I missed the start of the summer anime season since I was away at Anime Expo, so I had some catching up to do this past weekend.
The first series I had the pleasure of watching was Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, which is about a young Japanese girl named Yune who helps out at an ironwork shop in Paris during the 1800s. Besides Yune acting adorable, the background and setting drawings drew my attention right away. It is obvious a lot of effort went into them and they certainly helped a great deal in establishing the 19th century atmosphere of Paris.
One minor point that surprised me was that Yune apparently knows French. I’m not sure how common it was for young girls in Japan during this time period to learn French, but I’m assuming it must have been very rare. On a related note, it must have been rare for a young Japanese girl to even be in Paris at the time. However, in the scenes where Yune is walking around outside, most people don’t even pay any attention to her. I’m sure a girl wearing a kimono wasn’t a common sight at the time.
Judging from the two episodes I’ve seen so far, this is a nice and relaxing slice-of-life anime that paints a picture of what a newcomer to the era would have experienced and felt. Definitely worth following.
Rating: Very Good