Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Yesterday I watched Le Portrait de Petite Cossette, a 3-episode fantasy-horror OVA about a boy who falls in love with a girl whose soul has been trapped within a set of antique glasses for 250 years. ("OVA" is the anime term for "direct to video," but with the connotation of "better production values than TV," rather than "not good enough for theaters.") The art of Portrait is heavily influenced by surrealist painting, and is stunning at times. However, just as often it's merely pretentious, and it becomes very repetitive by the end of the series. And unfortunately, the story served by this art isn't that good: there are some interesting ideas, but the execution is weak. Still, if you're looking for something different in anime, you might want to give this a shot. (The director is Akiyuki Shinbo, who also directed Soultaker, another anime with an unconventional art style.)

[Edited to insert the phrase that I had really wanted to say, but which my mind kept blanking on when I was actually writing the post.]

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