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May 8 16 1:44 PM
May 8 16 4:36 PM
Long Suffering Ronin
Rinne, Sakura and Rokumon visit Tamako for Golden Week and find her cleaning her house. Tamako asks him to go through the furniture from the human world that she had when she lived there with Rinne's Grandfather when Rinne was a little boy. Rinne plans to sell most of it but as he goes through it they find a photo album of Rinne when he was little. Tamako gets distracted looking at the photos and Rinne explains to Sakura that he used to go to regular elementary school in the human world and a Shinigami elementary school in the afterlife. He chastizes his grandmother for stopping cleaning to look at the photos and she decides to reveal Rinne's "dark past" as payback. She show's photos of Rinne in middle school acting up and flipping girl's dresses. Sakura and Rinne remind her that that was Sabato as a boy, not Rinne. Suddenly Sabato arrives and tries to steal some of the furniture for himself but Tamako drives him off. Rinne realizes that most of the furniture is damaged and can't be sold, so instead they clean everything and set it up. Just as they finish, a paw bursts from the closet where everything had been stored and an old cat named Kuroboshi emerges. It turns out that Kuroboshi is Tamako's old Black Cat by Contract and had been trapped in the closet behind all the furniture since Tamako put it into storage. With the room messy again, Tamako decides to just leave the room as it is and wait to clean again one day in the future. Later, in the human world, a beaten and battered Sabato arrives to beg Sakura for some money. He tells her it's to buy Rinne a birthday present, but he cannot seem to remember when his son's birthday actually is. Rinne arrives and attacks his father, driving him away. Kain immediately arrives and blasts Rinne, revealing that Sabato had just been at his house and tricked Suzu into letting him take some of his mother's things to sell. Sabato moves on to Ageha next and tries to manipulate money from her by saying that Rinne is in the hospital, he almost convinces her before Rinne show's up to attack his father again. As Sabato escapes, Rinne meets with Kain, Ageha and Sakura to try and find out what could be so important to Sabato that he would hit up Rinne's friends for money. Just then Ageha's sister arrives and explains that the debt collectors came and repossessed most of the office equipment at the Damashigami Headquarters. Sabato did not seem to mind, except for one particular item that was on his desk. When they track Sabato down attempting to steal back the mystery item they learn that it was a photo on his desk of him holding Rinne when he was a baby. Sakura happily agrees to lend him the money to get the framed photo back. As it turns out Sabato was hiding 50,000 yen in the frame. At the end of Golden Week, Sakura Tsubasa, Rokumon and Rinne visit a classmate named Kana Noroi who was having trouble at a campsite. It turns out that when she and her family arrived Kana found some demon summoning jufu cards. Her little brother Taishi secretly kept the cards and was burning them night after night to summon a demon into the human world. Tsubasa is shocked to find the jufu cards are the real thing, and tells Taishi that when he summons the demon it will drag the boy into hell. Just then, Masato appears and has apparently been flirting with Kana and living in the cabin next door. He is shocked to find Tsubasa and Rinne with the girl. Masato says he's just enjoying his vacation, but Rinne doesn't trust him. He tells Taishi to complete the demon summoning ritual that night and to see which demon appears. Masato worries about what will happen when Taishi does summon him in front of Rinne and Tsubasa, but with the pair watching him like hawks he can't escape before the summoning ceremony. Instead, Masato lures Rinne and the others into complacency with food, before using Taishi to complete the ritual and summon a demon army from hell. Unfortunately the plan fails when the demons send a message back that they aren't working due to the Golden Week holiday.
Yeahhh, I think I'm more of a fan of the formatting choice of getting three stories in this week rather than the CHOICE of the stories they picked. But I'll take whatever I can get as long as we're making a dent in the rather enormous backlog of manga stories to adapt. The Sabato/picture frame one was my favorite as well, and I think they made it interesting linking all three stories to Golden Week (which was this week, hence the double issue of Shonen Sunday last week). Shoma isn't my favorite either, but I'm curious to hear his voice and see Kurosu and their interactions. I sometimes feel like seeing and hearing the characters gives me a new appreciation of them....that's certainly been the case with Tsubasa, so I'm excited to see next week's episode.
May 14 16 9:59 AM
May 15 16 5:40 PM
Sakura witnesses a child Shinigami leading the soul of a rabbit to the afterlife and realizes she's seen a lot of children doing the same thing lately. Rokumon explains to her that the children are taking part in a training program to learn how to do the work of Shinigami. They start with animal's who have died because human souls are much harder to deal with. Just as he finishes explaining, the evil spirit of a woman chases a white haired boy with Rinne quickly following behind them. The boy, named Shoma, is bratty to Rinne and Rokumon, and it turns out he is doing a homestay program with Rinne. He goes after human spirits rather than animals because he is trying to get away from staying with poverty striken Rinne. He can't leave until he gets fifty points, and he only gets a paltry amount of points for animals. Shoma continues to try and exorcise evil spirits so he can get away from Rinne, but he just isn't ready to handle such a big job. As Miho, Rika and Sakura walk home from karaoke that night, Miho tells the girls about an alligator woman that haunts the streets. As they walk on they meet a woman who asks if they recognize her, Sakura suspects she's a ghost and tries to get her friends to move on. When they fail to recognize her the woman becomes an alligator and sends the girls screaming. Shoma overhears and decides he'll be the one to capture her. He steals Rinne's scythe and makes his way to the riverside. Rinne gives chase trying to catch him before he ends up in too much trouble. As Sakura follows Rinne, she meets a woman with the same face the alligator spirit was masquerading as. Sakura and the woman arrive, and Rinne learns that she is the owner of the pet alligator named Chibi. It died one day while she was cleaning its tank, and its wandering spirit has been looking for her ever since. She too, looks for her pet, hoping to find it. Shoma interferes and throws a Spirit Color Ball at Chibi's spirit, making it so that his owner can see him. Unfortunately when she suddenly seems a gigantic alligator she runs away. Chibi feels rejected and begins to become an evil spirit. Sakura tries to convince the owner that the giant alligator is her Chibi, but she seems hesitant to believe it. Meanwhile, Rinne and Shoma chase Chibi through the Spirit Way and into a convience store on Earth. Sakura talks to Miho who is in the store and overhears the commotion, rushing off to meet up with Rinne. Finally, everyone converges but Shoma falls asleep trying to listen to Chibi's tale of woe. This sets the alligator off and he finally turns into an evil spirit, just as his owner arrives. When she finally recognizes him, he calms himself, and the pair lovingly embrace, sending Chibi's spirit to the afterlife.
