Ikoku Meiro no Croisée (Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth)

If you love heart-warming anime, then add this one to your list.

Yune, a young girl from Nagasaki, comes to Paris with a French traveler named Oscar Claudel.  She’s had dreams of going to Paris and gets her chance by offering to work with him there.  She meets Oscar’s grandson, Claude who works at their ironworks shop in Le Galerie du Roy and instantly takes a liking to both of them.  Claude, on the other hand is more abrasive about meeting Yune.  He thinks that it’s a whim of Oscar’s, even to the point where he thought Oscar bought her.  As time goes on, Yune learns about western culture all while exchanging her own, she makes new friends with Claude’s enemies who want to tear down the galerie, namely Alice Blanche.  Alice loves all things Asian and revels in the idea that Yune is authentic.  She soon learns that Yune is who she’s been looking for to go on adventures with, making them friends.  Yune brings her own charm and enthusiasm to the people of Le Galerie du Roy and a bright light to Claude and Oscar.

As much as I liked this anime, a lot was missing from it.  Either it should have definitely been longer than 12 episodes or it should have stayed as a manga.  There were too many characters introduced, but not enough depth for a proper background about them.  Otherwise, I loved the concept of the story.  Maybe because it’s always been my dream to actually do a cultural exchange (I didn’t get a chance to do that when I used to live in Germany), but despite the flaws I mentioned, it’s a great anime filled with cute moments and comic relief.


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