Gosick ep 22: The Sacrifice

This is the final straw Kujou... The final straw


I finally realized it. The one thing that I hated with Kujou, his stupidity, and why I hated him for it. The answer is seen in this episode, or rather, it has been in every episode all along. It’s not just the fact that he serves as Victorique’s Achilles’ Heel but when push comes to shove, he’s completely powerless, in the extreme, utterly useless.

Twice in this episode, the prophecy came to pass. That he and Victorique would be separated. And in those times, he did nothing. He realized everything too late. Is this the knight that should’ve been protecting Victorique? No. Rather, Kujou have always been the princess. The silly little princess in need of adventure, stumbling on every mystery out there. And Victorique… has been the knight all along. She has been protecting Kujou all throughout, honing her skills as if it were her sword and her shield, just so she could protect him.

And this realization… has been painfully annoying. Simply because I noticed this fact too late. That I was always expecting something manly from Kujou, that he’d be there to protect Victorique.

Now I have to say that I didn’t quite get the idea of this Monstre Charmant thing not until I realize that what Albert wants is to have Victorique act as his puppet. By making it authentic that she is the reincarnation of Monstre Charmant, Albert will have control of the masses dedicated to serving her will. With her every command, people will obey Victorique. She can start a coup if she wanted to, or have some political figure killed, most probably, Roget. And the rumors of all this spreading? I won’t be surprised if Albert prepared this beforehand. With how the Occult does its dirty work, the modus would’ve been to spread rumors of Monstre Charmant’s return in order to raise an organization dedicated to her will. This organization would them have backing and military strength that may even rival the army. With people joining their ranks just for the cause, what’s left is to have the reincarnation of Monstre Charmant appear before them in order to Albert to manipulate the army he grew.

Assuming my speculation hits right on, i’d have to say that this was a well thought out scheme befitting of the native villain in earlier forms of anime narrative. Such a villain that have been vanishing in the current trend where everyone simply had a soul, a villain that fights for a purpose, for the sake of others; More realistically, an anti-hero.

Well, whatever Albert’s schemes are, I find it refreshing and nostalgic of the villainous typecast.

Props to Yuuki Aoi for delivering that heart-wrenching cry. More drama roles for her please?

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. abscissa
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 02:20:03

    Actually I dropped this series long time ago, but once in a while I like reading its reviews just to check if there’s a spark of hope that I’d be convinced to give it a shot again. But based from what you have mentioned, if Kujou is acting as the princess and Victorique as the knight then I really have no regrets dropping it.

    Also, I like Victorique’s character design, but I guess looking at her pictures is enough to satisfy my Victorique’s fandom.

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  2. baka~
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 02:53:52

    If i’ll base everything on the earlier mysteries than yeah, Gosick ain’t worth the shit considering how much of an annoying wuss Kujou is and how shallow the mysteries are but if we’ll consider the current events then it’s worth holding on to… I’m not saying it’s lovable due to its current events but having the villain reveal himself makes everything more interesting.

    Besides, I think it’s more reasonable to fool myself in watching this anime just to hear Yuuki Aoi’s voice rather than to put up with Kujou’s annoying shit all the time… orz

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  3. Nopy
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 11:47:39

    I was happy to see that the conclusion of who murdered the queen isn’t the end of the mysteries in Gosick. Whatever Albert is planning, it sounds big, and I don’t think they’re going to be able to cover it in the few remaining episodes. Hopefully there’ll be a second season 🙂

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  4. Ryo_kun
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 21:03:16

    Kujou sucks. I totally face palmed when he waved at Victorique like everything is going to be okay. What a clueless moron. So much for an Imperial Soldier’s son bullcrap. If there’s anything that ruins this show, I’d say it’s because of Kujou. Thus, I think Brian will most likely be the one who will stand against Albert to save Victorique instead Kujou.

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  5. baka~
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 21:38:11

    @Nopy

    while I share your enthusiasm about the series, I don’t think i’d prioritize watching gosick for another season. whatever they need to finish, they need to wrap up in the last two episodes because everything has been pretty much shallow since episode 1 when it comes to story. gosick isn’t a bad anime though since its character development dynamics are good but when pitted against new anime that offers much promise, gosick may easily be forgotten

    @ryo

    amen! never could’ve said it better! reminding me of how he’s supposed to be a soldier’s son, Kujou has been a bucket of fail! never mind Victorique complimenting him episodes earlier on how he climbs the highest tree, when push comes to shove, she’d rather have a soldier protecting her rather than a wuss. And yes, Kujou bullshits this show. All other characters are faring well except for Kujou… he just doesn’t rise up to viewer’s expectations despite being the protagonist… WTF?!

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  6. Tsuki
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 08:23:47

    Kujou is definitely the most incompetent guy out of this entire series, though Avril comes close at times. There were times where it seemed that Kujou might actually redeem himself, only for him to fall back into his role of being the “damsel in distress” where Victorique does all the work while he just flounders there with almost no importance to the overall scheme of things (except for being used as bait, that is).

    Spineless main characters are rather annoying, which makes it rather weird that a lot of recent anime feature such spineless main protagonists. Hopefully the trend will disappear soon x_x

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  7. baka~
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 21:44:29

    Spineless main characters are rather annoying, which makes it rather weird that a lot of recent anime feature such spineless main protagonists

    to give these guys the benefit of handling their role, they usually gain power-ups along the way but Kujou never had anything significant. I honestly thought his way of saving Victorique during phantasmagoria would boost his manliness but I guess it shortened his **** instead! GAH! I hate that guy!! X_X

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