A fanciful trip aboard a ship leads to murder and death all around for Kazuya and Victorique.
What They Say:
With their invitation to Roxane in hand, Kazuya and Victorique join the "Miniature Garden Box Evening" party on board a ship. While eating with great gusto, they unwittingly drift off to sleep, and when they wake up, Victorique notices a difference amongst their fellow guests...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the basic setup in the first episode where we're introduced to Kazuya and Victorique, Gosick moves into what seems to be its standard mode here with a fairly strong piece that puts the two in an interesting situation that they have to think themselves out of. The show brought us some really strong animation in the first one which is followed up with well here as it sets the mood expertly, both in setting and style. The Victorian age it takes place in gives the show a very good looking that lets it stand apart in general.
Gosick puts the pair in an interesting situation this time around as they've invited to an event on board a ship called the 'Miniature Garden Box Evening' where it's a big fancy event for a relatively small group of people, numbering just over twelve or so. It's a very proper affair overall but it takes a turn for the worse when in the midst of their meal, everyone slowly blacks out. When they awaken, they've all been moved to a nearby lounge and the same number of people are no longer there. The mixture of men and women in their elegant clothes and in a very elegant setting turns decidedly dark as people start being attacked from different positions around the ship from there on, with the first one going down hard in the lounge which sets the rest off in a panic.
Gosick plays the mystery well here as it moves further into what's going on. The panic the party guests start to feel is heightened well as they make their way around the ship. Attempts to escape onto lifeboats are met with disaster as incredibly rough seas are abound. The passengers that are left all have very different natures about them with who they are and what they represent, but there's a certain class of people here overall, from a foreign minister to the daughter of a coal mine owner to an actor as well. The winnowing out of the group brings events to a deeper exploration of what's going on with the ship having quite a history to it. It's a strong mystery that's slowly revealed to good effect. It's the combination of the strong characters and very strong design of the backgrounds and overall cinematography that elevates it to an engaging thriller of a mystery.
Victorique's personality is revealed even more in this episode than the first as she plays the role of a detective, unearthing all the clues that lead to discovering what the truth is about the ship itself with the few people that have survived along with her and Kazuya. Her playing Sherlock is spot on with how it all unfolds and Kazuya plays a decent Watson to her part. The exploration of the mystery is fun to watch unfold as is getting to the core details of it all as well. Gosick has a very slick feel about it where it's presenting itself as an above average show and it has the production qualities to prove it. The characters are interesting, the mystery well handled and the look of it all is very appealing. With it being a two parter, it may bother some, but what it offers in total is a very welcome and engaging episode that leaves you wanting another one quickly.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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