「子供部屋 Chambre ďenfant」 (Kodomobeya)
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. There was a real sense of jealousy toward Yune as Camille tried to shatter her innocence, making it seem like she was testing our foreigner’s resolve. Luckily that backfired though, because Camille gave off “calm yet psychotic” vibes while talking about Claude. It felt like she was one remark away from snapping and allowing all her repressed emotions to pour out. If there’s anyone to be worried about in this peaceful slice-of-life series, it would definitely be her. Alice? She looks like a harmless otaku saint compared to her older sister.
Based on what people have said and the impression I got this episode, I’m still unsure about exactly what’s going on in Camille’s head. When she was younger, she appeared to have a genuine interest in Claude. There was no indication of ulterior motives or intent to use Claude as her personal plaything. Between then and now, that’s clearly changed, as it looks like she tried to make a “project” of him and is upset that she doesn’t have him wrapped around her finger. She doesn’t show any signs of frustration though, making it very hard to get a sense of whether she simply perceives Claude as a stray cat that got away. Personally, I get the feeling that it starting as such but became more than that, otherwise she wouldn’t be so inquisitive about his relationship with Yune and so insistent on bringing Yune down about Claude. Assuming that’s the case, it’s a very delicate situation she’s in, where she acts on her emotions yet never shows them. That fine balance is why she’s pretty scary to me. One minute she’ll be talking to you casually, the next minute she’ll be putting a knife in your back.
I jest, but there’s a fair amount of seriousness in that statement in describing how cautious I am of her. The saving grace is that Camille hasn’t done anything (…not yet anyway). She has a sharp tongue when it comes to being blunt (and borderline rude) to Claude and Yune, but manages to keep herself in check by living vicariously through Alice. It’s as if she’s put her own desires second to her family’s expectations of her, and is content with seeing Alice live her own life the way she would’ve wanted. I found that somewhat unusual, figuring she’d bear a grudge against Alice for getting to live carefree under her, but Camille continues to surprise me with her outlook on life. In fact, the only impression I get about her feelings toward Alice is that she absolutely loves her. I suspect that’s largely because Alice always thinking of her older sister.
Anyway, despite the peaceful ending theme by A.m.u. and the resolved feeling I’m left with, I still feel we’re lacking some clarification on the Claude x Camille front. The preview suggests we’ll learn a bit more about them next time though, which will hopefully include Oscar’s take on their relationship as well. He felt it was a good thing for Claude to visit Camille, so it couldn’t have all been bad memories for Claude. What I’d really like to know is how he feels about Camille.
ED3: 「Tomorrow’s Smile」 by A.m.u.
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