Ikoku Meiro no Croisée 9 ~ tighten it more
August 30, 2011
Episode 9 of Ikoku Meiro no Croisée (Crossings in a foreign labyrinth) is sadder than any of the previous episodes, as Camille Blanche and Claude Claudel think back to the time they spent together and the impossibility of their being together.
Although the story is much as we suspected, this episode gave us the details of Camille and Claude’s ill-fated love. Camille’s mother would disapprove of their relationship, so the nursemaids are allowing Camille to play with Claude, but only on the condition that she not leave the property. Claude doesn’t really understand, but Camille seems to understand quite well that her parents intend her to marry a rich man some day. Now that she has grown, that day is rapidly approaching.
One of the interesting aspects of this episode was Camille’s evident curiosity. Although she isn’t allowed to explore the world first-hand, she is eager to learn about it through books, including Around the World in 80 Days.
Another interesting aspect is that we get a first glimpse of Claude’s father. We see Claude working hard in the shop at a young age, and admiring the ironwork his father does. Judging from the preview, next week will dig even more into Claude’s past and his relationship with his father.
It certainly was a wistful episode. At this point it isn’t clear how things are going to proceed. Will Camille continue to inflict pain on herself to satisfy her family? Will her self-sacrifice mean that Alice leads a life of freedom and happiness? Will Claude end up an embittered bachelor? Will he become Camille’s amant (lover)? Will he fight against the class differences, and marry her? Will he settle down with Yune, instead?
BTW, the IkokuMeiro OST has been released in Japan. Someone is trying to sell it for 45 bucks on Amazon US. It has a lot of pleasant tracks, but here is one of the more bitter-sweet tracks that seems to fit the tale of Claude and Camille: