Thanks to Madman we enjoyed watching the second part of Rumiko Takahashi’s ‘Rin-ne’ (Kyoukai no Rinne) on DVD.
As we previously explained in our review of the first part of the series (see review here), Sakura and Rinne continue the fight to send spirits through the wheel of reincarnation, while Rinne struggles to afford his magic artifacts and deal with his father’s debt.
In these new twelve episodes (14-25) Sakura and Rinne have remained good friends and we can see their relationship growing in every episode. The love triangles are more intense as Tsubasa and Ageha are more obvious about their intentions. Both characters will make you laugh with their pursuit of love, especially in the horror house episode. Rinne’s father is once again one of the most entertaining characters of the series. In fact, the episode in which he is forced to work in a ramen shop is one of the highlights of this season.
This supernatural rom-com is as good as it gets – simple and hilarious. Most of the episodes are formulaic but always contain a little twist to avoid repetition. The comedy is always present, as is the educational content concerning Japanese superstitions and Buddhism.
For followers of Rumiko Takahashi‘s work (Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha, Maison Ikoku), Rinne is a must watch. Despite her new approach to Sakura and Rinne’s relationship (being less intense than what her other famous couples like Akane-Ranma or Kagome-Inuyasha are) it’s always great to see a good friendship that may blossom into something more.
Overall, this old-school anime is funny and educational and makes for great viewing. It features great colours, fresh stories and a whole range of enjoyable characters.
Madman brings ‘Rin-ne Part 2’ to Australia and is on sale now. The DVD extras include: Textless opening and ending songs.