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Rin-ne: Collection 1 (2015/aka Kyokai no Rin-ne: Collection 1/Sentai Blu-ray Set)

Picture: C+ Sound: B Extras: C Episodes: B+

Ever since Sakura was little, she has been a medium for spirits as she can see and hear them. Till now, they have only been a minor annoyance, until she met Rinne Rokudo. Rokudo is a Shinigami who helps spirits to move on to the Wheel of Reincarnation in order to pay off his debts. They work together to help spirits move on to the next plane of existence in Rin-ne: Collection 1 (2015).

Sakura discovers her classmate Rokudo is a Shinigami (who is usually invisible to mortal eyes) and is also able to see the 'spirits'. Rokudo is actually a half Shinigami half human. Sakura and Rokudo are connect in the past Rokudo's grandmother Tamako (who hates to be called grandmother and prefers to be called 'young lady') but she doesn't remember it. Rokudo is poor due to his no good Damashigami (fallen Shinigami) father, who left him a lifetime of debts (and continues steal from him daily) and make his life a living hell. Sakura and Rokudo are joined with Rokumon, a chibi cat boy/Rokudo's familiar, Jumonji - an exorcist and Ageha - a female Shinigami. Together, they enjoy high school life and protect the human realm from the spirits, demons and Damashigamis.

From the creator of Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha comes Rumiko Takahashi's latest series, Rin-ne or Kyokai no Rin-ne, which combines and makes fun of high school drama with supernatural/spiritual adventures with comedy and romance, there are many to Japanese cultural/spiritual/ghost references. This is smart, even complex stuff, so check it out.

A combination of mixed art and the transfer makes the 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image a bit of a disappointment, though color can be decent, but the lossless Japanese DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo tracks with Pro Logic-like surrounds are warm and well recorded, so they are a playback plus. Extras include clean opening & closing animations and trailers.

Episodes include...

The Mysterious Classmate - Sakura meets Rokudo a Shinigami who helps lost souls to move on.

The Memory of the Red Ring - Sakura meets Rokudo's grandmother and realize it is not the first time they met.

The Clubhouse Phantom - Sakura meets Rokumon, a cute cat boy familiar to Rokudo.

If You Don't Mind Starting as Friends - Sakura is reunited with her childhood friend Jumonji who is an exorcist who becomes a rival for Rokudo for Sakura's affections.

Hanako-san - Sakura, Rokudo and Jumonji meets Hanako the toilet ghost who as a grudge against Jumonji for making her leave her home.

Voice of the Roadside Shrine - Rokumon helps out a couple of boys who gets cursed by a cat spirit/monster for disturbing their shrine. Sakura meets a Damashigami for the first time.

Curse of the Rabbit Hutch - A girl's boyfriend's spirit gets captured by Masato the demon who as a grudge against Rokudo.

Welcome to Hell! - Rokudo, Sakura and Rokumon enter hell, it's easy to get in ...but not so easy to get out.

The Wig's Disappointment and the Pumpkin's Temptation - It's the school festival, Sakura helps a haunted wig and they rescue the girls from a girl-loving spirit.

Damashigami Company - Sakura meets Rokudo's no good, womanizing, father who is also the president of the Damashigami Company and kidnaps them to hell.

The Young President's Induction?! - Can Rokudo beat his father who is the god of debts?

Ageha the Shinigami - Rokudo meets Ageha a Shinigami who is looking for her sister.

Naggy - Ageha discover her sister is now a Damashigami. Sakura misunderstands Rokudo and Ageha's relationship and get jealous.

- Ricky Chiang


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