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He's only a teenager, but Kurenai Shinkurou is already both a master of an arcane martial art and an experienced professional mediator with a long track record of resolving disputes. Not bad for someone who's just sixteen and still in school, but everyone has their limits and Kurenai may have met his when his boss and role model Benika responds to his request for a more challenging assignment by giving him the task of protecting young Murasaki Kuhoin. Never mind that she's only seven, the fact that the people Kurenai's supposed to protect her from are her own very rich and extremely powerful family is guaranteed to take this job into the danger zone. Now the heat is on and Kurenai's scrambling to put out as many fires as he can, even as the secrets surrounding his young charge bring everything else to a flashpoint in KURENAI THE COMPLETE COLLECTION!
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I've not yet seen this DVD release, so I can't comment on the quality of the DVD's. But I have seen the show itself and I loved it. As a fan of the movie 'Leon: The Professional', this show hit many of the right notes for me, as its about a man taking care of a young girl. I can't quite give it five stars as it has a few unforgivably frustrating moments in it, but they aren't enough to ruin the show for me. However, some will disagree with that.
Anyway, I hope this does well for Section 23 as I very much appreciate them bringing this over. I never thought it would get licensed. Check it out!
The critical flaw in this anime is the protagonist Shinkuro. To be blunt, he is a loser. He is not a loser due to circumstance or to lack of ability who overcomes his circumstances. He is a loser by choice who has very little resolve and is terribly naïve. He has high level martial arts skills, but most of the time he does not utilize those skills because of his lack of resolve. While watching the series this became literally maddening until I was almost yelling at my TV. As I said the issues involved here are mature and of a serious nature and his failure to step up has serious consequences. His naivete also causes serious problems which are then exacerbated by his unwillingness to fully utilize his skills to resolve the situations he has created.
The storyline of this series was so interesting and I was so invested in Murasaki’s fate that I watched this series through in one sitting. However, Shinkuro’s lack of resolve made this series more of a chore rather than the labor of love it should have been.
Finally, the ending was not good. Much like Shinkuro’s character the ending of this anime was very, very naïve. Frankly given the extremely mature issues at stake… It was NOT okay. I will avoid spoilers, but with the future of a lovable little girl at stake you need to give us more than hope.
Overall, I recommend that you watch this anime. However, I can’t recommend that you pay $35 just to see it. It is available on Hulu.com so I recommend that you watch it there and if you really love it enough to own it then come back here and buy it.