Manga: Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
La Croisée dans un Labyrinthe Étranger.
A Stroll in a Foreign Labyrinth.
It's the late 19th century, and Japan has recently emerged from its self-imposed isolation. As the nation starts to take an interest in the wider world, so too does the wider world take interest in Japan.
Paris, France. In the trading emporium Galerie du Roy, there is an iron-crafting shop, Enseignes du Roy. The emporium, and the shops inside, have seen better days.
Enseignes du Roy is currently run by a young man named Claude. His grandfather, Oscar, has recently returned from Japan with an unexpected addition, a young girl called Yune.
Yune doesn't know what to make of France. Claude doesn't know what to make of Yune. They're going to find out together.
Originally a manga
by Hinata Takeda, who was also the illustrator for Gosick
, it's been made into an anime
for the summer 2011 season
There's also a spinoff
manga, Ikoku Meiro no Alice-chan
, spotlighting Alice's
adventures with Yune.