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Monday, February 21, 2011

GOSICK - New Mystery Detective Anime

A Fateful Encounter with a Young Female Detective

[Source: Wikipedia] Gosick takes place in 1924 in a small, made-up European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorica, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can't solve. The series mostly focuses on Kazuya and Victorica getting involved in different mystery cases and their struggle to solve them, at the same time forming important bonds with different people.


Kazuya Kujo (久城 一弥 Kujō Kazuya?)
Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Drama CD), Takuya Eguchi (Anime)
Victorica and Kazuya
The main character of the story. As the youngest son of a soldier, Kazuya has spent most of his life struggling with living in his highly successful siblings' shadows. Jealous of all the attention his brothers got, he worked hard to compete, but everything changed when he understood that adults, who think that the youngest child is always spoiled and useless, will never acknowledge his efforts. With a permanent scar in his heart he left the military academy in Japan and before anyone from his family could stop him, went to study abroad to St. Marguerite. Unfortunately, his appearance, combined with the student body's belief that "the traveler who comes in the spring brings death with him" has resulted in Kazuya being called the "Reaper" and having no friends. By some twist of fate he becomes a messenger and companion to the most eccentric pupil in the school, Victorica. At first he didn't like Victorica because of her arrogant attitude, but after some time he started to care for her and be protective of her. He is described, by Victorica, as a good and sincere person whose soul is pure and beautiful enough to admit pride. Despite everything that happened in Japan he is proud to be a soldier's son.
Victorica de Blois (ヴィクトリカ・ド・ブロワ Vikutorika do Burowa?)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitou (Drama CD), Aoi Yūki (Anime)
The heroine of the story. Victorica has the appearance of a small (4'7"), almost doll-like, girl with long golden hair and emerald eyes and a voice that sounds exactly like that of an older woman. Another important part of Victorica's appearance is a pipe that she smokes when thinking about something. She spends her days at the conservatory at the top of the library, reading several difficult books, often in different languages, simultaneously. She points at one wall of the library and has told Kazuya that she has read almost all the books over there. Along with her sharp tongue, abusive bluntness and eccentric attitude, she possesses amazing detective skills. After Victorica saves him from a near-arrest, Kazuya finds himself being entangled in every new mystery. Because her mother was a mistress, and according to Victorica "a dangerous person", she was imprisoned in the depths of the de Blois mansion where she developed very un-childlike mannerisms. She was sent off to school under strict orders to never leave the campus (although Grevil sometimes obtains special permission to take her out). When she first met Kazuya she didn't like him and thought that he was annoying and stupid for climbing up all the stairs in the library. She even ignored him and made fun of him, but gradually warmed up to him and began to trust and cherish him. She enjoys "reconstructing chaos" by solving intricate mysteries and often complains of the boredom that causes her headaches. Her mother is from the legendary "Village of the Gray Wolves", a secluded castle inhabited by people with golden hair, small figure and rosy cheeks, just like her, and despite her mother being expelled from the village after being accused of murder, Victorica believes in her innocence.
Victorica's name is spelled "Victorica" on the official Gosick website. Her name is spelled "Victorique" in the first two novels (English translation). All evidences in the novel are that Sauville, the academy and Victorica's family all speak French as their first language. Victorica probably signs her name with the French spelling, "Victorique".

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