A few days after its anime launch, Hyouka’s first manga volume has now been made available to the masses – containing just as much sparkles and flowers as seen on TV and pirated videos playing everywhere.
This tome truly holds true to the anime, at least the first episode in any case – it not only follows along precise in story, yet the visuals too, as one can notice, are identical to those of the animation.
That being the case, we’re given the same “boy meets girl” scenario which seems ever-convenient for any tale – embedded with a matching flavor of mystery, all straight from the anime, and so allow us to go ahead and mention a doubt existing behind a questionable subject also present in the anime. The matter of how the door locked the heroine within the clubroom is neither solid nor convincing.
If one actually thinks about it, his explanation makes no sense. How could it have possibly worked? How was the heroine locked within the room by the maintenance staff? If he locked her in, then one can assume he was outside of the room when she went in, although if that’s the case, why did he not notice her going in the room? Let’s say he unlocked the door and wandered off somewhere else, at which point our heroine walked in, and then he locked the door upon his return – what about the tall ladder he was carrying?
The maintenance staff explanation is full of fallacies – and it leads us to believe there may be more behind the story. After all, this is a supernatural romance mystery series.
And since we’ve targeted that topic, looking also at the second puzzle, the top secret club, it is only implied that our protagonist made up the note himself – it’s possible we’re being mislead, and perhaps he actually found it there, yet merely pretended to have put it himself after his friend brought up such. Keep in mind that our hero saw some lettering rise and drift off the wall, a phenomenon yet to be explained.
Keeping those curiosities in mind and returning to the manga in general, there is one single difference which separates it from the anime – this debut volume goes beyond what was seen in Hyouka’s first episode. A fourth character is introduced – a blonde haired female who makes up the last of the classic literature club.
With such momentum, this story definitely has anxious to see where it goes. The series has hardly gotten started, so there remains a vast realm untouched – yet we still also want to know the answers behind the suspicious subjects we mentioned above. Where does the supernatural come into play within Hyouka? That’s the main item ringing in our minds as we await more.