「愚者は己の代弁者を指名する」 (Gusha wa Onore no Daiben-sha o Shimei Suru)
“Only a Fool Would Appoint Himself as His Own Lawyer”
It sucks that Avril’s such a charming character, because despite the fact that there doesn’t appear to be a serious reason for her to like Kujou, the power of fate will never let it happen, literally. Well, that and because she’s going to get owned because she’s not the main character. Watching her try so hard to get Kujou’s attention is cute, but it’s best if she accepts her role in this story now… ;_;
The impeccable coincidences of all things relevant to the mystery popping up at the same time to all the characters in various ways is a funny sign that GOSICK is telling me this is the mystery we will get into soon. It’s not really the most believable way to go about it, but I guess that’s why there aren’t more people watching for the mystery. Nonetheless, BONES, Alchemy, FMA, lol. That’s part of what makes this mystery interesting, and the other part is because I have no idea where it could go. Presumably everything the alchemist did was false, because “ghosts, spirits, and alchemy” couldn’t possibly exist in this world, with the one exception of beings like the Gray Wolves. Yes, the plot armor is strong with this one. We’re just left with the questions, “How did he pull it off? Why did he kill Ian? Why does he need to mask to stay alive?” And because it’s interesting, I actually do want to know. Roscoe’s appearance doesn’t seem to hold too much of a relevance to this mystery except for the fact that they were seen together, but it does let the story reveal that he’s looking for le monstre charmant, or “the charming monster.” Your guess is as good as mine.
Character interactions still shine, keeping the scenes interesting from one to the next, and I feel like the story’s in a good position right now. It’s pulling in things from past episodes, like Grevil’s bishie hair, giving at least a sense of development, and I almost feel rewarded for going, “hey, that happened two episodes ago!”