Gosick Episode 4
What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! Shows from the Winter 2011 Season that received a “thumbs-up” review after the first, second and third episodes now advance to the fourth round. For more information about me and my reviews, click here.
About the series: Gosick is a 24-part weekly television series that began airing in January 2011, based on a light novel series by Fujimi Shobo. Kazuya is a young exchange student who arrives at a European academy in 1924, where he meets with the diminutive but brilliant recluse Victorique. Together, they solve the impossible-to-solve mysteries, with the help of the local inspector. More about the series: Wikipedia Entry.
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ep. tl;dr review: Kazuya suspects transfer student in murder mystery; Launching into the next multi-episode puzzler.
Episode Summary: Kazuya is at first suspected in the bizarre decapitation murder of a motorcyclist after he reports it to Grevil, but after consulting with Victorique he is left off the hook. Kazuya is then introduced to the new transfer student, Avril Bradley, and she instantly takes a shine to him; but after spotting an injury on her hand he begins to suspect she may be involved in the event. A new mystery emerges as the body of a man dressed as a Templar Knight falls out of the school crypt after it is re-opened for the first time in years.
My Impressions: Hey, Episode 4 of Gosick, which came out way back at the end of January, and I’m just now getting around to watching it? Only seven months behind the rest of the world, eh? That’s just par for the course for me, at this rate I’ll be lucky to wrap up the show before the end of the year…but I wouldn’t count on it.
After the first three-episode introductory mystery, the show jumps into the next multi-episode story arc, setting up the chess pieces and moving a couple of the pawns around on the board in this episode. The little “mini-mysteries” (such as Victorique quickly figuring out Kazuya is not the murderer by pointing out something simple and obvious) are perfunctory, it’s the much larger picture that remains unresolved and interesting. For the life of me at this point I cannot figure out how all the disparate elements introduced here are tied together, not enough info yet.
I’m willing to bet that Avril’s not the murderer, despite Kazuya’s simplistic reasoning — it’s just far too obvious a conclusion. But she sure is a suspicious character. Also, we get to see more of the tension between Grevil and Victorique, as he darkly refers to her as the “Gray Wolf”; inter-family machinations aside, I wonder what traumatic interactions have occurred between them. And the relationship between Kazuya and Victorique continues to run hot-and-cold, at this point he seems more of a bystander stumbling through the larger story than a main character.
A mildly interesting but unexceptional episode, mostly just setting up the next story arc. Frankly, it’s not really the mysteries themselves that are the draw for Gosick, but it’s the characters themselves that make it worth the watching (especially the moody Victorique).
For more information:
- My review of the third episode on July 5th: http://matthigh.livejournal.com/677870.html
- My review of the second episode on May 26th: http://matthigh.livejournal.com/655132.html
- My review of the the first episode on April 12th: http://matthigh.livejournal.com/631525.html
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, and AniDB
- Watch full-length episodes legally for free on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/gosick
A Sampling of the Blog-Roll of Reviews:
- “At this point, I’ve learned that Gosick is not good with it’s murder mysteries, which Victorique always solves right away and with complete ease. What Gosick is good at doing is setting up mysteries involving a bunch of different plot points. Grade: 3.8/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “Victorique herself is the real star here as we get a good feel for her in how she handles such mysteries because she finds this one largely boring and easy to deal with, so she keeps it at arms length. On the flip side, Kazuya gets more personalized with this storyline as we see him in normal settings like school and the grounds themselves. Grade: B.” – Mania.com
- “I don’t really care about the mysteries being super difficult and whether or not the solutions are 100% solid. Really the series is about Victorique and Kujo and the rest is just for some entertainment.” – Xebec’s Blog
- “How obviously suspicious does Avril Bradley act? About a 13/10 on the “I CAN SEE THE ENDING” scale. But then again, that’s what they want me to think isn’t it?” – Random Curiosity
WINTER 2011 SEASON ROUND FOUR RESULTS!
Fourth Episodes from the Winter 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-up: Fractale, Hourou Musuko, Yumekui Merry, Gosick
Fourth Episodes from the Winter 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-down: Is This A Zombie?
Coming up next: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Level E