Hyouka 17


…. sigh… Satoshi. I know that feeling well. Indeed I do.

As much as I hate to admit it, the resolution to the Juumoji case is absolutely brilliant and made well up for the past two “mysteries”. The slow buildup over the school festival, masked underneath the veneer of comedy and drama, all led to this mystery’s main theme, “expectations”. That feeling when everything snapped in to place… goddamnit, KyoAni. Goddamnit. I wanted to… ughh…

Truly, what I feel towards this can best be said as a combination of both Tanabe-senpai’s disappointment and Kouchi-senpai’s frustration. Tanabe-senpai’s disappointment towards Kugayama’s waste of his skills mirrors what I feel about KyoAni making… their recent works. While Kouchi-senpai’s frustration, while not exactly the same, is pretty much what I feel when KyoAni makes an episode like this and unleashes on me. It’s as if the production team is trying to send a very subtle message to people like me, who wish for their talents to be much better utilized.

Well, what I really want to say is already said by Satoshi this week too.


Just replace “Houtarou” with “KyoAni”

Ahaha… hahaha…. haha……….


  1. Benigmatica Said,

    August 13, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    Thank you Houtarou for solving the mystery… and blackmail Tanabe into selling your anthology.

    Well played Houtarou! *claps hands*

  2. gandalf8 Said,

    August 13, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    I could really sympathize with Satoshi this episode. I had been racking my brains before I watched this weeks episode, even rewatching all the previous episodes in the Kanya Fest arc to try and solve the Juumoji case before Houtarou did. I was totally flabbergasted at that scene where Satoshi overheard Houtarou’s confrontation with Tanabe-senpai. His deductions blew away my weakly constructed theory, and I was probably feeling the same sinking despair as Satoshi did at seeing a real master in the art of deductive reasoning at work.

    This will probably stick in my memory as the crowning example of a school festival arc in an anime.

  3. Alterego 9 Said,

    August 13, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    “That feeling when everything snapped in to place… goddamnit, KyoAni. Goddamnit.

    It’s as if the production team is trying to send a very subtle message to people like me, who wish for their talents to be much better utilized.”.

    KyoAni still didn’t write the plot. That’s like swearing at Madhouse for L’s death, or at ufotable for Rider’s defeat.

  4. SnooSnoo Said,

    August 13, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    I get the feeling KyoAni chose to animate Hyouka just to send this message to their viewers. I have no problems with KyoAni doing Hyouka anymore, it’s a superb series and this arc is the stuff of legends, so I don’t feel that they could be using their talents on “something better”. This IS the “something better”.

  5. Botanikka Said,

    August 14, 2012 @ 1:16 am

    lol Satoshi.
    Kudos Oreki.

  6. moridin84 Said,

    August 14, 2012 @ 2:33 am

    “I get the feeling KyoAni chose to animate Hyouka just to send this message to their viewers”

    Err what? They decided to animate a 21 episode show just to send this message to their viewers? At episode 17?

    Okay sure.

  7. anise_punter Said,

    August 14, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    Now that was an episode. Houtarou is a lot of fun to watch. Concluding four episodes can only be padding compared to this one.

    I’m just _curious_ as to what Mayaka and Chitanda are really adding at this point other than pushing Kurogane’s moe-moe buttons (and even then they can’t do that as well as genderswapped loli Hanbei).

    It was strange to me to see all the bitterness in this episode. I mean, it sucks to find out that there’s someone better at what you like than you and can do it with less effort than you, but it’s something we all go through.

    @alterego: I swore at UFOtable for Rider’s defeat. I blamed Kurogane. I cursed everyone for broskander’s defeat. If we can get Hidamari x Manabi whatever that is, we can get Slice of Life Broskander being Broskander OVA at least, right?

  8. JasonP Said,

    August 14, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    moridin84… does… Endless Eight ring a bell? I wouldn’t put anything past KyoAni! Such mischievous fiends.

  9. Maserbeam Said,

    August 15, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    There’s something that I’ve been curious about the whole time. All of the shots that contain the cover of the manga show タベには骸に, which is pronounced as “yubeni wa mukuro ni” in the show, as far as I can tell/hear. I could have sworn タ sounded like “tah”. Hope it’s not KyoAni having a typo in an art asset they were too lazy to change.

    Oh well. This is why I’m not a translator.

  10. lth Said,

    August 15, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    夕 is a kanji pronounced as ‘yuu’ whereas タ is katakana pronounced as ‘ta’.

  11. Petitorenji Said,

    August 15, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    I found out that any episodes within the series thus far which did not focus on Chitanda and her desires are better and less frustrating to watch and take in. After this one, I wasn’t satisfied with my dosage of the series that day so I rewatched episode 2, an ep which I only half finished because I was too angry with the characters and their lack of depth (more specifically, Chitanda’s selfishness in continuously wanting to amuse herself and Houtarou’s incapability to say “no” because of a pair of shiny, oestrogen-filled googly eyes) and an overall slowness of pace with arbitrary obstacles.

    But episodes which had her as a secondary or foil character made me realize her importance in the driving of the plot: her uncle, her ojou-sama status, her desire to publish an anthology for the Kanya festival, her interests in the subtlest of mysteries (even if she has no skills at all in solving them), her natural ability to persuade due to her moe-ness, her ability to get Houtarou off his bum because she has a silent and unspoken promise (to many viewers at least) to develope something that is more than friendship with him… the list goes on. I’ve accepted that sometimes, those who seem the most inflexible in character growth drive the plot. We’ve been seeing the vulnerable sides from Mayaka and Satoshi in this glorious arc. We’ve also seen the more active and passionate side of Houtarou when he threw the flour down to Satoshi during the cooking contest. I’m looking forward to seeing the other half of Chitanda: her vulnerable state, her state in absolute despair and hate and envy. I just hope there is one. I don’t want her to remain on that throne of empty, absolute power like Haruhi Suzumiya.

  12. rufe Said,

    August 19, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    The thing is…I very much disagree with the message Hyoka has been developing so far. I am curious where it will end up going.

    Also, is it just me or are the mysteries largely straightforward to solve? At least partially…Who was watching and didn’t realize that the pen name was the first letter of each of their names rearranged? If Fukube couldn’t come up with that he should give up on ever solving a mystery. At least Watson had a good brain of his own -_-

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