Posted by psgels on 7 October 2007 with categories: Les Miserables - Shoujo Cosette


What an incredible episode! It’s been a while since someone died in this series, but boy, at times like this I really get surprised how dark a supposedly children’s show can get. The revolution in Paris has been progressing in awesome way, and it immediately places itself above all other public revolutions in anime I’ve seen, like Romeo x Juliet for example, due to the immense amount of detail that has been put into it. It almost looks like everyone has his own reason for fighting, and even the woman are giving all the support they can give.

That’s the power behind this revolution: it doesn’t feel like an army of generics is about to charge for the police: it really feels that an army of individuals is. For the past few episodes, this series has been showing random people who don’t have anything to do with the story otherwise, and basically show how they feel about the war. This episode, one guy even gives up his precious metal candleholder to melt it into bullets. This feels so much better than in other anime, where these generics couldn’t even outwit a sheep.

And seriously… something is going to happen to Gavroche! All the foreshadowing of this and the previous episode just has to mean that something major is about to happen to him. In this episode, it becomes clear that he hates being seen as a weakling, and something tells me that this comes from his time with Cosette, where they ended up taking care of each other against Thenardiére’s wrath. After that, he probably didn’t want to depend on anyone else, because he knew very well that Cosette was suffering. Hence why he offers help to the little children and doesn’t even bother to get the food that Cosette passes out for a quick meal.

This can also work against him, though: everyone still sees him as a child, hence nobody’s going to give him weapons. Now that Gavroche has been so used to the fact that he could do everything himself, he doesn’t like how nobody gives him a gun to fight. At one point, we even see him desperately reach out for the gun of a fallen police officer, despite his comrade standing right next to him.

And really, Mabeuf died like a hero. We didn’t really see much of him, but after losing his precious wife and books, I really think that he wanted to die for himself, and he found a great moment to do so, putting back a red flag, symbolizing the revolution, which had been shot over. Marius also was awesome in the way he gave the courage back to his comrades by scaring away the police.

9 Responses

  1. Dookers says:

    Out of curiosity, was there any blood?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    If I remember correctly: there was.

  3. Ninee says:

    This is quite entertaining. This anime is based on a classic French novel by Victor Hugo called Les Misérables, so it’s interesting to see you getting excited about this story when for me it is quite old. But it reminds me it is not a classic for nothing, and an excellent story. You will see a lot of heroes in it, all of them normal people with a strong heart. Gavroche is one of them, he is a famous figure in France and has been painted in a famous painting called “Freedom leading the people”, who was subsequently printed in bills… Oh well, this anime can be good with such an inspiration! :)

  4. totoum says:

    Ninee,problem i have is this:since i’m french (are you?) les misérable= school,homework,test,essays,interogations (and not just about the book,but the movies too)
    school really took out the enjoyement of the story for me,the LAST anime i’d want to watch would be les misérable.
    To avoid this happening with other stories,i decided to go ahead and read some classics before i study them in school,and that has worked out well.

  5. k says:

    can some1 tell me where i can find complete
    (ENGLISH SUBd version) of Les Miserable Shoujo Cosette?? pls email me a link . thanks. so far i found all 40 RAWs. but i only seen up to 6 ENGLISH SUB’d. thank you . greatly appreciate it!

  6. R says:

    K, there are no subs out past episode 6.

  7. angedemystere says:

    I saw this episode not too long ago (someone from Japan has actually subbed some bits of later episodes into English, although only this one all the way through), and it was then that I saw that . . . *bites lip to restrain laughter* . . . Javert misspells Enjolras’ name in the strangest way possible. He spells it “Eenjolras.” XD I couldn’t breathe for a few minutes.

  8. Narumi says:

    Yes, ’tis awesome.
    Do you know where I could find the episodes? Not subbed or anything, just the episodes.

  9. Narumi says:

    Oh, also, the Eenjolras thing still has my best friend and I laughing months after we’ve seen it *Laughs AGAIN*

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  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 09:27 AM)
    What is it with light comedies trying to turn melodramatic as the series gets stretched out? What if we did the reverse? Let’s say theoretically that it happened to Tsubasa Chronicle. It would start out melodramatic as usual, then devolve into a simple, light slapstick comedy and forget about the story. People would lose their minds.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:44 AM)
    Here I take a second look at time of eve/eve no jiken: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-Time-of-eve-496663893
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:06 AM)
    I’m not sure whether to watch the sequel or not.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @Aidan: I try to avoid watching films where I can.
    Although you’ve got me to look back on my own review of guardians of the galaxy, the words I use in it don’t reflect the 4 out of 5 I gave it .
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    Started to notice pretty big plot holes too. like Gamora went to open the door to baddys chamber. But after opening it she shoots a hole in the roof and jumps straight into the bad guys chamber. So if you can get in that way then why did you send the others in a roundabout route instead of just blowing up the roof and getting there that way?
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:49 AM)
    The comedy tends to only work once and it’s pretty weak. Like the “You are making me kick grass!” line. It’s not particularly funny, only random. The villain is just bland as hell. The characters are charming but not particularly deep.
    It’s a decent popcorn flick. But I am actually having second thoughts on getting it on DVD.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:46 AM)
    Hmm…Guardians of the galaxy wasn’t quite as good on a re-watch. First time it was pretty good. Now though it’s just…good. The film is just too damn long and like most marvel films…just mindless fun. That isn’t really bad, I mean there’s nothing wrong with fun. But when people are claiming this was one of the best superhero movies ever..yeah not so much.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 12:52 AM)
    And on law in general, the age of responsibility thing feels far too simple when people mature at different rates, others are more mature at different ages/know what they are doing, while others are just born bad people.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 12:49 AM)
    @K-off: That will not stop me supporting armed police force though and feeling the Irish mainstream police force should be also armed with guns.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 12:46 AM)
    @K-off: There was a case where a 12 year old with a toy gun got shot I hear and another where a samurai champloo cosplayer got shot. Unfortunately difficult to prosecute the police for this kind of thing. Too many trigger finger cops, too many with a racist agenda.

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