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Review: Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

If you could help a troubled spirit, would you? In April 2004, Eiri met a spirit he felt compelled to help.

Directing this 111 minute (3 episodes/36 minutes each) horror, psychological, supernatural is Akiyuki Shinbo.

Some of the voice cast is: Marina Inoue as Cossette d'Auvergne, Mitsuki Saiga as Eiri Kurahashi, Megumi Toyoguchi as Shoko Mataki and Masashi Ebara as Marcello Orlando.

Unbeknownst to Eiri, there are some cursed objects in the antique shop he works at. He only knows this because the owner, a spirit of a girl named Cossette, told him so. The curse comes from a horrid act the objects witnessed a long time ago, that act tainted these objects and drives them to strike out at people. As Eiri spends more and more time with Cossette, he finds himself becoming obsessed her and willing to do anything he can to help her with the objects. Unfortunately, Cossette's problems run deeper than the cursed objects, and Eiri will have to give everything he has to help put a stop to the curse. 

This one was an anime first then adapted into a 2 volume manga that ran from August 2004 - December 2004, which was written by Asuka Katsura. 

The story was written by Mayori Sekijima (screenplay) and Asuka Katsura. I thought the story was kind of interesting, but I wish they would have opened the focus a bit more on other stuff like the cursed objects and other things going on around the main characters. Instead the flick has a tight focus on just the two main people, which made the story feel small and repetitive. Now, it's your typical boy meets ghost girl: Ghost needs help, boy wants to help while falling for the ghost. Alas, their love can never be, or can it? You know the kind of stuff you read in the tabloids everyday in between Batboy wants to fly around the world and the guy that has his lawnmower doing his taxes. I really dug Cossette's dialogue in the story. Between the words used and the delivery, I think that was the best part of the show. Otherwise, the dialogue for everyone else was sadly flat and boring.

The play-through was OK but things move pretty slow, like a crippled snail s-l-o-w. Oddly enough, even though the pace is slow it didn't have a lot of trouble holding my attention because I got hooked wanting to know how it was going to end.  Yeah, the flick has a horror tag but there's not a lot of scary to it. The delivery of the story has more of an artsy feel to it. It has a lot of cool/weird visuals with the Cossette character talking over them in an almost poetic kind of way. There's a bit of gore but it comes and goes pretty quick. One of the things I didn't like was that they had access to other character in the story, but never really developed or used them. I thought the voice cast did good, but no one stood out really.

The animation looked good and flowed smoothly. I was impressed by some of the visuals they came up with when it came to the scenery and backgrounds.

Overall, the artsy vibe makes this one different from a lot of the anime that I've watched, and to a degree different is good, which is why I can't really say I hated or liked it. So, if you just happen to trip over this title somewhere, why not give it spin and see if it's your cup of tea. Otherwise don't worry about looking real hard to find it.

It's rated R for violence and language.

3 stars