Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Shuvarie [Chevalier: Le Chevalier D'Eon]

Chevalier: Le Chevalier D'Eon (シュヴァリエ Shuvarie?) is a 24-episode anime TV series produced by Production I.G based on an original story by Tow Ubukata. The anime originally aired in Japan on WOWOW from August 19, 2006 to February 2, 2007.[1] The story has also been adapted into a manga series written by Tow Ubukata and illustrated by Kiriko Yumeji, which was first published in 2005.[2] The titular character is loosely based on the historical figure Chevalier d'Eon, who lived in the middle of 18th century, pre-Revolutionary France under the reign of Louis XV.[1]

Le Chevalier D'Eon was originally licensed to the North American market by ADV Films,[3] but it became one of over thirty titles transferred from ADV toFunimation Entertainment in 2008.[4]


The story begins in Paris 1753, when the body of a woman named Lia de Beaumont is found in a casket floating along the Seine.[5] The only clue regarding her death is the word "Psalms", which is written in blood on the lid of the casket. D'Eon de Beaumont, Lia's younger brother and a knight in service of King Louis XV, takes it upon himself to investigate his sister's mysterious death, along with the strange disappearances of a number of French women. In his journey he comes across three companions to help him


The manga, illustrated by Kiriko Yumeji and written by Tow Ubukata, features a story that is almost entirely

from the anime series. It is described by Ubukata as "a humorous attempt at combining d'Eon de Beaumont, eighteenth century France, and a superhero story."[23] The story focuses on d'Eon de Beaumont, a police officer who is also a member of King Louis XV's Secret Police (Le Secret du Roi), and his dealings with a cult that sacrifices virgins for their rituals.

The manga is serialized in Kodansha's Magazine Z and has been released in eight tankōbon volumes, with the first volume having been published in October 2005[24] and the latest volume in September 2008.[25] Del Rey published the first volume of the manga in the United States on June 26, 2007,[26][27] and has released all eight volumes as of July 27, 2010.[28]


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