Hyouka – 03 Review
Episode 03 – Inheritors of the Classics Club and Its Circumstances
aka Episode 03 – The Case of The Smelly Student
So this episode finally gets down to the main “mystery” plot and the episode simply starts off on a “WTH” note and ends on a “WTH” note. (And I don’t mean it in a positive manner)
If you like some mystery mixed in with your slice-of-life genre then this might be right up your alley as this is just what the series is playing out to be – a light (and not that interesting) slice-of-life show with a hint of mystery.
So many shots that look like they were taken from the perspective of a surveillance camera =/
Just like it’s main character, this series is not looking to over-achieve in any manner and is simply settling into being a very average series with nice pretty pictures.
The last episode had left us on a cliffhanger of sorts, and this episode continues that cliff hanger in the most boring possible way ever – 7 minutes of non-stop chattering over 2 cups of coffee.
Visually, the animation was once again nicely executed through the use of dynamic framing, and whilst I love entertaining animation, I really wished that more effort were put into the actual script of the show. I wouldn’t mind the compromise since it’d be better to have a average animated series with a solid plot as oppose to a series where the animation is trying it’s best to pull things out of the land of boredom.
It seems like the whole series’ mystery about the literature club stems from Chitanda’s poor memory and OCD-like character trait. Due to the bits and pieces of a childhood memory of her uncle explaining something “shocking” to her, Chitanda has dedicated her life to figuring out what that story was that had led her to tears as a kid and had left her uncle acting in an uncaring manner.
Honestly, it doesn’t sound like much does it? It just sounds like someone being obsessive no?
So what does the series do in trying to make things better?
Well… *enters sarcasm* Instead of working on a creating a solid and intriguing plot revolving around the main mystery, the show had taken on the style of episodic small “detective” short stories being solved as the main plot slowly develops in the background.
Though I am basing this judgement on the first 3 episodes of this series, I can say that the show is not really looking like it is going to be getting any better.
So if things aren’t getting any better that way… What about the characters? After all, the characters are the life force behind a SOL show right?
Simply said, the characters are just as annoying as ever. Oreki has this unjustified and adamant behaviour towards living his motto and yet he never seems to actually live by it due to Chitanda. Why? God knows. Perhaps her eyes are simply too pretty for him to resist. Where the motto may have been annoying in it’s redundant need to reinstate Oreki’s “passion” for “the easy life”, this episode had gone overboard with the scene of Oreki having decided to help Chitanda the minute he had heard about her wanting to search the whole school.
- Firstly, he had offered his services, so it was illogical for him to want to walk away right before they had managed to get what they wanted.
- Secondly, if it was the fear of effort that had made him walk away in the first place, why couldn’t he simply walk away if Chitanda were to really scour the whole school for the anthology?
Either way, the reasons behind the actions of many of the characters are as solid as fluff.
The case of Chitanda’s magical eyes… This mystery intrigues me more than the actual one in the series.
Then we have our dear Chitanda, I find it really hard to believe that a supposedly highly intelligent person such as Chitanda has only managed (up until now) to come across as being nothing more than a simple girl with airhead tendencies. Where’s the supposed intelligence behind her character? Maybe she is actually really a genius and is using her crazy eye power to manipulate Oreki into doing what she wants him to do.
As I had said, the episode had started off on a WTH note with it’s stupid reason of the driving force behind the main plot. As for what the WTF moment was towards the end of the episode?
Well, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the fact that everyone was so shocked that the first volume of the anthology was missing. I mean, wasn’t that to be expected after having read the second volume?
The dramatic manner in which everyone was “surprised” by that fact simply had me losing hope for a good intense mystery waiting to unfold.
My expectations of this series has finally hit rock bottom and I’ve resigned to the fact that this is just going to be another one of those “light-watch” series. (When I say “light-watch”, I don’t mean relaxing, I am simply referring to the lack of substance in this series.)
Overall, if you have dropped the series after episode 2, you definitely have good foresight and are not as much of a dreamer as I am.
The first couple of episodes established the tone of the series and it is not looking to change. The show attempts at being dark and mysterious but fails horribly as it tries to balance that with the dominating slice-of-life element.
It’s hard to mix two such genres together and it is obvious that this series struggles to do so at an acceptable standard.
Episode Rating: 6/10 – So much talk…
Question of the Week:
Anyone care to garner a guess as to what next week’s mini-mystery is going to be about?
I would love to say it is going to be a murder mystery, but we all know it is going to be something stupid like “The Case of The Disappearing School Shoes” =P
So… has everyone decided to drop the show? =P