kurenai – 03
「偽者の顔」 (Nisemono no Kao)
“A Fake Face”
While watching TV in Shinkurou’s room, Tamaki tells Murasaki about how she’s searching for a guy that would pamper her so that she can live an easy life. Murasaki thinks a simple-minded guy like that is an idiot and wonders if there are even any around. According to Tamaki, there’s one closer than you think. (*cough* Shinkurou *cough*)
In the meantime, Benika’s contacting Shinkurou with some more odd jobs (with no compensation…*sniff*), but mentions that there’s still that other matter. Later on, Shinkurou’s eating lunch with Yuuno (ah, how nice it must be to get a homemade bento from your senpai), but gets interrupted by a phone call from Ginko. When Shinkurou meets up with Ginko, he questions why she called him when she prefers to mail, so she tells him it’s because he’d probably ignore it. Seeing Shinkurou with a bento in hand, Ginko quickly suspects that it’s Yuuno-senpai’s and expresses her hate for her by telling Shinkurou that both her and her bento are detestable. (…much like in the first episode.) In any case, it turns out that Ginko has a new job for Shinkurou and asks him to look over some photos.
Unbeknownst to Shinkurou though, Tamaki has brought Murasaki to his school and decides to leave her there while she goes and searches for “good” man. Left alone, Murasaki (who’s lived a sheltered life and never been to school before) starts exploring the campus on her own. After running into an anatomic model in the science room, she calls Shinkurou and tells him there’s a person (probably a man) who’s in danger because he didn’t respond to her. When Shinkurou asks if the man collapsed, Murasaki says he’s standing with half his body exposed. With Murasaki making no sense at all, Shinkurou thinks that this is some perverted thing Tamaki has set up (e.g. a guy she’s tied up) and just tells Murasaki not to touch him. (lol) Murasaki eventually prances by Yuuno, who after some brief introductions, apparently knows about the Kohouins.
As for Ginko’s job, she tells Shinkurou that a kindergarten principal’s home was broken into last week and the deed from his safe was stolen. Apparently in the deed’s place, a secretly taken photo of the principal’s grandchild was left behind. (…in other words, blackmail.) Ginko later shows Shinkurou a picture of a weak yakuza named Kunou Tadashi, who’s apparently the wakagashira (若頭) (lit. “young head”, a gangster term which means second-in-command to the “head”, a.k.a. Oyabun (親分)) of the Kyokuhoukai gang. After getting all the available info, Shinkurou decides to head home and asks Ginko to contact him when when new info comes in.
While following Murasaki around the school, Yuuno is surprised to find out that there’s a Kohouin that doesn’t know her family name, Houzuki. Their conversation is cut short though by a phone call from Shinkurou after he realizes what Murasaki meant by a half-naked man. Yuuno, having realized that it’s Shinkurou she’s talking to, asks to speak with him, but Murasaki runs away from her instead. The chase quickly ends though when Shinkurou bumps into the other two, after which, he desperately tries to explain his relationship to Murasaki. When Murasaki says they live together, Yuuno starts getting depressed (feeling as if she “lost” to a kid) until Shinkurou finally fesses up that he’s been asked to protect her. Upon hearing that this is one of Benika’s jobs, Yuuno makes Shinkurou apologize for lying to her and the misunderstandings are laid to rest.
On the train ride home, Murasaki is a bit jealous after seeing how well Shinkurou and Yuuno get along and wonders if he’ll ever be that way with her. Shinkurou explains that it’s probably because he lived at Yuuno’s house until just last year, where her grandfather also taught him martial arts. Their conversation comes to a halt though when they notice an elderly woman being bullied for her seat by a bunch of students. (This is just pathetic by the way…) Seeing nobody on the train speak up about the incident (including Shinkurou), Murasaki jumps in and lectures them (Go Murasaki!). Much to Shinkurou’s dismay, he steps in to apologize on behalf of Murasaki and eventually gets punched and spat on in order to avoid a confrontation.
Off the train, Shinkurou tells Murasaki not to do anything reckless like that, but she questions what’s wrong with doing the right thing and why Shinkurou learned martial arts if he doesn’t use it in situations like this. After a bit of arguing, Shinkurou realizes why Murasaki feels so strongly about this when she explains that her mother (Kuhouin Souju) always hung her head, put on a fake smile, and apologized repeated until the day she died. (This is actually what the “fake face” episode title is referring to.) The old woman from earlier steps in at that point, asks the two of them to stop fighting, and thanks Murasaki for being such a splendid person at such a young age.
