I’ve been seriously wondering: Who is still watching this show? Everyone was pretty excited initially, we have a Shinku double and the novel’s fame was rather high. Gothic lolis make everything better. Then things got boring but at least Victorique was cute. And more recently, things got more serious, and sadder, then came today’s episode 23… My contain spoilers if you stopped watching the series half way or you have yet to watch episode 23.
“Allow me to share with you the truth which I’ve reconstructed using the pieces of chaos I’ve collected from the Fountain Of Wisdom.”
5 Episodes into the series, I was crying from the amateur mysteries even I could go “I can already see the ending.” at, and mind you, I suck at mysteries. 10 episodes in and the whole selling point of the series is Victorique being insufferably adorable. 15 episodes into the show we have all sorts of odder and weirder mysteries coming up, but things are still boring. Episodes 18 onwards? Just wow how did the weak mystery sub plots all link to such a huge conspiracy that might just turn into World War II?
The story was unbelievably slow paced, there was nothing to the mysteries at all yet I am thoroughly pleased with myself for sticking with this show till today. Initially it just seemed like Victorique and co. were encountering countless of infinite useless side arcs with bits and pieces of in-verse fairy tales forced into those mysteries, starting with the murder ship Queen Berry incident then the whole fake classmate ordeal that was mixed in with stories of Golden Fairies and Talking Grey Wolves.
DESTINY DESTINY YOU CAN’T ESCAPE DESTINY *cough*
Then, things got slightly better in the Village of the Grey wolves: We got a lot of insight on Victorique’s history (her mom’s too) and we are introduced to the enigmatic Brian Roscoe. Most importantly, there was Victorique and Kujo’s character development and the creepy prophecy about the “Coming Storm” which they can’t seem to fight. Maybe things were going to get interesting after all!
Or not. We were treated with another mystery about some giant blue diamond in some suspicious major Asian department store in a fictional country in Europe and Victorique caught a cold but still manages to solve the case. Then we have countless of flashbacks, Kujo’s past, Grevil’s past, which really were irrelevant and dry that I was dying, DYING of boredom.
Until the whole Leviathan arc. Shit just got serious, the country’s history is revealed and was linked to the freaking WWI, the very first murder ship incident and Victorique monster dad. Things got more serious in the Beezlzebub’s Skull arc with the chase for the memento box and Victorique’s mom getting involved with the mysterious Brian Roscoe. The whole train incident and firing a gun with theory only was just unbelievable. They somehow madee it back to the academy for Christmas in one piece then comes the whole Monstre Charmant fairy tale along with creepy rabbit mobs and WWII. Why, WHY would Saubure actually ally themselves with Nazi Germany? And the epic sword fight between Cordelia and the Marquis? That was just unexpected and boy, was that fight well animated in the flames. The past 2 episodes were just so over packed with plot developments into the climax/
I am as confused as Kujo is whenever Victorique assembles the pieces of chaos. Why would Gosick spend the first 15 episodes exploring boring stuff that could have been squeezed into 10 episodes, then spend more time on the entire pre WWII climax instead of cramming it into the last 4 episodes? This could possibly be due to the original novels, maybe they didn’t want to ruin it and just adapted it at the same pace.
Gosick just absolutely loves introducing a brand new fairytale as and when they like and abusing flashbacks, especially the one about the “COMING STORM”, ooh, scary. With each new fairytale Victorique is now: the golden-gray monstre chamant library wolf-fairy. Somehow the entire plot manages to link everything, EVERYTHING together, whether its the initial mysteries to fairy tales mentioned in passing, no matter how seemingly irrelevant or insignificant. The poor lady from the Queen Berry ship? She met Victorique’s mom in the Marquis’ asylum. The village of the gray wolves and their policy of isolationism? It came back to haunt poor Jupiter Roget in episode 23.
Perhaps the most brilliant of all would be the OP theme. Every single character of significance was already there since episode 1: we just didn’t know who they were. Brian Roscoe (his doves and mannequin appear too), the 2 Victorique-s (one is really Cordelia), the Marquis stealing Victorique from Kujo (even his 2 creepy hooded hags appear). Every single key arc of the series was shown: the grey wolves, leviathan, the black train, Beelzebub’s skull and the title even dissolved into blue petals, possibly referring to the blue rose. And all that done is pretty art noveau style even! You have got to give Bones credit for pulling that off.
The characters were all very well portrayed though. Kujo is the good loyal but slightly dumb man, Victorique a seemingly stoic and emotionless genius, Avril the hyper active normal person who infinitely gets on my nerves. Then there is Grevil, oh boy. Appearing to be eccentric and weird then shows that he has his own serious side and finally turning out to be loyally following his monster father’s orders though I’m willing to bet that next episode with the death of his father, he will help Kujo and Victorique. Or he may die.
With only 1 more episode left, it is almost determined that Saubure will fall into un-reconstructable chaos thanks to allying with Nazi Germany for WWII and Kujo, now in the army with an idiot shaved head is unlikely to be able to return to Saubure even though they did appear to be together in the preview. With Victorique herself in quite a pinch, I’d say the finale will no doubt be a depressing one, at the best, bittersweet. How can you have a happy ending with a world war , a prophecy against it and that stupid hair?