The mystery of Cordelia continues as new nuggets of information come out in the Village of the Gray Wolves.
What They Say:
Kazuya and Victorique arrive at the Village of the Gray Wolves. The villagers speak of a maid, Cordelia Gallo, who murdered the former village elder, Theodore. She was expelled from the village from her crime, but now, Victorique aims to prove the woman's innocence. To that end, Victorique and Kazuya head for the house she once lived in...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Gosick's move to dealing with some of Victorique's past has been interesting so far as they've made their way to the Village and we've gotten a lot on the whole wolf angle so far. There's a really creepy feel to everything that we've seen since they left the city which was generally speaking filled with light and brightness, especially the library in which Victorique called home. Having the pair search out for more information on Victorique's past, there are some interesting little nuggets that come up, such as the discovery of a photo of a young Cordellia holding a very adorable baby Victorique in her arms. There's a growing suspicion about what happened to Cordelia and her innocence though, but it's all tinged by the atmosphere of the village which makes it much more ominous.
Kazuya and Victorique are still essentially being given the cold shoulder at best from the villagers who don't care for their presence in the slightest. The past of the village has certainly affected things in general and it's causing them to be extra cautious and wary with things, which in turn has our leads acting much the same way. But when they leave their defenses down, things seem to happen which makes them uncertain about what's going on. Such as the lights going on and Kazuya having a glass that has an eyeball in it. Not that he really recognizes this when it happens since it's easy to imagine him freaking out even more over it than he does, which is to say not at all.
As oppressive as the village feels at times, there do have some great customs .The reenactment of the battle between the Summer Army and the Winter Army is a really neat idea that you can easily imagine having been done as a way to shift between seasons and celebrate it with fun and festivities. The show continues to be a slow and curious exploration of a mystery that has a certain lack of clarity to it compared to some previous adventures we've seen the pair on. With this one being more personal and there being an incident in the middle of the festival, it doesn't have quite the same urgency we've seen before and it doesn't have quite the clear cut storyline behind it either. Victorique's returning to where her mother was exiled from has plenty of potential, but it's coming across as a mystery wrapped in another mystery covered in fuzzy ideas.
While I can certainly see the appeal this show holds for many, it feels like it's progressively losing steam as it goes along from the first couple of episodes. This storyline has come across as too unfocused for my tastes and for a large part of it, it feels like it's just meandering around without a clear idea of what it wants to do. There are some interesting elements to it and the overall ideas are appealing, but it's being told through the strange and unusual leaps of logic that Victorique uses. Again, I can see the appeal of it, but it's not holding my attention like it was at the start. The draw of the characters is still strong though and watching our two leads going through it all is a lot of fun, but the story itself feels like it's in a very distant second place here.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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