Japanese: GOSICK -ゴシック-
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 27, 2010 to Jul 2, 2011
Producers: Bones, TV Tokyo, Kadokawa Shoten, Bandai EntertainmentL, The Klock Worx, Memory-Tech, NTT Docomo
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.281 (scored by 41532 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Feb 5, 2013
Story: 8/10 The story was very good and enjoyable. The storyline can be divided into micro-scale and macro-scale subplots. On the micro-scale we have Victorique and Kujo’s adventures/mysteries. These are initially little, stand-alone mysteries that revolve around the legends of the academy where they study. As the series progresses the mysteries become interlinked with more important and far-reaching issues. I think the mini-mysteries were the weakest part of the storyline, as they were waaay too easy for both victorique and the viewer to solve. Fortunately the dud mysteries don’t destroy the series and it picks up. I enjoyed their attempt at a ‘historical’ macro-scale plot. They rewrite/rearrange a good portion of history but they do reference actual historical events. As the series progresses we see the eerie rise of powerful, unstoppable forces and how the characters get swept up by some of these events. I’ll just stress that this is NOT a Death Note style deductive reasoning game of cat and mouse. There are big and small mysteries that are developed throughout the 24 episodes but the main focus is on the character relationships.
Art: 10/10. I thought the landscapes were very beautiful and the characters drawn perfectly.
Sound: No problems…can’t say much more than that.
Characters: 10/10. The anime is very character-driven and many of the smaller mysteries are used as plot devices to allow Kujo and Victorique to interact and bond. I liked the chemistry between Kujo and Victorique as partners too. They complemented each other very nicely and made a great team. I thought Victorique’s character development and balance of brattiness, quirkiness and warmth was a real strength of the series. Interestingly, Victorique’s personality allowed the relationship between her and Kujo to bypass an annoying cliché that I see in many other tsundere anime characters. This involves the “cold” character displaying a gesture of affection or warmth at the end of an episode, and then inexplicably acting like it never happened by the beginning of the next episode. This strategy allows the series to drag out that “warming up” process by the tsundere character at the cost of making the character seem fickle and inconsistent. I thought that Victorique’s odd, demanding and, at times, innocently sadistic personality naturally lent believability to that ‘two steps forward, one step back’ approach. The “romance” angle storyline is integral to the plot and arguably the main focus of the series. I would go as far as to say that this is more of a romance/relationship anime than a true detective series.
Enjoyment: 10/10. If you know what you’re getting yourself into this is one of the most enjoyable animes I’ve ever watched. It has enough plot to make it interesting and engaging while not going overboard with the dark/twisted themes. I had just come off of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom and I was looking for a satisfying and heartwarming anime…which I got with Gosick.
Overall: 9/10. I think they could have spiced up some of the earlier mysteries, developed the side characters a bit more, and made Victorique struggle a bit more with the detective work but overall it was exactly what I wanted to see when I watched it. Save this anime for a rainy day.
Love/Romance: I would say high. It's not a typical high school drama but you definitely feel it.
Sex/Nudity: Thankfully none as 15 year old Victorique looks like she's 11 years old.
Blood/Gore: Light. Most of the violence happens in flashbacks or in reconstructions of events. They show blood splatters and a few deaths but that's about it. There's not really any glorified or stylized anime violence. read more
Jul 2, 2011
If you are looking for a good detective series, this is not the show you are looking for. Gosick is not a detective show. It is a historical fiction that tells the story of Ministry of the Occult’s attempt to maintain political power against the rise of science. Victorique, the heroine, solves minor mysteries in a Sherlock Holmes manner throughout the show. As Ridiculous as they may seem at first, the resolutions of these mysteries foreshadow events crucial to the actual plot. Although the conflict is not obvious until the second half of the season, it is present from the first episode.
Another important note to mention is that the show is also a romance. I would put it akin to Toradora. The romantic plot is important to the overarching plot, but it does not take priority over it. If you don’t like romance, you can still like this show. If you want a good love story, you still get that.
Gosick gets very dark towards the end, as the overarching plot becomes noticeable. There are scenes filled with action, especially towards the end. Every episode build suspense and questions; as the show comes to a close, it does not disappoint.
The staff of Gosick takes the unimportant details seriously. Minor characters have a lot of personality and perform their roles decently. The background art is among the best of any show I have seen. Every little thing was given time and effort by the staff, and that is one of the best parts of the show.
If you love music, this show doesn’t have the world’s greatest soundtrack. However, the music is still very good, especially in the opening and ending themes. As a warning, endings change at episode 13. Being a huge fan of the first ending, the second was a shock, as it is not nearly as good. It is still a very good song, once you’ve hear it a few times. The in show music could be better.
Characters - 10
The lead role of the show is a Japanese exchange student Kazuya Kujou. Kujou is an intelligent, albeit naïve, student. He trusts the myths of his host country, Sauville, but does not become entranced by them like the students of that land. In his home country, he is considered a pansy; in many ways he is, but there are times when he has plenty of courage. He is not a toughened warrior at all times, but when other people’s lives are in danger, he steps in the path of bullets. Although Gosick is not narrated, Kujou seems to take that role. Whenever the viewer is left in the dark, so is he. Whenever the view would be confused, so is he. When the show journeys into the supernatural, even Kujou keeps it tied to reality.
Victorique is the character that causes people to label Gosick as a detective series. People present her with cases, sometimes unintentionally, and she solves them within moments. She constantly acts bored and rarely shows any emotions at the beginning. Her history is a mystery that is uncovered bit by bit after each case she solves. The only thing that is obvious in the first few episodes is that Kujou causes Victorique to change. She becomes more social and emotional. Her character changes so much over the course of the show that she looks dramatically different at the end than at the beginning (literally and figuratively – although the literal change is to emphasize the figurative). The changes make sense with the story, and do not distract the viewer at all.
Each supporting character has a clear cut personality. Even one shot characters have histories explained briefly without distracting from the plot. This is one of the best aspects of the show. The minor characters fulfill their roles well. Grevil de Blois, the only real detective in the series, plays a complex part. He often becomes an obstacle to the main characters, but sometimes he aides them by following or ignoring his superior’s orders. He changes as much as Victorique as the show progresses. Although Grevil is the strongest support, almost none of the others can be done without.
I’m not as picky on grading characters as I am with other sections. I am willing to give 10’s to multiple shows, not just the best. There are requirements to get this score. The cast must be well developed, have purpose in the plot, and fulfill their roles properly. Gosick is one of few shows where I could not find a character I did not like. That being said, there are characters I wouldn’t want anything to do with if they existed. In fact, that is the reason I’d give this show such a good score here. I think that every single one of these characters could exist, because they are developed enough to have realistic personalities.
Story - 9
The first half of the Gosick has lots of little mysteries that seem to have little relevance to the entire plot. Also, for someone expecting a detective show, these mysteries are a bit disappointing. Very little work is done in the actual investigative fields, and Victorique solves these mysteries quickly. While many people would find her evidence a bit farfetched, it is fitting for the overall plot of the show. Victorique claims that she puts together the chaos around her using a “wellspring of wisdom.” This is a horrible way to end any mystery arc, if you want a show like Columbo, Monk, or Law and Order. However, this does not hurt Gosick at all. After all, this show is not a detective series; it is a historical fiction. The first few mysteries help develop the characters and foreshadow the important plot points that come later on in the show. Each minor event has relevance to the story, but it does not become noticeable until the second half.
Like the first half, the last episodes are full of minor mysteries. At this point in the show, these mysteries are no longer random. The cases from the first half have gained relevance to the overarching plot. The new mysteries reveal the most important details of the history within the show. Victorique’s past is revealed. The conflict becomes overt. This is an important point in the show; the viewer can see that the conflict has always been present, but no one knows exactly what it is until Kujou discovers it. Also, it proves that the show is not a detective story. Although the heroine is treated as a detective, she does not change the show. The conflict of a detective show is always the same; the leads must discover how an event happened, and who caused it to happen. In the case of Gosick, the conflict present in the overarching plot is completely different: the Ministry of the Occult’s final attempts to maintain political power against the Academy of Science.
