Posted by psgels on 30 December 2007 with categories: Les Miserables - Shoujo Cosette


What an awesome way to end such an awesome series! Even though there was nothing of Thenardiére and Azelma, we get something that’s even better: the death of Jean Valjean. I didn’t believe that this series would be able to make me cry after the revolution ended, and thankfully I was so wrong about this. Jean’s end was incredibly well-done, and is it me or did the graphics look better than ever in this episode?

This episode starts with a time-skip of what I’d guess are a few months. Gavroche and his two brothers are settled into their school, and especially Gavroche is making a lot of progression. Cosette and Marius have just moved out, into Courfeyrac’s old apartment. It’s at that point where they get a letter from Jean, and with that they finally manage to find him back.

The guy has indeed wilted away, and has become sick in the months that he was away from Cosette. It also seems that he stopped using fake names, and he’s known to the people as just “Jean Valjean”. He also stopped hiding the chandeliers from everyone, and he actually grew a small beard. When Cosette and Marius meet him, he finally has the courage to tell Cosette about his own life, and of the times he served in jail (it was awesome to see Jean in his twenties, by the way). After he finishes telling, it seems that he’s finally content enough to stop caring about his own life, and dies.

In the aftermath, we see Javert again as well, when he comes to give a quick visit to Jean’s grave. The anime ends with a few flashbacks and shots of the different characters passing out food and clothes to the poor, and the final scene goes three or four years into the future, where Marius and Cosette along with their daughter, a very reminiscent scene for the first episode when Cosette had her final moments with her mother.

To close off, I would like to thank Irene, angedemystere, Tania, Dookers and R for keeping the comments coming. Out of all the shows I’ve been blogging, Les Miserables has had the most discussion going on in the comments, and it was a lot of fun to read them for every week. I’m not sure if you’re going to watch Porfy’s Long Journey as well, but I’m definitely going to follow it. :)

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  1. Tania says:

    I’ve just watched this one and you’re so right, this one is just wonderful !!! Valjean’s death is so moving ! And Cosette saw her mother for one more time , this moment is great too! Well perfect ending for a perfect serie ! Just one thing : they didn’t conclude for Thenardiére and Azelma but maybe it’s better cause we could always imagine some conclusion for them. Azelma will, from now on , live with her mother, that’s what explained in the 51th. Then, maybe, Gavroche one day would come to announce them Eponine’s dead and Azelma would cry a lot , her mother too. But then she’d find happiness and marry someone too , Gavroche would be at the wedding.
    Well, thank you very very much psgels for this wonderful blog and for your comments. And I will definitely follow Porfy’s Long Journey even if I don’t know when exactly it’s going to be aired. I think it’s going to be a good one too.

  2. angedemystere says:

    *gasp* I was SO hoping that Javert would visit Valjean’s grave at some point. Now my life is complete. Well, not really, cuz then I’d just die like poor Jean. ;) While the ending of Les Miz in book-form is sad per say, Valjean’s death is, in its own way, a triumph, a transendence from pain and suffering. So it ends more like a heroic drama than a tragedy.

    I THOUGHT that girl might be Cosette and Marius’ daughter. I wonder what her name is.

    Anyway, thank you for blogging this series, otherwise I would have absolutely no idea about it. You have rendered us a great service. I hope this will gain more recognition in the Les Miz community as well as the anime community. This series’ uniqueness in terms of not being your typical anime is what makes it so special. I just hope it’s subbed and possibly dubbed soon. It’d be kinda cool if they did some sort of marathon thing or whatever with this on channels like Cartoon Network in the U.S. Well, ciao!

  3. Irene says:

    Echoing angedemystere here – I’m very happy Javert ended up visiting Valjean’s grave in the end. xD All in all, I think this episode wrapped everything up quite well.

    And thank you for blogging about Shoujo Cosette despite the lack of subs! It’s been great following your thoughts; reading the comments of someone who isn’t familiar with the source material has been very refreshing indeed. :D

  4. FireChick says:

    I wanna see the rest of this series! But there are NO subs or RAWs.

  5. angedemystere says:

    You can find foreign subs for the first few episodes, I think. There are some non-torrent sites that have some episodes, too.

  6. Irene says:

    The most recent episodes are up if you look around in the right places, and quite a few of the older ones too.

