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  • 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

Gosick Episode #04

Gosick Episode #04 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     January 28, 2011
Release Date: January 28, 2011

© Crunchyroll

Kazuya simply can't seem to keep himself out of trouble.

What They Say:
One morning, when Kazuya is walking down the road to the village, he sees someone racing by on a motorbike. In the next instant, the driver's head is soaring through the air. Kazuya, a witness to the peculiar death, is arrested for suspicion of murder. Meanwhile, a new foreign exchange student arrives at the academy, Avril from England. And a mummified knight is discovered in the school's long-unused crypt?!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The relationship between Kazuya and Victorique was pretty nicely solidified in the two parter prior to this where we got to see them operate together in a way that had a good natural feel to it even with the adversarial nature they have at times because, quite simply, Victorique is better than everyone else. Kazuya worked well under pressure and didn't panic like a lot of characters would in this position so it's good to see that he handles things the same way when while walking down the road nearby he ends up being accused of beheading a guy riding a motorcycle. Kazuya gets to see the event and tries to do the right thing, but takes all of the blame.

In a way, you can see Victorique wanting to just be done with this whole event and not bother with it, but as things start to unfold and as her brother drops off Kazuya in her care so they can deal with it, she can't help herself but to get involved. The mystery has an intriguing element to it as Kazuya had seen a blonde haired girl running off just before the accident and that gives Victorique the lead she needs, but it's cute how she has to work up the enthusiasm to deal with the case even though it involves someone she basically has control over. Kazuya at least has the connections between Victorique and her brother to get cleared of things and that leads him to an even more dangerous situation when at school a new transfer student arrives in the form of an English girl named Avril.

Of course, the arrival of Avril opens obvious possibilities about her being involved in the murder and it's not eased by the fact that she's suddenly spending time with Kazuya in a very friendly manner. The mysteries continue to unfold as the two spend time together and at the school itself, leading Avril to become even more of a suspect, though with noting really firm to be dealt with. The story takes some interesting turns as we get more of the past that comes up when a crypt is open at the academy with Avril present, which she makes her way into as well. Mysteries like this are really quite engaging when small pieces are teased out in this manner, especially as Victorique spends all her sitting on the floor at place and just sending others to get the details so she can put together the puzzle.

In Summary:
When it comes to mystery stories, I'm always loathe to put in too many details of it because the discover itself, even if the clues are wonky, is more than half the fun of such things. The story here does well after the ghost ship storyline we were dealing with since it isn't quite as life threatening. Victorique herself is the real star here as we get a good feel for her in how she handles such mysteries because she finds this one largely boring and easy to deal with, so she keeps it at arms length. On the flip side, Kazuya gets more personalized with this storyline as we see him in normal settings like school and the grounds themselves. Both characters make very good impressions here and the slow unfolding of the mystery which continues into the next episode is certainly intriguing as you know it can't be as obvious as it seems to be.

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.

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