One mystery leads to another that is far more interesting and curious.
What They Say:
Ghost story-loving Avril tells Kazuya about the rumor of a gray wolf who can speak the human tongue. Soon after, the two of them become involved in the theft of a Dresden plate at an open-air market. Victorique effortlessly solves that mystery, but the newspaper has no information about the case being cracked. Instead, the paper prints a classified ad invitation to the upcoming summer solstice festival at the Village of Gray Wolves!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Gosick's storylines are ones that reveal themselves slowly, sometimes taking one story and morphing it into something else as it progresses. The opening storyline here involved Avril telling Kazuya a story about wolves as they stroll through the main market of the city when they come across a rather poor magician plying his trade. It is rather amusing when he pulls a pigeon out of his hat only to have it be dead and he tries to impress the crowd by flapping its wings for him. The pigeon act shows up again a bit later when they're going through another part of the market and see a Dresden Plate, only to have it disappear in a flurry of pigeons itself. Victorique reveals the trick of that particular little gig when he brother shows up and talks about it though, seemingly causing it to be an easy and quick little deal.
The episode turns its focus back to the wolves as it progresses though with Victorique talking about them a bit more after dealing with her brother. It turns in an odd direction at first when Kazuya does the unimaginable and actually flicks her very lightly on the forehead, which in turn makes him dead to her for a fair bit since it was a great offense that hurt her. Naturally, it doesn't stick for too long as she needs his help a bit and they end up on a train ride that that has them staying at a village where there's even more talk of the mysterious Gray Wolves that Victorique talked a little bit about previously. It's a progression of events that are certainly far too coincidental to happen but it fits in with the way Victorique's life seems to go as well as how Kazuya himself is thrown from thing to thing with her in his life.
The story starts to reveal a bit more about Victorique's past as in the middle of the night and by the light of a flame, she tells Kazuya of her mothers past and how things had impacted her family line with her being exiled from the village. There are some deep seated issues that are coming to the surface here with Victorique telling him these things, things she's likely said to nobody before which helps to cement more the circle of trust that the two of them have growing between each other. The story and the mood here is what makes the story so interesting as this very different group of people travel along to their destination, something that was given out very carefully early on, which will seems to turn even darker when the people there see Victorique. There's a mystery here that's unclear but it's unfolding in a very curious way.
Gosick continues to be a series that I have a hard time putting my finger on with why it feels somewhat off. The style of it continues to be really engaging with its visuals and interactions between the characters, but some of the leaps it makes at times, large and small, throw off the dynamic a bit. It's not quirky per se, but it doesn't follow entirely traditional methods which is a good thing overall, but can take some adjustment to get used to. With the way its story arcs work, you really want to watch these in quick progression as the week to weak method can be a bit draining, especially if you watch a lot in between and forget some of the details. And details make up a huge part of the show. Shifting things to focusing on Victorique's mothers past definitely changes perceptions of Victorique and events look to become quite intense in the next episode, which can't get here fast enough.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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