Rin-Ne: Signs of typical, yet fun Takahashi work can be seen.

Rin-Ne is Takahashi’s latest work, that she has been releasing, after Inu Yasha. It has been available online legally and simultaneously as the Japanese chapters are released. (Unfortunately, since the Tohoku Earthquake, the site had apologized and said that they were pausing on this simultaneous release. Reading comments on the site. I definitely know that when it comes back on there are still fans to read Takahashi, and to be eternally grateful for this service). There are five volumes in print, which is how I got into the series.

This story centers around the story of Rinne, a pseudo-shinigami, and Sakura, a girl that can see ghosts. Sakura ends up following Rinne around his cases, as he works, fulfilling missions that purify demons, and earn a meal. There are many parts that deal with Japanese folklore, on what comes after death, and elements of this story definitely has the Takahashi stamp all over it. I cracked up when I saw that scene with Rinne kicking off (cat).

Rin-ne has qualities and similarities to several other “ghost” or “youkai” type stories like Bleach, D Gray Man, or GS Mikami. I really enjoy reading stories like this, since there aren’t as much stories in English, where the story is entertaining as a slice of life merged with a spiritual atmosphere.

One story that definitely made me want to read more is the story of the ghost of the pet that waited at the library, turning into a demon. I definitely teared up slightly when I realize his past. Not to spoil much of other parts in the story, but Rin-ne definitely has parts that stand out as common Takahashi quirks. Such as the never ending debt, the constant rivalry, the misunderstandings between the main couples, and the other people that get in the way.

Romance is actually written into the storyline, but with how Takahashi writes romance. I normally don’t expect as much serious romance to be written in this story. I look at this story as a “feel good” relationship story. Mostly from what I have seen so far, I see Rin-ne as a story with unrealized potential. I am not bored, and in fact look forward to reading the print or catching up with the online copies.

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  • http://astronerdboy.blogspot.com AstroNerdBoy

    After reading your piece here, I’m thinking that Takahashi-sensei is being wise in avoiding a major story arc like she had in Inuyasha. I prefer those kinds of stories but they fail when the author continues to postpone the ending by introducing new elements to prevent the ending from coming. *_* In Inuyasha, I just grew weary of it all after a while because everything became, “delay, delay, delay!”

  • http://animemiz.wordpress.com/ animemiz

    Thanks for the comment! I am getting more and more use to the aspect of manga, being an episode by episode moment. It really is better than doing those cliff hangers. But yeah Inu Yasha became a Takahashi title that I was never able to finish watching.

  • http://organizationasg.wordpress.com Justin

    Personally, I feel this series is just all filler and uninteresting. She could do much better than right now.

  • http://animemiz.wordpress.com/ animemiz

    Thanks for the comment. I think reading certain books appeals to different types of readers. I really enjoy the themes in this book, and find it an interesting presentation of what is already out there. I really would definitely give this more a chance.

    How much better can she get than she had with series that she had done in the past? She already has a lot of work under her belt.

  • http://organizationasg.wordpress.com Justin

    Well I read Vol 1-2 of Rinne and felt it was ok. Then I brought Vol 3 and to me it felt like it stayed the same. Granted it’s episodic but it just didn’t seem interesting to me. I didn’t feel like shelling ten bucks for something that seemed average to me. But obviously, it’s just my opinion.

    She’s done a lot of work–great works too(Urusei, Ranma 1/2, Maison, Inuyasha)–still, if you’re going to continue to do great work, it has to stay that way.

    • http://animemiz.wordpress.com/ animemiz

      Actually you share similar opinion with a lot of other people. I just happen to be in that range. Now if you ask me Maison Ikkoku was a bit too long for me. Takahashi has a lot of successful series, and many of her stories are going over ten volumes or so. I happen to like variety, and so far Takahashi has provided some variety, but how many series would she have known to have the success that they have gotten? Her works are all pretty timeless though.