Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

Title:Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
La croisée dans un labyrinthe étranger (French)
The Window of a Foreign Land's Labyrinth (literal translation)
異国迷路のクロワーゼ (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - Satelight
KONDO Takashi
TANAKA Hideyuki
The story takes place in the second half of the 19th century, as Japanese culture gains popularity in the West. A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveler, Oscar, on his journey back to France, and offers to help at the family's ironwork shop in Paris. Oscar's nephew and shop-owner Claude reluctantly accepts to take care of Yune, and we learn how those two, who have so little in common, get to understand each other and live together in the Paris of the 1800s.
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12 episode series first aired on July 3, 2011.
Animated by Satelight
Based on the manga series from Hinata Takeda.
"Croisée" is (poetic) French for "window" or "window cross"; "異国" ("ikoku") = "foreign country", "迷路" ("meiru") can mean "maze", "labyrinth" or "blind alley". So the title is something like "the window [cross] of a foreign land's labyrinth".
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Buy 9 8 6 7 8 8 Ggultra2764 [series:2455#1552]
A charming slice-of-life title, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee focuses around Yune and Claude learning to get used to one another thanks to the cultural gap between them with the former being in a foreign land and the latter trying to understand the Japanese culture through her mannerisms and attire. The series does do a decent job at fleshing out both their characters as we come to know of their backgrounds and thoughts of one another as both come to care for the well being of one another. Being set in the late 19th century France, the series accurately portrays the societal norms and attires of the period from the early times of electricity to the societal gap regarding status to items from Eastern countries becoming hugely popular in Europe. The show features gorgeous designs of Paris' city scenery which are full of vibrant color and plenty of detail though character designs are a bit on the simple side compared to the scenery. The only gripe I had with the show came from Alice's seemingly obsessive fangirl interest in Yune and the Japanese culture. While I do know that items from Japan became madly popular in 19th century Europe, I find it doubtful that there was anyone as obsessive as Alice when it came to the stuff. Otherwise, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee made for a solid historic slice-of-life title that depicted times in late 19th century France between Yune and Claude.

Last updated Monday, September 19 2011. Created Monday, September 19 2011.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2455#628]
(One episode watched):

Let me give you an example of the sort of storytelling to expect from IMnC: Claude is a French ironworker who makes ornate signs with stained glass inlays. Yume is a Japanese girl visiting Paris in the 1890s. Claude shows Yume his most prized example of his work. And immediately the thought goes through the viewer's mind 'I wouldn't be told this unless Yume is going to accidentally break the sign'. And so it is. If the dialogue is pretty much drivel but all of a sudden something which might have some long-term significance is said, you put 1+1 together and probably get the correct answer. I asked myself how another, better-made show might set up the same premise and get across the same amount of information, plus instil a little soul in the characters in the same amount of time. By choosing lines more carefully, probably, and not just including the bare bones of a simple story. This show just seems simple-minded; a hyper-cute girl who does little but gasp in wonder and smile incessantly doesn't bode well for a well-rounded character. At least the background art is nice and the artists have done their homework. But I see little reason to watch this predictable show; I was tempted to quit at the station break.

Last updated Friday, July 08 2011. Created Thursday, July 07 2011.

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Official Japanese Ikoku Meiro no Croisée Site http://ikokumeiro.com/

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