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:

    @harlescay

    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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  • Rinegar
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 04:43 PM)
    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    It was only really entertaining for how nuts it got.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    Aku no hana’s manga never really felt like much more than “crazy shit happening and femdom” = guilty pleasure to me.
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    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @Emma: Gankutsou was fine in my opinion tho, as it was so out there that I never saw it as a real attempt at adaptation.
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    I don’t have much exposure to Cumberbatch beyond seeing him talk on film programs and also his role in that Star Trek movie, kind of want to see him in imitation game.
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    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    @K-off: Don’t give ‘em ideas m8, that actually sounds like a pitch that they would pick up.
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    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    There is a shoujo manga adaptation/rework of King Richard, there is also a romeo and juliet anime, it was one of the worst thing Gonzo produced, still didn’t dislike it as much a gankutsuou though.
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    Whoever made Aku no Hana should totally make a Catcher in the Rye adaptation tho, as they’re both fittingly pretentious and empty.

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