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I am the ruler of Eden <Paradise of Calamity>. And, the one who locked you up in this world, Shido Itsuka... was me.

—Rinne Sonogami, to Shido Itsuka

Rinne Sonogami
Kanji 園神 凜祢
Romaji Sonogami Rinne
Gender Female
Species Spirit
Hair Color Light Pink
Eye Color Normal: Light Brown
Spirit: Red
Nicknames Ruler
Personal Status
Affiliations Raizen High School
Occupation Student
Rank SS-Class Spirit
Novel Debut Date A Live: Rinne Utopia (Novel)
Anime Debut Date A Live Ⅲ Episode 9 [1]
Game Debut Date A Live: Rinne Utopia
Japanese Kana Hanazawa
English Emily Neves [2]

Rinne Sonogami (園神 凜祢, Sonogami Rinne?) is a character exclusive to the game Date A Live: Rinne Utopia and the novel version of the game.


Rinne has short, light pink hair, with part of her hair tied up in a braid. She has light brown eyes and is seen wearing a uniform with a sweater that has the logo of Raizen High School.

In her Spirit form, Rinne's hair length increases to the point where her braids reach a length approaching her legs. Her eyes turn into a more intense pink, almost red color. Her Astral Dress takes on the appearance of a purple clock with golden extensions on her shoulders and hips. The vast majority of her face is covered by a veil. At the top of her head, there is a decorated headdress with a golden emblem at the center.


Rinne is a calm and gentle girl who acts like a traditional childhood friend who goes every morning to the Itsuka House to wake Shido up and prepare his lunch.


While inserting herself into Shido's life, she used her Angel to create a fake backstory that they are childhood friends.


Rinne Utopia[]

Rinne is Shido's childhood friend. Rinne and her family live right beside Shido's house. Their parents have known each other for a long time and because of this, Rinne and Shido naturally grew close together ever since they were children. She often visits the Itsuka residence to wake Shido up in the morning and do house chores for him. She seems to be very close to Kotori and the other Spirits as they often have a meal together.

But the truth is, Rinne (or Ruler) was neither Shido's childhood friend nor was she human. She was born as a result of a large amount of Reiryoku suddenly forming a consciousness of its own. One day, Shido's massive amount of stress caused by his dangerous life made the powers of the sealed Spirits return to their owners, and on the school's rooftop, Tohka's power went berserk and accidentally killed him. At this moment, Rinne activated the <Eden> in order to save him. Her <Eden> engulfed the entirety of Tengu City, and she slipped into Shido's life as his childhood friend. Her objective was to continue this <Eden> forever and hoped that Shido would never discover the truth and have a happy life with his chosen partner.

Unfortunately, as a result of her inability to fully control <Eden>, Shido starts noticing the oddity around him. Kotori and her crew were also able to identify <Eden>'s effect. Each time Kotori (or Reine in Kotori's route) tries to call Shido to warn him about this, a choice pops up either to pick up the call or choose to stay with his chosen girl. If Shido were to choose to answer the call, he and his chosen girl would try to dissolve <Eden> by destroying the vital point of <Eden>. But Rinne and her guardians will show up to disarm the girl and kill Shido to reset <Eden> again so that time will return to the moment <Eden> started. This chain of events keeps repeating until Rinne can no longer erase Shido's and the girls' memories completely. This causes Ratatoskr to notice the field, and the other heroines are able to notice the world's oddity and eventually the <Ruler>'s existence as well.

In desperation, she concluded that this was the result of her mind turning unstable over time, and so she chose to date Shido to stabilize her mind once again. But, not only it ends in a failure, it also caused Shido to start developing feelings for her. As a last resort, she decided to give up pursuing a happy ending in this loop and tried to forcefully reset Eden by killing Shido once again. However, she was stopped by the Spirits and Origami. Eden's memory manipulation was dissolved and Shido destroyed <Eden>'s vital points and guardians with the help of Tohka and the others. Shido faced the <Ruler> who revealed herself to be Rinne and once again tried to kill Shido. She uses <Paradise Lost> to disarm the other Spirits and Origami, but only Shido is able to resist the effects due to his strong will.

Finally accepting her defeat, Rinne asked Shido to seal her by kissing her. Rinne kissed him and her power was sealed, putting an end to <Eden> and her utopia, but because Rinne doesn't possess a physical vessel, the loss of her power means the very end of her existence. She tearfully says goodbye to Shido after confessing her love to him. After this, Shido and the others lose all of their memories regarding Rinne and <Eden>.

After the credits, in an unknown space, Rinne is shown talking with herself until Phantom appears before her. Phantom thanks her for her hard work and suggests that she should get some sleep. Afterwards, Rinne disappears completely. On the "If" scenario unlocked after the ending, Rinne is shown transferring to Shido's school. Shido miraculously remembers Rinne and welcomes her back, to which she replies with "I'm back, Shido.", ending the game with the words "To be continued" rather than "Fin".

