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Aug 9 16 7:12 AM
Aug 14 16 1:18 PM
Long Suffering Ronin
Rokumon organizes all the black cats into two groups, one group will distract Kurosu while the other runs and grabs the key for the Shinigami's door behind Shoma. Kurosu fights back by tossing snacks to all the hungry cats, which distracts most of them, including Rokumon. Rokumon manages to grab the key, but Rinne worries something is up, a feeling that proves correct as Rokumon and Rinne get stuck going through the door last as the other cats bound through as soon as Rokumon opens it. Kurosu commends Rokumon for truly helping the other cats work together, but thats cold comfort when it does nothing to help them win the race. Rinne and Rokumon rush to catch up and Rinne battles against Kain to let Rokumon go ahead while Ageha and Oboro begin to fight amongst themselves. Ageha punches him into the sky, which comes in handy as he falls and grabs the ticket atop the cat tower, winning the cooperative ability test but sheer dumb luck. Oboro is so irritated however that he immediately tears up the free repair ticket and Ageha says she didn't need it anyway. Thus begins the final part of the test, in which the black cats much fight one another and defeat at least one opponent to advance. Shinigami are not allowed to interfere in the fights. The cats are given tickets to spend in shops above the arena. Weapons can be purchased to use in their fights. As long as they are still in the ring at the end of sixty minutes they will pass this portion of the exam. Oboro uses his tickets to purchase fireworks and distracts many opponents to leave the arena with them. The announcers tell the participants that if they have any tickets left over at the end, they can be given to their Shinigami. This appeals to both Kain and Rinne who want their scythes repaired. Thrifty Rokumon uses pachinko balls to trip up opponents and a magnet to get them all back so he can use them over and over, plus he puts them in his shopping bag and bashes people with it as another weapon. Rinne is thrilled with his cheap, yet effective, weapon. Rokumon and Oboro then team up and Rokumon uses a Spirit Path Marker to draw a portal that devours dozens more opponents. The top scorers of the written portion of the exam then all suddenly team up to attack but Rokumon tricks them into falling into the Spirit Way as well. Oboro gets eliminated slipping on a banana peel dropped by Suzu, however she gets so bored that she lives the ring herself to lay down and take a nap. Rinne wants to see Rokumon win, so he pleads with him to use his last shopping ticket to buy a weapon. Rokumon picks a ball and chain and wins the combat ability portion. Rokumon is also chosen as the MVC, Most Valuable Cat and is given a lucky cat piggy bank as a bonus reward. Sakura congratulates Rokumon when he gets home and tells he and Rinne she'll make them red rice to celebrate. Unforunately Rinne's scythe is still broken.
Yeah, this one was sort of all action, but it was a good conclusion. I'm a bit surprised that they managed to stretch this story into two episodes but I think overall it worked and didn't drag or anything except maybe just a wee bit in the final battle of this episode. Overall I was pleased with our first two parter.
