and the two planets are on a crash course with each other- he would really rather not destroy any planets. As of Season 2, he fights against and eventually gets overshadowed by King Dizelmine Fin E Ld Si, Princess Lan’s brother and Polyhedron’s leader who wants to destroy the other planet. Both of them are in turn pawns of Balance T. Moid, Lan’s Mad Scientist Treahcerous Advisor who wants to open the Rin-ne and admire its beauty, even if he causes the apocalypse in the process.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Lan's brother and his Le Garite Knights in Episode 12 drive off Kiss just in time.
    • Earlier in Episode 11, Izo, Array and Kirius use their shields to protect Kamogawa from a Wave-Motion Gun.
  • 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, being a friend of Madoka and Lan but actually being The Mole and taking about war like it was nothing, but after Villagiulio's "Reason You Suck" Speech, she snapped out of it.
    • Dizelmine seems nicer than Villagiulio, but of the two, he's the one with the genocidal plans lined up as the first option.
    • Moid is the biggest example by far- his politeness and care-taking of Lan was a facade hiding a depraved Mad Scientist.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Everything's resolved nicely by the end of the first season, but Madoka lost two close friends/lovers. 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.
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Array constantly gets into various embarrassing situations, such as having to work for Asteria in a French Maid Outfit. And he seems to like it, seeing that he never took it off.
  • Catchphrase: 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.
    • Lan has "Wan", which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for "Woof!"
    • Muginami's "Roger that!" (Kashikomari!, short for Kashikomarimashita)
    • They all do hand gestures to go with them; Madoka makes an air circle, 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 stops moving. It's still possible to win the battle with the other two Voxes, but considering what happened when Vox pilots are pushed to their emotional limit, it's probably not a wise thing for them to do.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Madoka's cellphone gets almost no reception in the floating city, but it somehow works just fine inside her robot and under hundreds of feet of ocean. The latter oddity is lampshaded by the commander.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Averted. The pilot suits cover everything, but they usually make themselves transparent on the arms, legs and upper back, for no apparent reason.
  • Chekhov's Army: The Le Garite fleet in Season 1 arrives to fend off Villagulio at the end.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The shield materialization ability of the Ovids saves most of Kamogawa from the falling debris of the big battle (with the exception of Yoko, but she gets better).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Yurikano. If she was not on the same otherworldly shore as the one Madoka ended up in, things would have probably ended disastrously.
  • Cliffhanger: Episode 11. Madoka's sister is mortally wounded by a fallen enemy bot; Madoka sees this and has a Freak Out that causes all three Voxes to lose control and blossom simultaneously. She gets better, and the season ends on a conclusive note.
  • Colour-Coded Characters: The Ovid and their contrails.
  • 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 Madoka’s grandpa’s peanut farm, which gets destroyed by her falling Vox Unit. Played for Laughs.
  • Crapsack World: U-Go, the planet Muginami hails from. It's described as essentially being the trash heap of the universe.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The Jersey Club Walks on Chairs. SO MANY CHAIRS.
  • Cross Counter: Between Madoka and Yurikano on the other side of Rin-ne.
  • Cry Cute: Madoka at the end of Season 1.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Multiple characters.
  • Destructive Saviour: Madoka consciously does her best to avoid being one. It doesn't always work, especially considering that her Vox has a kind of special ability that plays right into Villagiulio's hands. Asteria actually forbids her from using her Vox Unit for this reason.
  • Distant Finale: Halfway through the final episode of the series, the plot skips to some time after Madoka's graduation.
  • The Dragon: Grania, the dark-skinned lady who nearly leveled Kamogawa with a Wave-Motion Gun in season 1, and in season 2 is usually seen with Villagulio taking orders from him.
    • In season 2, Moid seems to be one for Dizelmine, carrying out his orders and always being by his side, but he is actually The Man in Front of the Man.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • 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: "If someday I meet Lan's brother again I want to tell him how you feel." He's listening.
      • Later on, Dizelmine basically ends up confessing to Yurikano, thinking that she was still Madoka in her body, while the viewer knows perfectly well that they switched back.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: For all their struggles, heartbreaks and a Bittersweet Ending 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 that he was responsible for much of the misery in the series, it's a fitting fate for him to be apparently stuck in the Rin-ne, forever doomed to listen to Madoka's heartfelt marching song (which he deems dreadful) over and over.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In the backstory, Yurikano blew up half a planet. The viewer finally gets to see it in Season 2. Note that she didn't use the Vox to do it, but opened the Rin-ne with her own power.
  • Easily Forgiven: Muginami is rather quickly forgiven for being a spy who was planning on giving the Vox to Villagiulio. Madoka apologized to her. She does make an effort to be a true friend and ally, to her credit.
  • Elemental Powers: Vox Aura, Lympha, and Ignis are stated to have the powers of wind, water, and fire, respectively. More Informed Ability, as this is never demonstrated.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Lives: Although Moid gets banished to the Rin-Ne, so he's effectively dead. Other than that, no character dies permanently.
  • 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.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: Villagiulio makes one to Muginami.
  • Fanservice: Quite a bit. The suits are rather skintight and show off the back, and the girls get jobs working at BWH wearing waitress outfits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gainaxing: Muginami does this often.
  • Gilligan Cut: In Episode 14, Madoka attempts to leave the island base Pharos. Tadokoro lets her go because there are no ships to take her to the mainland, and he thinks that she cannot possibly leave. Cue the next scene, where Madoka finishes swimming to shore.
  • 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.
    • By the end everyone becomes a lighter shade of grey, except for the true Big Bad.
  • Human Alien: All of the aliens that have appeared thus far. Justified because they actually are descendants of Earthlings that voyaged to other planets before Earth's civilization collapsed.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Vox and the Ovid. The Vox double as Transforming Mecha and Emphathetic Weapon.