The presence of the supernatural is important for the plot of Gosick. Myths and superstitions help keep the Ministry of the Occult in power. The ignorant populace responds to mystical evidence before the scientific. Victorique offers scientific theories to cases, but she creates them through unlikely means. These theories also make sense when she says them, but they seem mythical as well. This makes Victorique the focal character; she contains elements of the Occult and science in her. She represents both sides equally.
The ending of the show feels rushed. The last episode is forced to switch between several characters, locations and times that it is hard to understand what is going on. While it isn’t the smoothest finish ever, it still ends the story well. The conflict between the Occult and science is resolved properly without anything being rushed. The resolutions of all the characters, however, are rushed. As the Second World War passes, viewers get to see where each of the characters are and what they are doing. Perhaps the chaotic ending was intended, since everything that happened during that war was chaotic. Very few questions are left when the screen reads “Fin,” and most of those are philosophical.
As mentioned in the characters section, this show is also a romance. The relationship between Kujou and Victorique is very important throughout the entire show. The conflict between science and magic still takes priority over it, but the conflict of the romance plot is directly related to the other. Although they are not the same, the events that occur affect both plots. When the main conflict is resolved, so is the romantic one (albeit a romantic sub plot remains unresolved until the very end).
In many ways I want to give the story a 10, but I will not for one reason. The show that gets a 10 in this field must be, without a doubt, the best story I have encountered. While I haven’t seen such an interesting storyline executed in such decent way, I cannot say it is the best. That being said, I cannot say that about anything else I have seen. I’m picky that way. So go ahead and put a 10 in that spot, since it would have one if I wasn’t stubborn.
The character art in Gosick is basic. It does not distract the viewer by being too flashy or by being of poor quality. The faces of the characters do not have the details they could have, and my art styles surpass the one used in this show for that reason. However, plenty of detail went into the clothing of each character. Not only were Victorique’s dresses given plenty of time and effort, but even the supporting characters had well thought out clothes. Luigi, who appears only a few times, first appears wearing a ratty set of clothes. The detail put into making his simple set of clothes look like he slept in the streets took effort that many shows don’t put in.
The quintessence of art in Gosick is its back grounds. From the insides of homes and libraries, to greenhouses and full landscapes, the artists of this show worked hard on every detail. The scenery of the city near Kujou’s academy is splendid; the cobblestone street and European style homes look realistic. Several landscapes are shown when the characters travel, and they are never reused images. Every time one appears, they look like places worth visiting.
This is why I gave Gosick a 10 in art. I would want to visit every place the characters travel if they really existed: from the lush green countryside to the snowy Alps (granted I could visit Italy for that). The scenery was never ignored or rushed, and I have seen very few shows that compare in the slightest. As for character design, the show does not lose any points from that. Although it is not the best way to draw characters in my opinion, it fits the rest of art well. Because the art does not take any time to get used to (unless you’ve never seen anime before), with the combination of its simplistic style and mixing well with the background art, the character designs do not distract from the show. As a note, art is one aspect that I’m extremely picky about. Art alone can decide whether or not a complete show.
Music - 8
The in show soundtrack is very good, but it does not change much as the show continues. Nakagawa Koutarou does not ruin the show with her music. In fact, many of the scenes are made much more dramatic due to her works. However, she is no Yuki Kajiura. A show of such high quality seems deserving of an amazing soundtrack, but it is left with an above average one at best.
The opening and endings of the show are among the best music the show provides. Yoshiki Lisa created an amazing opening for the show. Destin Histoire puts the viewer in the right mood for the show. It is an upbeat song, but it is not so happy that it deceives the viewer (as the show gets dark from time to time). It is not dark enough to scare away people looking for a good story.
Komine Lisa made the first ending, Resuscitated Hope. This song was a perfect ending for each episode. Since the show often ended on a cliff hanger, this song only intensified the suspense. Also, appropriate for a show title in the engrish version of “Gothic,” this ending has plenty of Nightwish vibes. Of all the themes for the show, this fit the very best. Unity was the second ending of the show. Also created by Komine Lisa, this song is drastically different from Resuscitated Hope. It is not unfitting for an ending for the show, and it accomplishes everything the first ending did nearly as well. However, this song drops the score dramatically. It is so different from the first ending, that it is a shock to the viewer when it appears. It is not as good as the first, so it seems quite worse than it actually is. This should be unexpected when you go from a Finnish rock style to a folk style suddenly. For those willing to ignore the change, the song becomes attractive over time. However, it is an immediate distraction, and unfortunately is the absolute worst part of the show.
I give Gosick a generous 8 in music. I generally don’t pay attention to in show soundtracks, and if I don’t notice it, it deserves about an 8. I noticed this soundtrack from time to time, always in a good way. All of the openings and ends are songs I can listen to over and over again. This show deserves a 10 for its work. I will not give that score, because the music causes what I believe to be the biggest flaw in the show. If the endings had not changed, I would not be as harsh as I have to be.
Jul 6, 2011
So what was the great innovation brought forth by the anime industry? Why loli detectives of course!
Originally a light novel series by Sakuraba Kazuki, Gosick (which may be a play on the word "Gothic"), is set in the fictional European country of Sauville where Kujo Kazuya, the third son of a high ranking officer in the Japanese Imperial Army, begins attending the prestigious St. Marguerite Academy. He quickly discovers that almost everybody in the country is enamoured with tales of the supernatural, and one of the strangest tells of a golden fairy who lives at the top of a tower ...
The plot is generally well constructed and the basic premise is actually quite interesting, so it's unfortunate that the narrative is a bit too linear for the majority of the series. In addition to this there are several rather blatant attempts at moving the story forward by inserting some obvious tokens into specific episodes, many of which could have been handled in a far more subtle manner.
A major issue when adapting a written work into a visual form is that it will undoubtedly lose something in the process, and that seems to be the case here. Part of the problem stems from the fact that certain aspects of a given story will lose a degree of mystery once they're converted into an image, and this is even more prevalent in animation. While experienced authors are able to hide certain clues or foreshadowing elements in a body of text, once the story is adapted for anime the differentiation between foreground and background becomes far more pronounced. This has the effect of "highlighting" the more important parts of certain scenes, and when taken in conjunction with the linear plot, it makes several of the seemingly impossible to solve mysteries relatively easy to deduce.
That said, there is quite a bit of sleuthing going on, and the variety of cases on offer should tickle the fancy of many a mystery buff.
Because the series is set in 1920's Europe, Gosick has a very continental look to it that's reflected in the clothing, buildings, and even modes of transportation, and the majority of the background artwork is implemented rather well. There has also been a decent attempt at giving the majority of the characters a vaguely European caste to their features, and this can sometimes contrast nicely with the somewhat stereotypical design used for Kujo. The one oddity is Victorique as everything from her height to her clothing is very different to that of everyone around her, which raises an interesting thought. Gosick is, at heart, a detective drama, and in the spirit of tradition the leading sleuth must have something that visibly sets them apart from everyone else. In this case, it's a loli wearing ruffles, lace, and a charming array of bonnets.
The animation is pretty decent for the most part, and the majority of character movements have been implemented rather well. Unfortunately Bones haven't really pushed the boat out with this anime so there are a few telltale signs of inattention here and there.
Gosick features a variety of classically themed background music, and while the majority of the tracks reflect the serious tone of the show, there are a few lighthearted pieces scattered here and there. The opening theme, Destin Histoire by Yoshiki☆Lisa, is a J-pop/rock song that seems a bit too action oriented for a series that relies more on utilising the character's brains instead of their brawn. In addition to this the stylised montage that accompanies it drops a few too many hints about events that occur in the story, which is unfortunate as otherwise it's a well made and choreographed piece of work. As for the two ending themes by Komine Lisa, Resuscitated Hope (episodes 1 to 12), is a pop ballad that seems to fit better with the tone of Gosick, both musically and in terms of the visuals used for the end sequence. The second song, Unity, is the one that stands out the most as it's far more melancholy and dramatic than the other two tracks, and the accompanying imagery reflects the darker turn the series takes after the halfway point.
