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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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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