Gosick Episode 9
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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: Victorique get sick, Kujo goes to town and gets caught up in a new mystery; Meh.
Episode Summary: Victorique gets the sniffles and hides under the covers in her little doll-house. Kujo heads to the capital city to do some souvenir shopping, but soon finds himself tangled up in some strange mystery at the department store. After pleading with Inspector Grevil to investigate, he returns to the store to find the room with the famous Blue Rose jewel has disappeared, as well as the frantic girl trapped in the basement. Dismissed by Grevil, Kujo phones Victorique for help, and ends up disappearing himself.
My Impressions: Okay, let’s not fall into the trap of expecting this new mystery to make any sense. I’ve been trolled by Gosick before, not going to let it happen again. Don’t try and figure it out from the clues, because I’ll only end up disappointed. Again.
Instead, what makes Gosick interesting and worth watching is the relationship between Kujo and Victorique, who seem to play well off each other like some sort of Abbott and Costello cum Holmes and Watson comedy routine. Alas, in this episode, they decide to do the exact opposite, separating the two by many miles. Victorique ends up floundering around like some helpless mewling kitten, sniffling under the bed covers. Weh. It gives the fanboy base that is watching this show for the moe-factor the opportunity to go all “Oh look how cute she is!” and all that, but really that’s nothing new. And frankly, that sort of pandering is just…tiring.
Kujo, on the other hand, goes all gosh-wow-golly-wompers in the big fancy capital city, showing just how annoying a backwards hick he can be at times. And really, that idiot must be some sort of unnatural super-magnet for disaster as he immediately gets himself caught up in the middle of a huge secret crime ring. He doesn’t even have to try, it just sort of happens to him. And then he goes running up to the inspector like a five year old tattling to his mother — and just botches it all. It was almost embarrassing to watch him in action. And no amount of screaming at the screen when he does something achingly idiotic (and there’s plenty of that this time around) is going to help.
Needless to say, I’m not so impressed with this episode or storyline. The sum of the individual parts (Victorique and Kujo) are much less than the whole (them as a team). Get well soon, Victorique, before I lose interest in Gosick.
The verdict: – Just OK, but getting annoyed at the outright stupidity.
For more information:
- My earlier reviews:
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- Watch episodes online on Crunchyroll
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “It looks like this is going to be the arc where this series transforms from bad writing to outright aggressive stupidity. Victorique’s laid up with the flu and if the preview is any indication, is going to stay like that for the whole thing, so she’ll just be solving mysteries over the phone this time around, making my brain itch.” – Tenka Seiha
- “I’m still not sure what’s up with these two, to be honest. I mean, I guess that the dumber the cast is, the smarter Victorique seems in comparison and all, but she doesn’t really need that. She’s a great character even without some morons around her, and I’d actually argue that if she were surrounded by other characters who at least had some common sense, she’d end up shining even brighter.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Why does the story keep on turning out so mediocre for this series? I really do like the characters (well, mainly Victorique), but having likable characters will only take a series so far. I mean, a lot of the stuff going on here just reflects how simple-minded some of these characters are, and really makes me wonder sometimes if this show was meant to be more of a comedy. Grade: 2.8/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “The bright side about this episode was that it wasn’t just plain boring. It was just stupid how some questions are answered. This show needs to know what a real mystery show is supposed to feel like. Instead we are just told what happens before getting into some serious point in the plot or discover nothing that somehow connects piece A to piece B.” – Myu’s Anime Blog