So, I get the best anime to blog around here: Gosick. Best anime this season for two reasons:
1. Not morally confusing: Wandering Son
2. NO GENERIC HAREM!!!
Gosick takes place in 1924 in a small, made-up European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can’t solve. The series mostly focuses on Kazuya and Victorique getting involved in different mystery cases and their struggle to solve them, at the same time forming important bonds with different people.
GTO is a good manga btw
The main character is feared because he has black hair and everyone around him are just superstitious red-necks. His immature, forceful teacher is his best friend. She encourages him to go to the library and try getting nerd friends by reading some books. I got to point out here that television wasn’t invented yet so novels were like televisions in those days. I mean NO ANIME. Such an epoch of humanity is unfathomable to me. Back to the summary…
Saubure is in between France and Italy. The nation probably got raped by Italy like Germany raped Belgium in WWI. Judging from its puny size yet magnificent school in the middle of nowhere that the nation is relatively poor. However, since WWI caused so many casualities that the nation’s wealth became aggragated so that everyone becomes rich and has a decent amount of land similar to what happened post-Bubonic Plague. Another reason the nation is so wealthy is because it was one of the winners of WWI.
Victorique is our classical OP tsundere. In fact, the relationship between Kujo and Victorique is the same in Shakugan no Shana. Female protagonist is OP all by herself. With the addition of the male protagonist, an umbeatable team. Although Victorique won’t create a melonpan meme like Shakugan, She will be more memorable than Shana anyday.
The Unbeatable Team
The story flowed similar to what I had suspected. The comparison between Sherlock Holmes is impecable. The story works like most good detective stories. Keen observation leads to an hypothesis which then gives direction for a search for more clues leading to the epic climax. I love Gosick for 2 reasons as a mystery novel:
1. The pictures and the actual visual pictures allow the viewer to better predict and feel drawn into the story. Sherlock Holmes often detected clues that were not even mentioned to the reader. For example, Sherlock Holmes notices that the letter smelled of jasmine in the The Hound of Baskerville. For a obsessive fanatic who is trying to solve the mystery before the actual climax, that really pisses me off. I want all my clues and keen observations accounted for asap. I felt cool when I predicted the ripping of wallpaper and the changing of rooms during the second episode. Such a feeling of satisfaction….
2. THE CLUES!!
The clues are impeccable. They are given fairly noticeably, but to implement each clue requires a decent amount of thinking. Also, you have to actively observe to pick up these clues. I paraphrase a rather good example:
Holmes: You forgot sugar Watson.
Watson: Oh shit! Man, I’m a dumbfuck. Wait how da fuck did you know?!? You’re facing the fire place and reading the NY times.
Holmes: Watson, there is a difference from observing and seeing. On top of that fireplace are three silver plates and trophies. One of which gives me a wonderful reflection of what is behind me.
Watson: (walking back from the counter) I see, well you ARE Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes: There is a difference from seeing and observing. Watson, how many stairs do you walk up every day to enter our office?
Watson: Uh… I dunno… I never notic…
Holmes: Precisely, My dear Watson. You have walked those stairs almost every day yet you don’t know. There are 17 btw.
Victorique uses the same methodology. The clues give you subtle foreshadowings. Ah, the whodunit fangirl squeals in me.
The fact that those white people were stupid enough to run a fortune telling experiment surprised me. The fact that it turned out right surprised me. The fact that bitch who caused this murder mystery was stupid enough to waste all that money to take revenge surprised me. I wonder why fortune telling and superstition still lay a hold in today’s world. I mean Ronald Reagan’s wife was a superstitous spazz. Then again, at least our president’s wife didn’t believe they took a trip to Venuss on a UFO. Bett er yet, I’m glad our nation doesn’t have prime minister whose wife wrote a best seller titled, My Incompetent Husband.
Now we know where, Nino’s character comes from.