…And then Eru vowed to never own a pet rabbit. EVER.
|Karakuri here! I’m substituting for Miyu for a bit while she deals with her busy life. (Fight, Miyu! I believe in you!) In other completely unrelated news, everything I’m allergic to is in full bloom AND IT ISN’T AFFECTING ME IN THE LEAST BIT. I THINK I’VE GROWN OUT OF MY ALLERGIES! YEAAAAH!|
Houtarou notices something off about Sekitani’s story after a talk with his sister and the whole truth of Hyouka is revealed via the librarian (aka the girl who wrote that paragraph in the anthology book). Most of Houtarou’s theory was correct, however, Eru’s uncle was actually forced into the position of leader. You see, the cultural festival was something the students used to mess around, so that’s why the teachers tried to cut it short. The students rebelled and forced Sekitani to be their leader …and then they somehow lit the dojo on fire. Thus, Sekitani took the punishment for everything while everyone just kind of stood there and watched him get expelled. Why the name Hyouka? …Because it translates to “ice cream” and in English, it sounds like “I scream”. Ahahaha those crazy Japanese. As for why Eru was crying, it was because her uncle told her that she had to be strong or she would be eaten (…and she got scared).
It didn’t help that back in Sekitani’s day, the students were all on drugs.
With the main mystery over, Hyouka focuses more on club activities. …Which means sitting around and talking. After a conversation about why Eru doesn’t get angry (…that girl is a saint), she asks Houtarou why she did get angrier early in the day. A teacher who was normally very vigilant mistook what the class had already learned and then got angry at the students for not knowing what he was teaching. Eru, in turn, got angry but now she wants to know why such a well organized teacher would have gotten something like that wrong. Houtarou’s answer to the great mystery is that the letters a and d look similar and the teacher’s note in the book about what class ‘d’ had learned was mistaken for ‘a’. At the end, Houtarou notes that it’s not that Eru doesn’t get angry, but instead that she doesn’t like feeling angry.
KyoAni will not be satisfied until everything they animate spouts it’s own religion.
KyoAni, you amaze me. That scene with the metaphorical rabbits and wolves was absolutely perfect. While part of me is still wishing that the Hyouka story was darker, I’m still extremely satisfied with how the whole thing wrapped up. All of the individual mini mysteries that popped up in this story seemed to fit together rather nicely in the end. …Even if it did happen pretty fast. The mystery was solved in about two episodes where I was expecting this to get solved more towards the end of the season to be honest. Asking the librarian wasn’t the most exciting climax, but I think this series’ strong suit is how realistic it all feels (plus the visuals more than made up for it). The story that happened with Eru’s uncle could have happened in real life. The same goes with how the people acted in the story.
So now that the main mystery is solved… now what? Will there be another big mystery now, or just a bunch of tiny ones? I kind of want to say that there might be more to the Hyouka mystery than that explanation, but the entire thing seems pretty conclusive. Even episode 6 had absolutely no intentions of going back to what happened in the past. What really surprised me in this though was the fact that Houtarou wanted to try something other than his usual grey life. I mean, the guy was pretty dead set on staying in energy conserving mode. I’m surprised at how much Eru has changed the guy in such a small amount of time. … Er, well, I guess it could have been the rest of the members as well, but really, the only reason Houtarou seems to do anything is because of Eru (…or fear of his sister). I mean, look at those mini imaginary Erus pestering him in this last episode. I couldn’t say no to that either.
Episode 6 was great for the club’s characterization. I loved Houtarou’s inner monologue about how Eru doesn’t want to get angry towards the end of the episode. The answer was obvious enough looking at it now, but his explanation about how she wanted to justify getting angry added just that extra bit of closure. The same goes for the members pointing out at how unemotional Houtarou looks to the people in that series. We’re a bit more informed about his emotions since we always see his thoughts about things, but this served as a reminder that the other characters don’t. To them, he just acts like everything is a pain and the only time he really opens his mouth is when he’s explaining things. Even the one line explanation as to how Satoshi doesn’t like to show his emotions in front of others was great (I don’t care how one dimensional he is, Satoshi is one of my favourites on this show). Miyu talked about how Satoshi might have something hidden behind his outward personality on her last post and I really hope she’s right on that. When you start off with a one dimensional stereotype, there’s just so much potential for development.