Kure-nai Episode 5 – Sunday Family Day

Shinkurou and Murasaki head over to Yuuno’s family’s home (the Houzukis) so Shinkurou can get some martial arts practice that he hasn’t had in a while. More of Murasaki’s stubbornness is shown while attempting to socialize with Yuuno’s little sister Chizuru. Murasaki is also showing more of how she is a naive and influential little girl when she spouts out phrases she hears on TV and from other influences like Tamaki.


Summary

On the train ride to the Houzuki mansion, Murasaki is worried that Yuuno would attack or harm her since she knew of the Kuhouins. Shinkurou assures her that Yuuno is a nice person and nothing like that would happen. At the mansion, Murasaki calms down a bit and meets Chizuru, Yuuno’s little sister, and they go off to play on their own while Shinkurou and Yuuno go to the dojo to spar. However, Murasaki’s stubbornness leads to her breaking Chizuru’s “DS” and doll. After getting whooped up by Yuuno, Shinkurou and Yuuno’s grandfather have a casual conversation about the Houzuki family and how they’re a family of killers. Yuuno’s grandfather also states that it is hard on Yuuno.

As Shinkurou and Murasaki arrive back at home, they find Tamaki and Yamie in their room eating boiled tofu and drinking lots of alcohol. During this scene, Tamaki gives Shinkurou a heater that she “obtained” from a university and pries into what Shinkurou did that day, making tons of sexual references. Tamaki’s influence is shown when Murasaki starts copying her sexual comments (of course not knowing what they actually mean).


Impressions

Ahh, what a fine episode this was. I wasn’t too into the first portion of the episode as it wasn’t that fun to watch. However, it was kind of interesting watching Murasaki interact with Chizuru and watching Shinkurou get his ass handed to him during training with Yuuno. Murasaki breaking everything she touched was kind of funny to watch and reminded me a bit of my childhood where things would get broken by friends all the time.

What I really liked about this episode was at the end where everyone was in Shinkurou’s room eating the boiled tofu. Since the apparent theme of the episode today was having fun with your family on the weekend, it was pretty nice to watch neighbors coming together and acting like family (even if Shinkurou was opposed to it). It goes to show that you don’t have to be related by blood to act like a family together.

It was also interesting to see how they depicted Yamie and Tamaki versus Shinkurou’s way of thinking when it came to being “poor”. All Shinkurou could think when he got the heater was that it would be too expensive on the electricity bill. But, Yamie and Tamaki could only think of living in their own luxury. Even though they’re all probably poor living in that apartment (I say probably because I don’t know exactly how financially secure Yamie and Tamaki are, but if they’re living in that apartment they’re probably not too well off), Yamie and Tamaki only make the best of it doing whatever they please and not worrying too much about the cost of things. On the other hand, Shinkurou is serious minded and always worries about the consequences of things.


Murasaki continues to be an epic part of the series. Without her I doubt many people would continue to watch this show. Her comments always makes me laugh especially when she says things she learns from TV or Tamaki. The last scene in Shinkurou’s room made me burst out laughing when Murasaki suddenly said “Eat me too!”. Murasaki is too innocent for her own good, but I guess it’s alright since she is still a little kid and all.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted May 5, 2008 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Another amazing episode of Kure-nai. I mean, little has happened action wise in 5 episodes, but I could watch this show all day just for the dialogue and exchanges between the characters. It’s fast paced, back and forth, and quite entertaining. But on the more serious side we have seen a huge amount of growth so far in Murasaki and Shinkuro, and it looks like it will continue.

  2. Posted May 5, 2008 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    This would have been called “filler” on another show, but the dialog is so clever and the characters are so charming it’s hard to go wrong. I love how uniquely jarring it is when they juxtapose the ultra-violence in with all the cute interactions between Shinkurou and Murasaki, but this ep. proves they can go without and still be successful.

  3. Posted May 6, 2008 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    @Calawain: You’re right, not much has happened so far. All we’ve seen so far was a few random events and a little bit about mainly Shinkurou and Murasaki’s past. But I’m starting to wonder if the point of the show is not what will happen, but the little “adventures” that Shinkurou and Murasaki have. Although, the next episode does seem to take a more serious tone.

    Murasaki has indeed grown from the first episode. I haven’t noticed much growth in Shinkurou, but I can tell that he has to mature in order to protect Murasaki.

    @otou-san: Even if the rest of the season was like this, I honestly wouldn’t mind. But I doubt that will be the case. For me, the main plot has seemed to take a backseat for Murasaki highjinks.

  4. Posted May 6, 2008 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    I personally feel that Yunno is finally given some back story rather than the typical mysterious love interest. One thing well done in this episode is that despite being a mostly character development episode, it still shines. I am happy that Yuuno gets this treatment, so that we understand why Shinkurou is somewhat close to Yuuno.

    Oh, the “eat me” part is definitely the climax of this show. The ability of the show to make Murasaki completely unsexual made the line even funnier and becomes more innocent than thinking like a lolicon. Great stuff.

  5. Posted May 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    @Impz: I certainly got a better impression of Yuuno now that we know a bit more about her background. I wonder if we’ll get to see her fight more as she is certainly skilled at it.

    I don’t get any “sexual” vibes from this show other than Tamaki’s remarks. I think that is a bit rare these days with anime and all the fanservice going on and all. Even Kaiba had sexual themes in it since episode 2.

  6. Cas
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Muraski is so adorable. I remember there was one ep where she snidely mimics a child on TV, which is strange since she’s most likely about the same age as her. She’s like an adult-kid. Which is kind of cute really.

    I actually prefer the other love interest (What’s her name? Ginko or something; she wears specs) just because she doesn’t go all out like Yuuno does. It’s annoying.

    With that said, the main attraction of this series is definitely the interactions between the 2 main characters: Murasaki and Shinkuro. It’s just so adorable.

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