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May 16 15 1:59 PM
Long Suffering Ronin
As Sakura is walking down the streets with Rika and Miho she sees a boy named Reiji floating in midair with his head against a lamp post. Suddenly another young man with wings appears and tells the spirit that he should curse the area, before taking out a magic marker and misspelling "curse" on his forehead. Rinne receives a letter asking for his assistance and Sakura reads it over his shoulder, noticing all the misspellings. Rinne and Sakura go to the roof where they meet the boy Sakura saw at the lamp post earlier's girlfriend, Suzu Minami and his best friend Tomoya Tadano. Out of nowhere Reiji's spirit grabs Suzu by the neck and attempts to pull her off the side of the roof. Suzu is somehow able to slam the spirit and it rushes away in to the sky. Rinne and Sakura learn that Reiji isn't dead, but in a coma due to hitting his head on the lamp post as he was walking his motorcycle. The group visits Reiji's body at the hospital and Reiji's spirit quickly follows riding his motorcycle. He curses at Suzu and Tomoya, thinking that they are romantically involved even though they both deny it. Rinne attempts to use a vaccuum cleaner to suck Reiji's spirit back into his body but the tube is cut by a cash card. The boy with bat wings from earlier appears, his name is Masato, and Sakura is shocked to learn that he and Rinne seem to know one another. Masato is a devil and reveals that when they were children, Rinne stopped him from taking the soul of a rabbit to hell as part of a school assignment and beating him up. Masato constantly got in trouble at school as a little boy because Rinne would always interfere with his attempts to bring souls to hell, and now he wants revenge. Masato escapes with Reiji's spirit, and Rinne explains that the longer his spirit is out of his body the harder it will be to get it to return. He agrees to accept the case for free since Masato is only doing it to get back at him. That night Sakura hands Rokumon the cash card that Masato tossed. At school Suzu continues to get misspelled threats from Masato while Tomoya is run over by Reiji on his motorcycle. Suzu gets angry and Reiji mistakes her anger as affection for Tomoya, upsetting him even further. Sakura chases after him riding atop Rokumon but is attacked by Masato. Rinne arrives just in time to save them both and uses some paper cranes to remove the curse mark on Reiji's head. Masato traps Reiji's spirit in a bottle and heads to hell with Rinne in pursuit.
I thought this was a good episode, the animation quality went up as the episode continued, sort of average at the start moving to very good by the end. One thing that jumped out at me immediately was the continuity error of having Rinne hit Masato with a miniature version of his scythe as a child. I checked the manga and sure enough, originally Takahashi had Rinne hitting Masato with a giant cross, as he wouldn't have had his scythe way back then. I also have to say I really enjoyed the music in the episode and can't wait for the soundtrack album to come out. Kudos also go out to Masato's teacher's voice actor....that was a hilariously strange voice.
May 16 15 9:26 PM
Yusaku Godai wrote:One thing that jumped out at me immediately was the continuity error of having Rinne hit Masato with a miniature version of his scythe as a child. I checked the manga and sure enough, originally Takahashi had Rinne hitting Masato with a giant cross, as he wouldn't have had his scythe way back then.
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May 23 15 3:24 PM
Rinne chases Masato into hell, but immediately is pursued by another devil as he doesn't have enough money to pay the toll to get in. Meanwhile Rokumon shows Sakura a Tsukumogami seal that brings the lamp post that Reiji struck to life, hoping it will shed light on an item that Reiji's spirit said it was missing. Instead the post yells about how mad it is at a dog named Lucifer who always pees on him. A few blocks away Sakura and Rokumon hear a woman chastising Lucifer and they find a present that he's chewed up near his dog house. When they take the gift back to Suzu at the hospital she learns that its a pair of matching rings for she and Reiji to wear. Back in hell Masato attemps to trick Rinne into smashing dozens of copies of the bottle he's got Reiji's soul contained in, but Rinne instead sees Masato and hits a baseball at him, missing and breaking another devil's window. The home owner chases Rinne and Masato reveals his true plan. He doesn't care about Reiji's soul, he simply wanted to lure Rinne into hell and trick him into causing destruction so that he'd owe so much money in repair costs that he'd never be out of debt. With that Masato tosses the bottle with Reiji's soul into a massive pit and Rinne follows in pursuit. Meanwhile Sakura and Rokumon are travelling along the spirit way attempting to enter hell themselves. When they arrive Rokumon finds an ATM machine and uses the debit cards that Masato had been throwing around in the world of the living. Sakura worries they may be booby trapped but instead, Rokumon finds a card that actually works. Below, Rinne finally catches the bottle he thinks contains Reiji's spirit, but instead, serpents emerge from it and capture him. Masato laughs and purchases as Shinigami scythe to cut Rinne down. Rinne runs until Sakura and Rokumon reach him with bags of cash. Masato grins to himself, knowing the bills are counterfeit and if Rinne destroys them, he'll be thrown into hell prison. Rinne instead uses the money to perform the Stream of a Thousand Winds techinque, and blasts a tornado of bills at Masato. When the police arrive, Rinne refuses to tell them that the counterfeit money is Masato's, instead reaching an agreement with the devil that keeps Masato from taking the fall for the fake money, while Masato pays off Rinne's debts in for the destruction caused in hell. Rinne takes Reiji's soul back to the land of the living where he wakes up and is reunited with Suzu. Back in hell, Masato wanders the streets, cursing Rinne and kicks a rock through another window, breaking it.
