Ranked #1339

Kure-nai

Alternative Titles

English: Kurenai
Japanese:

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2008 to Jun 20, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Brains Base
Source: Light novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.571 (scored by 24,754 users)
Ranked: #13392
Popularity: #864
Members: 52,600
Favorites: 189
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Synopsis

He's only a teenager, but Kurenai Shinkurou is already both a master of an arcane martial art and an experienced professional mediator with a long track record of resolving disputes. Not bad for someone who's just sixteen and still in school, but everyone has their limits and Kurenai may have met his when his boss and role model, Benika, responds to his request for a more challenging assignment by giving him the task of protecting young Murasaki Kuhoin. Never mind that she's only seven, the fact that the people Kurenai's supposed to protect her from are her own very rich and extremely powerful family is guaranteed to take this job into the danger zone. Now the heat is on and Kurenai's scrambling to put out as many fires as he can, even as the secrets surrounding his young charge bring everything else to a flashpoint.

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kuhouin, Murasaki
Kuhouin, Murasaki
Main
Yuuki, Aoi
Japanese
Yuuki, Aoi
Kurenai, Shinkurou
Kurenai, Shinkurou
Main
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Japanese
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Houzuki, Yuuno
Houzuki, Yuuno
Main
Shintani, Ryouko
Japanese
Shintani, Ryouko
Murakami, Ginko
Murakami, Ginko
Main
Masu, Nozomi
Japanese
Masu, Nozomi

Staff

Matsuo, Kou
Matsuo, Kou
Director
Yamazaki, Mitsue
Yamazaki, Mitsue
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Sugawara, Seiki
Sugawara, Seiki
Episode Director
Kosaka, Harume
Kosaka, Harume
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(1/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Extreme Night
Kyokuya (極夜)
Apr 4, 2008

Opening Theme

"Love Jump" by Minami Kuribayashi

Ending Theme

#01: "crossing days" by Ryoko Shintani (eps 1-7, 9-11)
#02: "Tenohira no Taiyou" by Ryoko Shintani (ep 8)



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TheLlama
Jul 15, 2008
Kurenai is the 08 spring anime I had the highest hopes for, and I surely wasn't let down by it.

The artwork in the series is amazing. The main reason for this is the coloring - it's so vivid! It's sharp and varied colors, something which - as of what I've experienced - is unprecedented. The detail may skimp a bit now and then - which drags it down to a 9 (yes, I wanted to give it a 10). Oh, and the OP theme animations is pretty whacky - which is both good and bad.

The characters are as colorful as the animation is, even the read more
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mr_utopia_man
Jun 23, 2008
A couple months ago, I decided to scout out some of the series in the Spring 2008 anime season. I found Kure-nai, and decided to give it a try. The OP scared me, and I almost turned this into an instant "drop." Really glad I didn't, because this show was a rare find.

Story
With only 12 episodes, it can be difficult to turn out that perfect storyline. Even so, they did a good job. The show is focused around the inner struggles and relationships of and between a seven-year-old aristocrat girl and her bodyguard, a poor, sixteen-year-old high school student. Nothing mind-blowing, but a sufficient premise read more
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Ranivus
Jul 30, 2008
::QUICK REVIEW::
Story: 5 (For an ass kicking bodyguard, this guy is feckless)
Art: 8 (Some anim. are laughable but overall its beautiful)
Sound: 7 (Sound was good... can't think of anything else)
Character: 7 (Shinku X Murasaki are the only 2 worth watching)
Enjoyment: 4 (Don't watch it for the action... you'll get 'boned')
Overall: 31/50 = ~6 (...what is that car doing THERE?!?!?)

::FULL REVIEW::
After reading through all the reviews, I have noticed there is nothing but praise about this show, and only one review that doesn't really explain the faults of the show. I'm here to fill in that gap. Personally I felt this show suffered from anime-itis. Don't read more
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Master10K
Jun 24, 2008
Kure-nai is for the most part, a Slice of life, Action, Comedy, Drama. There are some that will begin this series without knowing what to expect but one thing I can assure you, is to expect a very intriguing and fairly entertaining short series.

The beginning of this series is fairly confusing and can make it difficult to understand what it’s all about, as it seems like a bunch of random events; however what is easy to grasp is the main story. Shinkurou Kurenai is a high school student who undertakes numerous odd jobs and becoming a bodyguard for Murasaki Kuhouin (daughter of a powerful plutocratic read more
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