Posted by psgels on 19 February 2011 with categories: Gosick



This is why this series originally caught my attention: its creativity. This episode was full of it. It successfully created an entire small culture, with its own rituals, traits and habits. It created a wide variety of characters and a very imaginative back-story that for once actually kept me guessing, instead of just waiting for Victorique to grab the script again. Finally there’s some actual build-up in the way she comes to the answer!

It’s a shame that this series leaves so much to be desired in the character department. If it had compelling and deep characters it really would have been an interesting series here. Instead, the only interesting character in this series at this point is Victorique: the past two episodes gave a lot of depth to her with her background and her antics are also starting to get quite colorful. The rest of the cast though… they’re not portrayed well.

Most of the characters here suffered from bad acting and strange behaviors. Especially those three male guests suffered from this: they were stereotypical assholes. I know that this series is deliberately withholding their backgrounds, but in doing so it also forgets to flesh them out and give them decent personalities. We never even get to know who they are. The maid in this episode as well: I’m sure that she’s a nice girl and all, but this episode portrayed her as totally deranged. Oh, and we also have Kujou. I still can’t get over the fact that the lead character of a detective series has such a poor sense of observation. First there is a box with a piece of paper in it, and he says that nothing is in it. Then he promises to protect Victorique, only for her to run off while he’s dozing off. Or take the scene in which we get a surprisingly cheerful Victorique singing from out of nowhere… and he just remarks that she’s back to her usual self. When did we ever hear her sing so cheerfully like that!? (No offence to Victorique about that, by the way. It’s really good to see more sides of her).

And don’t get me wrong, though: this episode was wonderfully told. The atmosphere it built up was excellent and the dialogue blended in really well with the music. It was well paced and packed a number of great and hard hitting plot twists. It’s because of that that it’s such a shame that this show is a waste of this potential due to the really poor attention to detail. I’ve said this before: this show is great in the big picture, but not so great in the small picture.
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. garfield15 says:

    “I’m sure that she’s a nice girl and all, but this episode portrayed her as totally deranged.”
    I think she’s supposed to be totally deranged and not a nice girl at all.

  2. tomo says:

    “also forgets to flesh them out and give them decent personalities”

    Um, why? Two of them already died, there was no need to flesh them out

  3. psgels psgels says:

    tomo: that’s my point: who were they? Why were they even in this story?

  4. Ncrdrg says:

    Detective series rarely develop more than a few characters from the main cast. The cast often is a revolving door for series like these so good character development is not something you should normally expect from side-characters.

    However, we’ll probably get to see something on Kujo in the series or Victorique’s brother. It would be a letdown if we didn’t.

    Mystery buildup, however, is exactly what you should expect and it was done wonderfully this time around. Gosick had a lot trouble with its “script-based” approach earlier. Here’s to hoping it continues to do so.

    Btw, I hope they don’t go with the “Old man” as the killer. It would be way too obvious. I’d rather see this “wise guy” fess up to being such an incompetent bastard and apologize to Victorique. What kind of leader banishes someone for discovering a body (and evidence that she was innocent), ignores a suspicious death in the village and then shoots like an idiot at the first thing that moves?

  5. tomo says:

    @psgels
    Maybe the remaining one will tell them something, but I think they are just a wandering curious bunch, nothing more.

  6. Ncrdrg says:

    Oh yes. Another interesting theory is that the “separation” thing could be related to WW2.

  7. Solaris says:

    >Detective series rarely develop more than a few characters from the main cast.
    Yes, if this was really just a dectective story. I’m starting thinking we approached it on false premises. This is a love story with background mysteries.
    As it was easily predicted before, now’s the time to flesh out Victorica, and i guess next one is Kujo.
    PS: I also think WW2 has a lot to do with the separation.

  8. Hogart says:

    This show is so much better when they keep Kujo quiet and move things along at a good clip. I do wish it would dial down the overacting, though. It’s fine to point out who the bad guys are, but over-doing it doesn’t make me think “red herring” it makes me think “cheesy”. And the Asian-styled background music and dancing made the festival feel a bit absurd.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:38 PM)
    It is easy to undermine the value of originality, but it’s also fairly easy to show how that’s plain wrong. It’s objectively much easier to improve on existing concepts than to use creativity and imagination to come up with new angles, styles and fresh perspectives and twists in a medium that had gone stale. Any work can age and become old, but one can never take away from what made it special in the first place. They’ll forever be hailed as the Pioneers that they were.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:25 PM)
    Now on unrelated note:
    “[Anno turned EoE] into what the original end of the series would have been if it was given enough budget: strange, absurd, confusing and a work of art”.
    Must be a quote from the “prime example of a blind fanboy” Bam right? Wrong! This was written by psgels himself. Guess whoever praises Eva is an idiot fanboy who doesn’t know any better. But yet those who bash it for a few repetitive shallow arguments are the true erudites.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:53 PM)
    “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” – Samuel L. Johnson
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:50 PM)
    What are we numbing ourselves to? The pain of band stress of modern life? Failing to fit or preserve the image that they tell us to uphold? This certainly needs to be brought to attention and critically analyzed.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:45 PM)
    Then there’s the 90 million daily opiate users, which basically means one out of every four people you meet are on one form of these things. Mothers, daughters, doctors, cops, teachers, all circling the drain. The US is nowhere near the most populated country, but we are by far the most consumer of prescription narcotics. That has to say something about our society.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:41 PM)
    There are 4 million patients, mostly kids between 8-16, that are on a daily dose of Adderall. That’s a straight mixture of several amphetamine salts, so for all intent and purposes crystal meth. Ritalin is also a powerful stimulant, and the cost/benefit analysis of this approach has always been proven to be damn reprehensible. ADHD is very rare, but used as a blanket term to just sedate the hell out of children that lazy parents don’t wanna deal with.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:37 PM)
    @K-off: well these drug-peddling doctors are just dealers with 20 years of schooling and half a million dollars in student debt. There are good caring doctors, but way far in-between. The few cases of actual neural chemical imbalance that benefit from these drugs are a shocking minority. There has been too many scandals of uncovered “donation” from big pharma to medical boards and hospitals.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:25 PM)
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 12:04 PM)
    Ah, I definitely see where Bam is coming from with the its easy to trade one addiction for another, that happened with my aunt, although I fundamentally believe that the smoking has kept her away from abusing alcohol.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:01 AM)
    Well, accidentally deleted my next comment. Basically just ranting about the geniuses at the VA suddenly cutting off veterans from oxycodone after they’d been dependant on it for decades.

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