I remember when Hell was first shown in the manga, I really liked the design of it, and I still do, but I find that I WISH she'd revisited it at some point between then and now. Its too interesting an area, and the way she designed it to not use again. One complaint I have about this episode is that the characters looked a bit "off model" in some shots. Specifically Rokumon's head when he and Sakura were entering hell. Still love the music though, and overall a very good end to our first two-parter.
May 30 15 12:09 PM
While having a festival at school, Rinne, Sakura and Tsubasa are taking out some trash and watch as a wig comes to life, and flies out of a garbage can, going back to the theater building. It begins to to terrorize students before finally landing on one boys head. Rinne uses a Tsukumogami Seal to bring the wig to life and it tells everyone that it was supposed to be in a play but its role was cut and it was never allowed to put on a show. Everyone attempts to learn what play the wig might have originally been from so that they can perform it and send the wig on its way. The wig finally mentions it involved a glass slipper and everyone realizes it has to be Cinderella. The wig becomes angered when no girls want to wear it. About to freak out again, it notices Sakura and thinks she'd be perfect in the role wearing it a top her head. As the play begins the wig immediately causes disruptions, making Sakura kick Rinne when he doesn't say the right lines. Finally everyone realizes that the wig wasn't for Cinderella herself, but was the hair used for a horses tail. Once it is back in place everyone seems happy. As Rinne watches from the audience he notices a suspicious presence. Walking around campus and reflecting upon his suspicious, a floating Jack O'Lantern emerges from the bushes and asks for his help. Back in the classroom, the festival continues and an older student comes back to visit one of Sakura's classmates, Mari. He flirts with her but when Tsubasa enters the room he drives him off with sacred ashes. The girl pursues the mysterious, handsome boy and ends up on the roof, where he is revealed as a spirit who attempts to lure her to run to him... and straight off the roof to her death. Rinne arrives just in time and hits the girl with the Jack O'Lantern, knocking her out before he confronts the spirit as a Damashigami, a spirit who tries to lure people to an early death. The Damashigami spirit only appears to be Kimura, Mari's first love, when in fact the Jack O'Lantern is actually the true Kimura, his face having been stolen by the Damashigami spirit who gave him its pumpkin head in return. Hearing a commotion outside, they find that the spirit with Kimura's face has lured dozens of girls away to the afterlife. Rinne is forced to cross dress as a maid in hopes of getting kidnapped so that he can rescue the lost girls. When the Damashigami with Kimura's face returns, he kidnaps Sakura, and Rinne, Rokumon, Tsubasa and the true Kimura all jump and tag along. They find the girls being entertained by people who all wear Kimura's face. Rokumon tosses Rinne a Shinigami tool called the Becaon of Truth, that looks suspiciously like a magical girl's wand, with it Rinne reveals all of the Damashigami's true identities, while correcting Kimura's face as well. Rinne is forced to battle all the Damashigami agents. Unfortunately the pumpkin head's power is still strong because the girls are so in love with Kimura that they vow to follow him into death just to be with him. Thankfully Kimura reveals that he is only interested in dating older women, and so all the girls give up and Rinne is able to take them back to the land of the living. Upon arriving back at school Rinne is revealed as the winner of the Mr. Lady Contest, and receives a dozen packs of instant ramen as first prize.
