Tuesday, July 5, 2011

[1st episode]Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

I am truly thankful that anime exist, if it wasn't for them, I'd hate summer even more than I do now. Thanks to the excitement I manage, if only slightly, to ignore the always present huge sunburn I have on my face. We're at the point that even smiling hurts. So yeah, spending yesterday afternoon only checking new animes was a bliss, even though I couldn't smile.

Today's first impression is about Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, also known as La Croisée dans un Labyrinthe étranger, which could translate as ... I have actually no idea how to translate it, it doesn't make much sense in French, well, it has basically to do with crossing paths in a foreign place.
Which does fit since the story is about a young Japanese girl and the owner of the store she now works at, in France.

I don't particulary know what to say about the characters, Yune is adorable but doesn't talk much, she's the stereotype of the quiet Japanese woman who works well in the house, which would bother me considering how strong this stereotype is at my own home, except it goes with the era it's set in, so I can't really complain.
And I'm sure the other main character, Claude, is a bit pissed off and while he appreciates her efforts, I think/hope he will help her to break free from the stereotype.
Because that's what the anime is based on, the relationship these two will develop, coming from two different cultures how will they get along. Despite being set in the 1800's it's still a very contemporary topic.

Didn't like the OP nor the ED, didn't notice the music much, seiyuu, well, nothing really noticeable either (aside for the fact there's going to be Yuuki Aoi later on)
Actually, I started this for the very reason to hear butchered French and innacuracies.
I got my innacuracie(s). The Galeries du Roi are in Brussel, not in Paris, but I'm willing to forgive this, it's a fiction after all.
But they seemed to have hired a French to read the titles and summaries, I'm almost disappointed, I don't particulary want to find that kind of monotonous voice used in documentaries or in other supposedly educationnal material in my anime.
Well at least I didn't cringe at the French (I did cringe at the English though, because yeah guys, Galerie du Roy translates as the King's gallery)

As for the plot, well, it seems to focus mainly on the relationships between characters, at least so far, I suppose there is going to be some plot, I just can't tell what kind for now.

In the end I will keep on following, not because I'm that much interested but because it's adorable and so damn pretty. I'd honestly watch this just for the background illustrations. And for Yune's kimono. Sooo pretty.

Tomorrow, unless I can finally rant on Uta no Prince-sama  I will rant on Sacred Seven.
Since I didn't want to cause more troubles we bought the school *wink*


  1. I don't see the point of making that gallery in Paris >_<

    Ah well, I'll forgive the stuff that don't make sense in it for the cute xD Teehee~

    You were able to watch Uta no Prince-sama? The OP already made my eyes and ears bleed X_X

    Shall watch Sacred Seven... but will follow your advice on not being too excited, haha!

  2. Wouldn't be as appealing if they said it's set in Belgium XD

    I don't want to see it without subs, because I know there's no way I'm going to be able to go through a second watch of it and I know it.
    Yet, I still insist on watching it, I'm a masochist XD

    Well, I have a friend who ranked Sacred Seven second so far on her new shows favorite list.
    So maybe you'll find it nice enough to watch?

  3. Yuuki Aoi <3
    Yahagi Sayuri <3
    Nao Toyama will have to shine if she wants to go up the ranks of seiyuu. Other than that, I don't really want to care more with the historical details since I'm already disappointed with the lack of French and the idea of language barriers hindering communication (which I already ranted on my side). Still watching this since I'm a lolicon =/

  4. Want me to speak French for you? XD

    Well at least everything is written in French, and correctly. So far. Old spelling included.

  5. even if you did speak French, I don't have a clue to what you'll be saying XD


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