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by Victoria (she_wolf)
at October 5th, 2009 (10:00 pm)

current mood: curious

So I've noticed not a lot of discussion going on about Rumiko's newest manga series, Rin-ne and was wondering: anyone else check it out yet?

For those who haven’t heard, Rin-ne follows schoolgirl Sakura Mamiya, who has had the power to see ghosts since an incident when she was a child, and Rinne Rokudo, a boy of mixed human and shinigami heritage. Sakura joins Rinne as he works to release ghosts from their attachments and guide them to the wheel of reincarnation. Although the manga is not officially released in English yet, those nice folks at Rumic World have been releasing the first three volumes in an online reader format here as they are translated from Japanese; although my impression is this will eventually end.

Personally, I admit Rin-ne reminds me a lot of Inuyasha: while there is no question that Inu and Rin are two very different kind of guys, there are a lot of parallels between the two series: to begin with, both male protagonists have half-human half-mystic/mythic heritage and are joined by gals with spiritual powers. The growing cast list of Rin-ne does little to diminish this- Rokumon is a dead ringer for Shippo, and Tsubasa reminds me all too well of Miroku, although his personality doesn’t quite match up. There are also clear-cut differences as well though, the most prominent being Rinne’s personality: he’s soft spoken and always broke, a direct contrast between Inuyasha’s fiery temper, or even Ranma Saotome’s solid confidence. In general it has yet to become her best work in my eyes, but I like it and am strongly thinking of picking up the volumes when they become published by Viz.



Posted by: killiara (killiara)
Posted at: October 6th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)

I've been following it on onemanga.com with the intention of buying it when it becomes available. So far I enjoy it, but there's so much carryover with her writing style and some of the characters I worry that I'm going to get bored, you know? Especially with Ryouga---- I mean the demon from hell who wants to trap him in hell and has a bad grudge against him since childhood...

Posted by: Victoria (she_wolf)
Posted at: October 6th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)

Agreed on concerns over the carryover, I find that's one of the manga's weakest links. As I mentioned Rokumon reminds me a *lot* of Shippo, and Masato's introduction wasn't really the best. Hopefully though as it continues we'll see more development in that area.

Posted by: Kim (kirarakim)
Posted at: October 6th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)

I read a chapter and liked it but decided not to follow it. I love Takahashi's works (especially Maison Ikkoku) but after Inuyasha I don't think I want to get started on a series that could go on for a decade. Maybe I will read it when it is finished.

Posted by: Victoria (she_wolf)
Posted at: October 6th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)

Personally I'm hoping this manga becomes a series easy to slip in and out of- so that if it does last a long time, it's no big deal if you stop at chapter 5 and resume at chapter 15. Ranma 1/2 & Urusei Yatsura were like that- with a few exceptions, most stories themselves were short arcs that didn't follow a necessary time line.