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Jun 6 15 6:22 PM
Rinne and Rokumon are both sick with colds and are visited by Sakura and Tsubasa. Suddenly a teddy bear doctor and robot nurse also arrive to help treat the pair, but are revealed to work for the Damashigami Company and attack Rinne. Just as one of the Damashigami agents is about to reveal who the boss of the company is, a kunai flies out of the spirit way and sticks in its skull. As she and Tsubasa walk home, she tells him a bit about Rinne's family, and finds herself wondering about how someone as caring as Tamako could saddle Rinne with so much debt, realizing that it doesn't make sense. Rokumon delivered the Damashigami agents for a bounty, but upon going to the bank he finds Rinne's account totally empty. When Sakura and Tsubasa return, a storm of IOUs erupts. In the heart of the storm stands a figure with red hair just like Rinne's... Sabato Rokudo, Rinne's father! Outside Rinne's room, two beautiful Damashigami Company girls lead dozens of love struck boys into a trap, capturing them to take them to the afterlife before their time. Rinne saves the young men and just as he is about to strike and take out the Damashigami agents Sabato stops him, revealing that he himself is the head of the Damashigami Company before teleporting away, but not before telling Rinne that his mother wants him to join the Damashigami Company as well. As he makes his way back to his room, Rinne finds all his meager belongings are gone, stolen away by his own father. He and Rokumon, with Sakura and Tsubasa in tow head off to the afterlife to confront Sabato. However along the spirit way all four are captured. Rinne recalls how as a little boy he caught Sabato breaking into his room to steal money, he had been saving to go see his mother out of his piggy bank. As Sabato stole the money he told Rinne his mother was already dead before being knocked away by Tamako. Now, Sabato tells the captured Rinne that he will let him see his mother, before revealing a room full of women, all of whom are Sabato's many girlfriends. He tells his son that he will get to choose who Sabato marries and thus which one will become Rinne's new mother as well as naming him as the heir to the Damashigami Company. When Rinne refuses and attempts to fight his father, Sabato opens a trap door, imprisoning Sakura, Tsubasa and Rokumon. As Rinne rushes off to save them, Tsubasa and Sakura escape their unlocked cells almost immediately. As Rinne searches he is accosted by teenage Damashigami girls who all hope to date the Sabato's son. Tsubasa finds him with the girls, and curses at him for two-timing Sakura. Rinne escapes in the confusion after Tsubasa throws a ball of sacred ashes. Before following Rinne, Tsubasa runs into a cyclops fortune teller who gives him a pendant that will bring him luck in love. He's able to find Sakura before Rinne and the two stumble upon a massive banquet hall.
Glad to see Sabato's "official" debut finally, and to hear him being played by Kappei Yamaguchi. I would have never thought Yamaguchi would play Sabato, I'm so used to hearing him play younger character's of course, but I think he did a really good job, and suited the character well. Haha, I'm reminded how scummy Sabato is from this, lying about Rinne's mother, stealing from his piggy bank as a kid, etc.
