Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne Anime Casts Kaito Ishikawa, Marina Inoue

posted on by Egan Loo

The official website for the television anime of Rumiko Takahashi's Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE) manga announced the voice cast on Friday. The website is also playing a promotional video previewing the cast.

The cast is different from the earlier Sunday CM Gekijō ad, which had Kouki Uchiyama, Mariya Ise, Rie Kugimiya as Rinne, Sakura Mamiya, and Rokumon, respectively. Yamaguchi played the title characters Ranma and Inuyasha in the television anime of Takahashi's earlier manga works, while Yukino played Inuyasha's heroine Kagome.

Viz, the publisher of most of Takahashi's manga in North America, describes RIN-NE's story:

As a child Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma's home. She returned whole and healthy, but since then she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! At school, the desk next to Sakura's has been empty since the start of the school year. Then one day her always-absent classmate Rinne Rokudo shows up, and he's far more than what he seems!

The anime will run for 25 episodes. Seiki Sugawara (D-Fragments) is directing the anime at Brains Base (One Week Friends), and Michiko Yokote (Ranma ½, Shirobako) is in charge of the series scripts. Akimitsu Honma is composing the music, and NHK Enterprises, NHK, and Shogakukan Shueisha Production are producing.

The television anime will premiere on April 4 on the public broadcaster NHK's E Tele channel.

Takahashi created such manga as Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, and Urusei Yatsura before she began serializing RIN-NE in Weekly Shonen Sunday in 2009. (She ended her long-running series Inuyasha in the same magazine.) The manga has consistently ranked in on Japan's best-seller list.

The anime commercial starring Mariya Ise (Yes! Precure 5, Hatsukoi Limited) as Sakura Mamiya, Kouki Uchiyama (Soul Eater, Nisekoi) as Rinne Rokudo, and Rie Kugimiya (The [email protected], Gintama) as Rinne's assistant black cat, Rokumon, premiered in 2009:

Sakura: They say that if you put an offering in the instrument shelter box and make a wish, there's something out there that will solve your spiritual problems...
Rinne: Omnomnomnom...
Sakura: Hey!
Rinne: Wait, you can see me?
Rokumon: Roar! This is bad! The Boundary has been broken!
Rinne: Well, I guess it can't be helped, since it's them.
Sakura: They're just way too energetic.
Rokumon: Entertainment that breaks limits!
All: Shonen Sunday!

[Via Ota-Suke]

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