Synonyms: Hyou-ka, Hyouka: You can't escape, Hyou-ka: You can't escape, Hyoka
Apr 23, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
25 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisOreki 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
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)
"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 dull and grey life of Oreki's first year in highschool, the story begins with an important change to his individual status quo — the joining of the school's Classics Club, albeit out of obligation rather than choice. Receiving a letter from his older sister asking him to join the club to keep it from being disbanded from lack of membership, he solemnly accepts his duties and sends in a club registration form, which appropriately causes surprise for his close friend Satoshi. For an individual uninterested by studying, sports, and socalizing, joining a club can be an arduous and painful ordeal. And indeed, if not for a certain girl immediately joining the club, Oreki could very well have maintained his status quo of living dully and freely.
But perhaps change isn't always a bad thing.
This changing force is Chitanda Eru, serving as the contrast to Oreki's behavior. Shortly after their first exchange, Chitanda drives Oreki into a set of mysteries involving the club and its later two members, a repeated occurence often instigated by her eyes lighting in excitement and being followed by her catchphrase, "I can't stop thinking about it!". These mysteries are what form the bread and butter of the story, so it's a fortunate thing then that the mysteries themselves are varied; involving fairly interesting situations such as a room being locked or ghost sightings during a hot springs trip, and trivial events such as why a student was suddenly called to the office after school. No two mysteries are the same, and while several of the episodes are independent stories, three distinct arcs constitute the bulk of the episodes and the development of the characters.
Fortunately (and not so fortunately) the fairly lighthearted formula established in the self-contained stories is mostly reversed into something more dramatic and serious in the main story arcs once things finally get heated. It provides a refreshing contrast between the two and prevents things from feeling too repetitive or stale. Problems unfortunately come as a result with this change in tone, however. The dialogue can sometimes come across as being cheesy with overdramatized and exaggerated reactions to some of the events, such as Chitanda gasping in shock like the world has just ended when a book is missing from the clubroom, Oreki yelling and giving a death glare when his senior manipulates him a little bit, or the other three members of the Classics Club treating Oreki as some kind of savant for solving what are often very simple mysteries. Considering the trivial and often lighthearted nature of these mysteries, the overdramatization in the script is something that stands out as being very inconsistent with the overall tone of the series.
Another flaw exists with the mysteries themselves, and those watching the series primarily for that aspect are very likely to find themselves disappointed or bored, especially with the self-contained stories whose mysteries are often so trivial and juvenile that they are more equivalent to a curious question than anything else. They lack the depth necessary to truly become something well-written and engaging, and have very little in common with the mystery novels that the anime frequently references. Though these mysteries don't qualify as being bad, they're mostly mediocre and certainly don't stand well on their own. Instead, much of the appeal and enjoyment of Hyouka comes from the relationship between the characters and their interactions with one another.
Similar to the dynamic between Sherlock Holmes and Watson, three of the main characters in Hyouka each fill a specific role in the club: Chitanda instigates the mystery, Satoshi provides information, and Oreki deduces. While the early episodes may give an impression of this being formulaic, the characters soon break from the mold and begin to do things that don't strictly pertain to their accepted role and behavior. For example, Oreki may decide to instigate the mystery himself or in one specific case Satoshi attempts to be the one to unravel and deduce. One main character even ends up being the culprit in one episode which makes for a fairly surprising conclusion.
Luckily, there's enough substance to their interactions that they come across as normal human beings rather than simple stereotypes, though Chitanda's eccentric traits and curiosity are often exaggerated for comedic effect. The characters all show a wide spectrum of emotion and get disappointed or angry depending on the situation (despite problems with the aforementioned overdramatization) or joke around and playfully criticize one another when things are going well. What mainly shines, though, is Oreki's and Chitanda's relationship, stemming from how heavily their personalities and behavior contrast with each other. Seeing him react and deal with her curious and capricious behavior always makes for some endearing and amusing scenes, with blushing and romantic moments abound.
