Episode 17 -
Hrm, well this was a bit unexpected. This episode takes a break from the usual setup that arcs have had in this series, and instead is devoted to even more buildup, as well as some character development. Normally we would have seen a mystery that Victorique would be miraculously solving at this point in time. Instead, this episode is really pushing a lot of development towards the main story, which I have to say, is a great change-up in my eyes. Not to mention, the involvement of some previously “background only” characters is really adding to the sense of tension and suspense in this series. Hopefully all this buildup culminates in one heck of a climax.
The biggest difference between this arc so far, and previous arcs, is that normally there would be some sort of small time mystery that Victorique would be solving by now. A brief, small mystery did indeed pop up in the form of the clockmaker being killed, but the episode chose to practically give it no attention at all whatsoever. While I normally may not have been to comfortable with skipping over a mystery, the really tension-heavy mystery involving Brian Roscoe, Cordelia, Albert De Blois, and Victorique takes much higher priority in my eyes.
As expected, this episode continued to build upon the main overarching mystery by adding in much more foreshadowing, as well as questions with regards to what exactly are the motivations in everybody involved in this complex affair. What is Albert De Blois plotting? Why are Cordelia and Brian Roscoe acting in such secrecy? Is there some sort of major conspiracy or event in the works here? And how do they all connect to the “great wind”, aka World War II? And what in the world is Victorique’s role in all of these affairs?
This episode places emphasis on still unknown aspects of the main plot, and further shrouds them in mystery. At the same time, it seems that this episode was also meant to solidify the Kujo x Victorique relationship, and try and get some details between the two settled. Victorique’s reliance on Kujo, and Kujo’s desire to protect her, were both displayed quite a bit in this episode. While Kujo may not be the most competent guy around, he does do what needs to be done when push comes to shove. How these two, who are bound to face hardship together in the future, cope with things is a major point of interest.
And, finally, this episode laid to rest some of Victorique’s doubts with regards to her origins and her parents. While Albert De Blois is obviously plotting something with regards to Victorique, at least we know that Cordelia is more of a proper parent, looking out for her only daughter. Victorique always seemed to have a deeply sensitive issue with regards to her family, and this episode helped lay some of her concerns to rest.
As of now, there are still a bunch more questions with regards to the main story. As I mentioned earlier, a lot of heavy power players such as Brian Roscoe, Cordelia, and Albert De Blois, are starting to take action. With the backdrop of the supposed “great wind” ominously approaching, as well as the oddity of Victorique’s involvement in all this, I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how this plot moves forward.
Overall Enjoyment: 3.9/5
Screenshots are later in the post.