The Mysterious Classmate
Season 1, Episode 1
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Air date April 4, 2015
Written by Rumiko Takahashi
Directed by Seiki Sugawara
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The Mysterious Classmate (謎のクラスメート Nazo no Kurasumēto?) is episode 1 of the Kyōkai no Rinne anime.


As a child, Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma's house. She returned whole and healthy, but since then she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! At school, the desk next to Sakura's has always been empty since the start of the school year. Then one day her always-absent classmate Rinne Rokudō shows up and he's far more than what he seems!

Plot Overview

The episode starts off with a Young Sakura Mamiya asking Tamako about the Wheel of Reincarnation. After their short comedic conversation the Opening Plays.

Sakura begins talking about the changes she was expecting in her life since entering High school. We then see the debut of Sakura's stalker ghost (whom Sakura ignores and runs past). In class Sakura and her friend talk about the kid who sits next to her who oddly enough has never come to school once. While the teacher is calling out for attendance the kid who never came to school Rinne Rokudō finally shows himself wearing a white cloak with flames on it. When Sakura approaches her friends about this, it appears that Sakura is the only one who is able to see him so Sakura just cast him off as a ghost. Rinne baits in Chihua-taro and tells it to pass on but gets eaten by it.

At the next day of school everyone is talking about how Rinne has finally shown himself. Rinne and mr.Suzuki have a brief conversation about Rinne's clothes.

At lunch Sakura's friend starts talking about how she got a new smartphone but she keeps getting the same phone call telling her to meet the person at 4 oclock behind the school gym. When Rinne hears about the problem he tells the girls about a legend that could solve their problem(They have to leave a note describing their problem, a monetary offering, and a gift in an instrument shelter and a spirit will solve their problem). Sakura sees Rinne in his cloak walk up to the instrument shelter and grab the stuff the girls put inside the shelter. Not able to see him Sakura's friends get spooked and run away. Rinne tries to sneak away but Sakura is able to catch him and question how he is able to make himself visible and invisible at will. He explains the ability of his Haori of the Underworld that is able to give his body the same functions of that of a ghost.

The two go to the gym at 4'o clock


Cast in order of appearance

Adapted Chapters


  • (Rinne to Sakura) "I'm a shinigami... sort of..."


  • In the manga, Rinne deals with the Wrong-Number Ghost after taking care of Chihua-taro and the Ghost Boy with Unrequited Love.


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