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Kukuru's Le Chevalier D'Eon Tv Review

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Le Chevalier D'Eon tv Review

Le Chevalier d'Eon takes place in feudal France during the reign of Louis XV, when whispers of revolution float through the country. The story begins with a lonely coffin drifting in the great river Seine into Versailles - one word written upon it: "Psalms". Inside is the perfectly preserved body of Lia de Beaumont, a beautiful French diplomat and the older sister of young knight d'Eon de Beaumont. Torn by his sister death, but sworn to his duties to the king, d'Eon is unable to properly mourn his sister's death. Instead, he continues to work as part of an organization called "Secret du Roi" (The King's Secret), investigating a series of women's disappearances across the country. It revealed that their disappearances are more than what they seem. d'Eon learns that they are linked to his sister's death by the Psalms.

Under orders from the king and accompanied by his four comrades, d'Eon de Beaumont sets out to Russia, the place where his sister was last seen alive, to determine the cause of her death and carry out his sister's work, involving a book containing the "Psalms of the King", in hopes of allowing her wandering soul to rest in peace. As they delve deeper, they discover the shocking truth that lies behind and that the mystical power of the Psalms will determine the future of beloved France forever.

By: kukuru

Story & Characters

This anime is based on Tow Ubukata's historical fantasy novel of the same title. The novel has also been made into a manga (currently at 5 volumes) by Kiriko Yumeji and Tow Ubukata.

Story
Le Chevalier d'Eon takes place in feudal France during the reign of Louis XV. This story begins with a lonely coffin drifting in the great river Seine into Versailles with one word written upon it: 'Psalms'. Inside contains the body of Lia de Beaumont, a beautiful French diplomat and the older sister of young knight d'Eon de Beaumont. Under orders from his king and along with his four comrades, d'Eon de Beaumont sets out to Russia, the place where his sister was last alive to determine the cause of his sister's death and carry out his sister's work in hopes to allow her wandering soul to rest in peace.

As they continue further into their quest, they discover that the truth lies much deeper that it seems and one mystery connects to one another like a chain: Who killed his sister? Why was Lia de Beaumont murdered? And what mystery surrounds the 'Psalms of the Kings?'

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This story has class. It is rare to find an anime that is set up in a world outside of Japan, never mind a series that is based during a historical period in time that actually existed. In fact, many of the characters in the show are based on real life people such as d'Eon de Beaumont, Marquise Pompadour and Louis XV, just to name a few. Granted, the series is loosely based on the characters and time, but it was certainly enough to satisfy my love of history and mixing truth with fiction.

The storyline is a little complex - it is not one you can just sit back and take in as such. Having said that, it certainly is one that keeps you on your toes. The plot is a combination of action, drama and fantasy that moves at a fitting pace with enough twists thrown in to keep you interested. Everything that occurs in the series has a purpose to the ultimate end of the show, so it is important to pay attention.

While everything does get resolved in the closing stages, there were a few parts throughout the show that had me a little confused and required a little forethought on my part to piece together the puzzle (the ending included!). It was actually something I quite liked about the series because it caused you to think and look from a deeper level. I realize though, for some people, it may be slightly annoying, and would prefer to have it spelt out clearly.

Characters
Each character in the show had their role to play in the story. I think what I enjoyed most character wise was that there was no real villain to speak of. Sure, there are 'baddies', but they are realistic: the characters each pursuing their own goals because they believe what they are doing is right. Sure, sometimes you can't accept why they would do such a thing when clearly it is morally wrong, and yet on another level you can somewhat understand.

Character development was well done. You see loyal knights struggle with having to face the idea that perhaps serving someone to whom they've sworn allegiance to is not the right path to take. You see a young boy grow from the horror he has witnessed and the hard lessons he was forced to learn. You discover the reasoning behind character actions and reluctantly sympathize with them, or at least see their level of justification.

While I will not delve into summaries of each of the characters, I will say this: each character is not to be taken at face value; people are not always what they seem.

I am a bit torn between giving this category rating an 8 or 9.

Rating: 9

Art

Background Art
The art literally took my breath away. Unlike any other anime that I have seen, the backgrounds in Le Chevalier d'Eon are always stunning.

The French lived in quite lavish surroundings and the animators beautifully captured the detail of the era (screen shot 1). From the polished floors showing reflections, to the intricate paintings that lined the palace walls (screen shot 2), or my favorite; the chandeliers that adorned the roof as the characters walked down the halls - not an episode would go by in which I would not sit mesmerized by the superb art.

