English: Le Portrait de Petit Cossette
Synonyms: Le Portrait de Petite Cossette
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2004 to Dec 22, 2004
Duration: 36 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.131 (scored by 13779 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsgothic horror psychological supernatural
Mar 16, 2008
With regard to the plot, it would be no exaggeration to state that the same story could have been told within five minutes, nor would it be too much to say that any review of the plot would also most likely divulge what little twist there is. In essence, the story revolves around two artists and a piece of art, the portrait of a young girl, and the two differing outlooks on art these two artists have: one in the end prefers the piece of art, unchanging and everlastingly beautiful, unwilling even to acknowledge the existence of the living, changing 'original' girl, while the other prefers his art to be alive in some fashion, even if this means that change and loss exist. It is a story about the love of the artist for his art, a love that is profound enough to accept the necessity of loss, even, if necessary, of the self.
Nowhere is the story explained in as much words as I've used above, or are there pieces of dialogue directly concerning this difference in outlooks on art. In fact, there is not that much dialogue at all, nor does the show try to explore the main characters: there is little in the way of actual plot or character development.
This is because Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is a Romantic piece, or, more accurately, a piece of Romantic horror. The plot is a gathering of tropes from the genre, and focuses to a large extent on the passionate love of the main characters without giving much in the way of an explanation for their feelings and behaviour, wholly following the example of the greater pieces of Sturm und Drang literature, where round characters were considered less important than the strength of what little they tried to convey. Even the fact that the plot seems confusing, and that not everything is explained or neatly given a purpose within the story can be fully explained as Romantic horror: from Poe to Lovecraft the actual lack of a full explanation served to enhance the story.
When all is said and done, the story might not be all that original, or contain a lot of development. It is, however, very true to form.
The art is simply gorgeous. A lot of different styles are used, from simple nature backgrounds to what has been described as "bargain-basement Salvador Dali", with an emphasis on portraying scenes in twilight or with light that is filtered, seemingly in order to make the few bright points stand out more. Even though not all styles work out equally fine - especially the more surrealistic scenes tend to be a bit over the top - they do usually perfectly portray the mood of a certain scene.
To this is added a soundtrack consisting largely of semi-classical music that does a wonderful job in strengthening the different moods, ranging from simple, uplifting tunes to a ballad that is beautiful and haunting, even though it is sung in Japanese, which does not really fit the mood.
It is true that this show is pretentious, as is, it should be said, all art, and visual arts have a tendency to be even more pretentious than music or literature: the use of a French title (containing errors in grammar, spelling, and syntax, to boot, as it should have been titled "Le portrait de la Petite Cosette") is in itself proof of this, as is the bundling of a whole bunch of different musical and visual styles. On the other hand, it is quite honest about its being pretentious, and it must be said that, in the end, what matters in visual art is the art, not story, and not character. Anime is visual art, and no matter how good a series is, it will never be better than a solid book in portraying story or characters. What it adds are visuals, and these enhance the story in a way words alone can never do. To me, it is not too pretentious to try and make the story revolve around the art, and not the other way round: in a way, that seems to be what anime should in the end be about.
I won't lie. I consider Le Portrait de Petit Cossette to be the best piece of film I have ever seen, without a single doubt. As implied above, it is very difficult to make an objective statement on story and art, as you either like the style, or you don't. To me the different scenes do connect, and portray a story about longing, love, and sacrifice that portray thoughts that can be felt, but not put into words - though they can be shown.
In a way, I am in love with these three episodes like the protagonist is in love with the painting, and, thus, am unable to see anything that could detract from this impression. Perhaps that simple fact is the greatest compliment a show can receive. read more
May 12, 2013
"I'm a beautiful anime, I must be beautiful." This's exactly what the anime is trying to tell you. You can recognize that by just looking at its title, it's full of grammar mistakes, but who cares? It's just trying to be beautiful.
