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[[caption-width-right:280:Rin, Mimi and [[FrothyMugsOfWater Russian water]].]]
Also known as ''Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi'' (''Daughters of Mnemosyne'') and marketed in the United States as ''Rin -Daughters of Mnemosyne-'', ''Mnemosyne'' is a six episode anime television series and light novel produced by Xebec that follows private investigator Rin Asougi, an immortal woman, as she takes odd jobs and tries to avoid the mysterious connections to her past.

All in all, the series is a total {{seinen}} bait, featuring nigh everything older male audiences' hearts may desire: cute girls, [[CoolOldGuy respectable guys]], MindScrew of a plot, alcohol and blood in equal proportions, a considerable amount of [[YuriGenre Girls Love]]... and both types of sex, take your pick. And all of the above without ever going over the top with it. Be prepared to wince a couple of times, though.

Often confused for an {{OVA}}, thanks to its [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar risque content]], monthly airing rate, and modest episode number, when, in fact, it airs on AT-X network, whose tenth anniversary it was to commemorate.
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!!Contains examples of:

* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: [[spoiler:Rin, for the rest of ETERNITY. 30 years from now, it's gonna be SO awkward for her son and any other descendants to be repeatedly asked "Is that you cute LITTLE sister?" again and again...]]
* AirVentPassageway: Subverted [[spoiler:by Rin's tush, which is too big to fit under the lasers]].
-->"Uh, your-"
-->"Don't you ''dare'' finish that sentence!"
* AllMythsAreTrue: [[spoiler:The story of Tajimamori, based on an actual Japanese legend (except that he searched for Mandarin oranges and not time spores) and considering the nature of the Guardian's castle, the story about the traveler, too.]]
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:Kamiyama]] and [[spoiler:Yanagihara]] in episode 4.
* AmateurSleuth: Mishio Maeno talks to herself and in the process does a lot of {{Shout Out}}s to SherlockHolmes as she investigates Rin. At best, though, she only ''tries'' to be this.
* AnyoneCanDie: Starting with TheReveal for episode two, it has been established that not even Immortals are safe. [[spoiler:Maeno, Yanigahara, and Mimi's Dog, which is immortal.]]
* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]
* BadAss: Rin, by far - although she cheats a bit by being [[NighInvulnerability nearly invulnerable]].
* BadAssBookworm - Mimi, especially in Episode 6.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Rin's preferred attire is a business suit, giving her something of a {{Bifauxnen}}-like appearance.
* BadSanta: Though [[spoiler:Laura]] doesn't plan on stealing Christmas, she ''does'' [[spoiler:blow up an apartment building and shoot Rin]] while wearing a Santa outfit, even shouting [[CatchPhrase "Hohoho, Merry Christmas"]] while she's at it.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The last portion of the opening credits shows Rin, alone and in the buff, leaning on a pillar in the middle of mossy ruins, with a swarm of angels descending on her in a buildup to a BolivianArmyEnding. This never happens, since the closest thing to that [[spoiler:doesn't happen amidst ruins - the castle is still ''very'' intact - and Rin is screwing Tajimamori; therefore, she is neither alone nor standing]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Because [[spoiler:Apos]] got '''exactly''' what he wanted, hysterical screams of terror notwithstanding.
* BigDamnHeroes: Subverted. [[spoiler:Rin arrives in time to save Mimi, only to get herself casually killed by Apos.]]
** Played semi-straight in episode 6.
* BiTheWay: Rin. Mimi too, after getting a taste for it. [[spoiler:This culminates in a female foursome with Mimi at the center.]]
* BigFriendlyDog: Mimi and Rin's dog Genta. [[spoiler:Big friendly ''immortal'' dog.]]
* BlindWithoutEm: Episode one hints that Rin had eye problems when she became immortal (and thus, can never be cured), so now she's forced to replace her StoicSpectacles whenever they're destroyed. She seems to be able to see ''reasonably'' without them, but they're always the first things she goes for when retrieving her clothing.
* BodyHorror: The potent-and-bloody yet seamless blend of death and sexuality in ''Mnemosyne'' would make HR Giger himself proud.
* BoundAndGagged: Episode 1, Rin is strapped down and tortured by Sayara. Episode 3, Rin is bound to the handrails of sinking ship. Episode 6, Rin is chained to a table and ball-gagged in front of a chained Angel by Laura. Then there is Apos' torture victim in various episodes.