Then again, none of this would be very interesting in the first place if these characters didn't stand out by themselves or possess any distinguishing qualities. It's thanks to the writers' aptitude that the main characters undergo a considerable amount of development over the course of the series, resulting in something that is fundamentally more complex and dynamic. The majority of this development is focused on the protagonist, Oreki, as his dull life slowly changes into something more colorful and vibrant. At the start he's very reluctant to expend energy on anything that isn't absolutely necessary which is what causes him to repeatedly rebuke Chitanda for roping him into these situations. Mainly a result of the enjoyable time he has with Chitanda and the Classics Club, Oreki begins to realize that being involved and competent with something might not be such a bad thing after all. He starts to willingly pursue these mysteries through his own effort and curiosity, without the need of Chitanda urging him to investigate. For a person so bent on doing nothing with his days and conserving all time and energy possible, it's only natural for the rest of the club members to point out his change in behavior.
Change isn't only evident in Oreki, though, as Chitanda, Satoshi, and Mayaka also experience it to varying extents. In particular, Satoshi — often serving as the comic relief — becomes unsatisfied with his role and lack of recognition in comparison to Oreki. For several episodes he trails off into the mystery by himself in a mostly unsuccesful effort to duplicate or better Oreki's deductive skills. The jealousy being portrayed in some scenes is a somewhat unneeded and perhaps cliche, but this arc in the story provides a pleasant change to Satoshi's character and is successful in fleshing him out much more than in the early episodes. The second-to-last episode takes this further as well with even Satoshi understanding his change and becoming happy with his new lifestyle. Mayaka also gets some much needed screentime during the third arc which involves her status in the Manga Society club and her relationship with its members, with the outcome of this sidestory being something fairly satisfying and conclusive. Chitanda on the other hand changes surprisingly little over the course of the series though perhaps it's for the best. After all, she fills a necessary and important role in the story as the foil of Oreki and catalyst for his change and development. If Chitanda wasn't her usual self, where would Oreki be?
Now, there's one thing that can be agreed upon in regards to Hyouka, and that is that Kyoto Animation has made this show absolutely stunning visually.
The presentation of Hyouka is one of the most outstanding aspects about the series. Mood and atmosphere is set by the prominent lighting and by the events and monologues which are heavily stylistic and surprisingly abstract at times, occasionally taking the viewer away from the normality of the situation and into a place much more surreal. There's a distinct visual element present in Oreki's thought process with the layer of each mystery being carefully mapped out to the viewer, which serves not only to make the mystery more clear but to provide a much more immersive experience than the characters simply speaking to each other. Some scenes also possess a very dreamlike quality, with a couple particular examples including Chitanda's first inquisitive moment which succeeds in captivating Oreki or the dozens of little curious Chitandas crawling and tugging on him in the sixth episode. This type of dichotomy between the normal and the abstract is what makes Hyouka a very unique experience.
The underlying animation and designs are also phenomenal. KyoAni has long been lauded for the standard of detail and animation set in their works and this is taken even further with Hyouka, with the entirety of the anime feeling very much movie-quality throughout of all its episodes. The realistic and lifelike movements of the characters is praiseworthy but what stands out most is the focus on eyes and facial expressions. The characters of Hyouka are easily some of the most visually expressive seen in an anime for quite some time. Even the side or background characters receive much of the same detail to animation and character design, making nobody seem bland or the derivative of another. It's surprising then that KyoAni managed to keep to this level of quality for all 22 episodes, with no noticeable decrease visual nor artistic quality. The seemingly limitless attention to detail here is really something commendable.
But it's not all about visuals technically, either. Hyouka boasts a very fitting and eloquent soundtrack that accentuates the atmosphere set by the visual design. Composed mostly of classical tunes and eerie or quizzical melodies, the music is what creates the inherent sense of intrigue within Hyouka. It perfectly manages to capture the principal feeling of mystery in both the relaxed and dramatic moments of the series, never feeling overbearing nor out of place.
In the end, Hyouka does fall short of some of its potential due to issues with the script, but what the anime lacks in mysteries it more than makes up for with its characterization and presentation. It's just a bit of a shame that many people will choose to write the anime off and treat it as something weak and disappointing because the mystery aspect didn't hold up to their expectations. A misconception exists where people treat Hyouka as a strictly mystery title, and while it does hold true to some extent, these mysteries are instead used to develop the characters and have them interact in a remarkable manner, distinctive manner. This is an anime that essentially amounts to mundane events presented in a stylized and intriguing way. For those looking for something fresh in an age of uninspired rom-coms and homogeneity, Hyouka is a title that is easily worth your attention.
