Asougi Rin is a private detective. She has a devoted secretary, Mimi, with whom she has a close (physically and emotionally) relationship. It is obvious that they genuinely care about and for one another. They have an employee, Maeno Kouki, who is a normal guy with good “finding things” skills.
Rin’s got mean hand-to-hand combat skills, and a load of contacts in the underclasses. Useful qualities for a private detective sort.
And, incidentally, she can’t be killed.
In Mnemosyne 2, Maeno tries to help a damsel in distress, (who turns out to be two steps from loopy, but he can’t possibly know that when he meets her) and Rin tries to find a rare stamp for a client. These cases are tied together by the appearance of an “Angel.”
We also learn that Mimi and Rin can’t die because time spores entered their bodies. What the spores are, what they do, why they affect women that way and cause men to become “Angels,” why women who have them are obsessively attracted to those Angels, who Rin talks to on the phone, what Apos’ deal is (aside from him being a sadistic lunatic) and where Mimi got a book on Linux in 1991 is not explained. (I meant to check this in Books in Print, but forgot. I’m sure one was published – that’s the kind of detail that dork-o-matically makes people like myself looking stuff up, even though really, no one cares.)
And why do we not care? Because we’re watching Mimi heartily snogging Rin and later, Rin, sighing heavily over the unreasonably high price for information, dig in and have some sex with a female informant. That’s why. WAY more important than the dumb Linux book thing. I particularly liked how the first scene kind of confirmed the apparent Yuri of the first episode, and also established that she has “that kind” of relationship with Mimi.
Lots of other stuff happened too, and in the end, the good guys win.
By the end of this OVA, my biggest complaint was that there is no *way* this series was going to be long enough to make me happy.
Art – 8
Story – 9
Characters – 9
Yuri – 8
Series – 7
Overall – 9
Unless something *spectacular* comes down the pike, this is almost certainly going to be my number one anime of 2008.