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3rd and 4th Days of Christmas – Fast Talking and Self-Mockery

As I have a much larger article to write tonight I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

If Woody Allen were a pedo and an anime writer--oh wait

The 3rd moment is a memorable, cleverly written scene from episode 3 of the slice of life/action/loli dramedy Kure-nai–the three way conversation between Shinkurou, Murasaki, and Yuuno. The rapid-fire, back and forth conversation was, if anything, reminiscent of a sharply written stage play or a Woody Allen film. Witty dialogue isn’t much heard in anime and it was one of the things that made the show, whatever its flaws, one of the notable shows of the spring season.

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The 4th moment is really, in some ways, a holdover from the most notorious show of 2007–it’s the final scene of the School Days: Magical Heart Kokoro Chan OVA. It is, in many ways, a fitting tribute and acknowledgment of the biggest anime meme of the previous year, though arguably the moment the creators themselves do it is the moment when it loses its cachet. This wasn’t as immediate as the Nice Boat reference in last fall’s ef-a tale of memories, but it’s an example of humorous fan-pandering.

Kurenai – an odd show that I cannot put my finger on.

Is it supernatural? Is it Jidai (period) style drama? Is it “kid messing up a young man’s life”? Is it “secret organization and assassination”? What is it?

I don’t know. But I do know that the OP looked like South Park X Zetsubo Sensei. X CG (in whatever order you think is appropriate).

The story involves some teenager – Kurenai Shinkuro (played Sawashiro Miyuki – Shinku) seeming with some super powers and can someone to some distance place…

A 7 year old girl – Kyuhoin Murasaki escapes her “prison” inside her rich home with Beneko (what, another Beneko), and being placed under the protection of Shinku..ro (right, not Rozen Maiden).

I didn’t know they have uber traditional rules for women at this day and age in Japan, but somehow, seeing the Japanese Imperial family, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

All the ultra rich people in Japan has kanji-filled names, like Sanzenen. (Nagi) or maybe that’s just for anime’s sake, because I’ve never met or heard a Tokugawa…except for some chain restaurant owner (?) in Japan. One of my student was Oda (with the right kanji, too, but she knew nothing about Daimyo, or Big Name, referring to famous feudal lords in the warring era). I’ve never met a Toyotomi, Takeda (Shingen), Uesukin (Kenshin), or Sanada (Yukimura).

Ahem. In any case, this is a quite interesting drama (I don’t think it’s action) about a certain girl meeting a certain teenager…I think.