Episode 4 of ViVid Strike! delves a little into Rinne’s past, showing us how she come to be the person we see in the present day.
The episode kicks off with some early morning training.
The look Fuka gives Einhard when she sees she hardly broke a sweat was quite funny. Turns out Nove had Yumina look into Rinne’s past to get an idea of why she behaves the way she does – this episode is a flashback episode dedicated entirely to Rinne.
That encounter leads to the Berlinettas taking an interest in Rinne, and they arrange to meet her soon after.
Dan and Lori decide to make Rinne part of their family. When she arrives at their home, she discovers that the man she met previously is now her grandfather.
Rinne goes on to form a very strong bond with her grandfather. She also starts attending the school that Lori and her mother before her attended, and Lori has a special gift to pass down to her.
Scuderia was made by Rinne’s grandfather for his wife, and then was passed down through their family.
At Rosberg Private Academy, most of the kids seem pretty thrilled to have the daughter of the prestigious Berlinetta family attending their school.
The teachers soon come to realise that Rinne possesses incredible athletic abilities.
However, she has no interest in any sports clubs as she would rather spend time at home with her grandfather. She turns down every club that invites her. Three girls approach her, and accuse her of stealing the Scuderia…
Of course, these girls are pretty pathetic and they have no intention of letting Rinne get away with standing up to them. As a result, Rinne becomes a victim of their constant bullying.
Rinne suffers in silence, not even letting her parents know what is actually going on. She wears a fake smile and convinces herself that they’ll get bored with bullying her soon.
When November rolls around, it seems that Rinne may have been right.
This turn of events allows Rinne to have a little happiness again, and she even has some good news concerning her grandfather.
It doesn’t take long for Rinne to discover that the words of the glasses girl were hollow. She discovers her uniform has been torn, and the Scuderia is missing.
Of course, this disgusts the bully girls. She washes the Scuderia, but the girls have no intention of leaving her. Two restrain Rinne, whilst the third slaps her – and then Rinne’s phone starts ringing. Rinne realises immediately that something has happened with her grandfather, but it is one of the bullies who retrieves it.
Rinne breaks out of the grip of the girls, but this only causes them to lose their tempers.
After those events, Rinne discovers that her grandfather had passed away. Having lost her grandfather and been unable to protect the Scuderia, Rinne snaps.
So it seems that these were the events that drove Rinne to become the person she is now. Rinne dealing out justice to the bullies may have been extreme, but there was definitely a sense of satisfaction to watching those girls get what they deserved (well, maybe a little more than that…)
Whilst this does give us a better understanding of present-day Rinne, I still say she’s in need of a good befriending. Ideally, Fuka will be the one to do just that, but I’m sure that both Vivio and Einhard are also capable of knocking some sense into her.