This looks more like a date!
While the last episode wasn’t enough in terms of Eru making love with Houtarou despite the interesting mystery, there is more focus on the two in this episode. It’s New Years Eve and they decide to visit a temple that Mayaka apparently works at as a Shrine Maiden. Although Eru’s kimono looks gorgeous, it’s kind of disappointing that there weren’t many romantic interactions between the two. The only shocking thing is that Houtarou receives a bad fortune. I suppose his low energy life style won’t become reality anytime soon as long Eru stays by his side and asking for more mysteries to solve.
As expected, there wasn’t much of a mystery in this episode since we are almost at the end. However, they do get stuck in a shed while looking for sake. Believe it or not, watching them get locked in with hardly any methods of getting out is bad. This anxiety kind of reminded me of the gym shed lockout scene in Clannad, but without any stripping off clothes. Still, I can’t see why they can knock down a wall or break the roof and just pay for the damages. Perhaps doing that will make them look bad? If I were in that situation, I would just dig a hole since I can’t stand the cold. Either way, the good old symbolism through hanging a bag with a rope tied at the middle did the trick. Even with the save from Satoshi, I think Houtarou needs to get with the times and buy a cellphone since nobody going to know what lies ahead.
With one episode remaining, I have my doubts regarding their relationship even though the last episode may look promising with Valentines Day chocolates. It makes me wonder how the mystery will play out for that. Still, it’s kind of sad that Hyouka is finally coming to an end since it was a rather enjoyable ride.