Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve last posted here. Dealing with school and running in between jobs have been quite a hassle. I’ll be giving you episode summaries/reviews of Kure-nai and To-Love-Ru this season so look forward to it… and if you don’t care, well… tough.
If you remember from last week, Shinkurou received a “special” job where he was put in charge of protecting a runaway girl of extremely high class, Murasaki. This episode basically picks up where it left off the first episode and involves a troubled Shinkurou trying to deal with Murasaki living on her own.
Shinkurou has a nightmare showing images from his tragic past. It seems that he was orphaned in some sort of disaster which may also relate to his mysterious body. As Shinkurou leaves for school, he gives Murasaki a lecture about not leaving the house. Murasaki seems to be a lot happier and more comfortable with staying by herself in Shinkurou’s shaggy apartment.
During school, Shinkurou occasionally calls Murasaki to check up on her. Murasaki, being the pampered young girl she is, has been having a bit of trouble trying to get used to a “commoner’s” life. Murasaki also meets Shinkurou’s neighbors, Yamie and Tamaki and after a while Murasaki stops answering her phone, making Shinkurou very frustrated. Yamie picks up one of Shinkurou’s calls and basically tells him that Murasaki wasn’t in the room anymore.
After Shinkurou gets home, he finds Murasaki trying to bathe herself in the sink. She complains that there’s no hot water and that she feels gross being “unclean”. Shinkurou decides to take her to the public bath and since she’s only 7, she was allowed to go into the men’s side with Shinkurou. Even when trying to give Murasaki a bath, Shinkurou is troubled by Murasaki’s complaining. Murasaki’s spoiled-ness also comes up again when the old bathhouse owner gives Murasaki a free glass of milk after her bath. Shinkurou asks Murasaki if she said “Thank You” to the nice old lady and Murasaki tells him that she doesn’t need to say thank you to servants. Shinkurou explains that the old lady wasn’t her servant but, just a nice old lady. Murasaki suddenly realizes what she did and very formally apologized and thanked the bathhouse owner. After they leave the bathhouse, they go and buy a new futon for Murasaki. Murasaki remembers the lesson Shinkurou taught her and thanked him properly.
During the middle of the night, Shinkurou leaves the apartment for another job he was assigned to do. He was apparently asked to settle a dispute between a bar owner and a group of harassers. Shinkurou arrives during the middle of the discussion and nonchalantly disposed of the group in a brutal manner. The bar owner, even though he was just saved, became terrified of Shinkurou, calling him a monster.
The next episode seems to show Murasaki exploring and meeting people at Shinkurou’s school. The preview shows her meeting Yuuno and the setting she’s in does seem like it would be a school.
I’m very much liking Kure-nai so far. I think it has a good balance from the “light” stuff (school, loli hijinks, and overall innocent stuff) and the “darker” stuff. I’m not sure if giving Shinkurou inhuman powers really fits into the whole setting but, I’m sure it will fit into the story eventually. Right now it just seems like the story could still be the same even without his condition.
Is it strange that both shows I’ve decide to blog have a single male character surrounded by a bunch of female characters? I assure you it’s quite accidental but, while Kure-nai would seem to have some kind of harem element to it on the outside, it doesn’t seem to have much of that tone while actually watching it. Shinkurou does seem to have multiple “relationships” with the other female characters though. If you don’t count Tamaki’s open flirtation and any attempts of making Shinkurou a lolicon in this show, then Shinkurou would probably be in a love triangle with Yuuno and Ginko. It does appear that Yuuno and Shinkurou have some sort of relationship that might be more than friendly and Ginko does show a little concern for Shinkurou when she’s “all up in his business”.