Butterflies and shit.
The “primary” mystery of Hyouka ended. Oreki’s theory was mostly correct from the last episode, except some ambiguities were clarified. There were two primary problems with his proposed theory in the last episode: How exactly do you get expelled for “peaceful protesting”, and how exactly does being a hero “scar” a little girl. Both were surprisingly clarified in this episode. The former was primarily true, with an added inconsistency: the use of bonfires. In an incident, the student body accidentally burned down a building; the school board, rather than seek police intervention, expelled the “head” of the movement, Chitanda’s uncle.
The latter reason was also clarified, how did the reveal scar Chitanda to the point of her losing her memory? Chitanda’s uncle essentially explained Hyouka to her, a relatively vague phrase that invoked fear in the eyes of a little girl. I thought that the reveal was actually well done, it wasn’t over the top, unbelievable, or cliche. Her uncle painted the picture of her being fully alive, but unable to move, communicate, or in this case, scream. It’s similar to her Uncle’s feelings at the peak of the incident; he was chosen as a scapegoat, a figurehead, for the head of the movement. He didn’t want to lead it, but he inevitably did. When punishment arose, he wanted to protest it, to rebut it, but, he didn’t. It’s the image of being fully aware of your actions, and your surroundings, while being too weak to interact with it.
Imagine being a kid in the dark, fully aware of your surroundings. You hear everything around you, and you can see shit, but you can’t interact with shit. That’s scary shit even now. That’s essentially the image that Chitanda had in her mind, the image that resulted in her amnesia. Her uncle did not want to be the martyr, nevertheless, he was one.
They essentially cleared up everything that was given. And as predicted, the “title mystery” was solved within a few episodes. I’m assuming the concept of Hyouka has to do with the entirety of the show itself, but time will tell. I’m also assuming for shit to actually develop after this; I really hope that Hyouka is not an episodic mystery anime; I don’t want that. I want to get overly immersed and sentimental about shit. So make shit develop. Yeah.
Also, Oreki was developed in this episode. He’s starting to budge from his gray life into a rosier one.
On-going Thoughts: Concluding Thoughts
Shit’s still enjoyable.