Let us ponder about the meaning of life!
|I’m actually on time this episode! 8D Tomorrow’s a public holiday here in Singapore so I finally have time to take a breather. Let’s take a look at what’s happening this week in pretty Hyouka~|
It’s been about a month since the trio had joined the Classics Club and pretty much nothing has happened since then. Eru decides that the time to act is now – she wants to publish an anthology to distribute during the school festival, continuing the 40-year tradition of the Classics Club. Houtarou agrees and the two head to the library to search for copies from previous years to refer to. We meet Mayaka, the childhood friend of Houtarou and Satoshi, who’s working her shift as the library assistant. She says the anthologies might be in the archive, but they’ll have to wait for the librarian to finish her meeting. Meanwhile, Satoshi has something up his sleeves once again and he nudges Mayaka to tell them the story.
Basically, there’s been a weird incident that’s been going on for 5 weeks now, when one 2nd year girl would borrow a particular book during lunch every Friday, and return back on the very same day after school. It’s strange because the loan period is two weeks, so why would a group of girls be continuously borrowing and returning it on one day for such a long period? After shooting down several theories, the group is stumped. Then Eru, with her superior sense of smell, points out that had a faint fragrance of paint. With this, Houtarou figures it all out and leads them to the art room – it turns out that the book was borrowed to be used as a motif in an inter-class art project! Mystery solved. Just at the right time, the librarian appears and tells them that the anthologies aren’t in the archives either. Left with no other choice, the trio decides to leave it there for the day and continue searching later on instead.
The following Sunday, Eru asks Houtarou out for a meeting at a nearby café. She appears to be really nervous and admits that she has something to confess to Houtarou…
Quality freaking animation
Watashi wa kininarimasu!
Eru has no idea about the effect she has on people.
I would actually watch this. Bocchan Houtarou & Meido Eru FTW!
Look at those eyes, look how they shine for youuu~
Cutest. Bedhair. EVER!!!
Um that was a… slow episode. There really wasn’t much progress made at all and the so-called “mystery” wasn’t terribly exciting either… Hyouka whyyy are you doing this?! It has so much potential but it’s wasting it on such low-key mysteries! >: They did touch on the Classic Club’s anthologies though, which is a good sign. We’re slowly moving on onto the main mystery of the anime, and I’m trying to convince myself that it’s gonna be awesome. At the moment I honestly have no idea as to what the real mystery is going to be, but the alternative title for this anime is Hyouka: You Can’t Escape. You can’t deny that that sounds incredibly cool. I really hope it delivers. One thing I liked was how they presented the mystery and Houtarou’s theories – the cute and
sometimes headless graphics were easy to follow as long as the subs covered sign-posting.
This episode also raised some questions on Eru’s motives in joining the Classic Club. She’s been giving the excuse of “it’s personal” couple of times now, but I think the confession that she’s going to give to Houtarou will be explaining that to us. The title of the next episode is “A Descendant of the Classics Club and Her Reasons”. I’m guessing that maybe it is a tradition for members of the Chitanda family to join the Classics Club? Perhaps it will also explain her phenomenal sense of smell and hearing and that ability of hers to convince others easily! At this point there’s no telling how far Hyouka will go into the supernatural. All the solutions for the mysteries so far have been based on logic, but there’s really no way to explain Eru’s weird abilities. Maybe the main mystery is linked to the Chitanda family, and for some reason Eru has been given the responsibility to solve it! It’s anybody’s guess. xD
I believe I forgot to address this last episode, but I really like the OP. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard some lovely acoustic music in anime, and along with the beautifully animated PV, I think it suits Hyouka perfectly. Another reason why I like it so much is because it’s sung by Choucho, who’s a Niconicodouga utaite I really adore. I’m glad she’s made it into the anime world and that all her hard work has paid off :’) The ED is pretty cute too, and uh, also full of fanservice, for those who like that kind of thing. It’s sung by Eru’s and Mayaka’s seiyuus, Satomi Satou and Ai Kayano respectively. Hyouka has done wonderfully in terms of animation of the episode too, it was 100% derp-free and for the first time I can finally say this without being sarcastic – it has quality freaking animation. Alright, that’s it for this episode, and I am hoping with alllll my might that there’ll be more plot development soon.