Manga of the Week - 異国迷路のクロワーゼ

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You'll be seeing this series again later in the month.

Title: 異国迷路のクロワーゼ, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, Crossroads of a Foreign Country's Maze (translated by me, not actually the title...I think).
Author: Takeda Hinata
Genre: Shounen, Historical, Romance, Slice of Life
Serialized in: Fujimi Shinbo Dragon Age / Dragon Age Pure
Total Volume Count: 2 (ongoing)

Series Summary from MangaUpdates:
During the second half of the 19th century, Europe became intrigued by the Japanese culture. A Japanese girl named Yune travels to France, where she started working in the lower parts of a town in Paris at a craft store called Enseignes du Roy. She and the store owner named Claude communicate with each other in order to get over their cultural differences. This is the story of Yune's stay in Paris.
Kenn's Comment: A lovely slice of life series about a young Japanese girl living and working at a craft store in France after accompanying the owner of the shop on his return trip. Think of it as the reverse non-mystery, non-supernatural opposite of Gosick (the novels are illustrated by Takeda too). The character interaction is great, especially with Yune and Oscar, as the two of them bear almost all of the cultural differences in the series. Oscar finds Yune's Japanese customs beyond strange, and Yune finds that the western culture vastly different from Japan (I'd say Japan has the superior culture, in terms of virtues). The art is beautiful, and the story is wonderful. It's a great read for anyone, and yes, I said everyone. So get on it! Also has a side story, 異国迷路のアリスちゃん (Ikoku Meiro no Alice-chan), which is basically just Yune and Alice (a character that appears later in the story) having fun in Japan. 

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