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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: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Light novel
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Themes: ChildcareChildcare, Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.351 (scored by 3609736,097 users)
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Ranked: #22292
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1928
Members: 85,885
Favorites: 218

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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
Yamazaki, Mitsue
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Kosaka, Harume
Episode Director
Nobuta, Yuu
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
TheLlama (All reviews)
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
Jun 23, 2008
mr_utopia_man (All reviews)
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
Jul 30, 2008
Ranivus (All reviews)
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 read more
Jun 24, 2008
Master10K (All reviews)
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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