Saturday, May 23, 2009
Chapter Review: RIN-NE, chp. 4
The story: This week's (yes, I'm finally up to the current chapter available!) chapter begins to reveal some of the mysteries behind the main characters, Sakura and Rinne. First, the reader is dropped into the middle of creepy dream Sakura (and, as the reader learns later, the entire school) was having.
Reaction: Finally! Some of the mystery behind Rinne's role as a "sort of" shinigami is answered -- and there's the bonus of the reappearance of the woman who first spirited away Sakura as a child. Granted, we don't get all the answers, but it's a start!
Deep thoughts: Coming from a Judeo-Christian background, I thought it was fascinating to get a glimpse into the afterlife as non-Christians see it, especially in the way that Takahashi has visualized it.
Artwork: Nothing new here, really. But, I did love the boats in the afterlife -- especially since one of them was a panda bear a la Genmo Saotome, Ranma's dad, from Takahashi's Ranma 1/2!
The verdict: I'll follow along for the next chapter, especially since it has such a cliffhanger ending -- will Sakura mistakenly get on the wheel of reincarnation, or will Rinne save her in time? RIN-NE is serialized online by Viz and can be read here.