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Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne Complete Series

Chris Cason , Luci Christian , Shigeru Ueda , Terri Doty    Unrated   DVD
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Although it incorporates a lot of up-to-date CG effects, the violent fantasy Rin: Daughter of Mnemosyne (2008) feels older than it is. The story elements lifted from earlier series ranging from Ah! My Goddess to X contribute to the passé tone. Having ingested a "time fruit" produced by Yggdrasil (the tree of creation in Norse mythology), Rin, the voluptuous title character, is immortal--and she proves it by dying and coming back with a frequency Shirley MacLaine might envy. Assisted by her equally deathless sidekick Mimi, Rin pursues mysteries and malefactors that invariably involve the eerie Apos, the murderous immortal/cyborg Sayara, and various members of the Maeno family. All the evil schemes and feats of derring-do provide opportunities for a lot of fan-service nudity and grotesque violence. Rin feels like a throwback to the sadistic misogyny of Wicked City and Demon City Shinjuku: Rin, Mimi, and the secondary female characters are subjected to assaults that range from mutilation and torture to being simultaneously raped and devoured by male angels. Although the subtitle refers to Mnemosyne, the personification of memory in Greek mythology, Rin is better forgotten. (Rated TV MA: suitable for ages 18 and over: nudity, profanity, grotesque imagery, alcohol use, violence, violence against women, cannibalism, torture, and sexual situations, including lesbianism and bondage) --Charles Solomon

(1. Cats Don't Laugh, 2. Angels Don't Cry, 3. Flowers Don't Shed Tears, 4. Ghosts Don't Scream, 5. Holy Nights Don't Shine Brightly, 6. And Then, to the Door of the Kingdom)



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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rin: Blood, Violence and Sci-fi Aug. 21 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Not exactly a series and longer than most OVAs so let's call this an OVA mini-series. There's no need to watch this all in one shot. Each episode has a begining middle and end; a side story which leads us into the main story. This maintains it's episodic nature but overall story arcs across all six episodes ties the series together.

So... what do you get? Your standard dual disc blu-ray case with 3 episodes on each disc. The outer cover itself mirrors the cover of the blu-ray case. It is quite nice and feels velvety; definitely higher quality. The title "Rin ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~" is printed on a reflective material giving it a Black to Green reflection depending on the way you hold it. Nothing else of note so this collection is kind of bare bones.

Video: Ya gotta love 1080p... everything looks real sharp and clear.
Sound: I personally prefer listening to the original Japanese language track but you've got choice with English here. Do note that the english track sounds a bit louder than the japanese audio track.
Extras: not much in this department besides textless opening and ending, commentary on select episodes, and the Japanese cast interview.

If you don't like blood, gore, and violence in general then it's best to avoid this. On the other hand add this to your collection if you have a rather eclectic taste in your anime and have an open mind. I was pleasantly surprised with the each episode's story and the overall story arc. I give the anime a solid 5 out of 5 and the actual goods ("the blu-ray") a 3.5 out of 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Sept. 11 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Ever like weird anime? Alien9 was cool, ElfenLied was murderous and Speedgrapher bloody but that Rin is sure to make you shiver all the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rin March 7 2011
By Tfel
Format:DVD
This is a great series. However it is hard to follow so you need to keep on top of it. Also it is rated PG-13 I believe and that seems a bit low. There is lots of scene's of nudity and sexual activities. I would not reccomend watching around children under that age. But it is a worth while watch. And funimation has done another great job of dubbing the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIN Happy to have it in my library July 8 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Rin is one of those anime's I watch over and over because it is so friging wierd. To me that is a good thing. Steamy violent and a little bit warm and fuzzy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Anime Entry Unlike Any Other Jan. 19 2010
By ONENEO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I like to consider myself an anime connoisseur and shy away from paying too much attention to specific genres (despite a penchant for mecha) figuring there's almost something enduring in anime regardless of the subject matter. That said, and even going in open minded, RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne is a virtual flood of plot threads and style cues with emphasis on gore and torture sequences. Before we get into all of that, let's take a look at the hard facts of this, the first official North American release of the property.

