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Hyouka – 05

「歴史ある古典部の真実」 (Rekishi Aru Kotenbu no Shinjitsu)
“The Truth of the Classics Club and its History”

Boy, was I mistaken when I said last week’s episode was good — because this episode completely overshadows last week’s by leaps and bounds. Besides picking up last week’s mystery and examining it in a completely different light which consequently blew my mind away, again, I was even more shocked as I witnessed Houtaro embark on his voyage to change his gray world into something a little more colorful.

But before anything, I can’t believe I was right about Houtaro’s sister playing an important role in the development of both his character and the mystery revolving around Chitanda’s uncle, Sekitani Jun. And even though the confirmation came from a mere afterthought that Houtaro had toward the end of the episode, it does make sense that someone who shares the same gene pool as him would have the ability to cognitively manipulate someone as covertly as his sister did.

And as we get back on track, how crazy was that twist about the mystery and the meaning of Hyouka at the end? Starting with the “supplemental” pieces of information on Sekitani which normal people would describe as “terribly important”, it’s crazy just how different his role as leader changes when you take into account the circumstances behind how he actually got there in the first place. Instead of being the supposed hero who sacrificed himself for the common good, it was shocking how he was simply a figurehead who was turned into a scapegoat by both the people he was fighting for and the people who stood alongside him. But even more shocking than how unfair Sekitani’s situation was had to be the hidden meaning behind naming the anthologies Hyouka. Not only does it get the hairs on your neck to stand up a bit when you hear everyone say its meaning in english but isn’t it quite impressive how he was able to leave his exact feelings with just two words?

With the mystery about Sekitani Jun and consequently the meaning behind why Hyouka was chosen as the name for the anthology officially behind us, I’ve come to two conclusions. The first being that the end of this episode felt awfully close to what the last episode of a series should feel like and the second being my new found confidence that this series will turn out much better than I originally thought. With another mystery hopefully waiting for us next week, I’m excited to see what they’ll throw at us next.



May 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm
  • May 24, 2012 at 3:56 pmPen3

    I hope we meet his sister soon. There are no pictures of her anywhere.

    • May 26, 2012 at 7:40 amKou

      I just hope it isn’t an imaginary or ghost sister and all that was just in his head. Kinda like his subconscious expressing his desire to interact.

  • May 24, 2012 at 4:01 pmWibnice

    Glad I’m not the only one who got a chill when the true meaning of the word came out. Most of the opinion that I have read said that it was a bad punchline to the mystery.

    • May 24, 2012 at 4:06 pmBanana Furikake


      Like your pun Wib.

      • May 24, 2012 at 4:30 pmterrukallan

        Actually, “ice cream” is アイスクリーム。

      • May 24, 2012 at 4:42 pmBanana Furikake

        heh. good catch. got lazy.

    • May 25, 2012 at 3:23 amThe Story You Don’t Know

      I scream. That was a good play of words and yes, I did get that chill in me too.

      • May 25, 2012 at 10:11 amD-LaN

        Yeah but in my case its more like a (-_-)+ lol + wind blows…….
        Its one hell of a stealth pun I’d say.

  • May 24, 2012 at 4:03 pmtomi

    The art style of this anime reminds me of K-on!

    • May 24, 2012 at 4:14 pmxRichard

      • May 25, 2012 at 4:29 amFFF

        Groundbreaking research. Worth one and half minutes.

    • May 24, 2012 at 4:22 pmpuyogirl


    • May 25, 2012 at 2:15 amTJsama

      Well they are from the same studio.

    • May 25, 2012 at 5:58 amKinny Riddle

      Well, this week’s Art Director is Horiguchi Yukiko, the character designer for K-ON after all.

      Everytime I watch a Kyo-Ani anime, for some reason, I find her art direction easily recognizable.

  • May 24, 2012 at 4:12 pmestron

    I think it was mentioned before but I totally think that his sister is actually out looking for Chitanda’s missing uncle.

    • May 24, 2012 at 5:00 pmFFF

      After so many years, she have any intention to find a stranger? Yeah maybe, but she should give this job to the Red Cross, not just because they do this for free.

