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Synonyms: Crimson
English: Kurenai
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2008 to Jun 20, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Broadcast: Fridays at 02:00 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Brain's Base
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Theme: ChildcareChildcare
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.321 (scored by 3766137,661 users)
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Ranked: #26002
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2259
Members: 90,681
Favorites: 223

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Shinkurou Kurenai is a 16-year-old student by day and a dispute mediator by night. Though kind-hearted and patient, due to his tragic past, he has trained for years to live on. Now, despite his unimposing appearance, he is a strong martial artist, who also possesses a strange power.

While taking various jobs for his employer, Benika Juuzawa, one assignment leads Shinkurou to live with Murasaki Kuhouin as her bodyguard. Murasaki is the seven-year-old daughter of a plutocratic family, who escaped her home under peculiar circumstances with Benika's help. Commoner life, in her eyes, seems bizarre. However, by interacting with her neighbors, she grows more accustomed to the daily routine, and rids herself of her snobbish behavior, gradually growing attached to Shinkurou.

Though many details of the job remain unclear, Shinkurou still strives to protect the young lady. But to make things more complicated, he also lacks a crucial fact—what is the real threat against Murasaki?

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Characters & Voice Actors


Matsuo, Kou
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition
Kawatsura, Shinya
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Love Jump" by Minami Kuribayashi

Ending Theme

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


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 ...
Jul 30, 2008
Mixed Feelings
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?!?!?)

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 ...
Jun 20, 2008
This anime is absolutely HORRIBLE!! Okay, to be fair, it only became horrible after episode 8. At the beginning I was rating it a 10 and placing it among my favorite animes. The plot was somewhat unique, and there was the mystery as to exactly what the girl was running from, and shinkuro's past. But as the answers start to become revealed by each episode somehow in the 9th episode the author of the anime has no idea/clue where to take the anime. The action goes downhill, which is disappointing since it is supposed to be an action genre and they turn a possible bourne ...

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