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


And finally, the behemoth of the series that is known as Les Miserables -Shoujo Cosette has ended. For the revival of the World Masterpiece Theatre, the classic novel by Victor Hugo was chosen to get an adaptation, and the result has become terrific; a masterpiece in terms of story and characters. Sure, the series is aimed at children, but don’t think that children will be the only ones to enjoy this, because Les Miserables is an epic for every age.

The series consists out of five arcs, where every arc is different from the other. Indeed, the first arc focuses on how a small girl called Cosette has to live under the evil Thenardiers. The fourth arc, however, deals with a bunch of men that fight for their beliefs in a revolution, and Cosette herself actually plays a very small role in this. There is indeed a lot of building-up, but because of this, every character can be fleshed out and developed. Every bit of storyline can be explained and carried further, and every single climax works, and takes the best out of the characters and the story, with the definite highlight being the fourth arc.

Les Miserables definitely isn’t your standard anime. There are no cheesy villains that are out there to destroy the world. No teenagers that can pilot giant robots. What we have here is a story that manages to remain realistic and yet exciting. Every character fits his or her role exactly and there is hardly any character that doesn’t develop somehow. There’s just one downside, though. The book was quite dark, and most of the dark elements did remain in the series. Unfortunately, the heaviest themes as prostitution and suicide had to be scrapped though. The ending also ends up being much lighter than that of the book, but that doesn’t mean that it’s less developed. Les Miserables remains an excellently written series, from beginning to end.

Overall, if you liked Studio Ghibli’s non-action movies then you’ll definitely like this one. It’s such a shame that the subs have only reached up till episode 6. If there ever was a series that deserves to be subbed, it’d be this one, because for me it had the best story and character-development of the entire year of 2007. Let’s hope that Porfy’s Long Journey doesn’t get the same negligence.

25 Responses

  1. Windspirit says:

    FEAR JAPAN’S KIDS SHOWS !!

  2. ryvrdrgn14 says:

    Yeah, pretty much the lack of subs might’ve been the cause for many of us to be unable to relate with how good the show is. o_o;

  3. sakuraember says:

    Sigh. At times like these, I wish I knew Japanese. I also wish I had learned about this series much earlier. As it is, I have the subs, and am hoping and praying someone is nice enough to collect all the raws together on torrent so I can complete the series at least. But what I have seen, I love.

  4. crimson says:

    Miserables is definitely under appreciated. I’ve been trying to keep up but seedless torrents have prevented me from doing so. With that said can any of you hook me up with some active torrent or link for this series? =D

  5. psgels psgels says:

    I myself used the program called share to get my releases. I think that the older episodes are still on there, so you could give it a try.

  6. angedemystere says:

    Tokyo Toshokan seems to have a lot of episodes. They’ve got a bunch subbed in other languages like Italian and French. I also advise that you check non-torrent video sites. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say what they are. Just keep your eyes open, you’ll find them. I can’t wait till the DVDs are released in the U.S.

  7. totoum says:

    what’s really weird is there’s quite a few fansub groups that are willing to do this project,but can’t ever find a translator.
    formula fansubs just released their version of episode 5 today saying “The translator has expressed an interest in working up to episode 13, but it may or may not happen.”
    Someone from another group even posted this on this blog a while ago
    “We at Delicious Fansubs have always been willing to take this project the full way, but our translator went missing in action shortly after our last release without a word, and lacking a translator there’s not really much that we can do.”

  8. Irene says:

    I think Shoujo Cosette has got to be the most intensive Les Mis adaptation yet, and probably one of the most thorough and (for the most part) accurate, kids’ show or not. Nippon definitely has my respect for tackling it, and they definitely deserve the grade you gave them for sheer effort, if nothing else. :)

    “No teenagers that can pilot giant robots.”

    Oh man, now I have this inexplicable urge to draw Les Amis piloting Gundams…!

  9. Sythar says:

    Thanks for blogging this! I only popped in near the end, but I’d be very interested to have a look at the series should a subbed/dubbed version ever make it to NZ.

    Irene… thank you for conjuring fantastical mental images into my head of Grantaire and Enjolras and great big metal beasties.
    It almost tops the one I’ve been carrying of Javert is Tabasco Sauce (don’t ask) but not quite.

  10. Sythar says:

    … I naturally meant ‘Javert IN Tabasco’ not ‘Javert IS Tabasco’…

  11. angedemystere says:

    Huh? O_o Javert in Tabasco Sauce? I dunno what to think about that one. Maybe if you had said Javert in Hot Fudge . . .

