The story in Hyouka is advancing a lot faster than I had originally expected. Mysteries in this series are still pretty low profile, but the cases are definitely getting more complicated.
I took a significant risk last week by translating the episode title as “Troubled Descendents of the Classic Literature Club” instead of “Descendent(s) of the Troubled CLC“, even though both are grammatically feasible, and the former had an alternative way of phrasing in Japanese without adding more clarification （「古典部の事情ある末裔」） while the latter did not. Eru’s “confession” sounded like she was going to tell Houtarou about a new mystery, so I thought this episode was most likely to be about her troubled past as well.
I’m glad to see the risk appeared to be worth it. The title may have been intentionally kept ambiguous in Japanese to cover both, but this episode spent a lot more time elaborating Eru’s concerns and a new trouble that will haunt her, rather than trying to show how Eru is the descendent of a troubled club. This conflict was what she kept saying in the previous episodes by “It’s personal”.
Eru is the trouble descendant of the Classic Literature Club (that his uncle was in).
I found it interesting how at the beginning of the episode in the cafe, the clock’s pendulum changed from a heart shape to a regular circle shape after he heard what she was actually going to say. The meaning behind it is fairly straightforward of course.
「酢昆布 (スコンブ)」 is vinegar-flavored dried kelp.
I have no idea what “basic mixture kelp” means lol, but it sounds like kelp-based soup stock or something, and that would fit in a red box… In the end, this is a pretty forced pun.
I’m open to suggestions for v2.
Houtarou looks away. Probably not in shame and guilt, but because it led to more energy consumption.
He was in his own world again, just like with Eru’s entangling illusion. It shows his internal struggle and that he probably unconsciously sipped all his coffee.
about a month two weeks since the last episode, but she’s still on a tour around the world.
This will be fixed in v2.
As seen in the previous episode’s gray scene in the library, although Houtarou claims to be satisfied with his “energy conserving” life, but he does have the desire for a rosy life.
This all connects to unconsciously calling the gray as a “sad way of life” in the first episode.
It’s kind of weird a high school would have a drug safe though… Are they trying to make bio-weapons? lol
Also, why would something like that be unused?
Eru being her airhead self. When it comes to things related to her uncle, she really seem to get to absorbed to what’s in front of her and fail to see the big picture.
Since Houtarou is Kyon, and Eru is Haruhi+Mikuru+Nagato, the entire Suzumiya Haruhi crew is in this show now.
This scene really shows how alert this guy is. He instantly senses Houtarou suspecting him.
There was absolutely no way the full translation of the first line in this scene would’ve fit within a reasonable text length, so we’ve omitted a part it, but 「神田」 are farms that are exempt from taxes, but contributes to local shrines instead, so the shrines can operate with insufficient donations. This probably means Chitanda is close with the Juumonji Family mentioned in the first episode.
The second screenshot once again cements her good upbringing and manner, and depicts Tougaito family as an influential family in the city that participates in upper-class social gatherings.
Man, this guy may be even lazier than me.
She will probably officially join the club after this.
The motion scene of the episode. Used at the perfect timing to increase tension before the showdown.
The upside to the general “laziness” of animation in this show is that they can use a high-animation scene to emphasize certain portions of every episode.
The purpose of that question was to make sure that the drug safe wasn’t taken out of this room, so it must be concealed somewhere in here.
There may also be some psychology stuff going on. Maybe it was a leading question that caused Tougaito to say what was actually in his mind, which was under the cardboard boxes.
Really beautiful hypothetical flashback scene. The art here reminds me a bit of BakaTest.
It’s good to see that they will experiment every episode, with Ep1 being impressionist painting, Ep2 SHAFT-like text animation, and now this. Let’s see they can keep this up for all 21 episodes
I’m pretty sure that most of you were thinking of he was smoking weed when you saw the first scene.
Well, underage smoking is a pretty serious offense in Japan.
Eru can theoretically smell even the faint smell of cigarettes over the air freshener.
I’m pretty sure they’re going to explain this later in the series.
This is probably where Vol.1 can be found.
On episode 2, the name of the library adviser (糸魚川 養子) was obviously emphasized. Now, in this episode, the excerpt that was read by Houtarou was written by a 郡山 養子
They may have different surnames but “Youko” is a feminine name and if she was married, she would have changed it to the surname of her spouse. And 45 years it a long time.
This would explain a lot about her reaction in Ep2, and the possibility that Vol.1 is actually in the library reserves or her role as a clue giver later in the series.
I like how Vol.1 missing doesn’t actually seem like a forced plot device because they set it up as something that should be forgotten, so it makes sense if it was destroyed or hidden it somewhere else.
This episode was very well-directed and its pacing was absolutely amazing. It kept me interested the entire time even though nothing flashy really happened besides the case-solving imagination scene. I’m glad I didn’t give up subbing this series after the first view of Ep1.