「灰染めのチェスにチェックメイトを告げる」 (Hai-zome no Chesu ni Chekkumeito o Tsugeru)
“Call Checkmate on an Ash-Colored Chessboard”
Wow. That was rushed.
Well, ok, it wasn’t that bad until near the end. But they went from Albert finally taking action by throwing down Roget from power, then having Victorique explain his true plans, then having him actually gather his minions and present a speech, then get revolted and killed. Yeah, we saw the rise and fall of a soon-to-be dictator, all in one episode! How’s that for a quick career? Clearly something to behold. I guess I’m satisfied to see him die so quickly after seeing him bite Victorique’s ear like that, which just further shows how much of a sick fuck he is, but where’s the sympathy in his character? Where’s the gray area for this dude? He’s just going to be evil, creating homunculus, gaining power, because he got fooled by Leviathan for a bit? At least Roget had a legitimate reason, something I can get behind, and at least he was trying to avoid the war. I’m a pacifist. I support Roget. Albert dying so easily and quickly like this… may be a little anticlimactic if nothing bigger happens next episode.
Speaking of which, it’s still 1924. Well, 1925 after Christmas, but only the beginning of it. What the hell are these people doing preparing for a war that doesn’t start until 1939? I mean, I thought it was those Bunnies vs Saubure, but that’s not even close. In fact, I had it completely the opposite. Those bunnies actually support Victorique, who kind of got turned into a symbol of propaganda (which is kind of cool). I did not see the switcheroo coming, but I also didn’t see Cordelia being the one duking it out with Albert. I mean, seeing Cordelia whip out dual mini-swords and fight with some delicious BONES animation is great and all, but really? Cordelia was such a veteran at dual wielding swords all this time? I was laughing the entire scene seeing her little frame going against a broadsword like a cat playing with yarn.
The angst of the twin Roscoes is starting to annoy me. Seriously, just get over yourselves. They’re terribly immature to hate on an innocent girl (you can’t choose who you’re born as for the doubters), and what good is killing her going to do for you? Cordelia will just hate you afterwards. I do like the good brother/bad brother dynamic though, and how they decided their roles. The good Roscoe got stabbed by a freaking granny though. Why were there so many ridiculous things going in the final moments? And by the way, am I just supposed to accept that Roscoe had a twin brother all this time now? Like that’s just how we’re going to roll is it GOSICK? That surprise no-explanation introduction from two episodes ago was all you had to show for it? Bollocks. Looks like Cordelia and Good Roscoe die though.
Oh, and Kujou as a soldier trainee? Laughed my ass off seeing him without his hair. Almost unrecognizable without the ‘do. Sure says something about the character designs huh? Sigh, this is shaping up to be one ridiculous finale. Way too many ridiculous things occuring, and not enough time to explain them. I have doubts that even with explanation I would agree with it. The Kujou/Victorique romantic dynamic is getting stale too. It’s stayed way too one-dimensional. I also read the finale to GOSICK was kind of off-putting. I’ve completely killed any expectations after this episode anyway.