Character Design
If I had any complaints it would be this: I wish the characters contained the same amount of detail as their settings.
[In fact, if the animators had produced had the same level of life in their characters as the backgrounds did I'd be giving this category an 11 hands down (and I suppose for that the production department would be very broke X-P).]
This is what brings down my rating in this category: because the backgrounds were so magnificent, it caused the characters to look a bit bland in comparison.

In any case, while character designs were not breath-taking, they were still appropriate (screen shots 3 & 4). Each character fitted to their design and had their own unique personality. I was also quite pleased to see little details taken into account, such as later in the series between Lia and d'Eon.

Animation
A wonderful mix of art of CGI: the animation of this anime was executed wonderfully. The sword fighting scenes were executed well and the use of Psalms had a lovely mystical feel to them. Scenes flowed clean and smoothly, so much so that at times you felt you were looking at the carriage window with them as the buildings went by. A slightly trippy effect I must admit because clearly you are not moving, but I liked it all the same.


On a side note: there is one episode where the quartet is seen running on the bridge from a wide shot and they are blocked by the enemy. In the shot, d'Eon's hair is out of his ponytail. Cut to the close up and it's back in a ponytail. Perhaps I'm a little picky, but surely the animators could have noticed this as well.
Anyways, it's just a trivial matter and certainly does not affect my overall opinion on the art of the show.

Rating: 9

Sound

Opening and Ending themes
Opening: "BORN" Miwako Okuda
Ending: "OVER NIGHT" Aya
I quite enjoyed them. They are sort of mellow songs that were well chosen to set up the tone of the show. I'm a person who likes watching the opening and ending themes always, allowing me time to anticipate what is to come, or reflect on what has happened and I felt they allowed me to do that sufficiently.

Show soundtrack
The show has a lovely soundtrack consisting of stringed instruments playing music well written to suit the mood of the era. The music is well chosen to complement the scenes in play.
Sound effects were also well done so that little things such as the wheels and clops of hooves during a carriage ride, or hearing the clang of metal as two swords battled it out helped to further develop the atmosphere of the show.

Voice acting
Japanese: Although I found d'Eon's voice a little too soft for the character, I was quite pleased with the cast chosen to portray the characters: Lia gives a sense of strength and commanding and yet still retains her feminine edge; Robin has the voice of a child who is just stepping into manhood; Maximilian contains that mysterious, seductive edge (which I felt his character should have ;) ).

Contrast that to the English dub: Slightly irritating. Perhaps I am biased because I started watching it in Japanese and then watched the dub but even then: d'Eon's voice is too manly (in fact I think if we mixed the two character's voices together we'd have the perfect voice for d'Eon); Lia's voice is too girly; Robin sounds too manly; Maximilian has next to no expression... in short I recommend watching this anime in Japanese.


What I would REALLY love to see done to the show is have the characters actually speaking the French language and when they travel to Russia, speak Russian etc. There was just something about watching a show about the French with Japanese speaking characters that I think took a little away.

Rating: 9

Presentation

It's been almost a year since I've watched any anime, never mind something new. Nothing really seemed to catch my interest. I mean sure, I enjoy a good mecha battle or demon battle as much as the next anime lover, even the odd high school-hero romance; but I longed for something different: I just didn't know what.

Then I was channel flicking one day and landed on episode 11 of a new show entitled "Le Chevalier d'Eon" It wasn't a particular fantastic episode; middle episodes generally never are - and yet something about it captured my interest.

To determine whether it was worth watching for the beginning, I hit the net and was met with comments like: 'Fast, Thrilling: Chevalier is a must have' and 'Hands down, one of the best anime to come out of 2007.' With such glowing reviews I decided to stick it out - and I tell you I was not disappointed.

While there are some bits which I'm still a little vague on, I'd like to I think of this series like a good book: when you read it for the second time, you pick up on the bits that you missed the first time round allowing you to see how it all ties together making the book even better than it was before.

I know that I shall be criticized by rating my review too high, and as I watch more anime my opinion of it may change, but right now I can honestly say that this is one of the best anime I have ever seen.

Great story, lovely soundtrack, topped off with gorgeous art: there is not much more that one can ask from an anime. This is a no-nonsense anime. If you're looking for action, drama and suspense mixed in with sorcery and swordplay - then this anime is for you!

