IT’S ABOUT FREAKIN’ TIME, DAMMIT!!!!
*continues screaming till the end of her*
Aww man, where to start, where to START?! x3333 Well, if you read the description in the article or the novel itself (TokyoPop has released volume 1 and 2 already), then it’d be like any ordinary anime adaptation news but it’s more than that for me. I’ve been following this series (or what translated version of it I can find) since I bought it from Barnes and Noble… I guess two years ago? I don’t remember, there was a long delay between volume 1 and 2 but that aside, I absolutely fell in love with Gosick ten pages in. Back then, I wasn’t into the mystery genre but Victorica
I refuse to call her “Victorique”! reminded me so much of Shinku from Rozen Maiden design-wise that I felt utterly compelled to purchase it just for that reason. xD;
But of course, I stuck with it for the characters and the story…but mostly for the characters. <P
So let's just get the general stuff out of the way: Our main male protagonist, Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, a prestigious school in the small, made-up European country of Sauville. The Academy and its students have a penchant for mysteries and horror stories but Kujo has no particular interest. Frankly, he dislikes them since being the only Asian student on campus, everyone avoids him and nicknamed him the "Reaper" because of his unusual transfer.
Kujo then meets Victorique, the girl who is always absent from class, at the top floor of the library when his teacher asks him to deliver a worksheet to her. Victorique has the appearance of a small, almost doll-like, girl but her voice sounds exactly like that of an old woman. Along with her sharp tongue, abusive bluntness and eccentric attitude, she possesses amazing detective skills and Kujo soon finds himself getting dragged into a lot of crime investigations after a near-arrest that Victorique saved him from (at the persuasion of candy xD;).
Alright, yap yap yap, I'll tell you now: Don’t expect this to be a great mystery series. I’ll be honest, though I am no expert in this field, Gosick is by far from anything like Higurashi or whatever good mystery anime you might have seen. It’s pretty average because the detective, Victorique, has almost everything figured out when she hears the story they’re supposed to solve, which kills the suspense a little. She doesn’t outright identify the criminal on the spot, giving you enough time to try and play around with the clues yourself, but even those are measly hints and the murder plots, which are sometimes a little outrageous, only make sense when she explains them (through her “reconstruction of the fragments of Chaos” or something).
Then again, I’m no good with deductions and guesswork so you might think differently if you’re familiar with books like these.
I can’t say much else about the mysteries because I personally find them interesting either way. *easy to please and scare* I’m more in it for the art, which is not ground-breaking impressive or anything but I just love gothic clothing and European settings A LOT so yea. Heh. <D
Going back to what I started about the characters, they're pretty much the major reason why I decided to stick with this. Not the most brilliant cast you'll ever come across since Kujo is your typical stumbling, pushover (but that’s what makes him so adorable, Kujo~ <3) with enough brawn, brains, and effort to make up for his shortcomings while Victorique is the resident tsundere genius heroine but hell, I don’t care! I like their personalities and how they interact with each other
= pairing so that’s more than enough for me! Oh yea, I’m all about two cute people bickering back and forth in situations that kinda threaten their lives and having their adorable “D’awww, they’re just worried about each other” moments in between. It’s exciting cute chemistry! YEA. 8D
Other than that, I’m going to hold back from saying anymore just in case you happen to be interested in checking this out and don’t want to be spoiled. If you’re not into light novels much or simply don’t have the time to read, Ivy Scans has scanlated the first two chapters of the manga adaptation, which I think follows the original pretty faithfully but I’m not so sure because it goes about the story and happenings in chronological order whereas the novel starts when Kujo and Victorique are already acquainted well enough with each other and has “flashback” novels to tell how their relationship developed.
A drama cd has also been released but I doubt anyone has it for download or want to purchase it for that matter since it costs like $60 on Amazon (it dates back to 2006 so no surprise). Fortunately, I already bought it a while ago so if anyone is interested, I’d be glad to upload the tracks as a special preview gift and even give you a summary of the story. It won’t be accurate but I got the gist of what’s happening and luckily, chapter 2 of the manga seems to correspond with the drama CD, too.
Now going on the anime (don’t worry, I’m almost done talking), I really, really, REALLY hope they keep the drama CD cast or I will BAWL my eyes out because I’ve grown so attached these seiyuus in these roles:
See this all-star cast? Why would you want to change it? <3
Yea, they should totally keep this cast cuz one, Chiwa Saitou sounds so awesome as a loli-baasan (LOL) and she and Miyu Irino have worked together before (er, after the drama) in Gundam 00 as Louise and Saji, respectively, so PLEASE don’t separate them! Onegai desuu~! ;3;
Yui Horie plays Kujo’s meganekko sensei, Cecil, and one of my old and very talented favorites, Takehito Koyasu, plays the humorously arrogant detective with the crazy hair cut. I’ll skip on describing Satsuki Yukino’s role but she voiced her part really well, too.
As for what studio I want to take up this project…hmm, well I know big names won’t try at it since it’s most likely going to be one of the more mediocre shows among the line-up with a smaller audience but I still want one that gives us nice animation.
Studio Pierrot came up in my mind first cuz I was catching up on Tegami Bachi, another shounen series, when this popped up on my reader but ehh, I didn’t like how they put original fillers into Tegami Bachi when they had enough manga material to go off on. Also, their animation is not always consistent so hoping it’s not them. :/
I considered Madhouse but was disappointed with how Kobato was handled so kinda 50/50 on that though this probably won’t happen either. *shrug*
My biggest wish is for A-1 Pictures to take it up. Have doubts on how true they’ll stay to the original but I can trust them to do decently on the art at least.
…Maybe the studio who did Rozen Maiden (can’t remember the name) would be alright, too. Hmm. =/
…oh, and I’d also like Yuki Kajiura to do the opening theme, ending theme, and original soundtrack if possible.
And avoid Ali Project unless you give me a good OP sequence, kthxbai.
*sigh* Yea. Well, I’ll keep posting any updates about it if there’s anymore news.
And I’m going to blog this?
What the hell would make you think otherwise after all the trouble I went through to make this post? lol This is MINE, bbs. I claimed it first so nobody touch it, UNDERSTAND?!?! xDDD