Kure-nai Episode 2
Rating: 5 (of 5)
Review: With the introductory material now out of the way, Kure-nai begins to make its case as one of this season's true masterpieces. Episode 2 sees Shinkurou trying his best to take care of mischievous Murasaki—don't leave the house, there's food in the fridge, call me if you need anything—but this poor little rich girl doesn't even know how to open packages of convenience food. When Shinkurou finally gets home, he takes Murasaki to the public baths, but even that becomes an adventure as she must learn proper manners towards others. And at the end of the day, Shinkurou's work still isn't over—he has another job from Benika, one of a more serious nature...
This kind of character-driven episode is exactly what the series needs, and best of all, it does it with great charm and a sense of humor. It's all the little details that make it so delightful: Murasaki trying to open a tuna can bare-handed, or meeting the flaky neighbors, or blowing bubbles in the bath. Her quirky conversations with Shinkurou also reveal an amusing culture clash—"What's a convenience store?" Meanwhile, the final scene where Shinkurou does his dirty work as a "dispute mediator" reminds us that there's still some serious business at hand. Once again, every minute of the episode is animated flawlessly; even mundane actions like biting into a cookie or shampooing one's hair have an expressive quality. The piano-centric soundtrack also reveals new tunes that make the CD a must-buy, from light, jaunty pieces to more sentimental moods. When all the elements of a great anime start coming together like this, it's about as close as you can get to perfection. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2008-04-08/5