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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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:32 AM)
    If a series wants to be sophisticated about complex concepts like war and conflict, then it has to presuppose the fact that it is part of human nature. Resources are limited, and even aside from that, greed exists. There is no way to take out a few head figures to stop a war- there will be a vacuum that will almost immediately be filled by a similar, if not worse, individual. A world “where no one cries” or suffers, or dies, etc, cannot exist as long as we have free will.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:26 AM)
    F/SN delved into this deeply with the Shirou/Archer dichotomy, but then it pussied out at the decisive moment. Archer was right, his arguments made perfect sense, yet the arrogant naive Shirou had to pull thru by sheer will alone, and a vague hope and promise that he’ll find a way somehow. I swear, I’m not sure if Nasu gave in to pressure to make a so-called “good prevails” ending, or that he honestly believes in it. Looking at his material, I’ll bet on the former.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:22 AM)
    hehe … that’s why you don’t get me started on Eva or Berserk.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:20 AM)
    It also delved into the depth of what a desperate goodie-two-shoes people-pleaser protagonist would actually be like, and the reception he would get from his peers, specially the women. That alone right there was a deconstruction of the majority of shonen main characters.
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    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:00 AM)
    There was no hype machine back then. The internet was still in its infancy. So when a show became this popular there was certainly some merit to it. The organic/machine hybrid mecha was relatively new, and the scene construction and cinematography was for the most part immaculate. There’s a reason why the mecha genre is divided to “pre-Eva” and “post-Eva”.
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    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:53 AM)
    It also didn’t hurt that the character, costume and mecha designs were slick and attractive, done by the under-appreciated Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:31 AM)
    It came up with clever scenarios to common mecha tropes, and answered the questions that would arise from them:
    -Why do we use mechas with melee weapons against alien invaders instead of conventional weapons? AT fields on Angels.
    -Why use kids to pilot them? The Gehrin Project.
    -What happens when you put kids in sever combat situations? Extreme PTSD.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:27 AM)
    These types of deconstruction shows that are run-of-the-mill now didn’t really exist back then. Eva did afterall became the tropemaker for Gainax endings. To see the creator’s psyche twist in front of our eyes was incredible. The show went from a regular monster of the week mecha series to a deranged psycho-thriller by the end of it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:23 AM)
    Eva was fresh and quite unique for its time. Not that everything they did was original, but they certainly put their own twist on it. I also enjoyed the “fuck-you” ending of the tv series. Anno always defended it as intentional, but we all know it was really a budgetary constrain. well, at least we got the amazing End of Evangelion movie to supplement it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:21 AM)
    @K-of: yup Eva geek here, guilty as charged. In my defense, I watched it week-to-week when it aired back in 96, and the landscape of anime was a lot different back then.

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