Jun 13 15 4:32 PM
Sakura, Tsubasa and Rinne all reunite at the banquet that Sabato is throwing using Rinne's money, the purpose of which is to announce Rinne's engagement so he can take over the Damashigami Company. Rinne refuses any of the girls present and Sabato teases him, asking him if he's in love with the human girl he's brought along. Rinne doesn't answer, and Sabato challenges him to battle, using his flaming wheel, the Kyuketsukasha. Rinne agrees, saying that if he wins, he will destroy the Damashigami Company, while if Sabato wins, Rinne must get engaged and take over the company. As they prepare for their fight, Rokumon searches a storeroom and meets someone in a large white seal costume. Back in the ring, Rinne reminds his father of all the times he reappeared in his life, just to steal money from him. Sabato plays dumb before launching the Kyuketsukasha. Rinne blocks the wheel with his scythe, but is shocked to find that the wheel absorbs his scythe and then spits out its cash value to Sabato. Rinne is forced to defend himself with expensive knives, forks and plates, while Sabato just laughs as everytime his son throws something at his wheel, he gets paid. In the midst of the fight, the person in the seal costume arrives and hands Rokumon over to Sakura, along with a map. When a delivery man shows up wanting to get paid. Rinne grabs a huge platter of Wagyu beef and throws it at the Kyuketsukasha, converting it to cash and paying the delivery man. Sabato is so shocked at a bill getting paid that he momentarily gets stunned and coughs up blood. Sakura and Rokumon use the map to find a storeroom that contains a safe. Luckily the key to the safe is clumsily taped to the safe itself and once they open it, they find everything that the Kyuketsukasha has absorbed inside the safe. Sakura grabs Rinne's scythe and rushes back to Rinne who is losing badly to his father. Sabato has Rinne down, and is determined to get a new copy of Rinne's thumbprint, which he'll use to make his son cosigner of all his debt. Finally Sakura arrives and with his scythe back in hand, Rinne is ready to fight. Sabato realizes that the seal has snatched away his Kyuketsukasha while he was distracted as marriage certificates fall from the ceiling. The Damashigami girls all accuse Sakura of trying to keep Rinne for herself. Sabato counters by spraying Rinne in spraypaint and throwing banana peels to make him fall and smack his painted hand on a document allowing Sabato to take five million yen out in his name, but Rinne cuts up the paper. Sabato makes an effort to his son and tells him to slap his face as a means of apology but everyone points out that he is simply trying to get Rinne's print again. Suddenly the seal jumps in the ring and slaps Sabato down, taking off its costumed head, it is revealed to be Tamako. She announces that Sakura and Rinne are a couple, much to the dismay of the other girls. On their way back to the land of the living, Sakura counts the money they got back from Sabato while Tsubasa pouts. Sakura then makes an offhanded comment about how she and Rinne don't actually have feelings for each other, which cheers Tsubasa up immensely but devastates Rinne.
Ugh...the ending of this episode was kind of devastating. *_* Really handled well.
Jun 20 15 3:11 PM
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Jun 28 15 4:18 PM
The swarm of spirits lead Sakura to an ATM machine and tell her to pay the toll to help them head to the afterlife. Then she notices zippers on all of their backs, upon tugging one, she learns that they are in fact Damashigami agents. Rinne appears and dispatches each of them, before his father's secretary, Ageha's sister, arrives. She states that Sakura has passed Sabato's "test." Sabato told his secretary that Rinne had fallen in love with a human and so she was to be tested. As she was able to see through the Damashigami Company agents disguises she is obviously worthy of becoming engaged to Rinne and taking over the company. She even has an engagement ring for Rinne to give to Sakura. Sakura can't help but think that Rinne isn't in love with her, but Ageha after seeing them holding hands in his room. Just then Ageha appears to do battle with her sister, not knowing that she is, in fact her sister. In the midst of the fight, Ageha manages to toss a coin that splits her sister's mask revealing her identity. Ageha is shocked to find that her sister is working for the Damashigami Company. Just then Sabato arrives and and Ageha learns that her sister is now dating him, and that he is in fact, the head of the Damashigami Company and Rinne's father. Feeling completely betrayed by both her sister and Rinne, Ageha swings her scythe. Rinne attempts to go after his father, but Sabato just takes the engagement ring away, encouraging his son to two time both Sakura and Ageha, while he gives the ring to Ageha's sister. Ageha flies off after the two, more determined than ever to destroy the Damashigami Company, while Rinne, Sakura and Rokumon follow along. Rinne tries to convince Sakura that nothing is going on between he and Ageha, even as he has to continually save Ageha from traps and schemes to steal her money, all designed by the Damashigami Company. Rinne quickly grows tired of Ageha's ungrateful attitude and walks off, determined not to help her anymore. Sakura is with Rokumon wandering through the spirit world as numerous Damashigami agents approach her as Rinne, all asking her to marry him. Sakura of course easily sees through their disguises and goes on her way. Finally, Ageha is attacked by a spirit with a bounty of one million yen. Rinne rushes to help her, in hopes of collecting the money in order to pay off the engagement ring his father charged to him. Ageha realizes that Rinne is nothing like his father, and hugs him tightly just as Sakura and Rokumon arrive. Sakura promptly tells Rokumon to take her home.
A good animated version of the manga chapters. Really the only change/addition is the numerous Damashigami Company agents dressed as Rinne. I didn't think that took away from anything and was actually kinda cute and funny.
