Friday, May 22, 2009

Chapter Review: RIN-NE, chp. 3

The story: "Four O'Clock Behind the Gym," is a continuation of last week's storyline. Will Sakura and Rinne lay the wrong-calling, bike-riding boy's soul to rest? Or will he become an evil spirit?

Reaction: I have to admit that the opening color pages were pretty funny and played on the shojo trope of boys surrounded by flowers and sparkles. Honestly, it was a nice touch that livened things up a bit. Not to mention Sakura's cynical reaction.

Deep thoughts: This chapter highlights one of the mysteries of Rinne Rokudo -- why is he "sort of" a shinigami? Is he poor, much like his gym teacher believes? Or is there another reason completely? Regardless, I like how the gym teacher got wrapped into the overarching story with the ghost. He seems like such a nice guy that I hope he shows up again, especially since he seems to genuinely care about his students.

Artwork: If there's anything I could say about the artwork, it's that the color pages really bring the characters to life. And the "surrounded by flowers" look is ironic, considering how stoic Rinne is.

The verdict: I'll admit that this series has got me pulled in, especially with the ending comedic scene that returns us to Rinne's fake weather hutch legend. I just hope we see more comedic hijinks! RIN-NE is serialized online by Viz and can be read here.

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