kurenai – 09
「貴方と私と」 (Anata to Watashi to)
“With You and Me”
Episode at a Glance:
Shinkurou asks Benika for a full explanation about the Kuhouins, so she explains the ways of their conglomerate and how they inbreed to get pure blooded children. While Shinkurou realizes this job’s too much for him, he decides to protect Murasaki as he originally promised. Feeling that goodbyes are important too, Shinkurou convinces Benika to allow him to take Murasaki back to his apartment to see Tamaki and Yamie one last time. Meanwhile, Benika sneaks into the Kuhouin house to talk to Renjou, who explains that he can stop things anymore now that Ryuuji has gone out. Back at the apartment, Lin Chenshin and three men easily beat up Yayoi and make it to Shinkurou’s room. There, Ryuuji shows up and talks to Murasaki, who fearfully agrees to go back to the Kuhouin house. Despite Shinkurou’s best efforts to stop them, Lin gives him the beating of his life, before they all leave with Murasaki.
「慣れの恐怖」 (Nare no Kyoufu)
As evident in the screenshot, yes, there was a loli kiss this episode. While this is probably going to be blown out of proportion by some hardcore otakus, it was actually an innocent kiss in a pretty touching scene. As for the discussion about the Kuhouins, up until now, one could probably figure out what the purpose of the Inner Sanctuary is, but it was only now that they explained things flat out. In short, the Kuhouin women of the Inner Sanctuary can only bear the children of the Kuhouin men, while they marry outsider women to make everything seem legitimate. Whether they’re restricted to inbreeding because of biological reasons or family custom reasons though, isn’t really elaborated on.
I was a bit surprised by how skilled Lin Chenshin is, given how Yayoi couldn’t lay a finger on her. In addition, I sort of expected Shinkurou to use his “bone” technique, but I guess he really meant it when he said he didn’t want to rely on it for strength. Seeing as he let Ryuuji take Murasaki away, I’m kind of uncertain why he looks so cheerful cleaning his room in the preview. Speaking of Ryuuji, it seems like he’ll be more of the main antagonist now, given how Renjou seems to be secretly opposing the Kuhouins for Murasaki’s sake as I mentioned before.
In other news, it has just come to my attention that kurenai is only slated for 12 episodes, according to the Japanese wiki page. This comes as a bit of a surprise to me since I was expecting this series to be two seasons long. With only three episodes remaining, it seems like the climax of the series will entail freeing Murasaki from the Kuhouin customs, with Ryuuji and Lin being the main antagonists. While I don’t feel any episodes thus far have been wasted, it still feels like things are ending a bit too quickly.
- 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)
- Kuhouin Renjou (九鳳院 蓮丈) / Kuroda Takaya (黒田 崇矢)
- Kuhouin Ryuuji (九鳳院 竜士) / Okamoto Nobuhiko (岡本 信彦)
- Lin Chenshin (リン・チェンシン) / Ueda Kana (植田 佳奈)
- Mutou Tamaki (武藤 環) / Sanada Asami (真田 アサミ)
- Yamie (闇絵) / Kimura Haruka (木村 はるか)
- Kuhouin Man 1 (九鳳院の男１) / Kouno Tomoyuki (河野 智之)
- Kuhouin Man 2 (九鳳院の男２) / Masada Yuuki (増田 裕生)
- Kuhouin Man 3 (九鳳院の男３) / Shiratori Shuma (白鳥 修馬)
- Preview narration (予告ナレーション) / Marumatsu Ken (村松 健)