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is considered a masterpiece to a lot of respected critics all over the world, is it a masterpiece? I sadly couldn't find anything special about it, the story is so simple and easy as pie, but hey, let's just fuck the shit out of the viewer's head for the sake of creativity, we don't have a creative idea but let's just make the dialogue and script as complicated as possible, pray for god that s/he won't understand. The anime is all about an artist who sees a girl in an antique glass, he loves her for no reason, he just becomes insane for her. It's soon revealed that the girl's name is Cossette 'Obviously' and that she was killed by a famous and admired Italian artist who's called Marcelo Orlando. Someone must sacrifice himself for her, who's that person? Of course our retarded protagonist.
It's okay, we all know that the anime doesn't care about the story or anything, it's just trying to be a work of art, is the art any good? Yes. It's definitely eye-catching and incredibly pulchritudinous, the decoration is classy and stunning giving it a well-formed atmosphere. The lights all over the place are marvelous, they just forgot that we have eyes, and those eyes suffer from too much lights, the use of optical flares are presented giving it, like, how should I say it? A substandard feeling. The use of shaking effects are troublesome and emo-ish as hell. The character designs are mediocre at best, this's the ultimate failure of the whole anime, this whole beauty was burned in flames, drowned in the water by that.
The sound is incredible, every scene has an outstanding soundtrack that fits it perfectly, hell! something like "Unhallowed" gave me chills!, I fail at praising the things I like so let me shorten that for you, I'm in love with the whole OST. The Japanese song killed the mood though, it shouldn't be there.
The characters are boring and behave in a very strange way, our protagonist should be a very talented and ingenious artist, but just look at him, he looks like a newbie that's here just to be toyed with. The whole cast is useless and can be removed without any problems, they're here just for the atmosphere and to make you feel that there're people who care about the protagonist. There's a girl who's a friend of him, she fell in love with him but she didn't confess that to him, full of cliche? Also, I didn't feel there's any relationship between the two protagonists (Cossette and Eiri), they look like they hate each other with this shitty dialogue and the loss of body movements and facial expressions.
Finally, Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is a very fresh experience that everyone shouldn't miss, it's stunningly engaging with this incredible atmosphere that succeeded to accomplish.
For the fans of: Serial Experiments Lain and Perfect Blue (Both of them have a gloomy atmosphere.).
Also, this's my first review, your feedback is greatly appreciated. read more
Apr 15, 2013
Cossette's story is relatively simple, but for whatever reason, its creators seem eager to make it as difficult to follow as possible. There are frequent changes in setting between the real world and a surrealistic hallucinatory world that the protagonist visits. These transitions take place with little tact, and they give the series a very warped sense of chronology which is only added to by the use of repetitive flashbacks to events that happened only minutes ago. There is little to no explanation offered as to what this surreal world actually represents, and the OVA seems to take it for granted that the audience will be able to interpret the significance (if there is any) of the events that transpire there without much help, a proposition that's dubious at best and downright foolish at worst. What's happening in the real world isn't very interesting, either; the protagonist's group of age-appropriate female friends are noticing that he's having a bit of a mental breakdown, they're all concerned with his well-being, and they take various actions to try to ensure his safety. This story thread ultimately serves very little purpose, and is more or less just a distraction from the central plot. To even understand that plot requires using tremendous amounts of speculation and assumption to fill in the gaping holes left by the writers. I'm confident that I'm a reasonably attentive viewer, and I don't feel at all embarrassed to say that on the first watch of Cossette, I could only guess at what was happening for at least forty percent of the OVA's running length. There's a fine line between minimalistic storytelling and poor storytelling. It gets crossed here, in spades.
