Kyoukai no RINNE – 07 (I don’t always battle, but when I do, I use cash cards as a ranged weapon.)

境界のRINNE ep 07
Kyoukai no RINNE – 07

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Kyoukai no RINNE - 07Sakura encounters a male spirit in the air, on his side, at a light pole when a guy with bat wings marks the male spirit (Reiji) with the (improper) kanji for “curse” and takes off with him. Rinne gets a note, supposedly from Reiji’s girlfriend, Suzu, so Sakura and Rinne go to the roof of the school to meet her. She’s there along with her classmate and friend, Tomoya. They have a letter as well, which Sakura identifies as having the same handwriting as the one Rinne got. Reiji shows up and attempts to strangle Suzu, who cannot see the spirit, but she gets free. The foursome go to the hospital, where Reiji is unconscious, his living spirit roaming. Reiji shows up on a motorcycle, and this time Suzu and Tomoya can see him. Reiji becomes convinced that Suzu and Tomoya are dating, so Rinne tries to put his spirit back into his body.

Kyoukai no RINNE - 07Rinne is thwarted by Masato, the demon Sakura saw earlier putting the poor kanji on Reiji’s head. He has a deep grudge against Rinne for thwarting him as a child as he attempting to take the soul of different, supposedly dying animals to hell. Reiji’s activities become worse, fueled by Misato’s lies. He gets to the point to where he believes a poorly Photoshopped image of Suzu and Tomoya is proof of them kissing. Sakura, riding Rokumon’s flying form, attempts to talk sense to Reiji, but he won’t listen thanks to the curse. Rinne arrives to rescue the pair from Masato’s attack, then launches a wave of Oil Absorbing Sheets at Reiji, which removes the curse kanji. Despite being free, Reiji’s regrets over what he has done allow Misato to trap his spirit in a bottle and take him to hell, where Rinne follows.

Thoughts/Review:

I’m rather glad I decided to watch RINNE despite my disappointment with the manga. The anime has been such a pleasure to watch and continues to be.

Kyoukai no RINNE - 07

So now we are introduced to the demon Masato. The flashbacks showing Rinne saving animals, including a gold fish, from Masato’s attempts to harvest their souls was humorous, as was Rinne’s fondly remembering those good times when his grandfather was still alive and Rinne wasn’t poor.

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I also got a chuckle out of Suzu fondly recalling her relationship with Reiji from the start, whereby she ended up constantly doing some kind of wrestling move on him.

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The gag about Masato using a trapped cash card wasn’t funny to me, but I don’t think it was supposed to be, based on Rokumon’s reaction to it.

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Still, it is amusing how Masato fights with cash cards, more so since Rinne is poor and you  know Rokumon is going to save every card in the hopes that one pays out.

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This is the first story in the anime that goes beyond the format of a single episode. I do vaguely recall it in the manga, so I am looking forward to the humor found when Rinne goes to hell.

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In the end, another enjoyable outing in RINNE land. As I said, I’m glad I picked this one up to watch.

Kyoukai no RINNE - 07

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4 Responses to “Kyoukai no RINNE – 07 (I don’t always battle, but when I do, I use cash cards as a ranged weapon.)”

  1. cold_menthol says:

    Astro, do you think one should read the manga before watching this series? What will I miss if I decide to watch this without any knowledge about the manga?

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      You will miss nothing. This anime series is one of those rare adaptations where the anime is better than the manga (in my opinion). The manga is just whatever story or character Takahashi-sensei decides to write and draw. Sometimes it is a single chapter and sometimes longer. I got bored with the manga because to me, it just became a series of random adventures, and many of them were just “meh.” The anime, in restructuring things and playing them out in a fashion more conducive to interesting storytelling and better humor works quite well. Normally, I’d hate adaptations that take such liberties, but in this case, the liberties are a big improvement.

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