「死神の肩越しに永遠をみる」 (Shinigami no Katagoshi ni Eien o Miru)
“Looking at Eternity over the Grim Reaper’s Shoulder”
This was a finale that played it straight. It quickly tied up all its remaining loose ends, set the stage for the timeskip, and ended it with the classic “and they lived happily ever after.” After a little thought, I think that’s satisfactory enough.
I liked the closure. That got big points from me as they finally explained Roscoe’s character. Turns out he really was his twin, and in GOSICK’s world where nothing supernatural exists, I should have started assuming the simple answers a lot sooner. The change in relationship between the twins and Cordelia is twisted into that of a attention-wanting kid fighting for his rightful mom, and was a good enough reason to quell the annoyance I had been building up for the Roscoe’s. It’s still kind of weird seeing a grown man fighting for “mom’s rights” against a little girl, which is funny, because I doubt they knew the design of these two characters were going to backfire like this.
So in a scuffle, Victorique saves him somehow from the huge cliff, but is mortally wounded regardless. Grevil comes around but lets them go, as if that was his “good deed”. Grevil used to dangle pretty close to being cool, but I don’t really think so anymore. The best deed in his pocket is basically him doing absolutely nothing. That’s how he “supports” Victorique. I was expecting more of a physical, “Don’t touch my sister, you bastards” kind of outburst to make him look really cool near the end, but that obviously never happened.
The demise of Cordelia and both Roscoes wasn’t completely unexpected, but it didn’t particularly evoke a strong reaction from me. Roscoe spewed some poetic lines about Seyrun, and Cordelia gets absolutely no lines. Not even a face. Just part of her body. You’d think Cordelia would have a better “dying words” impact, or even have the two die in each other’s arms.
And then from there, a bunch of things happen that help transition into the timeskip. With Albert confirmed dead, Roget goes around like he’s the messiah, repent on his sins, and helps out Victorique with the letters from Kujou for some reason. I’m assuming it’s because he feels some sympathy for a fellow gray wolf, knowing full well what her situation was like with Albert de Blois. The “war” begins (not WWII), and Kujou charges into battle. Romantic longings are exchanged, and then a scene where Kujou loses his legs is used to evoke a worried emotion that this might not end well. To that end, it worked. 24 episodes with this duo, despite having a sense of sameness in romantic development for the past few arcs, inevitably created connections to these characters. But the worriness didn’t last for long. The timeskip came quick, and as the support character stories started closing up one by one, I knew I was getting a happy ending. I like how in the end, despite being an alternate take on history, Saubure ended up changing nothing. Albert dies, so nothing radical occurs, and Roget gets back his position under the throne. However, he doesn’t seem like he wants to do anything anymore with the Gray Wolves, but remarks that the world is changing to a more modern one like the one we live in today. A very clean resolution like everything else.
The rest just came by the books. The war is over, Kujou survives with nothing wrong, some small closure with Kujou’s hometown (this seemed like a missed opportunity), and the two walk like a married couple into the sunlit distance. No surprises, and it’s as if nothing ever changed. It’s happy, but it didn’t feel earned.
Older Kujou was mad handsome.
Initially, I didn’t think the plot was going to become this big. I thought it was just going to be about mysteries, and at best, a smaller scale in an overarching plot that would come out near the end. The story is definitely one of GOSICK’s strongest points, and the runner up would be the chemistry between Kujou and Victorique. I would’ve said the latter was the best before, but things have gotten rather stale between them lately, and their relationship has been simplified (again, possibly due to being rushed) to crying out to each other like a Romeo and Juliet. Kujou’s romantic connection never sees past, “I’ll save you because you’re my friend.” There was the whole Monstre Charmant tale to make it seem like their relationship was closer than it actually was, but the characters themselves never really follow through. Like in the finale, it’s not like I expected to them kiss or anything, but they didn’t even tell each other that they love one another.
This connects with their characters, and while Victorique is developed relatively quite well, her partner Kujou suffered. We never really see Kujou change, he just stays what his character synopsis summarizes since the first episode. Kind, sensitive, but a soldier with daddy issues. On the other hand, while Victorique goes through a lot of emotional turmoil, it’s hard to see what exactly each has done to her in the end. She gets white hair, looks like she’s been through war herself, and all she has to say for it is, “I’ve been through a lot too.”
The plot I generally had no problems with, and except for a few cheap developments here and there, it certainly became the better part of GOSICK. It could have been better executed, but knowing recent BONES, this is probably the best they can do. GOSICK’s plot as a whole is quite ambitious, but was crafted with the utmost attention to detail, which gave the series a lot of depth. The problem is, 24 episodes was not enough. It’s especially notable near the end, and when you rush things, it destroys all aspects of the show. Character actions feel abrupt and weird, there’s no time to let developments flesh themselves out, and the list goes on. The adaptation definitely needed more episodes, and also a better staff as it puttered out a little by the end, but as a whole, it was rather decent. It’s just that a lot of what made it good didn’t create enough impact in the finale due to being rushed. Things seemed like they just came too easy. A shame really. Alas, that makes it a bit hard to recommend.
This is the last post out of the queue I had. Sorry if it was a bit late. It seems like I’ve lost a lot of steam for blogging, but it’s really just me attempting to prolong my stay at RC, right?! lol. But thanks again for reading. Enjoy the new season.