I wish I could say that the characters swooped in and redeemed everything, but it wasn't to be. Our male lead, Eiri, an amateur artist who owns an antique shop, is a neat concept, but he has all the personality of a dishrag, and is little more than a tool used to push an overly obvious thematic agenda on the audience. The same can be said of Cossette, the doomed young daughter of foreign nobility whose soul is trapped in a decorative glass; what a great idea, and what a shockingly lackluster execution. Her lack of character might be explained away by the idea that she is supposed to represent an object of obsession rather than a person, but the fact that she responds in kind to Eiri's love sort of voids that entire train of thought. There's an attempt at romance, but I've said it before and I'll probably say it again—romance holds no meaning when neither character is even identifiable as an individual. Supporting roles, you ask? Welcome to the cast of cliches: A close female friend who is in love with Eiri but has difficulty showing it, two local psychics who give Eiri vague spiritual advice (such gems as “there's a soul in everything”), a hard-nosed doctor who notices Eiri's failing mental and physical state, a girl smitten with Eiri who works at a local restaurant. They're introduced haphazardly and, again, we're often left to make assumptions about who they even are and what their relationship is to Eiri. Most of them are cardboard cutouts graced with the privilege of about two or three lines of dialogue, and their role in the story as a whole is rather unnecessary. There's some kind of halfhearted harem drama between the overly zealous friend who is in love with Eiri and the rest of the cast. This element isn't very well thought out, nor does it have any place in the OVA, and it falls more or less flat.
Artistically, Cossette has a lot of merit. The production values are reasonably high. The character designs are inoffensive. The backgrounds are lovely, ranging from verdant forests to foggy city streets, and the atmosphere created in the bowels of Eiri's dusty antique store is suitably eerie. Somewhere along the line, though, Cossette trades all of that for a ridiculous amount of CGI, editing, and visual trickery that's really quite annoying. It turns into a regular slideshow of artistic tricks-of-the-trade. Name a strange camera angle, lighting or filtering choice, or visual distortion, and the odds are pretty good that it's here. Cossette just can't resist: A shot through stained glass here, a weird point-of-view through a digital camera there, an overlay of flickering static, an endless pan over a computer-generated landscape. Words cannot even describe the number of techniques in play here, most of which serve no purpose other than as a sort of directorial “hey, look what I can do!” In terms of the technical implementation, they might very well be flawless, but I'll be damned if I can see a reason for their awkward inclusion. The OVA is actually at its best when none of these are employed. The halls and darkened storage rooms of Eiri's store, with antiques stacked around him like tombstones, are a lot more unsettling than the tactless barrage of seizure-inducing effects.
If you're the type to look at the staff listing, you might be able to guess that there's one aspect of Cossette that is tough to complain about, and that's the music. Yuki Kajiura does what she does best: Sweeping modern orchestral compositions backed by chanted vocals, intricate piano melodies, soft and haunting atmospheric noise. The soundtrack sounds great both in the context of the OVA and on its own. It doesn't sound as clear or as polished as her later work, but it's arguably as good as any other musical score she's been involved with, and that should say just about everything; it's grade-A, plain and simple. It's not terribly difficult to label the soundtrack as Cossette's strongest element. Imagine judging a dog show where the only contestants are a beautiful golden retriever and a dead possum. That's the choice I had to make.
Harsh words all around, and yet, that number does say five, which is far from the worst available score. Cossette might have inexcusably poor writing, but it does have some technical merits to fall back on, and I'll begrudgingly admit that it's a captivating watch even though the visuals are obnoxious. It's also a very creative idea, and while that idea ultimately isn't capitalized on, I can tell that it is trying to make an ambitious statement about art and the nature of human interaction with art. This thematic material isn't handled well at all, but the fact that there's even any thematic material worth mentioning in the first place is something. In a word, Cossette is a mess, and I really can't give it the most enthusiastic praise, but creativity and ambition are present, and if nothing else, it's certainly a unique piece of work. read more
Jun 6, 2013
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette begins as a moody picture of reality.
Kurahashi, the protagonist of the anime, saw the girl inside the glass. Now he is in mental turmoil. Am I mad or it’s a real girl inside of the glass, asks Kurakashi himself. As the story-line develops it’s getting more lunatic, and vague.
What to say. IMO creators tried to set some kind of a frightful atmosphere they overdid it. Only three episode, it’s nearly impossible (but possible like in .hack//Quantum) to make and to keep the story ok.
I love gothic style; it’s the only style in art I love. This anime was able to add that gothic atmosphere. Colors, character design, BG all was good.
The background music is rarely good. Here, we have pretty good OST, op and ending themes. Voice acting was great!
