published in Empire No.71, Sydney
France, 17th Century. Young noble soldier D’Eon struggles to solve the mystery of his dead sister – whose death may be connected to a plot to overthrow the king. Plus, she may not be all that dead. This is France anime-style. The vulgar face-slapping over-romanticized French could never be as reverent and mystical as the Japanese, and that contradiction makes Le Chevalier D’Eon fascinating viewing. The first volume alone uncovers multiple sub-plots, double-dealings and secret societies – not to mention zombies, alchemy and spiritualism – in this fabulated reading of Paris under Louis XV’s rule. In the forthcoming episodes, expect anything and everything.