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Aug 29 15 12:28 PM
Long Suffering Ronin
Ageha lays in bed dreaming of a romantic Christmas dinner with Rinne.Getting excited about the idea she goes out and buys all the Christmas ornaments, outfits and trees that she can find. As she's all packed up, a mysterious salesman calls out to her offering up what he calls a "friendly square," which is nothing but an average kotatsu. Unfamaliar with the under-the-table-heater, the salesmans promises of the device bringing together anyone who shares it convinces Ageha to buy one immediately. Packing up all her Christmas gifts, Ageha flies to see Rinne, but passes a mysterious glowing house on her way there. Meanwhile, Rinne is visiting a convinence store, staring hungrily at a single piece of Christmas cake he hopes to buy. After buying the cake, Rinne passes the same, mysterious, rundown house and has a message tossed at him. Going inside he finds Ageha. As Rinne tries to immediately leaves, he finds a barrier reventing him from leaving the house. Sakura, Miho and Rika walk by outside, discussing the rundown house however by the time they get to it, its completely covered in Christmas decorations. The strange sight sees Rika and Miho fleeing. Sakura finds her way in the house and is trapped and soon enough, even Tsubasa shows up, getting trapped inside while his bucket of fried chicken is stuck in the cold outside. Everyone opens their bags and starts to decorate the house with Christmas candles or pop streamers, all the while lamenting how much they would love some Christmas cake. Rinne fears having to share his and Rokumon's single piece with everyone. Ageha and Tsubasa begin to bicker, and the arrival of a Christmas tree bashes Rinne in the head, causing him to drop his Christmas cake. The tree and cake complete the Christmas scene, and the house feels complete, absorbing all the decorations, and Christmas goodies into itself, exorcising the spell that kept everyone locked in. Rinne cries tears of blood as Ageha tries to comfort him by suggesting a Christmas party at his house. Of cours Ageha secretly hopes to use her friendly square to make Rinne fall in love with her. When he arrives home Rinne is shocked to see such a luxurious kotatsu in his room and immediately sits under it with Rokumon and Ageha, dreamily dazedly, but as soon as Tsubasa and Sakura arrive, he hops out. After dinner Tsubasa pulls out a deck of cards, and everyone plays Old Maid with the loser having to go out in the cold to buy drinks and snacks for everyone else. Ageha loses every single time, being sent out into the night over and over again. Finally, Ageha goes to buy a Christmas cake, but trips and falls. Crying in the cold, dark night. Rinne arrives and gives her a scarf. Tsubasa and Sakura are there as well, and Sakura says that her mother knitted scarves for everyone. The group goes back to Rinne's house and everyone smiles appreciatively at Ageha for all she's done that night. She manages to dispose of a bomb in the smushed Christmas cake that she was going to use to get revenge, and everyone has a lovely evening.
A pair of Christmas stories from the manga, that were two of my favorite, put together in one episode! The highest praise I can give this episode is that it really, REALLY put me in the Christmas spirit. Too bad it's August. Loved this episode. Probably the best Ageha episode so far.