Having nearly zero time there is no such thing as appealing characters. More than that Kurahashi is the only interesting person in this anime, because he is in center of events. The only good thing about d'Auvergne Cossette is that she is a lolicon ghost.
There is nothing which will make characters memorable and even likeable.
Three episodes, gothic theme and feel of uncertainty.
This anime is new, something we’ve never seen before, it was interesting to watch characters madness and the feel of uncertainty made this anime a little bit interesting. You’ll never guess what is happening. Plus it’s only 3 episodes, not 20 or 50 you won’t lose much if you hate it.
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Jun 14, 2010
would be great title for documentary (mockumentary?) about this 2004 outing by Akiyuki Shinbo and Studio Daume. And about my reaction to it too, albeit for some reason I find the idea of documentary about silly anime reviews of one self-conceited finn highly unlikely.
In a certain way this anime plays out like Greatest Hits collection of romantic horror genre. We have the dark colour palette, (dominated by black shadows and deep red of aesthetically splattered blood), majestic and old ”gothic” architecture, antique shops with mysterious furniture, eerie soundscapes and dramatic pseudoclassical music, ghost of seducive girl, dark spirits, unrepented past sins and passionate, morbidly infatuated lead character whose trials of love and obsession we follow through.
Indeed, at its heart Cossette is rather typical, straightforward obsession story with one big ”twist” towards end. The simplicity and straightforwardness of the story might be hard to realize however – the work revels in messiness and borderline incoherence of its storytelling, adding layers upon layers of grandiloquent melodramatic ”mindfuck” sequences and pompous formality. Unfortunately Shinbo’s baroque narrative ends up resembling keeling shack with goldleaf paint more than Versailles. Characters are hard to care about, movings of plot often absurd and storytelling royal mess in general. Especially disastrous is usage of side characters whose storylines and involvement often end up feeling superfluous and meaningless. The girl-next-door love interest is good example of failed character and creators seeming inability to incorporate minor characters properly to main storyline. Their main function tends to be to show how far Eiri has drifted from ”real world” in his obsession. In blunt dialogue that makes soviet tactics in WWII feel sophisticated no less.
But we shouldn’t be too hard on the cookie cutter gothic lolita story. After all according to creators their main goal was to produce something beautiful. In here their sucess has certainly been decent with some stunning shots and artwork. Hirofumi Suzuki’s character designs are nice to look at and Cossette herself is something of a masterpiece, just as alluring and hypnotic doll-like figure as story needs her to be. Add on top of this Marina Inoue’s excellent acting and we have small scale artistic wonder as focal point of the work.
Plenty of background art, lighting effects, shot compositions etc. are joy to behold too. Some CGI sequences look somewhat poor and stick out, but other than that there isn’t anything per se bad about art quality. Yuki Kajiura’s instantly recognizable musical style adds greatly to aesthetic depth of the work (unfortunately there are some non-ideal usages of the music, especially in ep 1) as well as somewhat above average sound designs.
Unfortunately director Shinbo either lost his cool with the vast array of formal trinkets and gadgets he had avalaible or he simply had never heard about restraint. Cossette is chockful with bizarre camera angles and effects (hello there, fisheye lens!), busy editing, overwrought digital effects, imposing ”camera chases” and other such offenses of civilized directing. The sheer melodramatic pomposity that borders on vulgar misuse of ”radical” directing methods tends to overpower the whole work increasingly often towards the end. Artificial shakycams and shifting perspective are constantly raped here while radical camera angles lose entirely their meaning by being constantly mishandled and overused. Scene compositions are in general absolutely terrible or average compilations of lunatic camerawork, formless or simply inappropriate editing and general over-the-topness without sense of elegance that would suit series admittedly beautiful artwork. Doing this kind of thing Akiyuki Shinbo isn’t Hideaki Anno, to put it simply. CGI effects and ”dynamic camera” movements are over-the-top to the point they turn into self-parodies. Some use of music is just silly such as utterly random and heavy handed musical sequences in final episode that contribute nothing and only drag the story to halt. Did we really need to hear Inoue’s ”Ballad” here?