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler:Ruon]]
* BrandX: Back in the 90's era, Rin and co. used pagers branded as 'Rocket Bell'.
** The anime doesn't seem too shy about using things that are copyrighted almost to the letter.
* CameraAbuse: The camera gets splattered with falling blood in the very first scene. It has also gotten wet during [[ShowerScene Shower Scenes]].
* CartwrightCurse: Rin arguably qualifies for this. [[spoiler:Yanigahara, who apparently bedded her before, and Ihika, her boyfriend in episode five.]]
** [[spoiler:It turns out Ihika is NotQuiteDead and Apos even gets Rin to kill him, by turning the guy into an angel and literally [[LockedInARoom locking them in a room together]].]]
** [[spoiler:And let's not forget Tajimamori himself, who gets stabbed by Apos ''while they're making out''.]]
* ChainsOfLove: With the "love" being used in the most ironic sense possible.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: A rather interesting case in episode three is that what the gun actually ''is'' isn't shown at all, and is only hinted at until TheReveal. [[spoiler:Shuggo's Time Spore is kept in a jewelry case next to some pictures of him.]] After [[spoiler:Maeno leaves to save Rin]], all that's shown is the empty case, though from the [[spoiler:shape of the cushion]], it becomes evident that whatever was in there was [[spoiler:small and round.]] It's eventually used again when [[spoiler:[[MemeticMutation Rin takes it from Mishio... and EATS IT]].]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Ivan]]
* TheChessmaster: It's hard to tell if Apos is one of these, or if he [[{{Padding}} just plays chess to kill time.]]
* ChurchMilitant: [[spoiler:Mimi]]'s temple comes complete with a [[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] [[LaserHallway cage]], [[InsecuritySystem pressure sensors]], and nuns that use both [[{{Handguns}} guns]] ''and'' [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]].
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Maeno]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: [[spoiler:Time Spores from Immortals are blue, while Time Spores from Angels are red.]]
** Furthermore, [[spoiler:Yggdrasil's regular spores are dull and don't glow, while time spores that haven't touched mortals yet are yellow.]]
* ContemplateOurNavels: Last episode, [[spoiler:After Rin enters Yggdrasil's roots.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: As of episode five, Rin and Mimi have gotten involved with ''three'' generations of Maeno. Then again, it might not be coincidental, as Rin has been acting as Teruki's MysteriousProtector ever since [[spoiler:his father died.]] A more proper example would be [[spoiler:Rin finding Maeno's Time Spore after getting shredded by a jet engine and spending 25 years at the bottom of the sea.]]
** Naturally, it's no coincidence, since all Maenos [[spoiler:are direct descendants of Tajimamori, Rin's immortal secret benefactor and lover (let alone, the former Guardian of Yggdrassil)]].
* CosplayOtakuGirl: Mimi wears a {{Meido}} outfit [[ItWillNeverCatchOn in the early 1990s]], and in episode 4, after [[ClothingDamage losing her clothes]] to an explosion, she wears a ridiculous {{Stripperiffic}} costume much longer than necessary.
* CryCute: Rin.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: For both Rin and Mimi.
* DashedPlotLine: 1/20/14/30 year skips between the first five episodes (the sixth follows the fifth immediately).
* DeadpanSnarker: Rin in the first episode...
---> '''Mimi''': "Rin! You were supppose to find our client's lost cat!"
---> '''Rin''': "So instead of a lost cat, I found a lost man."
* DeadSidekick: Subverted. [[spoiler:Apos kills Rin first when she comes to rescue Mimi and [[LeftForDead leaves the latter to her fate]].]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Notable examples include [[spoiler:Yuki's brother, Sayara, and Ivan from episodes five and six]].
* DepravedBisexual: Sayara.
* DisconnectedByDeath: Subverted. [[spoiler:Some several seconds after the sniper pulls the trigger and the phone line going quiet, Yanagihara reaches for the handset and give Rin his findings. Furthermore, he manages to mutter some FamousLastWords, and [[FlashBack reminisce about that time he managed to bed Rin]], before finally kicking the bucket.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Mimi depends on Rin and other immortals to protect her.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The symbol of the Guardian resembles an uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
** Also, [[spoiler:Yggdrasil's talk about women eating 'white blood' to become pregnant.]] ''And'' the way Apos/Rin/whoever act whenever they [[spoiler:eat time spores]].
