Hyouka – 11
「愚者のエンドロール」 (Gusya no Endo Rooru)
“End Credits of The Fool”
While I may have been partially right about Fuyumi using Houtaro for her own personal gain, I didn’t expect the ending that this week’s episode had in store for us. Besides being a little different in terms of the approach, I was shocked throughout most of the episode from just how much crap Houtaro was taking for his amazing solution.
In any other world, Houtaro would probably be praised by all his peers for the amazing conclusion that he brought to the camera with his skills of deduction. But in the world of Hyouka where his biggest critics are also his closest friends, it almost became unbearable listening to everyone express their discomfort with his solution. Especially when both Satoshi and Mayaka let some of their emotions slip out. Since how often do we see the former with an angry face toward Houtaro and the latter actually trying to sympathize with him? But the most surprising had to have been Chitanda’s reaction to the whole situation. Who would have even fathomed she was interested in Hongou’s character and not the characters she was trying to create? Because ever since Chitanda’s introduction, I’ve never seen her as more than an airheaded person who gets pulled around by her curiosity. But as I listened to her express what she truly wished to learn, I was swayed with just how caring and thoughtful Chitanda really is.
For Houtaro, it was quite the shock to watch him get tripped up. In hindsight, it’s probably not fair for everyone to be giving him all the flack they did since he was intentionally setup by Fuyumi. However, it did make for some really, really interesting scenes where he was acting completely out of character. Be it from the embarrassment from letting his own wants blind him or the rage he felt from being manipulated, I was loving every moment of it — the best part being when he solved the true mystery and confronted Fuyumi about her treacherous behavior. Something about those eyes filled with rage combined with Nakamura Yuuichi’s sexy angry voice really give the whole scene a surreal feel. It’s almost as if you can feel Houtaro’s rage and disappointment in himself even though you’re watching a simple anime!
While I’d like to know just who Fuyumi was chatting with (Hongou?), I’m super content with how things finally ended this week. We got to see a different side to a group of characters who I thought I knew everything about — something that’s always fun to watch when executed properly. And we also got to watch our super detective stumble a bit but still make up for his mistake with a grand finish! What more could you ask for?
P.S. Man, those words at the end of the episode are like a slap to the face aren’t they? Not only did I not pay attention to “Why didn’t she ask EBA?” at the end of each episode but can you imagine how different things would have played out had somewhat actually asked Eba, Hongou’s best friend, for some of the details?