Aug 21 16 6:12 PM
As the days get colder, Rinne and Rokumon find themselves more and more hungry. One night Rokumon transforms to look like a kitten so he can get some free oden. The next day, freezing and without power in their room, Ageha arrives to cook for them. Ageha tries to get rid of Rokumon but when she tosses him out, he just comes back with Sakura and Tsubasa instead. As they heat up the broth in the pot they see a small bugyo, or magistrate at the bottom, Rokumon warns Rinne that it's likely a scheme of Ageha's but she pleads ignorance and Rinne is too hungry to care. Tsubasa explains that the little man was likely a nabe bugyo, someone who controls when and what to eat in the pot, keeps conversation lively and makes sure the food is distributed evenly. As everyone enjoys the food the nabe bugyo reappears and begins eating up certain ingredients. Ageha splits the last daikon so everyone can have it without fighting, but then the nabe bugyo steals all but one egg. While everyone argues over the egg, Renge and Tama arrive to complain about the noise and the egg goes flying into Tama's mouth, which sends her soaring as its too hot for her sensitive cat tongue. It seems the nabe bugyo was just the spirit of a corrupt magistrate that wanted to sew the seeds of conflict. Meanwhile in the demon world Masato has gotten sick. The doctor tells him that it is likely Demon Influenza A, and the best cure is to pass it on to as many humans as possible. He immediately decides to give it to Rinne. But when he goes, Rinne kicks him out, until he's about to cough on Sakura and Tsubasa. Then suddenly Rinne yanks him into his room and closes the door. It seems that Rinne is sick as well, with Shinigami Influenza B. Masato wastes no time and begins coughing on Rinne, making him even more sick as little demons attack his head and stomach. Rokumon arrives with some medicine for Rinne but does not want to go inside and risk getting sick. Sakura volunteers but almost gets attacked with Masato's demon germs before Tsubasa leaps in front of her to save her. Tsubasa gets Rinne's medicine and taunts him with it, but when Rinne sneezes a huge scythe flies out and cuts Masato's soul from his body briefly. It seems that humans that catch Shinigami Influenza B will die instantly. Masato and Rinne battle one another using their germs. Masato scores so many direct hits on Rinne with his flu germs that he cures himself. Unfortunately he taunts Rinne again and ends up getting Shinigami Influenza B from him.
The flu episode was pretty cute, but I really, really thought the hot pot was masterfully done. Its basically one joke, and a sort of joke that doesn't have a lot of reference outside Japan, but I thought it was so funny and well done. I just loved it!
Aug 28 16 1:54 PM
Sakura, Rika and Miho while walking home from school witness a couple of students who they know are secretly dating, as the girl gives the boy a scarf, Sakura sees a portal open and another scarf emerge to strangle him. Rumors spread that those being given scarves as gifts will be attacked, setting everyone on edge. Rinne investigates but the strangling scarf never appears. Sakura realizes that he should be given a scarf to make it appear, and mentions the one she gave him before from her mother, but he says it was too nice to use and he has it stored. Rokumon suggests that Sakura make a scarf for Rinne herself and she agrees. Sakura realizes she agreed to knit the scarf but actually has no idea how, so she visits Haruka Igawa, the president of the knitting club to try and learn. After a few days of learning, as Haruka helps Sakura, the scarf appears in the club room and tries to attack Haruka, Rinne arrives just in time to chase it away, but he can't catch it. Rinne realizes that the scarf is a tsukumogami, an inanimate object that now has a soul, and that it is clearly trying to strangle Haruka. Rinne sets up a meeting to question Haruka, and when she begins to help Sakura finish her scarf for Rinne, the strangling scarf appears. Rokumon leaps out with a net to capture it, and Haruka explains she made the scarf for a boy she liked the year before but when she went to give it to him she saw another girl giving him a scarf. Haruka threw the scarf away. When Haruka apologizes to the scarf it becomes inanimate again. Sakura theorizes that it only wanted to be given away by her to someone she cared about. However, when Haruka gives the scarf to Rinne it strangles him and flies away again. Rinne manages to catch it, but a plain looking boy in a karate gi finds it, and asks about it. It seems he is just Haruka's type and when she gives it to him, the scarf is purified. Sakura even manages to finish up the scarf she made for him. Later, Sakura, Miho and Rika go to a skating rink and see an invisible force pushing children around. Sakura sees the spirit of a little girl is the one doing the pushing and asks her why. The girl's name is Yukina and she says she's supposed to meet someone named Shizuka for special training. It turns out that Shizuka is Shizuka Arakawara, a student at Sankai High who has been getting a letter from the ghost girl for the last five or six years. It turns out that Shizuka knew her in elementary school, but she died many years ago. The two skated together as children, but Yukina would sometimes be nice to him, and sometimes she'd be cold and indifferent. Eventually she wrote him a letter saying she would give him special training the next time he came to the skating rink, but he was sick and missed her before she passed away. Sakura tells Shizuka that Haruka's spirit has been waiting for him all this time, and so the group goes to visit her. Rinne uses a Color Ball for Spirits so that Shizuka can see her. Haruka doesn't recognize Shizuka though now that he's grown up. Rinne gets a Yorishiro Balloon that Shizuka can create a duplicate of what he looked like as a child. Unfortunately Haruka's child version says he just wants to play video games and he hates Haruka. It turns out that Shizuka accidently kissed Haruka, and when he reveals he has no memory of it, Haruka becomes enraged and begins to turn evil, attacking the child version of Shizuka. It turns out that Haruka was going to move away soon and wanted to make up with Shizuka before she did. As the child version of Shizuka holds hands and skates with Shizuka's spirit, he asks her if he can e-mail her, and she fades away, finally exorcised. Shizuka remembers her as his first love.
