Anime Wednesday is Go!
Hey, Guys! I'm back and it's time for more Asian Cartoon Fun in the summer.
Keep in mind, my Southern Hemisphere brothers and sisters, that summer is going strong in Japan and America right now. I hope you're either staying cool or staying warm, depending on where you are on this muddy rock.
This week's review is for an anime that is basically Sherlock Holmes as a love story. Pretty intriguing!
After that, we will discuss the Summer 2014 Schedule. There are some duds and some treats but as always, I leave my opinion but also leave it up to you guys to make the right decisions for yourselves.
Gosick is styled after the word Gothic. Don't ask me why they didn't just make it Gothic. I'm just... gonna assume they can't say their th's. The story is set in 1924 in a fictional European country called Sauville. It extends in a strip from Switzerland, through the alps between France and Italy, to the Mediterranean Sea.
|It's that tiny little red country in the middle. |
Also you'll notice some of the other countries and bodies of water have weird names.
The main character is Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a high-ranking officer in the Japanese Imperial army (keep in mind this was before WW2 when Japan was pretty much being run by its military). He transferred to St. Marguerite Academy in Sauville, where the popular trend is urban legends and horror stories.
He meets the character of interest, Victorique de Blois, who is mysterious, beautiful, and absolutely brilliant at a dainty, doll-like five-foot even. She does not go to classes but stays in the huge library all day. She often stays there in the conservatory at the top of the library, reading several difficult books, often in different languages, simultaneously. At one point, she remarks to Kujo that she has read all the books on one massive wall and then points to another massive wall and says she has finished all of those two. So the girl is very well-read with a genius intellect. She also has a sharp tongue, abusive bluntness, and an eccentric attitude, and uses a pipe to think while she "reconstructs chaos". She enjoys "reconstructing chaos" by solving intricate mysteries and often complains about boredom being the root of her headaches. Have you realized who the Sherlock Holmes is yet?
|It's elementary, my dear Watson.|
Although Victorique is very brusque with Kazuya, who is dense and slow sometimes but possesses a keen memory, it's clear she is attracted to him and has feelings for him as the series goes on. Kazuya becomes entangled in her life after she saves him from a near arrest. From there he becomes her Watson, following along with her as she works as a consulting detective for her brother, Grevil de Blois, who is an aristocrat that forced the local police to hire him simply because he was interested in crime. In reality, Grevil is a very awful detective and must beg help from Victorique. She allows him to take all the credit for any mystery she solves because she dislikes any attention she would get from the public for her astounding work. Kazuya is initially annoyed with her, but after spending time with her and getting to know how she ticks, he begins to truly care for her and protect her from a conspiracy that goes all the way back to her birth and beyond.
|Kazuya is a pretty cool Watson who doesn't afraid of anything.|
The series goes on into Victorique's origins, why her relationship with her brother is so unique, why she isn't living with any kind of family, and even why her genius intellect and emerald eyes exist at all. I'll save that for you guys to discover for yourself. If you love mystery and romance, or are even a fan of Sherlock Holmes, this anime is your ticket to Paradise. The animation is beautiful and stunning and the story focuses on its characters intensely while also portraying puzzles that will stump you until Victorique reveals how events unfolded. The overarching story of Victorique's background is very interesting, compelling, and intriguing too. Give it a look. It's fun and sometimes very funny.
Summer 2014 Schedule
The picture seems pretty tiny, but if you open it up in a new tab and zoom in, you will be able to clearly read the writing. The chart is massive and Blogger won't let me make it any bigger. Here you'll see they are rebooting Sailor Moon, continuing Sword Art Online, and other things. I don't know your interests, so I'll let you peruse at your leisure. Movie, OVA, and DVD releases are also listed!
It's hard to tell at the moment what will be very popular in the next few days but if the list above is correct, it will probably be Sword Art Online 2, The Sailor Moon Reboot, the two Urobuchi-written animes, Space Dandy season 2, and Hanamonogatari. Keep in mind these are educated guesses on my part considering the popularity of their predecessors and, in the case of the Sailor Moon Reboot, their anticipation by fans.
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That's it for this week. My fellow Americans, enjoy Independence Day. Everyone else, I hope your summer or winter is going great! Catch you on the flip side.