As the show comes to a close, the focus is now on Oreki and Eru.
Like the last episode, which focused on Mayaka and Satoshi, this one now puts the focus on Oreki and Eru at a local festival. Besides the initial uproar over crossing a different bridge from the struggle the North/South villages have in the past over territory, it’s amazing how much influence Eru has to resolve the conflict relatively quickly. Of course, the division between the South and the North shows what kind of relationship they have and their beliefs. From the first episode, Oreki just wanted to stick with his low-energy life style and disregard the exciting things in life. When he become close with Eru throughout the course of the show, he soon realized that there is more to life than just preserving energy as seen with him solving mysteries.
While the confession is not a true one, it was beautiful. The cherry blossoms conveniently blooming out of season and the windows blowing it contributed a lot to this lovely moment. Even so, it’s kind of interesting how Eru has her future already set in stone by taking science over business. She has feelings for Oreki, but doesn’t want him to get tied to a boring place that she is currently in. Even so, the transformation through cheery blossoms pedals being blown by the wind made it a perfect place to be together compared to the dull place she mentioned before.
Hyouka was interesting for me for the fact that they used mysteries to build the relationship between Eru and Oreki. While each mystery’s complexity varies, it is merely used as a vehicle for character development. Still, it provided a lot of exciting moments, especially with the festival arc, which showed a lot of interesting developments behind the festivities such as the Manga author/artist that transferred. From the looks of it, Hyouka is probably the most Japanese show as it places a lot of emphasis on Japanese traditions/beliefs through various stories.
Aside from that, Hyouka is a gorgeous show and I will certainly miss it.
Overall Rating: 9.3/10, A, Very Good