Sep 12 15 3:07 PM
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As she leaves to go to school Sakura sees Tamako and Rinne floating in the sky discussing something. It turns out that Tamako has a prototype candy that will reverse the effects of Sakura's ability to see ghosts and spirits. Of course she's had this ability ever since she hate food in the afterlife when she was a little girl. Rinne thinks the candy won't actually work, but Sakura agrees to test it out and pops it into her mouth without question, surprising Rinne, and shocking him more when it actually does work. At the same time, Rinne is notified that the annual A-1 Grand Prix, a competition for evil spirits who try to haunt humans, is about to begin. As Sakura no longer has her ability to see ghosts, she is in contstant danger of being attacked by the overwhelming amount of evil spirits engaged in the competition. Rinne realizes that when he wears his Haori of the Underworld, Sakura can no longer see him. He takes it upon himself to protect her from any spirits that threaten her. In the meantime, Tamako delivers more of the Unsee Candy to Sakura for her to eat, further cancelling out her ability to sense spirits. Out of breath on the roof of Sakura's house from banishing all the evil spirits, Tamako cheefully tells her grandson that the A-1 Grand Prix has five thousand entrants this year. At school Sakura is pursued by ghosts, and Tsubasa saves her just in time. Rinne arrives to fill him in on the details and tries to meet with Sakura without his haori to tell her about how much danger she's in while the grand prix is going on. Unfortunately as ghosts keep attempting to attack her and other students Rinne is kept busy with his shinigami duties. Rinne repeatedly tries to communicate with Sakura all while keeping her safe. Finally get gets a strand of her hair after saving her on the roof of the school and uses it in a substitution doll that will take on her appearance. He does this in hopes of creating a decoy Sakura that will draw the ghosts away from the real Sakura. Rinne's trap fails when Tsubasa rushes in to save the fake Sakura doll, only to misunderstand and think that Rinne has created it for some sort of devious, sexual purposes. Sakura, Rika and Miho arrive and see the doll as Sakura finally begins to realize something is going on. While she can't see Rinne, he grabs the doll and flies off with it, luring the evil spirits away. That evening, the doll finally loses its power after having drawn so many evil spirits to it. That night Rinne watches Sakura in his spirit form as she ponders the Unsee Candy that Tamako gave her. The next day Rinne still isn't at school as he's too busy keeping spirits off the grounds of the campus, trying to keep Sakura and the others safe. Finally Rinne cuts down the five-thousandth entrant, signally the end of the A-1 Grand Prix. That afternoon Sakura visits his room, trying to find him, but has no luck. Rinne arrives from the afterlife just in time to find one evil spirit he missed, a knife wielding murder, floating above Sakura. Sadly, Sakura still can't see Rinne, and passes through him on her way out, however, she turns back to leave the Unsee Candy with him, and just then, trips over his body, the effects of the candy having worn off. Sakura returns the candy and the next day, makes Rinne a bento box as they have lunch together.
A really touching episode and a great way to end the first season! Already excited and anxious for season two to start in the spring!
Apr 9 16 9:41 PM
Apr 10 16 2:46 PM
Sakura walks down the street and spies Rinne using tongs to gather up floating snake spirits. He explains that they have not been going to the Wheel of Reincarnation as they are supposed to, so shinigami are all having to gather them up on their own. Back in Rinne's room, Rokumon chastizes Ageha for refusing to go help with the snakes. She explains that she hates snakes and has no interest in seeing them. Suddenly a portal opens and a mysterious black cat tells Ageha he hasn't seen her in awhile before tossing a box of snakes into the room and fleeing. Sakura and Rinne hear Ageha's scream and Rinne flies off in pursuit of the cat. The cat shreds Rinne's net but is subdued by a blow to the head from an angry Rinne. Rinne and Sakura learn that the cat is Oboro, Ageha's cat. A year ago, on a mission to subdue an anaconda spirit, Oboro captured it while Ageha ran in fear, but then he decided to tease her with it and she blew up a section of mountain, trapping him under rocks for a year without coming back for him. Now he's back and looking for a little bit of revenge. Ageha has her own plan though and decides to hold his contract against him, refusing to terminate their working relationship until she puts Oboro in his place. That night Rokumon learns that Oboro and Ageha grew up together. His family has always worked with her family, but as children Ageha would frequently be too rough with him and he'd fight back against her, beginning their hot and cold relationship. The next day at school Rinne is absent from class trying to chase down a mongoose spirit that has been released to try and corral the snake spirits that Oboro freed. Ageha, once again, is shirking her duties to set a trap for Oboro. Surprisingly, by using the contract as bait she lures in Oboro but manages to capture the mongoose as well. The mongoose escapes with the contract attached to him and Oboro and Ageha team up to regain it. The mongoose ends up eating the contract as well as Ageha, and Oboro happily abandons her, hoping that the contract will be destroyed in digestion. Suddendly Ageha fires a rocket from the mouth of the mongoose and hits Oboro, sending him flying. Rinne knows that Oboro will be punished for leaving Ageha in danger and violating his contract so he sends Rokumon after him while he prepares to save Ageha. When Oboro wakes up he finds his contract stuffed in his hoodie. Ageha blasted it out no the missle she shot at him, but he thinks its just a trick. Inside the mongoose Rinne finds that Ageha has set up an luxurious evacuation chamber. She knocks Rinne unconscious and captures him when he comes to rescue her, but thankfully the mongoose throws up the chamber, allowing Oboro, Rokumon, Tsubasa and Sakura to find the pair. After briefly making up and apologizing Ageha and Oboro begin to fight again, but their relationship is repaired as best as can be expected. They both go to the afterlife and apologize to Tamako for causing so many problems with their arguing.
