Hyouka – 13
OP2: 「未完成ストライド」 (Mikansei Sutoraido) by こだまさおり (Kodama Saori)
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「夕べには骸に」 (Yuubeniwa Okuroni)
“Dead at Dusk”
In all honesty, I wouldn’t really mind a few more episodes of this mindless but terribly interesting look at the inner-workings of our main cast. Not only is it cool to get a glimpse of everyone when they’re doing their own thing but after getting the chance to listen to someone besides Houtaro talk to himself, I wouldn’t mind if Kyoto Animation did things like this more often.
The thing is, I’m still surprised just how well the writers seem to be weaving together an interesting story with a mystery hiding in-between its seams. Because at first glance, this episode just seems like another character-centric one. Each person seems to be doing their own thing with some type of problem brewing around them. Chitanda and her bad luck with advertising the Classics Club, Satoshi and his competitive “friend” that just won’t leave him alone, and Mayaka trying to fight against that smug looking upperclassman. With the except of Houtaro, it feels like everyone is slowly traversing a path that will lead to some sort of self-realization. But if you look a bit closer and give things a little more attention, I bet you’ll be able to see the strands of a few different mysteries starting to unravel. While the most obvious would be trying to figure out why things throughout the school are going missing and why Chitanda seems to be holding herself back from pushing Houtaro to solve it, I’m actually more interested in something that’s a little less technical.
For me, I’m dying to watch Mayaka settle this dispute of hers with this smug senpai of hers. Not only did Mayaka try to reason with herself before starting the fight but when things started going I LOVED how she just wouldn’t give up. For some strange reason, watching her take the bait and then turn things around with that fierce attitude of hers really got me pumped up.
For another episode that doesn’t have an explicit mystery, I think this is one of the most enjoyable arcs we’ve had thus far. With everyone showing a bit of their true colors, especially pervert Houtaro, I can’t wait for what the next episode has in store. Oh, and did any of you notice the Manga Society’s President run out and post that sign right before Mayaka and her Senpai started fighting? Brilliant!