Gosick

Gosick (ゴシック) First Impressions

Gosick is based on a light novel series Kazuki Sakuraba with same title. It was published by Fujimi Shobo which specializes in light novels, manga, role playing games and collectible card games. Gosick is set in 1924 in a fictional European country of Saubure.

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Summary

Story revolves around Kazuya Kujo, the 3rd son of Japanese imperial soldier, who just transfers to St. Marguerite Academy. It’s known for its urban legends and horror stories among students. There he meets a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl named Victorique who always skips classes. She spends her days by reading the entire content of the library or helping her brother, Grevil de Blois, who is a local detective by solving mysteries.

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Being a transfer student, Kujo has a hard time blending with his classmates and not to mention that he’s nicknamed as Dark Reaper. Cecile, his homeroom teacher, tells him that there are many ghost or horror stories related to this particular school. One of them is a story about Spring Reaper. Curious about those stories, Kujo goes to school library to find out more about horror stories.

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Accidentally, he finds a garden on top of the school library where he also meets a beautiful and mysterious girl named Victorique who dresses in gothic lolita style. Apparently, she is one of Kujo’s classmate but she never attends any classes.

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Out of nowhere, a man with a weird hairstyle appears before Kujo mumbling random nonsense. The man with a weird hair style called himself , Grevil. He is a self-claim detective who works with local police to solve criminal cases. More often than not, he asks Victorique for help in solving those criminal cases. This time, Grevil comes with the same intention and asks Victorique for help. Victorique does not spend much time on this case and she already knows who the culprit is.

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Next morning, Kujo reads the news about Grevil being awarded a nice yacht and a kiss from a granddaughter of killed peramal. Not accepting the fact that Grevil takes all the credit, he rushes to police station and requests some explanations about what happens. Gervil is worried that people might find out that he gets helped from Victorique, he quickly closes Kujo’s mouth and brings him to his office. In order to keep Kujo silenced, Kujo is promised a ride in his new yacht. Hearing this news, Victorique is really excited and starts packing already even though it’s not until that weekend.

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At the day of the trip, Kujo is speechless when looking at amount luggage she has. Feeling unhappy and unreasonable, Kujo goes through all Victorique’s luggage and starts sorting through all her items. At port, Grevil already waits for their arrival and as they are about to sail away, a police officer runs toward Grevil in a hurry and says that the suspect for the murder case that he solved yesterday has escaped. Kujo was told to wait in the yacht until Grevil is back meanwhile Victoriqu already goes inside the yacht and found an invitation letter addressed to Roxanne, the fortune teller that got killed by her maid.

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Victorique and Kujo decide to board a ship using Roxanne’s invitation letter to unveil new clues to the case.

Thoughts

Victorique and Kujo remind me of Sherlock Holmes and Watson from a classic detective story. It’s most likely because the pipe that Victorique uses in some scenes imitating Sherlock Holmes. Even though, Kujo is introduced first as main protagonist, I feel that Victorique, our heroine, will be the one that carries the whole episode. Her appearance no doubt stands out and she is the only one who wears gothic dress among her classmates. Despite of being in high school, occasionally I couldn’t help but think that Victorique is just a little girl due the way she behaves, for example, rolling on the floor back and forth while waiting for Kujo to come.

OP and ED are pretty good in term of tunes and animation. I like the ED more than due to gloomy/dark theme but OP has a better animation and I particularly like how most scenes are drawn in water colour style; nice additional touch by BONES.

Story wise, the first episode is quite well done and it is enough to cause me looking forward to the next episode with a nice follow-up for next episode. In addition, I couldn’t help but wonder why Victorique is prisonned in garden above library, why the school is filled with so many ghost / horror stories. It’s not my usual genre of anime but the first episode intriques me enough to watch few more episodes

Additional tidbits

Opening theme
“Destine Histoire” by risa
Ending theme
“Resuscitated Hope” by Lisa Komine
Official website GOSICK―ゴシック―
テレビ東京・あにてれ GOSICK-ゴシック-
Animation Production BONES
Notable Seiyuus Aoi Yūki (Mina Tepes in Dance in the Vampire Bund, Ichigo Amano in Yumeiro Pâtissière, Toshiko Tatsuno in Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru) as Victorique de Blois

Hidenobu Kiuchi (Hei in Darker than Black, Kenzou Tenma in Monster) as Grevil de Blois

Miyuki Sawashiro (Mint in Galaxy Angel, Shinku in Rozen Maiden series, Saeko Busujima in High School of The Dead) as Cordelia Gallo

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Rating: 7/10

Source: ANN, Wiki

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Trailer

Opening – “Destine Histoire” by risa

Ending – “Resuscitated Hope” by Lisa Komine