I thought these were a good pair of episodes, I remembered the skating one being a bit funnier to me in the manga, but I was surprised at how sweet and charming the anime adaptation was. I got a little choked up at the end even. I mean, you don't want to think too much about a little kid dying, but that's basically what happened! Just in...a funny way, I guess?
Aug 29 16 6:08 AM
Sep 18 16 2:06 PM
Ageha buys a choker from a store in the afterlife that will supposedly keep whoever wears it close to her forever. Of course, she wants Rinne to wear it. Rinne finds out that its a way to monitor everything he does and, of course, refuses. Suddenly Matsugo and his black cat Kuromitsu appear and he captures the collar in his pawn pot to keep Ageha from putting it on Rinne. Matsugo has come by to renew his friendship with Rinne, and he and Ageha instantly dislike one another as they compete for Rinne's attention. Matsugo uses Spirit Way Bubbles on Ageha and Tsubasa, but they return and break his pawn pot. Ageha retrieves her collar and almost gets it around Rinne's neck but Matsugo jumps in the way to stop her. Rinne thanks him, and before he leaves Matsugo gives Rinne a gift...which turns out to be the same kind of choker that Ageha was trying to force on him. A few days later, Matsugo comes back and gives Rinne a plate with a drawing of the two of them on it to commemorate their friendship. It seems that over the ensuing days, Matsugo has given Rinne coundless gifts of "friendship." His neck idea is to do a school exchange with Rinne so that they can spend time together. Rinne grows tired of Matsugo's constant attention and so Rokumon decides to ask Sakura to come with them in hopes of Matsugo getting jealous and understanding that Rinne is interested in Sakura. Sakura makes it clear that she's just pretending to be his girlfriend, which makes Rinne sad, but it seems that secretly Sakura is actually excited about going on the trip with him. On the day of the trip, Matsugo is surprised to see Sakura, and everytime Rinne tries to introduce her as his girlfriend Matsugo goes out of his way to make noise so he will not have to hear it. Suddenly a girl starts to laugh and it turns out to be Anju, another Shinigami from First Shinigami High and a classmate of Matsugo's. As they travel through the orienteering outdoor course to collect three charms for academics, family safety and romance. Matsugo arranges it so that he spends most of his time with Rinne, while Sakura and Anju are together. Anju mentions hating Rinne, and Sakura realizes that she must like Matsugo, but Anju admits she's never been able to actually talk to him in person before. Rinne is depressed that his plan doesn't seem to be working when he realizes that the charms they are supposed to collect are normally 500 yen each and he would get them for free. He suddenly thanks Matsugo by grabbing his hands which thrills Matsugo but outrages Anju. Rinne grabs Sakura and explains the situation to her. She seems disappointed that he's so interested in getting the charms instead of spending time together. Rinne manages to get the academic charm as Matsugo plans to show Rinne that his friendship is better than Rinne's relationship with Sakura. He manages to separate Rinne from Sakura and goes on ahead with Rinne. As Sakura and Anju look for Rinne and Matsugo they overhear Matsugo ask Rinne why he likes Sakura. When Rinne responds that she's kind and gives him food and lends him money sometimes, Sakura becomes depressed. As it begins to rain, Matsugo finds an abandoned mountain cabin to take shelter in, but Kuromitsu, Rokumon, Anju and Sakura are already there. Rinne attempts to use the opportunity to act like boyfriend and girlfriend with Sakura but she's upset and Anju tells Rinne that they overheard his conversation with Matsugo about liking her for her money. Rinne is devastated as the rain stops and Matsugo snatches him away from Sakura. Sakura regrets even coming, and to add insult to injury by the time Matsugo and Rinne arrive, the second charms are all gone.
One of my favorite storylines from the manga, not only because its so funny and really has a lot of good jokes with Matsugo and his attraction to Rinne, but because it explores Rinne and Sakura's relationship and shows that Sakura does have a crush on Rinne in much the same way that he has for her. I think this really handled the first half of the story well. The animation was slightly off model at the start of the episode in just a few places but overall it was fine. Next week is our last episode (hopefully of the season and not forever!!!)
Sep 23 16 8:04 AM
Sep 25 16 1:20 PM
Sakura sighs in disappointment over Rinne's comments about her loaning him money, while Anju and Rokumon try to cheer her up. Anju insists on following Matsugo and Rinne and uses a Tracking Fireball to find them. Instead of leading them to Matsugo though, the fireball follows Kuromitsu, Matsugo's black cat. Kuromitsu is relaxing at a mountainside lake, but in the lake is a class of students being purified before passing on to the Wheel of Reincarnation. Sakura notices that there is a leak that will allow the students to escape before they become purified of their lingering regrets and so Anju snaps into action, ready to purify them herself. However as she flies in to use her scythe she insults the students and they turn on her. As they attack her, it draws the attention of Matsugo and Rinne who rush to help. Sakura is surprised to see him, and finds that she's happy at his arrival. But when Matsugo encourages Rinne to use his hard won Academic Charm to soothe the spirits, Rinne hesitates, which disappoints Sakura again. As they march up the mountain to get the final charm for romance, a Spirit Way Firework goes off, opening multiple different paths to the final shrine. Rinne grabs Sakura and pulls her through one portal, leaving Matsugo, Anju, Kuromitsu and Rokumon behind. Rinne uses his time alone with Sakura to try and repair the damage from his careless comment. Sakura isn't listening though and says that she'll head back down the mountain so Rinne can pursue the last charm alone. She remembers that she made a lunch for him, but when she turns around to give it to him, she finds that he's gone. Anju emerges from the bushes and says that she heard the whole thing, and that Sakura made a bet with herself to see if Rinne would choose her or the charm. Sakura realizes that she was doing it without being aware, and Anju points out that she never seems to show her emotions, so its hard to tell what she's thinking. Sakura goes off to look for Rinne, who didn't leave, he just fell into a Spirit Way hole created by the firework earlier. When he passes back through the portal he ends up right in front of the shrine with the final charm. Meanwhile Sakura has fallen into a Spirit Way portal as well and is thinking about her feelings for Rinne for the first time. Just as Rinne is about to get the last charm, a Spirit Way portal opens in front of him, teleporting him along the Spirit Way where he finds Sakura's backpack and realizes she may be lost on the path. Kuromitsu finds Sakura first and asks if she wants to look for her backpack or not. Sakura says she no longer thinks she needs it. Sakura ends up admitting to Matsugo that she and Rinne are not dating, just as Rinne arrives. Sakura walks away from him, admitting to herself thats he doesn't think about her as much as she thinks about him. Rokumon encourages Rinne to be honest and Rinne tells her that he knows he depends on her for food and money, but they both fall through the Spirit Path along with dozens of other students. Rinne misses out on the last charm but tells Sakura that he only wants to eat the lunch she made with her, while Anju gets the romance charm for herself. Sakura and Rinne make up with one another and eat lunch with Matsugo, Anju, Rokumon and Kuromitsu. At the end of the episode Sabato and Bijin arrive to announce season three of Kyokai no Rinne.
A great ending to the second season, and the only thing that could make it better is news of a third season, which we totally get at the end of the episode! I'm so relieved that the series gets to continue as, just like our new member Agios mentioned, the series gets better and better as it goes. The entire season was tons of fun, and I think the whole series benefits from more odd/weird/funny characters being added alongside our usual characters. So glad to see Annette will be one of the first we see next spring. I can't wait!
Sep 28 16 6:40 AM
Mar 27 17 9:25 PM
Apr 9 17 12:06 AM
Apr 9 17 11:00 AM
Apr 9 17 12:34 PM
Rinne and Sabato battle in midair as son tells father that he is the "more worthy." Earlier, Rinne explains to Sakura that all one needs to become a Shingiami is a license, which is obtained in elementary school. Rinne and Rokumon go to the Lifespan Administration Bureau to get his license renewed. As Rinne enters the building the notices that things seem more formal than usual, he gets in line to renew his Silver license and is shocked to see that a group of elementary school students, including Shoma have Gold licenses, which are only given out if you have exorcised more than 2,000 spirits. As the children get to the front of the line, they find Kain waiting for them, upon inspection he finds that the licenses are fake and has his dog chew them up. Kain explains to Rinne that hundreds of fake Gold licenses are floating around the afterlife. Kain is determined to catch whoever is behind it and earn a promotion for his own license in the process. Kain despises Rinne so much that he decides not to tell him about the promotion opportunity. Ageha finds a vending machine giving out Gold licenses and takes one for herself before destroying. From the rubble a Damashigami agent emerges and Ageha gives chase. Kain is about to join in before Rinne reappears and bashes Kain for not telling him about the promotion chance for whoever captures the forger. The three give chance and follow the trail of fake licenses to Damashigami Headquarters where they confront Sabato and Ageha's sister. As Sabato escapes he drops his own, real, Gold Shinigami License but quickly reappears to get it. Everyone is shocked, but it turns out that Sabato is using his own license to make the fake, carboard copies. Rinne says that he cannot imagine his lazy father ever working hard enough to purify 2,000 spirits, and Sabato says that the reason Rinne thinks he never worked hard is because he got the license when he was still in high school, which stuns everyone even more. Sabato and the others go to see Tamako, just so that Sabato can have her prove the license is real. Kuroboshi and Tamako both confirm the Gold license is real, but that up until high school, Sabato still had a Bronze license. Sabato was about to have to repeat a year of school, when he came across a group of girls and helped them purify spirits while they got credit for the purification using his "Save a Blow" technique. His teacher, Ikuzo Raise, was so upset with Sabato's performance that he challenged him to a battle for his own Gold license. If Sabato won, he would earn the license himself. As the girls he helped cheer him on Sabato accidently beats his own teacher and earns the license. Tamako suggests Rinne now challenge his father for the license. Sabato finally brings his old high school scythe out of storage and agrees to fight Rinne, but with one blow, Sabato's scythe breaks. He rushes off to the realm of the living to borrow some tape to fix it from Sakura before running away again. As everyone pursues, Sabato is held up by dozens of spirits whom he instantly purifies in a single second, shocking everyone. Unfortunately when Rinne battles his father he loses due to a complete accident and Sabato nervously escapes with his license still intact.
Ah, I'm so thrilled to have new episodes of Rinne, and just at the overall amount of the series that's gotten covered. This was a fun episode making use of the always criminally underused Sabato (and Kappei Yamaguchi). With upcoming episodes featuring Rinne's mother, we'll get to see a lot more of him this season!
Apr 15 17 11:00 AM
Apr 16 17 7:30 PM
Apr 19 17 12:40 AM
Track star Riku Hayata suffers an accident on as he races, but Sakura notices that a ghostly hand has emerged from the track, grabbing his ankle. Shu Kazami, the captain of the tracck team contacts Rinne and asks him to investigate. Captain Kazami has been mysteriously injured and Hayata blames himself for it. Rinne soon discovers that Hayata knows he's being grabbed by a spirit but has tried to keep it quiet. The spirit turns out to be none other than Kazami himself. Kazami's spirit holds a grudge over slipping on Hayata's discarded banana peel. Hayata asks Rinne if he can exorcise Kazami's spirit without Kazami himself knowing about it existing, in hopes of sparing his feelings.Rinne thinks that that is way too much work, but further questioning of Kazami's spirit leads to no clear answers over why it clings so strongly to Hayata. Eventually Rokumon brings in a Yorishiro Doll for the spirit to inhabit. Rinne uses the doll to allow Kazami and Hayata tp re-run their race. Unfortunately even after the race ends the spirit still clings to Hayata's ankle. The next day Rinne uses his Haori of the Underworld to secretly spy on Kazami. It turns out that Kazami is being haunted by Hayata's spirit and he did not want to tell Hayata that his spirit was haunting him, which caused his Kazami's own spirit filled with regret to start haunting Hayata. As they quickly apologize to one another Rinne is irritated by how much money he spent to solve such a minor inconvience. Later, after school one day, Rika enters the art room and as she and Miho and Sakura return to get it, they find a boy passed out on the floor with his face blacked out, and a painting of a girl with her own face marked over. Before leaving Sakura spies the spirit of a faceless woman standing in the room. When Sakura goes to tell Rinne about this, he confirms that he has gotten many letters informing him of similar incidents. It seems that the faceless spirit goes to to any boy at school who can draw, and requests that he draw her. Each boy attempts to give their drawing a face, but that makes the faceless spirit angry and she attacks them, defacing their drawing and smearing their faces with black paint. Sakura and Rinne head to the art room and find Tsubasa attempting to exorcise the spirit but failing. Rinne tackles the girl with his Haori of the Underworld but does not manage to capture her. Rinne postulates that she must be something other than a spirit, perhaps an obsession. The next day Rinne uses Obsession Powder to draw the spirit out. As Rinne and Tsubasa bicker about who will draw the spirit, Suguru Egawa, the leader of the art club arrives. He instantly sees the spirit and recognizes her as his senpai. As Egawa tells Tsubasa and Sakura that the spirit is the former president of the art club, Rinne tracks the trail of his Obsession Powder to the girl's house. In the girl's room Rinne finds an unfinished portrait of the former president, missing its face. He brings the drawing back to school the next day to show to Egawa. Egawa confirms it is a drawing he did that was stolen. Just then, the girl in question, Hitomi Egusa arrives. Egawa says he actually did draw a face in the picture, and says they can burn it or destroy it however they see fit before leaving the room in a depressed state. Egusa admits she erased the face before running off herself, while the spirit emerges from the drawing giving chase. It turns out that Egusa knew Egawa was drawing her, but was shocked that he drew her with glasses on, when she tried to erase the glasses, she ended up erasing the entire face and had to steal the drawing to keep him from finding out. As she admits what she did, the spirit attempts to attack Egusa, but Rinne saves the day. Egawa admits he did the drawing to give to her in hopes he would continue to see her after she left the club and Egusa immediately goes back to wearing glasses. Rinne once again finds himself broke due to buying the expensive Obsession Powder.
The track episode was fairly weak to me. Sort of much ado about nothing, although that is kind of the joke, but it doesn't really....tell a great story I guess. The art one was much funnier, although I couldn't help but notice there were a few spots where the animation in the episode looked a little off model. Strange for an episode about drawing!
