Just read your comments in the Hyouka ep 11 thread and one thing in particular jumped out at me.
The role of Oreki's sister in the past 11 eps has been especially curious to me, and it is interesting to see the tack you seem to be taking on her actions. I find myself somewhat in agreement, but am still unsure about making a "conclusion" with what info we have now in both the eng tl of the novels and the anime eps.
Here is a little discussion I had with another poster in here on the subject (which may or may not be of interest to you )
Spoiler for For space considerations:
The novel presents things in a more detailed manner. In the novel it was very clearer Oreki's sister who suggested to Irisu that Oreki could "be made to run errands for her and could even be made to dance". Which did not improve my opinion of his older sister at all. No wonder Oreki is like he is!
OTOH Oreki's sister outright confronts Irisu in the novel and calls her on trying to manipulate her as well and that the bottom line was Irisu's concern to look good in accomplishing her tasks.
It was an odd thing to read - b/c Oreki's sister was the instigator in the whole thing, and yet she confronted and called out Irisu. And in the sense of odd I mean a little creepy and surreal. Kinda wish Oreki would slap his sister a good one too. -_-
Your comments about Oreki's sister are interesting. I think, based on what you've said, some of it is still subject to interpretation. Perhaps she is inherently conflicted because she wants her brother to get out in the world and become more world-wise (and she knows that he's inherently lazy and needs to be pushed around a bit), but at the same time, as a sister, she doesn't like to see him get hurt (though she knows it's inevitable). So here, though she set the wheels in motion to get him involved, it probably didn't work out the way she had imagined it would. Ultimately, I assume we're supposed to believe that she cares about Houtarou a lot... but her way of showing it is a bit abstract and unclear. In a sense, she is also manipulating him (you might call it "meddling"), but in her mind she's trying to do good for him, whereas our "villain" this round wasn't looking out for anyone but herself. It's a tricky thing.
Hm hm. You know, I actually feel they kind of mishandled Sink's screentime after the battle, which all started when, for a hero that just saved the country from being conquered, someone else does his interview, then he goes around town with a girl that just doesn't care, and probably the only real smart thing that happened was his phone call(s), which ended there. Wrong bath, a kidnapping, maybe the concert was to be his grand "thank you", but something tells me he won't be having his welcoming party/grand dinner anytime soon
So, with respect to the other members in this forum, I thought we'd not ruin everything in that thread and instead clear up a few things here.
I'm not justifying Eclair's behaviour as true and just, it's without a doubt she's been rude to him since the battle and she's not helping his situation, although it cannot be overlooked that she has her own reason for acting the way she did, though not deserving of the title "bitch" (which in my opinion I'd reserve to a woman who'd have stolen my money) In fact, no one's helping his situation anytime soon, so there really was no reason to continue brooding over that fact, and there's no point in trying to despair over that fact, and with regards to absolutely no way of knowing when the next battle was going to happen, he really had no right to potentially ruin everyone's expectations of him after all the flair and hubbub of his flashy victory, regardless if he knew he could go home or not, considering the flashy acrobatics he pulled off several times to start episode 01, which for all intent and purposes is to show us what he really wanted to do, alien world or not: and that is... athletics. It was his choice to fight, and if he can't even get home, there's no point in regretting it now, especially after seeing the sudden kidnapping of Millimeter, anything can happen at any time, heck he could have been kidnapped making his world a whole lot worse. At least he had company, huh?
By the way, just thought I'd let you know that I have a habit of nicknaming characters, as I've watched so much anime over the decades, I like to depend largely on memory for remembering characters, and thus is the reason for why I name them the way I do