Anime Review: Ikoku Meiro no Croisee Episode 6

Anime Review:
Ikoku Meiro no Croisee Episode 6

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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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Very Quick Episode Summary: Yune does more cute stuff.
Quick But Not As Quick Episode Summary: Alice invites Yune over for some portrait photography, with Yune wearing a modern French dress and Alice in a kimono, much to her older sister’s Camile’s wistful chagrin.

My Impressions: Time for Part Six of AWWWW LOOK AT HOW CUTE YUNE IS!

No, seriously, that’s about the depth of the series. Each episode is little more than a different way of showcasing Yune’s incredibly ultra-moe cuteness in one fashion or another as she ‘navigates the labyrinth” of a foreign culture. I will readily admit there’s nothing particularly wrong with that concept by itself — but it just grows wearisome. And since there’s been no serious progress in character or in (non-existent) plot, I really cannot find any compelling reason to keep watching.

Well, there are some mild hints of some possible directions for a semblance of a story. We have Claude still vowing to earn back Yune’s prized kimono, but without any clue how to do that, and so far not an inch of movement in that direction. Oh, and the slow decay of the shopping arcade and the failing of Claude’s business — again no inkling of any solution or hint of a resolution. And in this episode, we get some hint at a relationship between Claude and Camile…really?

I must admit that I *do* like Alice, who is playing the part of adversary here (complete with stereotypically-anime “evil laugh”, natch), but as “adversary” she’s not evil at all. But as you might expect from the upper-crust society of the time, she’s all entitled and snobby and shit, and being a young girl (what, maybe thirteen, fourteen?) she’s also clueless and naive as well. It’s fun to watch her in opposition to the ever-patient Yune. And in this episode we have the older Camile looking on, a hint of sadness realizing what her future holds, and seeing it as more suffocating than anything else (the crinoline the perfect analogy even as Alice doesn’t realize it).

Yet that’s hardly enough to keep me watching. Again, not that there’s anything wrong with the series, but frankly compared to the many other shows that I’m watching where something is actually happening, there’s just not enough here for me.

The verdict:

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Sampling of Online Reviews:

  • “You know, Alice is a much more fun character when she is not the central cause of the conflict. Rather than creating some forced drama, Alice is much more fitting as a simple character who loves to giggle and has fun. Anyways, the central conflict this episode was actually quite subtle, and surprisingly enough brings some focus back upon the Claude-Camille relationship that was brought up earlier.” – Emory Anime Club
  • “I’m sick of Alice. She’s annoying, rude and doesn’t seem to learn any lessons. I want to body slam her. I hate that she’s been the main driving force of any plot this far. Although next week looks pretty good. Yune can be seen offering the blonde street scamp some food. Interesting.” – Moe Monster
  • “It feels as though Alice serves two major functions in this series. The first is to provide a certain kind of traditional anime appeal, and the second is to provide the catalyst for driving the plot. I could care less about the first, and I’m of mixed mind about the second.” – Lost in America
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