Le Portrait de Petit Cossette
Distributor: Geneon Animation
© 2003 Cossette House / Aniplex
Eiri, a talented art student, works part-time in an antique shop in a quiet part of town. One afternoon, he uncovers a delicate Venetian glass holding a startling secret within. When Eiri peers into the glass, he can see a young blond girl, her life playing out like a movie solely for him to see. Curious, he stares into the glass, hoping to learn more about the enchanting girl inside. This is Cossette, a mysterious beauty haunting the glass, waiting 250 years for someone to finally see her, and set her free.
OAV Series: 3 episodes
Average Ratings: 48
Number of Review Sites: 9
Number of Review Links: 9
"...as a critic, I'm going to side with the nay-sayers on this one."
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - flawed
Vol. 1 - "Its dramatic visuals, exceptional artistry, and sumptuous musical scoring make watching it quite an experience, and the story isn’t half bad, either."
Anime News Network (Theron Martin) - A-
"...an easy recommendation for those looking for something more mature from their anime."
Anime on DVD (Chris Beveridge) - A-
"Short of slapping myself, I really had to struggle to stay awake in order to finish an episode."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"... equal parts of Edgar Allan Poe and Lolita ..."
DVD Talk (Don Houston) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"Le Portrait de Petite Cossette is nice to look at it, but that's about all it has going for it."
DVD Verdict (Mitchell Hattaway) - 65 (out of 100)
"...Cossette is hypnotic and overwhelming, but also frustrating and at times simply baffling."
Science Fiction Weekly (Tasha Robinson) - B-
"Le Portrait could be summed-up with one word: awkward."
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Diane Tiu) - 2 stars (out of 5)
"It has some drawbacks, namely a slow pace and a limp story, that muddle the mix. That said, this thing has atmosphere in spades."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - B