Japanese: 紅 kure-nai
Published: Nov 2, 2007 to Jun 4, 2012
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Synopsis16-year-old Kurenai Shinkurou, a specialist in settling squabbles between people, is one day approached by the daughter of a powerful plutocratic family asking him to be her bodyguard. Adapted from a light novel.
Related MangaAlternative version: Kure-nai
Adaptation: Kure-nai OVA, Kure-nai
Before I begin, I've want to tell you I've read both the manga and watched the anime. Why I am telling you this? Well because they are completely different, to the point where they are almost a completely different series. While the characters might be the same, the actual stories that happen are completely different. So, what I am trying to say is that if you liked the anime, it doesn't mean you will like this (unless you liked the OVA's, because they were based off the manga and are much more alike.). But thats not to say this isn't it a very good manga in its own right, actually its quite the opposite.
A story? When you first read this manga, it has no beginning at all. No character introductions, no why is this person here or how they got here. Nothing. It starts off like you just opened a random page in the middle of the series. Its like its expecting you to have already watched the anime/read the novels to know who's who. It just starts off with a random arc's. Eventually, they get to telling background stories and such, but a nice introduction at the beginning would have been nice and would have saved a lot of confusion, especially for new-comers to the series. The rest of the story is quite good, with the fights scenes being interesting, and have some real dramatic moments, and it great to see the relationships between the characters at these moments. The 'filler' chapters between the arc's are also quite good, providing much needed comedic relief.
The art is really quite nice, nothing spectacular, but still nice. However, if you have watched the anime (excluding the OVA's of course), the art style here is completely different and you will take you a while to get use to which character is which.
Ah, Murasaki the female protagonist, a 7 year old girl who is very smart and mature for her age but is equally stubborn and innocent. She is really what makes this manga so good. She is easily the most mature at of all the group of high school kids in the group and is usually the voice of reason. Its just so entertaining to watching the kids more then double her age get shown up by her maturity. Despite this, combined with her innocence can create some comedic moments. The male lead and main protagonist Shinkurō, can be a bit of a whiny bitch, but overall is manageable, and his kickarse "demon horn" can lead to some good fight scenes. All the other secondary characters are quite good actually, each being unique and mysterious (all are mysterious, trust me), and all bring something to the plate.
I enjoyed this manga quite alot, actually I enjoyed it VERY much. It might not be a masterpiece, but put all the different aspects together and it was a engrossing and interesting experience yet I don't know why... Maybe its the harem that Shinkurō manages to get. Just joking :)
Overall, this was a very enjoyable manga series that, while isn't anything amazing, still has its perks that were very good. I would recommend reading the manga, though it would help to watch the anime before as I believe as it gives you a bit more background (even though its a completely different story and won't give away any spoilers). One last note, DON'T COME HERE EXPECTING THIS MANGA TO SATISFY YOUR LOLICON FETISH (not that I have one). Despite popular belief, this is not a fanservice anime, so don't worry if you can't stand this stuff. Though there maybe very, very little nude scenes, they are part of the story, and other then that there is no more fanservice. In the end, its a good manga.
Both Kure-nai and Blood Alone has a male protagonist taking care of a young female while learning from each other and living together.
These both have the same core story: A young adult male caring for and protecting a younger female. The major difference is that Blood Alone has vampires, while Kure-nai has its own variety of supernatural powers, though they play less of a role in the plot than the vampires in Blood Alone.
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