Ikoku Meiro no Croisée 02 – an unusual taste
July 12, 2011
Episode 2 of Ikoku Meiro no Croisée (Crossroads to the foriegn labyrinth) shows Yune trying to adjust to her new surroundings, including a walk around the neighborhood, and the odd things that people eat in foreign lands.
Yune is surprised (and a bit disappointed) to find how those crazy French guys eat. They don’t have miso soup for breakfast, they don’t even say “thanks for the meal” before digging in. Worse, they drink coffee and eat cheese. Through it all, Yune shows a resolve to eat the foods Oscar and Claude put before her, something that Claude can’t understand.
I mentioned in last episode’s post, that Claude’s work room had a table on which it appeared he burnt things to heat his iron. This time we get to see him working it with bellows, and hammering heated metal. In the screenshot above one can also see that there are ventilation ducts to allow the smoke to escape. I guess we couldn’t see them previously because, without the fire burning, that room was pretty dark.
One interesting aspect of this show is that they have been emphasizing the lack of light available at the time. Most indoor scenes are quite dark, and candles are scattered all about. People have to make the most of the sun. The natural light sources give everything but the mid-day scenes a very warm glow, despite the surrounding darkness.
When Claude and Yune go out shopping, we get more than a tour of the Parisian streets. Apparently the small shops in the Galerie are suffering because the Blanche family has opened a
Walmart large department store that has inexpensive goods of all kinds. Also troubling, Yune’s mother’s kimono was purchased by the Blanche family, so, if Claude is to get it back for her, it is going to be a real pain. And we find out that Oscar has a habit of trying to pick up women.
Yune shows her eagerness to learn the foods and customs of France. She also seems very concerned about how much things cost (probably she is worried that she is being a burden). We get a quick glimpse of a boy fishing in what looks like a trash barrel. I think he was looking in the store window when Yune accidentally broke the sign. I bet we’ll see him again. Later Claude is pretty thoughtful in giving Yune a job to do (peeling vegetables for dinner) and showing her where the bakery is the next morning, so that she can gradually feel like she is contributing something to her adopted household.
Yune is still not used to French customs, but she is trying, and both Oscar and Claude are showing a willingness both to accept her as she is, and to help her by finding little ways to smooth over some of the bumps. Like I said in the first episode post: I think this is going to be a “healing” style anime, not one with a lot of dramatic conflict, but rather showing how people can open up their hearts and learn to live with each other.