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Whatever else can be said about Rumiko Takahashi[1], you know what you’re going to get when a new Takahashi anime adaptation appears[2].

In other words: light entertainment, some comedy, a romance that probably won’t go anywhere, and probably a new character every week. There’s nothing wrong with that so long as that’s what you’re in the mood for, and don’t make the mistake of expecting anything else[3].

Rin-ne (aka Kyoukai no Rinne, aka Rinne of the Boundary) has been exactly that, and a fair bit of fun to watch.

Rin-ne is a fairly comedic take on the concept of the Shinigami[4] which has been a staple of Japanese popular culture for a while. Rinne Rokudo is a dirt poor half human, half spirit, Shinigami who also has to go to high school. Meanwhile Sakura Mamiya is at the same school and, due to the usual sort of Rumiko Takahashi hijinks, Sakura can see supernatural beings normally hidden from the mundane world.

Six episodes in and there are hints of the inevitable romance[5], and at least 3 recurring characters have been introduced to form part of the traditional Rumiko Takahashi Loon Squad[6].

Sakura is something of a Deadpan Snarker, and is often the best part of Rin-ne. She often gets a “I’m thinking about face palming now” expression (it even shows up in the OP) that’s usually hilarious in context. Speaking of the OP:

Overall Rin-ne is enjoyable enough to be amused by weekly, but not good enough to be worth investing in DVDs/BDs eventually[7].

I’ll finish up with the charming ED (which evolves slightly, other characters get slotted in later):

[1] Plenty as it happens. See Ranma ½ and other works for examples.

[2] The exception being her horror work, and some of her short stories. However most of those don’t get animated.

[3] COUGH Inuyasha COUGH.

[4] “Death god” or “Death Spirit”

[5] That won’t go anywhere.

[6] If you know anything at all about any of Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, or Ranma ½ then you know who I’m talking about.

[7] As opposed to say Shirobako or Nagi no Asukara. In which case: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY.