Posted by psgels on 22 January 2007 with categories: Les Miserables - Shoujo Cosette

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Short Synopsis: Cosette and Gavroche find a small puppy and decide to take it home, where it causes quite a bit of trouble. Jean meanwhile gets visited by someone from his past.
Good: Already extremely touching, this early in the series.
Bad: No bad points so far. Let’s hope it stays this way.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

So far, the winter-season has been excellent. My two favourite series of the season so far have to be Les Miserables and Master of Epic. While the latter is more than enough for my weekly comedy-fix, the former so far has delivered an extremely toughing tale about Cosette. I SO like her character right now. Even though she’s being bullied by almost everyone, she still shows that she can be strong. I love strong characters like her. ^_^

Still, I’m surprised at the lack of interest about this series. I expected lots of people to talk about this one, but only one other blogger has picked it up. Apart from that, two others talked about the first episode, and that’s it! The fansubbers also are surprisingly slow, despite the Japanese being not very hard (seeing as we mostly hear children talk). I’m really hoping that this show is going to get a bit more attention when the subs start to arrive, as it doesn’t deserve this much negligence.

This show has also proved to draw me in its atmosphere faster than almost every other show. I’m not sure what it is, but each episode has such an incredible atmosphere from start to finish. This episode was definitely no exception, it probably was the best episode yet. Especially the ending was amazing, when Cosette got beaten by Thénadier for messing up her sheets, right in front of her children.

Also, who’s that guy who’s after Jean Valjean? It would seem that he’s someone from the police, who’s chasing him even now. Still, is there really this much need to hunt down a simple bread thief? I can understand why he wants to hide his identity, as you wouldn’t get far with everyone knowing that you’re a former thief, but I don’t see why people would still be looking for him.

14 Responses

  1. *shrug* says:

    Also, who’s that guy who’s after Jean Valjean? It would seem that he’s someone from the police, who’s chasing him even now.
    Javert.

    Still, is there really this much need to hunt down a simple bread thief?
    The man is obsessed with “justice” and “punishment.” That’s pretty much the long and the short of it.

  2. Senna says:

    To add to *shrug*’s comment, Valjean is still a wanted man since he broke his parole. I wish someone would sub this; I’m curious to see how it compares.

  3. wontaek says:

    I am going to wait until Korean Dubs come out. Almost all Masterpiece Theaters gets dubbed by one of the two biggest TV broadcaster in Korea.

  4. cos says:

    To add to previous comments:
    Javert is chasing Valjean not only for the small piece of bread but also because Valjean stole a little money from a boy when he came out of jail. In this time having two thievery even if they were minor= death sentence.

  5. I think it lacks the action that many anime bloggers are looking for, plus many are turned off by the (almost) same animation style the World Masterpiece Theater series has. So I think that’s the reason why you and the other one picked this up. Furthermore, I’ve already saw Les Miz (the movie).

  6. psgels psgels says:

    @Nanami: Hmm, true. The simple animation might turn people off. Though personally, I quite like it. It’s simple, it doesn’t attempt anything flashy and it still looks good.

    @Everyone: thanks for the comments. They made the story a lot clearer. :)

  7. Dorthey says:

    Excellent animation. I saw the first two episodes on youtube, but none of the other episodes. Could you tell me what channel it is on?

  8. psgels psgels says:

    I got my version raw from Bittorrent, so I have no idea how the situation is on youtube, unfortunately.

  9. Dorthey says:

    I looked on Bittorrent, and thaey said Shoujo Cosette could’nt be found!?

  10. psgels psgels says:

    Have you tried Tokyo Toshokan? They should have it, if I recall correctly.

  11. Dorthey says:

    OK, Tokyo Toshokan has it, but what file should I upload it to? It dosn’t respond to Quicktime.

  12. psgels psgels says:

    Hmm, have you tried Media Player Classic?

  13. Dorthey says:

    I got Media Player Classic, what application do I choose to open it?

  14. psgels psgels says:

    Can’t you just start the program, Ctrl-O, and then select the file you want to play?

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.

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