Anime Review: Kurenai OVA Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 7/29/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Kure-nai OVA

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about.

tl;dr review: Kurenai Shinkorou is a bodyguard for a rich little girl; three short stories for fans of the series.

The Skinny: Sixteen-year-old Kurenai Shinkorou is a specialist in mediating disputes, but soon finds his life in upheaval as he is hired as a bodyguard for Murasaki, a sheltered girl of a rich family. Originally a series of Japanese novels, Kure-nai was adapted into a short anime series a couple years ago — and this is a Original Video Animation with three short stories produced for the fans. In the first short, Kurenai takes Murasaki for a swim in a hotel pool, and with several other of his acquaintances manages to foil a minor terrorist attack on the hotel. In the second, Ginko is up against a deadline for an assignment when her laptop breaks. In the third, Murasaki needs some help filling out her personal diary for a class.

My Thoughts: Surprise, surprise…I actually liked this. Which shouldn’t make any sense, because I went into this knowing nothing about the show, nothing about the characters, for an OVA that is only tangentially related to the original anime series and specifically aimed towards existing fans. Furthermore, online reviews say this OVA is quite inferior to the anime series itself. When I started watching, within a couple of minutes there was Kurenai surrounded with half a dozen girls in bikinis at the pool, and I immediately thought “Ugh, harem anime.” But as it went along I warmed up somewhat. Not sure why…I dunno, the characters seem natural and real. Plus Murasaki is just an absolute doll of a little girl. Now I’m interested in going back and checking out the original series.

For more info:

Star Crossed Anime Review:
Wikipedia entry:
Official video trailer:

The Verdict:

The tally for Summer 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Ookami-san, Highschool of the Dead, Mitsudomoe, The Occult Academy, Black Butler II, Kure-nai
Failing grade: Amagami SS, Sekirei: Pure Engagement, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Strike Witches 2, Shukufuku no Campanella

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): Legend of Legendary Heroes, Digimon Xros Wars, Nurarihyon no Mago, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, Sengoku Basara II, Asobi ni Iku yo, Shiki, Cat Shit One

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