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Aug 9 16 7:12 AM
Aug 14 16 1:18 PM
Long Suffering Ronin
Rokumon organizes all the black cats into two groups, one group will distract Kurosu while the other runs and grabs the key for the Shinigami's door behind Shoma. Kurosu fights back by tossing snacks to all the hungry cats, which distracts most of them, including Rokumon. Rokumon manages to grab the key, but Rinne worries something is up, a feeling that proves correct as Rokumon and Rinne get stuck going through the door last as the other cats bound through as soon as Rokumon opens it. Kurosu commends Rokumon for truly helping the other cats work together, but thats cold comfort when it does nothing to help them win the race. Rinne and Rokumon rush to catch up and Rinne battles against Kain to let Rokumon go ahead while Ageha and Oboro begin to fight amongst themselves. Ageha punches him into the sky, which comes in handy as he falls and grabs the ticket atop the cat tower, winning the cooperative ability test but sheer dumb luck. Oboro is so irritated however that he immediately tears up the free repair ticket and Ageha says she didn't need it anyway. Thus begins the final part of the test, in which the black cats much fight one another and defeat at least one opponent to advance. Shinigami are not allowed to interfere in the fights. The cats are given tickets to spend in shops above the arena. Weapons can be purchased to use in their fights. As long as they are still in the ring at the end of sixty minutes they will pass this portion of the exam. Oboro uses his tickets to purchase fireworks and distracts many opponents to leave the arena with them. The announcers tell the participants that if they have any tickets left over at the end, they can be given to their Shinigami. This appeals to both Kain and Rinne who want their scythes repaired. Thrifty Rokumon uses pachinko balls to trip up opponents and a magnet to get them all back so he can use them over and over, plus he puts them in his shopping bag and bashes people with it as another weapon. Rinne is thrilled with his cheap, yet effective, weapon. Rokumon and Oboro then team up and Rokumon uses a Spirit Path Marker to draw a portal that devours dozens more opponents. The top scorers of the written portion of the exam then all suddenly team up to attack but Rokumon tricks them into falling into the Spirit Way as well. Oboro gets eliminated slipping on a banana peel dropped by Suzu, however she gets so bored that she lives the ring herself to lay down and take a nap. Rinne wants to see Rokumon win, so he pleads with him to use his last shopping ticket to buy a weapon. Rokumon picks a ball and chain and wins the combat ability portion. Rokumon is also chosen as the MVC, Most Valuable Cat and is given a lucky cat piggy bank as a bonus reward. Sakura congratulates Rokumon when he gets home and tells he and Rinne she'll make them red rice to celebrate. Unforunately Rinne's scythe is still broken.
Yeah, this one was sort of all action, but it was a good conclusion. I'm a bit surprised that they managed to stretch this story into two episodes but I think overall it worked and didn't drag or anything except maybe just a wee bit in the final battle of this episode. Overall I was pleased with our first two parter.
Aug 21 16 6:12 PM
As the days get colder, Rinne and Rokumon find themselves more and more hungry. One night Rokumon transforms to look like a kitten so he can get some free oden. The next day, freezing and without power in their room, Ageha arrives to cook for them. Ageha tries to get rid of Rokumon but when she tosses him out, he just comes back with Sakura and Tsubasa instead. As they heat up the broth in the pot they see a small bugyo, or magistrate at the bottom, Rokumon warns Rinne that it's likely a scheme of Ageha's but she pleads ignorance and Rinne is too hungry to care. Tsubasa explains that the little man was likely a nabe bugyo, someone who controls when and what to eat in the pot, keeps conversation lively and makes sure the food is distributed evenly. As everyone enjoys the food the nabe bugyo reappears and begins eating up certain ingredients. Ageha splits the last daikon so everyone can have it without fighting, but then the nabe bugyo steals all but one egg. While everyone argues over the egg, Renge and Tama arrive to complain about the noise and the egg goes flying into Tama's mouth, which sends her soaring as its too hot for her sensitive cat tongue. It seems the nabe bugyo was just the spirit of a corrupt magistrate that wanted to sew the seeds of conflict. Meanwhile in the demon world Masato has gotten sick. The doctor tells him that it is likely Demon Influenza A, and the best cure is to pass it on to as many humans as possible. He immediately decides to give it to Rinne. But when he goes, Rinne kicks him out, until he's about to cough on Sakura and Tsubasa. Then suddenly Rinne yanks him into his room and closes the door. It seems that Rinne is sick as well, with Shinigami Influenza B. Masato wastes no time and begins coughing on Rinne, making him even more sick as little demons attack his head and stomach. Rokumon arrives with some medicine for Rinne but does not want to go inside and risk getting sick. Sakura volunteers but almost gets attacked with Masato's demon germs before Tsubasa leaps in front of her to save her. Tsubasa gets Rinne's medicine and taunts him with it, but when Rinne sneezes a huge scythe flies out and cuts Masato's soul from his body briefly. It seems that humans that catch Shinigami Influenza B will die instantly. Masato and Rinne battle one another using their germs. Masato scores so many direct hits on Rinne with his flu germs that he cures himself. Unfortunately he taunts Rinne again and ends up getting Shinigami Influenza B from him.
