For normal people, getting stabbed to death would constitute the end of the road. For Rin Asogi, it’s a mere inconvenience. Rin is immortal, a nice perk to have when you’re a private detective constantly finding yourself in dangerous situations. Rin has eaten a “time fruit”: a fruit from the guardian tree Yggdrasil, which, when consumed by a woman, makes her unable to die. Rin’s immortality doesn’t stop others from trying to kill her, of course; over her long lifetime she has been shot at, cut up, maimed, tortured, and suffered countless other violent deaths. This time, it’s different. The year 1990 sparks the beginning of a series of events in Rin’s life that sends her spiraling toward her fate. Someone is hunting down immortal women like Rin, and Rin’s life may be in actual danger. Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi spans 65 years in Rin’s life, during which she watches those around her get old while she herself remains unchanged. Higher forces are after her, and Rin must use every means at her disposal—or her next death may just be her last. And it all begins when she goes searching for a lost cat, but finds the amnesiac Koki Maeno instead… – My Anime List
Based on 13 review scores:
Rin – Daughters of Mnemosyne is nasty, bloody, exploitative, edgy stuff, and there’s no pretence otherwise. It’s everything that the tabloids hate; sex, and violence in a Japanese cartoon. I loved every second of it. Not only did it send me on a nostalgia trip back to those anime shows that hooked me in the first place, it also has a top quality story to it as well, something those early anime shows rarely had. This is what Highlander could have been. Rin – Daughters of Mnemosyne certainly isn’t for children, and it isn’t for the squeamish. But if you like a good yarn, then you really have to get this.
Not for the faint of heart, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is nonetheless a thrilling and at times terrifying glimpse into the abyss, a realm of violence, lust, cruelty and torment. Thanks to a tightly crafted narrative and some strong performances, however, it ultimately proves a triumphant exploration of human will set against seemingly insurmountable odds, and proves itself an intelligent, confronting and fetish-laden animated classic.
Daughters of Mnemosyne is thoroughly engaging mature drama with gorgeous animation and intense dramatic scenes that goes by in an all-too-brief six episode run. Where’s Season Two?
A stylishly visceral experience that could be an instant classic in the eyes of older fans, while others will find the whole thing a turn-off.
Daniel Sees Anime
To conclude, this show is a blatant, morally grey show that takes themes people shy away from and unashamed-ly serves it with doses of sexual and graphic scenes. Though the execution of the show are sometimes unclear and the writers may not explain enough for everyone to know everything clearly, if you, like me, have a craving for dark, gritty shows, this one is definitely going to fulfill it very nicely.
Despite a below-par ending and an antagonist whose only purpose is seemingly to fuck with everyone (pun very much intended), Mnemosyne provides a strong enough viewing experience to be an instant hit. I can’t see anyone with a reasonably open mind disliking the final product, since it’s sophisticated, punchy, and delivered with a refreshing adult twist.
Anime Nerds United
Not terrible, but not brilliant either. I think that your best course of action would be to rent it and see what you think before buying. The series is at an average length, so you could probably get through it in a matter of just over four hours. This anime is licensed by Siren Visual in Australia, Funimation in the U.S. and Manga Entertainment in the U.K. and I do believe is only available on DVD. For other anime recommendations, I point you in the direction of Elfen Lied, one that I have covered before and is similar in its dark elements, with gore and lots of nudity; the other that I recommend is Baccano! because that is also very gory but also has some really good action. Rin is probably more adult than Baccano!, whereas Elfen Lied is much closer to its adult vibe. Between these two you should hopefully find something that you like.
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In the end, Mnemosyne can be viewed as a like-it-or-hate-it series, as it’s merits are notable, it also requires a lot from the viewer to be appreciated, specially on the western side of the globe, due to it’s heavy graphics and plot. It might also become a vanguard work, opening more space for future similar anime to bloom.
Finally, I add that you will either love this series or get so confused you don’t like it. But I suggest you watch it, cause it is shockingly original and it’s pretty awesome in it’s own way.
Overall, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is a solid release with plenty of high-octane action and fantastical elements to keep viewers amused, if they can get past the near-constant barrage of nudity, sex and free-flowing blood. It’s a detective adventure with a supernatural twist powered by a diverse cast of characters and a mystery that will keep you wondering after the ending credits stop rolling.
The Nihon Review
I sincerely wanted to like Mnemosyne, I really do. The haunting music, profound storyline and colorful cast are important ingredients to a great gem of an anime, but the amount of sexual innuendo and hard-to-watch bloodshed shrouded the gem’s brilliance. Even with the variety of sexual instances and gut-wrenching violence such as bondage, sadomasochism, lesbian orgy and voyeurism, they are simply distracting and done excessively. Mnemosyne is for those seeking stylish adult-like entertainment who aren’t squeamish and have the right expectations. My advice to everyone: to watch this you’ll need an open mind and guts of steel.
Ink Black Analysis
Poor writing, dull characters, and a few wasted ideas. Loses its edge very quickly.
The Anime Accord
I found it pretty confusing and not particularly engaging but if you’re not particularly interested in plot and are just interested in seeing something different then you might find this to be a good option.