Rio Reincarnation[]

After speaking with Maria, Shido suddenly hears a nostalgic voice from behind. Much to his surprise, Rinne miraculously appears beside him and gives him a warm hug. After being confirmed that it is indeed her, Shido remarks that it feels like a dream. Rinne tells him that she feels the same, and thinks about why she is here. However, nothing compares to the feeling of being able to see him again. Kotori and Tohka soon arrive, but they behave as if Rinne had just come back from a long trip. Seeing everyone act completely normal around Rinne, Maria notes that only Rinne herself can probably answer that question. Rinne replies that they have returned to Eden, with everyone having false memories of her, even Yuzuru, Kaguya, and Miku. However, in this world, she is just Rinne Sonogami and not <Ruler>, as she has somehow lost the majority of her powers. As Rinne apologizes, Shido quickly says that it isn't her fault.

Meanwhile, Shido completely forgets about Maria's presence, which somewhat annoys the AI Spirit. Rinne and Maria introduce themselves to each other, with Rinne adding a chan suffix to Maria's name. In Rinne's memories, Maria is a half-Japanese lady who is currently staying at Shido's house. However, she adds that is probably not the case. Maria confirms this and reveals to Rinne that she is the AI for Fraxinus's system and has somehow been given human form. Rinne apologizes for offending Maria, but the latter states that it is fine before adding that Rinne is very kind. Rinne states that she merely learned it from a person she knows, who is probably the same person that Maria is thinking about as well. They both add that the person is related to Shido, which confuses him further as he wonders if they are talking about him. Afterward, Maria states that they are likely trapped in an environment that is similar to <Eden> and advises both of them to go about their daily lives while looking out for something suspicious.

Later that night, Tohka and the others throw a party to celebrate Rinne's return.

Ren Dystopia[]

Rinne reappears in the parallel Tengu City created by <Samael> as one of the guides to help Ren remember her first wish. Shido initially only recognizes her as <Phantom>'s disguise, but a blow to his head from Mayuri restores his memory of "Rinne Sonogami". During a conversation with Ren, the two are revealed to have a relationship comparable to sisters. After Shido and the Spirits have a barbecue, Rinne entrusts Shido with solving Ren's issue and gives him <Samael>'s box. As Ren begins to disappear from being sealed, Rinne assures her that Shido and the Spirits have returned to the real world. Ren questions if Rinne knew about her first wish all along, which Rinne denies, simply stating that as their older sister, there was no way Ren could truly hate Shido. Because Rinne does not exist in the real world, she disappears along with the parallel Tengu City.


Powers and Abilities[]

Angel: Eden (凶禍楽園エデン, Eden?. lit. "Paradise of Calamity"):

Astral Dress: Unnamed

  • Paradise Lost (無へと帰す者パラダイス・ロスト, Paradaisu Rosuto?. lit. "The One Who Sends Back to Nothing"):

Eden is her first power and is presumably her primary ability. Eden's power is summarized by Reine as "the power to redo the world until the user gains the desired result". Using this power, Rinne can create a large field where all the events inside the field can be manipulated and redone as many times as she desires. This is the power that Rinne used to hide the tree that functioned as the core of the Eden, by manipulating the residents of the Tengu City into believing it to be the city's new monument: New Tengu Tower.

Rinne also used this power to make herself Shido's kind childhood friend who was always with him ever since they were kids. According to Reine, this ability could be seen as an Angel, but it is on a scale that far surpasses one. Paradise Lost is an ability that allows her to control the roots of the tree that is the core of Eden to attack her enemies. Rather than hurting the enemies physically, the roots take their consciousness. Rinne used this power to defeat Shido and the Spirits.

Rinne also has the power to summon multiple guardians, cloaked beings with humanoid forms and 6 wings that wear either a red, white, or black cloak. Individually they are powerful, but not as powerful as an unsealed spirit. In each route, except Rinne's, the chosen girl and Shido will have an encounter with these Guardians.

Kotori also commented that Rinne's Reiryoku density is second only to the First Spirit and if she would lose control of her power, it would cause a very powerful Spacequake that could destroy Japan.

Spirit Data[]

Strength Consistency Reiryoku Agility Intelligence
110 (205) 180 (220) 210 (244) 101 (209) 170 (200)

※ Stats in parenthesis are numbers in the Utopia world.


  • (To Shido Itsuka) "Farewell, Shido Itsuka. Return to those common days. And then, please make sure your next dream is a happy one..." [3]
  • (To Shido Itsuka) "Here, you could do anything you wanted. You were allowed to do everything. Everything... but wanting to reach Reality <The Forbidden Fruit>" [3]
  • (To Shido Itsuka) "I realized long ago that there was no going back anymore. I think I also knew... that someday things would end up like this. That's why, it's enough... Goodbye, Shido." [3]
  • (To Shido Itsuka) "Thank you, Shido... ... I... just the time I was with you... I was truly happy..." [3]
  • (To Shido Itsuka) "It would be nice if you could use instead of your current key. So even if you forget me, you can remember me someday." [4]


