|I wanted to get this arc over with in one post, but it looks like there’s yet another episode to it OTL. OH WELL. This arc has been one of the more interesting for me thus far, so I don’t mind it lasting a few more episodes.|
These past episodes actually had people dying! …Only not, because it was a movie. Actually, I really impressed that they did this since it keeps the realism, but gives the Classic’s Club (aka Houtarou) a chance to solve a murder mystery. I don’t even want to know what the budget was for having the animation constantly shaking and following the characters like that, but it was impressive to say the least since it totally looked like an amateur video. …There was something screwy about the whole thing since you’d think that they could go contact the script writer if they collapsed unless they were in a coma or something, but more on that later.
The most interesting part of episode 8 for me was when Satoshi started labelling them all by Tarot cards. I can see Chitanda as The Fool since it represents infinite possibilities (in her case, she wants to know everything). Mayaka (kind of sort of) works as Justice as well since the card can represent making decisions based on reasoning and logic instead of emotion (I dunno, I think of her blatant sarcasm). Houtarou as Strength is a bit of a hit and miss. It represents the power one receives from conviction and holding back inner desires and passion (think of his energy conserving attitude), but he’s kind of moving away from that more now. …The other thing the card represents is inner female strength and female empowerment. Eru and his sister hold power over him, and I think that’s what Satoshi was going for there, but card is more about personal inner strength… Eru’s card for Houtarou, The Star, was cute though. It represents enlightenment and hope (you know, since he’s always answering her questions). Satoshi’s own card was kind of… off though. The Magician is a card about forward movement and using your own power and resources to get things done. …I haven’t really seen him really do anything that connects him with that (maybe the author knows something I don’t about Satoshi or maybe it connects to the fact that he’s a ‘database’? I dunno). Nobody fits what the cards represent exactly. Overall, it’s like the author who wrote this kind of did research, but then just went with whatever title he thought fit best based on title (the club members could have fit just as well into other cards). The slight exception to that would be Irisu, as she actually fit her card The Empress, rather well. Not so much personality-wise, but with what she’s having the Classic’s Club do. The Empress card represents creation through letting things develop naturally with a few pushes here and there. That’s pretty much what she did with the Classic’s Club and this movie and now that Houtarou’s ‘growth’ is stuck, I bet you her meeting with him is to push him in the right direction again.
They were relying a LOT on the fact that the script writer was competent at their job. Sure, it was okay here since it’s anime and they explicitly said that the girl here was great at paying attention to detail and that she studied how to write mysteries, but I still think that’s leaving a lot to trust. The rest of the production doesn’t really scream ‘reliable’. You’d also think that finishing a half scripted movie would be more effort than writing a new one, but again, there’s something not right about the whole thing.
It was actually extremely interesting hearing all of the different theories and logic that the 3 people came up with. It went pretty much as I expected it to, but I was really intrigued about how the scriptwriter girl had surveyed the film site beforehand and had even written that the grass outside must be undisturbed. How far did she plan ahead for this? …And if you plan that far ahead, why the hell didn’t you write the second part of the script? I think the biggest mystery here isn’t the conclusion to the movie itself, but circumstances around the movie. My guess was that they hired the club to come up with an end on purpose. Their whole involvement seemed… planned somehow.
I never expected Eru to dislike mystery novels. I wonder if she even realizes how much she asks Houtarou to solve for her. Her getting drunk off of whiskey candies was… interesting as well. Does that girl’s moe level know no bounds? I knew from the start that her eating those was probably not a very good idea, but didn’t expect her little, uh, outburst near the end of the episode. It looked like she figured something out too. I bet that she doesn’t even remember it next episode or that she remembers it in an extremely convenient fashion. Anyways, it was interesting to see other characters from the Hyouka world for once since it’s only had a very few number of side characters thus far. When around them, Oreki really does seem like such an introvert. So the mystery still remains unsolved, but I doubt it will end just with that. I don’t think Eru could sleep at night unless Oreki comes up with a solution.
Best. Acting. Ever. I wonder what’s harder for a seasoned seiyuu. Acting well or having to pretend that they can’t act? The whole movie looked terrible, but at the same time, it was brilliant. KyoAni seriously paid attention to detail here and there was so much effort into making something look somewhat terrible. Sure, it probably wasn’t necessary, but it was a nice detail nonetheless. That aside though, I like how this show can still keep everything realistic, but still add in a ‘murder’ mystery of sorts. This way, we get the satisfaction of watching Houtarou solve a crime while keeping it 100% believable. I think this is my favourite arc so far in Hyouka because of all of the possibility exploring. All of the other mysteries before had only one true answer, and while I’m sure this does too, there’s way more room for exploration since it’s based on fiction.
Hyouka threw up a lot of mentions to Holmes, but I confess to never actually reading a single novel of him. …Or seeing the movies. …Or having anything to do with anything regarding Holmes (unless you want to count me watching Milky Holmes, which is probably the farthest thing possible from the actual novels). I’m not entirely familiar with the whole rules for writing mystery either, but like I said before, they’re putting a ton of trust on the fact that the writer knew what she was doing. This episode seemed overly long with buildup. I’m sure there were a ton of hints thrown at us regarding the mystery of the script, but at this point, it’s still frustrating not knowing what’s going on entirely. I don’t even think that we’ve received THE clue that usually gets Houtarou thinking and solving things yet; it’s just been 2 episodes of smaller clues. Other then that, watching Houtarou and team correct any flaws in logic while people try to figure out the ending to the movie was great. The last time Hyouka did this at Eru’s house was great to see (mostly because it allows me to make guess the solution along the way and then have Houtarou point out how stupid my theory is), so it was nice to see it again here. …Though personally, I just assume that every closed room mystery is an accidental suicide. So I imagine that next week will be the actual solution to the whole mystery. I can’t imagine them dragging this arc out longer unless the solution is extremely vague or complicated.