Kurena admires Shin for bearing the burden of carrying the names and memories of his dead comrades with him. After witnessing Shin euthanizing one of their mortally wounded squadron mates after a battle, she resolves to help him carry his burden. In order to do so, she sharpens her shooting skills to be able to perform the same duties as Shin. However, she eventually realizes that she is not capable of being the same as him.
Kurena's admiration for Shin has developed into affection, a topic her squadron often uses to tease her. The feelings are not mutual, since Shin has grown to view her as a little sister. Despite this, she was persistent in trying to help him and gain his attention.