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May 7 17 8:09 AM
May 7 17 12:12 PM
Long Suffering Ronin
Tamako brings a little black cat by Rinne's house and explains that he is the grandson of Kuroboshi, her black cat who is now retiring, after previously being trapped in her closet for so long. Kuroboshi's grandson will take over his contract with Tamako, but both he and Tamako ask Rinne to train the young boy, Kuroboshi the Third. Kuroboshi meets Sakura and flirts with her shamelessly. Rinne takes Kuroboshi the Third to a haunted house and is surprised at his ability to sense spirits before even he and Sakura. Kuroboshi immediately admits he is frightened to death of ghosts and that is why he is able to sense them so strongly. Rinne douses the child with Spirit Attracting Incense and watches as he panics and rushes away from all the ghosts coming near him. Rinne reports that he will have to report this to his grandfather, but the boy attempts to bribe Rinne with 1,000 yen. Rinne accepts the money and agrees not to tell, but Tamako and Kuroboshi arrive and reveal that they have known the whole time. They hoped Rinne would be able to break him of his ghost phobia, sadly, Kuroboshi will not be able to retire anytime soon. Later, Sabato arrives at Sankai High to consult with Annette about some missing money. Annette uses her crystal ball and sees into the future that Rinne is holding Sabato's pot filled with money. Sabato explains that the pot is a Lucky Pot, a new product from the Damashigami Company. He put massive amounts of money in the pot in his office, but unfortunately, it gets taken away to a Damashigami store. Learning where it is through the crystal ball, he and Rinne rush to the store to get it. Sabato learns that the Lucky Pots are not selling so the pot with his money it is is likely still in the store. Sabato begins breaking the entire supply of pots just to find the money he hid. It turns out that only one pot was sold, and it was the one with the money inside. Fortunately the pot was sold to Ageha, who promptly returns it when she realizes it does not make her dreams come true as advertised. Ageha uses her bombs to blow up the shop and Rinne is able to get the pot filled with cash. Unfortunately as soon as he pulls out the money, the landlord of the building comes by and takes it all to make up for unpaid rent and damage to the property. Later, the tale of the rainbow colored bamboo shoot that appears once every seven years is told. If one hangs a wish from this bamboo tree, one wish is always guaranteed to come true. In the afterlife, Kain has organized volunteers from the Shinigami Youth Group to locate where the bamboo shoot is so it can be reported. While there is no monetary compensation for helping find the rainbow bamboo shoot, Shinigami who are assisting may take any normal bamboo shoots they find. Unfortunately, others have different ideas, as Renge finds the rainbow bamboo and decides to take it and grow it in secret so the Damashigami Company can make a wish on it. Suddenly, Kurosu attacks Renge and takes the bamboo for himself. He says it's worth 200,000 yen on the black market. Rinne decides that at that price, he may want to take the rainbow bamboo for himself after all. Strangely enough, the bamboo shoot has a will of its own and starts to escape from everyone. The bamboo lands in a boiling pot belonging to Ageha and is cooked. Kain finds it and blames Rinne, who tosses it away to hide the evidence. Kurosu catches it, peels it and finds that only the outer layer was cooked. An all out brawl ensues before Suzu captures the rainbow bamboo shoot and cooks it. As it's about to die it crawls out of the flame and writes a wish of its own, using its power to become a bamboo tree, making it entirely useless to anyone else. Kain covers up the result since it was Suzu's fault the rainbow bamboo's wish was wasted.
Eh, this episode didn't do a ton for me. It was fun overall, but the episodes didn't tie together (not that they have to). I liked Kuroboshi the Third's introduction well enough, and what a brown-noser he is. The Rainbow Bamboo story was a bit pointless to me though. Looks like three more random stories next week too. I was happy to see another little appearance by Annette this week though!
