Ikoku Meiro no Croisée is an anime that features a young Japanese girl named Yune and explores her normal daily life in France during the 19th century. If anyone ask me what I think about this series, I’ll say “Yune’s a cutie, the artwork is amazing and I love the OP song plus the culture exchange between a Japanese girl and a few French”. It’s really that simple =)
And because I can sum up what I think of Ikoku Meiro no Croisée in such a few words, I decided instead of writing an afterthought I’ll jot down a few things I’ve learned from this 12 episode series.
The few things I’ve learned are:-
- Rain doesn’t last too long in Paris. That sounds lovely. I love rain but I don’t like it when it rains for a long period of time, like three days straight. So as long as it rains to cool down the usually hot and humid weather here, I want it to rain how it rains in Paris. Haha. But seriously, on average how many minutes or hours does the rain last over there? Does anybody know?
- Bathing is considered an indulgence only rich could afford in Paris. I’m more like Yune on this one so it kind of surprised me for a bit. In my country, we bath or shower every single day, three times a day or more. But I’m sure it’s different now in Paris.
- Crinoline. This is perhaps one of the best things I’ve learned from the series. I only knew about corset. Very interesting.
- “Bise”. I know some cultures show affections or greet through air-kisses or kisses or any other form of embrace. It’s just that I didn’t know there’s a name for it. We don’t do that here so I’m unfamiliar with it. I generally call them “a peck on the cheek” whenever I’m referring to the gesture to someone. Yeah.
- They picnic without picnic cloth. I’m used to going to and seeing picnics under huge trees with checkered picnic cloth and basket full of finger food. However, when Oscar, Claude and Yune went for picnic, they sat on a bench at the park. A bit unusual but I guess it happens. Good to know.
- You can eat cheese with soy sauce! I probably wouldn’t try it but still, I’ve learned someone (Yune!) who actually did. I wonder how’s the taste like. Personally, I prefer my cheese to go with something like bread or crackers.
I think that’s all. It has been a pleasant trip with Ikoku Meiro no Croisée. =)
P.S In case you missed the announcement, Good Smile Company has announced they are selling Nendoroid Yune for 3,500 yen. Should be available at the stores by January 2012. Are you buying?