A murder in a Clocktower sets the stage for the next mystery for Victorique to solve.
What They Say:
Avril has returned to the academy early on account of her infatuation with Kazuya. After seeing a movie together, the two of them come across a clock tower that's exactly the same as the one in the movie. Inside, they find the workshop of Leviathan the Alchemist. Meanwhile, at the library, Victorique is hit on the head by a falling book, which turns out to be the memoirs of none other than Leviathan!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With summer vacation still underway, Gosick does have the chance to do some fun stuff that may not make that much impact but help to engage us with the characters more. While we had a very pleasant 'down' episode with Kazuya and Victorique in the previous episode, this one brings Avril back into the picture as she couldn't be away from Kazuya for that long. The two are spending some time together and Avril is, of course, pretty cute in how she plays a typical girl while trying to get on his good side.
The main event that begins here though is when the two of them go to a movie together only to discover afterwards that the clock tower that they saw in it was actually one nearby on campus. That has some fun moments as they do an investigation into the place as it's pretty creepy, but the scary part is finding Cecile in there and her overreaction to everything. I'm still not sure what to make of Avril overall as she's definitely cute in how she's trying to win over Kazuya, but she hasn't really connected with me in a way that makes me actually like her. There's just too little about her, but I fear much more will make her an annoying character in the long run.
Naturally, we can't have two episodes in a row without a mystery and one does crop up in this one when a man dies in Kazuya's arms, complete with one finger covered in purple ink of some kind. Having a murder of some sort occur in the clock tower puts Kazuya to task to figure it out, but it's actually Victorique that gets drawn in as she can't pass up a mystery. She has an interesting case ahead of her though as she's tying it to an alchemist that died two decades prior to it, which confuses the hell out of Kazuya. We get an extended background piece here which is really nicely animated, and I do enjoy seeing the Philosopher's Stone brought into play in any show since it reminds me of one of my favorite series, and that helps to set the stage pretty well for what's going on.
Gosick has a pretty good episode here, but there is still that undercurrent to it that has kept me from being an ardent fan of it. I've enjoyed large parts of it, but it still hasn't become a must-see show for me. The settings have been wonderful, and I really enjoy the time period and the costuming of it, but the mysteries haven't been all that engaging and after thirteen episodes, I don't feel that much closer to the characters. It's a wonderful production across the board, but something about it just hasn't clicked for me yet. This episode does a good job of setting up the storyline that will likely conclude in the next episode, and it's one that does keep your attention, but it's more interesting to watch Kazuya and the two women in his life banter than the mysteries themselves.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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