Jul 11 15 2:26 PM
As Ageha bathes she dreams of Rinne and thinks of going on a date with him. She arrives at the school as he and Rokumon are checking the weather hutch for possible jobs. Unfortunately there's no requests submitted, but Ageha hugs him from behind just as Sakura comes over. Later Rinne tries to catch up with Sakura to explain things about Ageha, but she's distracted by Rika and Miho. Meanwhile Ageha decides to bring Rinne a largre bento box called a jubako. On her way to deliver it she's accosted by Tsubasa who mistakes her for a spirit as she flies through the sky. After realizing who she is, he explains that he and Rinne are rivals for Sakura's affection and encourages her to pursue Rinne so that he himself can have Sakura. As Ageha delivers her gift, Rinne has some guilt about taking it, and tries to talk to Sakura again, but is continually interrupted or ignored. Tsubasa meets him in the hall and not so subtlely encourages him to go out with Ageha. At lunch Rokumon brings Rinne the jubako box and everyone is shocked to see that povery striken Rinne has such an elaborate lunch for once. Embarassed that Sakura will see and get the wrong idea about he and Ageha, he attempts to explain as the students examine all the layers of food the box contains. The bottom layer is filled with hotdog weiners in the shape of octopi and they seem to be emitting an eerie glow. As it turns out the box is a family heirloom in Ageha's family that grants the wish of whomever eats from it...at the cost of their soul. As Ageha gets a phone call telling her of the jubako's curse, she rushes to try to save Rinne but finds herself and everyone but Rinne and Sakura out of classroom 1-4. As Rinne attempts to talk to Sakura and explain things, the spirit of a gigantic hotdog octopus rises behind him. As Rinne continues to try to talk to Sakura, the octopus interrupts and says that it is the Soul Eater King and it will grant Rinne three wishes. It seems Rinne's first wish was to be alone with Sakura, which is what teleported the other students outside the classroom and erected the barrier that keeps Tsubasa, Rokumon and Ageha out. The Soul Eater King attempts to tell Rinne he has two more wishes as he asks it to be quiet for a minute, which counts as his second wish. The Soul Eater King attempts to tempt Rinne with a wish of going out with Sakura, but Rokumon uses a barrier erasing spray and Ageha bursts into the room, slaying the Soul Eater King just in time. Ageha tries to tell Sakura not to have anything more to do with Rinne, Sakura's response is a simple "why?" which stuns Ageha. Ageha tries to say its too dangerous, but Sakura disagrees, flustered, Ageha runs away. Alone, Ageha thinks that Sakura and Rinne must already be a couple, but is forced to pursue the remnants of the Soul Eater King, as it has divided into hundreds of miniature hotdogs, hoping to grand wishes in order to regain its power. She saves a deperessed Tsubasa from doing that before meeting the spirit of a girl who never got to confess her love while she was alive. Inspired, she goes back to the school and interrupts Rinne and Sakura just as Rinne was about to straighten everything out. As Ageha holds Rinne's hand and tells him how she feels, Sakura turns and walks off with Rika and Miho.
The animation in this episode was a bit odd. Not really bad, just different. It'll be interesting to find out who the animation director was. Tsubasa and Rinne looked markedly different in some scenes, like little kids almost. But Sakura and especially Ageha were always well done. One thing I've picked up on as the anime has continued and especially since Ageha debuted a few weeks ago is a sense of continuity in the relationship between Sakura and Rinne. That since Ageha has arrived things have really fallen apart between Sakura and Rinne. Honestly I think the anime has done a really good job of building the main relationship, in a way I didn't pick up on in the manga at this point. Definitely well done.
