Book Review: Rin-ne Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Title: Rin-ne Vol. 1

Author: Rumiko Takahashi

Series: Rin-ne #1

Page Count: 176

Publish Date: October 20, 2009

Publisher: Viz Media

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After a mysterious encounter in her childhood, Sakura Mamiya gained the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! Then one day she meets Rinne Rokudo, a boy who is far more than what he seems.

As a child Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma’s home. She returned whole and healthy, but since then she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! At school, the desk next to Sakura’s has been empty since the start of the school year. Then one day her always-absent classmate Rinne Rokudo shows up, and he’s far more than what he seems!

Death can be a laughing matter!

Sakura’s curiosity about the mysterious Rinne draws her deeper into an amazing world on the boundary between the living and the dead. Helping Rinne is one thing, but will tagging along with him leave her trapped in the afterlife? And does Rinne really know what he’s doing? Dealing with the afterlife isn’t easy, especially when you don’t know all the rules!

Rin-ne Vol. 1

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My Review:

In typical Rumiko Takahashi style, Rin-ne Vol.1 puts a teenage boy and girl together who have seemingly nothing in common at first, but then as the story unfolds, you can see how these two are connected and it sets up quite an adventure for them.

In this story, there are shinigami, whose job it is to lead the dead to the afterlife. Then there are damashigami, corrupt shinigami that lure people to the afterlife who haven’t died yet to exceed their quota.

So where does Sakura, a girl who can see ghosts, come into play? That is revealed fairly quickly, though what we see is clearly only the beginning.

As Sakura and Rin-ne, navigate the two realms and each other, things begin to unfold about both of them. This is where many new characters are introduced and much is being set up for the rest of the series.

Rin-ne’s grandma, aka Granny, is an interesting character. She is a shinigami who resides in the afterlife but her past choices have had consequences on Rin-ne’s life as well as Sakura’s. No doubt she will continue to interfere with these two in her own unique way.

Rokumon the Black Cat adds some new elements to the story. He seems like a good character and while Rin-ne is hesitant to keep him around, you can tell he will play a key role as things progress.

We get to see a decent amount of the afterlife and learn how much of it works, including the wheel of reincarnation. In doing so, we learn more about the shinigami and the damashigami and their roles in the afterlife. I know there is much more to learn about this place and the roles of these two, but it’s enough to grab my interest to keep reading.

Through this, we learn more about Sakura’s past, why she can see ghosts, and how that connects her to Rin-ne. How this will affect them going forward, is yet to be seen, but these two have only begun their adventure together and there will undoubtedly be many hurdles put before them.

This series has moments where it feels like InuYasha, mostly bouncing between the living world and the afterlife, similar to how Inuyasha and Kagome move between timelines.

Overall, volume 1 is a good start to this series. It has good pacing, introduces several characters, and sets up some events that will surely have a ripple effect as the series progresses.

The rest of the series is on my TBR and I look forward to making my way through it.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Rin-ne Vol. 1. Have you read this book?

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