Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?
Yes, I love Les Misérables. I really, really love Les Misérables. So, of course, when I found out that there was an anime adaption of the book, I was all for giving it a try! It was a little over a year ago when I watched Shoujo Cosette but I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently so I thought that I write a review for it today! Los geht’s!
Okay… so Shoujo Cosette, huh?
It’s a pretty good adaption of the book. In all honesty, it is. So if you’re looking for an adaption of the book, it’s great. If you want an adaption of the musical, you’re out of luck. Not just because it is most certainly not a musical, but also because Shoujo Cosette follows the book’s storyline more closely than it does the musical’s plot. The musical’s plot does stray a little from the book so that’s something to keep in mind.
Things that weren’t kept the same from what is considered to be Les Misérables canon:
- Gavroche is a friend of Cosette’s while she’s living with the Thenardiers. He’s still the son of the Thenardiers but in the book, Gavroche wasn’t born at the time in which Cosette is with the Thenardier family. So… that’s quite a bit different.
- Javert doesn’t commit suicide. Initially, I was pretty upset about this change but the more that I think about it, it really doesn’t bother me all that much. In the anime, Javert doesn’t commit suicide because, just as he’s about to, he sees the light and changes his ways. Some people are going to hate it, some people are going to be okay with it. But… you know.
So, let’s take a look at the characters, shall we? I’ll introduce them all to you now before we get into the fun part! (Click through the slideshow to see the characters!)
As much as those two changes are pretty big changes (especially the Javert one), there are also some really great things from the book that they kept–things that most adaptions of Les Misérables decide to cut out. For example:
- Enjolras being really popular with the ladies.
- This is honestly one of my favorite scenes in the anime. It’s so hilarious that I’m going to give you the link to the video with subtitles of this scene!
- Marius thinks that Cosette’s name is Ursule at first. Yeah… remember that part?
- The “Would You Like My Hat?” Scene.
- I loved this scene in the book and was ecstatic when I found out that it was adapted for the anime! It’s a great one and well… let’s be honest, Javert’s dry humor’s absolutely to die for in this scene…
- The friendship between the Friends of the ABCs.
- Yeah… they’re a pretty big part of any adaption of Les Misérables but unfortunately, I feel like they get watered down a lot. In the musical, for example, we don’t really get to see much of them as individuals. In the anime, though, we do get to see the students more as individuals than we do in other adaptations.
- Enjolras and Gavroche scenes.
- In the musical, there aren’t really any scenes with just Enjolras and Gavroche. But in the anime, we’ve got some pretty spot-on Enjolras and Gavroche scenes and it’s great!
- Marius acts as comic relief… to an extent. And his characterization based off of the book is actually kinda on point.
- In the book, Marius is pretty clumsy and actually provides quite a bit of comic relief. And well… Shoujo Cosette used this perfectly!
I will forewarn you, though, that some of the translations do not go over well. Er… there are indefinite scenes in which Enjolras comes across as well… a total idiot. Which any fan of Les Miz knows is completely off. Take a look at this:
Enjolras… I think that everyone understands that a country is a place where people lives… right? But forasmuch as it is incredibly laughable, it’s also something that I love. I have this particular screenshot on my phone and I love looking at it when I’m feeling down. It honestly is my go-to for a pick-me-up.
Let’s see… what else is there to say about Shoujo Cosette?
Ah, here’s something: isn’t “Enjolras” just about the most difficult name you’ve ever come across in the history of literature and fiction? I mean, I’ve always thought so. Apparently, so does Javert:
Honestly, relatable though. Right?
Oh and one more thing… in the anime, there are little previews that are actually pretty hilarious. Here, take a look at this:
So, yes. In short, I like Shoujo Cosette a lot actually. I like to laugh about it a lot but overall, I have to admit that it’s downright adorable. Honestly. And it’s a fangirl’s dream come true.
What do you think? Vielen Dank und tschüss!