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Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE Manga Gets 2nd Anime Season in Spring 2016

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
New 25-episode season to introduce new characters

NHK's Anime World Blog announced on Monday that Rumiko Takahashi's RIN-NE (Kyōkai no Rinne) manga is getting a second season in spring 2016. The second season will introduce new characters to the series, and will air for a planned 25 episodes. The staff introduced a new visual featuring new some of the new characters:

The announcement describes the second season as follows:

The shinigami (god of death) Rinne Rokudō, and Sakura Mamiya, the girl who can see ghosts, attend the same school. The two spend their days solving the worries of spirits. Rinne is so poor that he is forced to borrow money from Sakura to buy shinigami tools to solve their cases. Rinne and Sakura care for each other, but their relationship is not progressing. However, with the appearance of a new contracted black cat, a beautiful damashigami (cheating god), and a person with whom Rinne shares a special circumstance, the situation becomes even more chaotic! Rinne and Sakura's after-school time wrapped up in the world of spirits continues!

The 41st issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine issue had teased last Wednesday that the 42nd issue would have an "important announcement" for the manga this week.

Viz, the publisher of most of Takahashi's manga in North America including RIN-NE, describes the manga'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 first television anime adaptation premiered on April 4 on the public broadcaster NHK's E Tele channel. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for release in North America.

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. Shogakukan will publish the 27th compiled book volume in Japan on September 18, while Viz Media will publish the 19th compiled volume in English in November.

[Via Tower Records Anime]

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