Gosick 23 – lanterns of peace, sea of grief
June 25, 2011
Wow. This is the second to last episode of Gosick, and the prophesied storm has come. A sad ending had been hinted at for a long time now, so seeing friends drift apart, heroes victimized, the peaceful country of Saubure (Savoy) inflamed with the desire for war, and the villain. Albert de Blois, ascendant is not really a surprise.
Albert sways the king into rejecting the path of peace, and Saubure forms an alliance with Germany, in anticipation of the coming war. It might not be clear from the screen shot above, but this was actually a clever use of surrealism to evoke the complexity of the king’s emotional state. Provoked by Albert, the King remembers how he killed his beloved wife, Coco Rose. The blood spattered on the painting splashes from lower left to upper right, in accordance with the Queen’s beheading, but a single stream of blood runs down the cheek of the painted figure as if she has started crying in accordance with the King’s acknowledgment that he “killed love”.
One thing that was very powerful about this episode was that Kujo was completely missing for the first half. It turns out that Greville shipped him back to Japan as soon as use in capturing Victorique was over. We eventually catch up with Kujo training with the military in the snows of Hokkaido. In addition to the normal rigors of military training, Kujo must defend the ring that is all he has left of Victorique from a thieving superior.
Albert has managed to twist the popular tale of the monstre charmant into a tool to attain the blind allegiance of the citizenry of Saubure. But his sense of theatrics, and belief that he has triumphed over all of his enemies, create an opening, and Victorique’s mother, Cordelia, darts in to avenge what Albert has done to her daughter.
While Cordelia and Brian Roscoe #1 sacrifice themselves in an attack on Albert, Victorique is attacked by her would-be rescuer, Brian Roscoe #2. Really anything can happen at this point. It appears that both Cordelia and Brian Roscoe #1 have been fatally wounded, and Victorique seems to be at the utter mercy of Brian Roscoe #2, who wants to eliminate Victorique to prevent Cordelia from crying. Somehow I don’t think that is going to work, even assuming Cordelia survives her fight against Albert. With Kujo trapped in a military camp in East Asia, Victorique seems pretty helpless.
This is shaping up to an excellent ending, and, in my opinion, more than justifies the series.