Gosick Episode #10 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, March 18, 2011
Release Date: Friday, March 18, 2011

The mystery deepens as Kazuya gets closer and closer to the truth.

What They Say:
In the basement of Jeantan, Kazuya found a real girl mixed amongst mannequins. Thinking that some kind of criminal activity is afoot, he consults with Blois at police headquarters. However, no evidence can be found. Kazuya calls Victorique for her help while at the same time pursuing a lead with Luigi, the boy he met in town.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Kazuya's discovering of Jeantan in the basement in the previous episode had him being called out as a bit crazy since nothing was actually found there, but it hasn't deterred him from finding help for the situation. With her being somewhat frantic and scared, talking about her people that are being take advantage of in this way, he's intent on making things right in that kind of good natured innocence that is common to characters like him. But it's the kind of 'do-right' mentality that helps to drive stories fairly well because it's someone who wants to do the right thing, damn the consequences, because the hard thing usually is the right thing to do. Kazuya's intentions to help Jeantan certainly are appropriate since it's hard to let such things occur without his trying to do something to help.

Kazuya's attempts at getting Blois to help him out during this, since Victorique has pushed him away for the short term, ends up landing Kazuya in trouble more than anything else because of who Jeantan may be and the aristocratic backgrounds. With Victorique having told Blois to go stuff himself for a bit essentially, she ends up helping him out in a bit of a roundabout way with Kazuya going to her for the help, but like we've seen before, she can't help but to help him since he's so simplistic and ends up in amusing little bouts of trouble so easily. Of course, she happens to be studying this case while recuperating from a cold anyway, so it's an easy bit of assistance she gets to offer which is cute since it completely throws off Kazuya when she's so forthcoming about it.

Where the show gets fun is when Victorique starts to really lay out what's been going on in a way to push Kazuya into discovering the concrete evidence himself that he needs to reveal who it is that's behind everything, going back to the Blue Rose itself. It's a creative approach to finding the hidden room where Jeantan was hidden previously and leads to some good old fashioned fisticuffs between the police and those under orders from within the household. While we've see Kazuya being forthright and strong before, taking lead and charge, here he's simply overly motivated because of the abuse that the kids are being put through and he feels very personally about it all. It's really neat to see him so involved like this while Victorique sticks to the background. While he didn't do it all himself of course, he manages to stand well alongside Grevil this time around as someone doing the right thing.

In Summary:
As a two part story, this segment of Gosick is pretty strong and works really nicely in telling a little tale without being overly complicated or taking too long to get to the heart of the matter. I've had an uneven relationship with Gosick since it got rolling as there are things I like about it, but the pacing has left me a little frustrated. With Grevil and Kazuya being the primary characters here with Victorique spending her time in bed, it lets them shine nicely while she's still kept involved and has a key role in prodding Kazuya into the right direction. Grevil makes out the best here though as he really comes across as a more nuanced and layered character than he has before and that's a pretty important thing to have happen since he seemed largely shallow up until this point. Gosick's an interesting show that in some ways feels like it's still really finding its way, but when it hits good stuff, it hits it well.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Gosick