* TheDragon: Laura, but it only becomes evident when she starts [[spoiler:ordering Angels around.]]
* DramaticChaseOpening: Rin, [[{{Fanservice}} nearly-naked]], being chased through a building by Laura. How they got there is never explained.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: But not for the purpose of disguise; Rin's hospital gown gets completely destroyed when she's trapped in a facility in one episode, so she borrows the clothes of one of the two guards who she just killed. It fits surprisingly well.
* DVDCommentary: FUNimation provides a commentary for episode 2, with Creator/JMichaelTatum (the ADR director, plus the voice of Ihika), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (Rin), JamieMarchi (Mimi) and RobertMcCollum (Kouki). It has a "titular" [[IncrediblyLamePun pun]] and random profanity ([[JamieMarchi "Fuck!"]] [[Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard "Oh dear."]]) before the opening credits are even over, and continues on from there.
* EternalLove: Between [[spoiler: Rin and Tajimamori]].
* EvilDetectingDog: In episode 5, [[spoiler:Genta growls at Laura after she gets a cyborg body that looks just like Rin]].
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler:Laura is eventually redesigned to look like Rin. Apos even uses her as a [[ReplacementGoldfish Replacement Sex Toy err... Goldfish]].]]
* TheFaceless: [[spoiler:Tajimamori]], the as-of-episode-4 unnamed man with a beard shown in the opening and closing credits. [[spoiler:Is also HeWhoMustNotBeSeen when it is revealed that he is the person that Rin is always talking to on the phone.]] We get a full view of his face in episode five.
* FalseCameraEffects: LensFlare.
* FanDisservice: Quite a bit of the "service" in this series arguably qualifies...
* FanService: ...but then again, the non-violent FanService in this series is quite beautiful to watch.
* {{Flashback}}: Flashbacks generally have a sort of watery distortion to them both in terms of video, and audio, and are also seen from the perspective of whoever is experiencing them.
* FastRoping: How the Self-Defense Force breaks into Rin's office.
* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler:Yanagihara]] gets a short one.
* ForgottenSuperweapon: Rin's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Shotgun Glove]] doesn't appear again until episode ''five'' where she uses it to [[spoiler:kill three Angels in Mimi's [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs overrun temple]].]]
* FriendOnTheForce: [[strike:Tamo-chan]] Tamotsu Yanagihara
* AGodAmI: Apos, [[spoiler:and for good reason too, in a [[{{Squick}} sick, twisted way]].]]
** He was preceded by [[spoiler:his father, Tajimamori, and succeeded by Rin.]] Presumably, anybody who becomes [[spoiler:Guardian of Yggdrasil]] qualifies for this.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Bad people have... something else entirely.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal!
* GooGooGodLike: [[spoiler:Rin's son]], who is a more subtle example. [[spoiler:Instead of being [[AGodAmI all powerful]], he is the first of a bloodline of humans who will be directly connected to Yggdrasil.]]
* {{Gorn}}: The stuff that happens to Rin is at times quite gruesome.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Which actually makes it ''worse'' in a few cases. Surprisingly used often considering how violent this show is overall.
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: By episode five, [[spoiler:Laura has hunted the immortals down to near extinction, Yggdrasil hasn't made an appearance in thirty years, and Apos even mocks Tajimamori in his own room, calling him a 'former god'.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: The AnimeThemeSong ''Alsatia'' by Music/{{Galneryus}}, which is known for writing their lyrics in English.
* GuiltyPleasures: Watching this series equates to the pleasure of spelunking: to dive into the deepest of darkness and coming out exhilerated and more alive than you were before the jump.
* TheGunslinger: Laura, though she also uses [[MadBomber explosives]] without much reservation.
* HandCannon: Laura's handgun from episode four, which has enough recoil to blow Rin several feet back. The former has no problem using it one-handed[[spoiler:, since by then, she's a cyborg]].
* HandWaved: What does the Guardian of Yggdrasil actually do, except [[spoiler:siring the next Guardian]]?
** Well, he's shown [[spoiler:feeding Yggdrasil,]] if that counts for anything.
** Said Guaridan also determines where, and how, the [[spoiler: Time Spores]] fall...hence, why the villain getting the position is VERY BAD.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Rin and Mimi seem to spend much of their time drinking.
