The story is set in Paris in 1742, and the series begins when the body of a woman named Lia de Beaumont is found floating down in Seine River in a casket. Written in blood on the casket is the world "Psalms."
Lia's younger brother, D'Eon de Beaumont, is a knight in the service of King Louis XV; he is also a member of the King's Secret, a group that works in the shadows to help keep the peace in French society. He has taken it upon himself to investigate not only his sister's death, but he is also investigating the mysterious disappearances of a number of French women.
D'Eon is also troubled by the fact that his sister is not being buried. Apparently, Queen Marie believes that Lia's soul is wandering and is unable to rest, which will not allow Lia's body to decompose the way that it should if it is buried.
Over the course of the first episode, D'Eon manages to piece together what is going on. Unfortunately, before any action can be taken, the members of the King's Secret are attacked. Only D'Eon is able to escape, due to power in his dead sister's necklace that he is wearing at the time of the attack.
At the end of the first episode, one of the members of the King's Secret is now part of the undead and tries to kill D'Eon. Just when hope seems lost, Lia's spirit possesses D'Eon, and she mentions taking her revenge as she kills the zombie.
When I started to watch the first episode, I thought the series had an interesting premise, and I was intrigued by the mystery angle. However, once the story got to the point of the zombie attack and D'Eon being possessed by Lia's spirit, I went from thinking the series was interesting to thinking it was becoming kind of strange. As I've been doing some research to write this article, it appears the series will continue to be as strange as what I saw at the end of the first episode.
The one thing I have to give this series credit for is the animation and the character designs. The characters seem to fall somewhere between anime characters and real-life people. I also thought the backgrounds looked rather lush.
If you like historical anime, then you might enjoy Le Chevalier d'Eon, unless you're not a fan of the supernatural.
Just from what I've described, I think you can probably figure out that this series is not meant for a young audience. After seeing that there is some blood and violence in the first episode, I would recommend Le Chevalier d'Eon to anime viewers who are 15 or 16 years of age and older.
|Le Chevalier d'Eon||24||2006-2007||Kazuhiro Furuhashi||Production I.G. Shochiku||FUNimation Entertainment|