Oreki convinces Chitanda to bring Fukube and Ibara into the investigation. She organizes a club meeting at her home, a sprawling mansion in the midst of her family’s rice fields. One by one, they discuss their research thus far and present their tentative theories, starting with Chitanda, then Ibara, then Fukube. Oreki came unprepared, so when it’s his turn, he excuses himself to go to the bathroom, where he takes everything he learned from the others and formulates a theory that resolves their inconsistencies. Everyone concurs that his theory makes the most sense, leaving Chitanda with only the question of why she cried when her uncle spoke to her.
This week Chitanda expands her investiagtion to include everyone in the Classics Club, which henceforth essentially becomes the “School History Investigations Club,” since the “classics” they end up studying are school archives and accounts of what went on 45 years ago. In short, Chitanda’s Uncle Jun led a nonviolent student boycott to protest a proposed shortening of the length of their culture festival. He was victorious, but a few months later he was expelled from the school. Doesn’t sound that exciting at first hearing, but the episode starts with supposition and conjecture amongst the individual club members, then uses Oreki’s innate power to arrive at a logical conclusion to put all the disparate pieces together.
This is a very talky series, but it’s also very sharp and clever, and its characters are thoughtful and inquisitive. Their lengthy reports on their findings were fun to watch, as was Oreki’s ad hoc conclusion, which wouldn’t have been possible without everyone else’s work. They sift through epics and legends and talks of heroes, which are essentially simple stories that have either been embellished by their original authors, or garnished, enriched, or twisted by time, like a game of Telephone. Legends are by definition stories that have stood the test of time; but the stories of such legends never survive that journey through time totally unscathed. Also, that onigiri looked frikkin’ delicious.
Rating: 8 (Great)
Car Cameo: An eighth-generation Honda Civic passes the frame of the first shot after the opening.