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  • TV-MA
  • 2008
  • 1 Season
  • 7.1  (184)

Kurenai is a Japanese anime television series produced by Brains Base and directed by Kō Matsuo. The show was broadcasted on Chiba TV from April 2008 to June 2008. It is an action-packed, mystery-filled, coming-of-age story that follows the journey of a young boy named Shinkurō Kurenai, who works as a mediator, resolving disputes among families.

The show is set in an alternate version of Japan where the government has outsourced law enforcement to private organizations. These organizations are known as "Benika SOS," which are hired to protect the safety of their clients. Shinkurō Kurenai is a 16-year-old boy who works for Benika SOS as a mediator, helping to resolve disputes between different families. He is a quiet, reserved person who prefers to avoid conflict. However, he is also an expert martial artist, and when the situation demands it, he can fight with incredible skill and precision.

At the beginning of the series, Shinkurō is approached by a wealthy woman named Murasaki Kuhōin, who requests his services as a mediator. After Shinkurō meets with her, he discovers that Murasaki is actually a 7-year-old girl who has been entrusted to his care. She had been kept in isolation for most of her life, and now she is being targeted by several different groups for various reasons.

Shinkurō decides to take Murasaki under his protection, and the two begin an adventure filled with danger, mystery, and excitement. Through their journey, Shinkurō and Murasaki face many different challenges, including powerful enemies, deadly traps, and hidden conspiracies. They must work together to overcome these obstacles and find a way to keep Murasaki safe.

The show's plot progresses at a steady pace, introducing new characters and conflicts along the way. Shinkurō's past is slowly revealed, shedding light on his motivations and personal struggles. Murasaki's backstory is also explored, revealing the tragic circumstances that led to her isolation and current predicament.

The animation of Kurenai is high-quality, with detailed character designs and fluid action sequences. The scenery is also well-drawn, with vibrant colors and a variety of locations that add depth to the story. The music is composed by Ken Muramatsu, who provides a fitting soundtrack that complements the mood of each scene.

One of the most appealing aspects of Kurenai is the relationship between Shinkurō and Murasaki. Despite their age difference, the two have a strong bond that develops throughout the show. Shinkurō becomes a mentor and father figure to Murasaki, teaching her how to be strong and independent. Murasaki, in turn, brings out a more caring and compassionate side of Shinkurō. Their interactions are often charming and heartwarming, providing a balance to the show's darker moments.

Overall, Kurenai is an enjoyable anime series that combines action, mystery, and drama in a unique and compelling way. The show's well-developed characters and intricate plot make for an engaging viewing experience that keeps the audience entertained until the very end. Fans of coming-of-age stories and martial arts action will find plenty to love in Kurenai.

Kurenai is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on April 3, 2008.

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12. Exist
June 19, 1998
Shinkuro and his cohorts battle it out with the overwhelmingly powerful Lin. Renjo tries to drive Shinkuro's group out of the mansion. However, Shinkuro attempts to break back in by himself just to have one last word with Murasaki.
I Think
11. I Think
June 22, 1998
Shinkuro begins his break-in to the Kuhoin mansion with Benika and Yayoi. Defeating countless guards that attack one after the other, Shinkuro and the group make their way to the back where Murasaki is being held captive.
Dreadful Experience
10. Dreadful Experience
June 15, 1998
Shinkuro can't hide his guilt about Murasaki's capture. Yayoi gives him advice to forget about the Kuhoins and Murasaki right away. Even after hearing that, Shinkuro can't shake it off, and so he tries what he can to refresh his mind.
With You and Me
9. With You and Me
May 29, 1998
Realizing that he is making an enemy out of the Kuhoin Clan, Shinkuro loses his confidence to continue being Murasaki's bodyguard. Meanwhile, Samidareso is attacked by an unknown enemy!
Taking Care of One'... Self and Cowardice
8. Taking Care of One'... Self and Cowardice
June 1, 1998
Murasaki's eyes sparkle as she makes her first visit to a temple. They all spend a peaceful time taking pictures and exploring. However, behind the shadows are mysterious men watching Murasaki's actions very carefully.
7. Woman
May 25, 1998
Tamaki passionately describes to Murasaki about how to please a woman. In order for her to get a better understanding, she takes Murasaki to her college where a new side of Tamaki is revealed.
A Light Will Shine Over Your Head
6. A Light Will Shine Over Your Head
May 18, 1998
The residents of Samidareso are asked to volunteer for a musical that will be performed at the local festival. Shinkuro continuously declines, but Tamaki and the others confirm their participation anyway.
A Wish
5. A Wish
May 11, 1998
On a Sunday afternoon, Murasaki is engrossed by the ferocity with which Shinkuro trains.
Exceptional Talent
4. Exceptional Talent
May 4, 1998
Murasaki follows Shinkuro to his new job, where she is promptly captured. Shinkuro negotiates tenaciously, but the two end up in a desperate situation that finds Murasaki unconscious.
The Face of a Fake
3. The Face of a Fake
April 27, 1998
While exploring her new school, Murasaki meets Yuno and quickly becomes suspicious of her. Meanwhile, Shinkuro takes on a new assignment.
A Ditch and Flow
2. A Ditch and Flow
April 20, 1998
A worried Shinkuro constantly calls the missing Murasaki who is not answering her phone. When he finally gets through, the voice on the other end is not Murasaki's.
An Extreme Night
1. An Extreme Night
April 13, 1998
Shinkuro Kurenai is approached with an assignment to protect a mysterious girl named Murasaki Kuhoin. Despite having concerns for leaving Murasaki alone, Shinkuro goes to school. However, when he returns, Murasaki cannot be found...
Where to Watch Kurenai
Kurenai is available for streaming on the Chiba TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Kurenai on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 3, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (184)