Slick production values and dealing with mysteries? Gosick had a couple things going for it already and I really did try to settle in and enjoy the show. In the end, however, the show succumbs to the fact that its narrator is yet another typical bland anime nerdhero.
The first arc isn’t particularly creative or clever, but being a fan of mysteries, I didn’t need a whole lot to keep me interested. The silly tie-in to the First World War in the resolution was actually kinda humorous in an “oh dear” sort of way. It’s just too bad the main character is annoying as shit.
Kujo needs to put his dick away. Instead of a developing mystery with rising tension, I’m bombarded by male pride bullshit.
So in the middle of a scenario where everyone’s trapped on a haunted ship (the Queen Berry) and there’s a murderer within the group, the anime subjects us to frivolous nonsense like hand-holding.
And pointless boy-girl teasing.
Alright, Kujo wants to be a gentleman. No big deal… except the show makes it a great, big anime deal by repeatedly emphasizing the hand-holding act:
Anime in general has built up hand-holding to practically represent some sacred bond between star-crossed lovers. You could have only pinkies touch and someone out there is wetting themselves over it.
Way before Victorica goes deredere by the numbers, Kujo seems perplexed that a little, wittle girl refuses to stay behind his broad, manly shoulders.
Like, man, that’s so weird and shit. Why won’t you cower, woman! Cower!!
At first, he totally thought she was an inhuman doll, but Victorica would tremble in fear a little later. Just for that, she gets to be human; she’s just a girl after all. No matter how smart Victorica is, she’s just a dainty, little girl, and like all other dainty, little girls, they get scared and need piggyback rides.
God forbid Victorica could do it all so we can just focus our attention on something else besides the countless re-iteration of the gender divide in popular discourse. But silly me, I’m sure if anyone has anything insightful to add to the discussion, it’s definitely a TV anime!
If Sherlock Holmes could also be a champion pugilist, I really don’t see why Victorica needs to be meek and literally four feet all. Oh, I forgot — she’s just a girl and it’s the real Japanese man’s job to protect lolis of all nationalities.
Goddamn, is this schlock in the light novels too?
Nice OP though.