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Anime: Les Miserables Shojo Cosette
Les MisÚrables: Shōjo Cosette is a 2007 anime. Produced under the World Masterpiece Theater banner, it is an adaptation of the novel Les MisÚrables. It ran for 52 episodes, airing weekly for the entire length of 2007.

Needs More Love.

This anime provides (in addition to those shared with the novel) examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the book, Marius has curly black hair and Cosette is brown-haired. In the anime, Marius has straight golden brown hair and Cosette has blonde hair.
  • Anyone Can Die: It's still Les MisÚrables. Being a Lighter and Softer Adaptation doesn't mean that the series shies away from killing off important characters.
  • The Artful Dodger: Gavroche, of course.
  • Ascended Extra: Toussaint has a much bigger role than in the novel, even seeming to be almost a mother to Cosette at times.
    • Not to mention Cosette herself, who is given a much more central role in this anime than she has in the book, or in just about any other adaptation for that matter.
  • The Atoner: Jean Valjean.
  • Babies Ever After: Cosette and Marius have a little girl at the end of the series.
  • Badass Grandpa: Valjean, Javert, and Mabeuf.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Chou Chou.
  • Bishōnen: Marius, Enjolras, and other members of the ABC Friends.
  • Book Ends: The series begins with little Cosette and Fantine walking down a road. The series ends with Cosette and Marius walking down the same road with their own little girl.
  • Brick Joke: Marius getting Cosette's name wrong is brought up one last time at the barricade.
  • Canon Foreigner: A few, but Alain/Alan and Chou-Chou are the most blatant.
  • Central Theme: People can change. And if they can change, so can the world.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Even with 52 episodes to tell the story, this is still a children's adaptation and some parts are omitted because they're not appropriate - Fantine is never explicitly shown to be a prostitute, for example.
  • Cool Old Guy: Valjean, Mabeuf, and Fauchelevent.
  • Cool Old Lady: Toussaint is far from young as well, and serves as something of a surrogate mother to Cosette.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Marius speaks to Enjolras' ghost when visiting the site of the Last Stand. Cosette tells him that sometimes she talks to her mother as well, showing that she doesn't think he's crazy.
  • Death by Adaptation: Fauchelevent dies of old age in the convent, shortly after which Valjean and Cosette take their leave.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: Les Amis, of course. Gavroche and Marius are the only ones to survive: Gavroche because he was saved by Chou Chou before the soldiers could kill him, Marius because Valjean saved him during the Last Stand.
  • Dramatic Irony: Fantine has no idea that Cosette is being abused and often says that the Thenardiers are taking very good care of her.
  • Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Valjean, as per tradition.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Establishing Character Moment: We first meet Gavroche as a baby. Cut to three years later and we see him put a mouse in Eponine's hair, when she's bullying Cosette. This establishes him as the kind of kid who will stand up for those who can't do so for themselves, and Foreshadows his joining Les Amis later.
  • Foreshadowing: When Gavroche and Cosette, as children, are running over a hill together, Gavroche falls and lies facedown for a moment. Cosette, concerned, turns around and says his name. When she finds him after he was shot at the barricade, he is lying facedown on the pavement. She gasps and says his name over and over, nearly in tears.
  • Happily Adopted: Cosette,of course.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Javert goes into one after seeing a sunrise and thinking about Valjean's words about how people can change, instead of committing suicide.
  • Heroic Dog: Chou Chou certainly has his moments. Namely saving Gavroche from the barricade.
  • The Hero Dies: Jean Valjean dies as he does in the books, his daughter beside him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Thenardier tries squeeze more money out Valjean by claiming he needs written proof from Cosette's mother that she is allowed to leave with whoever has that proof, even saying he would let Cosette go for free. Valjean hands him a letter from Fantine, proving that Cosette can leave, and that Valjean doesn't need to pay him to take her.
  • Inspector Javert: The Trope Namer, of course.
  • Jerkass: The Thenardiers, as usual.
  • Karma Houdini: The Thenardiers subvert this. Monsieur Thenardier is arrested in one of the last episodes, and Madame Thenardier is stuck in same position Valjean used to be in, a paroled convict who has to show her papers to everyone. It's unlikely that she'll ever be living well again.
  • Lighter and Softer: It has more people survive than other adaptations and quite a few added cutesy scenes, especially involving Chou Chou the dog, a character whom Cosette and Gavroche adopt as a puppy. He ends up saving Gavroche from the barricade. However, just because the anime looks like this doesn't mean that the anime itself is bad or entirely light and cutesy. Indeed, one scene involves Cossete being beaten by Madame Thenardier with a broom while shielding Chou Chou with her body. This is accompanied by a voiceover by Fantine saying she's glad the Thenardiers are taking such good care of her daughter.
    • It's implied somewhat that Alain, the kid Valjean-as-Madeleine took under his wing and provided for the siblings of, was able to use his knowledge to prevent Montreuil Sur-Mer's economic decline by stepping in for them.
  • Last Stand: You know the scene, if you've read the book or even seen at least one of the other adaptations.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Manages to include just about every important character from the book, while adding a few of its own.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Just like in the book, Valjean's hair turns white when he reveals his true identity in court to save the life of an innocent man.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Cosette, Marius, and Gavroche all miss each other by seconds, on many occasions.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The two homeless boys Gavroche befriends are given the names Hughes/Jurges and Bressole/Pressoir.
  • The Obi-Wan: Enjolras for Marius.
    • Valjean-as-Madeleine does shape Alain quite a bit after taking him under his wing, turning him from a brash Street Urchin into his Number Two by the time the series stops focusing on Montreuil.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The barricade's last stand is set to perky, sparkly J-pop music. It works if you understand the lyrics though.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Mme. Thenardier, Gavroche, Javert. Cosette's doll, Katherine, also counts; although she didn't necessarily "die", Cosette lost her the first time Javert caught up to her and Valjean.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Cosette looks a lot like her mother. Cosette's own daughter looks a lot like her too.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Cosette.
  • Time Skip: Several, over the course of time.
  • Truer To The Text: Lighter and Softer aside, this is one of the most faithful adaptations of the book.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: With more lines being added.
  • Unknown Rival: Eponine to Cosette. Cosette has no idea how jealous of her Eponine is. Even when Cosette was an abused little girl Eponine was jealous of her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never explicitly said what became of Montreuil after a passing mention that Alain had stepped in for the mayor.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Happens to Valjean pretty regularly, just like in the book.
  • A World Half Full: Believe it or not.


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