* HealingFactor
* HeroicSacrifice [[spoiler:Maeno giving what was left of his humanity to save Rin's life]]
** Subverted when [[spoiler:Mimi also pulls one of these, only to be saved by the person she was trying to save in the first place.]]
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: [[spoiler:Apos, as it's his way of being both an angel and an immortal so he can be a Guardian, and he quite clearly identifies as male. But despite popular {{Fanon}}, this isn't the case with Tajimamori, an angel, who eats empty time spores to stay immortal, or with Rin, an immortal, who can grow wings once she becomes a Guardian.]]
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The person Rin talks to on the phone in every episode. [[spoiler:Eventually revealed to be Tajimamori, TheFaceless man with a beard from the credits. He was the Guardian of Yggdrasil, at least until Apos replaced him.]]
* HighPressureBlood: Oh deary me...
* HollywoodBoardgames: Apos is occasionally seen playing chess against an immortal [[{{Gorn}} blindfolded, bound, gagged, and]] ''[[{{Gorn}} stabbed]]'' [[{{Gorn}} in several places to her chair]], and using rather [[{{Squick}} squicky-looking]] chess pieces at that.
* HollywoodCyborg: As [[spoiler:Laura]] continues to get horribly maimed, she is eventually turned into one of these once the appropriate technology is developed.
** Don't forget Sayara. Though her machinery may be just a PoweredArmor.
* HolographicTerminal: Everybody's using these by episode five.
* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler:Rin loses her memory after being shred to pieces by a jet plane engine. After she gets shot again she gets a 'reset' to her old self]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: X(s) Don't/Doesn't X. Episode six is gonna be an OddNameOut.
* IdiotHair: Mimi
* ImplacableMan: Laura, in this case, is an Implacable Woman. Subverted in that [[spoiler:she actually gets wounded and the injuries' effects are dealt with realistically. She wears an eyepatch in episode two a year after Rin throws a bullet into her eye, [[PocketProtector which Rin caught earlier with a book when she is shot at]], and becomes a cyborg in episode four, some three decades after [[TakingYouWithMe blowing herself up along with Rin with a claymore mine.]]]]
* ImmortalityHurts: ''Seriously.'' The tagline for the English release of ''Mnemosyne'' even said, "It only hurts '''forever'''."
* ImmortalityInducer: Any female who happens to get in contact with a [[spoiler:Time Spore]] becomes immortal. This also applies to dogs, apparently. Furthermore, a recurring theme throughout the series is how humanity in general craves it.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* InsideAComputerSystem: Deconstructed. '2.0' is highly addictive, and when it's introduced in episode 4, people can be seen lying around on sidewalks like a bunch of hobos while plugged into the network.
* InvisibleToNormals: [[spoiler:The Time Spores]]
** And for that matter, [[spoiler:Yggdrasil]]
* JekyllAndHyde: Subverted when it turns out that [[spoiler:the 'Rin' who killed immortals and tried to attack Mimi in episode five was actually [[EvilTwin Laura manning a cyborg copy of Rin]].]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rin ''and'' Mimi.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Sayara does this in the first episode [[spoiler:as well as the third, after it turns out that she also became immortal]]. In the fourth episode, the honor falls to [[spoiler:Ruon]].
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Sayara is killed by the zombies she created. [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat Or so we thought...]]]]
* KickTheDog: Laura [[spoiler:throwing Ihika's Time Spore out the window]] in episode six. Seriously, [[PsychoLesbian she's got issues]]...
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Mimi's dog.]]
** And [[spoiler:Laura, '''[[ImplacableMan finally]]''', in episode six.]]
* KnifeNut: Rin has at least several push knives on hand at all times.
* KillSat: Subverted. [[spoiler:Mimi hacks into one of the [[MegaCorp Maeno Group]]'s microwave satellites to try and stop Apos' plan, only to have the seraph's egg still standing there [[OutOfTheInferno without a scratch as the flames die down]].]]
* KissMeIAmVirtual: Ruon.
* KissOfDeath: [[spoiler:Rin giving Apos a taste of his father's time spore.]]
* KnowledgeBroker: An [[NoNameGiven unnamed woman]] and two of her successors, who [[TrademarkFavoriteFood drink Grasshoppers]] and take sex as payment.
