Hyouka – 06
「大罪を犯す」 (Daizai wo Okasu)
“Commiting a Grave Crime”
After last week’s amazing episode that thoroughly blew my mind away with not one but two huge revelations, this week’s step back left me wanting more. Not because the episode was bad, but the lack of substance behind the mystery and a lingering question that kept surfacing had me looking for something that wasn’t necessarily there.
That said, you have to once again give credit to the writers who managed to craft such an interesting episode out of nothing but interesting characters and a rather uninteresting premise. Normally, you could only stretch something as vague as “Why did someone do this?” so far. But when you throw Chitanda and Houtaro into the mix, they seem to take the ordinary and change it into something extraordinary. Using this week’s “mystery” as an example, can you imagine how boring it would be if anyone else tried to figure out why a teacher made a mistake, which led to a student getting angry? Plus, why was it so important to figure out why Chitanda got angry when someone in a position of power started acting even more of a jerk than they usually are?
But in this week’s case, I think there were two big differences from what we’ve previously seen — the differences being that everyone seemed to play a very large role in this week’s solution and even though there was a mystery, the focus wasn’t necessarily on trying to solve it. I suppose you could call it a character development episode without breaking from the mold! Seriously though, how often do we see Chitanda try to crack a joke at Houtaro’s expense or see Mayaka downright verbally attack Satoshi? But if you take a closer look at how everyone interacts with one another, it’s clear that the bonds of friendship have been forming. Because I’m pretty sure it takes a pretty high level of being comfortable with someone to look at them like this (or this).
Overall there wasn’t much in this episode that would make it stand out when you throw it against all the other gems that airing this season. Except for its amazing visuals, interesting character quirks, crazy purple eyes, and a group of main characters who don’t fall under the same stereotypes that a show like this would carry. Luckily, next week seems to have the group at a bathhouse — fan-service anyone?
P.S. Isn’t the music in the series amazing?