Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 07
「天窓 Lucarne」 (Tenmado)
For an episode where Yune catches a cold, we sure had a lot of people worrying about her. Of the obvious suspects — Claude, Oscar, Alice, and even the homeless boy — Claude overreacted the most, making it pretty clear that he has a real soft spot for Yune. He may have simply felt bad about not understanding her feelings when she gave the homeless boy her bread and then a goodbye “bise” after she was scolded, but it said a lot when he was about to tear up and set his pride aside, running off to Alice’s place asking for help getting a doctor. Somewhere between Claude’s feelings of guilt, it wasn’t hard to get a sense that he was deathly worried about Yune. It was pretty heartwarming to see, particularly when he ran off to the Blanche household — the last place he wants to go asking for help. It also contrasted heavily with the lighthearted moments with Alice.
I really don’t like seeing Yune getting scolded for being nice to strangers, but as I’ve mentioned before, I do like seeing Claude get upset over something she’s done from time to time. If the past is any indication, it always leads to the characters reflecting on what’s happened and then growing closer because of it much like it did here. I can’t really blame Claude for getting upset either, since this is the same boy who stole from him earlier, so most of the drama played out fairly naturally. For the most part, I felt like I was in Oscar’s shoes. He could see that Claude was being a bit too harsh with Yune, but he could also understand where he was coming from. There isn’t really anything he can do in that situation other than pointing them in the right direction and hoping they make up on their own, so it was very much a wait-and-see type of reconciliation. To that end, the sentimental aspect is always welcome, with Claude going the extra mile to make Yune congee and the homeless boy picking some flowers for her instead of stealing them. (Aww… how sweet.)
I haven’t really talked too much about the music in this series, but ko-ko-ya’s subtle compositions bring out the scenes really well. After watching the bonus episode, the instrumental version of “Tooku Kimi e” has become pretty prominent though and was befitting used in the flashback scene with Yune’s sister Shione. From a story standpoint, that extra episode has me looking forward to the next one even more, which should touch upon Claude’s past with Camille. They’re seen in the same room together, so we may even get some closure on the matter. Either way, I can’t wait.