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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 196
  • ISBN: 978-1421534879
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Rin-Ne

Rin-Ne Vol. #03

Rin-Ne Vol. #03 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     June 25, 2010
Release Date: May 18, 2000

Rin-Ne Vol. #03
© Viz Media

A somewhat interesting mish-mash of pumpkin heads, transfer students, faceless girls, and a giant doodle of a ghost.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Rumiko Takahashi
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Christine Schilling

What They Say
A boy from Sakura's past appears, hoping to win a date with her. But the ghost of another lovelorn boy leads to an unexpected triple date. Can an exorcism take place at an amusement park? Does Rinne have feelings for Sakura? Compared to playing the dating game, dealing with angry ghosts and rogue shinigami may be less frightening!

The Review!

Things start off quickly in this volume, as Rinne soon finds himself being attacked by a strange young man throwing sacred ashes.  This boy, it turns out, is Tsubasa Jumonji, a new transfer student to Sakura and Rinne’s class, as well as an exorcist and childhood acquaintance of Sakura.  Not only did he know Sakura as a child, he also developed a crush in the short time he knew her, and immediately asks her to go out with him upon entering the class.  While Rinne acts unconcerned, he is soon roped into a triple date to help a ghost pass on (the ghost wants to go on a date, Tsubasa wants to exercise him, so Sakura decides to go with him to keep him distracted, and Rinne goes with one of Sakura’s friends in order to keep an eye on Tsubasa.)  Rinne and Tsubasa both end up getting caught up in the date, and as a result the ghost is able to pass on peacefully.  
From there, we see Rinne confront a evil spirit known as Hanako of the Toilet, who is being backed by a giant (but crudely drawn) evil spirit worth one hundred thousand yen.  Afterwards, Rinne has to deal with a malicious damashigami (a corrupt shinigami who pads his quota by luring living souls into the afterlife) with a beautiful face, and even ends up doing a little cross-dressing in the process.   Finally, Rinne must unravel the mysterious of the spirit of a faceless girl, who asks boys to draw her, but always becomes angry and paints over their faces when they do.
In Summary:
Although Rinne has started to settle down a little, focusing more on little mini-arcs than big stories, things still manage to stay fairly interesting in this volume.  After introducing the somewhat predictable, but still decently humorous, character of Tsubasa, the rest of the volume is spent on little stories that are interesting but rather insignificant.  The Hanako of the Toilet arc, for example, is pretty funny, but the faceless girl story is more or less a throwaway.  If this is about the quality we’ll be getting from the series now that it’s settled into its grove, further volumes should also prove solid, yet hardly exceptional.  


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