Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 06
「鳥籠 Crinoline」 (Torikago)
For all those shipping Claude and Yune already, sorry to burst your bubble, but the story is taking a different direction in terms of pairings. I had a hunch about it based on the character descriptions I read for the Summer 2011 Preview, but it wasn’t quite to the degree that they hinted at here. There was definitely a lot to read into after Yune compared of a crinoline to a birdcage, and Camille followed up with a figurative statement on how it prevents someone from reaching what they truly want. Much like Yune, I wasn’t too sure what she was referring to at first, but that was quickly answered by the way she set her eyes on Claude from afar. Camile also left just before Claude arrived, which didn’t seem like a mere coincidence considering that Claude was hesitant to go to the Blanche household — probably because it would’ve been awkward running into Camille.
So with that, I’m already thinking Claude x Camille. It’s not exactly a pairing anyone could’ve really anticipated when Claude has a beef against the Blanche family (and Alice in particular lately), but these two definitely have a past together. Judging from Claude’s facial expression, I get the feeling that they actually like one another, but Camille knew there was no way that her family would let her go out with a commoner. Whatever the case may be, I can’t say I’m expecting anything to develop between the two of them due to their difference in social status and the era they’re in. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see a case of a elegant wealthy girl falling for a rugged
farm iron boy, but I just can’t picture the series heading deeply in that direction. I am however dying to learn more about their past together, which putting them in the same room together should speak volumes about. All I know is that they secretly met up when they were younger.
Quite honestly, the Claude x Yune idea never worked for me, even if the age difference wouldn’t mean much a few years from now. I just never got a sense of any romantic interest between the two and didn’t really want to see any either. I really like the relationship that they have now, where Yune has a great deal of respect for Claude as the master of the house, while Claude looks after her like a little sister. I find that sibling-like connection a lot cuter to see, plus it’s what sold me on this series to begin with. Yune should remain the hardworking and diligent foreigner that she is, because it’s absolutely contagious to both Claude and myself. From her beady eyes waiting for Claude’s approval to go take photographs at Alice’s house to her bashfulness when she gets dressed up, this is the Yune that I know and love. At her young age, I much prefer the focus on Claude giving her more freedom like we saw in this very episode. I say leave the romance to Claude and Camille (if at all).
From a broader perspective, this episode had just about everything. Very cute and lighthearted moments when Yune taught Alice how to put on a kimono properly and of course the foreshadowing between Claude and Camille. The next episode should prove just as entertaining though, with Yune falling sick in a foreign place. Her older sister Shione will be making an appearance in a flashback too, and she’s voiced by the one and only Noto Mamiko. She’s like the go-to person for an angelic onee-san voice.