Apr 22 17 8:47 PM
Apr 23 17 3:59 PM
Tamako oversees the Shinigami Youth Division's cleanup of the Wheel of Reincarnation. She warns everyone that the Wheel never stops turning and they have to be careful not to get sucked in, or else they will be reincarnated. Rinne is hopeful for a free meal even though the job pays nothing. Ageha and Matsugo quickly arrive to cause distractions with Oboro and Suzu in tow. Ageha and Matsugo end up brawling for Rinne's attention and almost get pulled into the Wheel of Reincarnation. Kain chastises the group for being so careless and meets Matsugo for the first time. He is stunned to see that he wears the elite uniform of First Shinigami High, where he had always hoped to attend before being forced to enter the workforce early as a Shirushigami. Renge and Sabato arrive to sabotage the clean up by stealing all the Shinigami's scythes from storage while they are busy cleaning the Wheel. All the groups converge and Sabato ends up using the stolen scythes to hold off the student Shinigami who clean the Wheel. When Rinne smashes him the scythes go flying and scratch up the Wheel that everyone had worked so hard to get looking nice. Tamako gets so fed up with her son causing problems that she kicks Sabato into the Wheel of Reincarnation, where he is almost sucked in and reincarnated, but pushed out at the last second by an elderly spirit. Tamako decides to have professionals clean the Wheel instead as everyone enjoys their feast. Later Left and Right try to sell Rinne a new chainsaw scythe they have created. Rinne protests that he has no money or interest in it, but they say they need him to purify it. Right explains that the chainsaw scythe is always quickly purchased but soon returned with the owner demanding a refund. Just then Ageha arrives, instantly sees the new scythe and purchases it. She walks next door and finds Renge polishing her own scythe, and immediately attacks her weapon with the new chainsaw scythe. Left explains that whoever purchases the scythe has the uncontrollable urge to attack other Shinigami with it. He says that he made it with cursed spirit iron. Renge instantly buys the scythe as it is the perfect weapon for her to do battle against Shinigami with. Ageha uses Separation Incense Spray on the scythe and evil spirits pour out of the weapon, eating through Ageha's own scythe. Just as Renge is about to use the chainsaw scythe to attack Rinne, Kain emerges from a portal and she hits his weapon instead. Renge immediately pretends to collapse and blames Left and Right for selling her the weapon and letting it possess her. Kain confirms that he will confiscate the blade, and Ageha sprays more Separation Incense on it, forcing more evil spirits to flood the room and destroy everyone elses Shinigami Scythes. Left and Right's shop has its business license suspended and so they refuse to repair anyones damaged scythes. Later, one rainy day, Sakura comes by Rinne's room with tools so that he can patch his leaking ceiling. A student named Ken Ameno arrives, having made an appointment to meet with Rinne for a consultation. It turns out that the boy is perpetually getting rained on, even when he is indoors. Ameno takes Rinne back to his house and has him meet his dog, Kotaro. Rinne says he thinks the spirit that is causing the rain is likely a dog's spirit. Ameno remembers as a boy he and two friends found a dog they named Bero. Because none of them could have pets at their housing complexes they all agreed to take turns feeding the dog in the park. However Ameno went with his family to an amusement park and missed a day of feeding Bero, who went missing. Sakura postulates that Bero's spirit may feel jealous of Ameno getting a new dog after not living up to his responsiblities with him all those years ago. Rinne uses expensive Spirit Soap Bubbles to add to the rainwater that pours down on Ameno to see the spirit that haunts him. It turns out that when Bero was not fed all those years ago, he was almost hit by a car, and ended up being adopted by a little girl who found him. Bero's spirit finally appears and it turns out he was only trying to let Ameno know he had been adopted and had a very happy, long life.
Yeah, I have to agree with you, Jroberie, the animation on this episode had some really weak spots. It's particularly noticeable when they do a "freeze frame" moment ala Osamu Dezaki's "post card memories" technique of Ageha in the first story of the episode, and they pic the WORST image of her to freeze on, its just so wonky looking. Thankfully, in my opinion, they had three of the best single chapter manga stories to work with. I love the first and especially the third one in particular, and had long hoped to see the very odd Kotaro the dog animated. I was not disappointed by his hyperactive, peeing antics.
