Rumiko Takahashi is a pretty well-known name in the anime/manga industry – unless you’ve been living under a rock. She’s the name behind such series as Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, Inuyasha, Maisson Ikkoku, and a couple of others I could probably name. All of which had anime adaptations.
And now, her latest series has been green-lit for anime production. Kyoukai no Rinne (or RIN-NE) follows Mamiya Sakura, who disappeared in the woods behind her grandmother’s house when she was a child. She returned, none the worse for wear – but with the ability to see ghosts and spirits.
Several years later, she’s a teenager, and she wishes the ghosts would let her be. At school, the desk next to hers had always been empty, until her classmate Rokudo Rinne shows up. And he is not quite what he seems to be.
The manga currently has 23 volumes in print, and the latest figures suggest around 3 million copies in circulation. The anime itself is set to have 25 episodes, although I’m sure more will be in the pipeline – I haven’t come across a short Rumiko Takahashi series so far. It is scheduled to air in the Spring 2015 season, and it will be animated by Brains Base.