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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: 1569709181
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Rin! Vol. #03

By Patricia Beard     May 16, 2007
Release Date: April 30, 2007

Rin! Vol.#03
© Digital Manga Publishing

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

What They Say
Katsura continues to grapple with his loss of confidence not only in his archery skills, but also his love for Sou. With Sou's upcoming graduation in the spring and the final days of the archery club's summer camp coming to a close, will Katsura learn that depending upon other people isn't always a weakness before it is too late?

The Review
This third volume of Rin! devotes about 60 pages to closing out the training camp arc of volume 2. Unfortunately, Rin! is a work where there is quite a bit of delicacy and subtlety to the narrative. Placing these last 60 pages in the third volume disrupted the narrative and rendered the events disjointed and feeling unmotivated. Rin! doesn't have many heavily punctuated climactic events, so disturbing the rhythm and flow lessened the impact of the entire arc and made the ending feel manufactured and unnatural . In this section of the story, Katsura embraces his style of archery and is able to overcome his hesitation in order to focus and prevail. Too bad the reader can't!

More satisfying are the two extra stories comprising most of the volume. Katsura and Kouichi encounter a lost and crying, English-speaking little girl whom they try to comfort with poor attempts at English. To the rescue comes a tall man who is able to reassure the little girl until her mother arrives. He then turns to Katsura, announces that he has just arrived back in Japan and is lucky to find such a cute person already. He then kisses Katsura. Katsura, being Katsura and assuming that this is just a foreign custom, tells Sou, who is, not surprisingly, upset and worried about Katsura's ability to defend himself.

At the archery range, the group observes a new archer with a distinctive grace and refinement. It is Akira Takatou, the new archery advisor for A-U, the university that Sou and Katsura's brother will be attending soon. Of course, it's the stranger who kissed Katsura. And Akira wastes no time in pursuing Katsura right under Sou's nose.

In this last installment of Rin!, the characters recognize and accommodate resolution for their internal conflicts - Katura's confusion and non assertiveness, Kouichi's ache over his recognition of the extent of Katsura and Sou's relationship, Sou's lack of confidence in Katsura's constancy. This satisfactory end to the series doesn't preclude the possibility of further installments, but none are really necessary. Even with some open-ended issues, there is confidence that the characters can find it within themselves to resolve them.


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