    . . . and the thread just took a very weird turn.

    Actually, the idea of take-over-the-world villains made me think of Thenardier concocting evil plans while wearing his goofy diplomat costume and an intimidating monocle. Who could stop such a fiend? This could be a job for Policeman and Candlestick Boy! (And now it’s time to take my medication.) (By the way, I did not make those names up.)

  12. angedemystere says:

    By the way, psgels, remember how you thought Javert’s name was Javell? Well, it turns out that there was a French village called Javel that is now a part of Paris. Go figure! And the name Montparnasse actually comes from a section of Paris, too (on the left bank of the Seine).

  13. Sythar says:

    It’s an old joke from when I was ranting about Javert to someone who rants about Tabasco. After a while, we ended up blending the two…

    angedemystere… you’re just trying to give me plot bunnies now, aren’t you? :)

  14. angedemystere says:

    Mmmmmmmaybeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee . . . ;)

    The story I was referring to was “The Adventures of Policeman and Candlestick Boy,” or something close to that. My favorite part was when Javert kept knocking over the candlesticks that turn people good when touched, thus eventually giving the carpet a halo. LOL

  15. Irene says:

    Haha, I think I’ve read that! *goes to find it again*

  16. angedemystere says:

    I think if you google “michelle mercy” you’ll find it. She’s written a bunch of stuff like that (sadly, most of her stories are in German).

  17. angedemystere says:

    Hey, psgels, did you hear about Nippon’s hissy fit over videos of Shoujo Cosette on the net? A lot of people had made videos (both as episodes, clips and amvs) of it on YouTube and other sites, and many or all were removed. What a fiasco.

  18. psgels psgels says:

    I haven’t actually. It’s a shame, though. I can understand episodes, but amvs?

  19. angedemystere says:

    Yeah, it was kinda bizarre. I think the weirdest part was that some of the amvs were removed but not all. I can’t understand why. Three of my four were removed and one was an amv. My other amv stayed up though. Go figure.

    I think Nippon’s more upset by all the torrenting of episodes and such cuz they’re afraid of losing money on their DVDs for the show. I wish they would hurry up and start releasing them in other countries. I do NOT want to have to buy them all the way from Japan, especially with no subs. Or dubs, if there’s any chance of that happening.

  20. Irene says:

    Yeah, I heard about that too. T_T I think your best bet at this point – as far as keeping out of their way, at any rate – is to simply avoid listing “shoujo cosette” in the keywords. I know they haven’t taken down cillabub’s clip of the barricade scene yet for that exact reason.

  21. Elle says:

    Watch Episodes 1-52 here:

    http://www.tudou.com/playlist/id/139362/

    Its in Japanese.

    THANK YOU to “Star Crossed Anime Blog”

    I can still follow the storyline

    with the help your Synopsis. :-)

  22. Sacket says:

    Hmm, I always enjoy Le Miserables. I was surprised to see it got an anime adaptation. (I found out when I got in an argument with a fellow anime fan over whether Les Miserables or Lupin III was better known.

    Anyway, are there any fans here who had not yet been exposed to Les Miserables? If so I suggest checking out the musical. Pretty powerful stuff.

  23. Firechick says:

    All the episodes have been subbed!

  24. Haha, great to see this classic story as an anime. Thanks for bringing it to my eyes.

  25. ow says:

    This is a great series, I watched it subbed and was worth every bit.
    So good it became my nº1 Favourite, the plot was great and so was the ending, what can I say? It’s good from beginning to end.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that event later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @bam, Muv Luv has the problem that most of its brillence lies in the third title. But in order for the third title to have the same effect you need to read the first two. Successful or not, I doubt theres animation studio willing to go all in and adapt the full trilogy. There’s also the issue of the first title being a really mediocre harem.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 12:48 PM)
    just a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg of reasons why y’all need a PS4 for the upcoming year:
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  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 08:09 AM)
    Why they didn’t adapt the original Muv Luv novel or Alternative is a mystery to me. Wasn’t the VN really successful? Whats with these offshoot shows instead of doing the real deal? They are avoiding it for some reason.
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    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 08:06 AM)
    @Aidan: I have a suspicion that they got it from that 80’s song Total Eclipse of the Heart. Japanese authors are strangely enamored with the corny pop songs from that era.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 05:46 AM)
    And even then, those two muv-luv alternative episodes, schwartzmarken is still better than those.

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