There's this sweeping notion that deep and action-oriented storytelling is necessary for a quality experience, but titles like Hyouka can safely disprove that line of thought. read more
Alright folks, let's talk some Hyouka. Time to exercise your brains and turn that curiosity light bulb ON.
Hyouka (also the same name of the first volume of the Classic Literature Club that's also a implied term of “Ice Cream”) is an anime series adapted from the mystery novel written by Honobu Yonezawa. The story? Well, if you're curious like a certain purple eyed girl in the series, Hyouka details the Kamiyama High School's Classic Literature Club and its members having fun while solving mysteries and enjoying the time of their boring lives.
It all begins with the unenthusiastic young boy by the name of Oreki Houtarou. He is the type of guy that is hard to make friends with because Oreki in his minds and his friend describes him as someone who is not keen in joining clubs, play sports, or socializing. Despite this, he is very intelligent and observant of the tinest events as well as having an insightful intuition. After joining the club reluctantly by his elder sister, the mysteries, fun and, Hyouka stories begin.
Of course, Hyouka wouldn't be much fun without the other members of the club, right? We have the calm and happy girl with the keen curiosity. With those large purple moe eyes, she is curious about various events and mysteries that often involves others and goes “watashi kininarimasu!” (I'm curious!). She is a fun and happy go girl who despite being annoying at times brings the fun and entertainment in the story. On other hand, there's her best friend Mayaka Ibara who calls her affectionately “Chi-chan”. Mayaka is sort of the opposite of Chi-chan as she seems to be the type of girl who wants to avoid confrontations and if possible, end it as peacefully and swiftly as possible. Last but certainly not least is Satoshi Fukube. He's the happy guy who is carefree about life but deep down a great guy as he cares about others' well being. With a powerful memory, he is a useful as well as a compatible partner of Oreki who balances out the cheerfulness and moody mood of the duo/club.
Now at this point, you might be as curious as Eru Chitanda herself or even had a thought of “watashi kininarimasu!” on whether the series is worth to watch.
Overall, the arcs and story is well crafted. Detection fiction stories involving a group of friends is never new in the anime industry. Series such as Detective School Q, Heaven's Memo Pad, and Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning also have such elements. What makes the series more interesting seems to be the interactions between the four main members of the club with each other that goes beyond the typical mysteries. The actors plays their roles well with their voice acting that reflects the personalities of the characters. With nearly all the characters having different characteristics, it's amusing to see how they all get along in the club. Surprisingly though, it actually does work well. But of course adaptation an anime always has its problems of the script not flowing or losing its touch in some of the filler like episodes. Personally though, it works out fine.
Because the series takes place at a school life setting, there are other characters in Hyouka that interacts with the club. These are often included in some of the mysteries and requires the clubs' various skills to crack that case.
If animation was part of a popularity poll this year, Hyouka would take the grand prize. Kyoto Animation (Clannad, K-On!, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) does a pretty damn good job with its production quality and that's not an understatement. I remember watching the first episode and the first thing that popped into my mind was “wow, that animation is out of this world!” No but seriously, the production quality is top notch and Kyoto Animation does not disappoint. It even includes word play illustrated in the minds of Oreki and some of the other characters during cases to depict clues in a more realistic way of telling the story. With its gorgeous artwork and beautiful style of presenting the characters, it goes on without say that “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
The soundtrack of the series is smooth that is well coordinated. When a mystery case scene is presented, the soundtrack flows. When a comedy scene (usually involving our curious girl Eru Chitanda), an OST of rhythm is played. Even when Oreki is bored, it shows that he really is bored through the soundtrack. Talk about unenthusiastic. The two opening songs are also well orchestrated in the series. The first OP song, "Yasashisa no Riyuu" by Choucho presents a smooth flowing song that gives us a lighthearted feeling of Hyouka. The second OP song "Mikansei Stride” by Saori Kodama presents a more humorous way of the series with Oreki peeking around with curiosity himself. (somewhat similar to Medaka Box's Opening). And of course, the ED songs are also there to make us feel the mystery. Well, not exactly. The first ED song seems to be quite naughty to say the least. Chitanda and Mayaka in those curious positions?! Turn that imagination bulb ON. The second ED song though fits more within the mystery genre and is generally entertaining to watch.