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

9.33 (very good)

Reviewed by Kukuru, Dec 06, 2007

Comments

  1. ealpha-scorpio Dec 07, 2007

    I've just few episodes of Le Chevalier D'Eon and to be honest the plot did not attract me much. The flow of story is very slow and smooth, something that's not quite desirable for an impatient person like me! ^_^' But I Totally agree with your description of Art.

    YES! The background and setting is extremely wonderful and well-done. In fact the first thing that attracted me on its tv commercial was its incredible and detailed landscape and settings. I also agree with the characters design. They turned me off a bit. What I was expecting of the characters was to have some interesting drawing on their facial expression. They somehow seem stoic and frozen, which of course suites the gloomy atmosphere and mystical plot very well.

    As for the sound and voice acting, it's very unfortunate that I've not been able to watch its Japanese version, which I prefer most. Using, the word Soft has attracted me though. It reminds me of Robin's voice in Witch Hunter Robin. If you meant that, then it perfectly matches the anime and the soft expression of the characters. :)

    Well...I guess that's it! :)
    Thanks for your verydetailed and nice review. I did enjoy reading it :)
    Keep up the good work :D

  2. Lucciola Dec 11, 2007

    Agree mostly with what review said. I loved the art. It is absolutely STUNNING! I love background arts...buildings arts example, inside Versailles hall, L'Arc de Triomphe, their artwork almost describe exactly in real life. I had to knock down few points for plot. Plot is great but not that great.

    Good review but little bit tad high (IMO)

  3. MapleRose Retired Moderator Dec 12, 2007

    I've just started watching this, and you're right, it's quite plot-intensive, and I try my best to pay attention to each detail so I won't get confused later XD

    The background art and setting is rather pretty, and historically accurate to give you the sense of the setting. However, in some bits, like the hallway with the chandeliers, which detailed, I felt was too detailed for the purpose of animation... but then again, I always feel awkward seeing a mixture of stylistically drawn and photo-realism, or a mixture of 2D and 3D (which is what the chandelier hall felt like to me).. I kinda wish they'd stick to one or the other, not both.

    I like historical fictions too. Yet this one adds a supernatural element to it, which is always interesting. Yeah it is rather strange to hear people speak Japanese when they're in France, guess you'd have to "pretend" that they're speaking French and Russian XD

    Nice review :) It's detailed and insightful yet doesn't give too much away

    merged: 12-12-2007 ~ 01:57pm
    oh and I love the opening and ending songs. The opening sounds.. epic (for a lack of better word ^^;; ) but pretty, and the ending song is calm yet almost melancholic, like the characters stop after a fight and think about what they're doing and stuff :)

  4. ealpha-scorpio Dec 16, 2007

    Quote by MapleRose
    oh and I love the opening and ending songs. The opening sounds.. epic (for a lack of better word ^^;; ) but pretty, and the ending song is calm yet almost melancholic, like the characters stop after a fight and think about what they're doing and stuff :)

    They're incredible :) Very soft and -I agree- melancholic indeed. I just paid attention to them today and honestly fell in love with them. Specially the Ending. I wonder where can I find them. I don't think there's a OST CD of this anime out yet. -_- But gotta find it :D

    merged: 12-17-2007 ~ 10:57am

    Quote by MapleRose
    The background art and setting is rather pretty, and historically accurate to give you the sense of the setting. However, in some bits, like the hallway with the chandeliers, which detailed, I felt was too detailed for the purpose of animation... but then again, I always feel awkward seeing a mixture of stylistically drawn and photo-realism, or a mixture of 2D and 3D (which is what the chandelier hall felt like to me).. I kinda wish they'd stick to one or the other, not both.

    That is also what my sister was complaining about this morning. She said she preferred the 2-D style :D She's not much fond of 3-D animes and definitely not combination of both.

  5. shoujoboy Dec 19, 2007

    I've eyeballed this show for a while now and I'm not exactly sure why I haven't watched it yet. I've really heard nothing bad about it and I certainly didn't here. You realize that I have trouble writing comments when I've nothing to criticize... so I'll just say your baseboards are dirty in your bathroom, so you should probably go clean those.

  6. narunarunarunaru Feb 28, 2009

    i really like this anime... but it's only bloody..

    merged: 02-28-2009 ~ 02:00pm
    hmmm....

  7. Fanatik007 Jul 12, 2009

    I love those series and review is wonderful

  8. lordryo Jul 28, 2009

    Good review.

  9. SchRita Aug 24, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  10. rukasu04 Mute Member Nov 10, 2009

    Thanks

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