Ah, its so nice to have new anime to watch! I'm hoping the series will continue to pick up viewers as it rolls along, as I thought this episode was really funny, had great animation, and that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka did a great job as Oboro!
Apr 10 16 4:56 PM
Anything-Goes Martial Artist
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Apr 17 16 12:49 PM
Rinne is asked to investigate years worth of tennis balls disappearing by the tennis club and quickly discovers that they are being stolen by the spirit of a boy who died before he ever got to play in a game. Rinne enlists Sakura and Tsubasa to play a game of doubles with the spirit and he. Tsubasa thinks this will be an excellent opportunity to show off in front of Sakura, however, Rinne reminds him that the two of them should lose to make the spirit feel better and move on to the afterlife. This is made all the more difficult however, when the spirit plays up his skills, but shows that he's actually a terrible player. Rinne uses a Tsukumogami seal to give the boy's racquet a soul, which helps, but then Tsubasa gets angry and uses holy water to return serves. The entire match devolves into a fight between the racquet and Tsubasa as Sakura takes the boy aside and listens to his tale of woe and helping him to practice his swing. As the sun goes down, at the end of a long day, the boy's spirit finally moves on, but Tsubasa continues his fight against the tennis racquet. Later, Tsubasa is called to a house to deal with a curse. It seems the father opened a box of love letters, and his son immediately fell ill. Tsubasa visits the son's room and sees the ghost of a girl hovering over him. He exorcises the spirit, but when he arrives at school the next day, the girl is following him. Tsubasa introduces her as Yayoi, and she tells Rinne and Sakura her story. She once loved a boy and wrote him letters everyday, however she soon learned he was engaged to be married. She hoped he would end the engagement and marry her, but the other girl was rich, and that was what he cared most for. Too weak to continue on, Yayoi died of a broken heart and a serious cold. Now, freed of the family line to whom her spirit was attached, she asks Tsubasa if she can experience what it is like to date a boy using him as her substitute. Rinne is unsure about this plan, but Tsubasa seems adamant. As Tsubasa takes Yayoi out, a series of unfortunate events seem to follow wherever they go. Tsubasa is injured over and over again. Rinne attempts to intervene and tells him to force her off into the afterlife. Tsubasa refuses and is even more forthright when Sakura tries to tell him to accept help from Rinne. Rinne finally deduces that Yayoi is an evil spirit who is intent on taking Tsubasa to hell with her. Rinne reads her love letters but does not notice anything out of the ordinary in them, even as tragedy continues to befall Tsubasa. Rokumon notices the number nine is written on the letter box and Rinne returns to the family's storehouse to investigate. Rinne finds more numbered boxes there. He finds Tsubasa and Yayoi about to be attacked by lions at the zoo and confronts the girl, but Tsubasa admits he already knew the truth. The man she loved had many girls he led on, and each box of letters was dedicated to a different girl. Yayoi was the ninth of these young ladies. As Yayoi learns that Tsubasa knew the truth all along, but kept it hidden just for her sake, she finally admits she is ready to move on. But not before trying to take Tsubasa with her one more time. Eventually she does leave and Tsubasa goes to the hospital for some much needed recovery time.
