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Anime Review: Gosick (2011)

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Gosick Region A U.S. blu-ray cover.

Gosick Region A U.S. blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Hitoshi Nanba
Distributor: Funimation Entertainment, formerly Bandai Entertainment
Runtime: 600 minutes
Released: November 12th, 2019
Availability: On blu-ray, streaming in Japanese and English on FunimationNow

Story Summary

In the country of Sauville, Japanese exchange student Kazuya Kujo, the “Reaper who comes in Spring,” discovers a mysterious girl who lives in the school’s library, Victorique de Blois, the “Golden Fairy of the Library.” Together, they solve mysteries to alleviate her boredom.

Meanwhile, the pair is drawn into a conspiracy involving Victorique’s abilities as a Gray Wolf, her supernatural ability to solve mysteries and predict the future. Will these two manage to stay together or will they be torn apart by people using Victorique for their own ends?

This Anime Was in Licensing Hell for a Long Time

Gosick was originally made in 2011 and had been licensed in the U.S. by Bandai Entertainment. Unfortunately, Bandai Entertainment shut down in the U.S.A. and it was license rescued by Funimation Entertainment. It took Funimation years to finally release Gosick on blu-ray and on their streaming service FunimationNow. After so long after being taken off Crunchyroll, it was on the site for a time before it went back to FunimationNow.

It’s very nice to see that the series has been released because a lot of fans really loved it, and now we finally have it legally available to stream and buy.

The iconic duo.

The iconic duo.

I Really Loved This Anime

I really loved Gosick, it was a nice change of pace for me to watch this anime, and because it’s an older title, it isn’t relying on what the seasonal anime trend is. It’s a story that intrigued me and I enjoyed it.

The story is interesting and the writing is good and I loved the story. It is a unique story that I enjoyed because of the mysteries and the political intrigue and how it tied into the main characters.

If you enjoy mysteries you’ll enjoy Gosick. If you like historical dramas, you’ll enjoy the anime. It’s something that not everyone will enjoy, but if you like this genre, you’ll enjoy the anime and it’s something that you should watch if you’re interested in it.

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The Animation Is Still Excellent

Even though this anime feels new to me, it’s actually seven years old. Because it’s been unlicensed, there wasn’t any legal way to watch it, and now that it is legally available on FunimationNow if you want to watch it.

The animation and art style looks amazing and Studio Bones really put a lot of effort into both the art and animation. I love the character designs and the animation and it’s definitely a visual treat for people who love animation.

This anime is not an action-oriented anime that is able to show off their animation through amazing fight choreography. Instead, the anime uses the art style and detailed background art to keep the viewers entertained.

But when there are fight scenes, they are very well done. The animation is definitely beautiful and the unique art style makes Gosick a memorable anime.

Audio and Subtitles

Audio:Subtitles:

English (Reviewed)

English (FunimationNow)

Japanese (FunimationNow)

 

The English Dub Is Top Notch!

Funimation has been making English dubs for years. Because they have dubbed so much anime, some titles usually have good dubs, but it’s become harder to find outstanding English dubs because there are many good English dubs that they’ve done.

Apphia Yu gave a fantastic vocal performance as Victorique de Blois. She was a great choice for this role and she handled all the different aspects of Victorique’s personality. Especially since Victorique has a lot of character development during the story.

Matt Shipman did a great job as Kazuya Kujo. I have heard him in Darling in the FranXX (2018) but I really loved him in Gosick. He was great in this role and I really enjoyed the way he voiced the character. He was a nice choice for this role and it was nice to hear him as the main lead.

Adam Rowe was also very good as Grevil de Blois. He was both funny and serious when he needed to be. I liked him in this role and it was a nice change of pace because I haven’t heard him in a lot of Funimation anime.

David Wald did a great job voice acting as Albert de Blois. This character was a fantastic villain and he had a menacing voice to match his character. He was a terrific villain in this anime.

Elizabeth Maxwell was an excellent choice to voice Cordelia Gallo. I really enjoyed her voice acting in this role. She improved a lot compared to her role as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell: Arise (2013). She was okay in that anime, but she did great in this anime.

The Japanese dub is also great, but I prefer dubbing. Either way, you should enjoy the anime no matter which language track you pick.

It has a great English dub that fans of English dubs will enjoy. It’s not my favorite dub, but I really enjoyed it.

Gosick Opening Full:

The Soundtrack Is Nice

I really enjoyed the soundtrack for Gosick. Kotaro Nakagawa composed an excellent soundtrack and the music is memorable and very well done. The soundtrack matches the mood of the anime and makes the watching experience even better.

The opening theme is “Destin Histoire" by yoshiki*lisa. I love this opening and enjoyed listening to it during every episode.

The endings are "Resuscitated Hope" by Lisa Komine for episodes 1-12 and “unity" by Lisa Komine for the later episodes. I enjoyed both of these endings and the other insert songs used in the anime.

The music is very well done and has a memorable soundtrack to go with a wonderful anime.

An ordinary scene with major plot significance.

An ordinary scene with major plot significance.

The Anime Was Dark and Mature Without Being Edgy

A lot of anime with dark themes mainly have them in their story so they can appear mature by being edgy. Gosick has some very dark themes that are hidden under the romantic comedy trappings of some of the episodes.

Gosick has a lot of horrible things happens to its characters and it’s not, “Oh, look how dark and edgy we are,” it’s more about the story’s plot and the political intrigue of the story.

The villain of the anime Albert de Blois does a lot of horrible things. The anime doesn’t show you all the horrible things he’s done but implies them through dialogue. While the results of his despicable actions are shown, the anime doesn’t go out of the way to show you every awful thing he did, and I appreciate the writers for taking a more mature approach rather than showing the more horrifying plot points for shock factor.

Victorique’s Tusndere Tendencies Can Be Annoying!

Victorique is an anime tsundere which means she has a hair-trigger temper and gets angry easily. While some people find this personality charming, other people find it annoying, and because she does have these personality traits, her irritable temper can be grating on the audience.

But thanks to her character development, she does shed the tsundere traits and she stops losing her temper so much near the end of the anime.

Whether or not you like Victorique’s personality depends on how much you like the tsundere trope or not. It is rather grating, and it did get annoying, but it didn’t bother me too much.

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Victorique can't smoke because Japan won't allow on-screen depictions of young people smoking.

Victorique can't smoke because Japan won't allow on-screen depictions of young people smoking.

The Mysteries Vary in How Interesting They Are

Most of the anime episodes are small arcs of mysteries. The thing about the mysteries are that the cases are interesting and have resolutions that turned out really well, or the case was just okay with an uninteresting solution. The cases that have a connection to the overall plot are the ones that are the most interesting, but some of them aren’t that interesting.

Because the arcs vary in how much you’ll enjoy them, you might want to drop the anime because not every arc is the most amazing mystery story. It’s something you’ll have to watch for yourself.

It’s an Amazing Anime That Is Worth Watching

I really loved Gosick (2011), it’s a very well done anime and I loved the story they told. It is a wonderful anime that was unavailable for a long time because of the licensing issues, but now it’s back and fans and newcomers alike can once again enjoy the anime series legally.

The story is very well done and the characters are entertaining and enjoyable. Combined with excellent animation, a great soundtrack, and excellent voice acting in both languages.

You should definitely watch this anime, it’s well worth your time. Seasonal anime come and go, but Gosick is a classic that all anime fans should watch. I’m very glad it’s available again.

Victorique and Kujou discussing a mystery.

Victorique and Kujou discussing a mystery.

Quick Summary

What Works: What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters and world world-building

Victorique's tsundere personality can be grating

Amazing art style and animation

Not all the mysteries are interesting

Fantastic English Dub, great cast in Japanese too

 

Excellent soundtrack

 

My Grade: A+

I highly recommend Gosick (2011) to any anime fan that likes historical pieces and mystery anime. I loved this series and it became one that I will add to my collection. I don’t really buy a lot of anime nowadays because there’s so much legal streaming and there are many titles that I don’t have to buy because I can watch legally for free or I can pay for access to the services.

Gosick (2018) is an anime that belongs in your personal collection. Sure, digital streaming is more convenient but when you buy a physical copy, it belongs to you forever. I plan on owning this series because I love it and it is definitely a title that is worth your time and money.

I’ll even recommend this as a blind buy, and I rarely recommend blind buying anime because it’s so expensive, but you can always wait for a sale to get a big discount. Either way, you can pick this up and enjoy it, but if you’re really unsure, you can watch this on FunimationNow to see if you’ll like it. I loved it but not everyone will. Make your decision after you’ve finished the first mystery arc.

Gosick is one that I will always have fond memories of, and I loved everything about it, especially the ending.

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