Posted 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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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 05:41 PM)
    I’m a fantasy nut though so I’m going to come down on a disappointment in the genre like a ton of bricks.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 05:40 PM)
    I have also seen the tears to tiara dub, good on them for trying, it sounded pretty silly though, I was fairly amused by the dub accents.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 05:38 PM)
    Well truth be told anyone who makes a blanket statement like Japan’s shitty story writing is already a proven idiot.
    When someone makes a claim like that it only shows their ignorance of the thing in question.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 05:18 PM)
    *subjective
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 05:16 PM)
    The statement that a higher budget equels in the story taking less risks is one that counters your point of bigger budget, better story.
    The example of guilty crown is a proven example. You stated to using comedy anime as the bar of quailty and I stated the gerne of comedy is far too subject to be used as a measuring bar.
    Please do explain how these are outliers oh dear sir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 05:12 PM)
    @Kurozuka, Undermining the intelgence of the other party by using non common definitions? Well I now know what an outlier is.
    The problem is that my points down there are not outliers. You want to prove, I quote “that the reason for Japan’s shitty story writing in anime is mainly due to budget” Those observations down there in fact, highly relevant.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 03:51 PM)
    In statistics, an outlier is an observation point that is distant from other observations. An outlier may be due to variability in the measurement or it may indicate experimental error; the latter are sometimes excluded from the data set.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 03:44 PM)
    Aidan: sigh. Those are outliers. Do you know what an outlier even is?
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 12:54 PM)
    I didn’t think Tears to tiara was that bad…though I watched it with the dub. Certainly made it more entertaining. Ah…those accents bring a smile to my face every time.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 12:51 PM)
    And finally c) The very existance of Guilty crown disproves your theory five times over. F*cktons of money thrown at it, was a goddamn trainwreck.

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