  • "Sonogami" means "God of the Garden", which references her power to control everything inside the field of Eden with her own will.
  • The kanji of her first name (凜祢, Rinne) is also a play on the word of "輪迴" (also read as "Rinne"), a Japanese term of Samsara; the repeating cycle of birth, life, and death within South Asian religions, particularly Buddhism.
  • In one of her route's bad endings, the inside of her house is revealed to be the exact copy of Shido's house, except that it's completely empty.[5]
  • In the main story, when Shido meets Phantom after traveling five years in the past, she assumes Rinne's form to talk with him in order to hide her real form from him.[6]
  • Being told that Rinne had a soft and fluffy childhood friend-like impression, Tsunako designed her to look simpler than the other heroines in order to make her stand out as an ordinary person.[7]
  • Rinne's bright pink hair was chosen to contrast Tohka's darker hair color.[7]
  • According to Maria's calculations, Rinne is the type of girl that Shido likes.[8]
  • Rinne's Angel Eden is similar to Mio Takamiya's Angel Ain Soph; both take the form of large trees that allow the user to manipulate reality within their territory. The kanji for Ain Soph includes "Rinne", albeit written as "Samsara" (輪廻) rather than the kanji in Rinne's name (凜祢), and both Angels contain kanji for "Paradise" (楽園 Rakuen).


  1. As Phantom's disguise during the third season.
  2. As Phantom's disguise during the third season.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Date A Live: Rinne Utopia
  4. Date A Live Rio Reincarnation
  5. Date A Live: Rinne Utopia, Rinne Route
  6. Light Novel Volume 11, Chapter 7
  7. 7.0 7.1 Date A Live: Rinne Utopia - Perfect Visual Guide, Koushi Tachibana X Tsunako Interview
  8. Date A Live: Arusu Install (Novel), 4-Koma Comic


Shido ItsukaKyouhei KannazukiElliot Baldwin WoodmanKyouji KawagoeMasaomi MikimotoMunechika NakatsugawaTatsuo ItsukaHiroto TonomachiFraser DouglasGillian AlmstedRoland ClaytonJames A. PaddingtonRoger MurdochSimpson
Mana TakamiyaHinako ShiizakiKozue MinowaKaren Nora MathersHaruko ItsukaEllen Mira MathersArtemisia Bell AshcroftJessica BaileyRyouko KusakabeMikie OkamineMildred F. FujimuraCecile O'BrienLeonora SearsAshley SinclairMinerva RiddellTamae OkamineAi YamabukiMai HazakuraMii FujibakamaHiroki TakajoNagisa HimekawaAsahi HoshimiyaKanon AyanokojiSawa YamauchiMatsurika SukarabeAya
Sephira Spirits
Tohka YatogamiYoshino HimekawaKurumi TokisakiKotori ItsukaYamai KazamachiMiku IzayoiNatsumi KyounoOrigami TobiichiNia HonjoMukuro Hoshimiya
Exclusive Spirits
Rinne SonogamiMaria ArusuMarina ArusuRio SonogamiMayuriRen
Other Spirits
Reine MurasameMio TakamiyaTohka Yatogami (Parallel World)
Doll MasterRinemu KirariMizuha BanouinMaya YukishiroAriadne FoxrotHaraka KagarikeOka MiyafujiYuri SagakureKareha BanouinCarte À JouerRetsumi Jugasaki
Other Quasi-Spirits
Hibiki HigoromoTsuanAiai NogiAyame TakeshitaYui SagakureIsami HijikataSheri MusikaFurue TonamiYue HiryuMayuka Momozono
Asgard Electronics
Elliot Baldwin WoodmanKaren Nora MathersTatsuo ItsukaHaruko Itsuka
Round Table
Elliot Baldwin WoodmanKaren Nora MathersFraser DouglasRoland ClaytonGillian Almsted
Fraxinus Bridge Members
Kotori ItsukaReine MurasameKyouhei KannazukiKyouji KawagoeMasaomi MikimotoHinako ShiizakiMunechika NakatsugawaKozue MinowaMana TakamiyaMARIA
Deus Ex Machina Industries
Sir Isaac Ray Pelham WestcottEllen Mira MathersArtemisia Bell AshcroftNibelcole
James A. PaddingtonRoger MurdochSimpson
Elliot Baldwin WoodmanKaren Nora MathersMana TakamiyaOrigami Tobiichi
Jessica BaileyMinerva Riddell • Edgar F. Carroll
Anti Spirit Team
Ryouko KusakabeMikie OkamineMildred F. Fujimura • Tomonara • Kagaya
Kyouhei KannazukiOrigami Tobiichi
Special Sorcery Service
Cecile O'BrienLeonora SearsAshley Sinclair
Artemisia Bell AshcroftMinerva Riddell
Raizen High School
Tamae OkamineReine Murasame • Chousoka Beshiyouichi
Shido ItsukaTohka YatogamiOrigami TobiichiKurumi Tokisaki Kaguya YamaiYuzuru YamaiHiroto TonomachiAi YamabukiMai HazakuraMii Fujibakama