GOSICK – 22
「クリスマス・キャロルは窓辺の幸いを飾る」 (Kurisumasu Kyaroru wa Madobe no Saiwai o Kazaru)
“A Christmas Carol Decorates the Windowsill’s Happiness”
The inevitable separation expected to occur last time unexpectedly occurs this week, with nary a mystery in sight. Despite the lack of one, GOSICK still does its typical “introduce a concept that will be conveniently used later this episode”. Let’s just say it was never an impressive show of writing. In this case, it’s “Monstre Charmant”, a term that admittedly was used by Roscoe (among others) earlier in the show, but did not have further explanation. The parallels to our duo were made very clear when it is first explained, but one has to wonder, “isn’t it a little too obvious that the tale was tailored as a plot device?” The believability of the rabbit and the monster being an actual tale of Saubure which coincidentally matches our duo is just not there. Though if I’m going to talk about believability, the logic behind Victorique hanging her little black present on the tree to inevitably be taken by Kujou is just as well, a problem. Luckily for them, in a gigantic academy of individuals, not one happened to think, “you know, I want a small present today. A black laced, small present.”
Apparently the “war” may not be referring to WWII, but between the “rabbits” and soldiers over Monstre Charmant. If so, what a cheap red herring. How can such a small little war in Saubure even be comparable to be called the “second gale” relative to the “first gale” being WWI? I’m not even exactly sure what the rabbits are fighting for. If they’re complaining that the Charmant is looking for sinners’ blood (criminals), then what kind of people would defend criminals if not criminals? And there’s that many criminals to even have a war? It feels more likely that the Occult versus the Academy would instigate a civil war regarding the entire country, but it doesn’t appear to be that way yet. Aside from that, the strategy shifts to holding Kujou hostage to control Victorique instead, and while Roget was initially trying to keep them apart for safety, Kujou runs right into the Occult’s arms. It’s too bad Luigi wasn’t smart enough to figure out that Kujou should’ve stayed with him when he had him, but it’s even more of a pity Kujou didn’t realize it at all. Useless Kujou will stay useless perhaps. Questionably, Victorique would apparently kill herself and leave behind Kujou, rather than be miserable and have Kujou dead. A little selfish, maybe. The heart cannot beat with purpose without a body to beat for.
Yuuki Aoi’s crying is one of those things on Earth that simply pierces the soul, like hearing kittens drown or the like (some may say her crying literally sounds like kittens drowning). I didn’t expect Victorique to break down simply due to Kujou’s disappearance, despite Grevil’s promise of safety, but it became clear that it was a cry of her false tough exterior finally crumbling after countless bashes against it over the last few arcs. Grevil looks back with a face of surprise, probably never seeing his little sister cry so pitifully, and he finally sees the realization of his father’s goal. Victorique has become human.