* LaserHallway: Combined with AirVentPassageway.
* LastKiss [[spoiler:Rin's goodbye to Maeno]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia
* {{Lolicon}}: Fan service involving Mimi, though somewhat subverted by the fact she is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Episode five has Rin buying a new suit and digs up a weapons cache she stored in her grave.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: Kouki gets a gray streak in his hair starting in the second episode, presumably at the same spot that [[spoiler:he shoots himself in in episode one]].
* LodgedBladeRecycling: Rin pulls it off in episode three [[spoiler:after being vivisected to death, killing her torturer with the scalpel he accidentally dropped inside her stomach.]]
* LukeYouAreMyFather: It is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Apos]] is [[spoiler:Tajimamori]]'s son.
* MagicalLibrary: [[spoiler:Yggdrasil appears on a regular basis and sheds time spores around the world, which it uses to collect 'memories' of whatever they touch. Immortals and angels get special mention.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Apos, probably more so than being a [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] even though he plays chess every now and then. There's nothing [[MagnificentBastard magnificent]] about how he goes about doing it, either.
* MarketBasedTitle: In America, {{Funimation}} is marketing the series as ''RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~''.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Present (or at least Mayfly December {{UST}}), but it doesn't really come up. Thanks to the time scale of the series, mortals age and die, but nobody ever dwells on it.
* MeaningfulName: With a little knowledge of japanese, the Maeno (前, "in front of", 埜, "field, wilderness") family names suddenly start to make sense in context:
-->Maeno Kouki (前埜光輝): "Brightness of the Field Before You"
-->Maeno Yuki (前埜有紀): "Chronicle of the Existence of the Field Before You"
-->Maeno Teruki (前埜輝紀): "Chronicle of the Radiance/Shine of the Field Before You"
-->Maeno Mishio (前埜美汐): "Beauty of the Tide of the Field Before You"
** Considering how closely tied to Rin's character and destiny the Maeno family ends up being, it's interesting to notice their names all correlate the owners to some important event or situation in Rin's life similar to what their name implies (Kouki showing Rin the bright side of life, Yuki raising Teruki alone, with Teruki later proving to be the initial trigger to Rin [[spoiler:recovering her memories]], and Mishio awakening Rin to the new and beautiful experience of parenthood). It's also interesting to note how the first kanji in their family name is precisely the kanji to indicate something in front of something else, alluding to the fact that they were always beside Rin, partly because [[spoiler:of their destiny as descendants of Tajimamori]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Rin. Even though she ''very much'' subverts the "timid" meganekko stereotype, when she is nice she can also be a genuinely sweet, if not downright cute person.
* MundaneUtility:
** Yggdrasil seeds the world with [[spoiler:time spores]], creating immortals and angels for the purpose of [[spoiler:collecting additional data through their experiences]]. [[SarcasmMode Yeah,]] ''[[SarcasmMode really]]'' [[SarcasmMode amazing]].
** [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Immortals don't get hangovers.]]
* MyGrandsonMyself: Rin takes this route when visiting a person she met back in WWII.
** Inverted in episode five, where Mishio considers the possibility of Rin being the [[IdenticalGrandson daughter]] of the woman (also Rin) that she saw in a 30-year-old video.
* NaughtyNuns: Mimi [[spoiler: who actually looks like a real nun, until the point of the yuri orgy.]]
* NewEraSpeech: Inverted, since [[spoiler:it's Rin who does it in the end, and actually means what she says in a positive light.]]
* TheNineties: The first two episodes.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: '''Shotgun Gloves'''. And Rin herself. No, seriously.
** [[spoiler:Apos is [[{{Hermaphrodite}} male]] ''[[{{Hermaphrodite}} and]]'' [[{{Hermaphrodite}} female]], thus making him/her/them both an Angel ''and'' an Immortal.]]
* NoNameGiven: Though a university lecture in episode five hints on the identity and name of the bearded man who Rin talks to on the phone OnceAnEpisode, it's only revealed in episode six.
** Also, Apos' immortal 'opponent' whenever he's playing chess. In episode five, it's hinted that she is actually [[spoiler:Laura, and that the Laura that tries to kill Rin OnceAnEpisode is in fact, an android being remote-controlled by her.]]
