As Hyouka is entering its final phases, Kyoto Animation has released a relevant promotional illustration to highlight the climax of the series – indeed succeeding in stirring interest at whatever may remain herein.
Taking it a character at a time, the tsundere makes clear that it’s the season of winter – and noticing her blush, one would like to think this is stemming from something more than merely a glance behind her. Ideally, there will be an ever-slight amount of romantic development, if nothing else, for the tsundere – yet there may not be much promise for such after all as turning attention towards her male of interest, Neon Lights, he seems to be lost.
The fellow is becoming obsessed with subjects in which he previously took no interest – or rather, he’s always been engaged, he’s merely beginning to question what it is he lacks which prevents him from progressing forward as he wishes. And as should be obvious, it’s not too healthy for the body or soul to become entangled feverishly in one’s inability.
In respect to the moeblob, there’s little to say save for that hopefully, the creature won’t be filling the screen too much – the last several episodes have been doing much to improve the tattered start of the series, and it would be quite tragic if the moeblob ruined the conclusion after so much effort. Oreki arriving last, this portrayal of him makes it seem that he won’t be achieving anything meaningful whatsoever since there’s zero hint of substance behind his appearance – unless he’s glaring at something truly phenomenal, then it’s no cigar.
Surprisingly, Neon Lights is truly the most intriguing character at the moment – and one must wonder what sort of ending will meet his seemingly restless struggle for simple childhood dreams.