The manifestation of betrayal, unwilling sacrifice, pain, and rage.
He was not a hero, he didn’t want to be a hero. He didn’t sacrifice, he was sacrificed.
First story arc of Hyouka, the depiction of what a great mystery story can be like.
When I finished this particular story about a ‘kind hero’, I had one word in mind, the title of the show – “Hyouka”.
Hyōka (氷菓, “frozen dessert”), meaning, “ice cream”. It’s a lame pun – “I scream”.
I screamed at how society can close their eyes on a tragedy that they caused themselves. I screamed at how an unwilling ‘hero’ was forced to take on all the blames and the grave repercussion.
But even more so, I screamed only in my head. Because just like he was, he could only scream in hidden messages.
I couldn’t get my scream out because I know this is how real society can be. In the face of serious punishments, who would dare to take that one step forward to bear the responsibility, especially when there’s already a sacrifice standing on the front?
Hyouka, “I scream”, was his only way to depict his tragedy.