Yeah! I loved Yotsuya's little guest appearance. I'm actually really curious if it was Shigeru Chiba doing the voice....it sounded like it could be. I liked this episode a lot. It was funny in places, but overall just really touching. I get mushy, but I have to admit I teared up a bit at the ending. ^_^
May 21 16 2:54 PM
May 22 16 4:41 PM
Rinne begins his day by taking Shoma to the park to eat peas that an old man throws out for the park birds. Shoma is frustrated when some of his classmates come by and tell him they're already done with their training. He explains that he is only hunting an evil demon for the full 50 point requirement. As he leaves Rinne, Shoma bumps into Masato who attempts to make Shoma forcibly send an mean old lady's spirit. If Shoma treats her like an evil spirit, Rinne will be punished as his homestay guardian. Rinne arrives just in time to prevent Shoma from causing trouble and warns the boy about dealing with the demon Masato. Before Masato is chased away though, he leaves a letter for Shoma, who opens it when he leaves Rinne. The envelope contains a letter of support from Masato and 500 yen, which the starving Shoma can't resist using. Masato appears again and gives Shoma an Evil Spirit Detector to attach to his scythe. Of course Masato is lying, and the detector actually turns regular spirits into evil spirits. Shoma is quickly overwhelmed while Rinne is still dealing with the old lady's spirit. Rokumon passes by and sees Shoma using his scythe to transform spirits, but is stopped when he tries to interfere. He tells Sakura what's going on but they can only watch as he continues to turn spirits evil for Masato. Sakura distracts Shoma while Rokumon attempts to use extendable clippers to cut the demon tool off his scythe. Shoma notices and stops them with Masato's help, but the demon finally reveals what the tool's true purpose was and tells Shoma that he will join him in hell for his demonic work. Rinne arrives just in time to save Sakura and Rokumon from one of Masato's attacks, but has to give chase to rescue the captured Shoma. Along the Spirit Way, Shoma attempts to fight back against Masato and rescue the spirits he helped capture. Unfortunately Masato is too strong for him, but his struggle buys Rinne enough time to catch up and capture Masato in the Ring of Judgement. Rinne saves the spirits and in the end, gets Shoma to help him send them on to the afterlife...after Shoma makes amends with the spirits for helping them become corrupted in the first place.
Yeah, this one was just kind of okay, but I agree with you jroberie, that the opening gag about Rinne eating the birdseed/peas was one of my all time favorite scenes in the entire manga so far, so I was super excited to see it animated. I liked the old folks interactions and constant complaints as well. Ready for Kurusu to show up!
May 29 16 10:00 PM
May 29 16 10:23 PM
Suzuki-sensei kindly gives Rinne a three tiered bento box filled with pickled plums because he knows his student is poor and often doesn't have enough to eat. On their way home from school Miho tells Sakura and Rika about "Ushi no Koku" when a straw doll is made to resemble someone you hate, and then hammered to a tree between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 AM to curse the hated person. As they're walking past a shrine they hear hammering and rush to check it out. They instantly see the spirit of a woman hammering the doll to a tree, and scream in fright as she chases them off. Sakura stays and notices that within the doll is a photo of Suzuki-sensei, which vanishes as she touches it. Rinne is about to eat his meal of hundreds of pickled plums when Sakura arrives to talk to him and gives him some leftovers from her lunch. Sakura explains what she saw with the doll and photo of Suzuki, and she and Rinne go to investigate. Rinne uses Obsession Coating Spray on the tree where the doll once hung, and the female spirit that Sakura saw emerges to push him away so he won't find the doll. The woman tells Sakura and Rinne that she is Yoko Kano, and that she went to high school at Sankai when Suzuki was doing his student teaching. Since Yoko was class president, she got to spend a lot of time with Suzuki and finally worked up the nerve to give him her e-mail address on his last day as a student teacher. However he never wrote her back. A year later, Suzuki came back to teach full time, but had a girlfriend by this point. Yoko was so outraged that she bought the straw doll and cursed her former crush. As she left the shrine where she nailed the doll to the tree, Yoko had many near death experiences before finally dying of food poisoning the next day. Yoko had regretted putting the doll but, but was mostly embarassed that someone might find it and realize that she had cursed Suzuki. Rinne thinks it would be a good idea to go talk to Suzuki himself with Yoko, but when they ask him about his student teaching days, he has no memories of the girl. This only enrages Yoko more, and she vows to complete her curse on him. Rinne and Yoko follow Suzuki as he goes to visit Yoko's mother and offer sticks of incense. Later, Rinne and Sakura confront him and he admits he knew her very well and suspected she had a crush on him. But he accidently lost her e-mail address and was unable to contact her. When he returned to begin teaching full-time at Sankai High, Yoko gave him the cold shoulder and he was unable to apologize before she died. That evening, Suzuki finds Rinne and Sakura at the shrine where Yoko nailed the straw doll. Because Rinne had coated its afterimage in Obsession Coating Spray, the doll is visible to Suzuki who admits he found the original doll shortly after Yoko nailed it to the tree. He took the doll down, realizing how upset Yoko was with him, but he never wanted anyone else to know what she had done and judge her for it. Yoko hears him say this, and Rinne gives her his Haori of the Underworld so that Suzuki can see her. The two admit that their falling out was all a big misunderstanding and that neither one hates the other. With that Yoko peacefully passes on. Right after she does Suzuki admits to Rinne and Sakura that when he lost her e-mail her address, the woman who helped him look for it ended up being his girlfriend. The next day, Suzuki brings more food for Rinne to enjoy.
