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Paul Vanderzee
Paul Vanderzee

Gustaff - Alive



A giant man-eating crocodile who is said to have killed 300 people has avoided capture for years - despite the best efforts of hunters. Twenty-feet long, the Nile crocodile, who has been nicknamed Gustave, is a constant source of terror for locals in settlements near Lake Tanganyika, Burundi, East Africa. He has effectively become part of local folklore. It is unknown whether the enormous beast - which experts estimated to be over 100 years old - is still alive and looking for new prey, with no evidence suggesting he is dead.




Gustaff - Alive



It's still not known whether Gustave is still alive, or even if he is actually one vicious crocodile rather than an easy way to group reports of multiple croc attacks. Still, his legend certainly lives on.


  • Angst? What Angst?: Being thrown out of the house by his mother after putting his corrupt father in jail didn't hamper Tsukasa's capabilities as a young politician, at least in the anime. In the manga, he has a nightmare where Gustav burns his parents alive, with all three of them condemning him for his impossible ideals, showing that he does angst over his parents.

  • Anvilicious: No expense is spared to extol the virtues of democracy and egalitarianism in contrast to the priviliged, corrupt, and sadistic Imperial nobility. Less so in the light novels and manga, where Tsukasa acknowledges that his methods are morally gray and believes that even with his democratic ideals, he can't save everyone. The Yamato arc does a better job of showing how the democratic process can be subverted, but it requires the reader to go through the earlier arcs first.

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The story focuses on the prodigies' attempts at helping the locals from the abusive empire. However, the most-remembered and commonly-clipped scene of Chōyoyū is the mouth-feeding/Kiss of Life between Tsukasa and Lyrule. Because the kiss happens in the first episode, the fact that it's given a close-up shot, and its frequency of briefly appearing in every episodic opening, viewers have once joked that the animators really wanted to highlight it from the get-go.

  • Complete Monster: Duke Oslo El Gustav is a wrathful zealot for the Freyjagard Empire's Social Darwinism, seeking to kill his citizens as tribute to Emperor Lindworm. In order to fatally starve his people, he enacts forced gentrification, bans agriculture via "cleanliness" laws, and levies heavy taxes. When a neighboring region revolts, Gustav uses a spell powered by unwilling spirits in an attempt to incinerate the rebels and the nobles who failed to stop them. Upon seeing the broken remains of his prized emperor statue, he converts several Blue Brigade soldiers into tortured flaming zombies as revenge. Worshiping the emperor as the embodiment of his ideology, Gustav dies wishing for his master to crush the world's "weaklings" underfoot.

  • Love to Hate: Duke Glaux Einzgarm is a corrupt POS who backs the Principles Party not because he believes in their ideals, but because he wants to accumulate wealth for himself and his cronies. He also proves to be a more interesting antagonist than the previous ones, since he knows how to use Elm's democratic process and two-party system to his own advantage, as opposed to the other aristocrats relying on brute force. While it's satisfying to see the protagonists expose his crimes and put him in his place, all the antagonists who outlast him won't be able to contribute as much to the Democracy Is Flawed aesop, since they aren't manipulating the system from the inside.

  • She Really Can Act: Despite the source material's problems in its story, both Hisako Kanemoto and Erica Mendez pull off a terrifying performance as Keine when she lobotomizes Count Clementus in episode 11. It's both awkward and scary to hear Squid Girl in Japanese or Mash Kyrielight in English lobotomizing someone and pulling off an Evil Laugh.

  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The revolution arc is long enough to fill out a 12-Episode Anime, which is problematic because while this arc shows a simplistic promotion of democracy, this is a setup for later arcs showing how brittle a hastily-established republic is in the face of trade wars and corrupt politicians.

  • Squick: Keine advising Ringo to drug Tsukasa into unconsciousness and then date rape him.

  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Akatsuki is a stage magician in a fantasy world that has real magic, yet the series does nothing to show a difference between the two by showing how his tricks even work (especially since many of the tricks he performs would be utterly impossible to pull off in real life). And for someone so skilled in stage magic, it is really odd it never appears he is even interested in seeing if he can use real magic.

  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In the anime at least, it's never shown what Tsukasa thinks of Keine's lobotomy of Count Celenteus, despite how it would be interesting to see if Keine's extremism would support or conflict with his overly utilitarian mindset. In the light novel, Masato's inner monologue states that Tsukasa would have opposed her extreme methods if he had known, since he considers free will a higher priority.

