This almost felt like a date, but it isn’t one.
Since the show’s inception, we have run into several characters that contributed some parts to the overall mystery. However, the way the producers approach this one is rather interesting since the focus is on Eru and Houtarou exclusively while they solve a mystery. The way they approached it was interesting as both worked on coming up a theory over the announcement made over the loudspeaker. From the looks of their expressions, it appears that they were having fun.
While the mystery was somewhat interesting, I felt that it’s not the important part of the episode. I think the engagement between the two was the most interesting aspect as both worked on a viable conclusion. In addition, it shows that Houtarou isn’t 100% perfect with his reasoning as Eru pointed out some of the flaws. Still, it shows how much the two change throughout the series. For instance, Houtarou shredded his prospects of saving energy while Eru gains some of his deductive skills. At the end of the day, their entertainment surprisingly consisted of mostly truth as the police busted a money-counterfeiting group. From this, it proves that both of them can come up with a plausible theory with a student receiving a counterfeited bill from someone and realized that it’s fake after spending it.
With two episodes remaining, it’s apparent that they might not start a new mystery, but just tie some loose ends. From the looks of the episode preview, it looks rather lighthearted with Classic Literature Club celebrating the New Year. Then again, I might be proven wrong with another small mystery that they can solve in one episode. Even so, I wonder if Houtarou will confess his love to Eru or only treat her as a friend at the end of the show. If they don’t, I will become disappointed since they make a fine couple.