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Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 12 (END)

「屋根の上の猫 Chats sur un toit」 (Yane no Ue no Neko)
“The Cat on the Roof”

It became more and more apparent as the remaining minutes trickled down in this final episode — I’m going to miss watching this show on Sundays.

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September 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm Comments (28)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 11

「祈り Prière」 (Inori)
“Prayer”

Even without knowing Yune’s past, I’m hard-pressed to imagine that Claude wouldn’t miss her if she returned to Japan. You’d have to be a robot not to feel something if an adorable and extremely helpful girl like her left all of a sudden.

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September 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm Comments (16)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 10

「魔術幻燈 Fantasmagorie」 (Majutsu Gentou)
“Phantasmagoria”

If the goal of this episode was to make Oscar out as a fun-loving grandfather with all the cool toys, it worked wonderfully in that regard. Enseignes du Roy sure has a different atmosphere to it when Claude isn’t around.

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September 5, 2011 at 2:30 am Comments (16)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 09

「秘密 Jardin secret」 (Himitsu)
“Secret Garden”

The flashbacks continue to reshape my image of Camille ever so slightly but this latest one has me fairly convinced that she saw Claude as much more than a plaything. The look on her face when she peered into Enseignes du Roy was clearly of a girl who had feelings for the person she set her eyes on.

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August 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm Comments (24)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 08

「子供部屋 Chambre ďenfant」 (Kodomobeya)
“Child’s Room”

As much as I’ve enjoyed the bundles of cuteness that Yune brings, the almost hostile air that Camille provides has broadened my interest in Ikoku Meiro.

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August 24, 2011 at 1:20 am Comments (27)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 07

「天窓 Lucarne」 (Tenmado)
“Skylight”

For an episode where Yune catches a cold, we sure had a lot of people worrying about her.

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August 15, 2011 at 3:25 am Comments (31)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 04.5

「音楽会 Récital」 (Ongakkai)
“Recital”

Wow, if this bonus episode was any indication of what the producers were saving for the BD/DVD releases, I sure hope they have another one in store. This particular episode is slated to be released on November 25th with the third volume, but was streamed online for a limited time, saving me from a long four and half month wait.

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August 11, 2011 at 12:30 am Comments (33)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 06

「鳥籠 Crinoline」 (Torikago)
“Birdcage”

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.

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August 8, 2011 at 12:40 am Comments (56)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 05

「迷子 Perdus」 (Maigo)
“Lost Child”

It’s hard to imagine that anyone could get upset with Yune when she tries so hard to be helpful, and while Claude didn’t really get mad at her, he did inadvertently make her feel like her Japanese sense of hospitality is a bad thing. She was like an innocent girl thrown into a labyrinth full of Parisian “wolves” and told to suspect everyone before trusting them.

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August 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm Comments (24)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 04

「水明り Eau et lumières」 (Mizu Akari)
“Water and Lights”

I didn’t like cheese when I was younger, but dipping it in soy sauce like sushi wouldn’t have made it any more appetizing to me. I don’t know how Yune was able to stomach it.

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July 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm Comments (55)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 03

「日本迷宮 Labyrinthe du japon」 (Nihon Meikyuu)
“Labyrinth of Japan”

The roles were reversed this week with Claude learning some things about Japanese culture, except some of it was clearly lost in translation, leading to a lot of goofy misunderstandings.

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July 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm Comments (52)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 02

「チーズ “Fromage”」 (Chiizu)
“Cheese”

Alright, get ready for round two of “Why I love Ikoku Meiro so much.”

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July 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm Comments (49)

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation – 01

「入口 “Entrée”」 (Iriguchi)
“Entrance”

To most viewers, this will undoubtedly be the slowest and most uneventful new series of the season, and be quickly written off as “boring” or “dull”, but for Aria fans such as myself, it’s one of my most anticipated adaptations of the season, featuring a heartwarming 19th century story about a young Japanese girl named Yune (Tooyama Nao, Kanon in Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai), who travels to Paris, France to work.

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July 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm Comments (116)