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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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
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    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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