Also known as Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, this anime revolves around an immortal woman named Rin Asougi. She operates a detective agency with her companion Mimi and their dog Genta (both Mimi and Genta are immortals as well). The anime kicks off with a search for a missing cat which quickly develops into a blood bath when Rin meets a man named Koki Maeno. He is suffering, not from amnesia, but from a sense of false reality, as if his whole life has been a lie. This leads to Rin and Maeno sneaking into a top secret biological research facility and getting caught, whereupon Rin is brutally tortured to death while Maeno is sedated in a hospital bed. That’s just the first episode, and in all truthfulness, that one episode is where most of the horror lies. The rest of the anime has moments, but all in all, it’s not all that scary. It is however extremely gory and highly sexual, which justifies the age rating of 18 put on it in the UK. The anime takes place over the course of sixty five years (from 1990 to 2055) and the time that passes between the episodes vary dramatically. For example, episode two takes place one year after episode one, but episode three takes place twenty years after episode two (if I’m remembering correctly). Rin’s constant struggle is against a detestable little s*** named Apos. Trust me, you’ll really grow to hate this guy after a couple of episodes. The plot points vary dramatically from an assassin who only accepts postage stamps as payment, a murderous artificial intelligence with daddy issues, and something called “the flower of death”. All of these lead back to Apos and his mission to sacrifice Rin to the Yggdrasill; a gigantic mutant tree that produces “time fruits” which are the vessels by which women become immortals and men become ferocious beasts known as Angels. Angels are basically the kryptonite in this series. If an immortal comes within range of an Angel, she will uncontrollably want to have sex with it, whereupon it will proceed to devour her. First of all, table manners. Second of all, why do the fruits have such dramatically different effects on the different genders? Well, it’s never really explained, and I don’t think they ever really intended to explain it anyway.
There are a lot of things I like about this anime. First of all, the whole immortal thing is extremely well defined with a clear set of rules. You don’t age, you can die but you always regenerate except in case of being on the menu at an Angel dinner party. Your body is preserved in whatever state it was in when you became immortal, so if you had perfect eyesight, you’ll never need glasses, but if you had a terminal illness, then you’ll never be able to cure it and be doomed to eternally die from it, only to regenerate and start the whole process over again. *Pauses for breath* Rin herself is a likeable character. She lives on the edge of a knife because she’s a thousand years old and would be bored stiff otherwise. She also seems to be involved with a detective on the police force, but unfortunately we never really get to see that story develop. Indeed, the main problem with this anime is that it’s trying to cram sixty five years’ worth of story into six episodes. It didn’t need to be dragged out too much, but it could have been a little bit longer. Some would argue that it’s short and sweet, and I’m inclined to agree with that, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing more.
Let me try and get this out without giving away any spoilers. The ending is a little confusing. I was able to just about follow what was going on, but it is on the weird side for an anime that seems to take itself so seriously. Though saying that, the anime does also occasionally throw in a group of lesbian informants who only accept sexual favours in exchange for top secret information (in fact, no one in this anime really seems to be particularly interested in money) so it does send mixed messages.
It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, and I must admit that I wasn’t able to find any deeper meaning behind all of the sex and gore. It does tell a good story, though. My favourite thing about it is how they show the advances made in computing, starting from 1990 where a state of the art computer had only 300 Megabytes of storage on its hard drive, moving onto 2011 where we feel more at home, and ending in 2055 where people pull screens out of thin air and the internet is completely integrated with reality. Is it horror? Sort of. Porn? Arguably. Interesting? Definitely. Call it what you will, all I know is that I did end up recommending it to a friend, and he enjoyed it too (despite being rather confused by the ending). I know it’s a bit early to be going back to my Tokko review but, Rin is a much better detective than Shindou. She actually has two brain cells to rub together when it comes to solving crimes and finding missing cats.