I like it when the show does these 15 minute episodes adapting two standalone chapters of the manga. Its basically what Urusei Yatsura did when it first started airing, and I think it works much better than drawing things out to a ridiculous amount. It keeps things running and we get twice as much story to boot! Tsubasa episodes have quickly become my favorites thanks to Ryohei Kimura's portrayal. Really funny stuff!
Apr 18 16 10:21 AM
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Apr 24 16 2:10 PM
A cute cat girl appears in Rinne and Sakura's classroom looking for him. She stands on his head before Sakura points him out to her, as soon as she realizes who he is, she hands him a letter saying that he has unpaid dues to the Shinigami Mutual Aid Association. Rokumon explains to Sakura that the monthly five-hundred yen fee allows Shinigamis to purchase tools with a ten percent discount. Rinne swears that he paid it, giving the fee to Rokumon to deliver it in the afterlife. Once they arrive at the office of the Lifespan Administration Bureau they learn that Kain works there and tells Rinne he will have to pay an additional five yen late fee. Kain, of course, blames Rinne for Sabato's manipulation of his mother, and has no interest in helping Rinne find out what happened to his missing fee. With no futher recourse, Rinne decides to investigate on his own. Rinne, Sakura and Rokumon retrace Rokumon's steps as he went to deliver the payment. They first stop by a recycling center, then a bookstore, grabbed a discount flier then went to a rice sale...all before delivering the fee. Rokumon remembers that the person that he gave the money too was wearing a cat mask that he got from the rice sale. They go back to the Lifespan Administration Bureau but find its closed. Back at his house, Kain is resting up after a long day, and the black cat girl who delieved Rinne's payment note, is with him. Her name is Suzu and she is Kain's clutzy Black Cat by Contract, and just so happens to be wearing the mask that Rokumon recognized from the rice shop. As the day begins and Kain sits down at his desk at work, he finds powder, as Rinne dusts for fingerprints. Rinne explains that whoever took the money from Rokumon is a child and has the same cat mask that Rokumon has. With that, Suzu arrives to clean up all the fingerprints and footprints, but she is still wearing the mask Rokumon saw her in. Rinne confronts Kain about his cat taking the money, but Kain ignores him and says he has no proof now that the fingerprints are gone. Suzu chastizes Rinne and Rokumon for wasting Kain's time, and hands him his paperwork for the day. As he opens the file, he finds Rinne's payment in with the rest of the documents. Kain attempts to create a distraction so that he can plant the payment back on Rinne. Rinne sees the envelope on the floor but stops Rokumon from picking it up, realizing that if he does, he'll have to admit he had it, and pay the five yen late fee. Finally Suzu admits to Rokumon that she took the payment and Kain is forced to accept it, although he refuses to apologize, upsetting Rokumon. Rinne says that he has recorded the entire thing and will send that to his bosses. Rinne receives five thousand yen worth of free coupons in the mail to buy his silence.
And as we were discussing chopping up the episode in two, to do two stories last week, I think this week's episode really benefitted in the comedy department by letting things get expanded. The investigation into the missing money, the constant back and forth of Rinne and Kain trying to plant the fee on one another so they wouldn't have to take responsibility, this fit really well in a full half-hour episode. Ultimately, it just depends on the story I guess. I agree with you though, jroberie, that some of the later Ranma stories would have definitely benefitted from being a tighter, more manga-centric adaptation rather than padded out with the writer's own jokes and gags. I actually liked Suzu's voice, and it was about what I had imagined in my mind. I think this was a really strong episode over all, maybe one of my favorites. The humor, I find, it always at its best when its really petty, and this episode was a petti-fest. That you could stick with an entire thirty minute episode that basically revolves around five hundred yen, is a real feat in my eyes.
Speaking of petty, as I rewatched the opening theme this week I realized that its kind of sarcastic and petty in its own way. Sakura and Ageha singing, and then getting shade tossed at them by Rinne and Tsubasa. Rinne getting yelled at by Tsubasa in his own house, Oboro scaring Ageha, Shoma drawing on Kurosu's face, etc. I like it a lot (and the song as well).
