kurenai – 11
「われ思考う」 (Ware Omou)
「われ存在り」 (Ware Ari)
I was eagerly anticipating this episode after how last week’s showing ended and boy did it not disappoint. For those who want to see more action and less talk, this week surely delivered in that department. In addition to seeing Shinkurou, Benika, and Yayoi take on Lin and a bunch of henchmen, Ryuuji showed that he’s quite capable as well.
Aside from all the fighting, it was a bit of a shame to see the maid who originally helped Murasaki escape the Inner Sanctuary get killed while trying to help Benika, but the sight of her death did cause Shinkurou to uncontrollably activate his bone technique. When I saw that happen, I was thinking that Lin would finally receive a beating in return, but unfortunately, Benika quickly pulled Shinkurou aside and ran off with him instead, as he seemed to be in a lot of anguish. Unlike the last time Shinkurou fought with Lin, he was able to land a blow on her this time, albeit it being just a slap to her face. I’m hoping that Shinkurou will use his technique in the last episode though, as he doesn’t stand much of a chance against her as he is now. Benika faired a lot better against her, but that only lasted until Ryuuji intervened.
As for Murasaki, I was kind of surprised to hear her accept her fate in the Inner Sanctuary and tell Shinkurou to leave after coming all this way to save her. While Shinkurou believed she was only spouting out words that she was instructed to, a couple of the latter scenes seem to indicate that she was only saying that in order to save Shinkurou and the others. In any case, I find it quite remarkable that a seven year old is already thinking so self-sacrificially, but I guess that should be expected from Murasaki’s adult-like thinking.
Also, for those of you wondering, Yayoi did not die, although it seemed like she was on the verge of doing so. Next time, it looks like Renjou will meet up with Shinkurou (where I imagine he’ll play a key role in deciding Murasaki’s future) and Ryuuji looks like he’s pyschotically stabbing something. Lin only appeared briefly in the preview in what looks like a car chase after Benika, but she’ll undoubtedly fight with everyone again before all is said and done. There still seems to be a fair bit to wrap up for next week’s series finale, so I’m hoping that the ending won’t feel too rushed even though I get the feeling that it will be.
- 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 Kazuko (九鳳院 和子) / Koyama Yuka (小山 裕香)
- Kuhouin Ryuuji (九鳳院 竜士) / Okamoto Nobuhiko (岡本 信彦)
- Grandfather (祖父) / Katou Seizou (加藤 精三)
- Lin Chenshin (リン・チェンシン) / Ueda Kana (植田 佳奈)
- Head Maid (女中頭) / Kurata Masayo (倉田 雅世)
- Kuhouin Man (九鳳院の男) / Ueda Youji (上田 燿司)
- Preview narration (予告ナレーション) / Marumatsu Ken (村松 健)