Its funny you mention My Hero Academia, as that's a series that seems very popular in Japan that I have NO interest in. I think due to all the Marvel and DC films, American comics must be booming overseas and this is a Japanese take on American superhero comics....meh. I did like Tiger and Bunny though. I liked this episode! I thought the animation was very good, I need to see who the animation director was. Suzuki's a nice guy, and the joke near the end about what he DIDN'T end up telling Yoko was very, very funny. Good stuff. Left and Right aren't two of my favorites, so that makes me curious to see how much I'll enjoy them next week. We shall see!
May 30 16 2:15 PM
Jun 5 16 6:58 PM
Rinne and Rokumon go to a repair shop to fix some chips in his scythe, but find that the price has gone up. Rinne cannot afford to fix his weapon but is suddenly attacked by a mysterious bunny girl who leaves him a coupon for a free repair at a new shop. It turns out the shop is called Mikazukido and the bunny girl works there with her brother, the 4th master to inherit the shop. The siblings are Right, who works to promote the store, and Left, the weaponsmith who repairs Shinigami scythes. Right says her brother doesn't talk much, but when he does he is unbearably rude to Rinne. The free repair seems good though, and Rinne leaves surprisingly satisfied. He runs into Sakura who has the spirit of a teenage girl with her. It seems the spirit had tried to push her boyfriend's new girlfriend off a train platform. Before he left the shop. Rinne was told by Left that he had imbued his scythe with the Tenka Hatto technique that would allow Rinne to purify spirits twice as fast. It turns out that the technique works, but it causes the spirits to hit Rinne really hard before they go to the afterlife. When Rinne goes back to Mikazukido to complain, Right tells him that while the initial repair was free, if they remove the Tenka Hatto from the blade, they will have to charge him. Sakura comments that the whole thing seems like a Reform Scam, which the siblings take umbridge with. Left proudly shows him the 3rd Master's manual that he used to repair the scythe, saying that he followed all the steps perfectly. However, he did not see the note the former master made about having the scythe's returned so frequently that he stopped practicing the technique. With that, Left agrees to make the repair for free, and but instead uses the Renjitsu Shinsen technique that means the scythe will never need maintenance again. Sakura and Right read on the in the manual and learn that it basically makes the Shinigami's scythe disposable, like a razor. Next Left tries the Enkaku Sosa, which controls the scythe with a remote control. It turns out though, that the Master's manual Left has been using is actually a manual of the 3rd Master's failures. Finally Left repairs it adequately and Right delivers the repaired scythe to Rinne's room, where she tries to offer him a deal on Scythe Wax. Right tells him that it will keep his scythe clean when battling muddy spirits. Rokumon comments on never having heard of spirits being muddy, but just then Sakura rushes in and says that the gym is covered in mud. It turns out that the mud is caused by tsukumogami rugby shirts. The shirts have gained a life of their own and spit mud at students. Rinne purifies them but his scythe is coated in mud from their anger. Rinne goes to the Mikazukido to ask about the wax but finds the rugby jersey tsukumogami there, revealing that Right was behind the whole thing to get more business from Rinne. Rinne ends up getting a good deal on wax and a free wallet as well. Proud of his haggling skills Rinne purifies the jerseys, but finds that with no other muddy spirits, all the wax he now owns is going to waste. Right and Left are pushed into the red by all the returned wax.
Argh, my biggest issue with the episode is that they went with the "Raito" and "Refuto" translations. I've seen it used in some fan translations, but Yoiko has always translated the names as "Right" and "Left" and thankfully Viz stuck with that translation as well. I think the Raito/Refuto version is super lazy and misses the humor in their names. It would be like translating "Shampoo" as Xianpu....just...no.
Otherwise the episode was about what I expected storywise. Left has a lot of attitude, and a foul mouth, which I do find humorous and think a lot can be done with. The episode LOOKED fantastic, the animation was absolutely great.
