Eru Chitanda's uncle, Jun Sekitani, was reported missing in India. Jun's didn't finished his high school education due to his expulsion from Kamiyama High School. While looking for information on him, Eru got an image of him as a "quiet fighter and kind hero." Houtarou and his friends determine that Jun was noted as a leader of a student protest movement against the Kamiyama High School administration 45 years ago, in the 1960s. The protests were a reaction to the principal's attempt to cut the school's culture festival from 5 days to 3.
While the protests succeeded in saving the festival duration for a short time, Jun was selected by school's administration as the unfortunate scapegoat and therefore he was expelled in October, after the festival ended. The reason Jun was expelled 5 months after the actual protest in June was to make sure that the students had calmed down. Hyouka means "edible ice," which refers to "ice cream" in English.
The pun that Houtarou realizes Jun is making is "ice cream" = "i scream" - a message he leaves behind for future members of the Classics Club. Upon realizing all of that and frightened by the idea that one could be alive but dead at the same time, and unable to scream, Eru with tears remembered that this was the reason that caused her to cry many years ago.
|Hyouka Featured Characters|
|Main characters||Eru Chitanda • Houtarou Oreki • Satoshi Fukube • Mayaka Ibara|
|Students||Ayako Kouchi • Fuyumi Irisu • Jirou Tanabe • Jun'ya Nakajou • Kaho Juumonji • Koreyuki Tani • Kurako Eba • Masashi Tougaito • Mayu Hongou • Misaki Sawakiguchi • Muneyoshi Kugayama • Shouko Yuasa • Tomohiro Haba • Yasukuni Yoshino|
|Other||Jun Sekitani • Haruna Anjou • Kayo Zenna • Masakiyo Ogi • Omichi • Rie Zenna • Tomoe Oreki • Youko Itoigawa|