i was always told "never judge a book by it's cover", and it seems the same goes for a DVD. On the surface, this looks like a wonderful piece of animation, and the synopsis is intriguing. however, i was left confused and disappointed after viewing (several times).
There is no question, the animation in this series is amazing. visually, it is a joy to watch, it truly is a beautiful piece of animation. unfortunately the story line and script leave far too much to be desired. it feels like, the creators have worked on these animation styles and techniques, to convey wonderful feeling, emotion and suck the viewer into this dark storyline, but haven't put quite as much time and thought into the story as they have images accompanying it. i have watched this a few times, trying to convince myself into liking it, but to no avail. the plot is just too thin and confusing at times.
What an amazing experience this was! A right rollercoaster ride of emotions, together with the music by Yuki Kajiura,(Noir, Aquarian Age, .hack//sign), I was emotionally exhausted at the end of last episode and my eye's were swollen. I can not recomment this highly enough, but I must warn you, if you're a bit delicate and are squeemish about blood, and awful, you might want to skip this one. Rated 15, it's not for kids. But if you want to see a Gothic Lolita ghost story that's more of a heart wrenching love story, this is one not to miss. The art work is done by the same persons what did "Naruto" and "Serial Experiment Lain," so even though the mood is dark the colours are vibrant to the atmosphere. The character designs are like nothing I've seen in an anime yet and a refreshing experience alone. The music is still ringing in my mind just like it did with "Noir", and I've already imported the soundtrack from the States as it's nowhere here, and I can't wait. This is yet another one to see before you die.
This anime also has a manga (printed comic) with the same title, that is at 2 volumes sofar. Recommended also.
With little Cossette being murdered by her lover, the artist Marcelo who painted her portrait, she has been trapped in isolation bound to the afterlife for the past two hundred years waiting for her betrayers soul to be reincarnated so she can extract the bitterness that has been brewing within her black heart. But, will the blood gushing acts of torture make Cossette's revenge taste like honey or vinegar? A young artist is captivated by the sorrow emitting from Cossette's painted eyes and begins drawing his own portraits but soon gets immersed into the surreal, and often trippy, world of the wounded entity. Is he the man she has been waiting for; or, is he the man to free her soul from the sempiternal gloom?
I successfully graduated from an arts college and for two decades utilized my design skills within a creative environment. Since the release of Akira I've had a keen enthusiasm for anime and built up a far size collection so I think, bearing these two facts in mind, my next comment should carry some weight: the rich and vibrant colour coordination in this anime is absolutely mind-blowing and, by far, the best combined selection from the colour spectrum I've ever seen in my life. After about twenty minutes viewing only a small fraction of my mind was concentrating on the storyline. The majority of my attention was in complete awe of the fantastic array of colours being used in each scene; ninety percent of this gothic tale could be stilled, framed and hung in an arts museum for exhibition.
The multiple layered score is rather impressive too, showing a unique range that compliments each scene, brings the characters to life and intensifies their emotions by capturing the dread, pain or abundant beauty exquisitely. Irritatingly, the story is divided into three episodes and the only purpose this serves is to lose its grip on the viewer, why they couldn't just slip the credits at the end is beyond me. It's not the most fascinating anime story you'll come across but it does boast a multitude of startling visuals that will dumbfound any aspiring or accomplished artist - It's magnificent and worth every penny!
Le Portrait De Petite Cossette is a three part ghost story and it really is a treat for the eyes well executed and artistic but as others have said it's convoluted in the extreme, with the protagonists trailing through a variety of extraordinary Daliesque dreamscapes. Even by the standards of a genre unafraid to go out on a limb, this is one weird anime. You need to pay attention and even then may get lost. Repeat viewing to work out what the hell is going on is almost a certainty. Was it worth it ? I thought so.