Croisee in a Foreign Labyrinth Review

In the late 19th century, a young Japanese girl named Yune wishes to work and study in France. She ends up working for a small blacksmith’s shop that has seen better days. Yune must come to understand this new country and its ways, just as the residents of her new home must come to understand her.

Violence is pretty much nonexistent in this show. Aside from characters falling down off a bike, there’s nothing to report.

No real language in this show either. Which makes sense given the content.

One or two scenes show Yune taking a bath or getting dressed, but the only things shown are her shoulders. Nothing a beach wouldn’t reveal. Prostitutes and “lovers” are mentioned a few times, but not in detail. In fact, “lovers” is pronounced in French so it’d probably go over the heads of anyone with little to no French language knowledge.

Since Yune comes from Japan, she does talk about “Japan’s gods” and “France’s god.” Nothing in detail though, just passing comments. Also, one episode shows a shadow show containing the grim reaper and a demon like monster. Nothing said about it. It’s just a small show to entertain the people watching.

Personal Impression:
This show is supposed to take place in France, but the social interactions are often far too much like Japan. So pretty much it’s more like Frapan. Yeah, it’s not really one country or another. Which is a shame as this show had the chance to be truly educational about other nations outside of Japan. And kinda failed.
As far as the show itself goes, however, it’s pretty well done. It has detailed animation and music that fits the scenes and atmosphere. The characters are pretty easy to pigeon hole, unfortunately, but then this show isn’t the most brilliant plot wise. In fact, there’s really no plot at all. All that ever happens is Yune coming to be accepted in her new home. That’s it. It makes for quite an anti-climatic ending, but the whole show is so slow and laid back that anything else might have only ended up feeling rushed anyway.
If you want a clean, slower show to refresh your mind after all the more violent stuff coming out these days, this is a nice one to try out (can’t tell you how nice it felt to put an “All Ages” tag on this). Just don’t expect any heavy duty brain work. It’s pretty much you-get-what-you-see in this one.

Personal Rating: All ages

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: PG
Genre(s): Slice of life, historical, drama
Website: NA
Legal streaming: Anime Network
Screen shots:
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About inrosegalaxy

Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

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