Gosick Episode 8
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Series Premise: 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.
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ep. tl;dr review: Spoiler: The maid did it; Cordelia absolved, it’s back to the school.
Episode Summary: Mystery #1: With Inspector Drillhair crashing the party, Victorique uncovers how the deaths of the two visitors was at the hands of the third in an internal squabble over antiquities theft. Mystery #2: Victorique gets the maid Herminia to confess, driving her over the edge of sanity. Herminia sets fire to the village, including the only bridge out. Maid falls to her death fulfilling the “Seryun” leader’s prophecy; Kazuya, Victorique, Drillhair, Sexy Nun and Token Villager escape the village.
My Impressions: There’s one thing this episode has drilled into me: Don’t try and figure out the mysteries, because it is ultimately impossible as well as pointless.
Grevil shows up out of nowhere? The nun’s a spy? Figured out the murders based on a single nut? And that’s just the present-day mystery at hand, the chain of events that leads to the uncovering of the second, older mystery is equally confusing and contrived. Then again, the mysteries themselves were never the strong point of Gosick to begin with, they have always been a means to the real point of the show, which is the development of the relationship between Kazuya and Victorique. I just have to remember not to get invested in any of the smaller mysteries in the future, and take a look at the larger picture.
The second half of the episode involves the mad-as-a-hatter maid running rampant, some dark hints of ancient prophecy and the lost kingdom of the “Seyrun”, and everyone escaping by the skin of their teeth. This episode also put a fairly definitive period on the end of the first major story arc, and it feels like the next episode will be the start of something totally new — as if the first chapter has ended, and the second chapter begins.
Oh, another spoiler: Cordelia is alive. Imagine that.
For more information:
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (April 12), Episode 2 (May 26), Episode 3 (July 5), Episode 4 (August 4), Episode 5 (August 19), Episode 6 (September 8), Episode 7 (September 25)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- Watch episodes online on Crunchyroll
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “I don’t think it’s hard to play the guessing game and see that Herminia was a possibility, but the show doesn’t seem like it wants anyone to really figure out who it is. It’s more just, “watch the show, you can’t possibly guess because we made it so, and just be amazed at the end.” Well, it did make Harminia’s reveal more mind blowing to me, so it wasn’t all bad. But honestly, most people don’t seem to care about the mystery. The majority of the comments I’ve been getting only talk about how cute Victorique’s latest antics are.” – Random Curiosity
- “I… I just… I… I think I want to cry. Kudos to you, Bones. Your writers are so bad that they’ve created a mystery by being truly god awful. And her motive? Because he told her when she was going to die at their ridiculous little fortune-telling thing. Words fail me.” – Tenka Seiha
- “Disappointment doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this episode. After some excellent buildup in the previous episode, this episode unfortunately wastes all that potential and brings us some extremely poorly concluded mysteries that ended up having absolutely zero importance to the main mystery. Not to mention, the logic behind how these cases were solved is extremely weak, which is very disappointing to say the least. I had actually expected a genuinely good mystery in this arc, but that proved to be expecting too much. Grade: 3.5/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “This episode was well told, though. For once the two different murder mysteries in this arc proved to be quite effective red herrings for each other, and the atmosphere was actually quite excellent. Especially that bridge scene was well directed and shot and surprised me how I actually ended up caring for Kujou, of all people. ” – Star Crossed Anime Blog