Here we are, the final season of Kyokai no Rinne, and what a let down it was. Rumiko Takahashi's latest adapted work finds itself mangaka who got me into anime with Ranma 1/2 and kept me up late watching Inuyasha on Adult Swim, so I really wanted to experience those feelings again. Instead I came to the conclusion that Ruminko-san just doesn't have a good grasp on how to progress relationships, and perhaps, just isn't suited for creating a new series this day in age., like a flower bush that hasn't received a good watering in some time, and it hurts to see it go like that. This is the work of a
This season doesn't really do much in terms of progression for anyone, as it just reintroduces old characters for a third time and gives us a couple news ones to chew on. A good majority of the anime is spent on giving old characters their own episode for screen time, but not building upon those characters, just simply reiterating who they are and what their motivations are. The narrator voice doing its damnedest to really screw in details, over, and over, and over, and over again. I thought at first this might be a bit, but with how often it happens and how unfunny it is, there's just no way.
From the previous two seasons we see Rinne, the impoverished half-shinigami, Sakura, the deadpan love interest, Rokumon, the cat sidekick, Tsubasa, the rich rival, Tamako, the super GILF, Ageha, the other girl who likes Rinne, Kain, the other guy who hates Rinne, Masato, the token demon, Sabato, Rinne's criminal father, Renge, the girl who likes Kain, Bijin, Sabato's whipped lover, and all the other side characters make a reappearance. Some get a whole episode dedicated to them, while others have to share part of an episode, which is usually based upon how popular that character is.
Of the two new characters we get, only one really has much in the way of progressing the story. First up though is a new teacher with a crystal ball named Hitomi, who is apparently a decedent of a line of witches but is too lazy to become one. She pops up here and there to whip out her ball and make everyone's eyes turn into spirals, usually showing them a future event that the episode builds up to. The other, and by far better, character is Otome; Rinne's missing mother. Apparently she got dragged into the reincarnation wheel and was reborn a human child, she reunites with Rinne and shares some very interesting details about her marriage to Sabato. Including the fact she was only a couple years younger than Sabato's mother when they met. Hot.
Overall we only get a couple of episodes that mean anything, with the rest only keeping your attention with some mild humor and pretty tame fan service. The anime ends with the biggest event for Rinne and Sakura as they end up confessing their feelings for one another and begin dating, I think. See, this is a problem with the other works I've seen by Ruminko-san, as she just doesn't do a good job of showing us this part of the relationships. In Ranma 1/2 we go from saving the girl to their wedding, and in Inuyasha we go from saving the girl to having kids. The words "I love you..." are never uttered, and we are left to imagine what happened. Our final scene being a picnic with Rinne and Sakura, where Rinne finally calls Sakura by her first name; which in this anime is basically like first base.
It is sad to say, but the third season of Kyokai no Rinne failed to leave me happy. I wasn't unsatisfied per say, but I was most certainly not delighted. We don't see an end to Rinne's terrible father, Sakura's character becomes even less deadpan, and the lack of story progression left me high and dry.
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Supernatural
Animation: As with the previous season, Kyokai no Rinne's animation is still overseen by Brain's Base. A studio that worked on Blood Lad, D-Frag!, and One Week Friends. My thoughts on the animation haven't changed at all, as it is very similar to Inuyasha, simple and glossy. However this does not mean it's bad, since that's the kind of thing we expect and look for in Miss. Takahashi's works. If anything, the animation was still one of the best parts.
Voice Acting: Meh? I mean. I'm still pretty moot on this point. Sure everyone fit well enough with their character and did a good job acting, but it didn't blow my socks off or nothing.
Favorite Character: With Sakura's character type making an almost total change from the deadpan she was in the first season, I'm going to give this one to Otome Rokudō. The only character to ever give Sabato the beating he deserves, Otome is constantly trying to help her son get together with Sakura as she recognizes his feelings for the girl. She's pretty smart and due to being reincarnated very mature for her age, and thankfully she and Sabato don't get back together when they reunite.
Kyokai no Rinne S3 gets a 6.4 out of 10