Jul 18 15 3:48 PM
Sakura remembers a large cedar tree that in front of her elementary school that, when she was little, gave off the wonderful feeling of warmth, and how children used to gathe around it. Presently, Tsubasa reveals to her that when he briefly went to elementary school with Sakura he buried a power stone there in order to recharge its power using the tree. Tsubasa asks Sakura if she'd like to visit the tree, and is surprised when she agrees. Rika and Miho tease Rinne about Tsubasa and Sakura going on a date and he pretends not to care. Meeting at their old school, Tsubasa is over the moon with excitement for his "date" with Sakura. The pair meet an old man who tells them that anytime someone has tried to cut down the old tree they've been mysteriously injured. Sakura and Tsubasa no longer feel the warmth from the tree that they did as children, and instead see scars all over its bark. Without warning they are attacked by the spirit of a child carrying a huge, bladed yo-yo. After smacking the boy over the head Tsubasa notices that the child's massive yo-yo has his powerstone stuck in the center, and its become corrupted. The boy knocks Tsubasa into the sky and turns his attention to Sakura. Sakura recognizes the boy immediately as Yota, a fellow student from he elementary school days. The boy curses Sakura saying "Its all your fault!" before powering up even more and tossing his yo-yo at her. Rinne arrives just in time and blocks the attack. Sakura recalls that Yota was a bit of a bully as a child, constantly flipping girl's skirts up and teasing other students with his yo-yo skills. As it turns out the reason Yota has a grudge against Sakura is because she was just as skilled with a yo-yo as he was and would constantly use it to knock his yo-yo away from people before he could hurt them. Yota readies his weapon to attack again and Tsubasa uses his bazooka to fire ash bombs at him, which have absolutely no effect. Rinne uses splitting incense on the boy separating him from the ill feelings that have corrupted him. The evil spirit laughs as Yota passes out. Rokumon offers to sell Tsubasa a pill form of the splitting incense for him to shoot from his bazooka, enabling him to get his power stone back. Once separated from the stone Rinne easily purifies the spirit. Afterward, Yota's spirit lingers behind at the tree searching for something. Rokumon helps dig it up, and it turns out to be Sakura's old yo-yo. He had hidden it because Sakura was so talented with it, but had planned to return it before he died. Now that he has his spirit can pass on.
I really enjoyed this episode, and I have to comment how how tight the continuity is, with Rinne and Sakura still not really talking to each other all these weeks since Ageha debuted. Also I'm really enjoying Tsubasa as a character a lot more since the anime started. His zaniness and wackiness and sort of silly love for Sakura really sets him apart. He's quite funny and is really something the show needs because of how straight laced Rinne and Sakura both are.
Jul 25 15 3:43 PM
Tsubasa recounts his "date" with Sakura and the battle with Yota in which Rinne saved her when he could not. As Tsubasa studies the tainted power stone he retrieved from the under the cedar tree, Masato arrives hoping to make a deal with him. Tsubasa attacks but his sacred ashes have minimal effect on Masato. Masato gives him the Book of Devils to use with his tainted power stone against Rinne. Tsubasa runs him off by tossing a trash can at him. Meanwhile, Rinne is sitting in his room with Rokumon, pondering giving a can of peaches he'd been saving to Sakura to try and make up with her. Rokumon begs him not to, as they have so little food as is. Outside, Sakura comes across Tsubasa and gives him a bag of cookies. He is beyond excited until he realizes she has tons of the little bags for everyone in class. Just then she hands him the Book of Devils which Suzuki had found and asked her to return to him, as Tsubasa's name is inside. Suddenly, Rinne rushes up to give Sakura the peaches, when lighting strikes him from out of nowhere. Tsubasa is shocked, realizing that he has cursed Rinne using the book. Tsubasa runs away terrified of what he's done, leaving the book behind once more. But instantly Rokumon returns it to him, and with the tainted power stone powering the book's curse, a flock of crows appear out of nowhere and eat all of Sakura's cookies before Rinne can have any, sending Tsubasa running away in fear again. Later Rinne finds a protective talisman and a bag of taiyaki in the weather hutch. Tsubasa left them for him because he was feeling so guilty. But when Rinne arrives in the classroom with Sakura alongside him, Tsubasa becomes jealous and ends up cursing him again inadvertently, as a hole in the roof opens and rain pours down over Rinne, ruining his taiyaki. Tsubasa takes the book to a temple and burns it, but it immediately falls out of the sky and smacks Rokumon on the head, he takes it, recognizing the book belongs to Tsubasa. Rinne begins to suspect that Tsubasa's tainted power stone may have something to do with what's been going on, and spies Masato watching Tsubasa. Rinne confronts the demon while Tsubasa draws a summoning circle on the ground, hoping to capture Masato in it. Sakura and Rokumon appear bringing the Book of Devils back to Tsubasa. As soon as he has it in his hand, the summoning circle brings Masato and Rinne to them, when the trap springs and Rinne gets bashed over the head with a concrete roller. Masato thanks Tsubasa for his help cursing Rinne, which shocks Sakura to hear. Masato then reveals that one more curse on Rinne will make the curse permanently stuck to him forever. Tsubasa then raises his power stone in the air, and decides to curse himself instead, causing a massive lightweight block of tofu to land on him. Tsubasa notices that the power stone is now slightly purified and decides that cursing Masato would be a good way to complete the purification. Rinne disagrees and as the power stone starts to glow ominously, Rinne tosses the protective talisman at Masato, which rebounds the curse to hit Tsubasa. This completely purifies the power stone and allows Tsubasa to use it to unleash a new attack against Masato, as five massive spirits in the shape of the stone begin to slap and punch Masato. Tsubasa apologizes to Rinne, and Rinne accepts as Tsubasa takes everyone to lunch. Rokumon can't help but notice that the stone is starting to become tainted as Tsubasa grumbles about treating Rinne to lunch.
