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English: Kurenai
Synonyms: Crimson


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
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.481 (scored by 28,832 users)
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Ranked: #16542
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Popularity: #1096
Members: 65,127
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After losing his family in a tragic terrorist attack when he was but a child, the main protagonist of Kure-nai, Shinkurou Kurenai, made a pact to stay strong no matter what.

Now a high school student, he works with Benika as a mediator and lives with the Houzuki family, training and gradually mastering the family martial arts. Together with other members of the team, Shinkurou aims to aid those who seek his help.

One day, Benika brings a beautiful 7-year-old girl from a wealthy family, Murasaki Kuhouin, to the Houzuki house. When Shinkurou asks for a more challenging mission, he is left with the task of guarding this young lady. At first, he takes these orders for granted. However, when he comes home to find that Murasaki is gone, he panics, frantically running around to search for her. Thankfully, he soon finds her, and from that moment on, a bond between Murasaki and Shinkurou is formed that is sure to evolve into something more. Will Murasaki be able to help Shinkurou get past his tragic past? Or is it the other way around? How will these two face the challenges sure to come their way?


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Characters & Voice Actors


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

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"Love Jump" by Minami Kuribayashi

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#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
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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