Gosick aired in 2011, but I’m going to write about it here because I watched it a few months ago, and Kujo and Victorique is the cutest and most endearing anime couple I’ve seen this year. Just look how adorable they are! This is way better than watching cat videos on Youtube.
The reason they’re so cute is mainly because Victorique is moe as hell. Under ordinary circumstances, you’d never believe that a tsundere loli could be a good character, let alone the best character, but Victorique defies all expectations. She’s clearly intelligent but lacks social graces, and even when she lashes out in unhelpful ways, there’s never any indication that she genuinely intends harm. What’s more, she matures greatly as a person over the course of the series while never losing her awkward charm.
But Victorique would never have been such a great character if she didn’t have her Watson to support her. It’s genuinely heartwarming to see Victorique gradually open up and trust Kujo. He has an earnest puppy-like demeanour that makes him impossible to dislike, so it’s no wonder that even the eternally skeptical Victorique feels safe around him.
What made the Kujo x Victorique dynamic so memorable to me was that I could sense how lonely these two young people were, and that was why they were drawn to each other. It’s obvious enough why Victorique is starved for human company; she is literally confined to a tower with only books to occupy her. Kujo’s case is a bit subtler, but he’s also an isolated individual. He is burdened with expectations as the third son of a high-ranking Japanese imperial officer. His father never openly showed him affection. He is also an outsider in European society, and Victorique is one of the very first friends he makes. Their interactions made them seem very vulnerable and human.
Episode 12 is one of my favourite episodes of the series. It’s pure slice of life. It shows Kujo and Victorique having a squabble, although Kujo still decides that he wants to spend his holidays with Victorique. For the rest of the episode they laze around and get to know each other a little better.
It is often said that the mysteries in Gosick are kind of crap and that the real point of the series is watching Victorique and Kujo be cute around each other. I would have to agree. Gosick is a bit like Hyouka in that sense. While I didn’t dislike the mysteries, I don’t remember any of them too well now, even though it’s only been a few months since I watched the series. On the other hand, the characters are extremely memorable from start to finish. They particularly shine in the second half (although that ending was a bit………..)
If there is one thing I found disappointing about Gosick it was the lack of interesting side characters and alternate pairings. Besides Victorique and Kujo, most of the characters were superficial. Victorique’s brother Grevil is the exception, though. The story of his crush on his childhood friend Jacqueline broke my heart. I would have liked to see more of those two.