Released across two discs, RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne comes packaged as a pair of thin packs within an outer cardboard slipcase and consists of nearly six solid hours of episode runtime (with many additional special features). The show comes in at a total runtime of 270 minutes and wears an appropriate TV MA (mature, 17+) rating due to animated violence, some rough language, gore, and a whole lot of horror.

Language options are standard sub & dub with both an English dub and original Japanese soundtrack (either in Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround) & the choice of English subtitled if so inclined to turn them on.

Extras include a commentary by the English Cast & Staff, Promotional Videos, Japanese Cast Interview, textless opening and closing songs, and a host of fresh Funimation trailers on the second disc.

The story, which really goes beyond simple classification, goes something like this: Hermaphroditic immortal APOS has an insatiable appetite for the memories stored within Rin Asôgi; a professional and curvy human woman who it turns out is actually several millennium old. Aside from a love of vodka, Rin makes her living working as a private detective with priority on solving some of the mysteries behind her own twisted existence.

It turns out that Rin is more than even she realizes (as the death of her body results in her temporarily losing her memory, sometimes for dozens of years). Her long-term memories are kept in tact due to the fact that a "time spore", which effectively made her immortal, unable to age, and capable of surviving and regenerating from normally-fatal amounts of bodily damage, long ago infested her physical being.

Despite no concept of mortal beings and our struggles, APOS is just merciless in his/her definition of amusement, which includes the graphic and prolonged disassembly of the body for the purpose of understanding/ enjoyment in the process of suffering.

In case you aren't following along, this is some truly bizarre material laced with graphic torture sequences, lesbian sex acts, and some truly unique mythological elements (for example APOS is actually trying to bend the rules of his/her own existence by offering the immortal Rin as a sacrifice to Yggdrasil (the Tree of All Life), so as to become the eternal Guardian of the Tree; a position of great power and honor among the immortals/angels).

So just how does the show go about putting all of this strangeness into sequence? The answer is through a series of horrific vignettes spanning a sixty-five year period where Rin's flesh is sadistically pierced, blown up, shattered, ripped apart and just plain tortured time and time again.

It's a bit rough to endure even with the realization that this is after all, merely animated art (you may find yourself repeating something to the effect of "this is only anime, no humans were harmed in the making of this series" like a mantra during some of the prolonged sequences). I would love to come on here and put the show down for this reason alone but am forced to respect the prose, for better or for worse, in its ability to weave its tale. After all, what is anime if not a medium designed to tell fantastical stories with un-cartoon-like realism? So long as the viewer goes in expecting grotesque and erotic visuals, it's unfair for critics to fault the program for these same traits.

Compared to earlier import efforts, the official FUNimation release does an amazing job with the vocals. Colleen Clinkenbeard does a bang-up job as lead-antagonist Rin and Todd Haberkorn's portrayal of the twisted APOS leaves little to be desired. That said, the nod may still go to enjoying the series with the original Japanese dialog work simply on account of the fact that the dark and disturbing visuals simply feel a little less bizarre in their native delivery. Either language choice is quite rewarding.

In all, I won't kid you into believing that this is my kind of anime. I prefer the existentialistic tones of RahXephon or the subliminal impact of Evangelion to the graphic horror elements of RIN, but that isn't to say I can't appreciate the material for its truly unique vision and solid delivery used in making its point. So long as you enjoy your anime dark, gritty, graphic, and violent, there is much to be excited about here.
84 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ero-guro (horror) with a supernatural twist... Jan. 8 2010
By G Bequer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne (Mnemosyne: Munemoshune no Musumetachi) is a horror/mystery six-episode TV anime produced by Xebec (Production IG subsidiary)/Genco (Azumanga Daioh). It was developed to commemorate the 10th year AT-X network which is a satellite network for TV Tokyo.

OK, so should you get this? That depends. In themes it is definitely ero-guro. What does this mean? Ero Guro Nansensu (Ero guro) is a Japanese art movement that started in the 20's and 30's that emphasized the "grotesque." Think Kafka. There is always a lot of erotic imagery, sexual corruption and moral decadence. It doesn't just mean straight-up "gore" it is more about frightening imagery with unnatural, supernatural and horrific stuff. Like turning into a giant insect in the Metamorphosis of Kafka. Its not necessarily violent, graphic or sexual, but it does tend to be this way sometimes...which is the case here more or less.