Apr 24 16 6:54 PM
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May 1 16 1:53 PM
A girl hidden by an umbrella spray paints a neighborhood wall with graffiti. At school the students talk about Naomi Yuki, the president of the student council. They say that she dresses up and then goes out and commits deliquent acts. Miho hates hearing the rumors and complains that Yuki the president would never do such a thing. On their way home, Miho, Rika and Sakura are held up by the mysterious girl that looks like Naomi Yuki. Miho is crestfallen, but Sakura knows the girl is actually a ghost, although she can't understand why Miho and Rika can see her. As the rumors around school continue to spread, Sakura goes to Rinne who says that if a ghost shows itself to everyone, it must have a very important message it wants to send. Students watch as the ghost girl spray paints another wall outside of school and continues to talk in an outdated form of slang. Rinne realizes that the girl is a Showa Era ghost. As Naomi confronts the ghost everyone is shocked to realize that they're two different people. Rinne feels that he has no choice but to call in his grandmother Tamako, since she would know more about the Showa Era than he does. Using Rokumon, Rinne is able to get the girl to open up to him. She tells him her name is Ranko, and that she believes Naomi Yuki is her sister Rinko. Unfortunately Rinne gets hungry as Ranko tells her story and begins to eat weeds from the ground. She becomes so outraged at his behavior that she curses he and Tamako out and leaves. Meanwhile, Naomi tells Sakura that she had an aunt who passed away. Unfortunately her mother is on vacation in Hawaii so she cannot ask her about it. Rinne uses a tsukumogami seal on Ranko's umbrella that she left behind and learns that her lingering regret is that she cannot apologize to her sister about something. Rinne and Sakura confront her with this information and Ranko realizes that when she died she was angry, not at her sister, but at herself for something she did to Rinko. Ranko begins to fade, realizing that she is in fact a ghost, but leaves before Rinne can help her ascend to the afterlife. Rinne and Sakura meet with Naomi and tell her that Ranko mentioned a Yuki, obviously her father, and that her anger has something to do with when Naomi's parents first met in high school. Naomi gives them a guitar from that time in the hopes that it will have an effect on Ranko. Standing in the rain, Ranko realizes that now that she's dead she cannot apologize to her sister. It seems she knew Rinko had a crush on Yuki, who would one day become her husband. Since they were twins she would teasingly write love letters to him and sign her sister's name, all in hopes of teasing the boy when she actually cared about him. Rinne uses the Time Holography Shinigami tool on the guitar to create an illusion of Yuki from high school. Seeing the illusion of Yuki singing a song about Rinko in high school sets Ranko off. She admits that she used to have feelings for Yuki too, but could never tell him because he was so in love with her sister. Before they leave, Rinne takes Ranko to see her sister and husband as they are now. Ranko is unimpressed with what Yuki has grown up to look like and easily passes on.
Uwah, this is such a good episode. It's a little crazy that with all the Showa era gags, and Rinne and Sakura talking about how long ago that was that Ataru, Lum, and even Ranma and Akane would be considered old, lame adults like Ranko finds her sister and husband at the end of the episode. The motorcycle noises were so funny, and I was laughing so hard as Rinne kept munching on weeds while he tried to interrogate Ranko. This was such a fun episode and I really, really, REALLY hope Rinne is starting to find an audience outside of Japan. I don't know why, but I have an optimistic feeling that it is building an audience every week and can get a third season (fingers crossed).
Next week is a triple story, which is funny considering how much we said we enjoyed the double parter last week. Haha, you mention Copycat Ken, and that throws me back to remembering how Viz marketed that episode. He's obviously just a throwaway character but Viz made the biggest deal about him, and since he only appears that one time, enlisted Toby Proctor, who had recently been fired/let go as the English voice of Tuxedo Mask to play him. It was a bit of stunt casting since he was from the Toronto area of voice actors and not Vancouver like the rest of the Ocean Group. So there's a little fun fact for you.
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