Posted on 19 September 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée




Here is a slice of life series with a twist: instead of focusing on the same old setting, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee focuses on a Japanese girl who starts to live with a French blacksmiths in the Nineteenth century. If you’re like me, and you like slice of life series, but not the ones where just nothing happens, then this is one for you.

This show has two focuses. The first is its cast of characters. The second is celebrating both French and Japanese culture, and the difference between them. The studio behind this series, Satelight, has a lot of French roots and connections, and they were utilized wonderfully for this show. Throughout the series, this show examines all kinds of differences between the culture of the French and the Japanese of the 19th century, ranging from food, weather, gestures, customs: a very wide variety. Supported by that is a team of absolutely wonderful background artists, who give a gorgeous depiction of Paris in those days. The setting in this series is amazingly portrayed.

In terms of the characters meanwhile, you get very heart-warming slice of life. Especially Yune and Oscar are great character. Yune incredibly adorable, while Oscar feels very refreshing, standing miles away from the usual “grandfather”-stereotypes. The rest of the cast also has a great chemistry with each other, though there are a few issues with them individually. Claude, the main character can get a bit too angsty for the sake of drama. He acts too unfriendly and bossy a bit too much for it to be really believable. Alice meanwhile will annoy a lot of people in her first appearance, because of how spoiled a brat she is. Both get better over time, though.

This summer season really was lucky to have two such good slice of life series with Ikoku Meiro no Croisee and Usagi Drop. The big difference between them is that with Usagi Drop the drama was very realistic, while with Ikoku Meiro no Croisee it’s a bit forced, while at the same time Croisee succeeded more in creating a heart-warming atmosphere.

Storytelling: 8/10 – A bit forced with its drama, but very heartwarming and relaxing.
Characters: 8/10 – Yune is absolutely adorable, great chemistry, though a few characters that take a bit getting used to.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Satelight has really improved: consistent and the background art is great.
Setting: 9/10 – Amazing depiction of France of the 19th century, full of cultural differences.

Suggestions:
Hourou Musuko
Ristorante Paradiso

3 Responses

  1. Will says:

    It’s a bit sad this series doesn’t get any reply. I’m recently watching it right now, and I think that it’s beautiful.

  2. Mormegil says:

    Certainly the most atmospheric anime of the season, heightened by the lovely music and setting. Great show. I’d love a second season, but who knows if it will ever happen.

    Thanks for blogging it, psgels.

  3. ayame says:

    I liked the series, but I think it could have done better – at least for the ending. I’d like to see the main ‘actors’ handling Yune more like a human being rather than a cat and although we get this in the manga, we don’t in the anime. ‘Yune is a cat that should wear a bell’ is almost what is left in the audience’s minds… I also want to complain about the music that didn’t appear very french to me. Just go check Ristorante’s Paradiso ost and you’ll understand how similar they are. That’s laziness from the artists’ side. As for the ‘full of cultural differences’ part, I will not agree. We did get treated with some but not that many. And not any that an otaku wouldn’t know already (at least for the japanese part of the series). For me it was pretty ok- I mean a moe show wouldn’t go much further. It was a fluff oriented series. But I’ve seen other bloggers attacking it for this lack and accusing it for pretentiousness and ‘sexism’ (that last part is =.= out of historical context, completely).

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:05 AM)
    There is also a Central American herb known as Calea Zacatechichi which is known to induce lucid dreamings. The Popolucan tribes used to to visit other realms or communicate with their ancestors through dreams. They would often drink a large cup of Calea tea and smoke on the leaves while slowly passing out, entering a lucid state where they can work out there issues or gain knowledge.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:05 AM)
    Just a personal thought. I don’t dwell on it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:04 AM)
    I’ll give that some thought, like I say I write from dreams but a dream journal sounds like an idea.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:03 AM)
    Am I the only one here who doesn’t really give a shit about dreams? As far as I’m concerned, a dream is simply your brain sorting out your day’s experiences. Not much meaning there for me, much less symbolism.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:01 AM)
    yes as Raggers suggestet Reality Checks (RTs) are a useful method of dream recognition and with it you can induce lucidness (if you don’t wake yourself up in the process instead). Dream journals are very helpful too, I tried it myself for a while to impressive results.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:59 AM)
    Now with the woman figure most of her descriptions are either recognizable images from the horror sundry or primal feelings often extrapolated in our dreams. Teeth for example, whether one’s own broken or falling teeth, or another’s irregular or grotesque are very common themes in dreams. It’s the white cloth that seems a little odd.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:56 AM)
    Oh they absolutely do, I believe influences of the state of the body, the environment, the psyche and the act of suggestion on dreams have all been proven and demonstrated in scientific studies.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:54 AM)
    One interesting thing I found worked to sort-of induce lucid dreaming was to habitually ask myself (in my head while awake) “is this a dream?” After ~1 week of this I’d do this in my sleep, allowing me to recognise and thus change my dreams as I liked. They usually fell apart soon after though, and I didn’t keep it up.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:45 AM)
    Does make me wonder, all of those stories about eating certain foods before sleeping or intimacy effecting whether you dream or not .
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:43 AM)
    ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ): Must try and take more steps to influence dreams before I sleep every now and then, could lead to some interesting adventures.

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