Hyouka – 12
「限りなく積まれた例のあれ」 (Kagirinaku Tsumareta Rei no Are)
“Practically Piled to the Ceiling”
Just like last week’s episode, Hyouka does it once again and is heading in what looks to be a completely new direction — character development. And unless I was too dense to notice the mystery, since it seems like there wasn’t one, I was extremely happy to see Mayaka may finally get more screen time. Not only is she my favorite character in the series but I personally have been wanting to see just what kind of person is hiding behind that tough exterior of hers; since all we normally see is her scowling, disagreeing, and just plain hating on Houtaro.
But before I go on about how I think an episode focused on Mayaka would be great, I never expected that an episode focused on the characters and not the mystery would end up being so entertaining! Of course, that only holds true if things like Satoshi running into a doorframe with a model of Saturn on his head or Chitanda losing to her airheaded nature made you chuckle. Or if a little sadistic humor turns you on, watching Houtaro try to “happily” handle a customer was probably as good as it’ll get. But thus far, I’ve really enjoyed all the little jabs at humor that Hyouka attempts to pull. If it already wasn’t apparent that this show isn’t a comedy, you’re probably looking in the wrong place if you’re trying to find some laughs. But if you take this show for what it is, then I honestly believe that these little bits of humor really make the difference between an episode feeling boring versus exciting. Especially when you think about how many mystery shows fail to stay interesting once the first few mysteries pass. And if this episode was any indication on Kyoto Animation’s ability to create witty scenes, I’m happy to say that it worked perfectly for me.
That said, there wasn’t much substance throughout this week’s episode. Not only was there no mystery to be found, but with the group separated and stuck trying to get rid of a few hundred copies of their anthology, I can’t help but feel that there really may be nothing to solve in this current arc. Which in reality isn’t too bad since what it hopefully means is that Mayaka may get a chance to really shine and show us just what she’s made of. Since if you believe that the last arc focused on Houtaro’s character than maybe, just maybe, this one will go ahead and build up Mayaka’s. Because after what we saw today, there’s definitely a different person hiding behind brash girl who’s in the Classics Club! And if the preview is anything to go off of, it looks like she’s going on the offensive!
ED2: 「君にまつわるミステリー」 (Kimi ni Matsuneru Misuterii) by 千反田える（佐藤聡美）、伊原摩耶花（茅野愛衣）(Chitanda Eru (Satou Satomi) & Ibara Mayaka (Kayano Ai))
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