Essentially the Christmas episode.
This was essentially the “Christmas” episode of Hyouka; the mood that typical Christmas specials emit was present through the episode. And with that, it was ridiculously enjoyable. The “mystery” was once more, an obscurity, and surprisingly, it was relatively predictable. But that didn’t attenuate the focus of this episode, which were the interactions between Chitanda And Oreki. There’s not much to say besides that, I really like the out-of-school episodes; it’s a break from the norm, and it allows KyoAni to show their prowess in animation outside the school setting [like a literal setting]. It’s now a matter of how they’ll end the series; Hyouka is a solid watch for the mystery/slice of life genre; I really want them to pull off a few more elements [either drama or romance; but the former’s not very likely given the mood of the show].
On a promising note, the next episode has a Valentine Day-isque motif with it; I can only hope that it revolves around Oreki-Chitanda and Mayaka-Satoshi. On a different note, there’s actually a lot of time skips; Hyouka isn’t quite “blatant” with them, but weeks, even months are skipped at a time. This allows us to assume that the group is interacting on a daily basis [given club activities], and not only with the grandiose obscurities [mysteries].
Curious to see how this’ll end, I really hope it ends on a memorable note.