May 13 17 5:31 PM
May 14 17 11:30 AM
Rinne and Rokumon have a rare chance at getting hot water, and so happily make ramen. As soon as the ramen finishes cooking, Shoma and Kurosu interrupt their meal. Shoma says he has a quick job for Rinne, and pulls a small Yatagarasu chick out of a box. It turns out that it is illegal to capture Yatagarsu in the afterlife, but Shoma wants to keep it long enough to show off to his friends at school tomorrow, and so decides to offer Rinne 5,000 yen to watch it for the night. Desperate for the money, Rinne accepts, and before he leaves Shoma leaves a massive bento set of expensive food for the bird. Rinne decides to feed the crow his ramen, so that he and Rokumon can eat the expensive food, however the bird attacks them, spills the ramen and begins to eat everything in sight. Suddenly, a weiner on a fishing line drops through a portal, and the Yatagarsu follows it, on the other end is Kurosu, who is determined to get a reward of 10,000 yen for returning the crow to its animal sanctuary. The bird escapes and finds Sakura who feeds it a sweet potato. It turns out that the more it eats, the faster it grows, and if it becomes an adult the Yatagarasu will return to its sanctuary on its own. The Yatagarsu finally eats enough, grows and leads Rinne back to his home. The man who works there happily reimburses each person for the exact amount of food the crow ate...and Rinne gets 140 yen for his ramen. Later, Sakura, Miho and Rika walk in the rain and learn of the story of the spirit of a bride who brings the rain each June. Just then the spirit appears to them and asks which way the chapel is. Sakura contacts Rinne and learns that there was once a church in the area, but it went out of business and became a coffee shop named June. Inside the shop, they find the bride waiting. Rinne and Sakura learn that the bride was hit by a car on her way to the wedding, and now she feels lost. On a shelf in the coffee shop is a photo of an unattractive man. As soon as the bride sees it, she rushes away in horror. The owner reveals that the man in the photo is her long deceased husband. Rokumon, Rinne and Sakura speculate that perhaps there was a love triangle between the three. As Rinne prepares a Phantom Night Lantern to recreate the chapel that once stood, the ghost bride shows Sakura that in her right hand she holds undeveloped film. As it turns out, the ghost bride is in fact the man in the photo crossdressing for a photo shoot. He and his wife, were the previous owners of the chapel, and were trying to drum up business on the June bride theme, but his wife was pregnant and could not fit into her old wedding dress so he did instead, but when they ran out of film, he rushed to a nearby store for more and was hit by a car. Rinne takes the photo to send the spirit to rest. Finally, Rinne wins tickets to the World Hell Fair, and attempts to resell them for a profit. As he's walking home, Rinne is hit on the head with a safe made of ice. The safe is clear and Rinne can see a 10,000 yen note inside it. It turns out that the safe is a trap set by Masato. The ice is made from Cocytus, the frozen river that runs through hell. Masato then gives Rinne various ways of getting into the unopenable safe, which invariable destroys his room and has no effect on te safe itself. After all the destruction, Renge finally comes over to complain. She notices the safe and points out that its a product from the Damashigami Company that they're selling at the World Hell Fair. It turns out that Masato robbed the store that Renge was working at and stole the safe. Renge gives Rinne the key, at which point he is hit in the face with a boxing glove and learns the 10,000 yen bill was a fake. Masato grins with pleasure, but Rinne forces him to repair his room, then sends him to hell.
Haha, see, I felt exactly the opposite, its funny you mention that! I liked every one of these a lot. I think this was the best set of triple stories we've had, and found all three to be strong stories on their own. Even the last one was basically one joke repeated but I laughed each time!
