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.