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: Moid says that the Rinne connects people's minds (or something to that effect), but it rarely has a good effect when it intrudes into the real world, much like Warhammer 40,000’s Perils of the Warp. He turns out to be lying though.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "Kamogawa" is in every episode title of both seasons, as well as all OVAs.
  • 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 throw the cup in the bin, visibly dissapointing him.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Madoka and Lan do this in episode 12.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Kamogawa is about the only part of Earth that's involved in the story. Lampshaded at the beginning of Season 2, where a couple of Madoka's classmates remark that Kamogawa has suddenly become more important than Tokyo.
  • Laser Blade: Izo, Kirius, and Array's robots each have one. Vox Aura and Vox Ignis later gain them as well.
  • Locked in a Room: In Episode 16, Asteria conspired to get Villagiulio and Dizelmine locked in an elevator to get them to make up and stop the war. Ultimately proves fruitless, as they continue fighting anyway.
  • 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: Female-on-female, but Madoka's first view of Lan is the full slide up with her slack-jawed.
    • Quite a few shots have a female character's rear end covering half the screen.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack: The Vox units get one about episode 10. It gifts Muginami with a double-blade sword, Lan with a machine gun, and Madoka with a smaller Laser Blade.
  • Mental World: Rin-ne is more or less the collective unconscious.
  • Mood Whiplash: Lan and Madoka successfully beat the bad guys with The Power of Friendship. Then Array recounts a legend that essentially amounts to "the Vox units will destroy the world".
    • In season 2, after Madoka in Yurikano's body is sent into Le Garite in a space capsule:
    "Goodbye, Lan. Goodbye, Muginami. Goodbye, Earth."
    (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.
  • New Transfer Student: Both Muginami and Lan transfer into Madoka's school in episode 4.
  • NGO Super Power: As fitting of a NERV Expy, Novumundos is ridiculously powerful. Asteria casually threatens to replace the American president during a phone call.
  • No Romantic Resolution: The trio is together at the end, but seemingly still only as close friends.
  • Obviously Evil: Dizelmine in season 2 is very secretive and often downright villainous to everyone he supposedly cares about, is Ax-Crazy half the time, and has genocide as option one for the season's conflict.
  • Oh, Crap!: Possibly the prettiest one ever; 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 his love to her, or that he is her boyfriend.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Vox Units. 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. Madoka’s disguise consists of overalls, a pair of glasses, a different hairstyle, and (in the dub) an obviously fake southern accent, while Muginami simply wears a dress and headgear. Dizelmine and Moid see right through it, but let them on anyway.
  • Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: The Voxes triggered the Last Glacial Maximum, destroyed the human civilization of that era, and forced the survivors to flee to outer space, their descendants today being the "aliens" like Lan. No wonder the Kiss organization is hellbent to destroy the Voxes.
  • Posthumous Character: Yurikano, Lord Villagulio’s bilogical brother who happens to look like Madoka. Subverted, as she's Not Quite Dead thanks to her fiancée King Dizelmine keeping her alive, and plotting to switch her body with Madoka.
  • The Power of Friendship: The Vox seems to work better when using this. 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 itself 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!
    • The credits do mention it's sponsored by Nissan to a degree, as well as the mechs being created by Nissan's vehicle designer.
    • The real Kamogawa, as a Real-Place Background, to increase tourism.
  • Pseudo-Crisis: Episode 12 actually begins two weeks after the Cliffhanger in Episode 11, showing everything is fine. We only learn what happened later in the episode.
  • Pseudo-Romantic 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.) 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. In season 2, episode 2, they start declaring their love for each other.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Kirius, Izo, and Array. They pull a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Real-Place Background: Kamogawa. As part of the show's Idiosyncratic Episode Naming, "Kamogawa" is worked into every title in some fashion. Kamogawa is hoping this show will increase tourism for them.
  • 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.
  • Recap Episode: Episode 0 of season 2 (first aired 1 July 2012), Whole Episode Flashback narrated by Madoka's elder cousin.
  • Red Herring: Season 1 drops some implications that Lan's brother is dead but it turns out he's been alive and well. A similar thing occurs with Yurikano, who's Not Quite Dead.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Muginami and Lan.
    • Also their "brothers", Villagiulio and Dizelmine.
  • Relax-o-Vision: Happens in Episode 15 when Asteria says very naughty things to Madoka, simply to get a reaction. For Science!.
  • 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. [[spoiler:In Episode 11 they go flying into the air, along with the three Vox Units going crazy. And at the end of the first season, Madoka's chair is all alone, as is Madoka herself since the other two left back to their respective home planets.
    • 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.
  • Rule of Three: As for Rule of Symbolism above, Yoko discusses this trope with Astreia the importance of Madoka of any relationship, the most important ones being Lan/Muginami and Villagiulio/Dizelmine. Three is a common number that is explored in mythology and religion. One cannot do everything on its own, and two would easily break away and destroy themselves based on their vast differences. Only three, with the third being a moderator, is there stability.
  • Running Gag: 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 Grania (and Commander Tadakoro), but making him crack up and muse how she hasn't changed. She settled for Giuvi-nii by the end.
  • Scenery Gorn: Uncharacteristically, U-Go, Muginami's planet, is broken, gray, stark and an overall horrid place- that happens to posess the Animation Bumps within the show itself.
  • Scenery Porn: Vibrant and lush surroundings, a break from the usual bleak flatlands and crumbling cities found in most mecha shows. Even the metaphysical apocalyptic scene after Rin-ne fully blooms is astonishingly nice-looking, if depressing.
  • Seiza Squirm: Asteria makes Izo, Kirius and Array do this in her office after they lose track of Madoka.

Alternative Title(s): Rinne No Lagrange