The first half of the episode revolved around discussing "the seven deadly sins." The members of the Classics Club concluded that people need to have some of the deadly sins in them to have a balanced personality. The guys also noted that Chitanda rarely gets angry. She jokingly said that she does not let emotions get the better of her because it is a waste of energy (this quickly caught the attention of Houtarou). This episode's mystery was Chitanda's need to find out why her math teacher messed up the day's lesson.
Episode 6 of Hyouka was very revealing. Mayaka and Satoshi apparently have some romance going on, based on a little squabble they had. Houtarou is slowly becoming more interested in Chitanda and her sweet but very demanding personality. Houtarou seemed to conclude at the end of the episode that Chitanda might be kind of prideful; and this is possible what makes her be so bent on deciphering all mysteries she encounters. This episode gets a 9 out of 10 because the producers might have found the right formula by revealing more of the characters' personalities with every new mystery that arises.
Teiichi consulted with Kirie on what he should do after Yuuko advised him to never see her again. Kirie reminded Teiichi that Momoe admires him because he knows what to do. Teiichi did his best to try to forget Yuuko. Momoe had lots of screen time as she took care of a convalescent Teiichi. Momoe also showed her sweet and understanding heart. At the end Teiichi could not take it anymore and, against Kirie's advice, decided to look for Yuuko. Teiich and Yuuko confessed their love for each other.
Episode 8 of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia began with a high volume of intense emotions but slowly felt into a semi-slow rhythm. It was a good episode, but the plot did not really advance much. The best things of this episode were Kirie's sloppy love confession and strong emotions toward Teiichi, Momoe's sweetness and the apparition of Shadow Yuuko reminding us that things are not probably going to be easily solved with a simple boob grab. This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
In episode 8 of Natsuiro Kiseki, the girls decided to take a trip before Saki moved to an island near Tokyo. Oddly enough, they ended up going to the place where Saki is set to move. Once in a boat that was going to take them to the island, the girls had fun and shared some memories. Throughout the episode Saki was upset, and she kept having dreams where she arrived to school and was ignored by the girls and the rest of the classroom. The highlight of the episode was Natsumi challenging Saki to tell her parents that she does not want to move.
This was a very relaxing episode where not too much craziness happened. It is nice for the series to move to a different setting. Also, I have praised Sunrise's excellent animation throughout the first seven episodes, but the CGI used in this episode looks a bit cheap. I can only give this episode a 8 out of 10 because I believe that the creators of the series could do more with the character and to a lesser extent, the plot.
After receiving a call from her sister, Houtarou wondered if he had misunderstood or missed something from Chitanda's uncle struggle with the school 45 years ago. The members of the Classics Club asked the librarian (a member of the Classics Club from 45 years ago) to corroborate their theory. Things pretty much occurred the way Houtarou theorized, but Chitanda's uncle was more or less forced to be the face of the movement and ultimately, take the fault.
Episode 5 of Hyouka was curious to me. At first I got annoyed that the story of the uncle still had legs. The prospect of Hyouka revolving around an incident that happened 45 years ago is not a very appealing idea to me. Fortunately, this incident seems to have finally been solved, and the predictable romance between Chitanda and Houtarou seems to be starting to develop. I give this episode a 9 out of 10 because even though the direction of the series is not clear yet, this episode was satisfactory and perhaps and indication on the direction where the show might go.
Yuuko was once again being her usual self: goofy, clingy and jealous. Teiichi, however, felt something wrong with Yuuko. Kirie explained to Teiichi that the ominous shadow was more likely a split personality of Yuuko, full of negative emotions. Teiichi also figured out with Yuuko that she volunteered to be a human sacrifice in order to stop an epidemic. At the end of the episode Yuuko's evil shadow appeared and confirmed that she carries all Yuuko's grudges and memories. Things went back to square one as the shadow caused Yuuko's few recovered memories to disappear.
Episode 7 of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia has to be the best so far. The idea of the split personality makes a lot of sense and is very interesting. I like the direction the series has taken, but I feel that the whole truth has not come up yet. Just when I was wondering if Dusk Maiden of Amnesia was going to have multiple seasons, the revelations of episode 7 appear to confirm that the story will end with episode 12. This episode gets a 10 out of 10.
