Le Portrait de Petite Cossette 2

I still think this was confusing as hell and the story was a bit too heavy-handed, but I still really like the plot, and I liked the ending too, even though it was kind of random.

The main character and Cossette continue to go after the last of her possessions, and we also get a really long and detailed Cossette flashback that takes up much of the first half of the volume.  We also have a creepy scene with dolls later, and we find out that Cossette’s intentions may not be as pure as we first thought.

The fact that the characters were limited nearly exclusively to Cossette and Eiri was kind of awesome.  I like this kind of limited interaction, especially in short series, because it gives the plot a chance to develop.  The plot still relied a bit too much on the characters to be perfect, but much of what was there was quite good.

I still think this series was confusing, though I can’t articulate why at this point.  Everything was clearly explained, and everything that happened at the end made sense.  Other than the general atmosphere, there was never anything even particularly mysterious about it.  But I was confused, nonetheless.  Perhaps it had something to do with the art, which, while mind-blowing awesome in some parts, is kind of ugly in others and isn’t as clear as it could be.

Recommended?  Nah.  Not a particularly good series, more bad than good I think for not really standing out.  I would have probably been much better off not reading it, but it’s got kind of cool art and at least isn’t as bad as anime-to-manga conversions usually are.


Le Portrait de Petite Cossette 1

I didn’t even flinch when I picked this one up because the plot sounded so cool and it was only two volumes long. It’s a manga based on an anime though, and I should have hesitated. If experience has taught me anything, it’s that manga based on anime are rarely ever good enough to paper bird cages with. About the only one I’ve read and actually liked was Tsukihime, and that may just be because the Tsukihime anime may just kick that much ass… or maybe the manga did come first, I dunno.

This one is weird. I don’t know what to say about it other than that. It’s extremely vague and just barely coherent… I think I would like the anime if I saw it, though, because the plot is quite good. I like the fact that ghost Cossette is haunting the boy to try and get her possessions to stop hurting people. I understand about that much of the plot, and I understand what’s happening during the action sequences, but often the conversations with Cossette and the movement from place to place is extremely… hallucinatory, and it seems like it has no base in anything. It lends itself well to the mood of the series, and I’m not sure if it’s intentional or unintentional, though.

It’s not really… first rate though, no. Glad I’ve only got one more volume to pick up.


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