Posted by psgels on 20 June 2008 with categories: Kurenai


Ah, glad to see a solid ending for this series. It’s not anything special, but it closed off this series very solidly, without leaving any threads open and with a satisfying conclusion that goes beyond the “save the girl and return home”. The final fight was also really nicely animated, the car-chase was pretty nice. About the only thing that didn’t feel right was Yayoi recovering so easily, and beating Lin so easily when she should have been heavily bruised, even if she did somehow regain her consciousness in time.

Overall, I can’t really say that this has been the best work for either the director and Brains Base: both Red Garden and Baccano were better than this series, but still it’s been an interesting ride, and like True Tears a very solidly written series, apart from a few inconsistencies here and there. Overall, it was a good series for a quick watch that doesn’t hit heights or lows.

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  1. hashihime says:

    I enjoyed the ending — especially Murasaki, and Yuuki Aoi’s voicing of her — but I thought there were huge holes. Not just Yayoi recovering so fast, and with a couple of new moves being able to beat the unbeatable opponent. And the complete absence of the other guards. Also Renjou’s quick change of heart. And also leaving Murasaki there among the same dangerous people, a seven-year-old against adults. As far as I can see, her real story starts now.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Well, in my opinion, Renjou’s change of hearts has been built up for. In the first episode he indeed was really angry at Murasaki’s escape, but after that he subtly started to change, until at one point he started to blame Ryuuji for going after Murasaki. I do admit that it’s a bit strange that the psycho Ryuuji just accepted this, yeah.

  3. ggultra2764 says:

    One thing to note was that it seemed there was some censorship in this episode. When Ryuuji stabbed Benika, you could hear the sound of blood gushing and see a camera shot to the floor. But, there was no blood. Inconsistency, much?

  4. npcomplete says:

    Is there any more to the novel this show is based on? Or did it end where the novel did? Just curious if there’s a possibility for a second season.
    .. or since I haven’t watched the last 4 eps, you say it has a “solid” ending, with no loose threads.. did it end with simply a satisfying resolution or a kind of full-closure finality?

  5. psgels psgels says:

    I don’t think that there’s going to be a second season. All conflicts have been resolved, everyone’s happy, and I don’t see how a second season can be made.

  6. Kev says:

    I like how they say the Kuhouins are such a powerful family that they can ignore society’s laws and such… but no one in the premise has a gun.

  7. yes says:

    yes i agree. they are such a rich family, yet nobody has a gun? that is because it is relatively hard to buy a gun in Japan, even for private security purposes, it is very hard to get the the permits for private handgun use…

    I assume that you are from America, where you can buy a gun from a supermarket and then proceed to gun down whoever took your parking spot.

  8. Solaris says:

    @yes+kev: these people are of the Yakuza’s kind. It’ would be easy for them to gain some fire weapons, but they couldn’t probably use them in the Inner Sanctuary. (just guessing)

    @ncomplete. Kurenai’s a 4 chapter novel, and it continues too. Only the fisrt novel was animated. Let’s hope for the next one ^^ (somenone wrote it on randomic’s blog)

    i agree with hashihime. There are some holes ideed, the bigger one being Murasaki herself. Damn she’s a little child and has thounghts and act more mature than the adults around her… that’s not so believable indeed.
    And this ending… what a stupid ending: Our heroes won but guess what? They Left the prize there… yeah, smart move…

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:42 PM)
    @Aidan: I didn’t know that. There was a lot of details that exactly correspond to the Titanic that I left out, and come to think of it they are rather fishy and too specific, but the gist of the original book was probably coincidentally similar to the event; namely an unsinkable ship called Titan sinking on its maiden voyage.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:40 PM)
    If I recall correctly it the titanic was an Irish backed/built/funded ship…I think…
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:37 PM)
    @Bam, that book is questionable. The author wrote the book and after the titanic republished it and edited it to relate it more to the tragedy.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:26 PM)
    I want a yandere magical girl one that is outwardly a kuudere.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:19 PM)
    It was implied that something deluded her, especially the shows themselves.
    She wanders the streets hoping to be killed by someone as insane as herself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:17 PM)
    I can recall coming up with the idea of a homeless girl who thinks she’s a magical girl and she goes around dismembering people (well decapitation at least) and when she accepts she’s actually crazy and she’s the real monster she tries to impale herself through the face by jumping from a height onto the wand (which isn’t really a wand) but any chance of atonement by her taking her own life is prevented so she’s forced to live on with what she did.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:08 PM)
    I don’t know, in my opinion any potential that a magical girl series could possibly have is usually undermined by their repetitive formulatic nature.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:53 PM)
    When I first came to this site was on a comedy/magical girl/romcomdrama kick but I’ve gone out of the mood again for a bit now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:49 PM)
    Now if that coincidence is possible then all bets are off, and maybe a magical girl show made by Toei called Go! Princess Precure could be a great series.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:45 PM)
    *book

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