  • May 24, 2012 at 4:30 pmKyzel

    Random thing; how could Houtaro write to his sister if she’s constantly on the move? Emailing should be the way to go. Less effort wasted~ Gah, my lazy-hero is evolving!

    • May 28, 2012 at 6:09 amThe Moondoggie

      Not yet: he’s too lazy to even bother using email or even a computer.

  • May 24, 2012 at 4:33 pmClick

    Episodes 1-3 really had some trouble gripping my attention, but this episode was bloody brilliant!

  • May 24, 2012 at 4:47 pmJackpot


  • May 24, 2012 at 5:02 pmInnerchihiro

    I just loved this episode. It answered every question I had from the previous episode, and in a way that felt realistic. I too was taken by the meaning of Hyouka, and since the name titles not only the anthology, but the series itself, I wonder if Hyouka will come to mean anything for Houtarou in the rest of the series. Does his gray world relate to the oppressive world of Sekitani Jun? Can Hyouka be used to describe both of their lives?
    This is where the series reminds me of Haruhi (befitting since it’s the same studio). I have always felt that Haruhi and Kyon were two sides of the same coin; they both have had an experience that makes them lose their faith and wonder in the world around them, but they cope with that loss very differently. Kyon lies down and takes whatever comes at him, trying to accept the normal world and hiding his dissapointment. Haruhi on the other hand denies that the world could be so normal and actively seeks out a more interesting life, hiding her inner desire to experience a normal life as well. These two very complex characters balance each other and are therapeutic to one another.
    It seems to me that Houtarou is another once of these characters that has lost faith in the world around him. I’ll be interested to see if Chitanda can create a balance between them. It’s clear she has an influence on Houtarou, as he’s decided to strive for a more rose colored life now, but whether or not Chitanda will advance the story as a more similarly complex character, such as Haruhi, or bring strength and possibly love to a character who needs it, such as Nagisa in Clannad, remains to be seen. Personally, I hope it’s the former :)
    Plot wise, I was a little surprised that the reveal of Sekitani Jun happened this early and wasn’t saved for the end. It seemed like that was Houtarou’s biggest connection to Chitanda, so I’m interested to see what takes its place. But it makes sense given that Hyouka is a light novel. I reckon we finished the first volume here. Hoping the second is as good as the first.

  • May 24, 2012 at 5:04 pmInnerchihiro

    And how much do you wanna bet that if Sekitani Jun continues to be important to the message of the show, he’ll be found by Houtarou’s sister?

  • May 24, 2012 at 7:17 pmstarss

    The sketchy sequence at the end TERRIFIED ME. I never felt so bad for a rabbit before. Maybe it was the haunting animation combined with the point in the story where Houtarou finally cracked the case!

    • May 24, 2012 at 8:34 pmAX

      it reminds me so much of Watership Down. Watching that movie changes my perception about rabbits as a kid until now

  • May 24, 2012 at 7:39 pmfragb85

    Up till now I’ve enjoyed Hyouka for its relative lightheartedness but this is the first time it struck an emotional and intellectual chord. The title “Hyouka” is actually clever. As a title for an anthology it feels like a high-school publication, something that sounds light and gentle to attract a reader. But once Oreki discovers the context of the title, it suddenly becomes darker and more tragic. “Hyouka” now becomes an artistic expression of Sekitani Jun, that shows how royally pissed he is at the world and with good reason.

  • May 24, 2012 at 8:41 pmAX

    I’ve always had detective conan and kindaichi as benchmark for mystery or detective-themed anime or manga (i don’t know whether that’s good or bad though hahahaha) and therefore I always whine about how 90% of those series never satisfy me because the mysteries or cases are not scary or complicated enough.
    The cases in Hyouka are far from complicated. In fact, I am not that curious about the cases. But for this one, there is some kind of “emotional engagement”, especially after they reveal the story behind Hyouka. it might sound like a lame pun, but it is also surprisingly deep and even touching. I hope the next cases will prove to do the same, or even better!! :D

  • May 24, 2012 at 8:42 pmMrRei

    Ugh.. Hyouka.gif ep 5.. just randomly found it in the internet and I totally didn’t make… >.>

    • May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pmThe Moondoggie

      So obvius a lie.