** The show loves toying with this: none of the informants were ever named on-screen, and Laura's name is only given in episode six ([[TrailersAlwaysSpoil unless you watched the trailer]] or the credits).
* NoodleIncident: Rin's "view" of OdaNobunaga, which leaves Mishio's sense of history in tatters.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler:Rin even survives falling into a running airplane jet engine, despite her doubts about her chances. It takes her decades though to get resurrected, with amnesia to boot]].
** [[spoiler:She also survives getting her time spore pulled out, though it turns out that it's not-so-bad-as-it-apparently-seems]].
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: The way Rin turned the tables on Apos in the very end.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Presumably, unless their Time Spores are eaten/stepped on/whatever, immortals can regenerate entirely from just them.]] This probably explains how [[spoiler:Rin survived after what happened in Episode five. Angels aren't so lucky, though.]]
** [[spoiler:The immortal who survives a '''nuclear explosion at ground zero''']] in episode six.
* NumberOneDime: [[spoiler:Yuki's Brother's Time Spore]], which eventually becomes [[spoiler:Maeno's Time Spore]], which is eventually lost, and then later found by [[spoiler:Rin]] when she washes up on the beach. Subverted in that even if she didn't [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forget everything]], she probably wouldn't even know that the two of them were connected. Then again, it could probably be just some [[spoiler:Angel Time Spore]] that fell into the water.
** [[spoiler: When Rin eats the time spore in]] episode 6, it's revealed that the spore [[spoiler:was indeed Maeno's Time Spore and not just some random spore.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Though she seems [[TheFool carefree and happy-go-lucky]], Rin instantly reveals herself to be one hell of a {{Badass}} when the going gets tough.
* Theatre/OedipusRex: Apos and [[spoiler:Tajimamori]]
* OhCrap: Sayara gets three in a row. [[spoiler:The first when Rin appears, unharmed, in Sayara's office after being tortured to death, the second when Rin gets up ''again'' after being shot to death, and the third when she hears a knock at the door and runs out of the room...[[KarmicDeath into a mob of the zombies she created]].]]
* OminousLatinChanting: It's only soft, but since it was combined with the OminousPipeOrgan, the OminousLatinChanting pretty much punctuates and intensifies the disturbing atmosphere of [[spoiler:Apos raping Mimi while she is chained and nailed to a stone lamp post, revealing himself to be a hermaphrodite, and ''using Rin's own hand to dig her Time Spore out of her,'' '''all in the span of three minutes'''.]]
* OminousPipeOrgan: Whenever Apos and Rin are in proximity of each other in episode six.
* OnceAnEpisode: Rin, Mimi, and vodka threesome. This is not the case in episode five and seems, um, unlikely to be thus in episode six...
** Not to mention Rin getting maimed/killed, which is actually closer to ''thrice'' an episode on average. Also, Rin talking to HeWhoMustNotBeSeen on the phone [[spoiler:even ''after'' she gets amnesia. Though in that case, it was more of the phone line opening up so that HeWhoMustNotBeSeen can listen to her voice [[StalkerWithACrush like some stalker]]]].
** [[spoiler:Yggdrasil showing up and shedding some Time Spores,]] with Rin and/or Mimi staring at the event for a couple of seconds. Averted in episode five, where [[spoiler:the tree is only mentioned as a rumor/seen in the credits, and the only time spores shown are either from immortals, or already in the hands of Apos. Episode six makes this a borderline case. Five out of six ain't so bad, is it?]]
** Borderline example: Laura showing up to [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim shoot Rin full of holes]] then [[TakingYouWithMe blowing herself up with Rin]] [[FiveRoundsRapid once that fails]]. [[spoiler:She even starts using a sword in episode six]].
** Lesbian sex scenes
* OneGenderRace: Immortals are AlwaysFemale, and Angels are AlwaysMale. Unless you take the third option.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: '''Very''' different.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: In this case, we have a President Buffoon, who [[spoiler:allows Apos to manipulate him into starting some kind of war involving time spores. It was completely irrelevant to the plot, however, and it's only briefly mentioned in the epilogue that America has fallen into civil war.]]
* OutGambitted: When [[spoiler:Apos has Laura killed when she tries to mess up his plan by attempting to feed Rin's time spore to angels]].
