That new OP would make a spectacular episode by itself.
Anyway, back to advertising the anthology…
It was hard to tell from last week, but this week I was more than mildly entertained. To make up for a lack of any real mystery, something character-driven would have sufficed, and this episode certainly delved in that more than usual.
A lot of the attention going in Mayaka and Satoshi’s way helped me warm up to them again after the mystery movie project. It really does wonders when they’re given their own time and space to stand out. I really enjoyed Mayaka establishing her grounds and fighting back against her senpai over how manga can be perceived and enjoyed, and then get her own closing as she searched desperately for that proof of what gave her those glittery eyes. And then of course, there’s the databank, and something of a showman, in Satoshi. I have no problems with the guy, but he rubs me the wrong way. It’s just me so I’m not trying to come off as an anti, but his efforts in the trivia quiz definitely gave him his own time under the light.
Not to just gloss over Houtarou’s seemingly stagnant scenes, but it represented his persona well. After all the monologues about conserving energy and keeping it quiet, he got what he wished for… until Eru waltzed in with her many souvenirs from inadvertently browsing the entire festival. And then, the prize. Does the shipping actually start here or is it that obvious? Gotta say, though, Eru is killing it in a maid wear. Moe moe kyun!
Pretty much the entire episode is devoted to trying to advertise the Hyouka anthology. Satoshi’s Saturn display and his dancing probably had the greatest effect as it netted one enthused student to ascend the steps into that isolated room. Eru and her charisma, if you will, didn’t exactly get the job done but the girl busily made herself the cutest damn thing in recent anime history. And Mayaka couldn’t get it done, but in turn, helped her own club flourish somewhat thanks to a heated debate.
There were some inklings of lesser mysteries that Eru thought she was curious about, but those eyes didn’t show themselves. On top of that, a third episode for the festival is just what I need. No, really, I mean that without being sarcastic. Have you seen the preview? Mayaka is turning out to be quite moe herself. That is her, right?
GO Rating: 3.5/5
To make up for all the unnecessary adverbs in this post, here’s a preview image that I’ve been gaga-ing about. Title reads “Wildfire” in case Eru’s sweet voice didn’t reach your eardrums.