English: Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth ~ The Animation
Synonyms: Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation, Ikoku Meiro No Croisee The Animation, La croisée dans un labyrinthe étranger Special
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2011 to Sep 19, 2011
23 min. per episode
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.501 (scored by 13137 users)
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SynopsisThe 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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
Side story: Ikoku Meiro no Croisée Special
Other: Ikoku Meiro no Croisée: Yune & Alice, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée Picture Drama
Characters & Voice Actors
Culture is unique upon one's own setting and which people have pride upon, but when a new culture is introduced clash occurs between the two and the differences need time to settle in.
This anime is set in the late 19th century France. The anime shows the culture differences between European and Japanese culture, but shows that they're similar in more ways than you may think. From the outside the anime looks like a typical "moe" with a cute girl, but it offers a lot more to give the viewer entertainment. It's a little slow paced, but really does a good job working with what it has.
Overall - 8/10
The anime has a story that is nothing new, but it does a good job adding its own touches to distinct it from others. The anime has wonderful art that I enjoyed throughout the entire show. The realistic details that are given to the surroundings and the characters are wonderful. They also tackled both cultures to show the differences and how they relate beautifully and gives a little insight to those who don't know the other culture. The sound was always fitting the mood and made the anime a lot more calm and gave it a nice feeling from start to end. The characters were all unique and had some sort of relation to the development of the story and was really important for the anime to be the anime that it is.
Story - 8/10
The story in this follows Yune, a Japanese girl, going to 19th century France. It's a basic story that has the concept of a person going to a new land that they're not use to and has to adjust to it. Although the story is nothing new, that doesn't mean it's bad in anyway. The idea of her being introduced to a new culture brings a lot of comedy and realism to how different or how similar cultures can be.
Art - 10/10
If there's one thing this anime excels in it would be art. The art in this anime was just wonderful. The detail to the buildings and the style of clothes that the characters wore really reflected on the feel that the time period would have given off. Even with the Japanese culture, all the kimonos and the items that are used show excellent detail and really shows the cultures to the fullest. The characters were all drawn really beautifully and actually had really nice art. The quality never did dip which I loved and stayed top quality.
Sound - 9/10
The sound for this anime was something I enjoyed through the entire anime which made it overall better. The background music was always fitting for the mood the anime was trying to give off and complimented it to make it even better. The opening was really peaceful and gave off the right type of mood to start off each episode and really makes you relaxed. The voice actors were wonderful and really portrayed the emotion that the characters were giving off.
Character - 8/10
The characters are all wonderful and really made the anime what it is. You have Yune who is a girl introduced to a new world, but how did she get there? She got there from a man named Oscar Claudel. He's the father type of person in the anime and gives off the nice mood when needed and tries to help Yune and his grandson Claude whenever help is needed.
Second you have Claude. The grandson of Oscar and is the one who takes care of Yune. His character is built from his past and really shows the precautions he has of a new person being around. His character development is wonderful and really shows growth over the entire anime.
Third you have the Blanche sisters Camille and Alice. Alice is the carefree sister and tends to love having Yune around and playing while learning more about the Japanese culture. Shes more of the comedy character while Camille is the more serious sister. She partakes in all of the family activities and shows some secrets of the past between Claude and her.
The characters are well developed and are interesting due to the fact of the anime having a serious tone in some parts. It adds more depth to the anime and really makes the characters more well rounded and all around better interaction between all of them. read more
Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth was mostly overlooked last season due to it's overlapping qualities with the third season of Natsume and the Book of Friends. If you were watching Natsume, then you already know that they are two very different anime despite them sharing similar pacing and atmosphere. Natsume on one hand received tons of praise, but Croisée mostly ended up getting flack. I was quite upset when I was reading through reviews that quickly disregard Croisée as "moe-trash" and simple pandering. Yes, the show does have a little girl in it, and yes she is adorable. That does not mean the show is moe, and more importantly it does not mean the show is trash. I hope this review clarifies some points on the show, and in turn convinces you to pick up this anime. It is well worth your time for many reasons.
The setting is late nineteenth century, France. If you're interested in European art, then I strongly recommend this anime, as the backgrounds and clothing are all very realistic. Many times, I was captured by the scenery and it is a very strong suit Croisée has that many anime simply leave out.
Immediately, the characters are what will jump out at you. There's an old man, a boy in his late teens, and a young girl. Now this set up could have gone horribly wrong and turned into something perverse and offensive, but it did not. The old man, Oscar, was one of my favorite characters in the show. He's an important father figure to both Claude and Yune, and he brings interesting wisdom, making the show worthwhile to think on even after finishing. Claude Claudel is the protagonist of the series alongside the small Japonaise, Yune. The show is about how Yune adapts to her new environment and how Claude adapts to a foreigner living with him in his deceased father's failing sign shop. The characters work off of each other very interestingly, and I felt it was very easy to sympathize with both of them as their problems were more mundane than extreme. This may lead some to think that the show is very melodramatic, but it is in fact the opposite. The execution here is done very well , and all problems are solved in a way that develops the characters in a believable manner.
