Posted by psgels on 30 April 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Le Chevalier d’Eon tells the brilliant story of the years before the French Revolution, during the reign of Louis XV in a setting with fantasy-elements. It follows d’Eon de Beaumont, a chevalier in service of the king (hence the title), who suddenly discovers the death of his famous sister, whom he admired.

If you’re interested in politics, realism, cross-dressers, historical anime, battle tactics or compassionate characters, then look no further as Chevalier brings a compelling combination of these elements. The storyline is incredibly detailed. Characters act because of complex reasons, and in most of the cases these reasons are explained as well. Through the course of the anime, the countries of France, England and Russia show a bit of their political system they used during the timeline in which the series takes place. And some of the characters get fleshed out incredibly well.

The second half of this series is a pure delight because of this. Starting from episode 15, there isn’t even one bad episode, and each one delivers, with four or five absolutely amazing episodes. Unfortunately, though, the first half is just too slow at times, and it spends perhaps a bit too long on building up. There are a few climaxes, but they weren’t really that special when compared to the second half, and I can imagine that they cost this anime quite an amount of viewers because of it.

The music is good, but forgettable. The graphics however, shine. Not literally, but characters are drawn incredibly detailed, and they’re greatly animated. Battle-scenes also are greatly choreographed as well. But the thing that really made this anime was its cast of characters. I probably won’t be able to forget the charming Durand soon, or the naive Robin, or the knightly Teillagory. Each of them was so worth to watch. It’s a shame you don’t hear so much about this anime, as it’s really the highlight of last year’s summer-season.

12 Responses

  1. wrex says:

    while I can’t agree with your ranking, your comments were entertaining and must have taken a lot work to come up with this list. ^_^

  2. NyanNyan says:

    I to fhinsihed the series (I haven’t fhinsihed blogging all of it yet) and thought it was one of the better shows that have come out recently. I’m surprised you didn’t mention Maximilien Robespierre in the charaters you liked from the show. I also thought that the ending of the show was nicely handled, considering most anime shows have medoicore ending, generally.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    I indeed loved Robespierre, but I decided to omit him for the sake of spoilers. His whole existance in this anime has a huge meaning behind it, and I thought it would be better for the people who read this review to find that out themselves. And yes, the ending was a beauty. :)

  4. Toby says:

    I disagree with the conclusion about the characters. I for one was quite disappointed in the lack of development for the characters in ways I can’t quite put my finger on, but they were there. I think that it stands in a poor directional sense, where the characters didn’t develop relationships or trust satisfactorily; it was just assumed to be there by proximity. No doubt, this is a gorgeous series, but I felt let down by this aspect.

  5. Elthyra says:

    That might be an interesting anime to watch, since I’m French, but I think Japanese pronunciation of French names is going to kill me ^^’. It’s always fun to see historical figures in anime (Does Robespierre get beheaded in the anime ? I remember learning about him at school)

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Well, from what I can remember, the voice actors pronounced the French names decently. Especially when compared with an other anime set in france: Les Miserables. I can’t really say much about Robespierre without getting into spoilers, by the way. All I can say is that he’s got a great backstory.

  7. PChan says:

    I LOVE DURAND

  8. eva says:

    I agree with everything you’ve said about Le Chevalier D’Eon, it does get slow in the beginning. The characters all have something to love about them, from the Cagliastro to Broglie, why, even the carriage drivers that appeared in episodes 5-8! The fight scenes were one of my favorite things, especialy the one between Durand and Teillagory! It was so well animated, you could see some of Durand’s expressions, definately something you would expect if that fight were reality.

  9. ken says:

    how can you imbeciles like that idiot Robespierre? he’s the reason durand died dummies

  10. parasbhanot says:

    this is the one of best anime . great story with great music .i agree it is slow during first half . there is no such hero or heroine in whole series . for me it is one of best anime after naruto and fullmetal alchemist

  11. `Dawn says:

    Amazing anime, the characters were indeed great. And the story was excellent too, along with the soundtrack which never left me, I also have that now. ^^

  12. TJ says:

    I was looking forward to watching this anime and then….
    Way to go ken…you just spoiled the anime for me by your comment :(

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 01:58 PM)
    This leads me to ask, what historical people would you all think would make interesting servants in the grail war? Ones that haven’t been covered. What class would they cover?
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 01:22 PM)
    He wouldn’t be able to do much as an archer though, considering that it does not have presense concealment. But if he was summoned as a Assassin…hmmm…interesting.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 01:18 PM)
    @Bam, there is a sniper class. It’s called Archer. It’s just that the archers in fate/stay night and Zero are not typical Archers. The Archers from Fate/apocrypha are more like real archers. And they would give Simo Häyhä a run for his money. Though funny enough I think Simo may actually qualify to be summoned as a servent of the archer class. Wonder what his noble phantasm would be?..
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 10:31 AM)
    The cast of FS/N should thank the heavens that there’s no Sniper class, otherwise all the masters would’ve been wiped out without even knowing who the fuck is taking them out. Shout-out to my man Simo Häyhä AKA The White Death.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 07:46 AM)
    @K-off: I’ve seen you’re a fan of westerns have you come across this film or read the book it was based on?
    http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-The-homesman-496287407
  • Emma
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 07:45 AM)
    Meh…feel no motivation right now to give darker than black, school rumble or full metal panic a second viewing…
  • Emma
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 07:21 AM)
    Can’t believe I missed month ago that giovanni’s island was out, do love a good war drama but I wonder if I’ll bother with this one.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 04:18 AM)
    God damn Kokkuri-san is so fucking good. Wish I had time to write my damn reviews.
  • Rinegar
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 04:43 PM)
    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.

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