The acting is pretty decent for the most part, with Yuuki Aoi and Eguchi Takuya performing rather well in the roles of Victorique and Kujo (and it's actually surprising to find a tsundere loli that isn't being played by Kugumiya Rie). The rest of the cast also handle their roles passing well, but like so many other titles out there, the script could have been done better. The dialogue is sometimes childish or stunted, and there's a lack of cohesiveness that appears during several conversations which can make the characters seem ... lacking.
Possibly the biggest surprise in Gosick is that there's actually a fair degree of justification for Victorique being not only a loli, but also tsundere. Kujo is the typical "blank canvas" used in so many anime to highlight just how much he develops by the end of the series, but in all honesty neither of the leads is anything really special. The fun actually starts when one looks at the supporting characters as there's literally a wealth of personalities and ambitions on display. While there is some growth to be found for both Victorique and Kujo, it's the amount of characterisation that has gone into the minor roles that makes this series interesting to watch.
That said, the show does sometimes play fast and loose with certain events, and there are several occasions where the situation has clearly been contrived to develop a particular character in a certain way.
Gosick may have its flaws, but that doesn't mean it's a terrible show. There's a decent amount of detective work in the series that raises it above the likes of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes and Hidan No Aria, and while the mysteries on offer can sometimes be easy to deduce, there are also a few that contains some interesting twists on the stories that they've inspired. That said, this isn't an anime for everyone, mainly because it relies more on the characters using their heads rather than the usual shounen tactic of solving problems by hitting them until they've gone away. In addition to this the element of romance in the story can often feel more like an afterthought, something added to give the characters a bit of added dimension.
Somewhat surprisingly, I found that I enjoyed this anime a lot more than I thought I would. The idea of loli detectives is no more laughable than that of a little old lady, an author of crime fiction, or even a mouse, and once I got over my initial aversion I found a show that was interesting at the very least. That doesn't mean I'm sold on the idea though, but that's mainly because of shows like Milky Holmes and Hidan No Aria, which really haven't done the concept any favours.
If nothing else, at least Gosick tries to redress the balance. read more
Jul 1, 2011
A mere 6 years after WWI, the fictional European country of Saubure is the location of the prestigious Saint Marguerite Academy, where "The Golden Fairy" spends her days in chronic boredom eating sweets and reading in the tower library. One student that attends this school, "The Black Reaper," ventures to the very top of this tower library to see this legendary student literally rolling around, and so, an unusual bond forms between the two.
Gosick follows the story between Kazuya Kujou and Victorique de Blois, as they either dive headfirst into the various ghost stories or legends that frequent their school and try to unravel the mysteries surrounding each, or these troubles find them. These mysteries however, are rather mediocre and can be solved by the viewer with a little common sense. Victorique's flawless explanations at the end of these short mysteries (usually 3-4 episodes) really only make others look rather lacking in intelligence, mostly Kujou. However, I do not believe the main appeal of Gosick is the mysteries themselves, but rather the superb character interactions.
Many times, I found myself watching an episode of Gosick to watch more of the very entertaining interactions between Kujou and Victorique rather than learn more about the mysteries they found themselves in. Victorique, who was ever charming and typically tsundere, displayed cute antics with Kujou passively sighing and laughing. They had excellent chemistry with one another. Their friendship deepens quite a bit in the course of the show, and that was what made the ending and overall experience quite enjoyable. There are some particular moments which were heartwarming and quite emotional, after they realize the importance their presence has for the other. Clutching a small necklace in times of desperation, after all, is sometimes all one needs to keep on living, to see another day, for the sake of the other.
To make a comparison, this is also particularly one of the reasons I enjoyed Spice and Wolf so much, not for the rather confusing economic and business sense, but the interactions between the two main characters.
Art in Gosick was very well done and detailed. Saubure was rich and colorful, and characters were animated wonderfully. There are many settings to enjoy, such as the tower library, the town itself, theaters and the rich countryside. It's always nice to see the artist giving viewers a pleasurable viewing experience and diversifying things.
There was a plot weaved in carefully at around the middle of the series, involving a particularly despicable Marquis and his own self centered plans. Though somewhat unnoticeable in the beginning, the final few episodes of Gosick manage to explode this plot into a hotpot of emotions, ranging from completely despicable to heartfelt. After a great wind has descended on the world and splits nations apart, comes the time when the relationship between Kujou and Victorique becomes most difficult. Even so, they live for the sake of the other.
Sound is minimal, but I felt this helped to enhance the atmosphere of Gosick. What little music is present was fitting for the situation, whether on a speeding train or a platform addressing the country itself. The opening is "Destin Histoire" by yoshiki lisa, a catchy pop-rock song with quite the nice animation to go with it. The opening utilizes a pleasant and unique water color style of art, giving even more diversity to the already beautiful art style Gosick utilizes. There are two pieces of ending music, "Resuscitated Hope" by Komine Lisa and "Unity" by the same artist. They were appropriate for the mood that followed the ending of an episode.
I want to especially applaud Victorique's seiyuu, Aoi Yuuki, for an excellent and laudable performance. She gave a great range of voice for her character, from the bored, sarcastic tones of Victorique to her emotional tones especially as the "wind" approaches, with particular mention to Victorique's despair. I do believe the end of episode 22 will tug at quite a few people.
Gosick is an overall enjoyable anime that tells the story of two very different people as they tackle fables, legends, stories, and their own shortcomings. Gosick should be viewed not with the mysteries themselves as the focal point, but as the story of Kujou's and Victorique's slow friendship that keeps them together, even with the tragic "wind" that will inevitably separate the two. Holding hands, the petite Fairy looks over the shoulder of the reliable and forgiving Reaper, as they face the world. read more
Jan 23, 2011
I would like to mention that I have not read the novel and thus I am only reviewing the anime version.
Story - 9/10
I am a sucker for detective / mystery anime. The first episode, however, did not meet up to my expectations. It introduced the characters all right, and I did enjoy the little mystery they had. However, being a fan of detective anime / stories, such as Detective Conan, I found the case pretty simple and repetitive in many shows.
But, my views changed by the second episode. One cannot help but admire Victorique's detective skills, and the two part episode (2 and 3) proved to be entertaining. It was also suspensful in a way, since viewers are left with cliff hangers at the end of the second episode.
It might be far too early to judge the overall story, but I give it a 9/10 at the moment, and we will see how the whole series unfolds, though I have really high expectations at the moment.
Art - 10/10
I'm not surprised at the rating I give the artwork. Studio Bones generally produces eye catching art style, and Gosick did do justice in that. The character designs are interesting (though many say that Victorique resembles Shinku from Rozen Maiden. But that was the author's style, not the studio's. Besides, it suits her!) The opening and ending have very beautiful artwork, and the style is somewhat different than what is IN the show, but still captivating. I give it a 10/10.
Sound - 9/10
The music accompanying the series is both mysterious and captivating. It actually draws the viewers in, and sets an overall mood for the show. The opening and Ending songs (Opening by Yoshiki*lisa and Ending by Lisa Komine) are very catchy. The intro is amusingly happy and hyper at the beginning, then at the chorus very enjoyable to the ears. I think it was very well done! As for the ending, many fans rave that it is better than the opening. I personally prefer the opening, though the ending is nothing short of masterpiece. I give the sound a 9/10 only because the music in the show is somewhat repetitive.
Character - 8/10
It is a bit too early to judge the characters of the show, so I cannot truthfully rate them. First, let us take Victorique, the main female protagonist. What I adore about her is the fact that she is not only a good detective that puts a pipe in her mouth whenever sleuthing (Sherlock Holmes?) but the fact that after those moments she is a girl in the end. Her random antics (barrel roll! I'm so bored!) keep the viewer entertained, and intrigued by her inner personality. And viewers still wonder what sentimental value her "gold necklace" has. Was it her mothers? (I somewhat believe she had a relation to the villain in a way?)