* PlayingWithSyringes: Sayara's [[spoiler:cloning and immortality]] project. When she's not just doing it for fun, that is.
* PrecisionFStrike: From the dub: "MERRY '''FUCKIN'''' CHRISTMAS!"
* PreMortemOneLiner: Rin gets one in the first episode [[spoiler:(though the recipient [[LeftForDead doesn't actually die]])]]. From the [[{{Woolseyism}} dub]]:
--> '''Rin''': "It's such a shame when the good die young." ''(gunshots)''
* PrivateDetective: Rin, minus the PrivateEyeMonologue.
* ProfessionalKiller: Laura, and [[spoiler:the stamp assassin]] or whatever the hell he's called, from episode two.
* PsychoLesbian: Sayara and '''especially''' Laura.
* RazorFloss: Yet another piece of Rin's arsenal of concealable weapons.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: May be literally so with some of the girls. Rin at one time even says that it has been ''centuries'' since she had a lover (although it also raises the question what Mimi is to her then). In fact, Rin is [[spoiler:at least, a thousand years old in episode six while Mimi can't be much older than one and a half centuries - at the time Rin met her, she was already wearing her trademark killer suit which only went into fashion in the 20th century.]] That, and Mimi didn't know the person Rin met back in WWII.
* RieKugimiya: As the loli-genius Mimi.
* RunningGag: Every episode but 5 has Rin wake up with a splitting headache (Usually [[HangoverSensitivity a hangover]]) and yelling at Mimi to get her some water. Mimi brings her a bottle of vodka instead.
-->'''Mimi:''' ''Come on,'' vodka means water in Russian, you know.
* SavePoint: Essentially how immortality works. [[spoiler:Once a Time Spore enters your body, it records your physical condition at the time and then 'reloads' it whenever you're injured/killed/[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking get a haircut]]/whatever.]]
* SceneryPorn: To the point of sometimes being distracting.
* {{Sexposition}}: One episode had a scene where Mimi had an orgy with a group of other immmortals. Meanwhile there was a voiceover that discussed their battle plans against the antagonist Apos.
* ShoutOut: In episode 1, the pharmaceutical company executive's laptop is named "[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic cylon]]".
* ShowerOfAngst: Rin in episode 5.
* ShowerScene: Rin from episode one, and the second informant in episode 3.
* ShowSomeLeg
* SmallGirlBigGun: [[spoiler:Mishio uses Laura's HandCannon to kill an angel.]]
** A partial example would be [[spoiler:Mimi using a KillSat. Guns don't really get much bigger than that...]]
* SpoilerOpening: Subverted by the [[spoiler:Root of Yggdrasil. Although in the opening credits, it appears with Rin, Mimi, and Laura at the top, it's ''Apos'' and Laura who end up topping it off]]. We also see [[spoiler:all of the Maenos, as well as Sayara and both of the informants]], however none of these really register until you've seen them in the episodes proper.
* SpyCatsuit: Sort of:
** Laura's standard outfit is a black catsuit, but it's not particularly tight, so it's more {{badass}} than fanservicey. (Except for one brief, inexplicable shot where it was unzipped enough to [[AbsoluteCleavage show off her cleavage]].)
** Rin fulfilled the trope when she went [[AirVentPassageway exploring air vents]], but not with a traditional catsuit: She wore a black, skin-tight shirt and pants. The shirt had a zipper, and for added {{fanservice}} [[BareYourMidriff bared her midriff]] and [[VaporWear did not feature a bra]]. She also dressed Kouki up in a similar but [[DoubleStandard less fanservicey]] outfit.
* StalkerWithACrush: Apos has a ''serious'' obsession with Rin, and of course, [[{{Squick}} in his own 'special' way]]. [[spoiler:He goes so far as to remodel Laura to [[EvilTwin look just like Rin]] and even ''[[{{Squick}} rapes]]'' [[{{Squick}} her even though she's a cyborg.]]]] Even after he claims to be just after her [[spoiler:time spore]], it's strange that he doesn't just go out of his way to dig it out of her.
** [[spoiler:He does just that in episode five, and using Rin's own hand to do it, too.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Ruon to Teruki]] in episode four.
* TheStoic: Rin
* StoicSpectacles: Rin's glasses are sure as hell ''not'' NerdGlasses
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Someone gets tied to something nearly OnceAnEpisode. Most notably, Rin is strapped to a chair and tortured in episode 1, and vivisected on an operating table in episode 3, [[spoiler:both times by Sayara]].
