While working for his uncle at an antique shop. An art student named Eiri comes across a beautiful small goblet. He begins to see an image of a young girl in the reflection of the glass. Eiri soon learns that the girl inside of the glass named Cossette was brutally murdered 250 years ago. After Eiri makes a blood pact with Cossette. The spirits who witnessed her murder seek vengeance on the murderer's soul, and their intentions are to use Eiri as their instrument. Eiri soon vows to help Cossette even though it may end his life.-summary
At first glance, when coming into this short OVA, the viewer will find themselves in awe with the production values. Le Portrait de Petit Cossette aka Petite Cossette is a beautiful assault on all of the senses. The moving soundtrack was done by Noir composer Yuki Kajiura, so one who is familiar with her work already knows to expect a quality soundtrack. The BGM compliments the dark and Gothic setting, with classical pieces consisting of eerie piano keys and chords. Visually, the series is a work of art and it's leaps beyond the usual short episode OVA format. The artwork is gorgeous with Cossette's character design being influenced by the Victorian Era of 1830's Europe.
The animation is a sight to see with fluid character movements, and the cinematography is also well used when displaying images, as well as, character reflections through and off glass with amazing camera angles. This is also in combination with a vibrant color palette. The style of the series reminds me of both Soul Taker and Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. If I was the type of viewer who prefered visuals over a story, then this would be among my favorites.
Now getting to the story, which is the soul of any form of visual entertainment in my view. The style of storytelling present in this short OVA may turn away plenty of viewers. Although the story itself is rather simple, in which, it's a tale of blind love, utilizing the dark themes of obsession and revenge with a supernatural backdrop. The route taken seems almost as if the writers wanted to confuse the viewer. The story is delivered in flashbacks, visions, illusions, and dialogue, which makes it difficult to tell exactly what is going on. This really isn't a bad approach, however, in the case of the less patient or action oriented. It will leave them with very little reason to care what's going on. Personally, I have nothing against this style of non linear storytelling, because it's actually a refreshing change once in awhile. I commend the screenwriter Mayori Sekijima and director Akiyuki Shimbo, for taking a simple premise and turning it into a half way or so brain twister. But I've seen this done far better.
I liked the themes that the series works on, because it pretty much shows it can lead to a destructive path. However, the writing tip toes very close to the realm of horror. These darker themes are exploited through torture sequences and even murder, but I feel that these scenes, along with the blood and gore are greatly exaggerated. It's nowhere near disturbing or brutal as others describe it from where I see it. To me, it kind of loses its effectiveness due to constant overuse.
I don't believe the characters were properly used. As it should be, the main characters Cossette and Eiri, are the only ones who are focused on and actually developed. But in the case of Eiri, it's very hard to buy into him, because I can't see someone falling in love with a girl he doesn't know, and is willing to give his life for her as well. There simply wasn't enough work put into this story element, and I feel it wasn't properly fleshed out. I think the character development was sloppy, and the disposable secondary cast could have used less screen time, because they were poorly developed, and most served no purpose at all.
Even though personally I'm not bothered by it too much. But others may be very disturbed by the Lolita thing going on between Eiri and Cossette. Eiri is obviously an adult over 18, while Cossette appears to be around 12 years old. I understand this is accepted in some parts, but I'm not sure if I'll ever be completely use to that.
Petite Cossette is a series that had potential and could have been a lot better, but I don't praise things due to what it could have been. I will give credit in areas and that's about it. So, the series isn't a failure from where I see it, but it's far from great. I do not for any reason recommend this to the action oriented. This is not an action themed series on any level, it's a drama using horror-ish elements. I think this will mainly appeal to those with patience, and die hard otakus who must see everything anime. The OVA is 3 episodes with 111 minute run time.
Pros: -Outstanding visuals and soundtrack -Cinematography
Cons: -Undeveloped secondary characters -Style will not appeal to many
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 … more
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 Cossette. Fuse TV has broadcast the anime as part of their Anime Explosion Weekend on December 15, 2007. The Anime Network currently is streaming the series online and has added it to its video on demand offerings as of May 5, 2010.
The series was adapted into a manga series by Asuka Katsura. It spanned two volumes and was published in 2004. The English-language release is published by Tokyopop.[citation nee