Next is Kujou, the main male protagonist. He is quickly introduced, and for some reason is attached to Victorique from the moment he set eyes on her. What I enjoy is his somewhat "split" personality (one moment provides the comic relief, another moment he is dead serious). However, the fact that he is the "third son and tries to surpass his brothers" is somewhat cliche? I don't know, maybe it's just me, but this is present in other anime too. But, Kujou proves to be a promising character and "side kick" to Victorique.
Other minor characters are also appealing in their own way (a hyperactive teacher?) but some somehow have weird character designs (the Detective and his "drill" hair).
I give the characters and 8/10 at the moment since no further information is given about them, and we are only on the third episode, aren't we?
Enjoyment - 9/10
Gosick happens to be entertaining, and viewers sleuth alongside the characters, wondering what will happen next. Some cannot wait for the next episode to come, while others are patient enough to think about the mystery during the one week period of time. 9/10.
Overall - 9/10
Gosick looks like a very promising anime, and the fact that it is being produced by Studio Bones only makes it more appealing. Detective / mystery genre fans will not only enjoy Victorique's sleuthing with Kujou, but also her "cute" personality while not being serious. read more
Jan 21, 2011
Me: Very well. I shall reconstruct the chaos. *blows on bubble pipe
...........After a long thought................
Me: Wasn't me...
Anyways, I did not read the light novel so in no way am I judging this anime based on it. However it doesn't take me long to realize that indeed Im watching a worth while mystery and detective themed anime. One I've haven't seen for quite some time. (Maybe because my last one of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes which doesn't count)
Fun fact: Did you know if you take the original title -ゴシック- and translate it to english in google translate you'll get "Gothic" ITS TRUE!!
The year is 1924, the place, Sauville, a small European country neatly tucked beside the Alps. For those of you who failed geography, Sauville is actually a made up country. Yes they are made up! What? You're saying they existed before but got destroyed during WW2? Then, my friend, you have failed history as well...
And like any other made up country by the anime industry, the population can indeed speak japanese. (Eventhough they are clearly westerners!) except for the Arabian maid of course. (Added for the mystery in the plot which I wont spoil)
In addition, like any other made up country, there is a japanese boy named Kazuya Kujo who is the main lead in the story. Like any other Asian guy in a foreign country, he gets alienated easily and was given the nick name Black Reaper.
(If they had given him the nickname Yellow Reaper, I would instantly drop this whole anime but they didnt so carry on!!) It is at his new school where he would meet Victorique and change his life forever... (Yes people, he became a lolicon!!!)
The story mainly dwell between these two characters and the mystery that surrounds them, especially Victorique whom we don't know anything about her background initially. Due to her ability to "reconstruct the chaos" she is always relied on by Grevil, an inspector, to solve cases cause he's waaaay to busy waxing his hair to such a ridiculous proportion...
The mystery is addictive and you'll never get bored dwelling yourself with it.
The anime tries to fill conspiracy theories within histories greatest moments. As an avid historian myself I enjoy this sort of approach where the Real world intersects with the Anime world.
I think the main reason why people enjoyed this show (other than the mystery theme) is because of Victorique. I mean c'mon! Don't you just burst into laughter when she does he "Pity laugh" Ha ha ha ha ha...
I know we're all going to burn in hell for being lolicons but that just mean we have to savor every moment of her adorableness.
Kujo isn't half bad himself as he is dependable and stick to his principle of "The 3rd son of an imperial soldier must protect the weak...etc..etc..."
I bet his father said that to every single of his son....
Artwork and sound compliments the 1920-ish background so I have no complains here. The gloomy surrounding matches well with the theme but however when Victorique appears in the picture, the whole area brightens up! What? Am I the only one seeing it? Oh gawd... My pedo instincts are activated again!
Anyways, the anime is overall enjoyable for me, a person whom expect nothing from Gosick initially. If you enjoy mystery themed anime with a bit of supernatural aspect and/or you're a lolicon, then you will defintely enjoy this show. I don't expect any romance build up here but hey... there's still place for improvements.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go reconstruct my bubble pipe which my mum broke..
Apr 6, 2013
[[: * Basically what my review is going to be like* :]]
After the first five episodes of Gosick i was actually ready to go sick, but i decided to persevere and continue. It was around the 13th episode, it became intriguing.
*Story* - Picture it a fake European country in 1924 where our main character a Japanese transfer student named Kujo arrives at an elite academy. Due to his appearance of black hair and eyes , kids refer to him as the "Black Reaper" (O_O?). One day Kujo wonders into a library that seemed to have a million stairs he meets an off-putting girl named Victorique, a short girl with long blond hair, who spends most of her time reading and solving mysteries for her detective brother (Grevil). So the story follows around Kujo and Victorique how they solve mysteries. The first half of the show was a bit slow paced but, the mysteries were mysterious, the romance between Kujo and Victorique was there but it was delicate enough for you wanting more.
*Art*- One word: Amazing. Well i guess it was three words. The art adds to the show.
*Sound* - Everyone knows that a good soundtrack helps push things along and intensifies the scenes but I didn't notice the soundtrack AT ALL?! Gosick's soundtrack is one of those tracks that make's you feel like paint is the most amazing thing ever. I guess the voice acting WAS the soundtrack >.>
*Character* - I enjoyed the characters but, Victorique was really good, with a tragic back story and goal to achieve. One of my favorite characters was Grevil. Mostly because of the hair. All in all good characters.
*Overall* - Its a great series to watch if you were passing time or you just want to enjoy a mystery.
I forgot to mention this in my review but Kujo is a boy everyone thinks is a punk, a short tsundere whose father is an retard and there misadventures with love together. It's kinda like a England version of Toradora.
"Th4t's th3 th30ry 4nyw4ys." read more
Jul 6, 2011
No. You. Can't.
So this is a "hate" review. I find that GOSICK is flawed and weak in every way, and to summon up a commonly used cliche to describe an undesirable mystery,"it's like watching Scooby-Doo."
So my first comparison will be how Scooby-Doo is, in fact, superior to GOSICK in terms of mystery. Scooby-Doo is an episodic mystery show (similar to GOSICK in this regard) in which a cast of bumbling characters winds up with a mysterious case on their hands, that is always solved (similar to GOSICK). Unlike GOSICK though, Scooby-Doo always introduces it's culprits prior to the solution, and presents CLUES as to HOW the mystery is solved along the way. GOSICK has no development in regards to it's mysteries. They are solved *magically* and I mean, without any clues or evidence nearly every time by a TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL. She can spot who the cuplrit is by the way he or she holds a gun, for example. She knew that the culprit of murder must be blonde because it was sunny out, for another. Or how about the ever so flattering "the culprit is black because it was dark out." Are you kidding!? So in short, Scooby-Doo is a better mystery because GOSICK is not a mystery. GOSICK is a fantasy anime in which little girls can outwit their older brothers who have detective's licenses.
As every review has said, Kujo is a garbage character. Even the reviews attempting to explain how wonderful GOSICK is mention that Kujo was a generic protagonist. The story is that he is a highly intelligent Japanese student who is transferred to an imaginary European country. So we have the Japanese highschool student cliche with legs as our lead. How creative. This cliche would have worked if the setting was Japan in the 1920s. I am not willing to embrace this cliche if the setting is supposed to be in Europe though. Just so the teenage Japanese audience could relate to the story, they forcibly needed to add a poorly written Japanese boy as the lead? Kujo is so pointless as a character and shows so little development that I doubt he was necessary to any point of the story except to add a filter for the audience to see through and to stir some "romantic scenes" with Victorique.
