Kazuya Kujou is a foreign student at Saint Marguerite Academy, a luxurious boarding school in the Southern European country of Sauville. Originally from Japan, his jet-black hair and dark brown eyes cause his peers to shun him and give him the nickname “Black Reaper,” based on a popular urban legend about the traveler who brings death in the spring. On a day like any other, Kujou visits the school’s extravagant library in search of ghost stories. However, his focus soon changes as he becomes curious about a golden strand of hair on the stairs. The steps lead him to a large garden and a beautiful doll-like girl known as Victorique de Blois, whose complex and imaginative foresight allows her to predict their futures, now intertwined. With more mysteries quickly developing—including the appearance of a ghost ship and an alchemist with the power of transmutation—Victorique and Kujou, bound by fate and their unique skills, have no choice but to rely on each other. – My Anime List
Based on 15 review scores:
The Otaku’s Study
While it cannot compete with other series on the market when it comes to intellectually-stimulating mysteries alone, GOSICK builds upon what it offers with great visuals and solid world building. Gosick didn’t seem to be the safest option for Madman when it came to being one of their first Japanese-subbed currently Australian-exclusive English releases to distribute in a fair while, but I think it worked in their favor, proved to be a solid release and I hope it paid off.
I was a fan of this series back when it was available on Crunchyroll. It follows the odd duo the doll-like Victorique and Japanese foreigner Kazaya as they solve mysteries in a fictional french inspired country Sabure (sometimes Sauville). Victorique’s wellspring of wisdom makes her a queen of quick deductions, and Kazaya plays ‘Watson’ to her ‘Holmes’. Hopefully this series gets more popular, so we can get the novels translated as well. I recommend it if you’re a fan of works like Detective Conan (Case Closed) or Sherlock Holmes style mysteries. Like Detective Conan, there is an ongoing plot slowly unraveling but Gosick does this in 24 episodes instead of hundreds.
Anime News Network
As pure mystery series go, there are certainly stronger options out there, but none of them can match Gosick’s visuals and few can equal it on the development of its central couple. The series does have its humorous moments, too, and its ending, which is somewhat open to interpretation, is anything but tame. One may have to muddle through some weak early episodes, but the late pay-off will certainly be worth it.
So overall Gosick is not something to “go sick” with its bad storytelling but not something to love either. It just has a loli with hax powers and a dork breezing though silly mysteries before in the finale they suddenly go all serious just to win final impressions. Well I am not impressed. It is a barely above average show that aims at moeblob fans and people who only care about the superficial aspects (the artwork or the music). I have to admit that is a lot more memorable than most other storyless moe school comedies for trying to have abit more story and a bit more special setting but other than that, it is very far from a good detective show with ingenious mysteries and unforgettable characters. It is (just like most mainstream anime a mostly light and silly watch for mass pleasing and nothing close to what could make it an all-time classic. And sure, most people will say it is amazing, just because they would compare it with your average moeblob instead of your average detective story. It can be good if you see it like that but bad if you see it like the other case.
My Anime List
Somewhat surprisingly, I found that I enjoyed this anime a lot more than I thought I would. The idea of loli detectives is no more laughable than that of a little old lady, an author of crime fiction, or even a mouse, and once I got over my initial aversion I found a show that was interesting at the very least. That doesn’t mean I’m sold on the idea though, but that’s mainly because of shows like Milky Holmes and Hidan No Aria, which really haven’t done the concept any favours.
With Gosick you have to be patient. It’s not just that it takes its time to get going: some episodes and stories are downright bad, rushed and make no sense. This gets completely abandoned as the series goes on, though. ‘Engaging” is the best way to describe this series. It may not be amongst Bones’ best work, but once it left its flaws behind, it really drew me in.
The second half is great. The adventure is exciting, all the characters are fleshed out (even the guy with unicorn hair becomes a non-joke), and the mysteries are interesting. We even get some good politics and a bit of romance. Overall, I would probably rate the second half a 9, but the first half only a 7.
Claudia’s Anime Blog
It is lucky that we have two main characters to hold up the series that bumped it from mediocre to quite good. In my opinion it’s worth checking out, so long as you don’t have high expectations for a mystery. Its first half is where most of the flaws lie, while the second half is great improvement from the latter. It is enjoyable, and it makes for a very good historical drama at the end of it, finishing off in a way that left a feeling of satisfaction. Upon finishing this anime I realized that I had thoroughly enjoyed it. It isn’t something you have to watch right at this very moment, but if you ever have a bit of time to spare then give Gosick a try – from me it comes as a recommended ‘Rent it’ or ‘Stream it.’ I wouldn’t recommend buying it on impulse until you’ve actually seen the series enough to know whether you like it or not.
The Anime Habitue
Overall, GOSICK is a good strong series with a nicely played emotional roller coaster. Some of you might even tear up during the ending. I haven’t seen a series like this in a good while and I have no qualms calling it “Great”. Now those returns may diminish on successive viewings but your first time through is a whirlwind you won’t soon forget. I’m ready for a U.S. distributor to pick this up, I’ll have the (hopefully) blu-ray’s pre-ordered as soon as that happens because this one is for the shelf folks…mine at least.
I really enjoyed this series even though it turned out to be much darker than I expected; we learn that Victorique’s mother had been kidnapped, raped and held captive to give her father the child he needed and that Victorique had been held captive for much of her life! Kujo is a good protagonist; holding the story together well but Victorique is the most interesting character; she is constantly insulting Kujo but it is clear that she misses him whenever he isn’t around. While the animation looks cute the subject matter frequently isn’t; the murders don’t happen off screen and there is often plenty of blood spilt, also not every ‘good’ character makes it to the end so the viewer must expect some sadness.
Gosick is a show that tries hard to be atypical in the mystery/suspense genre of anime, but it probably doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself completely, in terms of it’s plot. However, if you’re looking for a mystery show that has a lot to do with the urban legends and horror stories, and you’ve got 24 episodes worth of time to spend, Gosick is beautifully-drawn option.
The Nihon Review
It’s fair to say that GOSICK’s flaws are mostly solved by Victorique. Watching her develop as the series progressed was fascinating. It’s truly fortunate that Bones chose to focus on her relationship with Kujo as opposed to the mysteries that she’s asked to solve — taking the latter course would have been an awful decision on their part. By turning attention away from weaker aspects of the show and investing time and resources in developing its main characters, GOSICK saves itself from mediocrity. Despite the plot’s lack of attention to detail and muddling about, GOSICK found a way to consistently entertain me through its entire run. By turning what could have been a vapid, low-IQ mystery show for middle-schoolers into a compelling (and sometimes, genuinely charming) romantic drama between two social outcasts, Bones‘ managed to avert potential disaster.
Its murder-mystery elements don’t always deliver, but Gosick manages to be entertaining despite its occasionally glaring flaws.
A disappointing last third hampers what could have been a decent show. Instead it’s just mediocre.