The wide sea

After watching episode 4.5 and episode 9, we now have a clearer picture of the hellish shit that Camille had to go through just because of her status as a noblewoman and how, to a certain degree, she seem to be envious of her little sister’s freedom, evidenced by how Alice behaved in episode 10.

Societal barriers have always been a pain in the ass but to give it credit, they do weave a compelling narrative of a tragic love. Such was the case of Camille x Claude and even Anne’s grandparents in episode 4.5. In Camille’s case however, I have to admit that her experience paints a much vivid dilemma of this unfortunate maiden.

I think experiencing hell isn’t a bad thing. The only time that it becomes worse is the moment we realize that we’re experiencing hell. Such was Camille’s case. It was evident in how everything was tied up by episodes 4.5, 8, and 9 on how aware Camille is… and how much of a dumb shit Claude is. Not that we can blame Claude for his ignorance compared with Camille’s maturity despite both their ages. If anything, I guess a person’s level of intelligence has been reflected well within the mentioned episodes under the notion of their class in society. The poor becomes less educated than those who can pay for their education.

Camille understands very well what Claude’s existence is, what fate awaits her being the eldest female of a high-standing family, and the life that she must endure in order to indulge herself in her simplest pleasures.

Honestly, seeing Camille like that is frustrating in so many ways. A a viewer, I’m pissed off at Claude’s ignorance yet when it boils down to it, the only valid existence that we can blame is the creation of such a system that cages freedom. Even though these are fragments of a past that have underwent change, it’s still painful to realize that people suffered because of such a system.

With only two episodes left, I wonder if there’ll ever be a chance for Camille and Claude to reconcile at least. it’s evident that they can never escape from their fates. Camille is bound to marry a nobleman while Claude is to go on being a blacksmith but as a hopelessly romantic viewer, I do hope they could at least revive the friendship that they buried back in their youth.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. x
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 16:57:26

    Claude is no dumber or less knowledgeable than most male population of his era to be honest (sometimes I do wonder about the males in our era as well :p, not saying that all of the females in our era are that much better either :p). Ignorant, lacking in empathy skills (skills which seem to be currently compensated for by having a certain Japanese girl around) and a really stubborn personality. Describes a lot of people I know personally XD . To me, what’s special about Claude is that despite his ignorance, he was able to see the problems of the class system due to how it affected him and his family. This will help him understand Camille as he learn to empathize with her a little. Most people would have just shrugged it off and blamed it on bad luck and try to change their views to make the system work for them (more or less making them a slave to the system).

    Hopefully they can show something about these two, but I suspect we might need a second season (which may or may never come) to get a satisfactory reconciliation.


  2. baka~
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 17:37:30

    But the thing that makes Claude so realistic is that he realized everything too late… Well, not that everything is set in stone but the fact that Yune made him realize, more or less, how Camille has been suffering on her end must mean something. And I guess stupid protagonists have always been common in anime and other media. To a certain degree, it is enjoyable to envision a world/setting from a stupid protagonist’s viewpoint since… well, there’s nothing there. Stupid protagonists are like empty canvasses waiting to be drawn on.

    If ever there’s a second season, I guess it’ll be more on Claude x Camille instead of Yune and the cultural barriers… Unless Yune’s sister enters the scene and causes an impact or so.


  3. x
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 18:09:11

    Heh, no idea where it will go if there is ever a second season. The trouble with the source material is that it started off in a bimonthly magazine, then went to a monthly magazine (when the bimonthly magazine itself got canceled). There are only two volumes of the manga so far (and it started in 2007), I have my doubts about them having enough material for a second season from the manga itself (maybe they might have enough after waiting for another two years if the manga continues, but I’m not sure if there will be any interest by then). On the other hand, I get the impression that with so few episodes left, we won’t really get a satisfactory ending for these two even if they do an anime original ending.


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