Le Chevalier D’Eon: anime review

Title: Le Chevalier D’Eon
Genre: action, horror, supernatural, historical
Released date: August 19, 2006 – February 24, 2007
Episode: 24
Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Animated by: Production I.G
Comment: Le Chevalier D’Eon begins when Lia, D’Eon’s sister, is found dead in the river with the word ‘psalms’ on her body. D’Eon, driven by sorrow, anger and Lia’s spirit, sets out to investigate his sister’s death without knowing that the path he has chosen will lead to the darkest and deadliest secret of all.

Although magic plays vital role in the story, Le Chevalier D’Eon still manages to make numerous references to the real events and people. Actually, the supernatural part helps connect the anime to real events in several cases. This is the best part of the series and it would be much more entertaining if the viewers knew at least some part of French history. D’Eon’s gender in history is controversial because there are records of him as both male and female. In the anime, he is possessed by his sister’s spirit and he actually switches back and forth between both genders. During the end of the series, he even lives as a woman in order to avoid being recognized by the authorities. The fate of Maximilian, Robin and King Louis XV are also referred to the history which is amazing.

Despite these clever historical references, Le Chevalier D’Eon fails to capture the viewers’ interest in many parts especially in the middle of the series. The story drags, slows and the main characters, excluding D’Eon and Lia, are quite flat and not that interesting. Some events in the anime happen for apparently no reason or they are not well explained and left the viewer in puzzlement. For example, the reappearance of Count Saint-Germain as a monstrous undead in the last episode is totally out of place or the very existence of Belle, the talking skull, in Queen Marie’s possession is just irrelevant to the story. The long anticipated revelation comes late in the last few episodes with enormous intensity and shock. I must say it is worth the waiting but I doubt if anyone is patient enough to watch the series until one reach the anime finale. The animation is well done although the sword fight scenes are a little slow and choppy. Conclusion: I personally admire this anime for its wild imagination. It has more than enough good things to offer to the viewers but unfortunately the anime stumbles too often before reaching the sensational climax.

Rating: C+

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