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(Sep 13, 2005)
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Eiri is a talented Japanese art student who works part-time in his uncle's Tokyo antique shop. Eiri finds an antique Venetian glass from 18th century France and when he looks inside it, he sees played out for him the life of a very young French girl who is ultimately murdered by her fiancee, an up-and-coming artist in Renaissance France.
The objects in the room that witness her murder determine to seek revenge on the soul of Cossette's murderer that has been reincarnated in Eiri. As Eiri falls in love with Cossette, he submits to brutal tortures brought upon him by the objects so the soul of Cossette can eventually find peace.
However, there are complications as Eiri will most likely die from his fanatic devotion to the 250-year-old ghost girl forcing his friends to intervene on his behalf.
There are several reasons westerners struggle with the story line. First, Cossette is a Japanese interpretation of 18th century France which goes against what westerners know of how people lived and behaved during that time period. There is a lot of artistic license to accept here.
Secondly, the advertising gives the impression Le Portrait de Petite Cossette is primarily a love story and it is not. It is primarily a horror story with enough gore to make most cinematic bloodbaths tame in comparison.Read more ›
The story focuses on the protagonist, a young man named Eiri, who works in his uncle's antique shop. When he encounters a luminescent glass goblet, he begins to see the life of a girl from another time and place. These visions continue to haunt him, pulling him deeper and deeper into the world of Cossette, and away from the everyday world. For 250 years, Cossette has been trapped in the crystal goblet, now Eiri will do whatever it takes to help her. Over the three episodes of this storyline, the truth takes shape and the drama plays out to its powerful and bittersweet conclusion. Now, I'm a fan of the Japanese culture and the twisting, often puzzling jumps of storyline that are the subject of so many anime movies, but I have to admit this one was a little more difficult to grasp than most. Revelations and explanations come piecemeal and don't always seem obvious. The gothic themes tied in with Japanese shintoism and yet employing Christian symbols as well make the underlying messages a bit hard to determine. But I was prepared for that. What didn't work for me were the group of female characters that interact and attempt to help Eiri.Read more ›
The story is about a boy named Airwe whose family runs antique shop where he stumbles upon a possessed goblet. The goblet is possessed by the spirit of a beautiful young girl how was murdered two hundred years ago. Soon he begins to have delusions or so he thinks they are of course about the young girl. At first he tries to stop himself, telling himself it's all in his head. Soon however he gives in and loses himself in the madness of the spiritual. The story goes from there as he seeks to learn more about the girl and how to free her.
This series is not for the light hearted nor for the inattentive. If you don't pay attention you'll find yourself completely lost in a few minutes. If you're the type that has to know exactly what's going on all the time, you'll be highly irritated by this one as like Soul Taker it has an abstract way of presenting scenery that doesn't always make sense, at first. More then once you'll find yourself confused but if you stay with it everything makes complete sense by the end of the series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cossette is a kind, gentle little show: captivated by the spirit of a murdered girl within a wine glass, artist Eiri secludes himself from society and allows this Gothic beauty to... Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by Lazar
Le Portrait de Petite Cossette is not your standard anime. It's mostly for this reason that you hear so many mixed reviews. Read morePublished on November 22, 2009 by C Cornett
This three part Ova is a compilation of traditional and computer animation that is absolutely stunning. Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Jennifer Corwin
I watched Le Potrait De Petite Cossette while with a group of friends for a Halloween party. It's based off a manga that was slightly successful. Read morePublished on April 12, 2009 by Ann Foerster
This is only three episodes and seems a bit rushed but the quality of animation is very good. Their faces seem to be like that of Gilgamesh. Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Just some old guy.
An incoherent mess, to put it mildly. This OVA has lots of interesting artwork, presumably the artist creatively transferring his favorite images from the original manga, but the... Read morePublished on March 15, 2009 by Midland
so this just arrived in my mailbox today and after it being suggested from several different sources i had high expectations. Read morePublished on September 3, 2008 by N. Voorhees
First I have to say the dvd is split up into 4 episodes actually, I thought it was just one long movie. Read morePublished on September 14, 2007 by Brent L. Olsen
this anime ova is good if you like the gothic stuff or alot of gory images. the story line is very good and there is very good animaton.Published on February 22, 2007 by M. Carlisle