After all this criticism it undoubtly comes off cheap to say ”nonetheless, it’s still fine work”. But it’s the truth. While form is over-the-top and narrative something of a mess somehow it still works. It’s joy to watch and it does suck you in. As a matter of fact I’d still recommend seeing this: it isn’t masterpiece but works that are too ambitious for their own good tend to be more interesting experiences than technically ”flawless” works that play it completely safe.
So, if you want to see something that isn’t run-off-the-mill in execution or if you’re fan of gothic lolitas and romantic horror by all means find yourself copy of Le Portrait de Petit Cossette. The experience will not disappoint.
Others: approach with caution and utmost attention. Messy storytelling can easily drop you out of the loop before first episode is over.
Feb 10, 2012
Tagline! This magical girl series is sure to win the heart of any GothLoli who's ever longed for a sado-masochistic relationship! Never since Hell Girl have we seen so warped a transformation sequence as this!
So, just an fyi folksies - this whole review is SPOILER FRIENDLY. And the spoilers start right now...
Here's how to solve the riddle: once you've finished the seires, go back and watch the first 15 seconds. Mostly everything you need to know takes place there, but I'll break it down anyway.
"Who loves me so much that he would forsake his own dear life... could it be you? If someone were to drown in the sea for me, I would be released from the stone, back to life. I would return to life. But if someday I were to be reborn into a life that gives me what is most dear to me... ...then I would cry alone. I would cry alone, seeking what was my stone. [With a terrible lyricist no doubt...] Even if my blood was as ripe as fine wine, what good would I be? [plenty good to the vampires of Forks, Wa. my dear lady!] .Because I can't bring back from the depths of the sea the person who most loved me. [I LOVE YOU EDWARD CULLEN! And I you, ...werewolf guy!]"
French aristocrat Cossette falls for Marcelo, an Italian artist who stays with her family. He find her to be the epitome of Beauty and paints several portraits of her. She falls for him, of course, and the two become engaged (why her family allows her to take up with a mooching artist I don't fully understand - he wasn't a particularly good one). He loves her as well, except what he loves is her beauty and youth, not who she really is.
So, inevitably during the course of his last portrait he fall madly in love... with his work; and once it is finished he decides that he cannot abide to her growing older, so he does what any sensible mad artist would in his position [alt. version: so he does the only reasonable thing he can think of and] and slaughters her along her whole family (for good measure) so that she will remain forever young and beautiful.
Which is just fucked up enough for her to become a vengeful spirit that eventually finds our protagonist (he's Marcelo's reincarnation - SURPRISE!) and bequeath him with the Eternal damnation of pain and suffering (FUN!) through the 'memories' of the objects that witnessed the betrayal so long ago (she has very loyal cupboards). Each one witnesses said betrayal from a different perspective and so keeps a different 'memory' of what happened, who whom and forms an opinion of how badly the protagonists should suffer because of it. Protagonist is a masochist with Stockholm Syndrome, so he naturally falls deeply in love with his imaginary tormentor. Keep in mind that however dark or surreal this anime becomes it is still a Magical Girl series at heart, so keep an eye out for the twisted transition "quick change" sequence (please see Hell Girl for another example of this art form).
Later, when we get to the clock phase we see Cossette grow older, which is an interesting plot 'twist' and Eiri Kurahashi (protagonist torture unit) states that he loves Cossette and will no longer fight against the torture since it means being with her (he is related to a madman, it's just a different kind of crazy here). A while later she falls in love with him and decides that she doesn't want him to suffer the way Christ did and decides to leave the poor man be. This is where it gets even more fun!
So, I forgot to mention it but there's a "love interest" (by love interest we mean she loves and he's obviously not interested as he has fallen for Dorian Grey's prototype). She pretty much only comes in to shout his name and get angry at him. And her age seems to change as often as her name does; I spent most of the anime thinking she was his mother or older sister or something and if that wasn't confusing enough different people refer to her by different names (family + given) and the way it is executed meant I spent the whole anime thinking there was "Mataki - her" the older cranky aunt and "Shouko" a faceless fellow student (same age) who loves him. Little did I know they were the same person the whole time!! And not only that - it turns out that she is the reincarnation of Cossette (or at least she becomes her later - it isn't clear which).