Apr 29 17 8:42 PM
Apr 30 17 2:36 PM
During Golden Week, Miho tells Sakura about "Ane at the Shopping Mall" a fortune teller at the local mall who always gives extremely accurate predictions. When the girls visit the fortune teller, she is able to reveal the location of Miho's lost wallet, which piques Sakura's curiosity about her abilities. When Sakura tells Rinne about the woman, he becomes curious if the crystal ball she uses is actually a lost Shinigami item that he can return to the afterlife for a reward. When they arrive at the mall, Ane is gone, having forseen Rinne's arrival. But she just went shopping and managed to come back in time to run into Rinne and Sakura. She can even see Rinne while he wears his Haori of the Underworld. Ane reveals that the crystal ball has been passed down from generation to generation in her family, but Rokumon announces that the item is actually the Shinigami tool called the Peep Ball. Rinne attempts to take the ball by force but Ane is about to counter every move he makes by seeing into the future and preparing in advance. Finally she makes her escape by pretending to drop the ball into a nearby lake. The next day, upon returning to the shopping mall, only a note saying "I retired" is left behind. However after Golden Week, the students return to school and meet their new teacher, who just so happens to be Ane at the Shopping Mall. Her real name is Annette Hitomi Anematsuri, and she becomes the new assistant home room teacher to class 1-4, Rinne, Sakura and Tsubasa's class. She seems surprised to see Rinne and Sakura and reveals that her crystal ball isn't working well due to its age. After class Rinne and Sakura meet with Annette and she tells them that her grandmother is a French witch. Tsubasa arrives and explains the history of witches in Europe, while Annette goes on to explain that her ancestor made a pact not with the Devil, but with a Shinigami who gave her the Peep Ball. Hundreds of years later, it was passed to her grandmother, who met a Japanese man, married him and moved to Japan. Annette then reports that no matter what happens to the Peep Ball, it always returns to her. They crystal ball revealed Annette's dark future. She was unable to get a job, and so, after months of laying around her mother's house playing video games, was forced to get a part time job reading fortunes at the mall. Just before malfunctioning the crystal ball told Annette to apply for a teaching position which is how she has come to find herself at Sankai High. Rinne says that if the ball is no longer working, he'll return it to the afterlife, as soon as he comes into contact with the Peep Ball, Annette sees a future of him taking the ball and immediately hands it over to him with no fuss. Just before returning the ball, Rinne sees an image of him getting the ball repaired and returning it to Annette for 1,000, twice the amount the Shinigami Association are paying to have it returned. Rinne decides that since the ball showed him that future, he should go along with it. He pays 200 yen to repair the ball, and returns it to Annette, who does indeed give him 1000 yen...and then asks him for change. With her crystal ball repaired, Annette begins to read the fortunes of her students for free and becomes beloved at the school. One day, a girl named Manami Ubukata, a student from class 1-4, asks Annette about a problem. She and her boyfriend seem to be unable to go on dates, like there is a force stopping them. Annette sees a spirit following the girl and tells her she'll take care of it, and so she goes to Rinne, asking him to exorcise the evil spirit following his classmate. Rinne agrees to help, but not for free. Annette is shocked until Sakura explains that Rinne makes his living purifying spirits. Annette tries to reason with Rinne so she won't have to pay him, but he refuses. Meanwhile the spirit that is following Ubukata continues to wreck havoc in her relationship with her boyfriend. The girl blames Annette for not helping like she promised and Sakura suggests that Ubukata use the Weather Hutch instead. Annette is worried her reputation as a popular teacher will suffer if Rinne outdoes her, and so she tries to get Tsubasa to exorcise the spirit, however his ashes won't work. Using the crystal ball, Annette and Rinne realize that the spirit is Ubukata's father. Suddenly her father arrives, and everyone learns that the spirit is his living spirit, as he is so upset with his only daughter finally dating a boy that he wished endlessly for them to break up, manifesting the spirit into causing problems between his daughter and her new beau. When the father realizes what he's done, the spirit disappears. Annette continues to try to get Rinne to help her become popular with the students for free though.
Yeah I agree completely! Miyuki Sawashiro did a really great job as Annette! She's probably best known for playing Petit Charat in Di Gi Charat and super popular as Celty in Durarara and Saeko in High School of the Dead. She's also the current voice of Fujiko in all the Lupin stuff from the last few years. But I also like her as Cammy's official voice in all the Street Fighter stuff, and Perrine in Strike Witches. She's a great addition to the cast! She usually does such serious stuff or really strong, badass women, that its really cool to hear her do someone as lazy and goofy as Annette. This was a terrific episode, and after last week's hit or miss animation, this was high quality stuff!
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