Overall, Hyouka is one of those lighthearted series to watch by the end of a long weekend. The series does have flaws such as the the repetition in some of the intertwined arcs as well as mindless word plays that goes on in some episodes that can be bothersome to watch. Chitanda's signature phrase “watashi kininarimasu!” is also infectious at times and gets annoying. Additionally, some of the mysteries are a bit dull and not realistic as it seems. If it's a real mystery, why not involve some real murders and crimes? Needless to say, it's why Hyouka is rated PG-13.
Hyouka is a school mystery series that involves...guess what, mysteries. If you're not into detective fiction or that sort of genre, then hit that drop button. No one is stopping you. But if you're curious like Eru Chitanda, then sit back, relax, and watch some mysteries as well as the members of the Classic Literature Club do what they do best at.
Curiosity kills the cat but Hyouka is what kills the boredom. read more
"I'm curious; I can't stop thinking about it!"
Are you looking for an adrenaline pumping mystery anime about murders,deception, and crime? Are you looking for a mystery anime that has a badass detective? Are you looking for a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Well look somewhere else. Because Hyouka isn't that kind of anime.
Story-Hyouka revolves around a boy called Oreki Houtarou. An apathetic guy who has little interest in anything or anyone. His life motto is "I don't do anything I don't have to. What I have to do, I do quickly." But when her older sister who lives in india sends him a request to join the classical club to keep it from being shut down. He accepts, thinking that the club could be a good place to stay alone and conserve his energy. But his conservative life is in trouble as he finds out that the club is also occupied by A curious girl by the name by Chitanda Eru.
Overall, the story and mysteries for this anime are well crafted. Most of the mysteries were interesting and enjoyable.But sadly, A few of the mysteries were poorly made and downright boring. Luckily, these mysteries are only a few and were rather short. There is also a good bit of romance and comedy in this anime.
Art- Kyoto Animation is always praised for it's good art and animation. But Kyoto Animation decided to take Hyouka to another level in art. Hyouka is by far one of the most beautiful animes I've ever seen. The characters design is designed so well and fit with their personality almost perfectly. The backgrounds were created with such detail that it felt like I was watching an anime movie instead of a tv show. Movements are also fluid and small details like the wind blowing the character's hair is also greatly done.
Sound- The soundtrack fits the anime perfectly. From comedy to drama to the start of the mystery the soundtrack fits the mood perfectly and only brings more enjoyment to the viewer. The first and second openings are also great songs that went on my ipod after first listening to it. The two endings are also quite good for endings and I enjoyed them.
Character- Now the true reason this anime is so enjoyable is not only because of the mysteries.But also character interaction. In this anime we have four main characters. Oreki Houtarou, Chitanda Eru,Satoshi Fukube, and Mayaka Ibara. Three of the four people have different roles in solving a mystery. Satoshi is the database.Chitanda is the person who raises the question and opens the mystery, and Oreki is the person who solves the mystery. But these roles do change at times. Sometimes Satoshi would be the one to try and deduce the mystery, and Oreki would raise the question himself. Each character also goes through character development through the anime. Especially Houtarou. He develops to the point that even he gets a bit curious throughout the anime.
I'll just say it right now. Hyouka is one of the best mystery animes for me. The mysteries are enjoyable. The character interaction was great.The animation phenomenal. Whats more there to say. I would definitely recommend this to people who love romance and mysteries. No, scratch that. If you like anime.Then definitely give this anime a try. read more
At first, I really wasnt impressed. The characters, especially the two guys, talk as if they are hinting the deeper theme to each episode. That was a little unnecessary. I didn't mind the plot though. The trivialized version of mysteries interested me more than the big mysteries that are either too fake or too unreal. I understand that this might be disappointing for mystery fans, but I feel like hyouka is a breeze that can change the stagnant mystery genre.
I honestly look forward to this a lot each week. I got used to the talkative characters and the lack of character development. There are some changes in the main character so far, but I wouldn't say it's development. However, the literacy club itself is developing and moving forward as a whole. The club grew on me, so I began to see the characters less individualistically and probably accepted their way of talking.
The animation and sound are pretty impressive. I like the animation style, especially when the main guy starts to solve the cases. It makes even the most trivial case interesting. The background music approprately fits each scene, and I find the ending especially cute. I understand this animation style has been used before in the past, and sometimes I even feel like its an act of stealing. I wouldn't forgive it if it's been used badly or didn't improve on it. However, it did improve on it, not in terms of style though, but in terms of where and how it's used. I don't like the idea of using creativity for its own sake. Some people may like it though, but I do not. Randomness, uniqueness, or craziness for me cannot stand alone. They are only for enhancement, not for the real substance. (Im excluding comedy on this one) I've offended some people and their love, but thats my belief.
