October 26, 2011
Rumiko Takahashi – Viz – 2011 – 7+ volumes
Lots of one-shot stories and smaller arcs this time around! The stories are growing on me a little more, though the characters still have some catching up to do to meet my standards.
There’s lots of fun to be had in this volume. One of the stories is about Rin-ne going to a summer festival with a girl who claims her boyfriend is haunted by one of the shooting games. Turns out it’s her grandfather doing the haunting, and Takahashi is the best at telling funny grandparent stories. One of the stories is about a ghost beach, where Rin-ne and Ageha gather the souls of the dead and give them one last day of fun that lets them pass on. Another story is about a couple bakeneko that are unleashed in a neighborhood and cause all sorts of problems. Elsewhere, a student brings a way stone into Sakura and Rin-ne’s school, which causes ghosts to lose their way and haunt the students. Another story is about Sakura’s house suddenly becoming home to many ghosts, and what may have changed to cause this. The last story is about a curse that’s gone all sorts of wrong.
I think I liked this volume more because the stories that make up Rin-ne are cute ideas when they play out for a chapter or two, but any more than that and the story begins to lean on the characters. Neither Rin-ne nor Sakura have much personality, unfortunately, so that doesn’t work as well. But watching the two of them interact over all the strange ghosts and hauntings is a lot of fun. Both are still too stoic for my liking, and that doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon, so… I’m curious about how long the series can go on like this.
I’ll admit though, I still kinda like all the jokes about how cheap Rin-ne is. I think I can take several more volumes of him making awful faces when someone suggests fatty tuna is the solution to his problem.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.