Victorique came to her mother’s village to solve mysteries and chew bubblegum but bubblegum would not be invented by Walter Diemer for another 4 years. Therefore Victorique must solve murders from the past and present while uncovering the motives of the various parties in town. But when the detective brings the light of justice to this town will the guilty go quietly to face justice? I think not.
Victorique comes out of the gate swinging as she solves the death of the two brothers and uncovers the motive of the killer. This gives Grevil a chance to swoop in a show that he is not totally useless thereby sealing the deal that he is Gosick’s Kogoro Mori. She then determines Grevil’s connection the redheaded nun and what she is actually doing here in the first place. Victorique then completes her hat trick with the real who, what, when, where, and why of the incident surrounding her mother. The killer is very obvious so the real question comes down to how was Cordelia framed. The explanation was distinctly weaker than it was in the book but that is par for the course in the anime. Overall I remember being disappointed by the fact that the murders int he past and present are completely unrelated. I think it would have been infinitely more satisfying to have it all connected. Que Sera, Sera.
They really need to get some fire proofing standards in this crazy town because the houses go up like everyone was trying to collect insurance money. The secret of the mysterious village is pretty crazy but even in the book there is no real foreshadowing of the surprise. But it does not really tie into any of the mysteries. It is mostly just an odd plot point. The fight on the bridge was a mixture of silly and exciting and provides Kazuya with his contract required fight scene per story. I noticed that he has a nasty habit of showing up unarmed to fights were people have weapons. This is not a healthy policy. Ambrose throws in at the end and might just secure a place as a reoccurring character especially if Brian Roscoe comes up again. The magician and Cordelia showing up at the end was a totally anime original scene. Overall the anime adaption did little to help what was so far the weakest of the Gosick stories. After this point we are totally in unknown country to me so we shall see how that affects my opinion of the stories without the novels to compare them to.