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Poll: Le Portrait de Petit Cossette Episode 3 Discussion

May 15, 2008 6:21 PM

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Strange story...I must re-watch it.
Sep 3, 2008 4:44 AM

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I wish this OVA was longer. I've never seen anything like this before...
Oct 1, 2008 6:27 PM

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It's quite unique as an OVA, had an eerie vibe to it. Unfortunately the video I watched was of mediocre quality, I think I would've enjoyed it more if otherwise.
Oct 13, 2008 8:29 PM

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I definitely loved it. I was completely impressed with the plot, the idea, the characters----and how they were able to summarize everything in only three episodes. You couldn't go past 1/4 of the episode without something interesting happening.
Oct 24, 2008 7:02 PM

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This ova was certainly unique. It was so beautiful yet at the same time dark. I wish it was longer. I love the music combine with the atmosphere. I wanted to know more.
May 2, 2009 3:20 AM

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I liked the series as a whole but did feel I was missing something, maybe I should watch it again soon. But I did love the music and the way it looked

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Jul 14, 2009 10:07 PM

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I liked this anime.
But i agree it seemed liek it missed something...
I got a bit confused through it though...
Aug 8, 2009 5:14 PM

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it was a brilliant show!! decent one!!
Shinbou Akiyuki is definitely a genious director. And Inoue Marina is perfect with voicing and singing as usual!
But what really is beautiful is the methaphorical story. It goes about a novice artist, who was once biased by the artwork of another one and who is now going through hell and living water trying to find his own unique artstyle.
Fantastic anime!
Aug 12, 2009 10:16 PM

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This is truly a unique and very well-done short OVA series. The haunting and romantic themes clearly suck you in and make you feel like they truly exist along with it being backed up by beautiful animation and a soundtrack. Along with how the story and characters were set up and executed, I just don't see another short OVA series (much less a romantic anime series) that is ever going to bring it up to this level. Simply brilliant and as Soulelle mentioned Shinbou Akiyuki is certainly a genius director. ^^
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Sep 19, 2009 5:54 PM

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Well, i'll be the odd one out. It's true that the atmosphere, music, and visuals were well done. But, I think that the characters were very flat and I really really dislike it when a show forgoes character development for pretty graphics. I do understand that it was never really the point, nor intention, to focus on the characters; and the storytelling shows this. But, it is possible to make the story ambiguous while still developing the characters.

6/10. it was entertaining but it just wasn't as deep as it pretended to be imo.
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Oct 11, 2009 7:30 AM

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Very stylish, original, atmospheric and emotional anime with good plot. Liked it very much, 8/10.
Dec 23, 2009 3:19 AM

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great anime, the plot, graphics, music, mysterious Cosette. characters feelings and the recital of 2 cosette were great <3
Apr 14, 2010 1:00 PM

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That was some fucking weird shit.
May 11, 2010 11:24 AM

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This anime was simply awesome.
May 15, 2010 10:42 AM

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its really awesome its combination of gothic art and guro. this is really go to aired at phil~
Jun 1, 2010 8:23 PM

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Holy... this show was one hell of a rollercoaster ride. It was kinda confusing at first, but I'm glad everything was revealed in the end. I'm not sure what to think about this... It's so unique and artistic.

Jun 15, 2010 7:16 PM

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Sep 11, 2010 1:51 PM

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insan3soldiern said:
I do understand that it was never really the point, nor intention, to focus on the characters; and the storytelling shows this. But, it is possible to make the story ambiguous while still developing the characters.

Yes, and it is possible to ruin everything by doing so, too.

6/10. it was entertaining but it just wasn't as deep as it pretended to be imo.

It pretended to be something? Oh, right... and it was ambiguous, too. Silly me.
Nov 4, 2010 11:46 AM

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This episode patched up every hole, at least for me. How deep or not deep something is depends on how far someone is willing to look into it.
So for me it just pushed the right button. Having mixed feelings throughout of it, I found this tention made this a great watch for me.
5/5 and overall 10/10, one of the few i have given.
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Nov 30, 2010 9:05 AM

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I liked this episode (and this anime) in general. But the odd things is that I don't know why I liked it. Overall, I would think it was ok at best. Like I said, ...odd.
Jan 10, 2011 10:51 AM

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This last episode was so powerful for me. I definitely got goosebumps when he dipped his paintbrush into his own blood. Both literally and symbolically, that scene was so vivid, I think I'm going to remember it forever. One thing that really struck me afterwards was how when he reunited with Cossette, I thought to myself "this is so hokey and absurd that it just feels fake, maybe I'll have to dock a point." Then, it turns out, that was the fake Cossette! It's just so interesting that they subtly changed her character during that scene, so subtle that I attributed it to bad writing. So yeah, I don't know what insan3soldiern is talking about, I thought the characterization was wonderful, this is one of my 10/10 anime for sure.
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Feb 26, 2011 10:00 PM

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This was brilliant. As an Edgar Allan Poe enthusiast, I saw a LOT of thematic elements that reminded me of his works.

