Reviews Too Late: Rin

by wjw on March 9, 2012

Netflix suggested that I would like the anime series Rin, the subtitle of which is Daughters of Mnemosyne.  Very brave of anyone, let alone Japanese, to put a word like “Mnemosyne” in the title.

Rin is an immortal who is also a private detective, sharing an office with her girlfriend Mimi, who is also immortal.  (No straight women in this series, at least so far.)  In the first episode, while hired to find someone’s missing cat, she encounters a young man who seems to have lost his memories of the day, especially the part that explains why legions of bad guys are trying to kidnap him.

But enough about the plot.  My first thought on seeing the series was, Wow!  Fanservice! Because if seeing lovingly drawn nude and seminude female cartoon characters is the sort of thing that turns you on, this may be the series for you.

On the other hand, you’d also have to be the sort of person who is turned on by a long, incredibly bloody, incredibly detailed, incredibly eroticized sadistic lesbian torture scene.

As for me, at the end of the first episode I felt . . . sated.  I felt I would not be needing to watch another bloody sadistic lesbian torture scene for, I don’t know, years probably.

So all I can say is that if you’re a fan who wants to be serviced in this fashion, this is the service you’re looking for.  Though, in fact, you may need more help than mere fanservice can provide.

PrivateIron March 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

It took me a little while to learn that anime is more of a medium than a genre. I had avoided it, then discovered Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. Amazon started saying wow, this guy likes anime, try these! And then of course, I discovered that anime in itself is not a preference. At least for me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

drakes March 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

I’ve heard it said that there’s a manga for everyone, and that’s probably true of anime as well (especially considering how many are adapted from manga).

In the category of anime made for adults which is not porn (or sadistic lesbian torture), I enjoyed Gilgamesh. Loosely related to the epic, it’s well-done SF with a plot and characters that hooked me to the end.

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