Reinya is an ordinary convenience store clerk – by day that is; but at night she becomes the notorious thief, Kaitou Reinya. From her secret underground base, the young robber spends her time freely alongside her accomplice, Chutaro, as she plans her next great heist or simply watches her favourite soap opera. No matter what the loot, as long as it’s gold and catches her eye, then Reinya will steal it and claim it for her own, all while avoiding the semi-watchful eyes of the Oedo Police Department.
Here comes Phantom Thief Reinya!
Stolen Love in Space?”
No way! Someone's got it in for me!
Shoot! Reinya is trapped!"
I wanna be a ninja!
No way! Reinya is cursed!
Mission Impossible: Reinya's Date!!
Organize the Shinsengumi Troops!
Oh, no... Reinya is finally beaten!
I'll never forgive this affair!
What I Liked: Good mixture of consistent, vibrant animation (that reminded me of Pop'n Music) and live action footage. Cute theme song. Brilliant and colourful character designs. Morning Musume member Reina Tanaka does a good job as the central character. Skits were energetic and well executed, even if they did mostly rely on simple sight gags. Manages to use cliches of the genre to its advantage by adding somewhat unpredictable new spins to them (e.g. Episode 8's plot). What I Didn't: It didn't really end. There was just a "final" skit and that was that. The "I'll forgive that" running gag got a little stale. Final Verdict: Short, sweet and full of enough energy to overpower a classroom of kindergarteners, Phantom Thief Reinya is a fast-paced and silly romp about a catgirl thief with a love of golden foodstuffs and the hapless detectives who keep trying to catch her. With colourful and consistent animation and a cute theme song, it's a good little timewaster for someone who wants a bit of frivolous fun.
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