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Impressions on Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
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21 / F / Under your skin.
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Posted 7/3/11


Synopsis

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 1800s.

Main Characters

Yune. Yune is a girl from Japan who is brought to Paris by Claude's grandfather to serve in their families' metal crafts shop due to reasons that have yet to be fully explained. She spends her time in the Galerie du Roy, the shopping arcade the shop is located in, becoming the store's "shop girl" and attracting customers as she adapts to the different lifestyle of the French.
Claude Claudel. Claude own the store "Enseignes du Roy", and takes care of Yune.

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Episodes: 12
Producers: Satelight
Genres:
Historical, Slice of Life, Seinen

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Wow the first episode was so good. It was so refreshing. I can finally take a break from all the action with this anime, it was slow-paced and really made me calm. Yune is the cutest thing ever and Claude is just so . I just hope it doesn't waste its potential and be the great anime I see from this episode.

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Posted 7/3/11
i feel indifferent about it and it probably won't keep my interest for long but nothing particularly wrong with it (although Yune's face looked odd in terms of the animation style)

it was nice to hear someone speaking french at the end though
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Posted 7/4/11 , edited 7/4/11
I totally loved the first episode.

Just when we finished Oreimo and thought Kyousuke was the best big brother ever, you get Claude, who has shown so much compassionate in the first episode than the majority of anime characters have ever shown.

Plus, making glass looks cool.

I didnt really understand the language barrier at first, I knew that whenever a foreigner is in an anime, they will most likely be using japanese words. However right now we are supposed to interpret that the Grandpa and Grandson only speak French, but Yune speaks both Japanese and French

I nominate Yune for anime Mascot of Summer 2011!
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Posted 7/4/11

superluccix wrote:

However right now we are supposed to interpret that the Grandpa and Grandson only speak French, but Yune speaks both Japanese and French.


LMAO so true.
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it is interesting and a has a nice dramatic feel to it, however it feels like i dont need another drama anime because hanasaku iroha is already really good, oh well ill just keep watching
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I believe the grandfather can speak both languages as well. Language barriers are generally tricky to deal with in anime as I don't think most production companies like to hire voice actors that can speak multiple languages so everyone just ends up speaking japanese for the sake of convenience and understanding. Its a unique slice of life anime that doesn't rely on moe or comedy which is pretty different for the slice of life genre. I'd say its worth checking out if you like historical slice of life animes but don't go in expecting too much out of it.
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Posted 7/4/11 , edited 7/4/11
I'm a fan of slow paced animes, but this isn't working for me just yet... I don't particularly like either the characters or the setting.
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Posted 7/4/11 , edited 7/4/11
I think i just about loved that, since I wasn't expecting to pick this up at all, and i was pleasantly surprised by this. I.. don't know how to say it, it was just really nice. Characters are likeable and the detail in the environment is pretty flashy too.

If I had a complaint, it'd only be what has already been said in that the language barrier is a bit of a pain to fully understand. And i hope this doesn't develop what i'd call "the K-on problem" (not bashing K-on at all) which is the overly-saccharine presentation of life in a SoL.
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Posted 7/5/11 , edited 7/5/11
A slow paced anime with a calm and serene atmosphere. The characters are well made and fits perfect to their role. I'm not familiar with 19th century French architecture and metalwork but it is well detailed and fits perfectly to the theme. The language barrier may be confusing but for those who watched anime like Monster will generally get the idea. The BGM fits perfectly to the scene, well, it has to be since it is a drama anime.

As for the plot... It's generally its good and it reminds me of drama anime that I've seen in the 90's but this is just my interim observation. We'll know for sure after the 6th episode.

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38 / M / Where the heart is
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Posted 7/5/11
I'm really liking what I'm seeing here. Yune is very cute without attempting to be so. Claude just likes to work without dealing with the customers like I do. The language barrier wasn't so much of a problem for me as I didn't expect them to deviate from Japanese at all. For the most part I just paid attention to context that Grandpa visits Japan (maybe often) so he may know the language. Yune may only know Japanese early on, but like grandpa said that Yune can read the atmosphere and act accordingly. What was confusing about the language barrier is that Claude seemed to interact with her in the second half of the episode as if they were both speaking the same language. I don't think Claude thinks enough of other cultures to pick up another language, much less possibly not encountering the Japanese. I think Yune only picked up on some French from the book Claude bought her and stayed up late absorbing it like a sponge.

Finally the last scene as the show came to an end when the narrator said something like only a few knows of Yune's arrival. I think this is to mean that she's going to be very well known by the end of the series as herself and a window girl.
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she's ffin adorable.
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I liked it so far. It's nice to see an anime that has so much potential that doesn't appear to be a moe-merchandise show.
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Posted 7/5/11
checked this out liked it. will probably keep watching it if I can spare the time.
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21 / F / Under your skin.
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Posted 7/11/11 , edited 7/11/11
Ep. 2



Really great episode. Yune has shown yet another cute side of her.

Oscar is a playboy lol I so didn't expect that. and of course Claude being the hottie he is. <3

Preview showed some spoiled brat with yune's sold dress. Let the drama begin.



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