While Randy was walking through the Swiss countryside he finds a small girl, who seemed to be the only survived person from an airplane crash. The little girl didn’t remember anything, and Randy decided to take care of her and he called her Judy. The both go their childhood together. A few years later, Judy, now 16 years old, wants to find her past. With the help of Randy, she leaves to research her origins. Her single clue is a song that she keeps hearing in her head, the song is called Alpine Rose. At a time of world war, these two young people will have to overcome many obstacles to arrive at their goal in this time of war, with having only each other to comfort and support. the depth of their love.
A solid old-school shoujo, through and through.
Alpen Rose takes every chance it can to elevate the story's twists and turns to something truly outrageous or, at other times, something truly goofy. Jeudi and Lundi have a believably sweet dynamic and the series has a few other characters who stand out, but for the most part characters are quite simple and the focus is more on the events and revelations during Jeudi and Lundi's travels. The horrible violence of war and other obstacles Jeudi encounters are effectively balanced with good doses of slapstick and over-the-top villains, and both of these elements are further reinforced by
an excellent OST by Joe Hisaishi (of Studio Ghibli fame). Despite all that, the story does start to show some holes near the end. A rapid and unexplained tone shift occurs between two episodes and the series ending is largely ambiguous.
The art is typical for the time and there's little reuse of frames. However, you can see the extra care taken when it comes to particularly tense action scenes or some of the more artistically directed sequences, and there are a couple interludes done entirely in beautiful watercolor sketches.
Overall, Alpen Rose's high stakes drama and breakneck pacing really endeared it to me, in addition to the solid visuals and great music. If you also have an appreciation for over-the-top drama and goofy humor in an interesting historical setting (and can tolerate a very open ending), I would certainly recommend it!