Kyoukai no RINNE – 01 (Funnier than the manga.)

境界のRINNE ep 01
Kyoukai no RINNE – 01

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Kyoukai no RINNE - 01MAMIYA Sakura is a high school girl who can see the supernatural, including ghosts. She discovers her missing classmate, ROKUDOU Rinne, is actually a shinigami who is dirt poor and tries to solve supernatural problems for a living. When one of their classmates has a phone that gets mysterious calls, Rinne and Sakura investigate, leading them to find a ghost who died while trying to meet their homeroom teacher when he was a student. Their teacher has the ghost’s old gym uniform which allows the spirit to go to the afterlife. Rinne then sends a ghost chihuahua and ghost student who has a crush on Sakura to the afterlife.


I read and reviewed the first nine volumes of the Kyoukai no RINNE manga series, but I ended up dropping it because it was so underwhelming. However, for some odd reason, I thought I’d at least look at the first episode and see what was up.

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I gave the manga to my nieces and nephews, the oldest of which really enjoyed it. However, that means that I don’t have the source manga to take a gander at to make comparisons. Oh well.

Kyoukai no RINNE - 01

I will say that while I recognized these stories, which I’m fairly certain was a meshing of two or three different manga chapters, I actually found this episode amusing. I don’t know if it was because this was animated, or because of how the seiyuu did the voice acting. However, this surprised me since I hadn’t been that enamored with the manga.

Kyoukai no RINNE - 01

One moment of humor that stood out for me was the “Megane” high school male ghost with some of Ataru’s personality from Urusei Yatsura.

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Also, although I know that Takahashi-sensei has long used characters with starry eyes (Tobimaro and Asuka in Urusei Yatsura, for example), seeing Rinne’s and Sakura’s homeroom teacher with starry eyes made me think of SHOKUHOU Misaki from A Certain Scientific Railgun.

Kyoukai no RINNE - 01

As a setup for the main characters of Rinne and Sakura, the episode works quite well. We understand Rinne and his job as well as Sakura and her role in this.

Kyoukai no RINNE - 01

I’m not sure how I’m going to handle this series for future episodes. Base on the positive reaction I had to this episode, I do want to watch more. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get around to watching episode 2, which I see is already out and ready to roll.

Kyoukai no RINNE - 01

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4 Responses to “Kyoukai no RINNE – 01 (Funnier than the manga.)”

  1. D-Omen says:

    Ah well, I love the manga, so I might be biased in saying this, but the two episodes of the anime released so far are pretty good, especially the second. The first one was a mash-up of two stories, the dog and the high school student were one (composing the first chapter of the manga) while Professor Suzuki was slightly later. I especially love the coloring and Sakura’s VA, they’re both very pleasant. I wonder how they’re going to handle the later parts of the manga, the longer arcs would fit well in one episode, but there are tons of one-chapter stories that would need to either be extended or mashed-up to get to one-episode lenght. Either way, I’m excited to see how it goes on. Judging from the opening, it looks like this season will get up to Ageha as far as introducing main characters.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Thanks for the clarification on where the stories came from in the manga. I was pretty sure there were two different stories that had been merged here. A lot of that will have to go on for this series.

  2. Kitsunes21 says:

    I need pictures of characters played by voice actors. I don’t know which one of these characters. Need pictures of characters not voice actor
    1. Boy A (voiced by Katsuhiro Tokuishi)
    2. Boy B (voiced by Yûki Yonai)
    3. Boy C (voiced by Yoshiki Nakajima)
    4. Girl A (voiced by Rina Honizumi)
    5. Girl B (voiced by Erina Hasumi)

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