Artificial Continuum

Monday, April 5, 2010
Greetings and felicitations, ladies and gentlemen of the Internet!

I know, I know, it's been a really long time since I've written be honest, it's more like published anything. Either way, I have an anime for you all.

Le Chevalier D'Eon tells the story of a French knight, D'Eon de Beaumont, in 1742 who finds the body of his beloved sister, Lia, floating in a casket on the Seine. Consumed by the mystery of his sister's death, D'Eon becomes obsessed with the secrets Lia kept from him.

This anime blends historical fiction and supernatural elements with beautiful precision and crisp, clean animation. The animation looks like it came straight out of a drawing guide, a feature that has its merits but in this case, the animation could stand to be more detailed. The simplicity of the drawing style almost doesn't fit the intricacy of the plot and characters.

The plot of Le Chevalier D'Eon is deep and complex and interwoven with historical references. The anime is very accurate to the time period and the intrigue is subtly expositioned. Unfortunately, there was little action and it was overly talkative. I thought the plot was very original and unique, but it lacked a certain...believability that would've helped this to define a new genre of anime.

Animation: 16

Originality: 20

Story: 14

Characters: 18

Well, that's it! Happy geeking!


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