Victorique gets dragged into the real world for awhile in a way she certainly doesn't enjoy.
What They Say:
A murder has occurred in the clock tower. As Victorique leaves the library tower to investigate the mystery written in Leviathan's book, she meets Avril for the first time and quickly gets into a fight with her. Meanwhile, Inspector Blois warns Kazuya that the academy is a place where Saubure's dark history lies sleeping and that he should back off or be in danger. Finally, a mystery man with some connection to Victorique closes in on her!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Victorique's move into the real world, at least temporarily, has certainly left her unhappy as she ends up taking classes alongside Kazuya and getting her first meeting with Avril. Victorique's not one to be around people in general, nor to take instruction at all, so having to spend time in a classroom is one of the few places she doesn't want to be. Add in that Avril is right behind her, talking to her about all sorts of things, and even going so far as to tug on her hair to get her attention really just pushes Victorique over the edge. And her reactions aren't a surprise as she flings a desk at her, further earning the name of the gray wolf.
Because of the murder in the clock tower, more of Sabure's history starts to come to light as Cecile talks about how this isn't the first time a murder has occurred there and that previous ones have been the same way with the purple finger where the murder was attributed to poison. With that information and more given to Kazuya from Blois who talks about how the school used to a front for the royals in arms making, and that the country itself has a dark history, only adds to what's going on and expands the mystery as you know all of it will tie together. And having Kazuya, Avril and Victorique suddenly working together is amusing as the three of them are certainly quite different on just about every level.
There are a lot of little things that come out throughout all of this as they explore some of the past of the academy and the nearby village, especially in talking about the things that happened between the Catholics and the Protestants years before. Mixing in a time when a large number of African's lived there, whose songs are still sung by kids today, and it's a growing mystery that's only made more intriguing when a red haired man shows up in the clock tower as Victorique investigates on her own. He brings in the connection to the Oriental man that was murdered, but there's more to it than that as he very much feels like a monster, though Victorique cops to taking that title herself.
Gosick expands on the events of the previous episode nicely and it has a good bit of fun about it as it yanks Victorique out of her library and puts her with not just Kazuya out on the campus but Avril as well. That brings in some fun moments between all of them, but what comes across the most is just how Avril realizes that Kazuya and Victorique are close in a very different way as he does stuff for her in an almost slavish way. Avril's the only one that's really acting her age here and showing her jealous, but with the seriousness of what's going on, it's a welcome bit of lightness at times that's very much needed. The mystery here only deepens in interesting ways as it leaves you wanting to more, and to see the next episode sooner rather than later.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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