Having said that rather irrelevant detail, I want to talk lastly about the plot that made me fell in love with hyouka. Beside the obvious downplay, I think as a consequence, you can detect a trace of elegance in mystery solving. The art and sound helped too, but I think the elegance would have been lost if the cases were big scale murder cases or a national crisis because they would usually give away obvious hints, some distracting, and you would be too busy guessing the culprit. Hyouka involves the audience in another way. Hyouka makes sure that you can't guess logically until the guy solves it. Yes, you'll realize how stupid or trivial the solution turns pout to be and the story becomes anticlimactic, but isn't exactly this anticlimactic feeling telling you that it's reality? People like to cook things up, and the bigger the scandal, the bigger the followers. Reality is often trivial, grand in scale only in how trivially detailed it is. The elegance of hyouka is therefore how trivially detailed it makes the cases to be. In the anticlimactic conclusion, you might start to find the trivially detailed reality more interesting on its own. read more
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.
Both series revolve around asocial male leads that are tricked/forced into joining a club. They also have a female lead that drives their male counterpart to perform club tasks and, surprisingly, do a good job while he is at it.
They are also both high school comedies with hints of romance.
Well, there's no doubt that the main male protagonist seems anti social and aloof with situations most of the time by the way he behaves. It's not until one day that they decide to join this club where he meets new people and forms interactions with them.
In a nutshell, both series features a high school life setting but among other factors, the clubs they join has a main female protagonist who is cute/pretty but often dominant in terms of her character.
Additionally, both series' clubs often gets involved with other people/events that results in drama. The main male protagonist are often reluctant to get involved. There seems to be hints of romance between the main male and female character as well. The overall tone of both series seems to be lighthearted with a fun sense of school life.
Male lead just wants a peaceful high school life. Both are quite anti-social but quite have an impressive and witty personality. Both are in clubs where they're not initially interested in joining.
Let me introduce you to introvert-kun. Introvert-kun is a high school student who does his best to avoid social interaction with other people. Most people would call him a loner, but it doesn't really bother him. He has his own views on the world and he likes to share them with the viewer through monologues.
One day, however, Introvert-kun is forced to join a club. The club's only member is the school's prettiest girl and along with her, he is forced to go around on campus and help out random people with his surprisingly strong insight.
•both are about a small club in school solving situations that come there way in different meanings/purposes
•both focus on a male lead who is pretty much forced to join a club for different reasons, and interact with people he would usually not talk to
•both male leads have slightly different personalities, wereas one distances himself from everyone and everything and just sees the bluntness and cruelty of life itself, and the other just wants a cruisey high school life with his close friends where he doesnt want to use any effort at all.
•both contain the typical highschool romances, comedy, angst type genres,
•they are similar in the male lead forced to join a club and help out situations he wouldnt want to while interacting with new people along the way and building friendships.. or breaking them
you would probably like one if you like the other, its relatively likeable  read more
School, slice-of-life, slight mystery, and light romance series. Both have a male protagonist that dislike spending energy in socializing, a fact that may change due to joining a school club.
- Protagonists are similar in many ways (their way of viewing life, their thinking process, etc.)
- There are two main female protagonists, where one is very cheerful and outgoing and the other being a bit more reserved and cynical.
- Both anime revolve around some kind of problem solving, where the problem may be a mystery or simply helping another out.
- Both anime are pertinent to school life, and includes many non-protagonist characters from its school.
MC is forced to join a club, and in there, both find a girl there. Both MC believes in not wasting their time, and both keep a low profile at school.
High school comedies about a club who solves mysteries or helps people out at their school. Both shows have great and relatable male leads: one is just plain lazy and the other is intentionally and unintentionally a loner. Both have small amounts of romance but it is not a major plot point in either.
The biggest difference is that Oregairu has more drama than Hyouka (which is about 95% comedy so that's not saying much).
They just are incredibly intriguing and similar series. Both involve rather unorthodox main characters who would love nothing better than to spend their high school lives lazing about, going about their days in peace, when they are forced into rather unorthodox clubs: the Classics Club and the Volunteers Club, which becomes a catalyst for their "adventures" and development.
