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
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
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    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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