GOSICK – 19
「薔薇色の人生は新雪に埋もれる」 (Barairo no Jinsei wa Shinsetsu ni Uzumoreru)
“The Rose Colored Life is Buried Under Fresh Snow”
I have to say, this episode was pretty difficult to watch. If not just hearing the blood-curdling screams of Cordelia, but the implications of her situation was not exactly what I had in mind. I had figured at least Albert de Blois did some charming and actually had Cordelia fall in love with him, you know, consensual. But this? This whole chained to the slab thing, and the makings of some sort of ritual? Totally rubbed me the wrong way, and I felt sick at the thought of her possibly being raped, conscious or unconscious. They weren’t exactly clear on the whole thing, perhaps being vague on purpose as “censorship”, but I sure as hell hope that wasn’t blood he was pouring on her stomach… as if she were pregnant some other way, and the blood would soak into the womb or something? I’m usually the iron gut when it comes to the sickest things possible, but when you’re messing with babies and pregnant women, that’s a little still too much.
So really, Albert by definition “used” Cordelia. He kidnapped her, used questionable methods to get her pregnant, then threw her in a psychiatric ward when he was done with her. What a cold bastard. I had thought he could have still been the sympathetic villain type, but that’s been thrown out the window. On the other hand, Brian Roscoe isn’t the emotionless manipulator he was projected to be, though I had already assumed him being a Gray Wolf himself, he’d be sympathetic with Cordelia. Turns out the two were friends way before Albert took her, probably met due to sharing similar circumstances, ie. two gray wolves outside of their regular territory. During her capture, Roscoe apparently transformed from goodie two shoes to a mastermind for revenge, and this twists his character a bit. I loved the contrast that while Cordelia loves her daughter because she’s her own flesh and blood, Brian hates Victorique because she’s still got Albert’s blood within, despite how much he cares for Cordelia. He’s more or less driven for Cordelia, and the memento now doesn’t appear to be for himself, but also as part of his revenge against Albert. His revealed motivation makes him exactly like Kujou’s relationship to Victorique. History likes to repeat itself in many ways.
Due to the still lack of complete explanation for the Gray Wolf mythos, something I’m sure the story is waiting to reveal until the end, there’s a lot of metaphors that I don’t know whether to take literally or figuratively. Cordelia’s description of Victorique as the “soul” she lost could be something that Gray Wolves have, as perhaps they lose their power to their offspring. Other symbols such as The Turk Roscoe possessed turned out to be of less importance. The coin locket became a huge discussion over the episode, and had a lot of irony to its symbolism. Initially, it was given by the de Blois to Cordelia, who passed it on to Victorique, changing its terrible nature into a symbol of protection. Kujou buys a replacement, which had me initially thinking, “how naive, you think your replacement still has the same meaning?” Then he turned around and said it would now be a symbol of HIS protection, even though I personally wouldn’t have bought the same coin. It could be interpreted as mocking.
Despite all the main plot moving on, they still manage to squeeze in a mystery, apparently the biggest of them all. I don’t doubt that it will have something in relation to everything that has been going on, like Jupiter Roget attending the Coco Rose show wasn’t a red flag already. The second war prophecy resurfaces with more prominence, showing soldiers walking by, but the second war doesn’t happen until 1939. That’s 15 years from now. What are they trying to do with all the foreshadowing? Timeskip?
This was like the first time the mood of the ED fit perfectly…