Another good episode. Tsubasa and his wackiness continues to surprise/impress me.
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Ageha spies a Damashigami agent in the park attempting to lure away some children. She chases it through a portal to the afterlife and while she's in pursuit is blocked by another Damashigami in a duck suit. When she tosses a bomb at them both, she captures the rabbit, but the duck, now missing his suit's head tells her that his name is Kain, a shirushigami, and she's ruined his entire plan. Kain reveals that he knows who Ageha and her family is, from her sister joining the Damashigami Company to her own mistakes, his insults send Ageha rushing back to the world of the living to cry to Rinne while he is in class. Ageha tells them what she knows about Kain, how he is a Shirushigami, a clerk who's job is to make sure everyone has lived out their full lifespan, and that he also knows about Rinne being the son of the Damashigami Company president. Suddenly, Kain arrives and attacks Rinne, telling him that he has debts he could never pay off in this lifetime, but that if those debts were converted to a lifespan, he could pay them off by dying now. Kain looks at himself as a creditor who has come to collect on Rinne. The white haired boy them reveals that he and Rinne met before as children and tells the story of how his divorced mother began to date Sabato. The first time Kain met Sabato, he had a pack of stolen goods on his back, and little Rinne showed up, revealing that Sabato had an entire other family he never told Kain's mother about. Over the years she has loaned Sabato money to the point where she and Kain became impovrished. Unable to afford to even go to high school, Kain took a job at the Life Span Administration Bureau and became a Shirushigami. Suddenly attacking he breaks Rinne's scythe and steals his life flame, ripping it out of his body. He also seizes Rinne's Haori of the Underworld. He tells Tsubasa, Ageha and Sakura that if they want Rinne's life flame back they have until tomorrow at 10 AM to find the Damashigami Company and tell him where it is, otherwise he'll send Rinne's flame on to the Wheel of Reincarnation. Rokumon arrives, and see's Rinne's body, thinking that all his friends suddenly turned on him and murdered him. Suddenly, Rinne's spirit floats over his body. Without his life flame he can no longer inhabit his own body. The group head into the afterlife in an attempt to get his life flame back from Kain and arrive at the Lifespan Administration Bureau. Rinne's soul almost gets pulled into the Wheel of Reincarnation, as inside the building Kain see's the approaching group and realizes that they must truly not know where the Damashigami Company is. Rinne again almost gets pulled into the Wheel but is saved by noneother than Kain's mother. She takes them back to her house where they learn who she is due to the fact that she is using Rinne's Life Flame to light the house now that the power has been shut off. Kain arrives and confronts them as they learn that Sabato is still getting money from his mother and sending love letters every month promising to come back for her soon. Rinne gets his Haori of the Underworld back, but when he asks Kain if his mother know's she's funding the Damashigami Company he quickly silences them, saying he doesn't want her to ever find that out. Kain slips something into the food and puts everyone to sleep, then drags them to his storage shed and prepares to go after Rinne again. In the room, Sakura finds a locked case that is addressed to Rinne, something that his father left behind with Kain's family. Rinne is about to be pulled into the Wheel of Reincarnation once more when Kain appears and says that he'll make sure he is reincarnated.
