Monday, October 10, 2011

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne Anime Review

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne
Complete Collection - 6 episodes
270 mins. - 2 discs
$49.98 (2011) $59.98 (2010)
$59.98 (2010) Blu-Ray
ISBN 704400096426
English/Japanese Audio - English Subtitles
Director - Shigeru Ueda
Studio - Xebec/GENCO

Synopsis: Rin is a private detective and runs her own agency with the help of her assistant, Mimi.  If they're not downing shots of vodka the pair will be out performing all sorts of odd jobs - finding lost cats, searching for stolen priceless stamps, or blowing up pharmaceutical companies which are fronts for clone farm organ harvesting.  She's immortal and has been inhabited by a 'time fruit' from the world tree Ygddrasil.  Other immortals exist and though Rin attempts to create a life for herself, she is constantly assailed by her past.

This chess game is taking forever!
Another immortal named Apos lives to torture Rin and employs several other immortals as his agents.  They continually accost Rin and often torture her to death in sadistic fashion.  Witness the progression of time as Rin struggles to end the cycle of her torment and protect those around her. 

Pros: Bizarre yet compelling story, lots of nudity and some lesbian action, plenty of violence, great take on future technology, decent opening/ending theme songs, quality animation

Cons: Rin is immortal and gets shot/stabbed/crushed/tortured a lot - she is usually naked when this happens which is a tad grotesque, Apos likes to torture women and has a very freaky secret, story is a bit vague at points, collection is expensive for a mere six episodes, ending could have been better

Mike Tells It Straight: This show is a twisted, erotic mystery intended for mature audiences with a high tolerance for viewing pain.  The animation, story concepts, voice acting, and music were all very well done.  I really liked the time leaps in each subsequent episode and piecing together the 'gaps' in events - like the character Kouki from the first episode has a son who plays a major role in the third episode.  Rin, Apos, and the other immortals remain constant while the world rapidly evolves around them .  Portrayal of the future was especially keen with the real world (1.0) slowly being supplanted by the online world (2.0).  It gets graphic and the ending is not as spectacular as I had hoped, but definitely a worthwhile show.

TO BUY and Recommendations: Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne Hell Girl