Gosick Anime Review – Mystery Show Sets in the 1920

The mystery and detective shows are never out of date. Even in the anime subculture, Gosick seems to want to complete the fragments. Most people think that this anime could be like Detective Conan or another cliche detective anime series, however, this is absolutely different. This anime isn’t episodic show, instead, every arc told to us, they are connecting each other, producing a really good plot twist.

The age rating is for adult, 17 or older. Despite Gosick doesn’t include any of ecchi or even hentai material, but there are lots of things should people aware of. For example, the story itself. Most children will have a hard time to digest this kind of plot throughout the show. Also, for shounen-type, this show would be a boring one for you because it includes so much dialogue without actions. In other hands, there are violence and profanity within. Don’t be fooled by anime cover that shows Victorique’s cuteness. It may look cute, but just like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, just read the description, this is absolutely not for under 17.

So, if you want to know more about Gosick, whether this is worth to be bought on Amazon or not, here I will take the fragments from this anime, and I will reconstruct them into truth using the Wellspring of Wisdom of mine!

Overview


Gosick Light Novel
Cover of Gosick volume 1 as published by Fujimi Shobo

Gosick is the Japanese detective, historical drama, and romance anime TV series produced by Bones studio and directed by Hiroshi Nanba. It is based on the Japanese light novel series written by Kazuki Sakuraba and illustrated by Hinata Takeda. The second light novel written and illustrated by the same author titled GosickS was also published between 2005 and 2011 in Japan.

The manga adaptation written by the same writer and illustrated by Sakuya Amano run between 2008 and 2012. While the other manga adaptation titled Gosick W illustrated by Moriki Takeshi was published in 2011 in Japan.

There’s currently ongoing novel series titled Gosick New Continent published by Kadokawa Shoten starting December 25, 2013. It has been published 4 volumes so far.

More information, please visit Gosick official website.

Gosick


Gosick is the Japanese anime TV series produced by Bones studio and directed by Hiroshi Nanba. The anime lasted for 24 episodes which are broadcast on TV Tokyo and other networks starting from January 7, 2011, to July 2, 2011, in Japan. Madman Entertainment and Funimation licensed the series in Australia and North America respectively.

Review

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Summary

Gosick AnimeKujou Kazuya is the Japanese boy who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, a prestigious school located in fictional European Country of Saubure where the horror stories and urban legend are very popular. Because of this, Kujou Kazuya who has black hair and black eyes is called “Spring Black Shinigami” based on the popular urban legend about the traveler who brings death in the Spring.

One day, He meets a mysterious doll-like girl named Victorique de Blois who is blessed by Wellspring of Wisdom where she could reconstruct the fragments of chaos to solve difficult mysterious around her. Along with the mysteries developing from time to time, Kujou and Victorique help each other.

Plot

There is really not much I can fault the plot with. Most of the cases the due takes on span several episodes at most, producing what may seem like tiny story arcs. However, in most of the cases, there are several little clues or details that will keep on into another plot. From prior experience in other anime, this usually produces several confusions and incoherencies, but Gosick performed it almost flawlessly, making an incredibly fascinating and interesting plot. It also said that this shouldn’t be an anime where you can totally shut your brain off while following the story. To be honest, I watched this anime two times to understand the whole story and plot.

Artwork

The art style in Gosick was perfectly done and detailed. Saubure was rich as well as colorful, and characters were animated beautifully. There are lots of settings to take pleasure from, like the tower library, the town itself, theaters, and the rich countryside. It certainly is pleasant to see the artist giving audiences a wonderful viewing experience and diversifying things.

Characters

The characters, especially the main characters Kujou and Victorique are really interesting to watch when they are trying to solve the mysteries. Their different personalities are matched to make use laugh or feel an emotional atmosphere. Victorique is kind of tsundere girl with lady-like manner. While Kujou is a stubborn guy who’s always helping Victorique out to gather the fragments of chaos.

However, I personally am little annoyed whenever Kujou calling Victorique name. His voice is loud and unpleasant. Even his voice calling the name of “Victorique! Victorique!” is stuck in my head, giving me a nightmare! Good job, Eguya Takuya-san!

As the character development, it was incredible, since Victorique seemed to be a character who never encountered love and Kujou was a character who desired self-confidence, these two characters built off each other in a symbiotic romantic and relationship that’s really endearing to the audience like us.

Sound

The soundtrack during the show is done well as are the endings and the catchy opening. An overall soundtrack depending on personal preference. I am putting on an additional point due to how much I loved Yuuki Aoi-san as the seiyuu of Victorique. The personality and unique character that she delivers to the role is awesome and provides another take on what could have been a stereotypical tsundere character.

Overall (90/100)

Gosick is actually a promising anime with a good storyline, interesting characters, and plot twist. If you’re a detective story lover, I hope you won’t miss a chance to watch this anime.

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