Later that night, Murasaki overhears one of Shinkurou’s phone calls and follows him out. Yayoi informs Benika of this, but she realizes that it’s probably for Ginko’s job and tells Yayoi not to step in unless she absolutely has to.
First off, I finally realized why Omni doesn’t like episodes that jump around a lot, because I found myself spending a fair amount of time wording the summary of this one. (Actually, “fair amount” is an understatement.) While I originally planned to keep my summaries brief, I felt a more thorough one was necessary here. In any case, I hope I don’t have to spend this much time on future episodes. As much as I’d like to keep blogging kurenai, I really have to see if I have enough time and if there’s enough interest. (I definitely plan to continue watching it though.) Since episode 3 aired this week, I decided to cover it first, even though episode 2 hasn’t been blogged.
As for the actual episode, we continue to see how Murasaki’s sheltered life has affected her understanding of the world. Given that she’s only 7 years old, I find a lot of her naive remarks pretty humorous at times (e.g. the anatomic model). It’s also a nice contrast when she does throw out a “big” word such as 「同棲」 (dousei) “living together”, much to Shinkurou’s surprise. (“‘Dousei’? Where did you learn that word?”) Story-wise, I’m interested to know exactly what the relationship is between the Kuhouins and the Houzukis. Aside from that, I wouldn’t say too much sparked my interest this episode in terms of plot progression; however, that’s not to say this episode wasn’t enjoyable. In fact, the exact opposite is true due to all the character developments.
From the previous episodes, we already had a sense that Yuuno has a thing for Shinkurou, but it was interesting to see that Ginko seems to like him too. After watching this episode, I really starting to wonder if this is the reason why she hates Yuuno so much. To me, Ginko seems to be a non-violent tsundere, whereas Yuuno seems to be outgoing and clingy. If this is indeed the case, I would pretty much expect that the former doesn’t appreciate the latter’s direct methods of attracting a guy. As for Ginko herself, I got the impression that she has a soft side (which supports my tsundere idea) when she reminded Shinkurou out of the blue that he once said he wanted
take her out for to succeed a ramen business with her once they’re older. She even goes on to tell that him he’s an idiot for taking up Benika’s unreasonably dangerous jobs (probably out of concern for his well-being). Also, we see hints of jealously over the cellphone strap and when she overheard him talking about someone being naked. (Ginko started calling Shinkurou 「下品」 (gehin) “indecent” at this point and demanded an explanation.) She even started moping to herself a bit afterwards by saying that she’s fine with just using her computer in this lonely room. :( When asked if she got into information gathering for his sake, Ginko told Shinkurou to not be so conceited and that it was only because she couldn’t leave an idiot like him alone. (Does anyone else think Shinkurou assumption was spot on?)
Finally, they still haven’t revealed anything more about Shinkurou’s body. While we know Ginko’s aware of it, I wonder if Yuuno is too since she’s familiar with Beniko and the Kuhouins. I hope to find out sooner rather than later, but with the way kurenai is going, that won’t be the only reason I’m watching.
- Kurenai Shinkurou (紅真 九郎) / Sawashiro Miyuki (沢城 みゆき)
- Kuhouin Murasaki (九鳳 院紫) / Yuuki Aoi (悠木 碧)
- Juuzawa Benika (柔沢 紅香) / Ishige Sawa (石毛 佐和)
- Inuzuka Yayoi (犬塚 弥生) / Ookubo Aiko (大久保 藍子)
- Mutou Tamaki (武藤 環) / Sanada Asami (真田 アサミ)
- Houzuki Yuuno (崩月 夕乃) / Shintani Ryouko (新谷 良子)
- Murakami Ginko (村上 銀子) / Masu Nozomi (升 望)
- Old woman (老婆) / Asou Miyoko (麻生 美代子)
- Tomoaki (友明) / Urata Yuu (浦田 優)
- Akio (秋生) / Yamaguchi Mayumi (山口 眞弓)
- Team member (選手) / Matsuda Yuuki (松田 佑貴)
- Yasuko (ヤスコ) / Kurata Masayo (倉田 雅世)
- Student A (生徒A) / Suyama Akio (陶山 章央)
- Student B (生徒B) / Obi Yukimasa (小尾 元政)
- Student C (生徒C) / Yamaguchi Takayuki (山口 隆行)
- Older student A (学生A) / Ueda Youji (上田 燿司)
- Older student B (学生B) / Shiratori Shuuma (白鳥 修馬)
- Older student C (学生C) / Masuda Yuuki (増田 裕生)
- Preview narration (予告ナレーション) / Muramatsu Ken (村松 健)