Posted by psgels on 16 May 2008 with categories: Kurenai


Now that we’ve entered the second half of this series, the main storyline pops up again. It’s pretty early this time, in comparison to most other series in the same situation. Five episodes will be plenty of time to get a good climax out of this series, and I wonder what kind of tricks the creators still have up on their sleeve.

The episode starts as Tamaki takes Murasaki to the college she attends. As it turns out, she herself claims to be an expert in terms of love, and yet she gets dumped by her boyfriend because she’s been too rough on him. That female friend of Tamaki really reminded me of the early Rachel in Red Garden. I must say that the director here has been really good realistically portraying the dating scene, as opposed to 90% of the other anime, who strangely enough never heard of the word “party”. Are these that rare in Japan? I can imagine how series with a serious story don’t have time for these, but I’m really surprised that of all these slice-of-life series, nobody seems to celebrate their birthday with a big party…

The second half finally shows some depth to the bad guy, which is about time. The guy turns out to have been in love with Murasaki’s mother. Murasaki was also raised, not knowing who her real mother is, and only just before she died (or just after it) she found out the truth. What the cretors now need to do is continue this development. It’s definitely a step in the right direction, but he needs more attention if he wants to end up as a successful antagonist. I may be comparing him a bit too much with Hervé, though. (From Red Garden, who in my opinion was a great example of an antagonist that works).

9 Responses

  1. deyes40 says:

    Is it confirmed it’ll have 12 episodes? I thought it was still up the air. Not that it’s bad, as 12 episodes makes sense with the current pace.

    Having said that, I’m loving the feels-as-filler-but-isn’t slice-of-life episodes so much, that I wouldn’t mind if they stretched it to, like, 22 episodes.

    Good to see some story again though.

  2. deyes40 says:

    Also, no, the Japanese don’t really celebrate their birthdays, generally at least. Just an text email over the phone is sent, and that’s it, well ok, in person with close friends. Gift giving and going out to drink as a group are fairly common standard things that don’t need to have a reason (such as a birthday) in their eyes. Again, generally, as it does happen of course. (And more and more I believe, what with Japan being fascinated by America – if it’s a party, it’s often a surprise party, as that’s what you see the most on American TV).

  3. Windspirit says:

    You didn’t watch Kanon, did you ?

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Windspirit: I quit after episode 10, so I guess that means no. Of course, I can only speak for the series I’ve seen. ^^;

    Deyes40: both AniDB and ANN seem to confirm that Kurenai will only be twelve episodes long. I agree that it could have been longer, but at least it’s now short and sweet.

  5. Windspirit says:

    Shiori’s birthday was one of the best parts in the anime… and exactly how you describe it, what’s more.

    Good news that this series will only be 12 episodes long.

  6. herbata says:

    um you do know that the “antagonist” is Muraski’s father righ?

  7. Solaris says:

    lol when Tamaki tells Murasaky about girls deceiving men, she instantly thinks of Yuuno. She really hates Yuuno, doesn’t she? :D

  8. miden says:

    lol @ murasaki ^_^!!

  9. Chrosign says:

    The show has spent every single episode showing us what kind of creature a woman is. Ever since episode one where we see Murasaki’s father cursing and using violence against and calling them ‘wretched women’.

    It is interesting how Kuhouin women are meant to spend their entire lives in the inner sanctum, never to step out, and that they are to have utterly no control over their lives at all. These things are meant to be predetermined. But Murasaki is a Kuhouin female who receives education about all the characteristics of a true female outside(and along with it, all of life’s nasties ;D)

    Hence introduce ambiguity as to which lifestyle Murasaki should aspire to become to reach true feminity. Should she aspire to be the perfectly sheltered and completely faithful Kuhouin lady and live a life as a man’s toy? or towards the outlandish behaviour of a modern japanese woman?

    “So Universities is a place where women compete for men??” – Murasaki

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:50 AM)
    Still would have preferred dorohedero adaptation than gangsta though but I can dream…
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:46 AM)
    Reading over the impressions post for Ranpo, reminded me, has anyone read the Junji Itou take on that story?
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:43 AM)
    …crap, that post went on a lot longer than I was planning it to. Got a bit excited over the series. =P
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:41 AM)
    Ha, yes the characters are unique aren’t they? How often do you see a deaf gangster.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:40 AM)
    I would lying however if I said I wasn’t keen on that Worick fella though and the prostitute girl.
    I am hoping that the series will go more into their relationship with her.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:38 AM)
    I think this could be the best of the season and I’m glad it’s being covered on here and thanks for putting me onto it with that season preview/first impressions post.
    Where the scans left off was a frustrating cliffhanger =<
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:38 AM)
    I’d worry about the anime, there might be a chance of censoring later on (although so far that isn’t an issue) and the anime is only 12 episodes long so that’s a problem right there. After a good opening chapter I did feel it took me a little bit before I fully got into it.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    It has a feel of dogs-bullets and carnage, which was an alright manga, this seems like a step up/better thing of it.
    However I’m not that big on the tonal shifts, the comic reliefs not great, slight bit of filler, don’t overly care for the side cast as much, their a bit forgettable some of them.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    The action scenes are enjoyable enough, gritty and gory, its competent, time/boredom killer stuff so long as you turn your brain off. That I like the art style also helps. I liked how in one scene the prostitute at least did try to stand up for herself. I can see that a jormungand/black lagoon fan might go for this however I’d warn people to not have their expectations THAT high.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    I watched the first episode of gangsta, but I decided to go on and marathon all 6 volumes in one sitting. For the most part this has a page turner quality to it, the three central/main characters backgrounds are adequately handled and theres a development they keep teasing I hope they get more into. I’m glad to has a series with adult characters like this. Theres a kind of bromance in there somewhere.

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