The flu episode was pretty cute, but I really, really thought the hot pot was masterfully done. Its basically one joke, and a sort of joke that doesn't have a lot of reference outside Japan, but I thought it was so funny and well done. I just loved it!
Aug 28 16 1:54 PM
Sakura, Rika and Miho while walking home from school witness a couple of students who they know are secretly dating, as the girl gives the boy a scarf, Sakura sees a portal open and another scarf emerge to strangle him. Rumors spread that those being given scarves as gifts will be attacked, setting everyone on edge. Rinne investigates but the strangling scarf never appears. Sakura realizes that he should be given a scarf to make it appear, and mentions the one she gave him before from her mother, but he says it was too nice to use and he has it stored. Rokumon suggests that Sakura make a scarf for Rinne herself and she agrees. Sakura realizes she agreed to knit the scarf but actually has no idea how, so she visits Haruka Igawa, the president of the knitting club to try and learn. After a few days of learning, as Haruka helps Sakura, the scarf appears in the club room and tries to attack Haruka, Rinne arrives just in time to chase it away, but he can't catch it. Rinne realizes that the scarf is a tsukumogami, an inanimate object that now has a soul, and that it is clearly trying to strangle Haruka. Rinne sets up a meeting to question Haruka, and when she begins to help Sakura finish her scarf for Rinne, the strangling scarf appears. Rokumon leaps out with a net to capture it, and Haruka explains she made the scarf for a boy she liked the year before but when she went to give it to him she saw another girl giving him a scarf. Haruka threw the scarf away. When Haruka apologizes to the scarf it becomes inanimate again. Sakura theorizes that it only wanted to be given away by her to someone she cared about. However, when Haruka gives the scarf to Rinne it strangles him and flies away again. Rinne manages to catch it, but a plain looking boy in a karate gi finds it, and asks about it. It seems he is just Haruka's type and when she gives it to him, the scarf is purified. Sakura even manages to finish up the scarf she made for him. Later, Sakura, Miho and Rika go to a skating rink and see an invisible force pushing children around. Sakura sees the spirit of a little girl is the one doing the pushing and asks her why. The girl's name is Yukina and she says she's supposed to meet someone named Shizuka for special training. It turns out that Shizuka is Shizuka Arakawara, a student at Sankai High who has been getting a letter from the ghost girl for the last five or six years. It turns out that Shizuka knew her in elementary school, but she died many years ago. The two skated together as children, but Yukina would sometimes be nice to him, and sometimes she'd be cold and indifferent. Eventually she wrote him a letter saying she would give him special training the next time he came to the skating rink, but he was sick and missed her before she passed away. Sakura tells Shizuka that Haruka's spirit has been waiting for him all this time, and so the group goes to visit her. Rinne uses a Color Ball for Spirits so that Shizuka can see her. Haruka doesn't recognize Shizuka though now that he's grown up. Rinne gets a Yorishiro Balloon that Shizuka can create a duplicate of what he looked like as a child. Unfortunately Haruka's child version says he just wants to play video games and he hates Haruka. It turns out that Shizuka accidently kissed Haruka, and when he reveals he has no memory of it, Haruka becomes enraged and begins to turn evil, attacking the child version of Shizuka. It turns out that Haruka was going to move away soon and wanted to make up with Shizuka before she did. As the child version of Shizuka holds hands and skates with Shizuka's spirit, he asks her if he can e-mail her, and she fades away, finally exorcised. Shizuka remembers her as his first love.