Both feature fantastic writing and intriguing dialogue and are definitely worth looking into.
Clubs,Activities.Solving... Both anime`s features problem solving in which they help others solve some particular problems that they are facing.
Short and sweet, both include a lazy but lovable main male character. Both also tend to solve various issues around, on both social and psychological level. While OreGairu tends to emphasize its romance and comedy, Hyouka tried to strike with mystery. There are spices of drama, as well as slice of life seen in both series.
Both of the main characters have a new, particular way of seeing the world:
While Hachiman tends to "disdain" some of high school habits and "normal people" behavior, Houtarou keeps himself from every kind of activity, classifying himself as an "energy saver".
They are also intelligent:
The same way "Volunteer Service Club" forces Hachiman to think a little, "Classical Literature Club" and it's curious president Chitanda Eru makes Houtarou to use his (incredible) capability of deducing and solving problems.
I saw Hyouka first, and I couldn't stop remembering it while watching "Oregairu", it's just too similar for me. :)
They both have laid-back male main characters and demanding female ones. There are a few mysteries to solve and the characters grow over the course of the story. I believe that "Hyouka" is definitely the better of the two, but "Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru." was enjoyable as well.
Both male protagonists are antisocial individuals who don't really interact with others but rather observe from a distance. However, Houtarou believes that he should preserve his energy as much as possible while Hachiman prefers to avoid socializing as he's experiences many hardships from interacting with others.
Both series have a plot that surrounds both male protagonists being thrown into a club and interacting with students who eventually become their closest friends.
Both series are part of the mystery genre as the club members volunteer to work on solving unknown circumstances.
Both series have some dramatic scenarios as well as many comedic ones.
Both series are set within school.
Both series involve a slight amount of romance.
both animes shows about a male protagonist that are forced to join some high school club, and changed the male protagonist's way of life.
mostly, both animes showed a very similar theme, high school life and somewhat have a similar feel
Both main character are being "forced" into joining a club
Hachiman and Oreki have very similar attitudes
Both main characters are forced to join clubs and they both are anti social in a way. The club(s) focus on solving problems/mysteries and the main character finds new friends from the club.
Both are amazing anime. I love the two main male leads, and their main goals in life are to avoid human contact, and get through life without any unnecessary effort. The two protagonists are also forced into clubs against their will witch causes them to change (slightly). Both mains are talented and provide a huge amount of character as well as comic relief. Both characters have extremely weird relationships going on as well. Also the story arcs in both are well done.
Watch these if you want to laugh your ass off, while getting a good story out of it
Main character is genius people...like oreki houtarou, same background character,same characteristic and many more
Both are about an introverted guy that joins a club run by the prettiest girl in their grade.
This anime has lots of quotes to be found of, this also makes you capable of thinking hard and also making you go crazy, romance,comedy,mystery, I'm sure you'll love this anime :))
Main characters and setting are identical. They both find normal school life boring and try to avoid anything related to it, but a beautiful girl ends up dragging them in the opposite direction. While the series have different focuses and goals, if you like one I highly doubt you'll dislike the other.
The thought process of the protagonists
Both shows have similar characters, who seem lazy and they are both snapped out of their comfort zone by female characters. They have same high school setting and focus on solving problems in their high schools.
The more I look into this, the more similar these two anime are alike. Houtarou and 8man are pretty similar. They both enjoy conserving energy, seem to be loners (Although Houtarou and Satoshi are pretty close), and are in a club they don't want to be in, the Classics Club and Volunteer Service Club. Both clubs activities revolve around helping others in need and coming up with solutions to their problems. Genres are both Slice of Life, and Romance, and if you like one you will probably enjoy the other one as well.
If you like distinguished MC's you should probably like both even though the genres are really different these 2 are somewhat similar.
the mc is forced into a club he has no intention of joining and after that the adventures of the club members start.. they are both really enjoyable seriously if you like one you will probably like the other one (hyouka is better though).
1- Starring without social interest but are involved in solving problems related to the institute.
2- Shortly fanservice or ecchi.
3- The romance is most of the time as a child.
4- They differ on how to resolve the problems, one giving solution to the mystery related cases and the other through social sacrifices.
5- Development entertaining story without falling into too many topics or chapters of boring filler.
