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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.Read more ›
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
Cherry blossom song
Sung beneath the Eifel's gaze
Sings of gifted smiles
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!!!
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.Read more ›
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this anime was fantastic!you will love all the characters in this series.ihated it end so series.Published 17 months ago by duane greer
I Really love this dvd because it's about 12 episodes & 1 special episode so much
My favorite part in one of those episodes is about the cute Japanese girl that she was... Read more
Saw this anime online, but loved it so much i had too own it!, I bought it because i'm really into historic anime. Reminded me of Gosick because it is also historic.Published 23 months ago by David Alcay