Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
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.
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!