-They're both some different kind of school comedy from the classics of the genre.
-The protagonists are two boys who dislike to stay with the other people, and they like better to save energy.
-There's also some kind of deep thoughts made by the main protagonist.
-The romance is not explicit, in fact we never see any confessions or things like that, but there is attraction between the characters.
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.
Both anime have the central plot of solve riddles. Hyouka takes place at school environment, and Gosick between the First and Second World Wars. Gosick has more drama and romance, while Hyouka shows you more comedy and slice-of-life (and even moe) aspects. Gosick has a more elaborated plot, but Hyouka has arcs, so it's easier to watch without getting bored.
Both have main character solving mysteries. Both have comedy and romance.
But hyouka have a light atmosphere and feel whereas gosick has dark feel to it.
Both are about child detectives that for the most part only solve mysteries when persuaded.In Hyouka the Main Charcther is the detective while in Gosick the Main Charcther meets the detective and is the one who persuades who to solve mysteries while in Hyouka it's the opposite where the Main Charcther is persuaded by the female lead.Both are very enjoyable and can make you think but in Gosick it's much darker were as Hyouka is mostly every day mysteries.
The atmosphere and the misteries on the two animes are very similar but Gosick are more serius in relation of Hyouka.
Both anime have the central plot of solve riddles. Hyouka takes place at school environment, and Gosick between the First and Second World Wars. Gosick has more drama and romance, while Hyouka shows you more comedy and slice-of-life (and even moe) aspects. Gosick has a more elaborated plot, but Hyouka has arcs, so it's easier to watch without getting bored.
MYSTERY GENRE: The main characters in both shows, Victorique and Houtarou, uses detective style reasoning to solve mysteries. They make detective work sound so easy since they are constantly bored and apathetic towards situations and others.
Both are great mystery/drama shows. In this case Gosick actually has more substance to its story, however this doesn't detract from the quality of Hyouka. Both shows are guaranteed to keep one entertained.
They are pretty much the same.
The smart person is asked to solve a mysterie.
he/she finds clue's, thinks, and solves it.
Both have their funny and exciting moments.
The difference between the two is that Gosick is about real crimes while Hyouka is more about school problems.
Both detectives in these shows have similar traits : laid-back, quiet, lone-wolfs, grumpy, and both have opposite gender sidekicks who are full of curiousities and often urged them to solve mysterious cases.
But the detectives also quite opposite : while Oreki from Hyouka avoid meeting cases because it will spend his energy, Victorique from GOSICK asked her sidekick to find cases for her entertainment.
Nice self-deduction to solve every mystery around them. Besides, they are not very complex so both of them are very enjoyable, yet still enough to make you think :D
"There are things that are really mysterious, so why not investigate these pieces and put them all together." Both of the series follows a main character, who has high intelligence, very logical, and beyond critical thinking, where they solve these mysterious facts and give out there final results. Also, they are somewhat emotionless, who rarely crack a smile, but has a caring side when looking out his/her friend(s).
Gosick takes place in the past where it follows a female character partners up with male character. Hyouka takes place in the present and follows a main male character, with some support of his friends.
They both solve lots or problems
They get help from their friends to solve the problem with different methods
Makes you want to watch more
Has a pinch of romance in it
Both main characters are good at solving mysteries.
Both are of the mystery genre, so if you like making deductions and listening to them, these animes are for you. If you've already watched one, you should definitely watch the other.
Both of the series are about a detective character (Oreki in Hyouka; Victorique in Gosick) solving mysteries that are usually inquired by another friend. Hyouka and Gosick function in small arcs, where one mystery passes, then another comes. However, Gosick definitely has more of an overarching story and seems to connect between the arcs (not to mention the big romance part of it) while Hyouka appears to be more fragmented (and barely any romance). The Setting is also different: Hyouka is mostly in the highschool, while Gosick is set in the entire kingdom. Despite the differences, both series does an excellent job with the mysteries, making them incredibly... addictive to watch (not to mention the amazing graphics as well). If you liked one, you'll probably like the other.
Both Gosick and Hyouka are great mystery anime.
Gosick is set in the early 1920's.
While Hyouka plays of in the modern day.
Only people who find enjoymend in series set around mystery solving will like Hyouka.
That's why i recommend watching Gosick first, to get you in the mood for these kinds of shows.
And to see if the mystery genre is really something for you.
