The story is set in Paris, on the night before the France Revolution. The civilians have been suffering under the tyrannical rule of Louis, the sixteenth. In order to release the people from their suffering, Simone, a young girl whose parents were killed by the aristocrats, decides to challenge the corrupted aristocrats. Covering her face with a red mask and leaving a red carnation as a mark of her presence, Simone is La Seine no Hoshi.
I watched this show the first time on French Television in 1999. I did like it because the story was exciting with sometimes Cliffangers (Like episodes 5 and 30). In France this Anime is called "La Tulipe noire".
I rewatched the whole series in 2017 in french on Dailymotion.
I liked to watch the historial facts of my country France. If you are indeed interested in french revolution, watch this anime. Also, I liked the romantic stories of the main characters Simone.
This anime is also pleasant to watch.
Set in Paris in 1786 at the beginning, Simone and her adoptive parents run a small flower shop
in the city but she is also the young stepsister of the queen of France, which Simone doesn't know. But one day, her parents are murdered by corrupted nobles and Simone decides to become the masked heroe"Star of the Seine" and to fight for the justice against the king Louis XVI of France.
This anime is well-paced, interesting and full of action. Simone is a very sweet, nice, romantic, intelligent and skillfull girl. The swords fights are not really realistic, but it is not a big concern. Her boyfriend Robert is a nice guy, even if he is not very intelligent and he fights only for the love of Simone. The characters of Marie-Antoinette and Mirand have their flaws and thus are interesting.
This anime has interesting episodes (Like episodes 4, 5, 6, 9, 19, 20, 24, 28, 29, 31.). However it has some filler episodes too (Like 18, 22 which I disliked).
When it comes to the music, voices, everything is good. The animation is of course outdated, but it is not a big deal either.
The tree main reasons I liked this anime are the following:
(1) There is a lot of (not always realistic) action and you are rarely bored. Simone is a wise person and she is a very admirable person since she fights only for justice. I mean: She fights only to save her friends' lives or her own life.
(2) You have many romantic stories in this show: Simone and Robert of course, but also Simone and de Montgolfier, Simone and the pianist, Simone and Mirand.
(3) This Anime explains the context of the French revolution and you both have the point views of the people of Paris and of the Queen Marie-Antoinette. I mean: It is very rare for an historic anime to explain the point of views of all the enemy parties.
When I was searching for shows that came out during this year, this was the most appealing. The synopsis seemed interesting, featured a strong female main character, and Tomino did the storyboard, but I have been burned before... Umi no Triton comes to mind.
This is extremely hard to find. I could only find a YouTube stream of the anime in German. Fine with me I thought. I can always practice my German.
However, there is a good reason this is a tough find. This anime is simply a tough watch. Set in Paris, Nadine and her parents run a small flower shop in the city, and
Nadine befriends the rich Marquee whom gives her fencing lessons. Days before the French revolution, Nadine was just the simple flower shop girl dreaming big, and unlocking her special talent in fencing. Her love interest was trying to get a club together to start a revolution to overthrow Louis XVI, but like all anime, I guess he didn't have enough members ;)
This anime is slow, boring, and plain not interesting. The only thing appealing is the rare episode appearance of Der Schwarzen Tulpe (The Black Tulip) who is, in laments terms, The Mask of Zoro. Eventually Nadine has something terrible happen and she becomes Robin the boy wonder. It had potential but just never did anything of interest. The anime seems extremely episodic with the evil Sherriff of French Nottingham and his henchman defeated again.
When it comes to the art, music, voices, anything the show is sub-par or poor in every way. 6 episodes in and I am too tired from boredom. Unless you are bored and want to practice your German, you can pass on this anime.