Except GOSICK is not a romance. There's twenty-two episodes of light banter between two archetypal characters, and then two episodes of reversal, and we're supposed to believe GOSICK is a romance? Unless you are easily deceived by crying and enormously blatant drama then you might. This kind of finish can be termed as "wrap up drama," in which the story lacks development for eleven episodes or so and then in the final two or so episodes a dramatic plot is concocted to give the show lasting appeal, a technique commonly used in slice of life anime as a way to finish a show.
My favorite (sarcasm incoming) part of said ending though, was when about half way through the series a "super serious ultra scary dramatic prophecy of great mysteriousness" was directly told (in a supernatural manner, once again GOSICK would've sat far better as a fantasy) to Kujo by an old dude that he and Victorique would travel far apart and that they would face grave misfortune for the rest of their lives. [[[[SPOILER:]]]] Of course, GOSICK has a happy end. There's no point in introducing this concept of great loss and permanent misfortune if it /does not happen/. Adding in uselessly "epic" scenarios and scenes into an anime does not actually make it an epic.
Now a lot of reviews criticize Kujo, but not Victorique. Victorique is a by the book tsundere character. That's about the level of depth she has other than (once again, unrealistically) her incredibly mature voice. The show actually tried to explain her mannerisms in one episode by delving into her "dark and mysterious and emotional and begrudged" past. Oh my goodness, laugh out loud for real. Oh sure, a little girl can change the tone and pitch of her voice as well as the way she acts by being locked in a prison... her whole life. Is that scientific? No. Is that possible? Well without any facts, statistics, charts, studies, or maybe even imaginary facts, statistics, charts, and studies I would have to say, no! There is no logic behind her behavior other than "uh well she was alone for a while and then she completely changed forever." Reasonable logic, I think not.
Beyond that her character is loved by many for doing pointlessly childish things and puffing out her cheeks much like every tsundere. And she isn't even voiced by Rie, so like, what the point is, I don't know. She's just another piece of bait to attract fans.
What GOSICK really attracts people with is though, is it's Victorian setting (well, and having a small blonde girl as it's cover piece). A few anime share a similar setting in a similar time period - Chrno Crusade, Victorian Romance Emma, and Kuroshitsuji to name a few. The mysteries in this series are so convoluted that this setting isn't even necessary. It's definitely not needed for the mystery, because there is nothing Victorique can't solve, essentially making her solutions as inconceivable as having a futuristic computer solve the mysteries. It also isn't needed for the "romance" because it could have been set in any wartime period (or more exact inter-wartime period, or post-wartime period, or whenever more exactly). So what's it needed for? It's needed for an audience is what I draw from this. It's needed so it can be slightly different, but exactly the same. Anime has only scratched the surface of the Victorian setting, and people are highly interested in such a time, so it draws in viewers. I'm not trying to be a cynic here and tell you that it did all this to draw in fanbase but... I actually think that's why GOSICK has the Victorian setting as it's time period because I logically can't think of any other reason.
Now if you're still reading, I must thank you, because I'm about to get into the muckiest part of this piece - the side characters. To begin unfurling this mess, I have to bring out the ditzy teacher. She does nothing except comic relief and drool over the other comic relief guy (whose hair is a drill, ha ha). The second comic relief character, Grevil, Victorique's older brother earlier in the series is portrayed in every episode as an ignoramus. Yet he's the detective and his little sister solves all his mysteries. (What a fantastical fantasy anime this is!) Then in the final arc, much like the two main characters, instead of getting development throughout this 24 episode series, his character suddenly goes grim and serious. This is not character development. This is a re-write. There is no character development in GOSICK, there is only a re-writing of the whole cast in the last few episodes, that is just too unbelievable even for my willing suspension of disbelief to hold. Another character is Avril, a classic dope supplying comic relief (but like the aforementioned two isn't funny either). So the recurring cast are all dopes with the exception of supercomputer Victorique. Single arc characters are the tritest of the bunch though. The antagonists have their flimsy motive or mysterious prophecy (most arcs tend to center more around supernatural beliefs and occurances, despite the mystery tag) and all the side characters are one-dimension at best. Victorique's mom and the Roscoe twins are actually hilarious though, because they create such a crudely dramatic and painfully bad allusion to Alice in Wonderland. I didn't even know that the whole cast was essentially a poor parody until the ending when Kujo was holding a book with a white rabbit and little girl together. So apparently, their obnoxious roles as characters was to simply imply a better work! How classic! GOSICK wishes it could be Heart no kuni no Alice, which is already a fangirl's rendition and (somewhat of an enjoyable butcher) of the original Lewis Caroll staple, forget Alice in Wonderland itself!
Touching on music is almost always subjective in a way, but I just wasn't impressed. There were no tracks that caught my interest, the openings weren't particularly enjoyable, nor were the endings. The voicing as I mentioned earlier felt unbelievable, too, because Victorique has the voice of a forty-year-old woman. So I can't really complain about the sound beyond how average I found it to be.
I'll end with the art and animation. BONES I've seen better from you. The background art was actually pretty nice, but was far too often engulfed by the ridiculous character designs. The animation in my opinion, was rather poor by BONES standards and the awkward positions characters managed to wind up in often amazed me, as well as the messy looking faces of the side characters. I did not find any character enjoyable to look at, and I feel that Bones just had way too much fun with the bold line tool. Also Victorique has a mishapen and malformed Uguu~ face.
So yeah, I didn't like GOSICK. It was a waste of time to anyone who pays attention to detail and/or wants a mystery anime. And yes, I can say that going into GOSICK I expected a mystery and in every way I was let down. Because this is not a mystery anime, it is a fantasy anime, and I am quite upset that the database won't let me fix this misnomer. read more
Mar 2, 2011
I love the mystery genre. It's always been among my favorite genres, but since I don't tend to find much of it in anime it's taken a backseat at times. That's why I was excited for Gosick. A series focused on mystery, and to top it off, a unique (for anime) setting for it all to take place in. No more high schools with their swim teams and cultural festivals to rack up the clichés.
Meh. I should have just stuck with a high school anime. The mysteries, and I use that term loosely, in this anime are akin to the likes of Scooby-Doo, but that show was aimed at kids so it was supposed to be simple. This show is clearly aimed at an older teenage audience. What do we get? Well, let's run it down.
Obviously, in a mystery anime, the story is very important. What Gosick tends to do well (not always amazingly, but it can pull it off) is a setup. Most of the story arcs start off quite intriguing and have you thinking. What it fails at is the climax. Every single arc tends to end in a sort of, "Yeah, whatever" fashion because that's how our Moe Holmes does it (don't worry, we'll get to her later). We may have been interested as we were going, but at the end, how can you care? One mystery solved, moving on, nothing to see here.
Art and sound...are not very important to me. I like the setting, as previously stated, though the character designs are hit-or-miss. Victorique is pretty much a typical moe girl without any real unique qualities, and then there's cone hair brother. Seriously, I know this is anime, but that HAS to get in the way. On the sound side of things, the only thing I find worth mentioning is the ending theme, which is very good.
And then, the characters...Well, Kujo is pretty much your typical male lead. Not much to say there. Just wants to help the lead female and asks for nothing in return but "Thanks!" Plus he's always around her like he loves her or something...Oh, wait.
Then there's Victorique, one of the most unbelievable characters I've ever witnessed in anime. She can't be any older than 12, and yet she's the greatest detective the world seems to have ever known. But that's not all. I could buy her being some sort of prodigy. What's worse is that she has been confined to an area at the top of a library for a long time. And yet, somehow, she can fit all the pieces of a mystery together in a matter of seconds. To top it all off, she's tsundere! The following may be spoilers:
Kujo is walking along a road by a forest, thinking about having a nice, blonde-haired girlfriend. He sees a motorcyclist driving far away to the right of his position at a fork in the road. By the time this person reaches his position, they crash, are sent flying, and the head comes off because they'd driven through a wire spread across the road.
Now, let's forget for a moment that the bike would have swerved out of control long before crashing. Kujo tells this to Victorique, and what does she conclude? The killer is a blonde haired girl. Kujo was imagining it because humans are visual creatures and he must have seen the killer running through the forest after setting the trap out of the corner of his eye. And she's right.