  • Mother's Basement opined that the series would have been interesting if the characters had tried to build a new kind of government from scratch and treated the world as a blank slate. Instead, they just try to recreate modern Japanese liberal democracy while barely, if never addressing or even acknowledging its flaws in the process, ensuring that this world will effectively suffer the same mistakes as theirs. This is a scenario that could have been avoidable if they put some their prodigal intelligence into common sense instead of just recreating the kind of government they were used to back home. While the light novels and manga occasionally portray democracy as flawed, especially in the Yamato arc, the anime adaptation doesn't get this point across as well because of its compressed nature.

  • Despite Gustav stating that Tsukasa is similar to Count Blumheart, Tsukasa and Blumheart never meet and compare their views on egalitarianism. The two come from different societies, so it would have been interesting to see if that would cause their views on egalitarianism to diverge.

  • While the Yamato arc does try to show the democratic process, flaws and all, Elm seems to use a two-party system and the election focuses mainly on a single issue, which makes it easy for Einzgarm to gain influence over both parties. It would have been more interesting to see how a multi-party system would hold up in the Republic of Elm while bringing up additional issues.

  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: While it's hard to root for the Empire since most of them embody Aristocrats Are Evil, the Prodigies are also hard to root for either since they perform a lot of questionable actions like torture (Keine), blackmail (Masato), and threatening people with a gun (Tsukasa) in dealing with the corrupt nobles. Using a fake religion to rally the masses also doesn't do the prodigies much favors in terms of morality. Additionally, through Tsukasa and Gustav, the story promotes the idea that Democracy Is Flawed, which implies that the story won't end happily even if the Republic of Elm manages to defeat the Empire.



In a New York City newsroom, Tim (Purcell) is talking on his phone, while looking at a TV to see if his name is mentioned in connection with a case that he was working on in which the evidence was falsified. His cameraman and friend Steven is telling him maybe their boss, Roger, did not see or hear what was being broadcast, when Tim is asked to see Roger. Tim sees Roger who does not want to talk about his contract just yet, but instead introduces him to Aviva, a woman standing by another television set viewing a report about the anthropologist whose fate we saw. Aviva is a reporter who deals with animal stories, and she is interested in the story of Gustave, an enormous crocodile known to have killed hundreds of people in Africa. Tim is browbeaten into going to Africa with her to capture Gustave alive, taking Steven along.


Tim attempts to trick Harry by giving him the GPS locater for the dart that tracks Gustave, saying it tracks a suitcase that contains the video. Harry declines and forces Tim to find the "suitcase". While searching, Tim finds Steven's mutilated body, and kills the guard that was sent with him. Aviva splatters crocodile pheromones over Harry, and Gustave comes and devours the warlord. Tim, Jojo and Aviva climb into the Range Rover followed by Gustave, but they manage to escape home. The ending states that with the death of Little Gustave, the civil war ended for good, but Gustave is seen still very much alive and killing people.


As of the late 19th century and into the early 20th, these tales have come alive on paper and canvas, further impressing their significance on the collective human psyche. When one envisions an ogre, fairy, witch, or beast, one has the imaginations of the artists showcased in this exhibit to thank. Their labors represent the contemporary manifestations of age-old traditions.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1900, shows Gustave F. Krause (age 35) born October 1864 in Germany to German-born parents, and having immigrated in 1866 and a Naturalized Citizen, and who cannot speak English, is a married Farmer owning his farm free of a mortgage, and is living in the Town of Waukechon, Wakchechon Twp., Shawano Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 14 years, Ottilie M. Krause (age 32) born December 1868 in Germany to German-born parents and having immigrated in 1880, with all 8 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his eight children, all born in Wisconsin to German-born parents: Anna A. Krause (age 13) Born November, 1887; John W. Krause (age 12) Born January, 1888; Frank F. Krause (age 9) Born October, 1890; Louise A. Krause (age 8) Born December, 1891; Hermina H. Krause (age 6) Born October, 1893; Amelia A. Krause (age 4) Born November, 1895; Robert W. Krause (age 2) Born October, 1897; and Lydia H. Krause (age 1/12) Born April, 1900. Also living there is his widowed mother, Louise H. Krause (age 77) born September, 1822, in Germany to German-born parents, and having immigrated in 1866, and who cannot speak English, with 6 of the 7 children born to her still alive. 041b061a72


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