It seems that this year winter season has so many shows with lolis that I couldn’t keep count. Besides Madoka, there is Gosick, which is a mystery story that involves a Gothic Lolita girl and an ordinary boy solving various mysteries. However, it’s not just any ordinary case… It’s the really difficult ones! (Image Source)
The story basically takes place in 1924 in a made up random country plopped down in Europe. Kazuya Kujo is a transfer student from Japan. Since he looks different compared to the other students, everyone else gets scared of since he had black hair and eyes. In a way, everyone is too prejudice to him since he is a minority. Eventually, he meets Victorica, a young and beautiful girl who hangs around on the highest level of the library. She apparently knows what happens in murder/mystery cases detectives can’t really solve. In this episode, they go after a maid who murdered a fortuneteller, which escaped on the cruise ship.
The first episode seems to be heavy on the information of the mystery. It’s pretty interesting, but the dogs mauling the rabbits were pretty gruesome. Poor rabbits… Besides the rabbits, Victorica knows everything when it comes to the murder case while everyone was clueless. As a result, the murder mystery felt rushed and easy to solve.
The characters… I can’t really comment on them since we just met them. On the other hand, Victorica acts pretty weird when she rolling on the floor out of boredom, forces Kazuya dance three times and bringing a lot of odd items like furniture for an overnight cruise! On top of that, she overreacts when he goes trough her stuff. After I saw her behavior, I have to admit that I just enjoyed her quirks since it’s pretty cute.
On the other hand, the setting in Gosick is really interesting since it takes place in the past. It’s about the time period where most detective stories took place, which fits well with the story. I feel that the time period makes the mysteries feel realistic even though it’s a work of fiction. In addition, the setting follows the animation in Gosick. The backgrounds are detailed and look good. On the other hand, the colors are soft that it feels like they are actually in the time period.
Overall, I thought Gosick was a decent show, but not too exciting. The important facts for the murder case went by so fast that it could be solved on the same day! Also, It was nice to see Victorica do some cute things, but you can do that with the fan artwork on Pixiv! Nevertheless, I think the show has an interesting premise, but not quite up to par as I expected it the first episode. Hopefully future episodes will get into more interesting and exciting mysteries as it has 24 episodes to work with.
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This thing has 24 episodes? 😐
I’ll never understand how the anime writers come up with such awkward scenarios. Fictional country set smack-dab in the middle of Europe (basically squeezed in between two countries, forgot which they were), a transfer student from Japan who if I recall correctly is a bit of a weirdo and a girl on top of some staircase, waiting for cases to be solved. Along comes a certain queer of a detective, the banter starts and bam – let’s all unravel mysteries together. Maybe I didn’t get it quite right but it all seemed a bit unnatural (even fiction must be based on some common sense).
Props on always finding the neat pixiv artworks!
I think I’ll be watching this episode tomorrow. I’m looking forward to watching it, and this post certainly didn’t quell that.