Posted on 22 August 2011 with categories: Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

We’re now really getting down to the characters. This episode had a lot less cultural differences, but instead it spent a lot of attention on giving its characters some depth. And it looks like that this wasn’t even the background episode (that’s for next week).

The talk between Claude and Camille started off okay, but it all was rather predictable. As it went on though, that air of predictability vanished. There seems to be something interesting behind their break-up, though when this episode really got going was when Camille started talking with Yune. Comparing the way both think of him was an excellent touch. In fact, this episode really shined because of how it underlined the differences and similarities between the different characters. I talked down on Alice when we first saw her, but she really turned out much better than expected.

Overall, Sato Junichi is going to be one of the most interesting creators of the second half of 2011, due to his involvement in three different series. Two of which original. Ikoku Meiro no Croisee will probably have more drama than Tamayura, but I’m still really interested in how it’s going to treat its story: we will have one of the first actual slice of life original stories since ages (not dramas like Anohana or Hana-Saku Iroha, but actual slice of life). It’s a genre I tend to dislike because of repetition and no incentive for the characters to really show their characters off, but if anyone can do the genre justice, it’s him. And then there’s going to be Phi Brain, in which we finally get to see him outside of this genre again, where he’s even better.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. Aramus says:

    I am hoping against hope that Claude and Yune will not fall for each other. Camille’s ominous line, “I do not consider you as my sister,” to Yune suggests, imho, that the former thinks that the latter is a rival of Claude’s affection.

  2. Joojoobees says:

    What an excellent episode. Whereas Camille had previously been perfect, but a bit sad, this episode showed glimpses of another side — a darker side, in which she seemed jealous of Yune. And whereas previous episodes treated Alice as a lightweight villain and a comedic foil, this episode spun that all around: she was shown to be strong and imaginative … she could be a lead character. I loved the fact that she painted!

  3. totoum says:

    Camille kind of stares me a bit now,19th century french women can be pretty ruthless when it comes to love so I hope she doesn’t do anything bad to Yune.

    PS:Still think you should give sketchbook full color’s (Sato Junichi supervised it,Mari Okada wrote it) a second chance.I’ll never give up lol

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 11:45 PM)
    Mikey is half responsible for me reading visual novels I wouldn’t doubt he’ll eventually get even me to watch hunter x hunter.
  • Mikey
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 11:21 PM)
    @Aidan; K-Off I know. I’m obsessed.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 11:02 PM)
    I am enjoying it and it is very addictive. That said there are some things that bug me about ten and the hunter exam. I find it’s best not to think too hard about them.
    Killua is awesome.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 10:44 PM)
    HxH is the hero shounen needs… but not the one it deserves
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 10:41 PM)
    @Mikey Fuck, I’ll watch it if you wanted a discussion that much.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 10:39 PM)
    @Mikey, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT! I am watching it for Christ sake! Up to episode 36 now.
  • Mikey
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 10:23 PM)
    Hunter x Hunter 139: Not content to how it does shounen well, HxH does Moe well too?! Togashi, you glorious bastard. Also Illumi’s “eh” reaction was comedy gold.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:49 PM)
    While I’ve not read Mushoku Tensei, I’m not sure I’d be bothered by a douchebag protaganist all that much, that might even be refreshing.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:46 PM)
    @Jak, Yeah check out Mushoku Tensei. Just a word of warning though, the main character starts of as literally the scum of the earth. He gets better but some unsavory aspects remain. His sickening preversions for one.
  • JaK
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:30 PM)
    haha yea xD i tend to read stuff with serious to semi serious theme’s anyway Afterschool was even more effed up then himegoto in terms of its ultra weird plot i was quite not sure that what happened in the end

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