I thought these were a good pair of episodes, I remembered the skating one being a bit funnier to me in the manga, but I was surprised at how sweet and charming the anime adaptation was. I got a little choked up at the end even. I mean, you don't want to think too much about a little kid dying, but that's basically what happened! Just in...a funny way, I guess?
Aug 29 16 6:08 AM
Sep 18 16 2:06 PM
Ageha buys a choker from a store in the afterlife that will supposedly keep whoever wears it close to her forever. Of course, she wants Rinne to wear it. Rinne finds out that its a way to monitor everything he does and, of course, refuses. Suddenly Matsugo and his black cat Kuromitsu appear and he captures the collar in his pawn pot to keep Ageha from putting it on Rinne. Matsugo has come by to renew his friendship with Rinne, and he and Ageha instantly dislike one another as they compete for Rinne's attention. Matsugo uses Spirit Way Bubbles on Ageha and Tsubasa, but they return and break his pawn pot. Ageha retrieves her collar and almost gets it around Rinne's neck but Matsugo jumps in the way to stop her. Rinne thanks him, and before he leaves Matsugo gives Rinne a gift...which turns out to be the same kind of choker that Ageha was trying to force on him. A few days later, Matsugo comes back and gives Rinne a plate with a drawing of the two of them on it to commemorate their friendship. It seems that over the ensuing days, Matsugo has given Rinne coundless gifts of "friendship." His neck idea is to do a school exchange with Rinne so that they can spend time together. Rinne grows tired of Matsugo's constant attention and so Rokumon decides to ask Sakura to come with them in hopes of Matsugo getting jealous and understanding that Rinne is interested in Sakura. Sakura makes it clear that she's just pretending to be his girlfriend, which makes Rinne sad, but it seems that secretly Sakura is actually excited about going on the trip with him. On the day of the trip, Matsugo is surprised to see Sakura, and everytime Rinne tries to introduce her as his girlfriend Matsugo goes out of his way to make noise so he will not have to hear it. Suddenly a girl starts to laugh and it turns out to be Anju, another Shinigami from First Shinigami High and a classmate of Matsugo's. As they travel through the orienteering outdoor course to collect three charms for academics, family safety and romance. Matsugo arranges it so that he spends most of his time with Rinne, while Sakura and Anju are together. Anju mentions hating Rinne, and Sakura realizes that she must like Matsugo, but Anju admits she's never been able to actually talk to him in person before. Rinne is depressed that his plan doesn't seem to be working when he realizes that the charms they are supposed to collect are normally 500 yen each and he would get them for free. He suddenly thanks Matsugo by grabbing his hands which thrills Matsugo but outrages Anju. Rinne grabs Sakura and explains the situation to her. She seems disappointed that he's so interested in getting the charms instead of spending time together. Rinne manages to get the academic charm as Matsugo plans to show Rinne that his friendship is better than Rinne's relationship with Sakura. He manages to separate Rinne from Sakura and goes on ahead with Rinne. As Sakura and Anju look for Rinne and Matsugo they overhear Matsugo ask Rinne why he likes Sakura. When Rinne responds that she's kind and gives him food and lends him money sometimes, Sakura becomes depressed. As it begins to rain, Matsugo finds an abandoned mountain cabin to take shelter in, but Kuromitsu, Rokumon, Anju and Sakura are already there. Rinne attempts to use the opportunity to act like boyfriend and girlfriend with Sakura but she's upset and Anju tells Rinne that they overheard his conversation with Matsugo about liking her for her money. Rinne is devastated as the rain stops and Matsugo snatches him away from Sakura. Sakura regrets even coming, and to add insult to injury by the time Matsugo and Rinne arrive, the second charms are all gone.
