Hyouka 17 unravels the Juumoji mystery, but it shared the spotlight with a look at what the translation calls “expectations,” and the inability to reach them.
Is “expectations” a proper translation. It made Satoshi’s scene with Ibara difficult for me to understand, unless Satoshi is saying that one has expectations for someone when one has no power to do anything about it themselves. But Satoshi had (failed, as it turned out) expectations for himself in catching Juumoji and could only listen in while Houtarou laid out the solution clearly and succinctly to the culprit: Tanabe. In the end all he could contribute was help to fake the attack on the Classics Club. So that’s why he his reaction to the manuscript blowing up seemed off…
Otherwise the word, as in people failing to live up to them, worked just fine. Satoshi couldn’t meet his own. Meanwhile we have two, mirrored scenes. Ayako said that Haruna was a newbie to manga yet created a masterpiece on her first try. Tanabe has similar thoughts about Muneyoshi, tossing out a brilliant work and never bothering to pick up his pen again. Ayako and Tanabe (and Ibara) can only read the “A Corpse by Evening,” feel their own inadequacy, and anger that people much more talented than them don’t give a fuck. Proud characters like Ayako find it especially galling. As for Eru, you could say that she had expectations for herself when she tried to take Irisu’s advice, but when it didn’t work for her she was happy to drop it. We should all be so honest and unaffected.
It’s not fair to say that Houtarou doesn’t give a fuck, but he doesn’t get much pleasure from solving the mystery. Even if he hadn’t figured out a plan to sell the overstock, I figure he’d have done it the exact same way, a quiet talk with the culprit among the bicycle racks, or, at most, in front of the other club members, if only to get Eru off his back. This is galling for Satoshi, but the boy likes his peace and quiet. I’m sure Haruna and Muneyoshi have their own priorities in life, too. Such deep mysteries and profound emotions in a school festival! It’s been a long arc, but I’m sorry to see it go.
Rinne no Lagrange 18 feels like a cop-out, one of those unbelievable situations where the the opposing kings are brought together by circumstance and everyone is happy, but that all depends on next week and whether Madoka manages to actually beat the shit out of Dizel and Villa, like I hope she does. The switched bodies thing works pretty well, though having them switch back at Dizel’s touch was a tad unbelievable AND was a clumsy way to do have Dizel admit he loves a girl to that actual girl without him knowing about it. Otherwise, the show has fun with it. Madoka tries to use Yurikano’s body to her advantage but no one listens to her (nice touch), while Yurikano has to say embarrassing things in front of everybody to prove who she is (the repeated shock-reactions in that trippy art style–nice touch too). Madoka’s inadvertant switching on the escape pod’s communicator so that they overhear her ought to be another clumsy plot device, but we’re sort of used to Madoka doing things like that. Besides, she was playing that word game and munching on rations while she did it, chilling out in that pod while everyone outside is trying to kill each other. And we get a good space battle. Could have been a better episode, but it was still fun to watch, as most Lagrange episodes are.