And this is barely half of a full episode. Trust me, there's more to come, and it's even more insane.
There's also her older brother, cone hair. He's pretty much a moron who, despite being a grown adult and famous detective, can't solve a single mystery on his own and so comes to his kid sister for help. And yet, even though he needs her to keep his career, he's perfectly fine letting a 13-year-old boy attempt to protect her from a psychotic killer on a burning bridge while he runs on by. And then, when that same boy is about to fall to his death and Victorique grabs him to try to save him (again, forget that this doesn't actually make sense since Victorique is so light he'd have taken her down with him), what does he do? Nothing. While we don't see him as Kujo is actually being pulled up, we did see him in the shots immediately before that, so he was definitely there.
Enjoyment? I'm willing to suspend my disbelief (I need to be for anime) to enjoy a show, but this is stupid. It's one thing to create a world where people can transform, wield swords twice their size, and fly. That doesn't fall into the realm of disbelief because those are just the ways of that story's world. But Gosick isn't a world where little girls are super-detectives who read the show's script (Or is it? If it is, someone let me know so I can edit this). It's our world. In the 1920's, no less (so some of these methods probably hadn't even been thought of yet). I can't even remember how many times I practically shouted at my computer screen during episode 8 at all the absurdities they kept throwing at me, one after another.
I don't like complaining about other reviewers, but I don't understand how this has so many positive reviews and 0 negative ones. I can't call this a good anime. The only reason I can imagine people would actually want to watch this is if they like the interactions between the characters, which I find pointless but I can see others enjoying, especially loli-tsundere fans. It is not terrible, but I am sorely disappointed. read more
Feb 6, 2012
As I stated before, Gosick tells of an extremely touching tale of these two students as they face the troubles of Post-World War One Europe. It goes deeper to reveal darker and more intimate parts of the past from various characters, and from there, the motives behind the actions of Victorique's father later on in the series. The anime is not exactly fast paced, but has twists and turns that will leave you breathless, and numerous cliffhangers that will have you on the edge of your seat, begging for the next part of the story.
As for the art, I thought it was pretty good. Definitely not the best art I've seen, but it's also more than decent. Vivid colors, along with a mixture of black and white augments some of the scenes beautifully, and the landscape was just simply stunning at points.
Here is where I start being a little nit-picky. I'm a real sticker for music, and good music appeals to me just as much as the other aspects of the anime. Yes, I admit that the music was pretty good, but, I don't know, I just felt like there wasn't enough of it. Gosick did have some good music in some scenes, but I would have liked maybe some calming/tranquil music in a few places. Other than that, there really isn't too much else to be critical of. Maybe I'm a tad too harsh here...
Just, wow. I loved the characters and the way the anime managed to tell of their pasts and inner feelings. But what really made this anime so good for me was, without a doubt, Victorique. Facial expressions? Priceless. Oh, and the fact that she seems to be one of the few characters who isn't completely ignorant of blatantly obvious facts made it sweeter.
I have to say. I thoroughly enjoyed this anime, with all of its little plot twists and the various mysteries Victorique and Kujo had to solve. As I mentioned above, I'm not a big fan of mysteries, but this is one of the few animes/books/movies that I actually managed to enjoy.
All in all, I thought that Gosick was an amazing piece of work. The depth in which it probes into the past of characters, as well as a clever use of European History was, in my opinion, what made this anime such a masterpiece. There are sad parts to it, but don't worry. It's not exactly sad enough to make you cry, but it should be enough that, at the end, you will have finished watching a dramatic, but heartwarming tale of Kujo and Victorique. read more
Mar 6, 2011
Gosick is not a particularly strong detective series - the detective work is generally summarized by Victorique in 1 minute out of a 60 minute story arc, and whatever clues she alludes to are invariably invisible to the viewer. In spite of this Gosick is actually an extremely enjoyable show to watch: the drama works very well and the characters are extremely likeable (ridiculous hairstyles aside).
The story begins with Kujo, a foreign student arriving from Japan to study in the Alps who is quickly cast aside as a pariah by his fellow students. Being completely friendless, he goes to the library to discover the Rapunzel-like Victorique who is only allowed to live within the confines of the library.
At first Victorique regards Kujo as a means to alleviate her boredom, but as time progresses they sneak away for secret adventures... I shalln't give too much away, but the relationship which develops between the pair is particularly charming.
Special mention should be given to the artwork of Gosick. Throughout the series scenes are populated with richly detail backgrounds and finely animated characters - it's a pleasant and rare luxury not to see any cut corners with the animation.
In short then, the strong aspects outlined above more than make up for the shortcomings of the detective story. I wouldn't say this is essential viewing by any means, but it is nevertheless an enjoyable diversion. read more
Aug 26, 2012
Gosick is among my top favorite animes of all time. I'm crazy for romance, comedy, and mystery so it wasn't much of a surprise that I loved Gosick.
Art/Animation - I found the animation to be very good and it's actually the type I prefer.
Story - It was well thought out and developed as well as unfolded in the anime.
Character - After watching the first episode, I grew to like the characters and the further I went, I got attached to them easily.
Overall - This is a MUST watch anime. It's one of the best I've watched and I would highly recommend it.
Jul 24, 2011
1. "I don't mind mediocre mysteries."
2. Heartwarming character interactions and development
3. Awesome loli detective with puffy cheeks.
4. Beautiful Victorian setting and clothing.
Gosick is a so-called mystery anime set in aftermath of World War I in the fictitious country of Sauville. The anime follows the exploits of Victorique and her servant/friend/partner, Kujo, as they unravel the mysteries surrounding Victorique's origin and the impending world conflict. However, despite being a mystery anime, the mysteries in this anime are not its main appeal. To understand the flaws in these mysteries, consider the mystery manga/anime Detective Conan. Detective Conan takes tender love and care to lay out clues, evidence and suspects so that it is easy for the reader to follow the detective's train of thought. However, to this date, I have yet to completely 100% solve a mystery in Conan before the main detectives; the mysteries manage to maintain their complexity despite being thoroughly scrutinized up into the point that they are solved. In high contrast, it's impossible to follow Victorique's game-breakingly fast train of thought and yet your hunches about the mystery always end up as correct. In conclusion, the mysteries written into Gosick are shallow and yet predictable, and there is really nothing impressive about Victorique's ability to solve them.
So then, how would a mystery anime with middle-rate mysteries maintain the interest of its viewers. Quite simply, the individual mysteries are mere pieces of a larger whole. If one considers the anime as using mysteries an unconventional method to reveal plot points rather than as a series of individual cases in which our heroes tackle one by one, the mystery on the grand scale becomes immensely complex. Suddenly the story is riddled with twists and foreshadowing as thick as a jungle and just as convoluted. Each smaller mystery becomes part of a larger story, a tale surrounding a lonely girl and the circumstances in which she came to this world. Roughly a half way through the anime, the scale of the anime blows up exponentially, involving things like conspiracy in the royalty and under-the-table political dealings. Despite the growing number of threads in this story, in the end they all manage to wind themselves down and point towards a specific event, the outbreak of which clearly defines the last two episodes. Indeed the events of the anime can be thought of as the fuse to a small bomb places at the last two episodes which blows up quite literally into the climax of the story. After that explosive event blows away all previous setting and development, the story decides to wrap itself up in a heartwarming bundle. All in all, a good tale.
Although the story maybe good, it is the characters that stand out in this anime. The relationship between Kujo and Victorique is a complicated one to say the least. Most of the time, Kujo dotes on Victorique like a father dotes on his spoiled daughter, he constantly brings her candy and sweets, and often carries her around when not carrying her luggage. In return Victorique abuses Kujo physically and verbally while demanding more sweets or else rolling around on the floor like a spoiled brat. Kujo tolerates all this, but once Victorique steps out of line in front of other, he thoroughly chastises her like the typical Asian parent. You may notice that I make a lot of father-daughter comparisons when describing their relationship. Well there is nothing incestual between; the point is that they care very deeply for each other. Their relationship is far beyond mere platonic friends and yet they aren't quite in the romantic area yet, the way they see each other is most aptly described as beloved family. It is this special bond between them that allows them to cross fate, time, and space in order to see each other one more time. The supporting cast is quite large, and they have their fair share of heartwarming moments for being supporting cast.
