Ranked #299


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Hyou-ka, Hyouka: You can't escape, Hyou-ka: You can't escape, Hyoka
Japanese: 氷菓


Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 23, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #2992
Popularity: #57
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Oreki Houtarou is a minimalistic high school boy. One day, he joins the Classic Literature Club at his elder sister's request.

There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, "I'm curious." Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory who calls himself a database. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself.

They begin to investigate a case that occurred 45 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Classics Club. The collection is titled "Hyouka."


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Characters & Voice Actors

Oreki, Houtarou
Oreki, Houtarou
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Chitanda, Eru
Chitanda, Eru
Sato, Satomi
Sato, Satomi
Fukube, Satoshi
Fukube, Satoshi
Sakaguchi, Daisuke
Sakaguchi, Daisuke
Ibara, Mayaka
Ibara, Mayaka
Kayano, Ai
Kayano, Ai


Hatta, Hideaki
Hatta, Hideaki
Takemoto, Yasuhiro
Takemoto, Yasuhiro
Director, Episode Director
Utsumi, Hiroko
Utsumi, Hiroko
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Ishidate, Taichi
Ishidate, Taichi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(22/22)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Revival of the Long-established Classic Literature Club
Dentou Aru Koten-bu no Saisei (伝統ある古典部の再生)
Apr 23, 2012
2 The Activities of the Esteemed Classic Literature Club
Meiyo Aru Koten-bu no Katsudou (名誉ある古典部の活動)
Apr 30, 2012
3 The Descendants of the Classic Literature Club with its Circumstances
Jijou Aru Koten-bu no Matsuei (事情ある古典部の末裔)
May 7, 2012
4 The Old Days of the Glorious Classic Literature Club
Eikou Aru Koten-bu no Sekijitsu (栄光ある古典部の昔日)
May 14, 2012
5 The Truth of the Historic Classic Literature Club
Rekishi Aru Koten-bu no Shinjitsu (歴史ある古典部の真実)
May 21, 2012

Opening Theme

#1: "Yasashisa no Riyuu (優しさの理由)" by ChouCho (eps 1-2, 4, 6-8, 10-11)
#2: "Mikansei Stride (未完成ストライド)" by Saori Kodama (eps 13-16, 18-20, 22)

Ending Theme

#1: "Madoromi no Yakusoku (まどろみの約束)" by Satomi Satou & Ai Kayano (eps 2-4, 6-11)
#2: "Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery (君にまつわるミステリー)" by Satomi Satou & Ai Kayano (eps 12-14, 16, 18, 20-22)

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Sep 16, 2012
"I don't do anything I don't have to. What I have to do, I do quickly."

For most people, the short years spent in highschool are often the turning point and highlight of their lives; a time filled with introspection and change, where some dreams end and others are born to take their place. On the other hand, there are some who reject this notion and choose to spend their days as uneventfully and routinely as possible, never straying too far from their comfort zone and established lifestyle. After all, why waste the energy on trivial matters?

Oreki Houtarou is one of these individuals.

Set during the read more
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May 28, 2015
High school – It is probably not incorrect to suggest that this is the most ubiquitous setting for anime nowadays. Yet even amongst the endless swathes of high school anime that inevitably centre around cute high school girls, there are always exceptions and Hyouka is one of them.

We find ourselves in the Classic Literature Club of which Oreki Houtarou, our energy-conserving protagonist is reluctantly a member and is soon joined by his eclectic group of friends, thus completing the groundwork for this “mystery” anime. When one considers what constitutes a “mystery” show, it is often associated with preconceptions of crime, horror and eerie suspense read more
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Nov 16, 2015
Kyoto animation has produced some very popular series in the past majority of which are slice of life. Now, after watching the famous Haruhi series and the movie, I was like no way can they come up with anything slightly better or in the same level as that in terms of being a slice of life anime. Well, that was until I came across a certain high school anime that altered my perspective on slice of life and school anime. So, without further ado I am gonna start my review of Hyouka

After seeing clips of this anime in basically every single AMV out there, read more
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Nov 11, 2015
[Feel free to read. This review does not contain spoilers]
Hyouka. A very delightfull anime which reminds me of the years where i was a carefree
and crazy teenager. Also, the friendship between the main characters was something that all people would like to have. At first i found Hyouka just ok. But i the end, i loved it. An awesome work from Kyoto Animation.

Story: 8
The story focuses on Oreki and his friends, who try to solve different mysteries. The series have a good pacing with no filler episodes and it has a unique story, but it is still missing this wow factor that other anime have.

Art: read more
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Anime: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
The series shares the same high school setting but tackles college level of social psychology in subject. There's also the angsty or grumpy yet lethargic main character which is most of the time played for jokes, though their use of humor is a bit in contrast since the other one is lighthearted, while the latter is dark and comically edgy. You also have the Queen/Empress who has a good ability in expressive persuasion through social engineering which makes you want to engineer them socially if you get my expression =P. 
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Anime: Gosick
These two have the genre mystery in common, thrown in with a few 'awkward, possible romantic' situations. Basically, if you like mystery, watch Gosick and Hyouka. 
reportRecommended by September
Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Judged by how character setting is almost man-to-man similar, can't refuse that it will make the overall mood and tone similar too. That's how it's happening.

The leading male and narrator, Kyon and Oreki Houtarou, are made from the same mold. Average, not standing out, and does not want to take initiative whatsoever in school activities. And guess what, they are getting pushed around by girl of course, The ultimate reason why any straight man go out of their comfort zone.

The story of Hyouka revolve around solving mystery, not a grand one, but very well made. Well made enough to be believable,  read more 
reportRecommended by lapisdragon
Anime: Kokoro Connect
When looking at the artwork for Kokoro Connect and Hyouka, the artwork looks strikingly similar to each other, despite being animated by differing studios. Hyouka's artwork is a marvel to look at since it was animated by KyoAni, but Kokoro Connect's artwork is also very good.

Kokoro Connect, synthesizes comedy and drama in a very appealing way. It does not rely on straight gags, and it doesn't try too hard for laughs. This is a positive, because it doesn't seem forced like in other anime. The drama is not over the top and does not seem forced at all. There are also slice of  read more 
reportRecommended by Ejc
Anime: Clannad
Oreki may as well be Tomoya and vice versa. They have the same seiyuu and behave and think in largely the same manner. The main heroine in both shows is also there to serve as a foil and contrast for the protagonist and the style and tone of the two anime is very much similar. While Clannad is much more serious and dramatic than Hyouka is, there's something for fans of either show to enjoy here.  
reportRecommended by Veronin
Anime: Kamisama no Memochou
Kamisama no Memochou has a saying that the dead live on only through the work of a detective or the work of a writer. Hyouka... despite not having as dark of mysteries as Kamisama no Memochou runs along this train of thought to start off with. Both have similar art styles on top of this. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari

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