All mysteries are required to be homicides.
Are you guys hyped? I hope you guys are hyped. I’m hyped. I’ll probably have to repeat this again and again to remind people, but my two favorite genres are mystery and horror. And guess what genre Gosick is? Mystery, baby. I’m a little familiar with the series since I read a few chapters in the manga and own the first book, but that doesn’t matter at all (I haven’t actually opened the book booo). I live for mystery series. I love it when they give you clues during the story to give you a chance to solve it. I love it even when they don’t, and they just draw us deeper and deeper into a web of lies and conspiracy that must then be untangled. The problem is, they’re too few in number to completely satisfy me. Just the mere fact that Gosick has the mystery tag means that I will unconditionally watch it from beginning to end. Now, are you guys hyped?
After a weird introduction sequence depicting what seems like a cult worshipping a seer named Roxanne, we are thrust into the world of Gosick. The setting is the spring of 1924, after the end of the First World War, in a fictional country named Saubure, nestled between real world France and Italy. Within this country lies the prestigious school St. Marguerite where the aristocracy sends their children for the best education.
Our protagonist, Kujo Kazuya, is a fresh exchange student from the strange and unusual country of Japan. Due to his exotic appearance, the time of his arrival, and the superstition of the springtime shinigami, he’s been christened the “dark reaper” by his classmates and avoided out of fear. Despite this, he works hard in school in order to make his family in Japan proud. Kujo’s teacher, an overly familiar woman named Cecile, suggests to Kazuya to read up on ghost stories so that he can have common topics to make friends with.
The Unicorn requires 24/7 maintenance.
When Kazuya actually takes her suggestion, we meet the second protagonist of the series at the library: a beautiful, doll-like girl with an attitude, Victorique. She spends her days skipping class and reading books in the botanical gardens at the veeery top of the library, at the top of like a million stairs. Even so, she is constantly bored and looks for ways to alleviate her boredom. Her deductive skills seem almost precognitive, so she is often visited by Grevil de Blois, a celebrated police inspector with deadly hair. This hairstyle will be forever known as “The Unicorn.”
Wasting little time, Grevil presents the first mystery of Gosick to Victorique in the ruse of generously sharing it with Kazuya. Victorique replies under the guise of talking to herself. You might almost think they’re siblings who don’t talk to each other, which… is true. Anyway, here are the facts – there are very few. Try to solve the mystery yourself; I thought it was actually quite easy this time around.
Grevil has come across a homicide. Roxanne, the fortune teller from the introduction sequence, has been murdered. The witnesses are her daughter, an Arabian maid, and an Indian manservant. Roxanne liked hiring exotic servants and could speak Arabic and Hindi. A gunshot was heard one night, causing the three to gather in front of Roxanne’s door. The door was locked, so the maid tried yelling something to Roxanne, to which there was no response. The maid eventually brought a gun to shoot the keyhole, forcing the lock open. When they opened it, Roxanne was found shot through her left eye. Easy enough for an ace detective, right? I won’t give you the answer, but if you can’t figure it out and you want to know, just watch the episode!
Victorique immediately solves the case and sends Grevil on his way. Afterwards, Kazuya discovers that Grevil received a kiss from the daughter for promptly catching the culprit. Okay, good for him. Oh yeah, he also received a yacht from the daughter as a reward. What the heck! Kazuya angrily confronts Grevil about taking the credit and, more importantly, taking the yacht, and ends up getting suckered into joining Grevil on his maiden voyage.
The strange year of 1924, when sailor uniforms were worn by actual sailors.
Kazuya, along with Victorique, eventually make it to Grevil’s yacht, where their visit is cut short because the murderer has escaped. Even though the culprit was caught, the mystery is far from over. They still had not addressed the issue of motive, the only insight of which was revealed by the murderer’s words “revenge of the box.” We reach a cliffhanger as the two discover inside the yacht an invitation addressed to Roxanne to a party named the “Miniature Garden Box Evening.” Kazuya and Victorique make the obvious connection and decide to attend the party in Roxanne’s stead.
I am required by law to reference Holmes here.
The Unicorn’s secret power #1: Drawing attention.
The Unicorn’s secret power #2: Improvised weapon.
Man, I am super excited about this series. It probably won’t be my favorite mystery series, but so far it’s satisfying me well enough. I think it’s always nice to get series that aren’t set in Japan, since those are the majority these days. I’m kind of rusty on my European history since it’s been like 8-10 years since I had to study it, but this is a good thing! It means I’m not going to care the slightest bit about any historical inaccuracies. Don’t point them out to me or I will create a real life mystery, starring you.
I was actually caught a bit off guard here because I had not started reading the first light novel. My only exposure to Gosick so far is the manga, which only has a few chapters and begins with a very different mystery from the anime. The anime seems to be following the material from the first light novel, if you guys are interested in it.
I thought it was neat that they started the series with a quick mystery right away that develops into something bigger. The deal with Roxanne’s murder was pretty simplistic, which I don’t think Victorique should really be given much credit for just yet, but the upcoming arc seems like it’ll be more of a true mystery. The setting of a cruise ship with the obligatory storm really reminds me of Detective Conan, but hopefully they delve deeper into the psychological aspect of a mystery instead of just the “How?” question that Conan is obsessed with addressing. Also, this is because I’m a guy and I like guys to be awesome, but Kazuya needs to kick some ass. But we’ll see where this goes!
We have the standard crazy adults here, and Victorique and Kazuya are going to unravel this mystery.