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Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation: After Thoughts

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As always, I continue to watch the animes I wasn’t able to finish before.

This anime, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation, was an anime I watched back in college. I wasn’t able to finish this one because I got bored watching it. Still, I knew that this one is a hidden gem and I want to finish it.

Did it live up to my expectation?

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2011 to Sep 19, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Studios: Satelight
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Historical, Seinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: G – All Ages
Synopsis: The story takes place in the second half of the 19th century, as Japanese culture gains popularity in the West. A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveler, Oscar, on his journey back to France, and offers to help at the family’s ironwork shop in Paris. Oscar’s nephew and shop-owner Claude reluctantly accepts to take care of Yune, and we learn how those two, who have so little in common, get to understand each other and live together in the Paris of the 1800s. (MAL)

Unfortunately, it didn’t.

Even at the second watching, I got bored watching this.

This anime had a decent premise. Set in the late 19th century, A japanese girl suddenly starts living in France, its very interesting. But what made this series hard to watch was the flow and story progression. There was nothing special or exciting on each episode, which made me bored binging it. I mean, I knew from the start that this is a slice-of-life and would be mello, but this anime just lacks appeal to me.

I do admit, I did like the art and animation alot. The character designs were really nice and on-point. The background art was gorgeous. It made me want to go to France and see the place myself, even though I’m not sure if it still exists. Lel. The animation was smooth and fluid. There wasn’t a bad shot or anything that was ugly to look at. Definitely better than most of the animes released on that year.

It wasn’t just the art and animation, I also like the characters. All of them were quite interesting. Their personalities clash with each other, especially when both the culture of Japan and France tend to contradict. It would have been nice if their clashes were abit more spicy and exciting, then maybe I woould have liked this series better.

Overall, this anime was nice, but it lacked impact for me to like it. This just didn’t do for me.

That’s it for now.

Thanks for reading!!



  1. tsog Permalink

    It’s cute girls doing cute Victorian s**t, which is all it was and all that it needed to keep me watching.
    Now it just makes me forever sad though because it reminds me that its original creator, Takeda Hinata (also of Gosick fame), was taken so early T_T

    1. Will Sirius Permalink

      Oooohhhh…I’m so sorry to hear that. I didn’t know they had the same creator.
      Now, I really want to watch Gosick. Its been sitting on my watchlist for years. If it had similar character designs as this one then I might like it.

      1. tsog Permalink

        Anime usually has a different character designer than the original’s, but the original designs were definitely both by Takeda Hinata,
        I follow a number of illustrators, and quite a few of them bought Takeda’s artbook which was released posthumously. I ended up buying one myself, though sadly I have yet to open it. There are scans online already if you are interested.


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