05/20/17 08:34 PM
05/26/17 02:56 PM
Sakura, Miho and Rika are shopping at The House of Stones jewelry store and the store owner offers to give Sakura a bracelet that she can hear talking to her. Sakura refuses but the owner insists. Once she gets the bracelet home, a tiny spirit emerges from the stone and offers to grant Sakura any wish she wants. The spirit itself does not appear evil, but his wishes are more practical than magical. Sakura brings the bracelet to show Rinne. Rinne admits that power stones are not his specialty but Tsubasa wanders up and recognizes the spirit as that of the Wandering Power Stone. Tsubasa explains that the spirit will only grant one correct wish, and passes from owner to owner annoying them until the correct wish is made. When Tsubasa tries to get close enough to identify the exact type of power stone, the spirit blasts him into the sky, wanting to keep its identity, and its specific type of power, a secret. Tsubasa returns with a case and calls upon the spirits of the twelve power stones in his collection. The spirits make smirks and then suddenly disappear, but their expressions help Tsubasa reach a conclusion about the spirits identity. As it turns out, the stone is edible rock salt, which is rarely made into power stones. Once they melt the stone in water, everyone feels refreshed. Later, Yumi Kariya, a classmate of Sakura's explains that she and her family have moved into a new apartment. It turns out that the apartment is haunted and as plates start to fly, Rika and Miho run away. While Sakura initially suspects the spirit could be a poltergeist trying to frighten the family away, when Rinne arrives to help, they both see that the spirit is in fact a shirtless man, wearing a fake nose and glasses, with an oversized bowtie, and inflatable duck life preserver over a tutu who is balancing plates. He tells his story that he was trying out various funny gags for a welcoming party as his new job when he ended up working himself to death. He regrets not being able to perform the tricks and silly jokes he learned, but Rinne says its hard to take him seriously when he does not focus on one specific thing. Rinne decides to help the spirit hone his outfit by removing each item one by one until he has something more cohesive, but as soon as Rinne tries to act, the spirit erupts in anger and tries to attack. When that fails, Sakura hits the spirit with a Spirit Coloring Ball so that the Kariya family can see him. They put on a small comedy show in the living room of their new apartment, but when the family sees the spirit and how he's dressed, they don't laugh. After the spirit breaks more of his wife's precious dishes, Yumi's father is forced to act. He tells the ghost that if he is going to work for a company, he has to make sure people remember his face, and finally makes the spirit take off his face glasses and nose. Everyone is shocked to see that he is incredibly handsome, and with that, Mr. Kariya gives him some more helpful tips about how to be memorable at a company welcome party, showing that it takes a businessman to know a businessman. Later in the afterlife, Ageha wakes up and demands that Oboro find something for her, he goes under her bed and retrives something that looks like a roach motel, but is in fact a Wandering Spirit House, which serves the same purpose. The spirits captured in the little house must be turned in before the experation date so that the spirits can be reincarnated; failing to do this is a major taboo in the afterlife. Ageha tells Oboro to simply get rid of the expired house in her room, and he does so, hiding it in a bundle of houses that Rinne was collecting. Rinne and Rokumon are depressed to find a house they think they let expire. Rinne was hoping to collect enough points by turning in the Spirit Houses to get a ten percent discount on Shinigami tools, but if you let even one house expire, your point card is confiscated. Rinne is too desperate to let this happen and so he sneaks off and finds Suzu hauling in carts of Spirit Houses to the Wheel of Reincarnation and drops the expired house in with hers. Suzu rushes into the Lifespan Administration Bureau and falls again, dropping the expired house under a desk. Kain finds it and worries that he let it expire. As Rinne lines up to turn in his houses, he finds Kain waiting for him, ready to dump the expired house in with Rinne's set so he won't take the blame. Kain and Rinne square off to see who will get stuck with the expired house when a portal opens above them and Ageha and Oboro drop dozens and dozens of expired houses on the crowd below. Other Shinigami offer to help clean up the mess, but add their own expired houses to the pile as well. In the chaos no one is able to assess blame on any one person, except for Ageha.
Back from vacation and getting this posted! I thought all three parts of this episode were really fun, the second and third stories especially. And the animation was the best I've seen in the whole series I think! I'll find out who the animation director was for this one. Loved this episode a ton! Back on schedule this weekend.
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