As a child, Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma's home. She returned whole and healthy, but since then, she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! At school, the desk next to Sakura's has been empty since the start of the school year. Then one day, her always-absent classmate shows up, and he's far more than what he seems!
Takahashi-sensei's works are a bit of a hit or miss for me. I loved Mermaid Saga, Inuyasha was okay, and Ranma was some of the stupidest drivel I've ever read. Rinne falls somewhere around Inuyasha on the continuum, I would hazard.
I've finished nearly one hundred chapters of this manga, and I'm still looking for a plot. Thus far the series has been completely episodic: a supernatural problem arises, and the main characters deal with it within, maybe, five chapters tops, and it is forgotten. There have been an endless number of characters introduced to bring these problems to the
cast's attention, and then they're gone. They're plot devices, nothing more.
As for the main cast, they haven't grown much over those hundred chapters. Now, they are interesting characters, with strengths and foibles and problems, but none of those problems seem like they'll be solved anytime soon, or that they are even trying to overcome them. Rinne is still broke, and the love polygon is rather stable.
The art is instantly recognizable from the author's other works. While unique, it's not spectacular.
This isn't to say the manga isn't enjoyable. It's a pleasant enough diversion, but like cotton candy, it's lacking in substance. At the same point in Inuyasha we knew many of the major plot points of that manga. Rinne seems to be here for a long haul like so many other Takahashi works. It's certainly worth a little light reading, but you might find yourself wanting something with a little more meat.
I'm a huge fan of Rumiko's work and I would say Rinne is a return to the style of Ranma and Urusei Yatsura. Which, depending on if you liked those works, could be a good thing or bad thing.
Personally I'm a huge fan of Ranma so I'm really enjoying this series! Just like Ranma, it has a unique and likable cast of characters and lots of comedy/hi-jinks. However, there's not much plot or character development. Don't expect much to happen with romantic development or any over arching plot lines. There's a lot of ghost-of-the-week type stories, and a couple recurring storylines about Rinne's father or
some other characters but no major developments really.
But I don't expect Rinne to be more plot heavy like Inuyasha. It's definitely a comedy series first and foremost and it succeeds at that. I find it very funny although it may not be funny to everybody.
Last comment that I'd like to make is that I've also seen the first season of the anime adaptation, and imo the anime is not as funny as the manga and a little more boring so don't let that stop you from reading the manga! I think it's a lot better and the pacing is not as slow.
This is a review for those who have read Ranma 1/2 before and wonder if they should give Rinne a try!
I absolutely loved Ranma 1/2 for the humour, crazy stories, characters, and overall feel it gives.
Then Takahashi made Inu Yasha. One of the most boring mangas I have ever read. I was so dissapointed...
Well, Rinne goes back to Ranma 1/2 like story telling! The humour is as enjoyable as in Ranma 1/2, Takahashi has preserved ther unique style of building humour and I'm glad to say that the manga doesn't take itself seriously at all.
For the feeling, for me it isn't quite on par with
Ranma 1/2 yet but that's probably only because I prefer the setting of Ranma 1/2 a bit more. The shinigami stuff is fun though, too, and the manga keeps getting more interesting as it keeps introducing new characters at a fast pace.
Well, Takahashi's style was never "great" looking, but I like it and it gives a nice feel to the manga. It's definitely nothing to rant about, and you will definitely not read this for the art.
Not story, writing. As funny as Ranma 1/2. This is pure comedic GOLD.
One of the most enjoyable mangas out there, if you want more Ranma 1/2, read this.