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Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

July 5, 2011

Adapted from the manga “La croisée dans un labyrinthe étranger” drawn by Hinata Takeda, the artist who also handled the character designs and illustrations for “Gosick”, “異国迷路のクロワーゼ” takes us back to 19th century France, where the young Japanese girl Yune is taken in by Oscar and Claude who run an iron crafts store in a traditional shop gallery.

The animation by Satelight is good, with enough attention going to the historical backgrounds as well as the era setting and costumes, which does give it a more subdued look overall and accentuates how Yune brings color to their world.

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The first episode of this slice-of-life, historical genre anime especially struck me by how cute the main character Yune is, a whole new level of moe has been achieved here.

Though do wonder if such an overly sweet moe character will be able to carry the series and offer enough depth to her journey of discovery in this foreign country and its culture. Am curious to see her bond with Claude evolve as his rough, stern and outspoken personality couldn’t contrast more with Yune’s shy and reserved self.

Nonetheless, with Yune being this cute, am anxious to see the rest of this promising historical slice-of-life series!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Shiddo permalink
    July 5, 2011 10:54 pm

    Yune is just soooooooooooooooooo cute :3
    I was rly looking forward for this anime, but first ep was way better than expected ^^
    Hope they can keep it at this level for rest of the series, so we can relax and enjoy Yune’s daily life in Paris ^^

  2. July 6, 2011 12:10 am

    What attracted me to watch this series is Yune’s Kimono and the fact that this has historical and slice-of-life genre. I truly enjoyed the nice graphics and animation, especially how it pays so much attention to details.

  3. Devastator001 permalink
    July 6, 2011 2:56 am

    Hrmm… might pick this up for my slice of life quota of anime viewing @_@

  4. July 6, 2011 7:46 pm

    @Shiddo
    She definitely is! Wonder if they didn’t make her a bit too young but that might be on purpose to not give rise to any possible interpretations of a romantic angle between her and Claude. Seems to me it will indeed be mostly about Yune growing from her journey of discovery through this foreign culture.
    @abscicca
    Quite like how Yune and her traditional kimono are an explosion of color in that otherwise rather subdued and not so colorful 19th century setting, yet the colors aren’t too flashy or overbearing.
    @Devastator001
    Looks like it will be slice-of-life with the necessary weekly light drama or adventure about her journey in France.

  5. July 10, 2011 8:18 pm

    The first episode definitely won me over. Yune is indeed cute and I enjoy her voice as well. Really beautiful backgrounds and realistic feel. I do wish there was a bit more french in it though, to give me another reason to use what little I learned in high school XD

  6. July 11, 2011 8:55 am

    So you are watching this. ^ ^

    The animation I found very gorgeous indeed. And those clothes. I love it!! Sooooo cute~ Probably my favorite anime of the season.

  7. July 11, 2011 10:35 pm

    @Persocom
    Well we’ll see if the next episodes bring more French dialogue, so far it does look like they made efforts to have the French titles and speech done as accurately as possible.
    @Yi
    Was interested after reading the original synopsis and spotting the art for it and the first episode was definitely terrific. ^^

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