Rin Asogi along with her partner Mimi runs a private detective agency. Together they take up cases ranging between finding lost cats to helping people out of life or death situations. During one of her missions, she encounters a being whom shes met before, and this person appears to have a sinister agenda. Who is this being, and what is their connection? Also, what is the secret behind Rin herself?-summary
I'll be straight up and mention right now that I hate an over abundance of fan service. Especially, when it doesn't have a point. In some ways in regards to this series, it does have some type of a point, and I understand that it's necessary. However, the creators of Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne certainly need to turn on Sesame Street for today's word... Moderation. The series definitely had potential to be better, but due to very amateurish techniques; the series sexual content wasn't as effective as it first began, and later resulted in being nothing more than a joke
Rin for the most part is a series that entertained me in some ways. The series utilizes Greek and Norse mythology in its symbolism, while also combining eroticism, violence, torture, and wild ambitions as its themes. Even though I don't consider the series to be a brain twister at the very least. It sometimes hits its mark and can keep some viewers glued to the screen, if they can stomach most of the content that is. More on that later.
Visually, the series is pretty good. The animation is fluid with character movements, and most of the action scenes are cool to watch. Although a few came off somewhat disturbing, it was nothing mind blowing. The only real issue I have with the animation is the bad use of stills. Few things annoy me more than to see a character walking while everyone else is motionless. The character designs fit well with the style of the anime, and Rin is definitely as sexy as can be, but I do believe it could have done without the use of younger looking side characters. I know what I like in my anime, and personally for a series of this nature. I would have preferred the adult look for all of the characters.
The series also has some pretty nice backgrounds with dark settings at times, but I don't believe they all had the best feel due to the BGM simply not fitting well. Since I'm on the subject of music. Even though they sound nice. I find both opening and ending themes, which happen to be rock scores, not fitting with some of the imagery during the opening and closing themes or with the style of the series. I'm beginning to think this series wasn't meant to be taken serious.
The series is episodic in nature, and a real plot doesn't begin until much later. The stand alones are paced rather well with small story elements given, instead of taking the easy route by using only action scenes to push the plot. However, don't take this the wrong way. There are a few action scenes present, but I don't consider this approach a bad thing at all. Mainly because the various story elements work into the suspense, plus shed a tad bit of background on the characters. The episodes are far and away from boring that's for sure, and while some series may have trouble with transitioning from one present setting to another. Rin manages to shift from one era to the next, and make it seem so natural in the process. The direction of the series does have its shining moments.
When looking at the characters. I only found them interesting in regards to the mystery surrounding them, but after several things about them are revealed. I found very little reason to care about most of them. This is especially in regards to the secondary, who come off and fill the roles as any typical foil characters would. They mainly push the plot and nothing more, while Rin happens to be the most interesting as it should be for a main character anyway. The lead antagonist had a spark at first but later became too typical for me.
Now on to what I guess is probably going to make or break the series, and this happens to be its graphic content. The series tries its best to be disturbing, while displaying its horror like torture elements and overall violent scenes. What I feel saves it, is that the director tries to make sense of it all during the climax, and I think it works out. However, the sexual content and fan service is a double edged sword from hell. When the sex and fan service were used in conjunction with horror and revealing additional characters drives, it was effective, but when it was used repeatedly and only tossed in to take up run time, plus give the guys something to drool over. It no longer worked out. When you see a character with the bodily appearance of a young girl engaging in lesbian acts with an older looking woman, after the reasoning of the first interaction has already been established. Then later witness a group of girls engaging in an orgy. You have to question ones motivation here. This is my point about "mature" meaning not for kids. It's a good thing these scenes are nicely spread apart.
I would be lying if I said that I wasn't disappointed with this in some ways. The series was hampered by a writing team that pushed the plot in crumby ways at times, but I would also be lying if I said my enjoyment was very low. There's quite a bit of good to be found here, with possibly the biggest notable thing being the complete absence of random comedy. I really hate when comedy is stuffed into a series with dark content. This approach doesn't lighten up the mood, but instead ruins it and robs the series of its credibility. Now, in regards to the women. If the constant use of female nudity and lesbian acts sounds like a turn off. Then I recommend coming into this with caution. For the guys, well most won't have a problem with the sexual content, and if you seen Hostel, then the torture scenes aren't much at all. Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is 6 episodes with a 270 minute runtime.
-A good amount of style and substance
-Fan service and graphic content will put off many viewers
-Opening/ending themes feel awkward
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Mnemosyne started as a television series directed by Shigeru Ueda and written by Hiroshi Ōnogi. The animation is handled by Xebec but planning and production is shared with Genco, that also had a part in the original concept creation. Original character design is by Chūō Higashiguchi, and was used as a template by the character designer for the anime version, Mitsuru Ishihara. Music direction is headed by Takayuki Negishi. The series' opening theme is "Alsatia" and the ending theme is "Cause Disarray"; both songs are written by Yama-B, composed by Syu, and performed by Galneryus. Funimation Entertainment licensed Mnemosyne in February 2009 for a North American release under the title RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~.