Ikoku Meiro no Croisee – First Impressions

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

4 Comments to “Ikoku Meiro no Croisee – First Impressions”

  1. Mushyrulez says:

    I think that was the period of French exoticism, especially with the Japan and Spain etc, so I guess the frenchmen just thought she was an actor or something. Maybe wearing kimonos was a trend then.

    As for Japanese people knowing french… uh… I REMEMBER KUJO SPOKE REALLY HORIBLE FRENCH SOMEWHERE

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    Reltair Reply:

    Ah, that would make sense as to why she wasn’t as rare of a sight as I thought she would be.

    Haha, maybe Yune is just a special case of having quickly picked up French. They do say you learn languages faster/easier when you’re younger.

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  2. Fabrice says:

    I have yet to watch this, and i must!
    already have the first 2 ep dl.

    Its interesting to have anime related into french bg. since its not common.

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    Reltair Reply:

    It’s definitely worth watching and I love the setting!

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