Gosick First Impressions

I think the death knell for a mystery is to have unintelligent writing. You can get away with bizarre plots and unlikeable characters, but the writing has to be smart. It has to stay at least one step ahead of the viewer, otherwise the brilliance of the detective extraordinaire will be for naught.

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Fortune tellers? Everyone knows they're fakes.

To be blunt, the first case for Gosick was very underwhelming. Grevil is apparently the worst’s most incompetent detective (but with a hair drill that will pierce the heavens!). Kazuya apparently graduated from the Japanese school of inoffensive, spineless harem leads (joke’s on him, there’s no harem here!). And Victorique… hmm, are her detective skills any good? It’s nice that she solved the ridiculously obvious case of the dead Fortune Teller, but honestly now. A grade schooler could’ve figured that out. It’s hard to sell us on the brilliance of her detective skills when the first challenge she encounters is so ridiculously simple. How can we take her seriously?

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Rolling loli on the loose

Actually, I think Gosick is really just a vehicle to promote Victorique’s moeness. She’s so tiny and cute, like a little porcelain doll! Stick some nekomimi on her and she’d fit right in with Kuroneko’s ~nyan nyan~ dance routine.

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~moe moe moe~ is the anticipated reaction

The vibe I get from Gosick is a similar vibe I got from Kuroshitsuji. Which may not be surprising, because the anime writer behind Gosick also handled both seasons of Kuroshitsuji. This is not a good comparison. Kuroshitsuji, at least the first season I watched, was built around hare-brained “mysteries” and suffered from a schizophrenic tone. Add the gothic dress and the old-school Europe setting and all that’s missing here is a certain supernatural butler.

I want my mysteries to be smart and creative, and I want the situations to have weight and consequence, like Death Note, Higurashi/Umineko or even Eden of the East. I don’t want to sell Gosick short on just one episode, but I don’t think it’s ever going to be what I want it to be. Well, whatever, maybe I’ll watch for the next couple episodes just for the Victorique moe.

16 Replies to “Gosick First Impressions”

  1. To Aru Akumade Shitsuji. Nice ring, that.

    As for the above: yeah, a lot of people are saying that Kazuya’s adaptation into the anime was horrible. First saw it on animesuki, and some of the blogs.

    1. I might go ahead and check out the manga then, at least to get an idea of how the story unfolds. I don’t want to be tricked into watching another season of chibi-kuroshitsuji. 😛

  2. Gosick’s mystery is pretty disappointing.
    Actually, scratch that – it’s really disappointing. When’s the last time we had a decent mystery anime anyway? imo, HiguKai has been the only good mystery show – everything else caters to either children or retards.

    I’ll give Gosick another episode to insert moe and supernatural elements in an attempt to save its terrible mystery aspect, but I doubt anything worthwhile will result.

    “but with a hair drill that will pierce the heavens!”
    Lame but funny jokes, yay!

    1. I thought some of the ridiculousness aside the mystery for Umineko was actually really interesting and thought provoking.

      I’m taking comedy lessons from J159, is it working? =P

  3. Hmm, as in the matter of fact I fell asleep in my chair watching this first episode (barely got through to the end). Nuff said 🙂

    Honestly, if I wanted to go look at cute art (only applies to Victorique) I might as well go browse pixiv instead, because other than that Gosick had nothing to offer.

  4. This looks to cute for me. I still don’t know if I should try watching it or not. If I watch one episode, I go all the way, so it’s all or nothing. If it has obvious mysteries than that’s one reason to not watch.

    1. I think I’d wait to hear about the next couple episodes before deciding if I were you. Otherwise I’d bet there’s a really good chance you get stuck with a pretty lame show.

  5. The first episode was okay, but nothing too exciting. It seems that they just pushed the clues in the case like a zipping car… zoooooom…

    Anyways, Victorique was cute… but besides from that, nothing else. I hope they cover some really difficult mysteries, or I’ll be empty handed.

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