Posted by psgels on 25 June 2011 with categories: Gosick

Oh what the hell. This week has been absolutely amazing in terms of anime. Here we yet again have an awesome episode. Steins;Gate, Anohana, C, Enma-kun and now Gosick. All of them completely delivered. This week has turned out to be an amazing closure to the past season!

This was the kind of episode that was entirely building up to its final minutes, but those minutes were extra sweet because of that. I’m really surprised how this episode shifted Kujou’s role, and actually made him enlist in the military in order to prevent getting kicked out of the country. From that position though, he couldn’t really do anything, and instead the one who saves everything turned out to be… Cordelia. The fight between her and Marquis de Blois was really well animated, and a fitting climax. I really admire the creators that they didn’t go with the most predictable turn of events.

Overall the plot too wrapped itself up quite nicely. This episode really focused on Marquis de Blois’s obsession over the Occult, and how he’s using it to deceive people. The only question mark is why he found it a good idea to allow Victorique to speak. That’s the kind of logic that ends up killing your average bad guy, but in this case this was not vital to Cordellia’s plans: all she had to do was dress up as Victorique and Marquis de Blois would come to her eventually. Red Haired guy’s illusions would have been more than enough for this switch trick to work.

Also, I’m a bit puzzled as to why this show is already announcing the third world war when it’s only 1925. This is an alternate history of course, but I do wonder why the creators decided to speed things up aside from it being handy for the plot.

Also: next episode. It should be entirely focused on Kujou and Victorique trying to find each other again, which really seems like a great conclusion for this series. It’s interesting that that there is no big mystery in these episodes, but that would have felt really out of place in the plot at this point. Either way, I’m really curious how they plan to end this thing.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

9 Responses

  1. harlescay says:

    “why this show is already announcing the third world war when”
    it is in my knowledge that we have only had 2 world wars

  2. Qwerty1 says:


    Technically speaking, World War I was really something like World War IV depending on how far back you want to go.

    Check the Wiki for world war, there a number of pre-20th century conflicts that were a decade+ long across 4+ continents.

  3. ojisan says:

    I should’ve been following more closely, but it looks to me that Marquis de Blois is making Saubreme an ally of European fascists, with his rabbit-heads as fashion-challenged blackshirts. An invasion of Poland is mentioned, so it looks like an off-schedule but still recognizable World War 11 that’s being connived at.

    I’m amazed that they pulled all this together in a single episode. I got pulled into thinking that Kujo was the ‘soul’ to Victorique as Monstre Charmant, but I gather that instead (or as well), Victorique is ‘soul’ to Cordelia.

    And so good to see the Marquis get it at last, and for Cordelia to deal the blow -

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Ack, I indeed meant the second world war.

  5. Rex says:

    Uh, Kujo DID go back to japan, and inlisted in the japanese military. He did NOT inlist to saubreme’s (however you spell it) military. So they are VERY far apart.

    Also, of course that dude will fail and WW2 will start in 1939 as in reality. He just want s to kick-start it earlier with all of his voodoo sh*t.

  6. Joojoobees says:

    Yeah, I think Kujo went back to Japan, and was training in Hokkaido (seriously, an army barracks in Hokkaido is NOT where you want to spend the Winter).

    WRT WWII, I think there is some timing that is off, but the fascists had already risen to power in Italy by this point, and Hitler had attempted to do the same in Germany (though he was arrested, when the “Beer Hall Putsch” failed).

  7. altctrlsupr says:

    It’s second world war not third :P “Also, I’m a bit puzzled as to why this show is already announcing the >> when it’s only 1925.”

  8. Watcherzero says:

    Yeah the closest Precursor to WW2 I can think of is that a few days after the Christmas party, January 3rd 1925 is when Mussolini declared himself dictator and european facism begun the buildup to WW2. It does kind of fit with the ‘Gathering Storm’ if you ignore that reference to Germany making inroads into Poland.

  9. otakumilitia says:

    I just hoped that the rabbit-head fascists won’t singing Saubure’s version of Comrade The Voice (an marching song of British Union of Fascists) while marching on the streets..

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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