Genre: Drama, Historical, Detective, Mystery,Romance
Original Name: Goshikku
Gosick takes place in 1924 in a small, French-speaking fictional European country; which stretches in a strip from Switzerland, through the Alps between France and Italy, to the Mediterranean Sea. The country is called “Sauville” in the English translation of the light novels; it is called “Saubure” in the anime adaption. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a high-ranking officer of the Imperial Japanese Army, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire contents of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can not solve. The series mostly focuses on Kazuya and Victorique getting involved in different mystery cases and their struggle to solve them, at the same time forming important bonds with different people and themselves.
Victorique de Blois
The female protagonist of the story. Victorique has the appearance of a small (5′ 0″), almost doll-like, girl with very long blonde hair and emerald eyes and a voice that sounds beyond her age, and typical tsundere. Another important part of Victorique’s appearance is a pipe that she uses when thinking about something. She spends her days at the conservatory at the top of the library, reading several difficult books, often in different languages, simultaneously. She points at one wall of the library and has told Kazuya that she has read almost all the books over there. Along with her sharp tongue, abusive bluntness and eccentric attitude, she possesses a genius level intellect which she applies as a consulting detective. After Victorique saves him from an arrest, Kazuya finds himself being entangled in every new mystery that occurs. Because her mother, Cordelia Gallo, was a mistress, and according to Victorique “a dangerous person”, she was imprisoned in the depths of the de Blois mansion where she developed mannerisms that is anything but childlike. She was sent off to school under strict orders to never leave the campus. Only in exceptional circumstances does she obtain permission from Grevil to leave the campus. When she first met Kazuya she did not like him and thought that he was annoying and stupid for climbing up all the stairs in the library. She even ignored him and made fun of him, but gradually warmed up to him and began to trust and cherish him. Despite acting harshly towards Kazuya almost all the time, it’s clear that she cares deeply for him, as seen many times when he is in danger. She enjoys “reconstructing chaos” by solving intricate mysteries and often complains about boredom being the root of her headaches. Throughout the anime, Victorique was also called by others as the “Golden Fairy in the High Tower”, “Gray Wolf” and at the end of the series “Charming Monster”; all of them creatures of folktales. In Gosick Red, Victorique moves to New York and becomes a private detective.
The male protagonist of the story. As the youngest son of a soldier, Kazuya has spent most of his life struggling with living in his highly successful siblings’ shadows. Jealous of all the attention his brothers got, he worked hard to compete, but everything changed when he understood that adults, who think that the youngest child is always spoiled and useless, will never acknowledge his efforts. With a permanent scar in his heart he left the military academy in Japan and before anyone from his family could stop him, went to study abroad to St. Marguerite. Unfortunately, his black-hair, dark brown eyes appearance, combined with the campus legend saying that “the traveler who comes in the spring brings death with him” has resulted in Kazuya being called the “Black Reaper” by the largely apprehensive student body and having no friends. By some twist of fate he becomes a messenger and companion to the most eccentric pupil in the school, Victorique. At first he didn’t like Victorique because of her arrogant and sadistic attitude, but after some time hanging around and knowing her, he started to truly care for her and be protective of her. It is shown that he is willing to risk his life to protect her on more than one occasion. He is described, by Victorique, as a good and sincere person whose soul is pure and beautiful enough to admit pride. Although he claims to have good academic achievement that rivals that of his older brothers, he can be very dense and slow, though he has a keen memory for details when applying it to a crime. Despite everything that happened in Japan he is proud to be a soldier’s son. In Gosick Red, Kazuya moves to New York and becomes a newspaper reporter.