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Croisee in a Foreign Labyrinth: Complete Collection

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Revolutions always wreck mayhem and carnage, and the Industrial Revolution is no different as it engulfs Europe, leaving outmoded businesses and millions stripped of their traditional ways of life forever as its casualties. Cultural Revolutions are no less devastating, and as the 19th century comes to an end, young Yune has seen her native Japan shaken to its very core as the walls separating it from the western world have finally crumbled, sending an entire nation on a quest for a new identity. But, like the phoenix, the new is inevitably born from the ashes of the old, and when Yune decides to accompany her new acquaintance, Oscar, to Paris where his family's metal declining shop is barely making ends meet in the face of its new competition, she may just be setting a new wave of changes into motion. Could Yune be the critical spark needed to rekindle the fires in both the hearts and minds of the Enseignes du Roy? As old worlds come to an end, new beginnings will be forged in Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth!

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  • Actors: Nao Toyama, Takashi Kondo, Aoi Yuki, Hideyuki Tanaka
  • Directors: Kenji Yasuda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section23 Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DL4MUM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,503 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Croisee in a Foreign Labyrinth is a very laid back series filled with warmth and well developed characters. While it may look like a silly piece of fluff from the cover art and character design, it is extremely well written. The main character is Yune, a teen from Japan sent out to learn more from Western countries. Japan had gone through a profound upheaval in the late 1800s and had turned to the West for technology, fashion, and ideas. Likewise, France was dealing with the disillusionment with the revolution while undergoing the Industrial Revolution. It is against this backdrop that the series takes place, so subjects like class differences, starving children, xenophobia, and the timeless difference between the sexes are all covered. Tragedies lurk behind the pasts of some of the characters and you eventually understand what motivates them.

Despite that, you will find yourself smiling after watching an episode and a warm feeling in your heart. I really can't think of another anime quite like it. Perhaps kimi ni todoke -From Me to You- Volume 1 Premium Edition comes closest, though the romance in this one is very understated due to all the barriers between Claude and Yune.

Sentai Filmworks did a very nice job on this edition. While not Blu-ray like I would have preferred, the video quality is very good and looks great on a HDTV, which not all anime sets can say. The lovely music sounds just as good and that is important due to the OVA containing quite a bit of singing. The case is solid with a good quality leaf to assist in holding the four discs included. Three DVDs contain the 12 episodes, OVA (aka Episode 4.5), and a large amount of extras.
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By Angel on August 29, 2012
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Well 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 traveller, 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 1800.

The sound contributes greatly to the setting and I found it adding to an already wonderful experience. Even the opening is an instrumental piece. The show could have abused the setting and sound to create a very pop soundtrack to sell to the masses, but it didn't and I have great respect for that. The one thing I regret this anime did not do, was include more French words into the script. Though that is understandable, as there is a large challenge in overcoming linguistic barriers. Luckily, as a side-effect, choking strange words down the audiences throat is not what happens either.

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth is a piece resistant to much of the failings that can be found in both historical and slice-of-life anime. There's not an over-abundance of fanservice yet it is still incredibly enjoyable to watch. Yune is not sold as sexual, and unlike many shows focusing around little girls, she has great characterization, as does the rest of the cast

I was hesitant to continue this show on it's first episode, but I am glad that I did, as it became a very memorable anime, It is certainly worth watching. Also a Plus with cd that comes with this case thankyou
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A review of Croisee in haiku meant to capture the essence of the story (blah twenty word minimum blah):

Cherry blossom song
Sung beneath the Eifel's gaze
Sings of gifted smiles
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Literally this show is it. The story takes place in the 19th century. It is a time where Europe is hungry to experience things from around the world. Yune is brought to France, sort of as a servant. There is a deeper story behind it and it does branch into that so don't fret. It won't leave you hanging.

Much of the plot circles around Claude who is the owner of a sign shop. There is a lot of new world vs old world ideas. The industrial revolution is hitting and individual craftsmen are being left behind. Yune adds a unique factor into the mix because you get to experience this new world through her eyes. How she deals with the culture clash, what makes sense to her doesn't make sense to the French. Then how she deals with being thrown into a world that is changing around her.

It is a very endearing ride. When this was airing in Japan about 90% of the comments to the vids were about how cute Yune is. Men, women...you name it. You really feel for her. Her small stature makes the world around her seem even more dangerous and imposing but she'll work your way deep into your heart and not let go.

As the show ends, perhaps the only fault is that it ends. There is a lot more story that could be done. It leaves you satisfied but also wishing it had been approved for 24+ episodes. Hopefully in the future it will get more seasons. Till then enjoy the KAWAII!!!
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I read the manga of Croisee in a Foreign Labyrinth, and although the art was beautiful, I found the story could get bogged down and muddled. I decided to check out the anime anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised with how the anime writers made a few minor tweaks that nonetheless made all the difference.

Croisee in a Foreign Labyrinth is not a fast, exciting show. It's slow-moving slice of life, focused on beautiful art, relationships between the characters, and the appeal of its adorable heroine, Yune. It's quite a bit like Aria. The show is set in France during the late 19th Century, in the age of Japonism. The French art world was going crazy for Japanese ukiyo-e at this time. Yune is a young Japanese girl who meets a French traveler, Oscar, and goes to live in France with him and his grandson, Claude, a craftsman who has inherited the family metal shop, Enseignes du Roy. The shop is located in a glass-covered shopping arcade called Galerie du Roy, which is slowly dying as businesses fold and customers go to the nearby Grand Magasin. The Grand Magasin is owned by the Blanche family, whose youngest daughter, Alice, is crazy about Japan; Alice quickly discovers Yune and somewhat forcibly befriends her, despite Claude's objections.

I loved the cross-cultural aspect, as the show depicts Yune's difficulty adjusting to French culture, and the French characters' various reactions to her. I have no idea how accurately the show depicts Paris, but the shots of the city are beautiful and can even rival Aria. Croisee is more willing than Aria to get melancholy or address some of the unpleasant aspects of life in 19th Century France, as it does in a subplot about a street urchin who takes advantage of Yune's kindness to steal from the shop.
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