Hyouka – Investigating The Mystery Behind Satoshi
In the recent episode of Hyouka, we had seen a more in-depth look in Mayaka and Satoshi’s relationship. Most would indeed be baffled by Satoshi’s odd behavior. Like Houtarou and the rest of you, I similarly can’t seem to understand what’s Satoshi’s thinking under that happy-go-lucky facade of his. However, after thinking more thoroughly, I think the main reason behind Satoshi’s vagueness is his struggles to choose between staying on as friends, or moving along as couples.
In the past, I used to be so obsessed with winning,
so I tried to win all the time.
It was boring.
Even if I did win, it was boring.
It was more than I could handle.
How can it be interesting unless you win in an interesting way?
One day I got tired of it.
I became obsessed with not being obsessed about anything.
And since then my life’s been really fun.
Ever day is a happy day.
We will first have a look at Satoshi’s mindset. As Houtarou mentioned, Satoshi had changed. He was obsessive before, wanting to win and gain everything despite how little nor petty it is. To be blunt, you could say he’s greedy. However, in his obsession, he requires determination and effort to get what he wants, and when things doesn’t go his way, he gets irritated and retaliate. What’s the fun in all that?
In the present, Satoshi had changed. He’s no longer the obsessive type he once was. By saying that he is just a “database”, he stopped drawing conclusions nor making accomplishments. He just relays information to the others (Houtarou notably) and depends on them to finish up on things. He also doesn’t get depressed over loses anymore and just take everything at face value. Doing that, everything becomes much more fun.
This changed mindset however, is the main cause behind him and Mayaka’s awkward relationship. It all comes down whether or not he wants to continue staying as “friends”, or to evolve their relationship into “lovers”. Even Satoshi has a generally positive view on Mayaka too so this choice may seem simple, but unsurprisingly not so.
Can I really let myself get obsessed with her?
I want to be with Mayaka, no question about it.
But I don’t want to obsess over her.
I guess I’m just being selfish.
I’m not even thinking about how she feels.
So egotistical, right?
It’s not like I want to make light of her feelings.
But if I leave my comfort bubble and accept her, I might go back to the way I used to be.
And that scares me.
Staying as “friends”, your relationship with them will never crumble, as long as time persists, you can have fun with them as long as you want. However, being “lovers” aren’t simple. The development of bonds might seem like a good thing, but there are of cause, cons as well. If the relationship doesn’t proceed smoothly, it will be a huge crash and burn journey all the way through, and once the said couple broke up, it’s even questionable if they would even stay as friends, and even if they do, it will just become even the more so awkward.
To that end, in my opinion, Satoshi wanted to have fun and continue staying as friends. He doesn’t want to revert back to his obsessive self, he doesn’t want to obsess over Mayaka. By being obsessed over her, he will once again have to go through a bumpy route. However, because he does has a generally good reception of her, perhaps he even has feelings for her; he wants to proceed, he wants to love her too, but his new mindset is holding him back.
At first, I find Satoshi’s altitude towards Mayaka cold, but now I can kind of relate to him. Of cause, we all love our decisive protagonist being able to make a choice straightaway, however, we are just humans. The choice to evolve one’s relationship is so crucial that this very choice would impact one’s life one way or the other. I didn’t really like Satoshi here, but after some thoughts, I think I would hate him even more if he halfheartedly makes his choice straightaway. What do you think of Satoshi?