Jun 14 16 12:40 PM
Jun 19 16 3:55 PM
Rokumon is invited to a celebration for Kuroida, the elder black cat who is preparing to reincarnate. Rokumon hears that one of the party favors is high end catfood, so he asks Rinne if he can attend. Rinne agrees when suddenly a Poverty Moth flies through Rinne's room. The moth is from the afterlife and makes poor people even poorer by spreading its spores. Suddenly a well dressed black cat bursts into the room and kicks Rinne in the face. He is quickly followed by Shoma. It turns out the cat is Kurosu, Shoma's elite Black Cat by Contract. Shoma is being punished for not doing his homework and is forced to catch the poverty moth that was flying past Rinne. As Shoma continues to try to catch the moth, it continues to spread its spores, frightening Rinne into thinking he'll be poor forever. He tries to help Shoma, but Shoma refuses. Eventually Kurosu uses his black cat magic to weave an illusion that makes Rinne's room appear luxurious. With all of the fancy items filling the room, the moth is naturally drawn to poor Rinne. Fearful that the moth will make him even poorer, Rinne fights back and comes into conflict with Shoma and Kurosu. Preparing for battle, Rinne is shocked when 5 o'clock suddenly arrives and Kurosu instantly goes home. Shoma explains that he does not work overtime. Rinne kicks Shoma out, and his net falls on the moth, capturing it. The next day, Rokumon attends Kuroida's reincarnation ceremony and meets up with Oboro and Suzu. He also finds Kurosu there. They all discuss how they've never seen Kuroida in public, and finally the elder black cat emerges. He says that before he reincarnates he wants to leave all his assets (a stack of cat food) to one deserving black cat. In the human world, Sakura, Rika and Miho visit a petshop and find an ugly cat. Sakura senses something strange about it and realizes that it is possessed by another cat spirit. Rokumon suddenly emerges and chases away the spirit, leaving the ugly cat as cute as can be. Rinne finds Sakura and explains that the cat spirit is a jealous spirit that possesses cute cats so they will have as unfortunate a life as it did when it was alive. Kuroida made the jealous cat the target of his goal for the winner of the high end cat food. Kurosu also arrives and he and Rokumon battle over who will capture the spirit. Rinne eventually intervenes and Kurosu backs off. Finally with Rinne's help, Rokumon captures the jealous cat, unfortunately Kuroida refuses to give him the reward because Rinne helped him. Rokumon is disappointed but Kuroida explains that the cat food was not his asset, instead it is a small box that he promises to give to whomever can take it from him. A massive battle royale erupts and eventually Kuroida decides that Rokumon is most deserving of his asset. Rokumon suddenly refuses and it is revealed the small box contains 700 years worth of IOUs.
Rika and Miho invite Rinne to go to the local festival with them acting as their bodyguard so no one bothers them, but he says he has no money to waste on such a frivilous outing, until, that is, Sakura mentions going. The girls discuss "dancing people" that have been seen around the fesitval, mysterious strangers running around pounding their chest in an odd dance. That evening Sakura sees a man run past her, pounding his chest just as she had heard. She notices that he's a regular human but that there seems to be a spirit cloud around him. When she goes to tell Rinne, she finds Tamako visting. Tamako tells her that a portable Spirit Way has ended up in the living world and that spirits are flooding in through it. Rinne will get a cash reward if he finds it and Rokumon suggests they use the money to buy a fan. That night, Sakura tells Rinne about the dancing people and asks if they could be connected to the portable pathway he's looking for. Just then a dancing man rushes past and Rinne cuts the spirit cloud around him, realizing that the cloud is made up of mosquito spirits. A floating pig mosquito repellant is the spirit way device bringing them into the mortal realm. Rinne attempts to destroy it but has a psychosomatic reaction to being surrounded the mosquito's even though they can't bite him. Rokumon says that a sealing spell will work against the spirit path, and Rinne is forced to use some of his own blood to create it. Rinne passes out due to blood loss, but thankfully Tamako arrives and easily closes the spirit path. With the mystery of the dancing people solved, everyone prepares for the summer festival. Rika and Miho get Tsubasa to accompany them and Sakura, and make him buy their food. Everyone is shocked when they see Rinne holding hands with a girl from class, Natsumi Matoba. Sakura notices how much fun he seems to be having, while Tsubasa sees a spirit hovering around the couple. Rika and Miho waste no time in confronting him and asking if he's on a date. Rinne says "sort of" while the truth of the matter is that he's only dating Natsumi as a cover. She has requested his help in learning why every year when she attends the festival with her boyfriend, the boyfriend becomes obsessed with trying to win her a a specific ragged teddy bear at the shooting gallery, only to fail, become pale with fright and run away at the end of the night. Rinne poses as her boyfriend in order to find out the truth. As soon as Rinne finds out Sakura is there, he tries to play down the "date" aspect of his job while Tsubasa sees it as an opportunity to get closer to Sakura. It turns out that the bear in the shooting gallery is attached to Natsumi's grandfather. Ten years ago he tried to win the bear for he and failed, and died soon after. His lingering regrets have kept him attached to this world and each year he ruins Natsumi's boyfriend's chances with her by preventing them from winning the bear and scaring them off in the process. He vows to let Rinne date his granddaughter if he can win the bear, but all this causes more and more problems between he and Sakura. Rinne finally shoots the bear and uses the Haori of the Underworld to make Natsumi's grandfather's spirit visible to her. He passes on happily and Rinne does his best to explain the dating situation to Sakura. Natsumi's real boyfriend Ken arrives and Rinne goes with Sakura, Tsubasa, Miho and Rika, but Sakura notices that Rinne never smiles the way he did with Natsumi.
