Rin-ne

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Rin-ne
Kyokai no Rinne1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
境界のRINNE
(Kyōkai no Rinne)
Genre Romantic comedy, slice of life,[1] supernatural[2]
Manga
Written by Rumiko Takahashi
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run April 22, 2009December 13, 2017
Volumes 40 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Seiki Sugawara
Hiroshi Ishiodori (season 3)
Produced by Yusuke Fujita
Kaori Ito
Written by Michiko Yokote
Music by Akimitsu Honma
Studio Brain's Base
Licensed by
Original network NHK-E
English network
TV Japan (subtitled)
Original run April 4, 2015 September 23, 2017
Episodes 75 (List of episodes)
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Rin-ne, known as Kyōkai no Rinne (境界のRINNE, lit. "Rinne of the Boundary", officially subtitled as Circle of Reincarnation) in Japan, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It has been serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga magazine from April 22, 2009[3] to December 13, 2017. The series follows Sakura Mamiya, a girl who gained the power to see ghosts after an incident as a child, and her classmate Rinne Rokudo, a boy of mixed human and shinigami heritage who helps lingering spirits finally pass on to be reincarnated.

The manga has been licensed in North America by Viz Media, which was simultaneously releasing the manga chapters online in English as they were serialized in Japan until March 17, 2011, and in Australasia by Madman Entertainment. A three season anime television series adaptation, produced by Brain's Base, aired in Japan from 2015 to 2017. As of August 2014, the manga had 3 million collected volumes in print.

Plot[edit]

Sakura Mamiya is a high school girl who became able to see ghosts after she was spirited away for a week when she was a child, though she does not remember the details of the experience. Once in high school, Sakura wishes to be rid of her extrasensory perception, which is an annoyance to her as no one else apart from her can see spirits. She meets a shinigami of sorts named Rinne Rōkudo, a classmate of hers who is absent for the first month or so of school. As a shinigami, his job to guide spirits, whose regrets bind them to Earth, to the wheel of reincarnation, a large, red spoked wheel revolving in the sky, so that they may be reborn, involves these two on dangerous and comedy-filled adventures.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga series Rin-ne is written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. The series was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga magazine from April 22, 2009[3] to December 13, 2017. Shogakukan released 40 tankōbon volumes in Japan from October 16, 2009 to January 18, 2018.[4] The manga has been licensed by Viz Media,[5] who published the chapters simultaneously online in English as they were serialized in Japan until March 17, 2011.[6][7] Rin-ne was the first title to be released under Viz Media's Shonen Sunday imprint, with the first volume published on October 20, 2009.[8] Madman Entertainment published the first volume in Australia on October 10, 2010.[9]

Anime[edit]

The 25-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by Brain's Base and directed by Seiki Sugawara, premiered in Japan on April 4, 2015. The screenplay is written by Michiko Yokote and the music composed by Akimitsu Honma.[10][11] The first set of opening and ending theme songs is "Ōkaranman" (桜花爛漫) by Keytalk and "Tokinowa" (トキノワ) by Passepied respectively,[12] while the second set used from episode 14 onwards is "Ura no Ura" (裏の裏, "Back of the Back") by Passepied and "Futatsu no Sekai" (ふたつの世界, "Two Worlds") by Quruli.[13] Prior to the anime, an animated commercial promoting the manga and Weekly Shōnen Sunday was created in 2009.[10] The second season premiered on April 9, 2016.[14] For the second season, the first set of opening and ending theme songs is "Melody" by Pile and "Hanashi o Shiyō" (話をしよう, "Let's Talk") by Glim Spanky respectively,[15] while the second set used from episode 38 onwards is "Ainii" (アイニー) by CreepHyp and "Beautiful Life" by Shiggy Jr.[16][17] The third season aired from April[18] to September 2017. For the third season, the first set of opening and ending theme songs is "Shiny" by Yoru no Honki Dance[19] and "Suki nano Kana" (スキナノカナ, "I wonder if I like you") by Softly respectively, while the second set used from episode 63 onwards is "Setsuna Yumemishi" (セツナユメミシ, "A Moment's Dream") by Keytalk and "Puzzle" by Mone Kamishiraishi. The anime's three seasons are licensed by Sentai Filmworks for digital and home video release in North America.[20][21][22]

Reception[edit]

As of August 2014, Rin-ne had 3 million tankōbon volumes in print.[11] During the week of October 12–18, 2009, the first two volumes ranked at No. 15 and 16 for the best-selling manga in Japan; combined, the volumes sold about 100,000 copies that week.[23] The following week of October 19–25, 2009, the first volume ranked at No. 18 with over 44,000 copies sold, while the second volume ranked at No. 20 with over 41,000 copies sold in Japan.[24] The third manga volume ranked at No. 11 for the best-selling manga in Japan for the week of March 15–21, 2010,[25] and the English version ranked at No. 8 on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list in May 2010.[26] The fourth manga volume ranked twice at No. 19 and 20 in June 2010 with over 76,000 copies sold in Japan.[27] The fifth manga volume also ranked twice at No. 21 and 23 in September 2010 with over 71,000 copies sold in Japan.[28] The sixth manga volume ranked at No. 29 for the best-selling manga in Japan for the week of December 13–19, 2010.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RIN-NE". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
  2. ^ "The Official Website for RIN-NE". Viz Media. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Rumiko Takahashi's Next Work Revealed: Kyōkai no Rinne". Anime News Network. April 11, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ "境界のRINNE 40" [Kyōkai no Rinne 40] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Viz to Publish Rumiko Takahashi's New Manga in 2009". Anime News Network. February 8, 2009. Retrieved April 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Rumiko Takahashi's Rinne to Run in Sync in U.S., Japan". Anime News Network. April 15, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Rumiko Takahashi's Newest Series Launching..." Viz Media. April 15, 2009. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Viz to Launch Shonen Sunday Imprint with Rin-ne Manga". Anime News Network. July 8, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Rin-Ne (Manga) Vol. 01". Madman Entertainment. July 8, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne TV Anime Streams 1st Promo". Anime News Network. January 23, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "25-Episode RIN-NE Anime's Brains Base Staff, Visual Unveiled". Anime News Network. November 16, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Keytalk, Passepied to Perform Rin-ne TV Anime's Theme Songs". Anime News Network. February 17, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne Anime Casts Rie Murakawa, Soma Saito". Anime News Network. June 16, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Rumiko Takahashi's 2nd RIN-NE Anime Series Reveals April 9 Debut, Visual". Anime News Network. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Pile, Glim Spanky Perform 2nd RIN-NE Anime's Theme Songs". Anime News Network. March 8, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "CreepHyp Performs RIN-NE 2 Anime's New Opening Theme Song". Anime News Network. June 4, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Shiggy Jr. Band Performs RIN-NE 2 Anime's New Ending Theme". Anime News Network. June 11, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE Manga Gets 3rd Anime Season in Spring 2017". Anime News Network. September 23, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Rock Band Yoru no Honki Dance Performs RIN-NE Season 3's Opening Song". Anime News Network. February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Rin-ne Anime". Anime News Network. April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses RIN-NE 2". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Rumiko Takashi's RIN-NE 3". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 12–18". Anime News Network. October 21, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 19–25". Anime News Network. October 29, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 15–21". Anime News Network. March 24, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  26. ^ "New York Times Manga Best Seller List, May 16–22". Anime News Network. May 28, 2010. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 21–27". Anime News Network. June 30, 2010. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, September 20–26". Anime News Network. September 29, 2010. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, December 13–19". Anime News Network. December 22, 2010. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 

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