There are two other characters that are very much the opposite of our protagonists though, Alice and Camille. They are part of one of the richest families in Paris at this time, and they both have unique relationships with Yune and Claude respectively. Alice is very obsessive with the Japanese culture, which at the time, was highly intriguing to the people of Paris. Her relationship with Yune is somewhat one-sided but very interesting and even complex as the show completely unfolds. Camille's relationship with Claude was very interesting as well, but I do not wish to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet.
I digress but I must include this. Alice supplies an anachronism - the only one in the show - and whilst it was unnecessary, I don't think it should soil the reputation of the show. Alice says "moe" despite the show being set more than one-hundred years before the word came into history. This joke is used more as a 4th wall joke in my opinion, so it shouldn't be too heavily stressed upon.
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.
The show is slow, but if you're willing to try out a new experience then this may be a good place to start. If you're hesitant to pick this anime up, then I hope this review has encouraged you to do so. I was too, hesitant to continue this show beyond it's first episode, but I am glad that I did, as it became a very memorable anime. It is certainly worth watching, especially since it is very short.
If you enjoyed any of these anime, then you might also enjoy Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth: Victorian Romance Emma, Usagi Drop, and Aria the Animation. read more
The atmosphere, the background music, and more!
Very mundane slice of life series. If you are looking for relaxing and soothing atmosphere with genuinely innocent characters, these are the series for you. Heartwarming storytelling and scenic premise are both strong points of the series. Whether in Aqua or Paris, the daily discoveries of the characters and the magical relationships that they build are key to making these type of series enjoyable. Perfect after a long day of work and before sleep.
While neither are plot driven anime, both Aria and Croisee focus on aspects of life that we don't often take into consideration, giving a "magical" feeling about exploring the respective cities that they live in.
Both slice of life, following a girl, telling a story picturing a wonderful place dear to them
Relaxing atmosphere and similar sounding music. Both are slice of life series.
Extremely similar, both are very relaxing and have very cute characters.
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée and Aria the Animation shares an atmosphere that is not only similar but also brings a pleasant experience with its serene atmosphere. The characters are defined with innocence. The atmosphere is naturalistic. The slice of life experience is well presented that will make viewers feel as if they were there. Discoveries formulates the progressive movement of both series' story while maintaining a balance of its themes all the way through to paint memories you won't forget.
Aria the Animation & Ikoku Meiro no Croisee share a similar atmospheric feel that is fervently heartwarming and are pinnacle representations of innocence personified. Aria cools with its bright oceanic colours placed in an another-worldly representation of Venice, whilst Ikoku Meiro no Croisee spoils its viewer to a wonderfully subdued and layed back environment of royal early 19th century France. Both series build a haven of warmth that is comforting and beautiful to experience.
Both deal with a plucky young girl finding her way in world that is new to her -- a new country in Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, and a new family in Usagi Drop. Though contextually quite different, their shared slice-of-life approach and fondness for warm and fuzzy feelings (for the characters and viewers both!) ensure they have a similar pleasant and charming feel throughout.
Both are wonderful slice of life stories about a younger girl being taken care of an older guy. Both leave you with a warm fuzzy relaxing feeling~~~
Both series feature a young girl who feels foreign to the world around her, whether literally (Yune from Ikoku Meiro) or metaphorically (Rin from Usagi Drop). This young girl must adapt to a new lifestyle, live under the roof of a new guardian, and make new friends. However, while this sounds like the tale of something angsty, both of these series are instead rather positive and light-hearted, though still managing to hold genuine dramatic weight to the people and situations that the girl comes across in each show~
Though different art styles and different time era's, both consist of a male looking after a little girl and you get to witness the events that happen when the two lives collide.
Both animes are based on young girls in a different "place".Both atmospheres are also very calm, soothing, easy-going, and childish. However both anime take place completely different worlds .
You'll feel the same feeling from both of this show...
Both of it tell a amusing daily life story about an adult and a kid..
They both give you a warm feeling at the end of each episode and deal with being part of a new family.
Opening Theme"Sekai wa Odoru yo, Kimi to. (世界は踊るよ、君と。)" by Youmou to Ohana (羊毛とおはな)
Ending Theme#1: "Koko kara Hajimaru Monogatari (ここからはじまる物語)" by Nao Touyama
#2: "Tomorrow's Smile" by A.m.u. (ep 8)
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