「正体見たり」 (Syoutai Mitari)
“The Ghost, When Examined”
Sometimes, it feels like Hyouka just can’t decide on what kind of show it wants to be. And as negative as that statement sounds, I think that it’s one of this show’s greatest strengths. By luring us with the promise of a solution to a weekly mystery, Hyouka takes the opportunity to attack our minds with these slice-of-life type events that when witnessed in analysis mode somehow changes the normally uneventful into something really, really interesting.
Let me get one thing straight though, I love the mysteries that this show feeds us every single week. While some of them might not be the most thought provoking, they tend to have a strong climax that usually end with Houtaro delivering the final blow with something he conjured from his amazing intuition and deduction skills — something that I wouldn’t change for anything. But the point I was trying to make earlier is that during episodes where the mystery isn’t terribly deep, I love how other aspects of the show get a chance to shine while the mystery is being solved. Be it the relationship between characters or the inner working of their minds, there’s always something there to provide the extra bit of sustenance to make a good story, great.
Using this week’s mystery as an example, the whole sibling aspect that the episode kept focusing on came through clearly. Between Chitanda’s idealistic view of what siblings should be like to the stark differences of what actually exist, I loved how this week’s solution managed to touch on both. And while I would have preferred the episode to end on the dark note that Houtaro tried to end things on, it was a nice surprise to see the genius get upstaged by fate. Because honestly, who doesn’t love to see two siblings who presumably have issues with one another get along in such a touching way?
In true Kyoto Animation fashion, a lot of little things they decided to animate really stuck out to me. Besides their creative use of censoring, I want to point out that this is perfectly normal for any guy who’s ever had a sleepover. Because no matter what you do, that position seems to be the most common to end up in. But the other big thing I noticed was that Houtaro seems to have a legit pervert mode. While I normally don’t catch these things, I doubt anyone could miss just how hard he was pushing that brain of his while trying to picture Chitanda nearly naked. Ha. ha.
I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — why are Hyouka’s previews so damn vague? Not only does it not pump me up for the next episode but what in the world could our group be in store for? I guess we’ll have to wait till the next episode to find out.
P.S. The T-Shirt winner will be announced soon! I’ve been having one hell of a battle with the company who was going to make it and will announce it as soon as I get a clear answer from them.