Hyouka 6: Oreki (almost) falls in love

They can’t all be groundbreaking, I guess. Surprisingly, Hyouka becomes dreadfully boring if you figure out the solution to the mystery 20 minutes before Oreki explains exactly what you already thought of. I don’t know why it was so easy, but I had the answer pretty quickly, as it was noted the teacher looked at the class sign and he checks his notebook for where the class left off. Mistaking “a” and “d” is a rather minor offense, but it wasn’t that long before I had that too (again, before Oreki), and figured out he mistook Class A with Class D, one of which was further ahead than the other. Thus causing the teacher’s misdirected rage at the class for not understanding the presented material, and Chitanda’s impassioned rebuttal.

Perhaps this wasn’t about the mystery so much as it was about Houtarou and Chitanda moving slowly closer together. She almost had him with her line about conserving energy, but just at the verge of an emotional breakthrough, Chitanda retracts her statement, leaving Oreki disillusioned. While it didn’t seal the deal, so to speak, it certainly brought him one step closer to the his ultimate fate, loving Eru-chan (we all know it’s happening).

Perhaps this is the prologue to Houtarou’s next mystery, which is to delve into what makes Eru tick. Where is the anger she never shows and what drives the things she does, like being so “interested” in things and then asking Oreki to solve or figure them out. While slowly coming to his conclusions, will Oreki also slowly grow to love Chitanda, despite her (some would call) faults? Or will it be up to Chitanda to break him out of his conservative lifestyle so he can see what’s so wonderfully standing in front of him?

10 thoughts on “Hyouka 6: Oreki (almost) falls in love

    • Cultural issue – the Japanese people don’t use roman letters on an everyday basis, and when they do, they use block letters (nowadays).

      But when writing equations, they do use stuff like “a + b = x”. So a math teacher who often reads and writes equations is more likely to use lowercase. Your ordinary Japanese person would use upper case block letters because that’s significantly easier for them – remember that they treat different roman letter types like we foreigners would hiragana and katakana, for example, and some people can’t be bothered to learn more of those than they have to, and there’s always a chance of forgetting how to write those if you don’t use them.

      Which also answers Belden’s quarry about this episode’s mystery seeming easier than others. It might be, to us foreigners.

      In ep.5, when Oreki wrote “I scream” in cursive style, Many Japanese Otaku were like “lol wut, can’t read/write that”.

      • ^Exactly, my Japanese teacher even mentioned someone like this when we were learning hiragana/katakana and students questioned the need for accuracy.

        The “ice cream” wordplay I quite enjoyed because it was quite a stretch and not obvious. But as soon as Chitanda mentioned that the teacher checked the class sign, I had it pretty much figured out.

        Like anything, some people figure the mysterious out faster than others based on personal experiences. If my teacher had never mentioned the slight differences in letters and characters, I may never have made the connection on my own. But there’s no telling, really…

    • Maybe it’s just differences in education, but I was always taught math using lowercase lettes for variables (unless the variable was a defined term, like Force being written “F”). And when you’re quickly jotting mathematical equations, your letters tend to blur and fall off perfect (unless you’re OCD like me and write slowly)

  1. Believe it or not. I felt the same way since I felt that this was a misunderstanding. Still, Eru is still really cute though and it seemed that Oreki almost fell into a trap of love.

    • So close, he appeared to be caught. :3
      Eru’s “But it interests me!” is super effective against Oreki.
      With a little bit more work, I think Eru will have him firmly in her grasp.

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