As the festival reaches the closing phases, this latest segment of Hyouka acts as preparation for the next – the setting is readied for the tsundere and her manga club issues, meanwhile, mystery ensues.
There’s merely a few incidents this episode worth of mention – although that’s as each is a significant starting point for something to unfold within the subsequent chapter. The first, and perhaps most substantial fact of the episode is that the other members of the petty kotenbu inform their detective ace, Oreki, of the thievery they’ve encountered throughout their activities at the festival. A sly individual is stealing items and leaving behind a notice in its place – and telling Oreki of this, it’s only a short while till he has the suspect’s scheme figured.
The thief is committing their crimes in order of a pattern – a simple alphabetical arrangement of club names, and this becomes particularly of interest once it’s realized that the logic points towards the chance the kotenbu could be victimized as well, which is actually exactly what they want in order to capture the thief.
In respect to why they’re so engulfed in compromising the item snatcher, the reasoning is that such would generate some significant publicity – allowing them to finally, or rather, hopefully finish off their remaining hundred and some copies of Hyouka.
And with that in mind, it’s quite incredible how this series has led us through quite an extensive log of adventures over the course of many episodes with the ultimate purpose having been to sell copies of Hyouka the entire time – it truly feels as if one has been through much, and indeed that is the case, yet at the same time, so little has occurred. Most individuals don’t live action packed James Bond lives, and an aspect of excellence in Hyouka is how it truly brings out the essence of life as most people experience it.
Returning interest upon protagonist and friends, Oreki still lazily keeping to the same spot, his neon lit comrade is off attempting to uncover the crime on his own. Something is unusual about Neon Lights within this episode as it seems that he’s truly motivated to unravel the mystery himself – likely as he feels that he’s also capable of accomplishing similar feats as his buddy Oreki, yet assuming that is the case, he certainly seems ever short of able as he does make a dramatic and disappointing effort.
Perhaps Neon Lights does have what it takes, yet he unfortunately didn’t manage to prove it this episode – and thus, one must await the next spectacle, which goes quite hyped up within the final minutes of this run.
Yet for now, turning to another conundrum, the tsundere’s doujin problem is escalated to the point that she sees some peculiar sempai behavior – and then also becomes familiar with a brief line of history behind the work, the author was a friend of her sempai. That’s the tsundere’s open issue – each character was left with a concern, and it’s till next time whether they topple it or not, or rather, how they do it.
The atmosphere seems to be too favorable to disappoint – nonetheless, it remains to be seen how the thief is caught, the tsundere finds her doujinshi, the moeblob does whatever she’s doing, and Oreki plays his typical role.