The Daily Life of a Shinigami: Why I enjoy Kyoukai no Rinne

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Hello! Today I’m going to talk about my love for Rumiko Takahashi’s new series Kyoukai no Rin-ne or Rinne of the Boundary. The show focuses on Rinne Rokudo, a half human, half Shinigami teenager and Sakura Mamiya, a girl that can see ghosts and Shinigami, and their adventures while going to high school. After Inuyasha this show isn’t as action orientated and feels very slice of life with the jokes along with the adventures that Sakura and Rinne go on. This is another Rumiko Takahashi show that I enjoy very much.

The first reason is the characters. In many of her works there are always a few characters that stand out to me. In Rinne I like how many of the characters have their stories connected to each other. Rinne who tries to do his shinigami duties while living in the human world. Sakura who didn’t like seeing spirits at first goes on to help Rinne with his duties, sometimes even helping the spirits solve their problems. Jumonji, an exorcist who normally takes out ghosts first and asks questions later.

Ageha, the shinigami that likes Rinne, though ends up causing more trouble for him even when she means well. That’s just the main four! There are others that I really like such as his grandmother Tamako, his dad Sabato (even though he’s such a bad dad), Kain, Renge, and Rokumon to name a few that appear quite often.  As with many of her series the characters bring their own twists to the story.

A second reason why I like Rinne is the story. On top of being a fan of action and Gundams, slice of life is another favorite genre I have that Rinne doing different little adventures day by day that I look forward to seeing. Every day is different with him trying to figure out how to solve a problem, doing a job for his grandma, or trying to get his father back for dumping another debt on him there’s always something new.

A third reason why I enjoy Rinne is the paranormal aspect with him being half shinigami. There’s nothing I love more than seeing the lives of spirits and the afterlife. I like stories that explore it in a light hearted way. That yes this person may be a vengeful spirit though there’s a reason why and Rinne is trying to make sure that they can pass on. I’m glad that Rinne doesn’t have a problem being half shinigami either. Through Rinne’s adventures you can see different side of the afterlife from the way people are reborn to the illegal business that tries to take people before their time to the demons of hell. It gives a pretty big picture of how things are that makes it enjoyable to watch.

A little extra that I find cute whenever I watch is the call backs to her other series Inuyasha, Ranma ½ and Maison Ikkoku, so any fans of her older works can enjoy those little callbacks to the show.

Kyoukai no Rin-ne is a funny show with light hearted comedy and romantic comedy in the background. I recommend this for new and old fans of Rumiko Takahashi work.

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