Yep. Hyouka is all about sunshine, rainbows and getting struck by lightning.
|I should probably be talking about Hyouka here, but THIS (and THIS as well) have me too excited. …Also, it’s relevant because part of the reason I’m late for episode 17 of Hyouka is due to my quest for 100% pin completion. THE TIMING IS TOO PERFECT. I ADMIT TO PROCRASTINATING. …Okay, back to the mysteries.|
The narrative style for this episode was pretty interesting since they started with the conclusion of the mystery and THEN went back and explained that the entire thing was planned. Bringing up a couple of episodes back when Satoshi mentioned that Christie liked to write narrative tricks into her books, I found this episode kind of like that (and I figure it was intentional since they already pointed out that the entire mystery here had links to Christie). I still don’t know a thing about the ABC Murders, but in And Then There Were None, it kind of ended similarly where the mystery played out, everyone died (or in Hyouka’s case, everyone ‘lost’ something), and only afterwards were all of the contradictions explained. Not a huge deal, but I figured I’d point it out since this arc was more Christie.
…That being said, HOLY CRAP did Tanabe ever put a ton of effort into this little mystery here. Seriously. All of that just to ask some guy if he’s read a script? That’s pretty subtle. So subtle that I’m wondering how the intended ever even got the message. He obviously did (or at least, he knew Tanabe was behind it all) , since he addressed Tanabe during his speech, but that has to be a huge blow to Tanabe that even despite his effort, the script still wasn’t read. Poor Satoshi as well. The answer to the mystery came pretty easy this time around after so much buildup, but I think that it’s because it was so easy (for Houtarou at least) that Satoshi had such a hard time coping with it. …On top of his inferiority complex. Like I said last episode, Houtarou DID have something to build his case on and Satoshi just didn’t see the connections that Houtarou did. …He seems to be taking it pretty hard. I hope Hyouka does something about his inferiority complex by the end of the series since this guy has done nothing but be proven wrong the entire run. Being Mayaka was suffering as well since her whole reason for being miserable was all due to a comment said on a whim because of some admiration-envy thing. I guess the lesson here is that there are just some things you can’t convince people to do.
Romance-wise? I can see Eru and Houtarou happening, but Mayaka and Satoshi seems like a longer shot, even though it’s pretty clear that Mayaka likes the guy while Houtarou’s feelings for Eru (and vice versa) are still somewhat up in the air. …Plus there’s the whole point of Satoshi’s sexual orientation being ambiguous. I don’t really talk about it much, but I’ve read quite a few people around the net saying that Satoshi is gay (the fact that his room is covered in purses aside) since that would fit into the whole Sherlockian lore better (…since Hyouka seems to favour that series. Though after the last arc, you could argue the same for Christie to some extent). Personally, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, but I figured I’d bring this up since I’ve never really mentioned it before.
What intrigued me the most this arc? Houtarou’s aneki had figured out the mystery before Houtarou did, since she gave him that manga. Seeing how Tanabe didn’t really react to Houtarou’s name and the whole thing seemed like an internal problem, I assume she was never in on any of it and therefore, figured it out herself. …So is this where Houtarou gets it? Do logic skills just run through the family? I’m curious. She’s been involved in the main Hyouka arc as well (and possibly the movie arc, though that one’s a bit more ambiguous), making her role much larger than it seems. Sure, Houtarou gets the credit for his skills, but a lot of it comes from his sister. She’s like his subtle guide. Is she a hurdle that Houtarou will need to overcome? I guess only future episodes will tell.
…Only Hyouka could turn something small like a teacher saying that he liked helicopters once into a full blown mystery that requires it’s own episode. I was a bit unsure if Houtarou could solve this one since mysteries from the past always seem to have more ambiguity to them than an ongoing one, but Houtarou seemed to have pieced this one together quite nicely. I was half expected something like the lightning strikes effecting his personality, but nope. Hyouka takes a way more logical route. While the mystery took the main focus of the episode, it was just a roundabout way of displaying more of Houtarou’s personality.
Hear that? That’s the sound of hell freezing over.
The message to all of this? Houtarou is actually more people-oriented then you’d think. …Though that doesn’t quite sound right (maybe the word considerate would work better here…? Sensitive to others…?) For lack of a better term, he’s not really motivated to do things for himself but for others, he’s willing to put in more effort (I think this was Chitanda’s understanding of this too). I took his actions this episode as him feeling a bit guilty (or maybe not quite guilt, but still feeling bad) of making assumptions of his old teacher like that and he wanted to clear up the misunderstanding. I only say this because Houtarou said that he didn’t like the fact that he said that the teacher liked helicopters. I’m sure you could argue that Houtarou just really wanted to know the truth for truth’s sake, but I don’t think he’s one to actively seek it like that unless someone asks him into it.
So I can’t really say much more about this episode, but Houtarou is definitely growing as a character. It will be interesting to see where he and this series ends up (I think there are 4 episodes left…? That’s enough for at least one last big arc). Especially since there isn’t really a set route for this anime and mysteries seem to come and go without any real goal.