Just as keikaku
|Yay! Hyouka is a out a bit earlier than normal! This is still my favourite arc thus far, and Houtarou was absolutely brilliant this episode.|
So it was Eru who pulled Houtarou out of his shell, but it looks like Irisu was the one to actually motivate him to do things. I guess he was never really self aware of his talents if all it took was a story and Irisu telling him that he’s special to get him to use them. I don’ think Houtarou is the type to completely change what he does just because it makes others feel less of themselves, but I think most of his motivation stemmed from the fact that Irisu straight out told him that this was something she thought only he was capable enough.
Satoshi actually said some pretty deep stuff this episode about his character. He’s a jack of all trades and best at playing the supporting role, which is probably why he hasn’t gotten as much screen time and development as say, Houtarou and Eru. His character just wouldn’t be as interesting to watch as those two. I suppose that Satoshi would know himself best about his ability level, but I agree with Houtarou saying that Satoshi could probably be a great Sherlockian (or whatever else he wanted to be) if he applied himself. What’s holding him back is probably his own self doubt since his comment on being jealous of Houtarou is an indication that he actually does want more of a role.
Finally, the shaky camera makes sense. …Maybe. If that part of Houtarou’s solution was true, that is. I’m sure it was just another part of the crappy production, but at least during the festival, the class could write the shaky camera off as being on purpose to make the viewer more aware of the cameraman. You KNOW the production is bad when even the anime characters comment on it. Houtarou’s solution regarding the flashlight and the camera angling was brilliant though. Mayaka should have gotten some credit there since I’m not sure if Houtarou would have noticed and solved the mystery as quickly if she hadn’t pointed it out.
I can’t decide if this is more Penguindrum or Persona-ish
So the club’s participation (or at least Houtarou’s) WAS planned. …I was expecting Irisu to actually know the solution to the mystery, but I don’t think this arc is quite over since the rope thing is unsolved. If there was a theme to this episode, it would be about… ability? Satoshi had his whole rant there, but Houtarou was finally motivated to use his logic to actively do something. …Judging from his reaction to Mayaka mentioning that he never figured out the use for the rope though, his confidence is going to go down just as his motivation goes up. Houtarou seems pretty used to being right in his deductions and I think this is the first time we’ve ever seen him be straight out wrong about something. …Or a least it looks like he’s pretty wrong. I just wonder how much this is going to affect him. Could this be another test by Irisu? She paused a bit before saying that his solution must be correct. It could have just been the subs, but there was something odd about her wording that made it seem like she wasn’t outright saying “That’s the solution.”
This episode had me intrigued the entire way through. Not just because of Houtarou’s solution and how he came up with it, but it offered a fair bit of insight into Houtarou’s character. I never would have pegged him as someone who would actually try at things with that small amount of coaxing. I thought Eru would have been the one to make that huge change in him. Though then again, Irisu seems to be more aware of how people work. Everyone immediately expected that it was her who convinced Houtarou to solve the mystery, so I guess it wasn’t that big of a surprise in their world. Chitanda was missing for pretty much the entire episode as well, so I don’t know if her eyes lighting up last episode was a sign of her realizing something, a side effect of her getting drunk, or what. She did seem to want to tell Houtarou something after the movie was done, but it could have just been about the whole rope thing.
So Houtarou might have been wrong, but just how wrong was he? All of his deductions seemed pretty spot on (and it doesn’t seem like there could be many possibilities for the solution since the clues are pretty specific), so maybe he just missed a minor detail like with the Hyouka arc? …I have to admit, the next episode has me curious.