The girls signed up for a singing competition during the town's annual summer festival. They were practicing hard their dancing routine, but the lazy Yuka was having trouble committing to it. Their plans were in jeopardy when the rain came because the singing competition would have been canceled. Rin and Yuka wished for the rain to go away, and the girls easily won the competition. At the end of the episode it was revealed that rather than making a wish to the rock, Rin and Yuka made the rain go away thanks to a spell Rin's mom taught them.
Episode 7 of Natsuiro Kiseki was very neat because we saw a perfect blend of the girls' different personalities. I am giving this episode a 10 out of 10 because it was a very rewarding watch, and everything seemed to click. This is probably the best I have felt about this series.
Following Houtarou's advice, Chitanda decided to ask Satoshi and Ibara for help in trying to figure out what happened to the uncle 45 years ago. The four met at Chitanda's (prosperous farming) mansion to try to figure out the mystery. To Mayaka's dismay and Chitanda's rejoice, Houtarou came up with a plausible explanation. Basically Jun Sekitani (Chitanda's uncle), as the president of the Classics Club, fought bravely against the authorities of Kamiyama High to keep them from abridging the 5 days of the culture festival. The students won, but at the expense of Sekitani's expulsion.
The best things about Hyouka so far are the animation, the sometimes immersive atmosphere and Chitanda's charming but mysterious personality. It is sometimes clever for the writers to come up with mini mysteries, but it can get annoying quick. The best things about episode 4 of Hyouka were seeing how Chitanda behaved in her home turf, and the re discovery that Houtarou and Satoshi are very good friends who can joke and talk about anything. This episode gets a 8 out of 10.
Episode 6 of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia began with rumors about a monster, named Akahito, hunting the school (during the still running culture festival). Everyone seemed to be having fun but a student, Yuuko Kirishima, was spreading the rumor that Akahito was looking for Yuuko (the ghost) because it needed a sacrifice. Kirishima wanted to destroy Yuuko and all other of the school's ghost stories because she felt harassed because of her name. Things turned against Kirishima when a student mob tried to lynch Kirishima, but the members of the Paranormal Investigation Club managed to save her.
I have mixed feelings about this episode. Things got a little darker, but I feel that involving other students could disrupt the flow of the story. Two observations: first, Yuuko initially felt sorry for Kirishima's suffering but seemed apathetic towards helping her. Second, at the end of episode 6, Kirie saw again an ominous specter in Yuuko's shape. I truly want to believe that Yuuko is a good being, but the mystery makes me wonder. This episode gets a 8 out of 10 because it felt fragmented and out of focus.
Natsumi was having a very stressful time during her summer break having to take care of his house and brother (during her mother's absence), practicing for the upcoming doubles tennis match and finding time to hang out with the girls. Yuka had the idea to make a wish to ease Natsumi's stress. As a result a clone of Natsumi materialized. This was helpful, but the Natsumi practicing tennis kept struggling because she was too obsessed with her serve instead of team work. Things finally settled down, and things went back to normal.
Episode 6 of Natsuiro Kiseki had the usual doze of moe, comedy and light drama. Things have not
progressed much, but the preview of episode 7 hints out that the girls might actually try to become an actual Idol group. Episode 6 gets a 7 out of 10 because half way through the series, the plot of Natsuiro Kiseki continues to be stale.
Chitanda had an uncle whom she was very attached to. The uncle tried to answer all of Chitanda's questions, but one day hell broke loose when she asked him a question related to his days as a member of the Classics Club. Chitanda has been uneasy since because she cannot recall what his uncle answered to her. A reluctant Houtarou agreed to help on what he can. The members of the club managed to find the old anthologies and to Chitanda's surprise, the second issue of the publication was the root of the uncle's issue. More answers lie within the first issue, but it is missing.
It appears that the Classics Club has some mysterious connections to the past. The plot continues to evolve slowly but the anthologies are pointing the story toward a more concrete direction. A comment on the animation. I am a fan of Kyoto Animation, and I am really liking the fluid animation in Hyouka. The character designs are also evolving from cutesy (especially the girls) to a more "realistic" aesthetic. Episode 3 of Hyouka gets a 8 out of 10.