Cross dresser or victim of ghostly possession?
Sat, 2 February 2008
Le Chevalier D'Eon makes for something different after so many anime series about samurai's, robots, vampires and high school girls. For a completely different change of pace we have a series set in pre revolutionary France. Based on a novel of the same name and also based on an actual historical figure the series combines history and intrigue with that essential WTF! feeling we seem to need in our anime these days.
The more observant among you will have worked out that the series is about a guy named D'Eon. Now D'Eon de Beaumont for all intents and purposes appears to be a fine upstanding regular young man, recently knighted and a member of the court of Versailles.
Now all of that is well and good but D'Eon is also a member of the secret police who answer to the king and are investigating a series of disappearances of young women. What is happening to these women becomes apparent when D'Eon's sister Lia goes missing and turns up floating down the river Seine in a coffin with PSALMS painted on the lid.
|Don't look back in anger, I heard her say |
What follows is D'Eon's investigations into the mysterious goings on and a foray into the realms of some freaky weird shit, secret societies, dead bodies reanimated and filled with mercury and other such stuff that would cause a lesser man to fill his dacks and run away.
Obviously this is more of a job than one man can handle alone so D'Eon has a motley crew of assistants. There is Robin; the queen's page, Durand; the mysterious man who uses a twin sword fighting style and Teillagory; the older man who instructed D'Eon and Lia both in the art of swordplay.
While D'Eon and his musketeers are a formidable force there is one other thing to mention, that would be D'Eon himself. While he is quite accomplished fencer, at times he undergoes a transformation, he becomes…. a chick, his dead sister to be exact and the better swordsperson of the two.
|It slices it dices, it even helps you strike dramatic poses, now how much would you expect to pay Tony? |
Now this probably sounds a bit weird and it is, the story is that Lia cannot pass on to heaven and is using her brothers body to seek her vengeance but when she takes over D'Eon looks way too much like a woman for my tastes.
There it is, our foray into pre-revolutionary France comes to a close and an interesting place it is too, from its queens that keep talking skeletons in the corner to its hordes of mercury filled moving dead people (they call them gargoyles), to its heroes of indeterminate gender.
Funnily enough the DVD extras contain historical notes and at one point the historical figure this is based on spent a large portion of time claming to be a woman. If you're sick of samurai and robots you could do worse than give Le Chevalier D'Eon a look
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