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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 156970919x
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Rin! Vol. #02

By Patricia Beard     January 24, 2007
Release Date: January 24, 2007

Rin! Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Satoru Kannagi/Yukine Honami
Translated by:Wasabi Media
Adapted by:

What They Say
Now that the inter-school tournament is over, Sou and the rest of the 3rd years have retired. Kouichi and Katsura have been nominated as captain and assistant captain of the archery team and their first order of business is the spring training camp. But, with the inconsistencies in Katsura's bow and heart, will the archery club really be okay?

The Review
La Rinsperanca? Well, not quite, but.....

Now that the third years have moved on, Shuichi and Katsura have become captain and vice-captain of the archery club, and their primary duty at this time is to organize and implement the summer training camp for the club. Katsura, being Katsura, is still plagued by the insecurities that he had in the last volume, and Shuichi, aware of Katsura's mental state, tries to be supportive and encouraging. This is especially true when Katsura is challenged by a new first year, Matsunae, who has joined the archery club.

Sou and Katsura's relationship has not evolved much from that which we had seen in the previous volume. Although Katsura refers to Sou as his lover and Sou has initiated attempts to have a more physical relationship, Katsura demurs, and Sou backs off. Sou provides some pep talks for Katsura (and let's us know what "Rin" means), but he is not a major player here.

Sou and Katsura's story had essentially played out in the first volume. Katsura's insecurities are revived for the reader to motivate this story, which involves Sou only marginally (and more as an ideal rather than a reality, at that). It's the story of how Katsura deals with the strangely motivated challenge that Matsunae presents for Katsura, which is almost a challenge to his right to identity. This plays out at the end of volume #2 with Katsura vowing to prove himself to everyone at the contest that marks the end of the camp.

There really isn't much reason for this volume. Those looking for Sou X Katsura action and interaction will be disappointed, nothing meaningful happens. There is a sort of redemption for Shuichi, who has emerged as a good, concerned, and supportive friend for Katsura, and I admit that I like Shuichi better than Sou for Katsura. Also adding positive interest to this story is the addition of Matsunae as a foil. The reasons for his dislike of Katsura strikes me as very Japanese, or at least expressed in a very Japanese way, and his depiction by Honami is very apt.

There will be a third and final volume, which I will approach as I did this volume - something to read while I look at Honami's wonderful artwork.


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