Kurosu was really fun, but this week's summer festival story (well the second half of it) is one of my favorite manga stories ever. I think it really started to flesh out Sakura and Rinne's "romantic" relationship a bit, and in complex ways as well. Sakura realizing that Rinne can, at times, do things only for money, continues on well into Matsugo's introduction when things get (slightly) more dramatic between the two of them. I also think this is the first time we as the audience get to see that Sakura actually kind of likes Rinne as more than friends, although this ends up becoming a setback that firmly entrenches Rinne in the "friend zone" until...well....he's still there in the manga.
Jun 26 16 2:44 PM
As Sakura, Miho and Rika spend their summer vacation at the beach, Rinne and Ageha both are called to investigate a mysterious ghostly rubber raft that tricks lifeguards into rushing into the ocean to rescue its occupant only to disappear when they get near. Ageha repels a massive, strange looking creature in the ocean and she and Rinne find a ghostly woman on the raft. She ignores Ageha and tells Rinne her story. When she was alive she attempted to steal a lifeguard away from his girlfriend by pretending to be in danger out in the ocean, only to lose an oar and really be stranded. When the lifeguard finally saw her and came to rescue her, a fishing boat was closer and the strange, fat creature that Ageha attacked was actually an illusion of the ghost girl's memory of a kindly, rotund fisherman who tried to save her before the lifeguard got to her. Rokumon brings a Yorishiro so that they can create a false version of the lifeguard from the girl's memory to help her rest in peace. It turns out the girl only saw the lifeguard for the first time the day she died, and so she can't actually remember what he looks like. Instead she basis her memory of him on Rinne, which enrages Ageha who destroys the Yorishiro, upsetting Rokumon and Rinne. Suddenly Tsubasa rows out into the open ocean and the spirit gets an immediate crush on him, letting him rescue her and repeatedly asks him to go out with her. Later Sakura meets up with Miho and Rika again for lunch and the group is told about a nearby tunnel from a waiter. He tells them that anyone who goes through the samll tunnel will be cursed with a circle bruise on their face, just like him. Miho and Rika are curious and insist on checking out the tunnel. While looking through it they see Tsubasa on the other side. He excitedly waves to Sakura and begins to walk through, only to begin shouting and get tossed out the other side, his face covered in ink. Rinne stares at the unconscious Tsubasa and tells Sakura that he has been hired by the local Guesthouse Association to investigate the tunnel. Tsubasa wakes up, wipes his face and has the circle mark, as he goes back into the tunnel to confront his attacker a massive tentacle knocks him back, revealing that the spirit of a huge octopus is living there. The circle mark on victims faces is a sucker impression from the octopus' tentacles. Rinne puts a Spirit Way Path inside a pot and tries to lure the octopus inside but it refuses to fall for the trick. The waiter from the restaurant shows up and tells the tale of an octopus that fell off a transport truck and died in the tunnel. Sakura realizes that the octopus' spirit must feel safe in the tunnel and so they have to work hard to lure it out. After discussing their favorite foods that use octopus as an ingredient, the spirit becomes outraged and attacks. Eventually the octopi's corpse floats out of the tunnel, completely dried up. That makes the spirit disappear and Rinne, Tsubasa and Sakura take it to the ocean to give it a proper burial. Shockingly it comes back to life and shoots ink at Rinne. The next day, Miho and Rika discuss a nearby ghost beach, where ghosts gather and pull the living into the sea. Tsubasa arrives and confirms that where they are is, in fact, the ghost beach, which sends Miho and Rika running away. Sakura and Tsubasa see Rokumon who takes them to Rinne and Ageha. It seems that young shinigami are working as lifeguards for the ghosts on the beach in order to help them relive happy memories from their lives so that they will pass on. Out of nowhere a boy in a karate gi begins to tell his tale of woe. The boy trained so hard while he was alive he never got to have fun with a girl, and so he asks Sakura to go on a date with him. She says she'll go on a group date, when the ghost girl from the raft appears to ask Tsubasa out again. After a day of fun the boy asks Sakura if she would be interested in dating him, but she politely refuses, telling him there is already someone she likes. The boy begins to fade when the life raft girl latches onto him and they both pass on to the afterlife. Sakura explains to Tsubasa and Rinne that she was only telling a white lie about liking someone.
Wow, its hard to explain but I REALLY loved this episode. I thought it was definitely imbued with the spirit of summer. Just like the best episodes of Urusei Yatsura and Ranma when a lot of the cast was featured, you get a true sense of all the relationships between these kids. This is how Ageha sees Rinne, this is how Tsubasa sees Sakura, this is how Sakura feels about Rinne, even Rika and Miho and how they tie in to the intricate web of friendships. I honestly just felt really good watching these three stories. Like these are people I would want to spend time with....basically it felt like a very real, organic episode to me. And it took three unrelated stories and tied them together very well. Loved this one.
And next week, Renge!
