Oh Hyouka, why you so Sherlock.
I’m starting to think that the Satoshi-Houtarou bromance is waaay better than whatever’s going on in Sakamichi no Apollon. Seriously if the guys in Sakamichi no Apollon turned gay it would resolve all the relationship problems. The beauty of Yaoi breaks all borders and heals all wounds.
Except of course Houtarou needs to be tsundere. Every KyoAni production needs a tsundere.
Don’t fight it. You know that Satoshi-Houtarou is a much better pairing than Eru-Houtarou.
>no plot relevance
>excessive environmental detail
>excessive environmental detail despite 5 seconds of screentime per background
>deliberate focus on the bicycle chains in action
Sneaking suspicion that KyoAni threw in this scene just to show off how much
money they have effort they put into quality animation
The Chitanda Estate, while large, is stupidly dull. I look at the pervasive blue and green and I actually feel frustrated. It’s simply not natural to have a human structure being this nature-esque. Humans always have to leave their mark on their territory, no matter what. Dammit, it’s a house, a residence; not an army encampment trying to remain unnoticed by reconnaissance satellites.
Maybe it’s some sort of conscious design decision that speaks about its owners – that they’d rather be inconspicuous than show off their wealth.
Although I imagine it might be difficult to be inconspicuous when your private estate has enough land space to grow your own rice.
KyoAni is really enjoying itself with all the art styles they’re throwing in. Their animation meetings probably revolve around whatever the artists felt like drawing that week.
Also, don’t you find it sad that Eru’s only valid contribution to the discussion was “My uncle confronted something and then left the school”? Everything else she said was disproved and shot down. I know she’s not supposed to be smart, but to be appointed Hyouka’s Captain Obvious is really tragic.
Otherwise, the analysis is getting deeper every week. Now we don’t even have direct witnesses – all the data is from indirect sources and they need to be cross referenced. I particularly liked the reasoning behind the theory that the Sekitani Incident and the Legendary Movement are one and the same.
Methinks Houtarou is less Sherlock than he is Mycroft. Average grades on his examinations, and he couldn’t get any data beyond the whitewashed propaganda from the official school history text. He’s a deductive genius but can’t gather or store information to save his life.
Of course, there’s always the chance that Houtarou expected the other three to have found all the information available, so he wouldn’t actually have to bother. Any extra effort would be redundant, yes?
Next level cognitive processes in action.
The disassembled clock machinery is just there to look cool. At the rate we’re going, we’d hit Suzumiya Haruhi OP levels of scientific equation abuse by episode 13, and by series’ end I’d be expecting Lovecraftian geometries and incomprehensible arcane scrawls.
Yeah, I didn’t really get anywhere with this week’s episode. I didn’t even know if they were already trying to figure out the actual Sekitani events, or to separate fact from fiction just to get a vague idea of what happened. Going by how the meeting ended, I guess everyone really had low expectations all around.
Half-expected Houtarou to flip tables and curse them out for expecting a plausible hypothesis with so little data to work with, but I guess it takes less effort to make an inference or two.
Still, credit to Houtarou for building a strong theory that the culture fair was the root of the incident. Mayaka’s starting to question why she likes Satoshi in the first place. Brainy is the new sexy, after all.
But you know what’s the best part about Houtarou’s flimsy conclusion? We still don’t know what exactly the students did to protest. That means that it is still entirely possible that they participated in a massive, non-violent public exhibition of immorality and licentiousness.
Because we’re now spending the next 18 episodes trying to figure out why your memory-retention abilities are sorely lacking, my dear.
Also I find that I write better when I criticize something. And there’s nothing more enjoyable than criticizing the things I like. So from now on I think I’m going to be ripping the heck out of Hyouka. Out of love, of course. Out of love.
2 out of 5 disapproving Mycroft Holmes’
“He’s always been so resentful.”