Sakura bangs on a drum and everyone else finally awakens. Rokumon recognizes the box with Rinne's name on it. Ageha tries to break it open but there seems to be a protection field around it that will only be released by its owner, Rinne. Realizing it may contain a weapon or something else helpful to Rinne, Ageha throws an armful of bombs at the roof, blowing their ay out as they escape with the crate atop Rokumon, leaving behind Rinne's life flame with Kain's mother. As they find Rinne and Kain battling near the Wheel of Reincarnation, Rinne spots the crate and remembers that it was a gift from Tamako when he was a little boy, but before he could open it, it was stolen by his father in the night. Kain attacks and blasts Rokumon, who transforms, dropping everyone. Rinne rushes and shouts at the top of his lungs "congratulations on getting into elementary school" much to the shock of everyone else. However this is the passphase to unlock the crate, and in a flash of blinding light a ring emerges from it. Sakura grabs the ring and rushes it to Rinne, and as soon as he grabs it, he and Sakura both vanish, leaving his haori behind. Rinne and Sakura awaken in a dark room, and Rinne believes that they have fallen into the Wheel of Reincarnation and are going to be reborn. He begins to apologize when she wakes up, quickly followed by a door opening with Kain's mother and Sabato entering the room. At the Wheel of Reincarnation, Ageha curses Kain for pushing Rinne into the wheel but he reveals that he thinks the Ring of Judgement saved them before they touched the wheel. He explains that the ring protected them and took them to the location of the person who was truly guilty of causing all the wrong doing, who, in this case, happened to be Sabato. Soon enough, everyone reunites back at Kain's house, including Ageha's sister, who Kain's mother is shocked to see is so affectionate with Sabato. Ageha fights with her sister and during the excitement Rinne almost gets his life flame back before its stolen away by Ageha's sister and Sabato, along with a few of Kain's remaining furniture. It turns out the life flame is a fake, and as Kain and Rinne battle, Sakura and the others attempt to find Rinne's actual life flame in Kain's store house. Inside they find dozens of life flames and rush back to test them on Rinne while Kain's mother feeds everyone expensive sushi, much to Kain's chagrin. Finally, Rinne finds his true life flame and regains his spirit, but Sabato and Ageha's sister escape with packs full of Kain's family's valuables. Rinne manages to stop use the Ring of Judgement to retrieve the goods, but Sabato escapes. While Kain promises he won't try to repossess Rinne's life flame he swears that he still holds him responsible for Sabato's actions.
A good pair of episodes, sort of surprised at Kain's voice. Its a bit higher than I had thought it'd be. Also the animation quality especially on 19 went from really high, to strangely off model in a few scenes. Can't believe the series is coming into what will likely be its final few episodes! It needs a second season!
Aug 15 15 4:08 PM
While talking to her mother one morning Sakura notices that ghosts are floating through her house. Sakura tells Rinne that even though she's seen ghosts since childhood they've never been in her house before, he finds this surprising and vows to get to the bottom of the mystery. Rinne is happy to help and get close to Sakura again and even shirks his shinigami responsibilities to help her. Ageha arrives for a visit and Rinne quickly escapes, soon after Tsubasa arrives and he, Ageha and Rokumon use a thread around Rinne's ankle to track him through the Spirit Way. By the time he finally gets to Sakura's house the other three have already caught up to him and invited themselves along as well. Everyone meets Sakura's mother and then have snacks in her room, surrounded by the ghosts that pass through her walls. Ageha uses a collar to summon a shinigami dog to drive off the spirits but ends up chased by the dog herself. In the afterlife, Tamako gives a lecture about various shinigami tools and notices that Rinne isn't in the audience like he was supposed to be. Meanwhile, Rinne attempts to use some of his own tools to solve the problem. An anti spirit balloon ends up attacking Tsubasa while a Spirit Way Portal Pen sends Ageha off on her own. Eventually Rinne is using his tools not on the ghosts, but on Ageha and Tsubasa each time they return, as he's determined to have some alone time with Sakura. After the others are gone, Sakura remembers that when she was a little girl and first went to the afterlife, shortly after meeting Tamako she ran into a clown who gave her a little hourglass filled with rainbow colored sand. When she shows it to Rinne he immediately recognizes it as the device that kept ghosts from entering the house, however it only lasts ten years and needs to be replaced. Rinne refills the hourglass with new sand just in time to be met with hostility from Ageha and Tsubasa. Unfortunately in the commotion they break the hourglass and the ghosts reappear, forcing Rinne to go to Tamako for a 20,000 yen replacement.
Cute how Sakura's mom, who is played by Fumi Hirano (Lum) has green tinged hair and wears a yellow and black striped apron. ^_^
Aug 22 15 1:43 PM
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