Finally, the production quality of Gosick is quite solid. The setting of a early 20th century Victorian European country is drawn beautifully, with fantastic architecture on the buildings, gorgeous frilly dresses on the women, and awesome suits with those scarf-necktie things on the men. The animation is quite good although at times the quality sometimes drops, especially and most unfortunately during action scenes. The sound is pretty decent, BGM and OP and ED all are listenable but not too memorable. Special props go to Yuuki Aoi, the seiyuu of Victorique, for doing an awesome job voicing a cool, smart, yet spoiled and bratty loli detective.
All in all, if any of items 1-4 in the introduction appeal to you, it won't hurt for you to give this anime a shot.
Questions, comments, criticisms, and compliments are welcomed whether you found this review helpful or not.
Feb 5, 2011
so I was rather nicely surprised by Gosick .
I'm very fond of ghost stories and mysteries to start with and so far I haven't been let down by the anime. What's impressive so far is that Victorique literally seems to be finding the answers out of nowhere thanks to some kinda fountain of wisdom and with the very few hints she gives to the main character you can reconstruct how she found out those things. Though some are a bit predictable she's still ahead of me as a viewer even though she doesn't witness what we do so yeah overall godlike character who on top of that is extremely cute WITHOUT any of those fucking clichés
she's not too much of a tsundere and she's not plain dere either which is good considering what we've been fed with this year .
Also the art is amazing I literally fell in love with it , the OP is particularly great since it looks like you're seeing the drawings on paper and they start moving and not just an ''animation'' . Mentioning the animation that is on top of that rather good so far.
The sound isn't astonishingly good but it's still really pleasant the OSTs are well chosen and fits each scenes
There really isn't any character I hate at all , even the inspector who's completely obnoxious but has one kick-ass hairstyle ... I don't believe anyone will be able to pull it off good luck cosplayers !
So , to finish I'll say gosick is a really enjoyable anime and I'm impatiently waiting to see how it's going to end , if it keeps getting better it'll probably reach my top 10 animes of all time.
Jan 25, 2012
Gosick manages to avoid the latter extreme, but never quite reaches the former either. Mysteries can be boring if they aren't enough to draw the viewer in and make them try to guess what will happen next. This can be a real challenge, because a single mystery that spans an entire 24 episode show could prove to be a real drag. Gosick attempts to circumvent this by telling several smaller stories in three or four episode "mini-arcs". These mini-arcs usually contribute to the overall story in some way, but this isn't immediately obvious until the latter parts of the show in many cases.
The show is set in the imaginary country of "Sabure", taking place between the World Wars, at an academy where students from all over the world come to learn. The academy has a very rich history, including lots of folklore that influences the culture. Many of these tales are entwined in the mysteries that the characters attempt to solve, providing some back story, and also a great deal of plausibility to the mysteries that occur.
The characters themselves are even affected by this folklore, as Kujo and Victorique (the protagonists) are respectively called "The Spring Reaper" and "The Golden Fairy". These two make an interesting pair, with Kujo, the kindhearted Japanese exchange student, and Victorique, the clever, introverted, yet demanding girl who spends much of her time in one of the world's largest libraries, as the ones who attempt to solve the mysteries.
Victorique isn't always the most likable character, as she rarely praises Kujo for anything he does, and even scolds him for being late when he brings her sweets. Ultimately, this is due to her harsh upbringing, but can still cause one to wonder why Kujo chooses to be friends with her. Sometimes, I wasn't certain whether these two were friends, or if something romantic was happening between them. I won't spoil the ending for you, but it did little to clear up my confusion.
The animation is certainly passable, but not amazing. Much of the art has that a sort of Gothic feel and theme to it, evoked by the stone buildings, and spires at the top of towers. The character designs are pretty interesting, especially characters like Grevil, whose hairstyle shall likely never be duplicated by even the most tenacious cosplayer. The backgrounds and animations are all good, but nothing eye-popping.
As or the music, the opening and ending themes were all excellent, and I rarely skipped them. The score itself wasn't anything especially outstanding. It fit the setting of the show, but wasn't ever enough to make me sit back and think about the quality, whether good or bad. The voice acting was quite good, probably a notch above the music. I especially noticed it with Victorique, whose feisty personality could easily have been ruined by the wrong voice actor.
Overall, I felt that Gosick was a very well-designed story, with a small cast of lovable characters, but not quite enough story for the entire twenty-four episodes of the show. When there is a less-involved plot, one typically expects the story to be character-driven, but Gosick was much more plot-driven, which left it feeling somewhat empty in a few places.
Now don't get the impression that I didn't like Gosick. I quite enjoyed this show, enough so that I finished it relatively quickly (by my standards, at least). I still recommend it to anyone; I simply feel that there are a few shortcomings that prevent this show from becoming truly "excellent". This show is great fun, just no masterpiece.
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Jul 21, 2011
Good and consistent art throughout the series. Background scenery along with extras had a decent amount of work put into them. Characters were well-drawn. Nothing extraordinary but certainly not horrible.
Here's where the series really shines. From the start of the show to it's end, it was obvious that the two main characters Kazuya Kujō and Victorique de Blois were developed extremely well. For Victorique, her view of Kujō changed dramatically, from "I can do anything myself and I don't need your help" to "I am helpless without you", because of the time they spent together - proving that, through time, even the most unlikely of friendships can happen. As for Kujō, he slowly grew closer and closer to Victorique throughout the episodes, with his desire to protect her growing alongside the time he spends with her. Although both have felt left out and lonely in their life, all their troubles are put aside when they are together. Just seeing their happy faces when they are with each other is enough to put a smile on anyone's faces. Through them, it is evident that a great friendship allows the hearts of those involved to be never separated; not by wars, other people's schemes or physical distance. In just a few years, the lonely Golden Fairy and Springtime Reaper create an unbreakable bond; a heartwarming outcome that is not seen as often. Masterfully developed characters.
First of all, I would like to say that the OP and two EDs were spectacular. Even after the 24 episodes, I would not mind listening to them once more. During the endings of the last few episodes, I found that the ED fit in extremely well, with the lyrics "Whenever, Wherever" really adding the extra impact to the physical separation between many of the characters. The BGM, however, didn't impress me as much. Though it wasn't out of place, I personally didn't really care if the BGM was there or not in some scenes. The dialogue alone was enough to drive the story. As for voice acting, rising star, Yuuki Aoi, did an excellent job voicing Victorique. At only 19 years of age (18 when she started voicing Victorique), it's amazing how she already does voice acting at a professional level. Fantastic OP/EDs and excellent voice acting balanced with mediocre BGM earns this category an 8.
When I first started watching GOSICK, it was all about the gruesome mysteries to me. The first half was actually disappointing. While the character development was there, the mysteries seemed quite lame, especially with Victorique being able to solve them so quickly. However, as the second half of this show started, the story began to pick up steam. Now I don't want to spoil anything, but let's just say that it wasn't good mysteries that got this a 9, it's the problems surrounding the characters themselves. With lots of questions surrounding many of the side characters slowly being answered, the "fragments of Chaos", as Victorique says, started coming together. With the climax of the series at the Episode 23, the last episode wrapped everything up quite well. Overall, the story, aside from the crappy mysteries in the first half, proved to exceed my expectations.
With it being the first mystery genre anime I have watched, GOSICK really helped me open my eyes. I enjoyed watching it for the most part and look forward to anything similar in the future. I hope that those of you who are questioning whether to watch it because of the genre will give it a try. I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy it, no matter if you are craving for some mysteries or you are looking for a solid story. Definitely one of the best shows of the Winter 2010/Spring 2011 season. Highly recommended. read more
Jul 1, 2011
That's not to say that Gosick is without faults. Let me lay this out.
