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Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne: The Complete Series (Classic)

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Rin Asogi is an immortal private detective with a thirst for vodka and a talent for attracting things that go bump in the night. In a series of nightmarish vignettes spanning sixty-five years, Rin’s lush body is sadistically pierced, blown up, and mulched to a bloody pulp. The fiend behind her tortured existence is Apos, an eternal being obsessed with sacrificing Rin to Yggdrasil, the tree of all life. While Rin struggles to unravel the secrets of her endless agony, Apos lurks in the shadows, eager to tear into her ripe body and devour the memories of her countless lives. Rin’s no stranger to the realm of the dead, but her next visit could last forever.

Special Features

Episode 2 commentary

Promotional videos

Japanese cast interviews

Textless songs


Product Details

  • Actors: Colleen Clinkenbeard, Clarine Harp, Jamie Marchi
  • Directors: Christopher Bevins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Color, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049TC8HQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I like to consider myself an anime connoisseur and shy away from paying too much attention to specific genres (despite a penchant for mecha) figuring there's almost something enduring in anime regardless of the subject matter. That said, and even going in open minded, RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne is a virtual flood of plot threads and style cues with emphasis on gore and torture sequences. Before we get into all of that, let's take a look at the hard facts of this, the first official North American release of the property.

Released across two discs, RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne comes packaged as a pair of thin packs within an outer cardboard slipcase and consists of nearly six solid hours of episode runtime (with many additional special features). The show comes in at a total runtime of 270 minutes and wears an appropriate TV MA (mature, 17+) rating due to animated violence, some rough language, gore, and a whole lot of horror.

Language options are standard sub & dub with both an English dub and original Japanese soundtrack (either in Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround) & the choice of English subtitled if so inclined to turn them on.

Extras include a commentary by the English Cast & Staff, Promotional Videos, Japanese Cast Interview, textless opening and closing songs, and a host of fresh Funimation trailers on the second disc.

The story, which really goes beyond simple classification, goes something like this: Hermaphroditic immortal APOS has an insatiable appetite for the memories stored within Rin Asôgi; a professional and curvy human woman who it turns out is actually several millennium old. Aside from a love of vodka, Rin makes her living working as a private detective with priority on solving some of the mysteries behind her own twisted existence.
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RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne (Mnemosyne: Munemoshune no Musumetachi) is a horror/mystery six-episode TV anime produced by Xebec (Production IG subsidiary)/Genco (Azumanga Daioh). It was developed to commemorate the 10th year AT-X network which is a satellite network for TV Tokyo.

OK, so should you get this? That depends. In themes it is definitely ero-guro. What does this mean? Ero Guro Nansensu (Ero guro) is a Japanese art movement that started in the 20's and 30's that emphasized the "grotesque." Think Kafka. There is always a lot of erotic imagery, sexual corruption and moral decadence. It doesn't just mean straight-up "gore" it is more about frightening imagery with unnatural, supernatural and horrific stuff. Like turning into a giant insect in the Metamorphosis of Kafka. Its not necessarily violent, graphic or sexual, but it does tend to be this way sometimes...which is the case here more or less.

This series has a lot of violent action and murders in a near future Tokyo...and also some yuri stuff...the lead investigator Rin is an immortal detective or something like that. The animation is top notch, but it is a shorter series so that is kind of to be expected and it is done by a decent studio (Xebec worked on Noein).

Just be sure you are ready for some torture, violence imagery and you might be into this. The themes about immortality and the supernatural make it worth watching, but not if you don't like gore or grotesque imagery.

Its kind of reminiscent of Sola, in the supernatural vibe, but absolutely nothing like it because of the violence and dark vision...I preferred Sola to tell you the truth. I think it is better directed. But this isn't bad either (4 stars), just go in knowing what to expect...
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Format: Blu-ray
Now, I'm not the kind of person to review an item, but when I saw this short series pop up on Netflix, I immediately jumped here to read up on the reviews to make sure I wasn't stumbling into some sort of soft-core porn.

After reading over multiple reviews, I was shocked on how some people would give such good reviews, but then some would speak on the blasphemy or graphic nudity in the show. But, still, I wanted to find out for myself and watch the first episode. And I'm honestly glad I did!

It was both exactly what the positive reviews stated but, at the same time (in my opinion) they grade it too harshly. If you have a thing against nudity, this is definitely not for you. Yes, this short series has sex, violence, and nudity in it, but the actual portrayal of it is expertly done. Every aspect of the show is in there for a reason. There's little to no sex or violence just for the sake of it (except for a brief lesbiany scene in the 2nd episode and briefly again near the end of the 5th). Things are there for a reason and if you were to simply take them out because they upset some people, you would lose the art of this work because the sex and violence are brief and not graphically done.

I'm happy I took the plunge and watched this, it has a very thoughtful plot with a fresh artistic spin on some Norse mythology that will keep you wanting for more.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I don't write long reviews, so here goes:

* The show is way above average for an anime; beautiful drawing & color; daring intelligent story. When I say daring, I'm referring to plot developments, not the sexual content. The subject is very adult, buy this is not what most anime fans would consider hentai (as one reviewer did). Echii perhaps; specifically no pubic region is shown, or if shown, it's from a distance, and devoid of detail. The violence is very harsh, but brief. I'd definately give this an NC-17 rating.

* The blu-ray image is very clean & devoid of film grain; but lines are a little soft; I think because that's the look they were going for; it's not a disc production issue. There's no artifacting to hint it was rezzed-up. To see what i consider razor sharp, check out the Angel Burst preview trailer on the same disc.

My main issue with a couple of Funimation blu-ray discs I have ordered so far is that they don't want to play every time. At first I thought it was defects in the disc, or the firmware for my player; but after wiping water on the discs with my fingers, and wiping it dry on my soft cotton t-shirt, they acted fine. Perhaps it's a packaging issue like dust, or an invisible cloudy film that gets on the disc coating? Aggravating but temporary. If anyone has had the same experience let me know;)
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