But seriously, this little 3-episode OVA was stupendous. The atmosphere, the mood, the visuals, the music... It all fit together perfectly.
Apr 21, 2011 8:50 AM

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Overall it was as meaningless as it's meaningful o.O
The music was....'beautiful' is not enough to describe it, the art was fine, the plot was good and bad in the same time. A show that's hard to be described with words...There were too many unnessecary stuff, the story aws lost at times and too confusing...
It was hard to complete it!
Very powerful ep...I loved the part where he started painting with his own blood <3
5/10 ... I think....
Mar 17, 2012 10:37 AM

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The OVA was actually very good. I just don't seem to understand why it's so fucking under-rated. 7/10.
Apr 9, 2012 1:11 PM

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It was like watching a good movie. Although movies are predictable most of the time whereas this anime stayed mysterious until the very end. Even the last scene was ambiguous in its own ways. Would I call it an open end? Not really since we know that both Eiri and Cossette found their peace together; and that is what counts the most to me. A strange yet intriguing anime and therefore it deserves an 8/10 rating.
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May 1, 2012 11:08 PM

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I don't frighten easily. And indeed, despite the fact that I appreciate its place within the horror genre, nothing in Le Portrait de Petit Cossette particularly frightened me.

...until the last five seconds.

That final chord followed by that drumbeat filled me with indescribable terror.
May 12, 2012 1:22 PM

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Did I just get off an acid trip?

Regardless, it felt a lot like Boogiepop Phantom with some serious overuse of melodramatic effects.
Apr 30, 2013 3:22 AM

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While I really liked this series, it was quite confusing and I got lost quite a lot. Then I read the manga and a lot of it made a lot more sense. I still really liked how they did the anime though.
Jun 20, 2013 8:59 AM

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I love Shana same way as this guy loves Cossette :)
Jul 8, 2013 12:06 AM

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It lost me, by the end I just didnt care what happened.
Oct 6, 2013 3:57 PM

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so wat exactly happened so cossette passed on the painting went shoko may be like the soul of cossette or somthing he disapears dead maybe alive who knws even tho shoko said he said he will be back tht doesnt make him alive cld mean something else confusing gd erie atmosphere lol dark overall for 3 episodes it was gd tho i wld have like some kinda closure on characters final standings maybe after the credits wld have worked ohwell
Dec 14, 2013 1:32 AM

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ooh that part at the very very end after the credits creeped me out
Dec 18, 2013 8:03 PM

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Absolute work of art.

It will remain my #2 ranked anime for probably quite some time (it was surpassed by Madoka, another Shinbou masterpiece).

The third episode has so much... "warmth". Eiri didn't want to paint a picture of a picture! He wanted to paint the "real" Cossette. The real Cossette has has those little things (flaws) that aren't in the paintings. In the paintings she was "perfect", not real. I absolutely love how this ends. It's still my favorite ending of all anime I have seen. It's so touching, heartwarming, and full of love.

The ED song is now stuck in my head (and has been for the past 3 days)... I wonder how long it will be there...
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Jan 19, 2014 7:39 PM

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This episode was far better than the previous 2. It was really good. I een started reading the manga to grasp more of Cossette.
Feb 20, 2014 11:18 PM

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The story is pretty deep, with stunning visuals and a beautiful soundtrack. Definitely worth watching! And that obsessive love :O
May 13, 2014 10:46 PM

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Even better than the last episode. I could've lived without those bizarre demonic scenes. The story could've been more compact and to be honest there was more than enough symbolism to warrant leaving some scenes out. Especially in the first and second episodes.

In any case, the fake Cossette dies so that the real one may live? The producers don't cut the viewer any slack. You have to watch the entire episode completely if you don't want to miss the short 2-second scene right after the credit role.

It seems everyone got their happy ending.

Cossette woke up from her eternal imprisonment. That means her soul is free to move on to the after life.

Eiri has returned from the spirit world and is going to continue drawing and painting. I don't know if he will ever forget about Cossette, but since she's dead he might start a relationship with Shoko. If that happens I'm sure Shoko will be happy as well.

