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Les Misérables: Shōjo Cosette (レ・ミゼラブル 少女コゼッ "Les Misérables: A Girl Named Cosette") is a Japanese anime inspired by Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. It aired from Jan 7, 2007 to Dec 30, 2007 and was produced by Nippon Animation. The anime ran for 52 episodes. Each episode was 24 minutes long.
Set in nineteenth century-era France, the series begins with Cosette, a 3 or 4 year old girl, traveling with her mother Fantine. Fantine is trying to find a job and a place to live, but has always been shunned away due to most employers being unwilling to hire single mothers.
When her mother is promised with the prosperity of working in the nearby town Montreuil-sur-Mer, Cosette is separated from her in the hopes a local innkeeper named Thénardier will watch over her while Fantine mother earns some money.
Unfortunately, the caretaker is a corrupt man who treats Cosette as a slave. After the death of Fantine, the kind mayor Monsieur Madeleine - formerly a convict named Jean Valjean - rescues Cosette from Thénardier's clutches, and brings her to Paris.
However, Valjean must remain vigilant as he is perused by Inspector Javert.
Differences From Novel
- Cosette is the protagonist.
- Cosette is brought to Montfermeil being three or four years old and remembers Fantine and Paris
- Cosette is taught to read by a Bishop in Montfermeil instead of Valjean
- Fantine does not become a prostitute; however, she still sells her hair.
- In Montfermeil, Cosette and Gavroche are portrayed as friends.
- Gavroche and Cosette have a pet dog named ChouChou. ChouChou later saves Gavroche's life at the barricades.
- Javert does not kill himself.
- Javert later arrests Thénardier after the latter attempts to blackmail Marius Pontmercy.
- The two unnamed younger brothers of the Thénardier family do appear and are given names: Hugues and Bressole.
- A new character named Alain makes an appearance. He becomes an apprentice to Monsieur Madeleine, and later takes over the running of the M-sur-M factory after Madeline's arrest.
- Cosette and Marius have a daughter.
- Cosette knows about Valjean's criminal history, and the history of the candlesticks given by Bishop Myriel.
- Bishop Myriel replaces the spirit of Éponine in Valjean's death. This also happened in the 2012 film.
- Kaori Nozuka as eight-year-old/17-year-old Cosette
- Tamaki Matsumoto as three-year-old Cosette
- Masashi Sugawara as Jean Valjean
- Emiko Hagiwara as Fantine
- Takashi Matsuyama as Javert
- Yumiko Kobayashi as Gavroche Thénardier
- Masahito Yabe as Monsieur Thénardier
- Mami Horikoshi as Madame Thénardier
- Yūki Sasamoto as eight-year-old/17-year-old Éponine
- Yūki Ōtomo as three-year-old Éponine
- Kurumi Mamiyo as seven-year-old/16-year-old Azelma
- Chihiro Yarita as two-year-old Azelma
- Anri Katsu as Marius Pontmercy and Alain
- Yūji Kishi as Enjolras
- Wataru Hatano as Combeferre
- Eiji Takemoto as Courfeyrac
- Yoshinori Fujita as Jean Prouvaire
- Norihisa Mori as Grantaire
- Ryō Naitō as Lesgle
- Daisuke Matsubara as Feuilly
- Takahiro Yoshimizu as Bahorel
- Yūki Chiba as Joly
- Fantine and Cosette
- Jean Valjean's Secret
- A New Friend, Chou Chou
- Mother's Letter
- Javert's Suspicions
- Cosette's Birthday
- Lost Eponine
- Mother's Skirt
- Thenardier's Malice
- Madeleine is Perplexed
- Sister Simplice's Lie
- Lonely Cosette
- Jean Valjean and Cosette
- Their Journey
- Their Bond
- The Gorbeau House in Paris
- Javert Closes In
- A Forgotten Reunion
- Cosette is Taken
- Monastic Life
- Cosette and Marius
- Their Respective Journeys
- Under The Parisian Sky
- An Encounter in the Luxembourg Garden
- Unreachable Feelings
- Chance Encounters in Paris
- The Girl Who Ran Away
- The Found Letter
- Thenardier's Trap
- The Coin That Was Left Behind
- The Quiet Rue Plumet
- Traces of That Day
- Giving Up On Reunion
- Children In The Elephant
- Patron Minette's Breakout
- The Ailing of Paris
- Marius's Miscalculation
- Cosette and Eponine
- June 5, 1832
- The Night of the Revolution
- Eponine's Love
- A Letter from Marius
- Gavroche's Wish
- To the Light of the Future
- The Sewers of Paris
- Javert's Justice
- The Bonds of the Hearts
- Cosette and Marius
- My Mother
- The Eternal Ring
- The Revealed Truth
- The Silver Candlesticks