Hyouka – 02
「名誉ある古典部の活動」 (Meiyoaru Kotenbu no Katsudou)
“The Activities of the Classics Club and Its Honor”
If anything, I’d say this week’s episode of Hyouka was a lot more compelling than last weeks. Even though there weren’t any spectacular hair rape scenes, I thought this episode did a better job of telling its story and an even better job of portraying Houtaro’s nature. Now, if only it didn’t end on that damn cliffhanger…
While I wasn’t expecting much since Hyouka is a two-cour series and is probably still easing us into the fray of things, I was a little disappointed how identical this week’s episode was compared to last week’s. Following the same pattern as before — introducing a new mystery, gathering clues, and watching Houtaro blow everyone’s mind after coming to a completely logical conclusion that no one else even fathomed — I was hoping for something a little different. I suppose introducing the spunky Ibara Mayaka would count as something different since it appears she’ll actually bring some variety to the table but honestly, I think I may have been too focused on just how different Kayano Ai sounds when she’s not voicing emotionless characters (in a good way). That said, I was surprised to discover that she apparently shares the same love for mysteries that Chitanda does.
Luckily, two major things happened that swiftly brought this episode from being a complete bore to something really interesting. While I’d have to chalk the first one up to the original writer for creating such an interesting character as Houtaro, there’s something about his personality that reflects through his interactions with others that make him a joy to watch. Between his death stares at Satoshi for being a jerk, his fantastic skills at solving mysteries, and his sarcastic internal comments about Chitanda’s more eccentric nature, he’s slowly becoming the main reason I keep coming back to this show. While I’m not a big fan with his low energy issue, it is interesting to watch him struggle with it and hopefully with Chitanda’s help he’ll be able to turn things around in the future.
The second thing had to be that huge cliffhanger that the show built up in a matter of minutes. Starting as soon as Chitanda revealed a little bit about her personal need to understand how the parts of a system work together as a whole, things started snowballing when she privately met Houtaro. Because not only did it feel like Chitanda was ready to reveal what those personal matters she mentioned last episode may be about but I doubt anyone would argue that she looks stunning in regular clothing.
Seeing how the preview gave us almost nothing except the episode title, it looks like we’ll all be squirming around in the dark until next week. Joy.
P.S. Dat ending sequence. My goodness.
ED: 「まどろみの約束」 (Madorumi no Yakusoku) by 千反田える（CV:佐藤聡美）& 伊原摩耶花（CV:茅野愛衣） (Chitanda Eru (Satou Satomi) & Ibara Mayaka (Kayano Ai))
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