The new season begins here. It wasn’t supposed to begin for a few more days yet, but Lagrange had the audacity to a pre-air the first episode on NicoNico in eye-cancerous quality. I could be patient and wait for the higher quality version, which would be the intelligent thing to do. But am I an impatient bastard? Did I watch this awful quality version? Is Guilty Crown a pile of shit? Of course!
One thing that struck me about Lagrange when making the season preview was how Xebec, animator of ‘classics’ like To-Love-Ru, Yosuga no Sora and Rio Rainbow Gate, were making something a bit classier. Giant robots, dramatic camera shots and a talented staff behind the production. Then, less than a minute into the first episode, the main girl dropped her skirt and ran around in a swimsuit. “Right, great start here, but it could be just a once off” I found myself thinking, to which Xebec promptly replied with “oh no, we’re serious, there’s going to be fanservice everywhere”. I think any touch of class to Lagrange was firmly thrown out of the window when a teacher poked the main character in the breast with her kendo sword and it made a pleasant ‘sproing’ noise.
Not that I particularly minded or anything. The camera wasn’t on extra perv mode the whole time, having the camera situated firmly just behind the girls thighs the whole time so they can see the bottom of their bum cheeks. It didn’t need to be situated there anyway, what the characters dropping their skirts at every available opportunity. The censorship was not of the blinding flashes of light splayed across the screen variety, nor was it obnoxious stamps plastered over the nipples. Just some weird water vapour in a shower scene. Which may not have even been there and was actually just blurred because the video quality was so poor. So if you want to watch this solely because of tits and ass, just do the intelligent thing and wait for the BD/DVD release so you can see some nips. A bit rich coming from a person who had to watch the pre-air webrip, but learn from my mistake!
So there’s fanservice, with skirts being dropped with alarming frequency. Lagrange is also very energetic in its presentation, mostly due to the main character being some genki girl. She makes humourous reaction noises to events of the ‘eeeehhhhhh’ variety, seemingly good at everything she does including piloting giant robots, and has no soul. Yes, for all her energy, our main character has no discernable thougths beneath that attractive head of hers. It’s a very similar problem with Fam in the new Last Exile. Genki juvenile idiotic energy is seen as a Good Thing in anime, so it’s not treated as a flaw in her personality. It leaves no room for development or actual brain power either. She just goes with everything that’s thrown out her, occasionally spouting “eeeeehhhhhhhh” and flashing her underwear.
For all its energetic presentation, Lagrange is completely shallow and souless underneath. It’s not that I was looking for an epic tale of loss and redemption rife with metaphor and symbolism. The opening sproing boob told me that much. But there was nothing to latch on to for interest. The robot element feels like it was tossed in because people like robots. Even the fanservice was rather limited, not enough to carry the production on its lonesome. It has the same Guilty Crown designed by committee problem, where the concept art and plot elements were thought up of before they had a reason to include them. The fact that the best thing I could say about Lagrange is the production values are nice, even though I watched the eye-cancerous webrip, is a worrying sign indeed. In short, Lagrange is a souless, shallow production relying on pretty pictures and fanservice for entertainment, with all the characters being lame archetypes with no actual personality. Stay classy Xebec.