      /me kicks MrRei into the v0id

    • May 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm†Croos†

      • May 25, 2012 at 2:01 amFFF

        Then let’s use apng! lololol

    • May 25, 2012 at 5:27 amD-LaN

      Usoda, Rei-kun. But you deserved cakes! The cake is a lie.

      Croos, Doggie, just face your shadow the truth, you can(NOT) escape from your true self the truth. /me [brain wash both of them].

      I totally can imagine how sroos-tan BSOD face look like. /me dance in joooooyy.

      • May 26, 2012 at 5:27 amThe Moondoggie

        She’s an innocent girl damn it!

    • May 26, 2012 at 8:38 ammegalith

      An excellent closure to the arc. I really enjoyed how they handled this particular chapter of the book.

      The revelation scene kept me coming back for more. I watched that part almost 5 times now. It was just a brilliant execution. Great use of BGM with a fitting imagery. Up until the end it was well done. The part where Houtaro and Eru were saying that they both had no idea what they want to say was a nice addition. Well done Gatoh.

      OTOH: next arc coming up. Since they have already announced another OP/ED, makes me wonder if they’ll ramp it up and make different OP/ED for each arc.

      • May 26, 2012 at 8:41 ammegalith

        Ugghh… Why is my post here….

        Anyway here’s the info regarding the new songs

    • May 27, 2012 at 1:48 amBankai000

      Hahahahaa, holy cow that was super mega funny@

  • May 24, 2012 at 9:19 pmzeroyuki92

    I wonder how many people that still watch this show weekly, seeing many people already dropped this show in the first few episodes. Pity them, they missed one of the brightest gem in this season.

    I’ve made a long post of praise about the story, so I’ll do comment about the animation instead…

    GOD, THAT ANIMATION! That kind of detail of animation into animation never leave me unimpressed for every episode. This is a kind of scenery pron that you saw in movie, but you get this weekly instead.

    • May 25, 2012 at 1:54 amc2710

      It almost brought me to that point until ep 4 made me reconsider it

    • May 25, 2012 at 5:24 amSinan Çevik

      I haven’t even considered dropping this. I would watch it just for the brilliant animation. Not that the story is bad…

  • May 24, 2012 at 9:49 pmDa5id

    Anyone know what “the niece of time” means yet?

    • May 24, 2012 at 10:11 pmThe Moondoggie

      Sekitani Jun’s niece, investigating the past, left there by Jun himself, as he screams about a past he didn’t want to happen.

      Anyone here who suffered like Jun at least once in his life here? I raise a toast to us, someday… We will get even!

      <-Still butthurt…

      • May 26, 2012 at 8:43 pmDoggieMoon

        Butthurt? We offered lube, but you said you didnt want any…

  • May 24, 2012 at 11:37 pmewok40k

    Oh well, this was surprising yet entirely awesome turn of events. And we can’t say we were not forewarned as everything was out there like “Chekhov’s gun – erm armory”, starting from the title of the anthology and ending with Chitanda’s recollection of sadness. And I am amazed how last episode’s dialogues foreshadowed Houtaro getting less gray and more colorful in his life…

  • May 25, 2012 at 3:29 amThe Story You Don’t Know

    Though I’m not sure if the producers will take in romance as a good part of its genre, I’d really love to see Chitanda and Houtaro as a pair. So far there has only been slight hints of romance, mostly one sided on Houtaro’s part, but I do hope to see them together by the end of the series.

  • May 25, 2012 at 5:23 am0927123

    Still can’t believe that moe Chitanda is voiced by the seiyuu who voiced the tomboyish Ritsu, the perverted Aria and the childhood friend Manami. :S Amazing.

    • May 25, 2012 at 9:43 amThe Story You Don’t Know

      A-are you serious? No kidding, I had no idea. I don’t particularly watch a series for their Seiyuu’s but I’m really surprised that Chitanda, the very cute Chitanda, that moe blob Chitanda, is voiced by the tomboyish Ritsu!