One of my favorite storylines from the manga, not only because its so funny and really has a lot of good jokes with Matsugo and his attraction to Rinne, but because it explores Rinne and Sakura's relationship and shows that Sakura does have a crush on Rinne in much the same way that he has for her. I think this really handled the first half of the story well. The animation was slightly off model at the start of the episode in just a few places but overall it was fine. Next week is our last episode (hopefully of the season and not forever!!!)
Sep 23 16 8:04 AM
Sep 25 16 1:20 PM
Sakura sighs in disappointment over Rinne's comments about her loaning him money, while Anju and Rokumon try to cheer her up. Anju insists on following Matsugo and Rinne and uses a Tracking Fireball to find them. Instead of leading them to Matsugo though, the fireball follows Kuromitsu, Matsugo's black cat. Kuromitsu is relaxing at a mountainside lake, but in the lake is a class of students being purified before passing on to the Wheel of Reincarnation. Sakura notices that there is a leak that will allow the students to escape before they become purified of their lingering regrets and so Anju snaps into action, ready to purify them herself. However as she flies in to use her scythe she insults the students and they turn on her. As they attack her, it draws the attention of Matsugo and Rinne who rush to help. Sakura is surprised to see him, and finds that she's happy at his arrival. But when Matsugo encourages Rinne to use his hard won Academic Charm to soothe the spirits, Rinne hesitates, which disappoints Sakura again. As they march up the mountain to get the final charm for romance, a Spirit Way Firework goes off, opening multiple different paths to the final shrine. Rinne grabs Sakura and pulls her through one portal, leaving Matsugo, Anju, Kuromitsu and Rokumon behind. Rinne uses his time alone with Sakura to try and repair the damage from his careless comment. Sakura isn't listening though and says that she'll head back down the mountain so Rinne can pursue the last charm alone. She remembers that she made a lunch for him, but when she turns around to give it to him, she finds that he's gone. Anju emerges from the bushes and says that she heard the whole thing, and that Sakura made a bet with herself to see if Rinne would choose her or the charm. Sakura realizes that she was doing it without being aware, and Anju points out that she never seems to show her emotions, so its hard to tell what she's thinking. Sakura goes off to look for Rinne, who didn't leave, he just fell into a Spirit Way hole created by the firework earlier. When he passes back through the portal he ends up right in front of the shrine with the final charm. Meanwhile Sakura has fallen into a Spirit Way portal as well and is thinking about her feelings for Rinne for the first time. Just as Rinne is about to get the last charm, a Spirit Way portal opens in front of him, teleporting him along the Spirit Way where he finds Sakura's backpack and realizes she may be lost on the path. Kuromitsu finds Sakura first and asks if she wants to look for her backpack or not. Sakura says she no longer thinks she needs it. Sakura ends up admitting to Matsugo that she and Rinne are not dating, just as Rinne arrives. Sakura walks away from him, admitting to herself thats he doesn't think about her as much as she thinks about him. Rokumon encourages Rinne to be honest and Rinne tells her that he knows he depends on her for food and money, but they both fall through the Spirit Path along with dozens of other students. Rinne misses out on the last charm but tells Sakura that he only wants to eat the lunch she made with her, while Anju gets the romance charm for herself. Sakura and Rinne make up with one another and eat lunch with Matsugo, Anju, Rokumon and Kuromitsu. At the end of the episode Sabato and Bijin arrive to announce season three of Kyokai no Rinne.
A great ending to the second season, and the only thing that could make it better is news of a third season, which we totally get at the end of the episode! I'm so relieved that the series gets to continue as, just like our new member Agios mentioned, the series gets better and better as it goes. The entire season was tons of fun, and I think the whole series benefits from more odd/weird/funny characters being added alongside our usual characters. So glad to see Annette will be one of the first we see next spring. I can't wait!
Sep 28 16 6:40 AM
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