Time of the Season Spring 2015 Edition: RIN-NE

The presence of Rumiko Takahashi returns with another anime adaptations of one of her works airing in this season.

Now the question on most minds are….is this going to be a repeat of Inuyasha and Ranma?

This is Rin-NE.

Director: Seiki Sugawara

Series Composition: Michiko Yokote

Music: Akimitsu Honma

Original creator: Rumiko Takahashi

Character Design: Kazuhiko Tamura

Art Director: Yukihiro Shibutani

Animation Director: Hideyuki Motohashi (ep 1) Takuro Shinbo (ep 2)

Sound Director: Takeshi Takadera

Director of Photography: Yorinobu Oda

Animation Production: Brain’s Base

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks

Plot Summary: High school student Sakura Mamiya began to see ghosts and ghouls after she was tricked into taking a trip to the otherworld as a child. However, cool and collected, she is not extremely phased when she finds out that her always-absent classmate Rinne Rokudō is actually working as a shinigami (god of death) on the side, helping lost spirits reach the wheel of reincarnation. Although he is a talented young man with shinigami blood in his veins, he is extremely poor, and is forced to rely on Sakura’s assistance- monetary or otherwise- to solve many of his cases.

First Thoughts: So from the looks of the first episode, it looks like what happened if Bleach was made by Takahashi instead of Kubo but I wouldn’t call it much of an upgrade. Humor wise, it does have its funny points here and there with some characters although most of her humor gets worn out further on (see Inuyasha and Ranma ½ for examples) but since it’s only 25 episodes, they could know their timing on that. Plot, on the other hand, does have the standard fixings of a Takahashi anime from the hot-headed male lead to the questionable female lead and all of that felt like it escaped from the 1990s or early 2000s. It might hold up for initial Takahashi fans but the rest of us may not feel like the same way as they do.

Basically, this show is a MARATHON. You won’t miss anything special at this point and it’s something you could just watch a month after.

This has been MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, and at least the comedy was alright in here.

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