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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.
Be Careful What You Wish For: When Yune was a child, she wished that her older sister could only see her because the latter feared being looked upon due to her blue eyes. Her older sister later became ill and blind, making Yune convinced that her sister's condition is all her fault.
Bilingual Backfire: Claude and Oscar think that Yune can't understand French, so Claude ends up saying some rather callous things in front of her thinking she won't understand. Yune does in fact speak French, though, but is too polite to say anything about the insults.
Bridal Carry: Claude does this briefly to Yune in Chapter 5 when she's missing her geta sandals and later in Chapter 8 when one of her geta sandal straps snap while Claude and she try to escape the crowd.
Can't Hold His Liquor: When Oscar slips some red wine in Yune's drink to substitute for sake in Chapter 7 (in the manga) and Episode 11 (in the anime), Yune gets quite sleepy for a bit and talks about her older sister.
One of the Picture Dramas also has Yune eating an entire plateful of macarons infused with alcohol. She wakes up not remembering her hilarious exchange with Claude and even forgets that she ate the macarons at all.
Childhood Friends: In Chapter 6, it's revealed that Claude and Camille are childhood friends.
Childhood Friend Romance: When they were children, Camille confessed that she was in love with Claude, but still wanted him to visit and play with her even if she got married to someone else. It's unknown what Claude thinks of Camille, but it's clear that there is some tension between them and Camille's words seem to easily influence Claude.
Yune's older sister Shione is mentioned quite a few times before Yune's past with her is revealed.
The Grand Magasin is briefly mentioned before it becomes a plot point in Chapter 7 and Chapter 8.
Gratuitous English: In the second episode, when Yune's asking the names of vegetables, Claude answers with their English names rather than French names. It's hard to tell though whether or not that's just because modern Japanese uses the English word anyway.
Gratuitous French: For the most part justified, since after all they're in France. Every once in a while a French word is slipped into the conversation when there's a perfectly good Japanese word for it, though—for example, "Japonaise" in the first episode.
Claude. He has a tendency to get mad at Yune a lot if she does things that he doesn't understand or he finds offense to, but once he cools down, he realizes his error and apologizes.
Yune herself also tends to get reallystubborn about things, and is not easily swayed in that mode.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: It's not that the men are big. It's that Yune's so small. Japanese people are typically a bit shorter than Europeans (Oscar says he felt a bit like a giant when he was in Japan), but Yune is still exceptionally small.
Ill Girl: Yune was ill as a child, but overtime she got better while her older sister's health worsened and she became blind.
Occidental Otaku: Alice is obsessed with Japan, eagerly collecting any Japanese memorabilia she can. She doesn't know what half of it is, though.
Oh, Crap: In the first episode/chapter, Yune's sleeve catches on a butterfly piece designed by Claude's father before he died. It smashes to the floor and everyone freezes. Claude is... disappointed, going as far as saying to Yune that she should go back to Japan. At the time, however, Claude thought Yune didn't understand French.
Plucky Girl: Yune. To Determinator levels in Chapter 8 when she attempts to escape the Grand Magasin during the fire through a window, falls and gets multiple injuries, but still manages to play a shamisen in spite of it to hide her pain and in hope that Claude will hear it and find her.
Claude promising Yune that he will become someone worthy of her trust, and Yune promising Claude that she'll never let go of anything dear to her again.
As children, Camille asks Claude to promise that he'll still come and play with her, even if she gets married.
Claude promising to pick Yune up at the entrance of the Grand Magasin, should they get separated inside. Considering that Yune gets locked in a room, a fire breaks out in the department store, and there's a stampeding mob everywhere, Claude has to go looking for Yune, while Yune tries looking for Claude.