Music – This is the worst area for Gosick. The lackluster opening and ending songs were ok at best and downright sappy at worst. The soundtrack throughout the rest of the series was, however, right where it should have been: in the background. It wasn't bad or anything of the sort. It fit the mood just fine and didn't stick out in any way.
Characters – This is a relatively strong area but still weaker than others. Kujo, our main hero, is a bit of a loser-kun when he first appears. As a loser-kun, he is destined for abuse from everybody he meets and is destined to be a doormat for about half of the series. However, unlike other loser-kuns, Kujo grows out of it. Victorique is really a snob. I suppose she technically fits the archetype of Tsundere but ultimately is too weak physically to pull it off well. This ends up meaning Kujo has to be the manly man in spite of his loser-kun status. However, much like Kujo, Victorique ends up growing out of her tsundere status as well. Everybody else fits well around the relationship between these two and each plays their own, supporting role very well.
Animation – Here's an area where this anime shines. This series is drawn very well. I'd suggest that the attention to detail is above and beyond what is normal in any anime series. The stylistic choices seemed spot on for the setting as well as the character tastes within that setting. The very last episode is a fantastic example of this with Victorique sporting late 20's-style Japanese clothing. In the opinion of this author, there weren't any artfully distasteful choices at any point in the series. The animators and directors demonstrated real class throughout the series.
Story – This was not really a mystery. For those of you looking for a straight-up, old-school mystery you should give up. The mysteries in this were mildly obscured at best. So then, why do I rate this story so highly if I am saying this? The story is an amazing experience. It isn't about the mystery at all. Rather, it's about this odd couple and the environment around them. How does the world change so vastly and work so heard to tear them apart? There were times where I thought one of them was going to die. The story took some rather dark turns at times and that left you wondering what was going to happen.
Overall, this series, because of its incredible story, endearing characters, and it's full environment; because it reaches out to you and pulls you in so effectively and keeps you there and, sometimes, at the edge of your seat, I am giving this series a 9.5 out of 10. Gosick, you're a treasure. read more
Apr 15, 2011
Gosick (stylized as GOSICK) is a story about stories. Ghost stories to be specific. The story revolves around the Dark Shinigami, Kazuya Kujo, and the Golden Fairy of the Library, Victorique and their constant involvement in solving bizarre occurances for the inspector Graviel de Blois. Throughout the story, the Dark Shinigami begins to unravel the countless mysteries that surround his newfound friend Victorique. However, with each answer several more mysteries pop up. Just who is the Victorique and what is the truth behind the story of the Golden Fairy of the Library?
The characters in Gosick all have a little quirk to them. Beginning with Kazuya Kujo, an exchange student from Japan. He's known throughout the school as the Dark Shinigami because of his 'black eyes that swallow up the darkness'. His name came from the ghost story 'The Springtime Shinigami'. He thought that Victorique was a doll on their first meeting and that he had dreamt the entire thing until his homeroom teacher confirmed Victorique's existence as a student of the Academy. As a protagonist, he is just and believes in protecting Victorique from danger. Victorique on the other hand, reminds me of Shinku from Rozen Maiden with a combination of her and Zero no Tsukaima's Louise de la Valliere's personalities minus the physical abuse. She is sarcastic and speaks to him the way one would speak to a servant yet still blushing when he says something the typical protagonist would say. The rest of the characters are just delightfully eccentric; from the overenthusiastic homeroom teacher to Inspector de Blois and his splendidly animated YuGiOh hairstyle, there's sure to be someone for everyone to love.
Art & Graphics:
The art is done generally well. That I attribute to the time and the availability of resources to make a scene look picturesque. It's enough for you to be interested but not enough to potentially wow you. The characters are also, generally well done with my only...problem for want of a better word being with the plainness of Kujo's design. He definitely looks like the author spent the majority of the time developing our lovely loli's design over his. The most interesting design is by far Inspector de Blois and his hair. I just can't get enough of that hairstyle. I think that special mention should be made of the animation during the OP and ED sequence as they seemed to be a slightly more developed than the backgrounds themselves.
Music & Sound:
My favorite part of this is the music. BY FAR. The music was organised by Nakagawa Koutarou who did the soundtracks for other note worthy series such as Code Geass, Hayate the Combat Butler and 07 Ghost. The main roles of Kujo and Victorique are voiced by Eguchi Takuya and Yuuki Aoi respectively. The role of Kujo is Eguchi's first main role which based on reception from fans, he seems to pull of well. Yuuki on the other hand is no stranger to main roles such as Kishitani Shinra from Durarara!!, Yagyuu Jubei from the fall 2010 anime Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls and most recently as Kaname Madoka from the popular mahou shoujo anime, Puella Magi Magica Madoka. For me, the sound of this anime gets a perfect score.
I sat to watch this anime after a stressful day of school and before I knew it, it was dark and I was 7 episodes in. I don't remember the last time I'd watched so many episodes of an anime that was not a typical shounen like One Piece without falling asleep. I had heard good things about the GOSICK novel and that the anime was just a little shy of its original's reputation but it seems to surprising me in all kinds of ways. I look forward to seeing more of Gosick in the near future.
Jul 18, 2012
3rd review on an anime I just recently watched and finally finished, Gosick. An anime centered on mystery, drama, and romance...but I'd also like to say that this anime isn't your typical mystery because the mystery involves fairytales and myths. Supposedly really good mysteries from the novel, it's original form of work. I never read the novels so I'm not entirely sure how well the anime did the novel justice, but to me, the anime was still great and interesting to watch and I very much enjoyed the mysteries in each episode. Some of them you'll recognized but the rest are different. You'll like those the most.
The storyline is a 9 in my book, but the overall concept is an 8. The reason being is because the characters couldn't hold the storyline quite well somehow. For instance the main character, Kujou seemed like an "annoying shoujo girl always shouting the boys name."
Every. Single. Time! "Victorique! Victorique! Victorique!!!" lol but hopefully like me, you'll get over this minor detail. Cause the characters are still good since they made the storyline move well. My favorite character, Victorique the mastermind of the entire anime, is the one who can solve the crimes with grace and skill like any great detective. Her past plays a huge role to the story and because of this, makes her a very complex character unlike Kujou with only little clips of himself. (but oh well) Besides the main characters, each and every one had something unique about them and overall they were good, but not great. Again, the story is what drives this anime.
To sum up really quick of this whole entire anime, the storyline is a 9 because of it's very very very interesting plots and fairytale/myth like mysteries that make you want to watch what happens next. Art and characters both an 8 since they're good and likeable. But if you find them super and amazing then that's entirely your opinion. Enjoyment 9. YEAH! Anyone who likes mysteries with a dab of romance in it will definitely like this. Oh and the romance doesn't get in the way of the sometimes dark themes in this anime, but it actually helps make the anime more sweet and memorable in a sense. (especially towards the end...) Overall 8.
Uhhh....what else. *mumble* Enjoy? lol Thanks for reading! read more
Apr 15, 2011
The European setting, the timeline it's in, the rest of the characters. Everything is fine until the spotlight is shown on the "unfunny comedy pair" of Kujou and Victorique.
Kujou is walking a thin line between being a pansy shounen lead / punching bag for the shoujo lead and being somewhat capable. Emphasis on "somewhat." He the Watson to Victorique's Sherlock. But he's a creation of the Japanese for-otaku entertainment industry, so whatever capability he might've had was thrown out the window for the sake of the mainly male audience who what a shounen they can relate to. (Else, K-on where there are no shounen leads to worry about at all.)
Victorique is someone I wanna punt like a football. Kujou wouldn't / would never do it, but I would. That "higher-than-thou" attitude just needs to be dealt with in a way that's severe enough to bring her right down to her; then having second thoughts about lifting off again.
But I'm a sucker for "detective dramas." So I'll keep watching despite the two walking, talking plagues that hold it down. read more