Hyouka Episode 4

Well, the mystery of Hyouka is solved. Game over, guys…let’s all go home. Show’s over. Pfft…yeah right. At the end of the episode, Eru asks herself a similar question to what I was asking throughout Houtarou’s entire explanation. While everything makes sense logically based on the data everyone gathered, there was something missing.

Eru’s uncle nearly refused to tell her what happened. If all that had happened was that he was expelled for keeping the culture festival five days long, why would he be ashamed? Nah…there’s more to this for sure. Still, the way the show is…the answer almost seems acceptable (maybe “fitting” is the right word), because of how small-scale the answers to the other mysteries have been.

But what more is there? There are 21 episodes scheduled and episode 4 has proposed a possible solution. If Hyouka is meant to be the main mystery, how do they expect to keep it interesting throughout that whole period? Will it just be peppered with the little mysteries to take up time? There has to be more, but I don’t see how they can possibly keep it up. Unless, of course, they dive into the supernatural and Hyouka is only the beginning. Hmm…now that I think about it, that could be pretty intriguing.

Story aside, though, I really like how Houtarou is being done as a character. When it was his turn to present his findings, it didn’t seem so much like “oh, this is so much trouble and I don’t want to do it.” It was almost as if he truly wanted to be able to present like everyone else, but couldn’t because of his nature. Definitely an interesting character…one to watch. As for the show in general, I’m still pretty curious about what’s going on. It keeps me watching…that’s for sure.

Hyouka Episode 2

Back with the final member of the team. This week introduces the last person in our main character group, Ibara Mayaka. Although currently a volunteer librarian, she is destined to join (she has the eyes of curiosity like Eru, after all). But back to the episode. When I first saw that they were looking for an old anthology from the Classics Club, I assumed that it had something to do with the big mystery they’re supposed to be trying to solve, but I guess not. That lead didn’t really go anywhere. There’s always the possibility that the anthology is the key, but that still remains to be seen.

Instead, what we got was another small mystery…I guess to continue to introduce the newly completed squad. Unlike last week, the conclusion was slightly more of a collaborative effort, mostly coming from Eru’s ability to discern the smell of the book. While they made a big deal about Houtarou knowing the book was an art motif, I’m sure that was the main thing that tipped him off. So far, all of the mysteries seem to be fairly…I guess normal? With the crazy hair and whatnot, I was expecting something slightly supernatural…I can’t discount the possibility that this is just an introduction, though. And did anyone else think it was hilarious every time Houtarou tried to escape?

The episode finishes off with a pretty big cliffhanger. Eru approaches Houtarou, clearly having something important on her mind. Not much information is given, so I have no idea how this relates to the main story. It’s likely just some secret trait or past event from Eru’s life. The only real clues we got were Eru’s proclamation to the effect of “he may be the one who can…” and her statement that it was a confession of sorts. While these suggest that it’s something important, it doesn’t give me any clues as to what it is (GAH!). The preview doesn’t really give much help…except suggesting that Eru may have a relative that was originally in the Classics Club too (but even that may not be true). I must say that it has me curious, though. Finally, we see the ending theme for the first time this week. The song…well, I have to say the song was alright. I honestly thought that it sounded better at the start, and not so great as it went on. But mostly…what the heck was up with that animation? >.>

Hyouka Episode 1

Alright, theoretically this is the last new show of this season. Naturally, the mystery element immediately intrigues me. Let’s set the stage. Basically, our main character Oreki Houtarou, who can’t be bothered to do much in life, is convinced to join the Classics Club, where he meets Chitanda Eru, who tends to be quite curious about every little mystery. Joining them is Houtarou’s friend Fukube Satoshi, who has the ability to talk and talk…and talk.  The series introduces itself with pretty small stuff…a janitor locking a door and student napping in a music room. Still, I thought it was a nice way to introduce everyone. The scenes with Eru’s hair were kind “uhh…what?” but it wasn’t because it was bad…more unexpected. I especially like Houtarou’s character. If I don’t have to do it, don’t do it. If I do have to do it, make it quick. It’s basically how I do things…no point in dragging it out.

As for the opening song, I find myself quite a bit neutral towards it. Based on the kind of song it is, I get the feeling it will eventually grow on me, but for now, I can’t really say that I particularly loved it or anything. The background music in the show was pretty nice…classical music playing and whatnot. Always a solid approach. As for next week’s episode, it looks as if we’ll be introduced to the last character of the group. I’m sure she’ll come with a small mystery too…probably will be a bit before we’re introduced the big overarching mystery of the show (which I understand has something to do with the name Hyouka?). Either way, I look forward to it. I think this show could end up being really good.