You remember when anime was weird? Anime used to be weird, didn’t it? Especially from the 1980’s through the 1990’s, and that’s not just an exaggeration. I mean, think about it: the first time you saw Akira? Weird. Ghost in the Shell? Weird. Or maybe Evangelion? Holy crap weird. At the risk of waxing nostalgically, I remember when I first started watching anime. The plots, 9 times out of 10, were nearly incoherent on a first viewing, involving blood spurting like bodies were constricted water balloons, and more often than not a naked girl. Sure, the girls still get naked sometimes now, and other times you see the occasional blood geyser depending on the show, but mostly the weird plots have faded away replaced by more conventional territory of traditional comedy, horror, or drama. You can watch most modern anime movies/shows only once and “get” them. I sometimes wonder if this change is one of the reasons the anime industry is hurting at the moment, but I digress.
Rin: Daughter of Mnemosyne is weird. Really weird. Additionally there are ample amounts of blood and nudity. At times, it feels like a throwback to those anime I used to watch that left me scratching my head before rewinding the VHS (am I dating myself?) hoping it’s clearer the second time through. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. Nope. Not at all. This anime, while it was made in 2008, feels like something from a bygone era of anime that is greatly missed.