Hyouka 11


So Houtarou CAN get mad after all. He has surprisingly high pride, doesn’t he? Well, I’d be a little annoyed too if I found out I got used to provide a wrong answer to a amateur murder mystery.. actually is he more mad about all that wasted energy than getting it wrong? I would not be surprised if it was…

Mmm, this arc wasn’t too terrible after the previous one. I AM pretty curious about the “あ.た.し♪” person in the chat room, since she easily owned Irisu after all that was said and done. Supposedly it’s Oreki’s never-present-but-always-mentioned sister, and while that sounds plausible, I don’t really buy it just yet. But yes, the final chatroom scene this episode does all but outright confirm it’s her.

I initially thought it might be Chitanda, but she’s in the same year so it doesn’t fit. Nevertheless, it does feel that Eru always knew a lot more about the entire thing than she let on, especially after totally ignoring the Three Stooges by gorging on those bonbons despite her previous insatiable curiosity. It WOULD make the show a whole lot more interesting if Chitanda is actually a lot more shrewd than how she acts…

Wait, am I actually liking the show now?! Oh noooooooooooooooooooo………

P.S. Thankfully I don’t have to get shot! ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \


  1. ewok40k Said,

    July 2, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    I guess Oreki was more angry at Irisu being manipulative towards BOTH him and Hougou, whose original screenplay was basically sacrificed on the altar of movie gaining popularity. I was afraid for a moment Hougou did hang herself with that “chekhovs rope”, and therefore was unavailable for questioning, and the class was keeping it secret “another” style…

  2. Zzz... Said,

    July 2, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    I take back what I said last week.

    The whole deal is just one BIG herring. A guppy so to speak.

    Wonderful. Just wonderful.

  3. meow Said,

    July 3, 2012 @ 12:55 am

    actually is he more mad about all that wasted energy than getting it wrong?

    My read is he got mad at being tricked and lied to by Irisu, who had inspired him to invest in solving the movie project mystery under false pretenses. To him, it was his chance to believe in himself and make the jump into the rose-colored life he envied. It’s why he was so shyly happy to see how everyone liked the film and how everything went back to gray when his friends started to shoot his theory down and why he couldn’t just let it go. And when he finally realized he’d been manipulated and confronted Irisu, she delivered the coup de grace, admitting that her inspiring words weren’t from the bottom of her heart. Ouch. Dats gotta hurt. Irisu Route blocked and killed with fire. XD

  4. puppygod Said,

    July 3, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    Eh, it seems that I was somewhat off. At least I got culprit right. Oh well.

    This arc actually turned out better than I suspected. Dark Oreki was kinda cool.

  5. あ.た.し♪ Said,

    July 3, 2012 @ 5:56 am

    The people in the chat rooms were:
    “Please enter name here”: Irisu
    Mayuko: Hongou
    A – ta – shi: Irisu’s senpai
    L: Eru

    Rewatching the initial chat in the first episode of the arc cleared up a lot of the questions and makes A – ta – shi clearly Oreki’s sister.

    Mayuko didn’t know what to do, so asked Irisu for help. Irisu obliged and talked to her senpai, who specifically recommended some people that would be able to dance for her. Irisu then talks to L under the pretense of the movie screening.

    Irisu later made clear she was only after Oreki. If she was after Oreki from the start, why would she go through the Classics club? Who specifically knew that Oreki was in the Classics club to begin with? Oreki-sis did, because she roped him into it. So Irisu took the long way around by contacting Eru and tricking her into watching the movie. She knew that the Classics club only had 3 members, so to make sure that she’d get Oreki instead of a random friend, she specifically asked for exactly 3 friends, then herself recommended the Classics club.

  6. Kabitzin Said,

    July 4, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    I thought it was a good “growth of Houtarou” arc. I always felt that low-energy stuff was an excuse to never try and never be disappointed. So when Houtarou thought suddenly he could be the detective that makes all the ladies swoon, suddenly his chest puffed out and he felt he could go it alone without his clubmates doing all the legwork. Obviously this was false, and the idea that he could get so played by some simple flirty suggestions hurt his pride and damaged his new world-view.

    You were partially right, so someone should probably swing in from the second floor, shoot you in the arm, and then climb back up the rope so you can cover for the assailant.

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