Anime of Tomorrow
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée Ep 2
Impression – worth watching
The culture adventures for Claude and Yune continue as they progress through the meals of the day. They take it in turns as Yune baffles Claude with the Japanese ritual “itadakimasu” before meals followed by Yune’s troubles with stinky cheese and bitter coffee. During an outing together, she delights in discovering the strange foods at a market she’s never seen before, but later during dinner struggles with eating soup using a spoon. Claude tells Yune to be more comfortable and do things the way she likes. But she wants to understand the way he enjoys food in order to be more helpful with the household chores. Claude assures her that there’s no rush and it’s ok to make progress at a comfortable pace.
I have a small, but understandably justified gripe to make before my conclusion. I wasn’t aware that department stores existed in 19th century France, nor that their primary goal was to put small shopping districts out of business as Claude suggests. I can’t help but feel there’s a hidden message about modern problems that doesn’t need to be there. Perhaps I’m reading too much into it. After all, the distraction comes and goes without much intrusion and may even serve a purpose in later episodes.
Watching Ikoku Meiro no Croisée is simply a delightful experience. Particularly for me living in Japan, there’s more than a few “a-ha!” moments as the culture shock of the story is perfectly relatable for me. I say check out this anime if you want to watch a fun adventure through plausibly realistic, yet eccentrically understandable situations.