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Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne Complete Series

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  • Actors: Chris Cason, Jamie Marchi, Mamiko Noto, Rie Kugimiya, Yasunori Matsumoto
  • Directors: Shigeru Ueda, Terri Doty
  • Writers: Hiroshi Ônogi
  • Producers: Carly Hunter, Christopher Bevins, Gen Fukunaga, Justin Cook, Nobuhiro Osawa
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Funimation
  • Release Date: Jan. 19 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,287 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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 By Viet Huynh on 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 By karok karnage on 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 By Tfel on March 7 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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By dreamflow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 4 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A lot of people on the internet like to call this anime "twisted", so I went in expecting something really weird. Turns out it was pretty mild on that side. Yeah sure, there's violence and nudity - but there's much worse out there. I probably wouldn't let a 13 years old watch this, not because of the nudity, just because they probably wouldn't get it.

RIN is a very deep anime in terms of dimension and I like it. There's 6 episodes, each with its own beginning and end, aside from the fifth which continues into the sixth and final episode. They're all linked and take place a few years apart from each other, which is a really interesting concept that no other anime really do. Pretty good overall, just under 6 hours total. Opening and ending songs are magnificent, but I haven't noticed too much of the music throughout the anime.

If you like violent science-fiction/fantasy anime, you're probably going to like this. I know I did.
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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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