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Kure-nai

Kure-nai

Alternative Titles

English: Kurenai
Japanese:

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2008 to Jun 20, 2008
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.611 (scored by 22608 users)
Ranked: #12062
Popularity: #718
Members: 46,883
Favorites: 179
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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action comedy drama romance

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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Kure-nai, Kure-nai
Alternative setting: Kure-nai OVA

Characters & Voice Actors

Houzuki, Yuuno
Houzuki, Yuuno
Main
Shintani, Ryouko
Japanese
Shintani, Ryouko
Jeong, Mi Sook
Korean
Jeong, Mi Sook
...
Kuhouin, Murasaki
Kuhouin, Murasaki
Main
Yuuki, Aoi
Japanese
Yuuki, Aoi
Sindberg, Susan
French
Sindberg, Susan
...
Kurenai, Shinkurou
Kurenai, Shinkurou
Main
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Japanese
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Yang, Seok jeong
Korean
Yang, Seok jeong
...
Murakami, Ginko
Murakami, Ginko
Main
Masu, Nozomi
Japanese
Masu, Nozomi
Yeo, Min Jeong
Korean
Yeo, Min Jeong

Staff

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



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Jul 15, 2008
TheLlama
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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Apr 3, 2014
judojon
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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Jun 23, 2008
mr_utopia_man
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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Aug 5, 2008
Slacks
It is difficult to assign a proper rating to a show as unbalanced as this one. This uneveness isn't even a case of certain elements of the series being handled better than others; Kurenai is both pleasing and disappointing in every one of its aspects. The animation is distinct but marred by noticeable low-quality moments, the characters are as engraging as they are entertaining, and the plot moves from being confusing to entertaining to downright stupid. There are no triumphant highs or deep, dank lows in Kurenai, but this anime does enough seesawing between entertainment and disappointment to lead to a mediocre viewing experience overall.

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Recommendations

Both series are about young, sheltered children who are exposed to the outside world through their guardians.
Both anime feature a high school student taking on the responsibility of a young child, though the circumstances of the child are different (and therefore lead to different storylines), the theme is present in both. So for this reason I suggest Kure-nai lovers to try out Aishiteruze Baby, especially if the relationship between carer and child is what appealed to you.
The idea is pretty simular - small girl suddenly comes under a care of alone-living man. Not even the idea, but even the show - smiles, tears, adventures, worries, contacts with true parents, helping mates... all just looks like born from one source. But its not bad, because the main thing, thing you will like for sure, is the relations of The Man and The Little Girls, their nature and characters.
The difference is in small difference in gernes: Kurenai is an action, with fights and small amount of blood, and Usagi Drop is much more passive, with only routine, very fine routine.
Anyways, there always will be a bit stupid smile on ur face during the show. Enjoy!
Both series are about a secret world that coexists within the "normal" world we know without people knowing about it, and a relatively defenseless kid from one world who's drawn into the other, being protected by a group of skilled guardians as they learn the ropes and get their bearings. The primary different in premise is that Nabari no Ou has a seemingly average boy drawn into the ninja world, while Kure-nai has a girl rescued from her own household's harmful customs and intentions and brought into the "real" world.
Both anime's are about a young but powerful boy who protects a loli in order to
earn money for different motives. Hayate is more on the comedy, whilst
Kurenai aims at the drama atmosphere.
the same author,the same world setting,even share some characters,but this story which happens 7 years later than kure-nai has a quite different genre.it's also the maiden work of Katayama Kentarou.

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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