Hyouka – 08, 09
「試写会に行こう!」 (Shisya Kaini Ikou!)
“Let’s Go To the Screening!”
Sometimes, I think that Kyoto Animation has the ability to read our minds. Somehow, someway, they always seem to changes things at just the right moment to keep their shows fun and interesting. And in regards to this episode, I couldn’t have asked for a better format change up. There’s still the lure of a mystery that needs to be solved, but both the way it handled and introduced itself created a totally different feeling as it built up to its ridiculous cliffhanger. A cliffhanger so enthralling that I was ready to yell at my screen when the ending sequence started rolling.
Besides this studio’s amazing ability to adapt stories, I’ll never cease to be amazed with their attention to detail. To be a bit more specific, I was blown away with how well they recreated the feel of a horribly made amateur movie. From the shaky camera movements to the great acting, it was actually a little scary seeing something so bad made so well. But even scarier than how bad the film was had to be the introduction of the lovely Irisu Fuyumi. Besides having an amazing voice actor (Yukana for those of you who didn’t catch it!), it’s nice to see someone else besides Chitanda who has the ability to play with Houtaro’s gung-ho sense of trying to conserve his energy.
Characters and fine details aside, I think that this week’s on-going mystery is going to be even better than the Sekitani Jun incident. I mean, you once again have to give it to the writers for somehow making me care about discovering the solution behind a third rate mystery film. However, what probably makes this mystery so enthralling is probably the lure of what else we’ll learn as we get closer to solving the mystery. For me, I’m really interested in finding out just why Fuyumi is so hell bent on trying to find the right solution to Hongou’s mystery. Because not only does it seem like a lot of work but doesn’t everything surrounding this case feel a bit fishy? If I were a bit more cynical, it wouldn’t be too hard to think that a certain senpai might be holding the truth about a few things… (I’m really hoping she isn’t though!)
「古丘廃村殺人事件」 (Furuoka Haison Satsujin Jiken)
“Furuoka Ghost Town Murder Case”
Continuing on to this week’s episode the only thing I can say is — wow. Something about watching people other than our main group of characters try to solve a mystery is somewhat interesting to say the least. And by interesting, I’m referring to the shock that I felt when I was subjected to some of the lamest ideas, ever. If there was any consolation though, it would have to be watching Chitanda get pretty tipsy from some strong whisky chocolate. When will these girls learn that alcohol in chocolate can still get you f–ed up?
That said, each person’s theory had its own merit. With each theory hitting a certain end of the spectrum, I’m sure normal people would have accepted any one of three. From trying to play the dramatic side, technical side, or outright plowing through reason and creating one of those Friday the 13th type thrillers — each theory when you really think about it could work well as the ending for a mediocre mystery thriller. But honestly, I know that by the time the episode ended all of us were focused on a passed out Chitanda. Because if a really immature Chitanda or watching her smack her head into a desk wasn’t enough to tickle your funny bone, you really need to go get yourself checked.
Getting back on topic, I don’t know if it was just me but this entire episode had such a strange feel about it. While each person was explaining their theories, something just didn’t feel quite right. With every theory except Sawakiguchi’s sounding both a bit cynical, it felt like everyone was bashing on Hongou and her script — which sounds terrible doesn’t it? Especially when you take into account that she was forced into the position through a majority vote! But from the way things are building up, it seems like Hongou may very well have some ace up her sleeve!
While I was really hoping that Houtaro would have busted out one of his trademark endings at the end of this episode, I’m actually quite excited to see a mystery finally span longer than two episodes. Because, not only am I expecting the conclusion to be freaking fantastic but with more time than ever for Houtaro to craft a theory, I’m getting a little giddy thinking about how awesome his delivery will be. Why can’t Sunday be here already?!
Konnichiwa Sawakiguchi-San, Ciao desu~