Synopsis
Chitanda once again called Houtarou to ask a favor.  This time he was going to help Chitanda during a traditional Japanese procession.  Other than a little mix up, the procession went fine.  During the ceremony Mayaka and Satoshi were watching together (not sure if as a couple or not).  At the end of the day Chitanda and Houtarou were chatting about future plans.  It was bittersweet to see how much Chitanda and Houtarou have learned to care for each other but being unable to express their feelings.

Analysis
Hyouka has ended at 22 episodes.  The last episode was good but did not feel much like a conclusion.  I can only give this last episode a 8 out of 10.  As far as the whole series, it is beautifully animated and had lots of potential.  Unfortunately the creators were not able to properly take advantage of the potential of the story, especially in regards to character development.  I am also disappointed that the conclusion did not have much closure.  Hyouka is a decently good series but not very good.
 
 
Synopsis
It was Valentine's Day.  Mayaka angrily swore that she was going to make the best chocolate Satoshi ever had.  After Houtarou and Chitanda had an awkward talk before going to classes on Valentine's Day, the chocolate cake/cookie Mayaka made was stolen.  After some investigating by Houtarou, he cleverly figured out that Satoshi stole the chocolate.  Satoshi did it because he was not sure how to respond to Mayaka's feelings.  In the end things between Satoshi and Mayaka seemed to have worked out fine.

Analysis
Episode 21 of Hyouka was a strange one.  It focused a bit more on character development, and that is the reason why I want to see more of it is because it can be well done by the creators.  I felt bad for Mayaka, but hopefully things will work for her in the end.  Also, when Mayaka asked Chitanda if she liked somebody, she apparently confessed to Mayaka that she likes Houtarou.  During the investigation Chitanda became very agitated, and it was very interesting and exciting to see.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Chitanda invited Houtarou to a shrine on New Year's Day.  At the shrine they met with Mayaka, who was working as a shrine maiden.  On their way to running an errand, Chitanda and Houtarou accidentally went into a shed and were locked in.  Both were freezing, but in the end managed to get Satoshi's attention.  Satoshi went to the shed and unlocked Chitanda and Houtarou.

Analysis
Episode 20 of Hyouka was another cool one.  I was very happy to see Mayaka and Satoshi again.  The awkward interactions between Chitanda and Houtarou continue to be amusing.  When they were locked in the shed I thought they were going to hug each other to fight off the cold.  That did not happen, but Chitanda was close to getting naked when Houtarou was looking for a string (removing the string on Chitanda's kimono would have undone it).  This episode gets a 8 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Chitanda and Houtarou were alone in the club room after school.  Chitanda complemented Houtarou for his ability to solve mysteries.  He was very modest and said that it had more to do with luck.  In order to get Chitanda off his back, Houtarou decided to use another mystery to prove to her that he had been very lucky up to that point.  Houtarou used a strange message issued by a teacher directed at unnamed student(s).  In the end Houtarou jokingly theorized that the new mystery was related to money counterfeiting.

Analysis
Episode 19 of Hyouka was very amusing.  Chitanda's level of admiration toward Houtarou is so high that she was willing to believe any nonsense that he spouted out.  The funniest thing is that the crazy theories Houtarou made up were actually true, despite his best efforts to fail at mystery solving.  Another great thing from this episode is that it became clearer that Chitanda is romantically attracted to Houtarou.  I really enjoy it when the two get embarrassed when being face to face.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
The members of the Classics Club were in the club room.  After a helicopter flew over the school, Houtarou suddenly remembered a middle school teacher, Ogi Masahiyo, and his love of helicopters.  Satoshi and Mayaka had vague memories of Masahiyo, and the former remembered the teacher saying he had been struck by thunder three times.  Houtarou became curious and went with Chitanda to the public library to investigate.  They discovered that Masahiyo had been a mountain climber and one time at school was glad to see a police helicopter fly over the middle school because two climbers had been stranded in the mountains at the time.

Analysis
Episode 18 of Hyouka had a self contained story.  I wanted to see an episode leading to a conclusion but its episodic nature is good.  It was funny when Satoshi and Mayaka made fun of Houtarou for wanting to do something.  My hope for a romance between Houtarou and Chitanda seems to be going in the right direction.  But Houtarou does not seem to notice the subtle hints of romantic feelings coming from Chitanda.  This episode gets a 8 out of 10.  
 