Jul 8 16 4:15 PM
As the second semester begins a new transfer student arrives in Sakura's class. She introduces herself as Renge Shima. Saka, the school's star soccer player hides behind Suzuki Sensei's desk and stares at Renge. In the hall Erika Sawa tells Rinne that Saka was her boyfriend but suddenly dumped her earlier that morning because he was in love with someone else. In the classroom Tsubasa and Sakura notice the spirit of Marilyn Monroe emanating from the flower Renge wears in her hair. Later, Tsubasa and Sakura confront the new girl and she tells them that any couple that comes near her soon breaks up. Saka, the soccer player continues to pursue Renge and tells her that if he can't be with her he would rather die. Suddenly Renge asks him to prove that and leaps off the top of the school to see if the boy will follow her, he does, and is saved by Rinne. After Rinne saves Saka, he can't seem to remember Renge at all. That evening Renge walks home with Sakura and asks if she can talk to her. When they get to her house, Renge seems surprised that the house isn't more "ghost like" and admits she knows Sakura can see the spirit that is following her. Sakura is shocked that the spirit can enter her house at all when she is under the protection of her Ghost Eliminating Hourglass. When Sakura mentions that the spirit behind her may not be a ghost at all, Renge turns cold. That night, Rinne is trying to piece together the puzzle of who Renge is, saying she appears to be an innocent girl possessed by a pheromone spirit. Rinne finds an empty ball of Tsubasa's sacred ashes and then out of nowhere an unconscious Tsubasa falls from the sky and crashes into Rinne, when a letter from Renge falls out of Tsubasa's coat. It seems she had asked him to come help her deal with the spirit that is following her. Rinne attempts to wake Tsubasa but realizes his spirit has been almost completely removed from his body. Out of nowhere Renge attacks Rinne with a scythe, revealing herself as a damashigami. Soon her spirit arrives leading dozens of high school boys. The Marilyn Monroe look alike is a Damashigami tool used to lure people to their deaths. Renge also tells Rinne that she has captured Sakura. Renge traps Rinne by making him choose between saving Sakura, or rescuing the boys who are being taken to the afterlife. Quick thinking leads Rinne to douse Tsubasa's lifeless corpse with the pheromones Renge was using and then animate his body with a Yorishiro sticker, making him run away, with the boys chasing after him. Rescuing the students gives Rinne the chance to chase Renge and try to find Sakura, who is stuck on falling tatami mats that will soon drop her and Tsubasa's spirit into hell. Renge grills Sakura about Rinne and learns that he is Sabato's son. Renge is keeping 99 souls in storage and plans to make Rinne the one-hundreth, delivering them all to the afterlife at the same time. Renge says she would be willing to let Rinne go, if Sakura would be her friend. As she travelled from high school to high school using the pheromone spirit, boys always pursued her and girls hated her for stealing their boyfriends away. Sakura was the first girl who was willing to talk to her and get to know her. Of course, it's all really a trick as Renge wants to attach a pheromone spirit to her and use her to lure in more boys. She tries to enslave Sakura with a special blend of tea but Rinne arrives just in time. It turns out that Renge's life was ruined when, on her way to her high school entrance exam, she was knocked into the Sanzu River by Sabato. She missed her exam and failed to get into high school, the only place that would take her was Damashigami High, which was run by Sabato. Now she holds a grudge against her employer for forcing her into the life of a Damashigami. Rinne and Renge begin to battle and Sakura falls through a portal back to the world of the living. Rinne dives through to save her but Renge manages to take the Haori of the Underworld from him. However when Rinne goes to Rokumon to find a way to chase after Renge, he finds the 99 souls and Renge in the empty room next to his and saves everyone. The next day Tsubasa's spirit is back in his body and he's been followed by dozens of boys from the school while Renge shows up for class as if nothing has happened.
Really well done episode, love Renge's voice. The animation switched up a bit scene to scene, but was of high quality pretty much throughout. Also some really good action in the fight between Rinne and Renge. Good stuff! And the new opening and closing songs are fantastic too!
Jul 10 16 3:04 AM
On the Spirit Way, Rokumon runs into an old lady black cat named Tama and helps her move into the room next to his and Rinne's. As thanks Tama gives Rokumon some tea to drink before realizing it is Renge's special mind control blend of Kerai tea. Rinne thinks that Renge may actually regret her decision to kidnap the boys of Sankai High, but Sakura and Tsubasa aren't so easily convinced. Back in Rinne's room, Rokumon serves the trio the same Kerai tea he received in Renge's room and they all fall under her control. Renge arrives and forces Tsubasa and Rinne to fight one another, then hug, then tells Rinne to do her bidding and work as a Damashigami. She commands Sakura to use her pheromone spirit to lure in more boys so she can take their souls. Thankfully, due to Rokumon's naturally thrifty ways the tea he made was weak and the effects wear off before the trio can damage their reputations too much. Days later, Rinne and Rokumon complain that they are no longer receiving jobs through the weather hutch at school. It seems someone has left a batch of ghost warding charms that the students are all using, and thus, they have no need for Rinne's services. Of course the person behind the charms is Renge. When Rinne, Tsubasa, Rokumon and Sakura confront her, she again uses the excuse that she's doing it to atone for her past misdeeds. Rinne recognizes the charms as being real, and so doesn't stop her. A week later, Rokumon and Rinne are on the verge of starvation. Eventually the power of the charms wears off and the spirit free zone around the school becomes flooded with newly returning ghosts. Rinne attempts to purify the souls but finds that Rokumon pawned the blade of his Shinigami scythe since they needed money for food. With Rinne unable to do anything, Sakura spreads rumors through the school that the charms are cursed and collects them from students. Renge realizes that when Sakura removes the charms from the school they will be infected by the negative aura of the spirits and truly become cursed. Shockingly, when the spirits chase Sakura into Rinne's room, they are repelled by the aura of poverty and leave the area entirely. Rokumon manages to sneak into Renge's room and steal her furniture to get Rinne's scythe blade out of the pawn shop. Unfortunately the aura of poverty infects the entire school and no one has any offerings to make at the weather hutch for the next week.
