Friday, March 4, 2016

[BOOK REVIEW] Rin-ne Volume 10 by Rumiko Takahashi

Title:  Rin-ne Volume 10

Author:  Rumiko Takahashi

Genre: Horror / Adventure / Comedy / School

Year Published: 2009

Year Read: 2016

Series: Rin-ne #10

Publisher: VIZ Media

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 7+ (Some Crude Humor and Violence)

Here we go again!  Once again, Rumiko Takahashi’s “Rin-Ne” series continues to add on more characters in this series while also building up the world that the characters live in and I have to say that this series just keeps on getting more interesting as the story goes on!

In this volume, the first story continues from where the story in the last volume left off with Ageha being swallowed up by a giant mongoose spirit when she and Oboro get into a huge fight as Oboro tries to get out of being Ageha’s black cat by contract.  So, Rinne has to try to rescue Ageha while trying to patch things up between Ageha and her black cat by contract. Other stories in this volume include Rinne and Sakura meeting a ghost stuck on a train, meeting Kain’s black cat by contract Suzu after a huge misunderstanding, and taking care of a ghost who is haunting the house of one of Sakura’s friends.

Join in more fun adventures of this fantastic series!

Rumiko Takahashi continues to make this series fun to read as we get to see more adventures from Rinne and his friends and continuing seeing some world building as this series goes on. I was really interested in the storyline involving Ageha and Oboro since before that point, the only character who had a black cat by contract was Rinne, so it was interesting seeing Ageha actually have a black cat by contract of her own and see how her relationship with Oboro is much different and more tense than Rinne’s relationship with Rokumon.  I also enjoyed the fact that we continue to see Rinne develop relationships with other characters such as Kain and Suzu as it would make some pretty interesting storylines between them in the near future.  Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork is as usual cute and creative to look at as the images of the black cats are pretty adorable and some of the spirits that Rinne and Sakura encounter are creative to look at as they vary in appearances and shapes.

A bit of warning for anyone about to read this volume: there is a bit of crude humor in this volume as characters are constantly beating each other up, even though that has been around since the beginning of this series and is also a staple of Rumiko Takahashi’s works. Anyone who does not like that type of humor might want to read this volume with caution.

Overall, “Rin-Ne Volume Ten” is a great volume to read if you are a huge fan of the “Rin-Ne” series!  Even though, I wish that we actually have a volume that has continuity for this series, I am still enjoying these short stories that we are getting at the moment.

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