Le Chevalier DEon is a masterful fictionalization of the real life Charles dEon de Beaumont, a diplomat, writer, spy, and Freemason known as one of the best swordsmen in France, whose true gender was a source of speculation well into the late 18th century. The anime series is set in the years immediately prior to the Revolution, when women in Paris begin disappearing-including DEons beautiful sister, Lia. DEon is determined to catch her killer, and along the way hes mysteriously transformed into the spitting image of Lia. DEon moves back and forth between both identities, and becomes embroiled in a web of murderous intrigues.
The broadcast series Le Chevalier DEon
(2006) is an elaborate period piece that places historic figures and imaginary characters in a rococo sword-and-sorcery fantasy. D'Eon de Beaumont is devastated when his sister Lia is found murdered. He swears vengeance, and the trail of revenge leads him into a complex plot involving alchemy, the Duc d'Orléans, the Russian Imperial court, Mme. de Pompadour, and any number of minor malefactors. When D'Eon engages in mortal combat, his sister's soul possesses his body and sword. It's a good thing she does, as D'Eon dislikes killing opponents, even when they're "gargoyles"--humans whose bodies have been filled with mercury to transform them into zombie-warriors. Supernatural elements permeate the story: Even the religious Queen Maria Leszczynski has an attendant who resembles Norman Bates' mother in Psycho
. Le Chevalier DEon
plays like a cross between Hellsing
and Rose of Versailles
, and should please fans of period anime. (Rated TV 14, suitable for ages 14 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, potentially offensive religious imagery) --Charles Solomon