Striking The Right Note: Mnemosyne

This one is possibly gonna be controversial. Of course, it may not be, since I never seem to know what is and isn’t gonna straight up piss people off anymore.

Mnemosyne, probably better known in the States as Rin: Daughter of Mnemosyne, is a 2008 series about immortal lesbians, and the male monsters that hunt them. If that isn’t already topical enough for you, I dunno what to tell ya.

Released as part of the anniversary celebration for AT-X, Mnemosyne absolutely made waves, even though it’s only six episodes in length. It frequently gets compared to Elfen Lied for it’s graphic nature, which is completely fair. Mnemosyne is an incredibly graphic series.

It’s also a staggeringly good series, rich in atmosphere, film noir elements, with science fiction, fantasy, and thriller aspects thrown in with a perfect balance that gives it a solid feeling. The series primarily follows the immortal private investigator, Rin, as she plays a 60 year long game of cat and mouse with an evil entity capable of creating and controlling monsters that can kill immortals.

The series is heavy with symbolism, as well, focusing on LGBTQ issues, feminism, sexual and personal identity, and a lot of other things. For all that it is graphic as hell, it’s also meaningful and often very philosophical.

The opening credits sequence captures the multifaceted nature of the series with stark and graphic imagery, preparing the viewer for a nightmare ride that will challenge their views and preconceptions at every turn. The theme song, performed by power metal band Galneryus, hammers everything home with rich vocals and strong music, adding a layer of texture to the imagery and atmosphere the opening sequence seeks to create.

The best thing the opening does however, is tell you right up front if this a series you want to watch or not. It leaves no room for uncertainty. Which is a pretty neat accomplishment in its own right. As a general rule, most series try to encourage people to watch, even if the show itself isn’t their cup of tea. Mnemosyne does its own thing, though, and I respect that.

Welcome to Mnemosyne.

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