Another fun episode. It really only took this week and last week's pair to establish Renge and inform new viewers of who she is as a complete character. Nicely done by the animation staff. I really liked the "ugly bitches" part too!
Jul 17 16 6:49 PM
Rokumon has a toothache and while Rinne pleads with him to go to the dentist, Left and Right arrive to show off their new product. It seems they have a recovery cream that will regenerate any chipped or damaged part of a Shinigami'scythe. They leave a free sample with Rinne. When Rokumon can no longer stand the pain of his tooth, he pulls it out himself, but in the process he knocks himself unconcious and the tooth pierces the sample regenerative cream from the Mikazukido twins creating a clone of Rokumon. The clone of Rokumon creates all sorts of mischief but thankfully fades away when it rains. Later, a rumor begins to circulate around the school of a former teacher who hung himself in the faculty storage closet after losing students tuition money. Rinne is asked repeatedly to investigate, but Sakura and Tsubasa both claim to see nothing in the closet when they check it out. Rinne uses Shinigami ID powder to find ghostly handprints all over the closet. Rokumon tells Rinne he senses something horrible within the closet, but the ghost of a teacher suddenly appears and implores Rinne to open the door, telling him there's money inside. When the door opens, the teacher reveals that the small stash of money belongs to Rokumon, who she has seen hide coins there every few days. Rokumon comes clean and says its where he hides his savings so no one else will use it. Rinne is hurt that Rokumon doesn't trust him, but just then, the ghost teacher attempts to confiscate the money. Rinne stops her and she reveals that she is a teacher from another high school who, due to her love of fashion and expensive brands, went broke. When thuggish looking collectors started showing up at school to get their money back, the teacher would hide in the closet. One day they found her so she jumped out the window to escape and died. As she suddenly realizes she's dead and no longer responsible for the money she borrowed, she passes on to the afterlife. Days later the black cats contracted to Shinigami go on a mushroom hunt. Rokumon leads Suzu and Oboro to find some Kuekue mushrooms, huge person sized mushrooms that eat other mushrooms. The Shinigami will pay 100,000 yen for them. The Kuekue are resiliant though and Kurosu and even Rinne have trouble capturing even one. The Kuekue finally lead the group to a hidden pasture of matsutake mushrooms and Rinne decides to leave the Kuekue in peace. Unfortunately, when they turn in their matsutake mushrooms, spores placed by the Kuekue grow and they devour every black cat's mushroom.
A cute trio of episodes that worked well together all tied in to Rokumon. The tooth story that started it off is one of my favorite manga single chapter stories.
Jul 24 16 3:40 PM
Ageha visits a fortune teller and tells her that her love life isn't going well. The fortune teller sees that someone is standing in her way and gives Ageha a Breakup Kit to get rid of her competition. The fortune teller warns her that if she curses the wrong person however, grave misfortune will occur. Of course Ageha chooses to curse Sakura. Ageha wastes no time in interrupting class to try to enact the break up. As it turns out, Ageha meets Renge again, and the two reveal their shared past. The girls both attended the same elementary school and became rivals due to Aghea's sloppy mistakes that usually ended up backfiring and injuring Renge. Renge also disliked how many friends Ageha had due to being so rich. The two trade insults over Renge becoming a Damashigami while Ageha's sister, Bijin is Sabato's secretary. As Renge laments running into Ageha again, her black cat Tama brings the breakup kit that Ageha left behind. Renge realizes that Ageha has a crush on Rinne and lures Ageha to her room to find Rinne there with her, enraging Ageha. Renge gives the breakup kit back to Ageha, hoping she'll try to curse her and bring misfortune upon herself. As Ageha becomes more and more angry she pulls a Breakup Sword out of the kit and directly attacks Renge with it instead of using it for its purpose of breaking up a couple. Renge finally gets in position and Ageha swings the sword down between the pair, cursing herself. A portal opens from above and Renge is shocked to find that the curse consists of a washtub falling and landing on Ageha's head. Undaunted, Ageha continues to use items from the kit to try and break up Renge and Rinne, which leads to Renge's room being ruined in the process. Ageha continues to curse the two even though misfortune befalls her again and again. Rokumon finds a card in the breakup kit that says that after five incorrect curses the curse will spread to everyone involved with the kit, and so he, Sakura and Tsubasa rush to try to save Rinne from Ageha's curses. Unfortunately, the fifth curse happens and everyone is sucked into a pit with an antlion like God of Breakups at the bottom. Ageha and Renge squabble over the God's breakup scissors until he finally disappears into the sand with the breakup kit, leaving everyone the same as when they began, only Ageha and Renge's childhood feud has been renewed with even greater intensity.
This was a really funny, well animated episode. I had forgotten Ageha and Renge's shared past so this was a good refresher and ties those two together in interesting ways. Episodes like this where everyone shows up and plays a part are some of my favorites, and with our even expanding cast, 41 episodes in, it makes it much funnier. Next week, I'm so excited! Matsugo arrives! I honestly never thought the anime would get this far into the manga, so I'm super psyched! We're almost caught up to the English language manga releases now!
