Oct 12, 2017
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 The animation is of course outdated, but it is not a big deal either.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.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8
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