「事情ある古典部の末裔」 (Jijyouaru Kotenbu no Batsuei)
“Troubled Descendents of the Classic Literature Club”
For all of the readers out there who dropped this show because they’re not following the golden rule of giving a series at least three episodes before dropping it like a brick, I believe that you’ll be pleasantly surprised should you watch this third episode of Hyouka. Besides an overarching plot finally beginning to appear, I’m sure that everyone enjoyed watching Houtaro school an upperclassman with that insane deductive reasoning of his. Because if watching him solve a mystery was fun, watching him condescendingly toy with another person while solving one was even better!
But what I want to touch upon first are the letters that Houtaro has been receiving from his older sister. While this is all speculation based on what we’ve seen from the past three episodes, I can’t help but feel that she’s going to play a much larger role than what we’ve been led to believe. Not only was she the sole reason why Houtaro ever so slightly stepped out of the shell and begun to interact with people but it almost feels like she’s guiding him toward something much, much larger. Especially when you throw in that second letter she sent him which just so happened to push him in the right direction to find the old anthropologies…
And unsurprisingly, if you look pass his strange exterior, there lies an amazingly snarky Houtaro that could provide more than enough humor to push the whole show forward. As we’ve already seen just how condescending he can be when something piques his mind, I was dying as I watched him toy with Tougaito. It’s hard to describe, but this combination of excitement and fear that was flowing through me as he slowly broke Tougaito down was simply amazing. Not to mention that he kept a straight face during the whole entire thing!
Getting back on track, it really does feel like a larger mystery is slowly starting to emerge. While the introduction that Chitanda provided wasn’t the best in terms of grabbing anyone’s attention, I’ll admit that things started to get interesting right as the episode ended (seems to happen every week doesn’t it?). But with the lure of a gigantic mystery revolving around Chitanda’s uncle who did something so mind blowing during his time that people were afraid to talk about it, I can’t wait to see how the rest of this arc will play out. While it remains to be seen how strong this adaption may be, I’m willing to bet with Kyoto Animation won’t disappoint us.