ゴシック (Japanese)
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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.
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Started airing on January 7, 2010
Will be airing for 24 episodes.
Animated by Bones
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 8 8 8 7 8 8 Dreamer [series:2412#2279]
Hmmmm, do I like this one or don't I? It kept me interested majority of the way but lightly.

Art, Animation & Character Designs
Artwork is probably the stronger point to this series. It's clean, smooth and full of details. Character designs were another plus with most of them (girls) being kawaii and adorable. Love the sensei. Oh, and let's not forget the inspector's cone hair style... chuckle.

The OP was a nice piece akin to something from Yuki Kajiura, however, it sorta got boring after a few episodes in. As for the rest of the soundtrack, nothing interesting enough to mention here.

Series and Episode Story

I'm not sure if I liked this one as mentioned above. I believe it was because it sorta got repetitive. This isn't to say that the episodes were same old story telling but rather, the concept. What was the concept? Well, essentially it was about a young girl that can basically dissect a crime scene or situation and figure out exact details of how to resolve the mystery. I suppose a gazillion anime repeat a given premise throughout their episodes but here, it just struck me as lightly boring, or rather, lightly amusing.

One of the problems I had with this series was the whole "Grey Wolf" title and concept. It really didn't make too much sense and by the end of the series, you realized that it never really went anywhere either. One of the things I did like about this series was the kawaii protagonist (Victorique) and here love affair with anything sweet... lol. The other interesting thing was the various Fullmetal Alchemist references... which had me amused.

Overall, this was lightly entertaining and barely held my interest. The ending was a no surprise but still touching. I'd say watch this but don't go out of your way for sure.

Last updated Monday, December 31 2012. Created Monday, December 31 2012.
Watch 8 7 7 6 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:2412#1552]
Gosick is a historical mystery anime that also mixes in romance and comedy with its focus on the duo of Japanese student Kazuya and a mysterious, brilliant girl named Victorique who get together in solving various mysteries in 1920s era Europe. The series mostly milks cliches and character archetypes commonplace within mystery, action and romance anime with things such as Kujo and Victorique play up the nice guy/ tsundere character dynamic, run into obviously crazed or evil characters during their mysteries, a not-so-brilliant detective taking the credit for Victorique's crime solving and several factions being in conflict with one another as things escalate in the later half of the series. Some of the earlier mystery arcs in the series actually serve to provide more fleshing out of Victorique's origins and hint to bigger things to come that involve Victorique's intelligence being exploited. Beyond Victorique though, many characters in the series suffer from limited to little depth, the latter usually consisting of the mentioned crazed or evil characters. Plus, the later episodes that finally reveal the major villain of the series suffer from being rather silly with its dramatics at points, having some rather convenient plot developments and the mentioned obviously evil and shallow characters (notably Victorique's scumbag of a father and his followers). While Gosick does offer some decent storyline developments by structuring some of its mystery arcs to reveal more about Victorique, the series is still rather formulaic with what it has to offer for the most part and has points where its storytelling can get sloppy. Not really picturing myself rewatching this one again anytime soon.

Last updated Saturday, September 27 2014. Created Friday, January 21 2011.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2412#628]
(Two episodes watched):

Having just watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica (TV), another show about school age teens with supernatural problems, it struck me that there was an obvious difference between the characters of that show and Gosick. The Puella characters didn't seem to have any interesting quirks and never said anything which anybody in a similar situation wouldn't have. On the other hand, the Gosick characters had a touch of personality to them. One thing that didn't thrill me was Victorique's cut-and-dried solution to the mystery which was presented to her; it seemed to depend as much on luck as planning (why would firing a bullet through the keyhole of a door cause it to become unlocked?). But Gosick was fairly amusing and while it's too soon to say if it will rise above 'Watch' level, I might be willing to do that.

Again, I was not very impressed by the 'mystery' in episode two. The tricks and deceptions weren't exactly brilliant. Didn't it occur to anybody that an ocean liner needs more than a dozen or so passengers to set sail? And the notion of children being tormented into attacking one another was hard to take seriously. I'm also kind of tired of the 'stuck-up girl who continually puts down male protagonist' premise in anime. I can't tell if this is going to be seriously supernatural, or take more of a Scooby-Doo approach. Whatever the case may be, at present I'm inclined to drop Gosick from my viewing schedule. I don't look forward to new episodes, and I have little time to spare at present.

Last updated Tuesday, March 29 2011. Created Monday, January 10 2011.

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Gosick Official Site (Japanese) http://www.gosick.tv/

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