Posted by psgels on 29 July 2007 with categories: Les Miserables - Shoujo Cosette


This episode can be summarized with one word: AWESOMEness.

I’d like to go in a bit more detail, though. It’s strange, but after watching, it does feel that the most logical course of events had taken place, and yet it still surprised me. Especially Thenardier, who again showed that he does have brains, despite his looks, and the fact that Marius screwed up after all his worries.

Basically, Marius was ordered to give Javert a sign when things got out of hand inside. And then he suddenly finds out Thenardier’s name, the one who “saved” his father. Obviously, he’d not want that guy to prison, but at the same time, he doesn’t want to harm his “Ursulle”. I can imagine how hard it must be to think clearly at such a moment. The solution he finds is to warn Thenardier that the police is coming. This plan, however, backfires because Thenardier and his henchmen were just way too loud when they tried to escape, resulting in everyone but Jean and Eponine getting arrested! Even Azelma gets caught!

Jean, meanwhile, decided to play for dumb. He tries to use his huge strength to escape when Thenardier attempts to hit him, though he’s against too many and gets overpowered. By this, Thenardier figures out that Jean himself is on the wrong terms with the police, since he never cried for help at all, in the hope that neighbours would call the police. Since Jean didn’t really bring a large amount of money with him, Thenardier decides to use Cosette. I didn’t fully catch his plan, but it was probably to make Jean send a letter to Cosette, luring her towards Thenardier, so she could get kidnapped. Afterwards, if Jean made any wrong moves afterwards, or Thenardier would end up in jail, he’d order his henchmen to kill Cosette.

He didn’t take into account, however, that Jean would never tell him where Cosette lived. ^^; The nice gentleman-look indeed hides the fact that he used to lead a horrible life before he became major, and that he’s at the point where he cares more about Cosette’s life than his own. He afterwards manages to escape in the confusion, created by Marius, after Thenardier threatened him with a knife.

The question now remains: will the Thenardiers go to jail, and if yes: for how long. I’m not really familiar with the French system of law and order around that age, but I think they’ll get off relatively light due to lack of evidence. It will become awesome if they indeed do have to serve jail for a few years, though. The fact also remains that we’re nowhere near the end of this anime, and something tells me that this already awesome mini-arc was just the beginning.

9 Responses

  1. Dookers says:

    This episode looks like pwn, though I’ve been focusing a bit more on Higurashi lately. This is definitely the year for Higurashi, after all…

    Valjean looks too moé in the bottom right panel. Weird…..

    The Thénardiers abuse their stool. First he sticks his foot through it in a drunken fit f anger, then she kicks it down and shatters one or two of the legs, and now she’s hitting Jean with it! Branding irons like the one Thénardier has are a bit more fun, if scarier.

    Looking forward to how Javert was handled here, *looks around to see if a certain friend of hers, who thinks she’s a Javert fangirl insanely in love WHEN SHE ISN’T, is around…*

  2. Irene says:

    Looking forward to this episode (oh pleasepleaseplease let them have done Javert’s entrance right. Pleasepleaseplease).

  3. Irene says:

    You’re right – that was an awesome episode. :D I’m a little disappointed that they left out the misfiring pistol and paving-stone chucking bits during the arrest, but I guess they can’t make Javert look too awesome because he’s supposed to be the “bad guy.” Other than that I’m very pleased with how it all turned out. :D

  4. Dookers says:

    Would you like my hat??

    I’ll have ta rewatch it, after looking up Japanese words for “hat,” because I suck.

    It looked like they left the line out, though. But Thénardier was awesome

  5. Irene says:

    I’m certain they left it in! That is, if I’m not entirely mistaken and “boushi” does indeed mean hat. Because I’m fairly certain both Thenardier and Javert said that.

  6. Guru Lazer says:

    I was worried they’d leave out Javert’s entrance, but it was perfect! I’m so happy!! Would have been better if they had left in the pistol and pavestone, though… Can’t wait to see how the series continues, fingers crossed that it remains close to the novel.

  7. Javert's evil brother says:

    Would you like my creepy violent police goons?

    ;p

  8. R says:

    Mayor, not Major.

  9. Dorthey says:

    Its amazing how they go even into the tinyest details of
    Les Miserables. Like how Marius thinks Cosetre’s name is Ursula

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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.

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