I can't say enough about this show. No matter how good I manage to make it sound, believe me, it's even better. That said. . .
Normally, I prefer sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, or post-apocalyptic genres, whether we're talking about anime, movies, or books. Mysteries usually fail to hold my interest, whether they're too simple to be entertaining, or too easy for me to solve early on, or whatever. All I'd heard about Gosick was that it was basically Sherlock Holmes in the body of a school girl, with some amusing cases and good writing, so when I checked it out I wasn't expecting very much from it. Boy, was I ever wrong.
The series starts off with the main characters (Victorique and Kujou) being introduced, having fun, getting into danger, and solving mysteries in short story arcs; hints are also given that not all in their lives is what it seems. After a while, the cases start personally involving the characters and revealing their pasts, and that's when things start to get really interesting. Then it starts moving FAST. Maybe even a little too fast at times, but they make it work well. And gets DARK. Then is suddenly wrapped up when everything comes together perfectly.
The mysteries are brilliantly devised, and the flurry of action to close the series is quite exciting, but what really makes this series great is the emotion involved. The deep insight into the heart of Victorique - coming from a tortured past, hating her own existence, and growing to know life and love - is amazingly displayed, and the chemistry between her and Kujou is palpable. Unspoken emotion is made obvious through wonderful, subtle animation. Even in the secondary characters, we see may things on display, from the darkness and greed of those in power to the self-sacrificing devotion of a mother. As I've mentioned before, it's the ability of anime to convey such intangible concepts that has always attracted me to the medium, and this was a shining example.
Simply put, this series moved me. And that's quite an accomplishment. Normally an intellectual cynic, I found every episode making me feel like a hopeless romantic. The good and the bad, everything the characters undergo, pulled at my emotions, which are normally so even-keeled. I can count on one hand the number of times I've cried in my adult life, but Gosick's conclusion actually managed to elicit a few tears. If that's not saying something to its credit, then I don't know what can. This series is just that good, so to anyone who happens to be reading this, do yourself a huge favor: WATCH IT.
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