- 2 Seasons
What would happen if Sherlock were to transforms into a tiny young woman? He'd become the mystery-solving Victorique du Blois from "Gosick," an anime focusing on a series of mysteries around a school and its surrounding population. While most anime shows are based on comics, "Gosick" is based on a number of novels; the original series was written by Japanese author Kazuki Sakuraba. The show is about Kazuya Kujo, a son of a Japanese soldier living in 1924. After dropping his military school duties and responsibilities to study abroad, the young man finds himself at St. Margeurite Academy, a place shrouded in mystery and local folklore. While investigating the "golden fairy" that supposedly haunts the school's enormous library, Kujo finds Victorique dwelling at the top of the library. A pint-sized girl with extremely long hair, a sweet-tooth, and an aptitude for solving mysteries (even smoking a pipe as she thinks and reveals the truth of each mystery), Victorique bonds with Kujo - though she continues to show affection through the show by calling Kujo a number of names and speaking down on him as she solves the various mysteries the two characters are dragged into. It's as the show progresses that Kujo learns more about Victorique - where her brilliance comes from, why she avoids people at all costs, why she is essentially a prisoner within the very school she's enrolled it, and, as his adventures with Victorique draw to a close, what it means to fight to survive. The show's episodes are a mix of story-driven and stand alone mysteries; what unites these two types of episodes is the fact that each one highlights the evolving relationship between the two main characters. In addition to its mingling cast of notably brilliant and average characters, the world in "Gosick" is a world where legends and lore are a strange mix of fact and fiction. It's filled with secrets, many of which are dark and twisted; it is, in many ways, a fine blend of a silly comedy and decent melodrama.