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.