a.k.a. Cossette no Shouzou
While working in his uncle’s antique store, Kurahashi Eiri becomes obsessed with a beautiful wine glass he finds as he is unpacking a shipment from Europe. When he touches the glass, Eiri sees visions of a beautiful young girl and finds himself falling in love with her. He begins questioning his sanity as the visions in the glass become more and more violent. Finally, the girl from the glass reveals herself to Eiri and makes a blood pact with him to cleanse the unhappy spirits of the objects that witnessed her brutal murder, even though it may cost him his life.
summary by Liegenschonheit
Highs: Visually stunning; gorgeous music; unique cinematography
Lows: Confusing story; style may turn off some viewers
If there were such a genre as “art-anime”, Le Portrait de Petit Cossette would fit perfectly. Like most art films, this one is full of vibrant color, painstaking detail and interesting, edgy cinematography set to gorgeous and atmospheric music. Sadly though, while this anime is working so hard to delight the senses, the circular and often confusing storyline will leave many viewers unsure of exactly what is going on.
While the story told in Petit Cossette is fairly simple, this anime seems to go out of its way to make it convoluted. When largely done through flashbacks, storytelling that loops back and forth and visions, it’s sometimes hard to tell exactly when in the story the event is occurring. Perhaps this was an intentional effect authored by the creators, as very little explaining is done, leaving it all to the viewer to sort out.
Artistically, you couldn’t ask for more than what Petit Cossette delivers. The art style in this film is particularly good, characters and objects are beautifully detailed and the color palette is rich and bold. The cinematography complements the art perfectly, often using unexpected angles or filtering scenes through stained glass. The animation is also of very high quality; characters move with a nice, realistic fluidity. In keeping with the darkly beautiful atmosphere created, the music serves to amplify and enhance the mood with its classical, haunting melodies.
After all is said and done, Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is one of those anime that viewers will either love or hate. Some viewers will be frustrated by the slow pace and the convoluted way that this anime presents its story. Still, for those with a high appreciation for art or for those who like to see large amounts of blood, this anime may be for you.
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.