Posted by psgels on 20 June 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews, Kurenai


Kurenai is quite possibly the most solid of the series that came out during the past spring season. It’s a well-written series. If you liked True Tears and want to see how it would have been with a bit less romance and a bit more action, then it’s likely that you’ll like Kurenai. This series is not going to hit any heights, but it’s perfect for a quick watch.

Aside from the solid writing, Kurenai has another thing it can boast about: its voice-acting. It joins Mahou Shoujotai and Red Garden in the very short list of series that have their voices recorded before the animation-process. The result is that the voice-actors are less restrained, and have more freedom in portraying their characters, which leads to a number of excellent dialogues, with the highlight being episode six.

Unfortunately, because the writing is so solid, the inconsistencies tend to stick out like a sore thumb. There are two or three points in this series that make you wonder what the creators have been smoking, because they don’t make any sense at all in the light of the involved characters, especially around the second half of this series.

With Brains Base, you can of course expect gorgeously animated fight-scenes, and indeed, whenever characters start fighting, the animation shines. Overall, Kurenai is probably too short for the story to make any real impact, but it’s got a likable cast of characters, great dialogue, excellent animation and terrific voice-acting.

7 Responses

  1. Ivy says:

    Why would anyone want to watch True Tears with less romance and more action? Apparently the romance was the main draw. Oh and Kurenai is one of the most memorable one-season shows, after Sola and Elfen Lied of course.

  2. Cyn says:

    I loved this series and is so far the best series I’ve watched this year. What really pulled me into it was the way the music just flows with the story and I don’t know how to explain but left me emotional every episode, weather it be a bitter sweet moment or just hilarious, and sad impact. Well yea to sum it up the BGM just went really well with the scenes

  3. Pegah says:

    Completely agree with cyn about the music. And i must say, this was the sweetest show i’ve ever seen.

  4. This is certainly by far the best series to have come out of Spring 2008. Definitely intelligent in its approach a certainly a strong contender for best series of 2008. Murasaki is just that great a character.

  5. Solaris says:

    Yes, given there were many contenders for the best spring show, Kurenai, with his above average art, won easily.
    Of course there’s still Kaiba and 20 faces on the run, but not many more interesting series.
    There are many good point in Kurenai. The best was maybe that only one novel was animated, on the choiche of four thus published.
    One season for one novel gave all the time to tell properly a beautiful story and to flesh out great characters.
    But the chars themselves were a bit disappointing at the end.
    Given the bad ending where the heroes won but the child was left in the lion mouth, as I already stated, Murasaki is unbelievable “mature” for her age. But the other chars aren’t that flawless too. Shinkuro is a bit too “emo” for an assassin, and the head of the Kuhnoin family is a weakling… should i continue?
    Ok good art, good music, good voice acting, good package in a few words, but something didn’t seem right to me at the very end. I’d give this serie no more than 70/100

  6. Houlgrave says:

    Lmao. Anyone who compares something as crappy as Sola with a show like Kurenai needs mental help.

    I agreed with most of the points presented in the overall review, but one thing that went unmentioned that I personally thought was that Shinkurou is a step above most male protagonists; kind and naive like usual, but exceptionally ruthless and brutal once he starts fighting. Nor is he undecisive generally, which was a relief. The picture we see of him ends up almost schizophrenic, and I loved that.

    Great review!

  7. Adrastea says:

    I really like the pacing and the how the story progressed. In a way it makes me feel as if it were simply one long movie and not series. I don’t know exactly where that feeling comes from though.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:43 AM)
    @Emma: man, that would be my pleasure, but I have to do minimal work and you do the rest for it to look good lol
    I’ll message you as soon as I figure out how.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:38 AM)
    @Bam Great! It’d also be fun to do collaborations as well. Could I see some of your work for that? You could send me a note on DA if you prefer
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    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:36 AM)
    @Friend: interesting. I have some weird looking spaceshift, building and character designs from Koji Morimoto so lemme know if you need me to send you the scans ;)
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    @bam Yup :) I downloaded a free template from BlendSwap and took a screenshot of it wireframed.
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    @Friend: war is definitely stained … but I’m mostly wondering about where you got that ship schematics from? =)
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    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:28 AM)
    @Friend: I really like the other one as well. I also commented on the 1st one and added you to my watch, but don’t you dare look at my creations as from a pro’s perspective they are nothing but mockeries.
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    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:19 AM)
    @Emma @Vincent for my next piece, I might try drawing a representation of the New Macchu Picchu concept Vincent thought up.
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    @Bam thank you for that :], I try to let the viewer take a step back and absorb everything on their own rather than having things immediately pop out. Like this satirical piece I did some time ago: http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/187/0/d/kriege_sind_bunt_by_friendist-d7piwgz.jpg
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