  • May 25, 2012 at 6:06 amKinny Riddle

    Ever since their anal insistence of keeping the same format of OP and ED for Clannad, resulting in fan outrage at the cheerful ED ruining the mood of what should have been a tragic scene at the end of one episode, Show Spoiler ▼

    Kyo-Ani has since learned from their mistake and has been more flexible in their management of OPs and EDs, opting to omit them altogether when the drama requires for it.

  • May 25, 2012 at 7:17 amricz

    Really love this episode
    I hope for more mystery like this one on the future

    • May 25, 2012 at 4:01 pmGrammar Nazi

      You must use “in” for long periods, like future.

  • May 25, 2012 at 10:09 amhaseo0408

    They used him and throw him away like trash just to get more days to the school festival!!?? That´s sick! Those bastards destroyed a person´s youth and future for such a chldlissh and selfish reason. No wonder Houtaru was about to scream himself when he figured it out the meaning of Hyouka, I wanted to scream and cry at the same time myself.

  • May 25, 2012 at 10:32 amSho

    ICE CREAM, I SCREAM, goosebumps! Hyouka, best anime around now=)

  • May 25, 2012 at 1:47 pmrochichan

    Wow. The animation of the bunny being eaten really creeped me out… but this was an amazing episode!

    • May 25, 2012 at 4:02 pmFFF

      You must be a scaredy cat.

  • May 25, 2012 at 9:13 pmRenegadeX

    Amazing, captivating animation; crappy story about a … student uprising from 50 years ago at an obscure school? This slice-of-life is getting stale…

  • May 25, 2012 at 10:20 pmpetitorenji

    I did not know what hyouka means ice-cream, as I thought aisu-kuriimu did. I’m still waiting for Chitanda to do something significant, though I’m relieved that Houtaro is starting to realize and come in terms with his inability to “conserve energy” when Chitanda is around; I’m glad his “epiphany” came a lot sooner than Kyon’s in Haruhi. And when he said living a “rose-colored life,” I almost laughed. I did not know that people refer a colorful life as “rose-colored.”

    • May 26, 2012 at 3:33 amTobiko

      In Germany we have a speech “Alles durch die rosa Brille sehen” (seeing all through rose/pink colored glasses) and the meaning is, that we see everything in a positive light, even if something isn’t really good. So I was surprised too, when I saw this “rose colored life” stuff. But makes sense for me for having a colorful and positive way of life. =)


      Loved this episode. This show is my season surprise.

      • May 26, 2012 at 2:02 pmpetitorenji

        Is that what Édith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” refers to as well?

  • May 27, 2012 at 9:17 pmtorleywowlol

    this whole damn show is low energy.. seriously this stuff is boring and only appealing to wannabee apathetic teens that think they know everything. each character is totally over done, to the point where they’re just ideal, not realistic or relate-able at all. a few seconds of snazzy animation are not enough to make up for the yawn inducing plot

  • May 28, 2012 at 8:28 pmokami

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
    I’m sorry (_ _) I wanted to let it out.

    On another note, the remaining episodes seem likely to deal with not only more mysteries, but character development. That’s too obvious though, so I’m keeping an open mind!

  • May 30, 2012 at 9:19 pmdivinelight

    please tell me, I don’t understand, why “Hyouka” is “Ice Cream”?

    • May 30, 2012 at 10:42 pmverdant

      I believe “hyouka” roughly translates to “frozen treat” or “ice cream” in English, which makes it a pun on the phrase “I scream”.

  • June 13, 2012 at 8:06 amAshen

    Couldn’t agree with you more about this episode, Takii. While I wasn’t as blown away by episode 4 as others were, I can freely say I felt a chill and more than a slight urge to cry when I watched the end of the Sekitani Jun arc. As you so rightly put it, the finale on this mystery felt very much like the grand finale so many series build up to. I don’t think I’d even mind if Hyouka – That name is never going to feel the same to me again – wrapped up right here and now.

    As it stands, we’re in for a lot more. Of what exactly I have no clue, which in an odd twist makes me all the more excited. “If THIS is what they can pull out of their hat for a 5 episode arc, what earth-shattering reveal might they have for the real ending?!”