** Episode 4: [[spoiler:Ruon straps Teruki to a table.]] Episode 5: [[spoiler:Apos chains Mimi to a rock.]] Episode 6: [[spoiler: the Yggdrasil roots try to do this to Rin inside the egg.]]
* {{Stripperific}}: Mishio Maeno's outfits.
* StuffBlowingUp: Courtesy of Laura.
* TakeMyHand: A weird example, which starts with [[spoiler:Rin and Tajimamori, then Maeno lends a hand, and then ends up being Rin and Mishio. Don't ask how, just TakeOurWordForIt.]]
** This is symbolic of [[spoiler:Tajimamori, Maeno, and their entire bloodline]] living through Mishio as Rin's sworn protectors.
* TakingYouWithMe: Laura does this... a lot...
** Subverted on one occasion. Rin runs away after seeing Laura's explosive vest, so Laura simply takes it off and throws it after her.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: InUniverse: Played for laughs in Episode 2, where Mimi retorts Koki's remark about screwing up a computer job by saying "This is a top of the line 16-bit 40MHz CPU and 128MB of RAM with a 300MB hard drive with all the bells and whistles."
* TechnoWizard: Mimi has claimed to be capable of hacking into the CIA, MI6, and Special Forces Section II. Furthermore, in episode six, she [[spoiler:hacks into a KillSat belonging to Teruki's company and tries to stop Apos with it.]]
* TimeSkip: Happens OnceAnEpisode. Considering Rin and Mimi are immortal, it's not surprising that the series took place over a period of 65 years, with the epilogue taking place at least nine months after the climax.
* ToThePain
* TortureTechnician
* TurbineBlender: Rin lands inside a running airplane engine in episode four. Her last thoughts are "''This'' may be too much even for me." [[spoiler:Though, of course, she gets better... after 20 years of continuous regeneration.]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Episodes 3-6, which are set in 2011, 2025, and 2055 respectively.
* UnknownRival: While Laura goes PsychoLesbian with her obsession with Rin and spends considerable amounts of time thinking about how to kill her, the latter considers her nothing more than a nuisance.
* VirtualGhost: [[spoiler:Ruon, and with a touch of AIIsACrapShoot, too.]]
* VirtualCelebrity
* WakingUpAtTheMorgue
* WeCanRebuildHim: [[spoiler:Laura]], ''after'' she gets dissected and made immortal by Apos.
* WhamEpisode: 4 already had some serious wham moments, but they upped the ante in 5. A lot.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Amongst other catches, when you become immortal, your current physical state is sort of recorded, and you will forever return to it. Bad vision? You can't fix it with surgery. Virginity? You will be deflowered each time. Dying of grievous wounds in extreme pain? Yeah.
** Though Rin and Mimi don't seem to mind and find odd jobs to do to pass the time.
* WhyWontYouDie: Laura has done everything in her [[ProfessionalKiller field of expertise]] to kill Rin, from blowing her to pieces with a shotgun, to [[spoiler:doing a TakingYouWithMe with a claymore mine, to using high-tech large-bore bullets, to '''pouring acid''' on her]]. By the fifth episode, she even admits to have become obsessed with figuring out how to kill her.
* AWizardDidIt (how did [[spoiler:Rin regenerate from a single time spore within a few days?]] Yggdrasil did it!)
** Might not count, since this was stated outright and was important for several other scenes.
* TheWorldTree: Yggdrasil, source of [[spoiler:Time Spores]], is visible in the opening credits as an ominous background entity that easily dwarfs Tokyo skyscrapers.
* WouldHitAGirl: Everyone, really. Of course, half of the hitters are women themselves.
* {{Yakuza}}
* {{Yandere}}: Sayara, Apos, and [[spoiler:Ruon]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Teruki's blonde hair is presumably a dye job, and Ruon's orange hair is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since [[spoiler:she exists in {{Cyberspace}} and uses a [[RobotGirl gynoid body]] in the real world]], but there's no explanation for Rin or Mimi, whose hair is green and lavender respectively.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Mishio Maeno
* ZipMeUp: Rin, to tease Teruki.
* ZombieGait: [[spoiler:Sayara's zombies in episode 1.]]
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