  7. Kim says:

    There are the Korean subs. They’re all up to date (to 52). I can translate them… but there are so many… x.x

  8. angedemystere says:

    Wow, Valjean was kinda hot when he was young . . . not that I didn’t think he was adorable when he was older. :)

    Man, I wish I knew what Javert said at Valjean’s grave. I thought it was so cool he got the last word there. Woot!

  9. Kim says:

    DIALOGUE SPOILER

    Javert: Jean Valjean… the man who’d led such a rough life… Life and death is by nature, just as night comes when the sun sets.

    That is what he said. Rather figurative.

  10. angedemystere says:

    I bet that’s based off what was written on Valjean’s gravestone in the book. He actually requested that his name NOT be put on it, so someone ended up writing that inscription. It’s never made clear who wrote it, but I think having Javert say it is extremely appropriate.

    Thank you, Kim!

  11. Irene says:

    Is that really what he said? xD I can’t help but be reminded of Sythar’s “The Graveyard.”

    Thanks, Kim!

  12. angedemystere says:

    Aaah! Yes, I was thinking that, too! O.o ^^,

  13. animestudz says:

    Thank you so much for blogging this series. What a magnificant series. This along with Toward the Terra and Emily definiatly are the rare good ones of 2007.

  14. animestudz says:

    Also Kim is there anyway you could sub atleast a few episodes so people can watch the greatness that is Les Mis

  15. Sakuragurl says:

    i started 2 watch this anime it was good so far but i’ve only been able to find up to episode 6 ……does any1 know where i can find it with subs??

  16. R says:

    There are no subs past Ep. 6 in English. Do you speak any other languages?

  17. angedemystere says:

    YAAAAAY! Formula just came out with an English-subbed episode 7! Also, the French subs have gotten up to ep. 10. Don’t know about the Italian ones.

  18. Rosa says:

    Wow, awesome!!
    i want to download this serie, but Ican’t find it =(, please could you tell me were I can find it?

  19. angedemystere says:

    All right! Someone’s finally picking up the ball. More English subs have come out up to ep. 18! YAY! Hope more are on the way.

  20. Leighshah says:

    where can i watch this i would love to watch it can you tell me where website so i can watch??

  21. angedemystere says:

    You can find the torrents just by googling the lastest episodes, or you can visit megavideo.

  22. Linn says:

    You can watch it on Veoh now and i download this video on Raw too, i have find 19,20 and 21 with eng sub but you have to download this :)

  23. Yarow12 says:

    Nice review. I’m adding this to my list of Anime. ^^
    OMG, Metal GEARRR!

  24. Paul says:

    That little girl,Cosette and Marius’s daughter,have name,don’t?Fantine or Jeanne?

  25. Firechick says:

    Good news! Wasurenai, Aoi-Anime, and Licca Subs have subbed this entire series! I’m soooo happy!

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:42 AM)
    Oh Andrew Niccol, oh how the mighty have fallen.
    Hoffman showed up in Capote and most wanted man, the latter which I especially love and there need to be more thrillers of that vein coming out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:37 AM)
    It’s funny how they also each have a Nicolas Cage movie. Kaufman has Adaptation and Niccol has Lord of War. Although despite the usual Cage antics neither of those movies is really that bad.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:33 AM)
    Eternal Sunshine and The Truman Show are the two roles where Jim Carrey really demonstrated his acting chops well outside of his usual comfort zone. But Kaufman moved forward from Sunshine with the superior Synecdoche, while Andrew Niccol went from doing Truman Show and Gattaca to doing young adult garbage like The Host *wretches*
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:28 AM)
    @Emma: yeah you’ll most likely enjoy it. On the surreàl scale it lies somewhere between Birdman and Holy Mountain, so although it’s peppered with symbolic imagery and thematic shots it’s still a personal story about a man’s struggle when faced with his own demise. Although a lofty statement, this is in my onion philip seymour hoffman’s best performance, and his untimely death adds another incredibly rich level of nuance to this movie.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:20 AM)
    @Bam: Adaption, Nicholas Cage =< a guilty pleasure actor to watch for the most part and little more.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:12 AM)
    @Bam: The more you mentiom Synecdoche, the more interested I get. Malcovich was a creative idea for a film and Eternal sunshine was a good spin on the romance genre which gave Jim Carrey a film worth acting in.
    Riki-oh if anything is just a heck of alot of fun.

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