Jul 31 16 1:05 PM
Jul 31 16 6:24 PM
Rinne is invited to his elementary school from the Shinigami world's reunion, but the cost is 3,000 yen, so he declines. Masato shows up suddenly and slaps Rinne with a wad of bills before explaining that earlier that morning, he was setting a trap for Rinne when a mysterious boy came and stole his wings away, saying he would give them back for 3,000 yen. He leaves a pawn ticket behind with Rinne's name on it, leading Masato to think Rinne had something to do with them being stolen. Curious, Rinne follows the address on the pawn ticket which leads him to "Hotel the Beyond" which, as it so happens, is where his elementary school reunion is being held. Suddenly Masato sees the boy who stole his wings and tries to attack, but the other Shinigami who are attending the reunion quickly give him a pounding. It turns out the theft of Masato's wings was all an elaborate scheme by the boy who stole them to get Rinne to attend the reunion. Rinne, however, can't remember the boy at all, even though they apparently were in the same class from first to sixth grade. None of the other students remember him either. The boy summons a demon to jog everyone's memory and Rinne remembers it from five years ago, when the students went on a training mission and he teamed up with a small boy wearing thick glasses. It turns out that the boy from elementary school is all grown up, and wearing contacts now, so no one recognizes him. He says his name is Matsugo and challenges Rinne to defeat the training demon they fought when they were children, but quickly steals his Shinigami scythe away and places it in pawn. Matsugo explains that he bears a grudge against Rinne. Rinne only remembers Matsugo being very friendly and nice, and that he was always kind in return. Matsugo agrees that Rinne used to be kind and helped protect him from bullies, but when they were on their training trip, he was knocked unconscious by the training demon, and awoke to find Rinne kicking him into a river, then lying to a teacher about it, threatening Matsugo to "forget this ever happened." Matsugo lets the training demon explode again, and then announces that he's been planning his revenge against Rinne for years, getting contacts, studying hard, becoming stylish all in an effort to show Rinne how he's changed. Sakura and Tsubasa both think he sounds like a girl when he says that. Rinne admits that he remembers very little about that day, but he does recall buying a Forget Ball, a Shinigami tool which, when injested, allows one to forget a memory they have written inside the ball. Kuromitsu, Matsugo's Black Cat by Contract arrives with a Remember Ball to help bring Rinne's memory back. Rinne tries to avoid getting smashed by the gigantic Remember Ball, while Rokumon retrieves his scythe from pawn. Rinne ends up saving Matsugo from getting crushed by the Remember Ball, but when he cuts through it, dozens of smaller balls fall on him, causing him to remember why he shoved Matsugo into the river. It turns out that after the training demon exploded, Rinne awoke to find Matsugo passed out, but in his fear, he had peed all over himself. Rinne thought it best to protect anyone from seeing the stain by tossing him in the water, and then taking a Forget Ball to ensure he never told anyone. Matsugo is shocked by this realization and immediately gives Rinne another Forget Ball, before swearing to give up on being hung up on the past. Suddenly Matsugo shouts out his love for Rinne, shocking everyone. A week later Masato arrives at Rinne's room asking about his wings, which he still hasn't gotten back.
I think pretty much every Matsugo story is ridiculously funny, and his introduction is probably the least funny of those, so I was happy, it's only going to go up from here and this is a high bar to start from. I was wondering what his voice would be like, if he'd sound super serious, or maybe a bit more girly, but they seem to be playing it seriously, so that'll be interesting! Good stuff!
Aug 7 16 2:42 PM
Rinne and Rokumon work hard purifying spirits, but realize they are not making much of a profit for their work. Sakura suggests that maybe they are spending too much money on Shinigami tools, and so Rinne decides to try going without them to see how much he can save. Unfortunately, working without tools proves difficult and so the next day Rokumon goes to the afterlife to try and find a sale to buy some for cheap. While there he runs into Suzu and Oboro who show him a flyer for the Black Cat by Contract Level-up Test. Rinne worries that Rokumon isn't ready to take it, but after Rokumon tells him that if he passes he'll get a discount on tools, Rinne agrees he should do it. Rokumon, Oboro and Suzu all end up enrolling for the test the first part of which is a written exam. The cats each struggle with it, while outside Rinne, Ageha and Kain all wait anxiously. When the results are posted, Rokumon gets an 80 out of 100, Oboro gets a zero for forgetting to write his name on the paper, and Suzu gets thrown out of the test for being a distraction, but gets five points for writing her name. The next part of the exam tests the cats ability to focus, and so an obstacle course is filled with all sorts of cat toys to distract them. Suzu ends up moving through the toys quickly and gets to the finish line first. Oboro is disqualified due to his violent tendencies while Rokumon gets distracted with free fish. The next part of the physical exam tests the cats ability to cooperate. The Shinigami and black cat work together to climb a cat tower and the winner will receive a certificate for a free scythe repair. At the top of the tower is a door, but the key to the door must be fetched by the cats. Rokumon and Suzu enter to find the key and end up in a room with Kurosu and Shoma await. Kurosu continually throws the cats out of the room for distracting Shoma while he's doing his homework. Finally, Rokumon gathers all the cats together and formulates a plan of attack.
This was a very cute episode overall. Lots of funny Suzu bits which I know Yoiko will love. The animation quality for the first five minutes or so was really spotty, but then suddenly it switched over to the usual high quality. I'm not totally sure what happened there but was pleased it wasn't that way the whole episode. Good stuff!
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