One rule to working with Victorique - don't let your head get in the way or she'll clobber you.
What They Say:
Right after the mummy was discovered, Kazuya saw Avril holding a purple book in the crypt, and he can't get it out of his mind. When he consults Victorique about it, she locates the book without a moment's hesitation. Did Avril hide it? Meanwhile, there are rumors that the successor to the notorious Phantom Thief Kuiaran is coming to the village.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sometimes Kazuya's mind can get away from him a bit in interesting ways that's often overlooked in other shows. Early on here, the pair are investigating the library as Victorique has found rather easily the book that Avril had and that leads them to leafing through it to try and find a clue. While Victorique talks along about various stories, there's a very interesting picture of a fairy in there that looks very much like Victorique. You can see him wanting to ask about it, or just to say something, but after the clobbering he gets for looking at the book too closely, it's understandable why he's a little gunshy at the moment.
Kazuya's life is taking another interesting twist as it goes along as Grevil reveals to him alter on that there's a phantom thief about town, flitting around and causing trouble and reports. Not surprisingly, there's going to be a connection to Kazuya's life as he starts to get the clue that there's definitely something more to Avril and that she could be in cahoots with this thief for some unknown reasons. With the way she's coming across so oddly at times, Kazua is easily suspicious of her and puts everything she says through a magnifying glass, trying to find out an angle. Yet he's also rather open with her about things, talking about Victorique and her investigation some, which gives Avril a bit of information she didn't have before.
Victorique's revelations about the original phantom thief starts Kazuya and Grevil down the path to figuring things out more since it relates to the book that Avril had and it eventually leads to them finding her tied up in the dark in the storehouse. It's an interesting spiral of events as we learn exactly what's been going on with Avril and the truth of her personality since arriving at the academy and how she's essentially manipulated everyone. It's not all that surprising in a way, considering the time period and the ease in which this kind of trick can be pulled off. Kazuya's confrontation with her is appropriately moody, but it all feels just a bit too wordy in a way, more talking than is necessary in order for Avril to do what needs to be done. But therein lies the problem with many characters, good and bad, when the situation really requires action instead of talk.
Gosick closes out a storyline pretty nicely here and sets the stage for things to come in an appropriate manner with plenty of positives. Yet there's just something about the show in these last couple of episodes that hasn't sat well with me. It's still a show that I find very stylish and with a distinct voice to it and I continue to like the mysteries, but it feels a bit off in a way that I can't quite pin down. The flow of this story, while not disjointed, doesn't connect well until we get to the end and the explanations are out there in full from Victorique. The show opened strong with its first episode and the ghost ship storyline but it's faltered a bit for me with these two episodes. Though it's given us Avril and there's a lot of interesting potential to be had there as it progresses.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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