Also, remember the painting that Marcelo was so madly in love with? Well, it turns out it reciprocated with the passion of 1000 fiery suns! And not only that - it's the jealous type! So we discover, far too long afterward, that Kurahashi was tricked into thinking Cossette came back for him and decided to love him for eternity. Except it was the painting the whole time, angry and jealous that Marcelo's reincarnation loved the real Cossette instead of it. But once he figures it out he beats it pretty quick - how one might ask? Well that's easy, he just says he implies that he loves the real Cossette for who she is and then paints her portrait with his own blood (still related to Marcelo, still crazy). This is apparently a "warmer" likeness and so it defeats the evil painting, thereby taking out the dreaded curse and it is implied that everyone lives ... surreally ever after.
This is an odd anime, particularly because I couldn’t tell if it took itself seriously or not. On the one hand, it seems as though the artist just finished taking a course in Surrealism and wanted to apply it somewhere without fully understanding the best method of execution. Then on the other hand we have perverse magical girl transformation sequences and (this is my favourite part of the anime) a scene toward the end of the first episode where Kurahashi actually passes a wall in an alleyway on the way home from dropping off the folio that has been tagged “Gothic and Lolita read more
Sep 25, 2010
The style of storytelling present in this short OVA may turn away lots of viewers. Although very simple to understand by the time the first episode is over. The route taken seems almost as if, the anime wants to confuse you. The story is delivered in flashbacks and visions that make it difficult to tell when the main story is taking place. This alone can anger many people who favor linear storytelling. I don't mind it much at all but I've seen it done much better.
I give credit to "Petite Cossette" on the themes it works on. It tells a very good story working on the dark themes of obsession and revenge. This is a drama anime. However, the writing takes steps to push this anime very close to the realm of horror. These darker themes are exploited in twisted ways. There is also a considerable amount of blood and gore.
Now back to the animation. As I said before the animation is the biggest strength. The animation is very fluid and the characters moves are realistic. The artwork is fantastic and very well detailed with an outstanding use of bright colors. The beautiful classical music score fits very well and adds a nice feel to the atmosphere. The budget is well used with this anime.
Now my problems lie with the characters for one thing. The secondary characters almost completely served no purpose in my eyes. And I really didn't feel the main characters at all. No one was engaging or charismatic enough for me to care about them. I also feel some scenes were unnecessary and didn't push the plot well enough. The ending is ok at best for me.
The fan service is very tame and I felt the voice acting was ok at best. I don't think this is a bad title at all. I was into it a bit but never truely gripped. I will point out this is not an action themed title. I recommend this to those who freak out to superb animation first. Those who zone out very easily will miss crucial points in the story. And your end result will be disastrous. Watch this anime with care. The OVA is three epidoses with a 90 minute run time.
Jun 19, 2008
Oct 2, 2013
Our story begins with our protagonist, Eiri, hanging out with some friends. But don't get attached to them because they'll only appear in one other, brief scene. They talk briefly about love and Eiri runs off for his part time job at his uncle's antique shop. He spends some time just holding and looking at a glass. A glass that seems to contain a girl that only he can see. The biggest problem with this OVA is that it meanders. What I mean by that is that there are a lot of scenes that go nowhere and don't tie into the main plot. Not only that, but the animation will frequently shift to random things (a street, a mailbox, tableware, bamboo, butterflies, etc...) during conversations. I still can't figure out whether this is supposed to be disconcerting or it's just a way to pad the OVA. If it's the former it doesn't work. The latter would seem more probable since this OVA drags. You wouldn't think I'd be able to say that about something that lasts all of three episodes, but it does. There are long stretches of scenes that just show random objects or filled with scene after scene where nothing of value happens. You could probably cut this down to a single episode if you only kept the relevant parts. Don't expect actual horror from this either. A lot of what happens is strange and/or kind of nonsensical but not frightening. There are some scenes that have promise, but the effect they could have had ends up getting spoiled by random object cuts and pointless scenes.
