November 16, 2014
Rumiko Takahashi – Viz – 2012 – 22+ volumes
I… still don’t know quite what to make of this one. The extremely straight-faced jokes are throwing me off. Like, the characters will do something ridiculous, and then all be totally cool and serious in the next panel talking about how that didn’t work, or that was really unfortunate. I love bizarre humor like that normally, but it’s weird seeing it in a Rumiko Takahashi manga, because she’s better at slapstick.
Admittedly, after watching some Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura lately, and reading more Inu-Yasha, it is refreshing to have characters that aren’t constantly yelling at one another. I think I like that about it.
I also like that Rin-ne continues to be shorter stories, which is the format that suits it best. Here, Rin-ne investigates 500 yen of missing membership dues, we learn about the Shinigami taboo of the expired ghost house, settle a wayward bus spirit, a tennis spirit, the spirit of the father of the captain of the girls’ Judo team, and finish up the story involving Ageha from last volume.
No character development. Rin-ne is still poor. Sakura Mamiya is still not shocked by anything that goes on. They kinda still don’t have a relationship.
As annoying as some of that is to see over and over again in hundreds of shounen and shoujo manga, you don’t realize how important it is until it isn’t there.
This is a good occasional read… but it is rather underwhelming. I’ll probably finish up Inu-Yasha before I come back to this. I love reading Rumiko Takahashi, but I should finish up the better series first. Then dip into the Ranma 1/2 reprints (I have the original format volumes, which weren’t bound well, and they are crumbling to dust in my hands).