Ranked #1288


Alternative Titles

English: Kurenai


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2008 to Jun 20, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.581 (scored by 24,230 users)
Ranked: #12882
Popularity: #828
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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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Yuuki, Aoi
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Sawashiro, Miyuki
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Houzuki, Yuuno
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Shintani, Ryouko
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Murakami, Ginko
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Masu, Nozomi
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Matsuo, Kou
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Yamazaki, Mitsue
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Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Sugawara, Seiki
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Episode Director
Kosaka, Harume
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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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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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Oct 7, 2015
One of the hardest things I have to do as “reviewer” is try and justify why I thought a show was good. Sometimes it’s easy as hell because there’s so many things I can easily point to and say, “This. This is the reason I like this show.” Other times the things that make a show good are a lot less evident and normally lead to me having to say something like, “It’s just good because.” Kure-nai is definitely one of those anime that belong in the latter category, and as hard as it may be I’ll try to justify my point.

The Short Version:
(+)The characters read more
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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.

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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Apr 3, 2014
Kurenai is a show that blends several different story elements together. It's an action thriller, complete with secret organizations and trained teenage operatives. It's a story of personal growth, with the two main characters learning what is most important to them and how to fight for it. It's a slice-of-life with quirky characters and hints of romance. This all adds up to a 12 episode show that gives you a good taste of each, while managing to tug on your heartstrings from time to time. Yet, unfortunately, for all the juicy morsels it offers up, Kurenai is oddly un-filling. There is a feeling Kurenai could read more
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