The characters are pretty dull. Eiri and Cosette are really the only ones who matter, possibly Mataki if you stretch the meaning of “matter.” They could have developed the characters if they had spent less time on pointless moments, but they don't. They start out as stock characters and experience very little growth as things progress.
The art is pretty good. The random shifts and transitions may not do anything from a story perspective, but the things they cut to are drawn well. There are a lot of really good details in the backgrounds as well. Which I paid close attention to as nothing of merit was happening in the foreground most of the time. The character art looks pretty good as well. The biggest issue with the art comes when they try to do a “scary” scene and random objects of wildly shifting art styles start coming at you. Which just looks odd. Their attempt at drawing a monster, which oddly enough has a negligible effect on the plot, just looks silly. I honestly laughed out loud when I first saw it. They also like to do randomly tilted shots throughout the series. Which just look stupid and out of place.
The voice acting ranges quite a bit in quality. Inoue Marina gives an excellent performance, and it's the only aspect of the OVA that actually comes across as creepy. But then you have Saiga Mitsuki and Toyoguchi Megumi who are just okay. You also have Ebara Masashi who, thankfully, only appears in one scene in which he over-acts like hell. I know he can act, I've heard him do it in Xenosaga and Fullmetal Alchemist, to name a couple examples. The effects, are not at the level of the acting. They try to create this disconcerting cacophony, but it just ends up spoiling the effect in a lot of cases. Inoue Marina will be delivering her lines in a genuinely creepy way, but then the effects will make her voice sound tinny, for lack of a better term, and the creepiness will be gone or the effects will be louder than the character voices and it'll be hard to hear what they're doing. The music is just pretty typical of “horror” fare.
The ho-yay factor is a 1/10. This has no ho-yay. The cast is overwhelmingly female, but they can't be bothered to develop their relationships in any way, romantic or otherwise. Most of the male characters only appear in a scene or two.
This is the best anime I've seen in the past four weeks. Which admittedly isn't saying much since the other anime were the two first series of Sekirei and Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari. The bottom line is that there are some moments that could have been effective but they're diluted by a whole lot of pointless scenes and random transitions. Still, I do recommend watching it, with two or three friends. Why? Because Le Portrait de Petit Cosette lies in that realm of dullness and semi-stupidity that makes for excellent snark material. Watch it to poke fun at it and it will lead to entertaining moments for you and friends. But as a serious horror piece I have to give it a 4/10. It's mostly just pretty dull but inoffensive. Horror anime month will continue next week with a look at the only horror anime on my request queue, Blue Gender. read more
Aug 3, 2009
May 31, 2010
We follow a young man named Eiri (Eerie? Pun intended much?)
There are a lot of gory scenes of the story, most very central yet some wer random at best.
Yet the scenes of which portrayed the most misery and pain for Eiri weren't actually the scary ones.
A must recommend for those interested in mystery horror type stories.
Jun 23, 2012
If we want to talk about characters, the only ones that mean anything are Eiri Kurahashi and Cossette. There really isn’t much in the story that shows just who these people are actually and so the characters seem bland. We do get story line from Cossette but nothing that actually shows her personality. She is just a little girl but she is nothing innocent at all. It’s like she’s a demon the way she acts around Eiri and by the second episode, I stopped feeling sorry for her because she became like the no name Elfen Lied girls. All she really did was torture porn. Even though she is rather young, has the heart of a jaded lover inside her. She is rather manipulative and a strange trickster.
Eiri isn’t much better, in fact, he’s worse. We get no info on his back story or personality, nothing about his friends that he was around in the beginning (we only see them once) and the girls that he’s around are bland and again, we hear nothing about how they are together. It’s just boring. There wasn’t something for me to grasp onto so I was sitting there laughing about how stupid he was for throwing his life away for someone he barely knew.
The storyline would have been better if it was either longer with more detail in the story, or a movie. I would choose the first since a movie like this may be a little two hard to do. It’s sad you can’t feel for any of the characters at all.