 
Summary
The mystery of Juumonji (the theft at the festival) was finally solved by Houtarou.  The culprit was Jirou Tanabe, president of the student general council.  He is jealous of Muneyoshi Kugayama, the Student Council President and one of the creators of "A Corpse by Evening".  Tanabe was fustrated that Kugayama was more talented than him at making manga, even though, Kugayama worked on "A Corpse by Evening" as a hobby but did an outstanding job.  Juumonji was started to send a message to Kugayama

This incident also involved Mayaka.  The club mate that had bothered Mayaka, Ayako Kouchi, was bothered because the more talented but less committed, Haruna Anjou, worked on the famed "A Corpse by Evening" manga.  Kouchi begrudged Anjou for her innate talent.  Coincidentally, Satoshi feels similar toward Houtarou because the latter is very talented despite his apathetic attitude.  At the end of the episode, the members of the Classics Club seemed at peace.

Synopsis
Episode 17 of Hyouka was satisfactory but bitter.  It is great that the Juumonji mystery was finally solved.  The creators did a great job connecting several characters to the mystery.  My dear Mayaka continued to be frustrated but appears to finally have made a move on Satoshi.  I was kind of surprised that Houtarou blackmailed Tanabe into selling Hyouka anthologies online in exchange of not divulging the information on Juumonji.  I wonder if he did it exclusively to make Chitanda happy.  With four episodes to go, I hope the rest of the series is spent in a proper conclusion.  This episode gets a 10 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
Houtarou's mysterious sister showed up at the school's festival.  She bought a copy of the Hyouka anthology and gave a manga to Houtarou, "A Corpse by Evening".  This is the same manga that Mayaka was looking to show to her manga club mates.  The festival continued.  We saw more of Mayaka's depression and Satoshi's jealousy toward Houtarou.  After reading part of "A Corpse by Evening", Houtarou was able to connect it to the thefts mystery.

Analysis
Episode 16 of Hyouka was a delightful mixture of a bit of everything.  I am perplexed by how Satoshi can be happy that Houtarou is good at solving mysteries but at the same hates it.  However, I am glad to see that Mayaka seems to have recovered her positive energy with the apparition of "A Corpse by Evening".  This episode gets a 9 out of 10. 
 
 
Synopsis
The mystery of the festival theft finally arrived.  As usual, Houtarou was reluctant to investigate a new mystery.  But as usual, he was unable to resist Chitanda's and his own curiosity.  Not much was advanced with the mystery though.  Mayaka continued to be bothered by her club mates and looked very depressed.  In the last scene of the episode, Satoshi vowed to solve the new mystery and beat Houtarou in the process.

Analysis
Another mystery arrived, but episode 15 of Hyouka was not dull.  We saw Chitanda put into practice the tips Irisu gave her to manipulate people.  Satoshi's jealousy toward Houtarou seems to have surfaced again.  Mayaka is becoming a dearer characters to me, but it is heart breaking to see her depressed and love Satoshi in secret.  This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
The school's festival continued.  A curious thing occurred after Irisu agreed to help Chitanda sell Hyouka anthologies.  Chitanda asked Irisu to show her how to be more assertive around people.  Irisu agreed, but more or less told Chitanda how to manipulate people.  The rest of the episode focused on a cooking contest, where Satoshi, Chitanda and Mayaka participated as members of the Classics Club.  They ended up winning mostly because Chitanda was superb, and even Houtarou lent them a hand.

Analysis
Episode 14 of Hyouka was solid.  The school's festival seems like a big success.  It seems like we are embarking into a new mystery.  This time it is centered on a series of thefts that have occurred throughout  the school's festival.  With less than ten episodes to go, Hyouka would appear to end up being a series of short stories, instead of a running narrative.  The next episodes are crucial to determine the overall value of the series.  Episode 14 gets a 8 out of 10.
 
 
Synopsis
The school's festival continued.  We saw more of the somewhat depressed Mayaka, who had a squabble about manga with an annoying upperclasswoman from the manga club.  At the end of the episode a very funny and awkward thing occurred.  Chitanda realized that Houtarou saw some pictures of her cosplaying (taken at a festival's booth) without permission.

Analysis
There is not much to analyze.  Episode 13 of Hyouka was strong because we continued to see other aspects from the main characters' personalities.  I am very glad the creators of the series opted out from introducing a new mystery.  I give this episode a 8 out of 10.