Ikoku Meiro no Croisee Episode 3
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Series Premise: Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, or “Croisee in the Foreign Labyrinth”, is a weekly televised anime series started in July 2011, based on a manga by the same name. Yune, a young Japanese girl, follows a French businessman back to nineteenth century Paris where he introduces her to Claude, who runs a struggling ironworking shop, where she has to adapt to a totally different culture, while he also tries to understand her.
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Episode Summary: Claude is having problems with one of his metalworking designs, but after seeing Yune writing he is able to find inspiration. He later decides to buy some writing paper for Yune, and meets her on the street while returning during a cloudburst, and they take a walk through Paris. Meanwhile, rich socialite Alice, who is receiving the failing shopping mall as a present, is delighted by her new kimono, and wants to meet Yune.
My Impressions: Okay folks, you know the drill: Time for Round Three of AWWWWWWWW LOOK HOW CUTE YUNE IS!
There have been some hints of a nascent plot involving the slowly failing business as well as the slowly ailing shopping arcade itself. And now we have a foil, the petulant snobby white girl Alice, for Yune to contrast against. But this all still feels like just an excuse for more of Yune’s cuteness schtick.
Plus there has been another continuing theme throughout the show so far, involving the culture clash between two totally different societies as Yune tries to grasp all the wonders of nineteenth century Europe, while Claude has trouble wrapping his mind around some of the “odder” norms of traditional Japan. This episode seemed more along the lines of the latter as he totally misinterprets how Japanese people live, but he also is able to grok the purpose of calligraphy and transform the intent and meaning of written symbols to his craft with success.
I’m still “on the bubble” with this show, because while it might be a light-hearted diversion from all the fan-service and fast-paced action and the like, there really is very little substance at all. It might work as a character study…if I was more interested in the characters. In the final analysis, compared to all the other shows from the Summer season I’m still watching, there are others that I have enjoyed *less*. So for now, at least, a passing grade.
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- If you like this, you might also like: Emma – A Victorian Romance or Kure-nai.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “After three weeks of watching this show, I am still amazed at how the twenty minutes that it takes to complete an episode goes by so quickly. It seems like there is so little in an episode, and at the end I just want more. It’s a pleasant, yet frustrating part of watching anime weekly instead of having the luxury of a complete series DVD set.” – Glass Reflection
- “Whatever happens with the plot happens, but I’d really be fine if things just stayed the way they were. What a pleasure to discover Paris through Yune’s eyes. And to be a fly on the wall, watching Claude and Yune’s relationship develop as they learn about each other and their respective cultures. I watch anime for many reasons, but one that can make me as happy as this one does is a rare thing.” – Lost in America
- “This was another brilliant episode of the Croissant show. Nothing ever happens and I don’t care, because everything is just so damn delightful and crazy charming.” – Moe Monster
- “The pacing of these episodes isn’t so bad, but I’m losing interest a little bit due to the monotonous premise. Yune is a difficult character to really like; she doesn’t seem to have the various intricacies of a real person, nor does she have any exaggerated qualities that intrigue me (her super-Japanese ways are not so interesting)…Alice is sure to add some drama and wildness into the otherwise slow-going story, but I worry that I really won’t like her at all.” – Days of our Past Megaten Lives
ROUND THREE RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Three: Mawaru Penguin Drum, Kamisama Dolls, No. 6, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee
Thumbs-down for Round Three: Dantalian no Shoka
Coming up next: Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Kamisama no Memochou, Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop