Monday, 23 May 2011

Gosick - Episode 18

Following the chaotic ending to events at Beelzebub's Skull, Victorique and Kujo seem to have made good on their escape via the waiting train and are now well and truly back on their way to safety and the familiar surroundings of their school.  Oh, who am I kidding, of course their journey home isn't that simple...

In the packed carriages of the train, our dynamic duo soon find themselves keeping some interesting company within their compartment - a mysterious orphan, and some other individuals who refer to themselves only as the "scarecrow", "knight" and "woodcutter".  Clearly, these are all people who were involved with the Phantasmagoria at Beelzebub's Skull, and furthermore they all seem to have some kind of agenda - a point that Victorique quickly picks up on, although not before our female "scarecrow" has been stabbed and thrown from the train in a scuffle with the "knight".

Things soon get decidedly crazy from here, with poisonings, shootings, stabbings and the threat of a bomb blowing up and/or derailing the train to contend with as the truth about the individuals involved all reveals itself.  The object of all of their interest also happens to be something of importance to Victorique's current quest - a memento box which seems to be the first step down the path which will allow our diminutive heroine to save herself.

I'm not sure what I can say about this instalment of Gosick other than to simply point out the obvious - that it was a cracking episode, and probably the best the series has offered yet.  It might have been jumbled at times but even this served to the episode's advantage, while it wasted little time in ramping things up and making things hugely interesting as it threw its various elements together in a blur of action, mystery and against the clock danger that somehow ended up turning Victorique into an extra from Gunslinger Girl.  Sure, its a bit of a stretch to call its events believable, but then again that has never been Gosick's plan anyhow and when it's this entertaining, quite frankly who cares?

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