Rin-Ne Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010
Release Date: Friday, January 15, 2010
Rumiko Takahashi’s newest work starts to come into its own with this second volume
Writer/Artist: Rumiko Takahashi
Translation: Christine Dashiell
Adaptation: Christine Dashiell
What They Say
Sakura and Rinne deal with the ghosts of an ancient warrior and a girl who drowned in the school swimming pool, but that's just a warm-up! A wandering spirit leads them to a surprising confrontation, one that takes Sakura and Rinne on an even more amazi
Continuing from the last volume, Rinne introduces the ochimusha and Kaori Himekawa, the girl the ochimusha believes to be the reincarnation of his lover, Hime. He states that his final wish is to exchange nuptials with Himekawa and after doing so attempts to run away with her. Rinne stops him and uses a special mirror that can show the past life of the person looking it to reveal that Himekawa is not Hime’s reincarnation after all. This leads to a few more wacky uses of the tool before we finally find Hime’s real reincarnation and the ochimusha is able to pass on.
Over the next two chapters we are treated to a short story about a singing ghost haunting a swimming pool who doesn’t remember what she needs to do before passing on.
The rest of the book is spent on the introduction of Masato, a bat-winged devil with a grudge against Rinne. In this story, he places a curse (or curss, as Masato apparently isn’t too bright) on a boy named Reiji whose soul has exited his body. This causes Reiji to lose a good bit of reason and lash out against his friend and girlfriend, and eventually allows Masato to drag his soul to hell even though he isn’t dead yet. Rinne follows, and we are treated to an interesting “fight” as Masato tries to sink him so deep in debt that he’ll become trapped in hell forever. Things end well but unsurprisingly Masato is still left cursing Rinne and claiming he’ll get his revenge.
Rin-ne really manages to pick up in this volume, introducing one of the first truly interesting characters to the series and even throwing a few little interesting gimmicks at us that may or may not reappear in the future. Masato is really a fun little character who manages to even be a little dangerous in his idiotic form of evil. Not only that, but his character, in addition to the over the top portrayal of “hell” manage to show a much better use of the otherwise shallow “Rinne is poor” jokes that have been showing up since the beginning. Now that we’ve finally had a taste of a “rival” character for Rinne, things are finally starting to pick up, so hopefully Takahashi will be able to maintain this and create a nice, solid foundation for what is sure to be a long running series.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
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