The artwork is rather pretty, the details striking. Cossette seems to feel more like a doll in some parts though, much too pretty and porcelain like with her pale skin and sweet eyes. Unfortunately, it becomes a bit to oil paint-ish in a lot of parts. When that happens, they look like still shots. The only thing that really awesome is the shots. It’s a lot of surreal angles and out of control beauty where we don’t see the stupid looking characters in the back room. Mostly, I think this was done with the idea that they wouldn’t have to animate much.
The music is hunting and playful, almost like a music box. The English voice acting sounds rather well done. Maybe a bit too well then it has any business being, although it does start to sound cheesy when they start talking in poetics. There are a lot of questions that keep being said throughout the show and sometimes I thought it was much better when I didn’t try to think too much.
Aug 8, 2010
A young man falls in love...with a glass goblet? He can't explain just why. He carries it with him everywhere; looks at it, fondles it. But soon this goblet starts affecting him, giving him dreams. Is there a young girl's spirit trapped inside? What does she want from him? What plans remain unfulfilled from her life?
It seemed interesting at first, with the mystery surrounding the goblet. And the animation style was very artsy and interesting. (It was attractive enough that I raised my rating from, say, a 3 to a 5) But as the episode progressed, it became very disturbing. It entered surrealist scapes, littered with discolored human bones and body parts. Blood gushes, bodies mutate, imagery of death and fear seep and sop. The "weird" twists normalcy. By the end, I wanted to vomit.
So I'd only recommend this if you can stomach super-horror. The style was attractive at first. And the story could end up being interesting. But I'm not going to spend my time on it. I'd rather keep my cookies where they belong. read more
May 27, 2009
The visual style is what kept me interested in the show, but the plot line got confusing as the main character (Eiri) is transfixed by the painting of Cossette, but then a Venetian glass. He falls in love with the haunted girl of the painting and gets sucked into her world. It then takes on a Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl), The Grudge king of ghost haunting story.
It's a short 3 volume anime, but well worth the time to enjoy the camera shots and details and of course the adorable gothic lolita. read more
Jan 10, 2009
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Jun 5, 2013
I am not saying this is a horrible anime but im not saying this is an amazing one either.
its bloody, scary, mind altering, weird, creepy, and basically all the awesome stuff that's great in an anime, however it has to make sense first for me to like it or else its all just mindless
I was able to understand the main storyline but some parts were just too confusing.
This anime is more about what you like, if you like that stuff, you'll like the anime, if you don't, then you wont like the anime its as simple as that though im warning you it is really confusing read more
Dec 9, 2012
The important thing to understand about this anime, up front, is that this is a horror/drama. You will probably be either creeped or weirded out while watching this. Or fascinated. Or all three. But that's fine, because if you're simply comfortable with all of this and it doesn't make you think, you should probably go look for a good psychiatrist.
Also: I do not like horror or suspense whatsoever. I walk out of the room when people turn them on (my mother and my sister love them). I LOVED this, so that hopefully says something about it.
The story was very enjoyable. It was a little confusing at the beginning because they do some odd plays with timelines and flashbacks/flashforwards (and I've seen "Baccano!"), but once you adjust to, it's okay. I would have liked a clearer ending, but the ambiguity means that I can give it what ending in my head I want. I also didn't really like the fact that this was an almost-harem story, but it was worked well so I can ignore it.
It was a very interesting play with obsession. The relationships in this story are weird and feel a little disjointed. Which is how they SHOULD feel. None of the relationships in here are healthy. Even the ones you think should be, and that's the point.
The art was very good. It's very obvious where the creator of "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" got some of his artistic ideas from. The creepy art is there, as well as the loli stuff.
Kajiura Yuki made the music for this, which is why she was asked to work on the music for Puella Magi. IT IS BEAUTIFUL! "My Love Is So Sweet" has to be one of the prettiest piano pieces I have ever heard.
The characters were well-crafted. Eiri's character did some neat things with art and how artists are affected by their work and what they do with it. Cossette was... interesting.
I really liked the story and I loved watching this. If you would like to watch something that makes you think and is enjoyable to watch, then pull this up. read more