Rin: Daughters Of Mnemosyne – The Lore, The Story, And Why It’s SEXY
Posted by Yogizilla on May 7, 2011
Lately, I’ve been on a real Anime kick while trying to catch up on Pokemon Black (DS) and Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG online play. Of course, this is rather difficult in between all the work that I have to do. Heck, I finally just got to reply to hundreds, if not thousands, of comments, which was a big project on it’s own. Apparently, people are still belly-aching about Yu-Gi-Oh! Online and the broken Duel Pass system.
Anywho, I’ve really enjoyed Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne A LOT. Like most, what initially lured me in was the fact that it was about a scantily-clad immortal detective. It didn’t hurt that she was a sexy geek in glasses. There is much more that makes Rin seksy, as you’ll find. Rin is available for instant viewing on Netflix but be forewarned: this is NSFW (Not Safe For Work) nor is it for kids.
Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is rated TV-MA so, in the usual Anime fashion, you can expect lots of nudity and sex scenes. That’s not what makes Rin special, though. The story is very well-done and the characters are intriguing. Not to mention Rin and Mimi, the main characters in this Anime, kick butt and look DARN GOOD doing it!
The story starts off with Rin, a beautiful immortal detective, investigating and solving strange cases. As the show progresses, more supernatural elements arise. I suppose that is to be expected when you’re dealing with Rin and her immortal assistant, Mimi.
Things get a lot more interesting when the references to Apos and Yggdrasil become more pervasive. The concept of Yggdrasil has appeared throughout Anime, especially in Final Fantasy, but where is this concept rooted? Quite literally, the roots of the Yggdrasil tree goes back to Norse mythology and the fabled World Tree.
The Yggdrasil tree appears in the lore of many cultures and is considered to be one of the most sacred of wonders. The Yggdrasil is often referred to as the World Tree because it connects our physical plane with the spiritual plane or heavens. In Rin, the Yggdrasil tree is a guarded holy relic of sorts but there are those that try to corrupt it and use it’s power for evil.
This is where the lore of Rin gets interesting. The Japanese, once again, take things familiar with Westerners and infuse it with legends and folklore from around the world. If you dig deep enough, the lore of the Rin universe goes back to the days of Norse, Greek, and even Roman mythology, before the coming of Christ. Religious references aside, these are the days of multiple gods as opposed to the unitheology most of us are accustomed to in present day. Few people can intertwine distinct cultural references like the Japanese can. In my humble opinion, Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, etc.) and Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere, Mirrormask, Stardust, Coraline, etc.) are two of the few people that and still have us immerse ourselves in their fantasy worlds.
Rin And Mimi: Sexual With A Greater Purpose In Mind
The heavy sexual themes may seem like a cheap gimmick until you get to the heart of the lore. You see, Mnemosyne was the personification of memory in Greek mythology. This Titaness (a demigod or half human, half god individual) was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus. She was also the mother of nine muses by Zeus.
Any time muses come into the mix, we think of the arts and ideas that are inspired. By nature, muses are very sensual, if not sexual. Anyone who spends a great deal of time around muses finds great success and inspiration, generally speaking. In essence, they are the heralds of new eras and the almost all-knowing oracles of our world. Rin and Mimi are daughters of Mnemosyne and they certainly fulfill their roles as muses, though their involvement in the realm of the mortals is far more direct and deliberate.
Since Rin and Mimi are immortal, the obvious tactic their opponents employ is going after their mortal friends and loved ones. No matter how much the immortals try to isolate themselves, Rin and Mimi form attachments that are used against them. Everyone has a weakness and this makes the immortals more believable and fallable.
Rin and gang take on a noble cause: to save mankind from themselves and unknown evils. This cause made me really fall in love with Rin and Mimi. I mean, most immortals are portrayed as frivolous egomaniacs so this is a nice change of pace. This story is sexually-charged but with good reason.
Back To The Story Of The Immortal Muses, Rin And Mimi
Again, to really appreciate the Rin Anime you need to understand the history and allusions here. After all, the Romans built upon Greek mythology by taking Mnemosyne and renaming her Moneta. Interestingly enough, “moneta” is the etymological root of “money” (mnemonic should also be a familiar conjugation of sorts). The correlation between memories and money is evident in the story of Rin as she never seems to be without resources, no matter how much time passes.
I estimate that the “Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne” Anime spans about 60-80 years in the main story line, along with flashbacks spanning centuries. Again, lots of history and lore there. As the story progresses, you see just how tragic it is to be immortal. In a masterful way, Rin is part drama, part action, and all fantasy.
*** Spoiler Alert ***
Rin and Mimi carry the show but there is also the the Meno lineage. It turns out that everyone they encounter along the way is connected somehow, leading up to the final revelations about The Guardian of Yggdrasil and Apos, the immortal angel. Until you reach the halfway mark of the story, everything seems disconnected and perhaps episodic but it’s not, I assure you.
It turns out the diabolical Apos is the son of elusive character, The Guardian. Apos aims to become a god because being a demigod is not enough. To do this, he consumes the time fruits of immortal women alike, turning him into a genderless being. Ack, manboobs. O_O
Apos loves human suffering. Why does he have it out for humanity? What does he have in plan for Rin? Why all the torture scenes and stuff?
The time fruits are anomalies of the Yggdrasil that turn women into immortals and men into angels, at least in the Rin universe. Interestingly enough, only immortals and angels can see the Yggdrasil tree. Still, with all this information, you’ll be a bit lost until you get towards the end of the story, where the true purpose and origins of the Yggdrasil are revealed.
As immortals, Rin and Mimi have memories that come to them as a sort of portent or prophecy of things to come. At first, these visions have no real meaning to Rin and Mimi, or they just stay quiet about what they have seen, for the most part. In this manner, they serve their oracular purpose as muses. As you can see, it’s a deep story that goes beyond just T&A. You have to understand that, in Japan, Anime is for everyone, not just the kids, so the soapy and adult stuff is to be expected.
Rin and Mimi’s relationship is a particularly interesting one. They bail each other out of some really sticky situations. They are intimate on many levels. Their bonds are strong and they genuinely care about their friends. Something drives them to go above and beyond for others around them. Not to sound sappy but It’s very touching. You really fall in love with the characters and mythos of Rin.
Revelations And Surprises For Rin And Mimi
More spoilers are ahead!
It turns out there’s more to the Yggdrasil fruit. Apparently, the white juice of the red fruit (don’t laugh) contains the memories of men whereas the other juice from blue fruit contain the memories of women. What exactly is the Yggdrasil tree? I won’t spoil that for you!
Some of the baddies Rin and Mimi face up against include a horde of evil angels, a mercenary named Laura, and the powerful immortal angel Apos, whom we’ve mentioned already. There’s also a slew of spies that trade information for sexual favors. The sexual deviants can be a bit much for some but it all feeds into the underlying theme of the story.
Pretty much every character is central to the story. This is not your typical Anime where characters die off or completely disappear. Everyone comes back, in some shape or form, and strange connections are gradually made.
More Details About The Lore Of Rin
I can go into great detail about the mythos of Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne but this entry may already be a bit too lengthy. Here are some keywords and terms you can search online:
* Moneta / Mnemosyne
* Apo the god
* Greek mythology
* Roman mythology
* Norse mythology
Happy web searching! If you check out Rin, tell me what you think and comment below so we can discuss. If you are already a fan, please tell us what you’ve learned and love about Rin!