Posted by psgels on 23 April 2011 with categories: Gosick



Aah, this arc is actually going to take up three episodes? Really, this could have easily been done in two! Alas, against my hopes Gosick didn’t completely ditch its lesser arcs for its second half. Such a shame.

It’s not like this arc is bad, but the main side character that it’s based around is just completely hopeless. The story of leviathan is quite interesting, and it’s good to finally see a bit more about the red haired guy who mostly likely will end up as the main villain, and yet most of this episode was about this really annoying love triangle that has no chance of working. Cecile does not belong in the spotlights. This arc did not give her any depth, it just shoehorned her into an even more cliched role as a hopeless love interest who is just there to stir up some tension between the lead couple. and the irony is that Kujou and Victorique never really needed this anyway: there’s enough tension between them already. They’re perfectly capable of developing themselves.

I noted previously that Gosick sucks in terms of telling its random stories. Leviathan really could have been the example to that rule, if this episode actually focused on him. The parts of this episode that focused on his story were actually quite good, but Cecile just took up way too much airtime in this episode. She dragged this arc out to three episodes for no reason whatsoever other than filling up 24 episodes.

This series is yet another one of those examples where it’s a shame that there can’t be 18-episoded series. Gosick is too long for 13 episodes and too short for 24. The result? A lot of pointless episodes and padding. Get back to the point you’re trying to make, dammit!
Rating: – (Disappointing)

5 Responses

  1. Fiaki says:

    Disappointing indeed. Damn love triangles, I always hated them, why Gosick, why? >_

  2. I think you’re talking about Avril, not Cecile, Cecile is the teacher and Avril in the blonde girl.

  3. hardrock says:

    I don’t mind the “love triangle” in this case. Avril likes kujo, kujo is unaware of practically anything, and victorique doesn’t know how to love. I think this Love triangle is more to teach victorique a life lesson moreso than anything else. I think they are fleshing out victorique not being able to show love to kujo by being imprisoned for so long.

  4. hoiut says:

    I actually think love triangles are cute, and I like Avril. For this reason alone, I guess you’d expect my opinion of the episode to be more than a tad different from yours. Right-o!

  5. some loser says:

    To me, the timing isn’t why this series is bad.
    I dropped this series after 10 episodes, right afer the “diamond” dropped, i was like eff this. to me this series was a joke, sometimes the logic was too easy, sometimes it just didn’t connect logically, and most of the time it just seemed like it was trying to pull of a “detective style” rather than actually making a “detective story” aka a actual mystery. the biggest problem was how it’s purpose was to create a mystery, yet the mystery was so crappy that the entire scheme looked like a joke. The only reason i watched up to 10 was cause there was a person i enjoyed arguing with in the comments section of gogoanime, which was actully quite fun

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:52 AM)
    I meant one more than the one presented in Princess Kaguya, so 2/5 which is a decent kill ratio.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:37 AM)
    One of the princes also ends up dead because of her shenanigans.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:35 AM)
    @Aidan: she’s way more of a cunt in the actual folktale. She shows no regard for the suitors and is actually the one who comes up with the gauntlets, plus she leads the emperor on just for lolz. Also Sutemaru doesn’t exist in the actual story and the role is deligated to the emperor who refuses immortality cuz she is gone. Emotional detachment is a characteristic of their culture, and people still wonder why they spend fat money on waifus.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 06:53 AM)
    I mean sure I didn’t agree with the “Noble woman” bullshit. But in the end this is a story about a cocktease. First Genji and now this. Why are famous Japanese characters such assholes?! All you had to goddamn say was “Hey dad I am not happy here” but no. Ya didn’t. You just frigging moped going wa..wa…me..me..me! Well guess what? F*ck you!
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 06:49 AM)
    So I watched Ghibli’s a tale of princess Kaguya. It’s nice to finally know the tale fully but I can’t help thinking that…princess Kaguya was a serious bitch. I mean she put one man in debt, drove another one insane and even got one killed! I mean bloody hell you self righteous bitch! Sure the suitors got carried away but that could have been avoided if she set the record straight.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 11:20 PM)
    *ain’t
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 11:02 PM)
    I also couldn’t care less about The Great Gatsby and aren’t really a fan of Fitzgerald in general.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 11:00 PM)
    I give you that many a problems with LNs might actually stem from bad or amateur translation. The Song of Ice and Fire series has a lot of sex and bloodshed, but they usually fill a purpose, or completely make sense given the setting of the events. I’m not prudish or care about having sex in books, I’m just turned off by bad writing or fundamental logic flaws within the story.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:55 PM)
    @Aidan: I would never insinuate that there aren’t bad books, even among the classics. Given the entirety of the literature of mankind that becomes a given. I originally posted the comment due to a common argument with people who as soon as I want to criticize LNs, or compare their themes and writing to literature, wave a convenient banner of “oh these aren’t books, their light novels” -_-
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:51 PM)
    Not to be mean but Erika Leonard just strikes me as a lonely lady who wrote an erotica based on her fantasies of having a ooooooooh mysterious handsome rich guy interested in her and their escapades in the sex dungeon, which for some reason resonated with millions. Trends are usually unpredictable.

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