This series has a lot of violent action and murders in a near future Tokyo...and also some yuri stuff...the lead investigator Rin is an immortal detective or something like that. The animation is top notch, but it is a shorter series so that is kind of to be expected and it is done by a decent studio (Xebec worked on Noein).

Just be sure you are ready for some torture, violence imagery and you might be into this. The themes about immortality and the supernatural make it worth watching, but not if you don't like gore or grotesque imagery.

Its kind of reminiscent of Sola, in the supernatural vibe, but absolutely nothing like it because of the violence and dark vision...I preferred Sola to tell you the truth. I think it is better directed. But this isn't bad either (4 stars), just go in knowing what to expect...I don't regret watching it and the dark themes give it an edge...

I imported this, so I can't say what the US release will be like...I am sure Funi will do a good job, they almost always do...

There is a light novel and a manga of this also, not sure if either of these are available here yet...
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised By the Reviews March 26 2011
By Coppery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Now, I'm not the kind of person to review an item, but when I saw this short series pop up on Netflix, I immediately jumped here to read up on the reviews to make sure I wasn't stumbling into some sort of soft-core porn.

After reading over multiple reviews, I was shocked on how some people would give such good reviews, but then some would speak on the blasphemy or graphic nudity in the show. But, still, I wanted to find out for myself and watch the first episode. And I'm honestly glad I did!

It was both exactly what the positive reviews stated but, at the same time (in my opinion) they grade it too harshly. If you have a thing against nudity, this is definitely not for you. Yes, this short series has sex, violence, and nudity in it, but the actual portrayal of it is expertly done. Every aspect of the show is in there for a reason. There's little to no sex or violence just for the sake of it (except for a brief lesbiany scene in the 2nd episode and briefly again near the end of the 5th). Things are there for a reason and if you were to simply take them out because they upset some people, you would lose the art of this work because the sex and violence are brief and not graphically done.

I'm happy I took the plunge and watched this, it has a very thoughtful plot with a fresh artistic spin on some Norse mythology that will keep you wanting for more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Liitle Embarrassed That I Liked It Oct. 15 2012
By KevinB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I liked this series. The story is really unique and interesting, but there is a lot of really perverted stuff here. Were talking torture porn type stuff. This anime, however, has some very good characters and a solid story. Rin is a freelance detective, that ate a fruit that gives eternal life. She actually has her body thoroughly destroyed and regenerates over several decades in an episode. She's really awesome. The series has plenty of action and drama to keep you interested. It's a very serious anime.

The Blu-ray quality of Rin is good. I don't know about the DVD. The animation, voice acting and soundtrack are all well done. It's a high quality anime. The story is also very involved for such a short series. I was very surprised by how depraved it could be, but as I usually say, "it's just pretend". Keep that in mind and you'll probably like Rin.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good series; ok blu-ray Jan. 3 2011
By Bill A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I don't write long reviews, so here goes:

* The show is way above average for an anime; beautiful drawing & color; daring intelligent story. When I say daring, I'm referring to plot developments, not the sexual content. The subject is very adult, buy this is not what most anime fans would consider hentai (as one reviewer did). Echii perhaps; specifically no pubic region is shown, or if shown, it's from a distance, and devoid of detail. The violence is very harsh, but brief. I'd definately give this an NC-17 rating.

* The blu-ray image is very clean & devoid of film grain; but lines are a little soft; I think because that's the look they were going for; it's not a disc production issue. There's no artifacting to hint it was rezzed-up. To see what i consider razor sharp, check out the Angel Burst preview trailer on the same disc.

My main issue with a couple of Funimation blu-ray discs I have ordered so far is that they don't want to play every time. At first I thought it was defects in the disc, or the firmware for my player; but after wiping water on the discs with my fingers, and wiping it dry on my soft cotton t-shirt, they acted fine. Perhaps it's a packaging issue like dust, or an invisible cloudy film that gets on the disc coating? Aggravating but temporary. If anyone has had the same experience let me know;)
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