Apart from those bizarre spirit world scenes, the parts with Cossette and Eiri were well done. I'm glad I got past the first episode to enjoy the second and third ones.
Jul 2, 2014 6:18 AM

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Great finale, but too bad the series wasn't longer so it had more time to develop into a well done story. Lots of holes and overall could have been done a lot better with some more time. That being said, still fairly enjoyable for what it was though. :)
Aug 17, 2014 5:25 PM

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It was okay not even scary. I felt like they just took a complicated plot and made it even more complicated since they believe everyone read the manga. Like they have a masochistic freak for a lead who loves to endure pain to prove his love for the girl who wants to sacrifice his soul by torturing him physically and mentally. Could it get any better? 6/10
Nov 16, 2014 5:22 PM

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Not your typical show, not a bad show.

IMO, if they were to remake this with a tone of Budget and modern graphic at their disposal and develop their character a little better, this could turn into something really crazy.

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Jan 5, 10:43 PM

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A fantastic composition true to its melancholic theme to the very end. Love, hatred, forgiveness and guilt are not uncommon motifs in anime, but it's rare for it to be expressed with such sincerity, depth and symbolism.

Jan 15, 8:32 AM

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Well, this is without a doubt my favourite anime (any medium for that matter) now. I'm annoyed at myself for not watching it until now. Every question I had was beautifully wrapped up in this final episode.

The phenomenal art, symbolism and sound had me entranced the entire time and I could not take my eyes away from this unique series for a second. The series certainty has a lot of depth that I was able to wholeheartedly enjoy it as I pieced everything together.

What really blew me away was this episode. This is the perfect example of romance done to absolute perfection. The passion Eiri exhibits is moving and as a result, the ending is very touching. All his and Cossette's emotions were sincere and captivating to watch.

I would love to see more but at the same time I wouldn't. This is definitely a masterpiece and very very underrated.
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Mar 15, 8:08 AM

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very beautiful art and story
the ost also great
I like it..
why this rated so low?
people didn't like a heavy anime?
May 24, 8:20 AM

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Despite its many shortcomings, like weak plot, bland characters (except Cossette), the animation was good and the OST is some of Yuki's finest.
Also it ended well, with Cossette reborning into that chicks body.
Jun 10, 9:33 PM

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This was some kinky/trippy sht XD

I thought something was off with Cossette when they entered :O lol
So the girl was reborn into Shoko or maybe she's still around in that place with dead and the living based on th elast seconds.

Jun 20, 8:19 AM

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This OVA is simply under appreciated. Please, anyone should remake this into longer series and call Yuki Kajiura back to work on the OST. I've rewatched it again and again and still, Cosette's beauty is haunting me. If I was Eri, I'd been dead
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Jun 20, 5:56 PM

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insan3Inquisitor said:

6/10. it was entertaining but it just wasn't as deep as it pretended to be imo.

Mhm I don't really think this anime pretended to be thaaaaat deep,it's just the way its presented that would make it seem as such.And the presentation is fitting imo given the conext and themes,kinda(not much but kinda) like Satoshi Kon's movies.But I see where you are coming from and it had some pretense(<--I don't mean this as a criticism)

So this is what taking drugs feels like?Beautifully artistic mindscrew anime....liked it.
The themes were all nicely visually presented and the scenarys just looked gurgeous at times.Noteworthy is also how it had a variety of different styles,all really fitting to represent the mood/feel of each scene.
This is an anime you can't judge/rate based on your basic formula and it would be foolish to do so imo.I know it gets overused but this OVA...is art,about art.
For a moment I thought I was watching EoE(LillithRei) again.
Really enjoyed this anime and will rewatch it soon 7/10 and I'm surprised I liked it because the director is one of my least favourites...
I'm surprised that this has a manga,because I honestly can't imagine experiencing it through another medium.
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insan3Inquisitor said:
Well, i&#039;ll be the odd one out. It&#039;s true that the atmosphere, music, and visuals were well done. But, I think that the characters were very flat and I really really dislike it when a show forgoes character development for pretty graphics. I do understand that it was never really the point, nor intention, to focus on the characters; and the storytelling shows this. But, it is possible to make the story ambiguous while still developing the characters.

6/10. it was entertaining but it just wasn&#039;t as deep as it pretended to be imo.

Agree, but I'll give it 7 for great visuals and naked gothic lolita

ohh marcello

heroashit said:

So this is what taking drugs feels like?Beautifully artistic mindscrew anime....liked it.

Watch Kaiba if you want to know about how drugs feel