Le Portrait de Petit Cossette (コゼットの肖像, Kozetto no Shōzō?) is an original video animation produced by Aniplex. It spanned 3 episode OVA series and ran in 2004. It was licensed for North American distribution by Geneon and released as Le Portrait de Petite … see full wiki
Plot Summary:Eiri works at his uncle's antique shop, and one day stumbles across a glass. Upon touching the glass, he receives visions from what he finds out to be a girl, Cossette, haunting the glass. She's been searching for over 250 years for someone who could see her, and now she needs his help. - ANN
Sounds simple and endearing right? Not even close.
Petite Cossette starts out interestingly enough; Eiri is hanging out with his friends when one notices he's off in his own little world. Naturally, Eiri's friend comes to the conclusion that he's thinking about a girl, and so Eiri humors his friend for a moment and then quickly denies his friend's assumption. In truth, Eiri has become obsessed with the girl in the glass having caught her interest enough to let him see bits and pieces of the life she once lived. Eventually, he finds out that young Cossette (the girl in the glass) was murdered by her fiancee Marcello, and is forced by Cossette to atone for her murder's sins.
And that's the best explanation I can give. Like I said, this OVA starts out interestingly enough, but gets tiresome very fast, even though it spans only three episodes at a run time of roughly 36 minutes each. Just when things start to make sense, something happens to make it all very confusing, and not in the way that you really want to try and figure it out. I am a big fan of supernatural goth, but Petite Cossette pushes the limit.
Not only is the story unnecessarily moody, the characters are quite annoying. I actually watched this twice as the first I had a chat window up and even though I was chatting off and on, I didn't feel like I was missing much by not giving this movie my full attention. So, I watched it again when I didn't have any other obligations. Turns out I was right the first time, and didn't really miss anything. In fact, I think the lack of distraction made it even more confusing and annoying.
So why give it a 2 of 5? Well, the animation and soundtrack are awesome, and there are some touching, and very intriguing parts that led me to not give up after the first episode. I watched this streamed at Netflix, so I can't speak to the extras, although I would have been interested in listening to the voice actor commentary. Speaking of voice acting, Petite Cossette's dub is very good, showcasing the talents of such veterans as Kevin Hatcher (a.k.a. Johnny Young Bosch) as Eiri, and Wendee Lee as Dr. Hatsumi Mataki.
If you have a Netflix account or something comparable that lets you stream online, I recommend not wasting time waiting for a hard copy to arrive in the mail. However, I would say that, at the very least, one should see this if only to say you gave it a chance.
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