Both anime use logic and deductive reasoning to potentially solve a wide variety of cases that are using small details that have a tendency to be overlooked and as a result it gives the audience insightful but interesting thrillers (a similar effect to the Sherlock Holmes franchise). Hyouka is set in a Japanese high school solving trivial/petty cases while Gosick is set in a European Country with political conflicts after war can be compared to England after WWI solving much larger cases that affect the city. However both give off the same Sherlock Holmes feeling. :)
These two anime focus on solving mysteries that no other person or people can solve.
Gosick revolves around the time of the early 1900s and Hyouka (came from a light novel) in a regular high school. These two anime are very similar with the mysteries that only one person can discover what will happen. After a series of mysteries, the detectives discovers some feelings.
If you liked Hyouka, I recommend watching Gosick. For both anime, the mysteries are sometimes episodic, and sometimes over the course of many episodes. However, if you liked Hyouka for the moe, you won't find nearly as much Gosick.
School kids solving mysteries, but while hyouka solves mysteries like 'who stole the spatula?' gosick's mysteries are much darker. Both have a bit of romance between the male and female protagonists too.
These anime share numerous similarities such as romantic hints plus both revolve around resolving mysteries. If you enjoyed one you will most likely enjoy another.
Both series involve the main characters solving mysteries. As Oreki solves mysteries in Hyouka, Victorique solves them in a similar fashion. Gosick also has a few romantic situations as well. If you like the mystery genre, watch Gosick as well.
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, even when portrayed by 2D fictional character and produced by a studio responsible for one of the most surreal, unbelievably insane jokes show ever.
For watching these shows, you got two things to enjoy. First, how the story develop, how the string of mysteries is getting solved, and how the world around main characters reacts. And second, you get to see the development in attitude of the main character, how he sees and reacts to everything changed little by little. We don't see that in every anime. Most of character in animated series are cold-cast and do not change for the rest of the show. So if you want to see a person that is inspired to change themselves, even if they are fictional characters, look no further. You might found some inspiration of your own.
Basically both are about school club doing stuff because the club president wants to (solving mysteries in Hyouka & searching for supernatural in Haruhi), male protagonists are very similar, + both are by KyoAni
Haruhi has more action & little bit of sci-fi , while Hyouka is kinda slow and more realistic, but these 2 series are very alike
As main characters, Kyon and Houtarou have similar demeanors in which they approach school activities. Their interactions with fellow club members are also similar.
- It's a mystery based inside of a school about a certain character's past.
- It's based around a club
- The main MAIN characters are 1 female, and 1 male.
- There's a fairly moe female character
- There's a certain kind of sadness, which is hard to describe.
- Quirky solutions to the mysteries
- Most of the characters in the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are some what extroverted, at least there is a seemingly big difference in the extroversion and introversion of the characters.
- MHS has more of an alien solution, like an alien was here watching over- as the solution of the problem. Where as in Hyouka there are more practical solutions and leaving you sitting there thinking "... I should've thought of that." Given a little more time, to think about it you'd be able to figure it out sooner or later. However if you do manage to figure out what happens then you wouldn't be as impressed.
Same kind of feel. Both KyoAni production. Clubs are involved, with Hyouka having a more realistic, serious tone and atmosphere.
Oh the parallels. If you like one premise, you'll probably like the other.
-literary club turned SOS brigade-esque, seeking to help others/solve problems or mysteries
-cutie female lead/ Genki Girl
-apathetic male lead/ Deadpan Snarker
-typical male student + somewhat abnormal girl who’s interested in EVERYTHING
-There is a girl who likes books.
-mysterious unfinished confession by second episode
-some big plot mystery in the making
The setting of both is a Japanese high school, and both deal with club activities. The male protagonists of both series slowly get pulled into the worlds of the female protagonists. The male protagonists also start out as people who want to conserve energy and remain ordinary.
Hm...somehow the atmosphere around forming a club reminded me of the brigade in Haruhi Suzumiya. Also the main character's personality of both animes were similar. And each member of the club had a unique skill!
Each series has a lazy, snarky male lead character, and an eccentric, upbeat female character.
Both have a mystery aspect to them: Hyouka has outright mysteries that the characters solve. Haruhi has more of an air of mystery, because the viewer doesn't know all about the supernatural happenings.
Both are animated in a similar way, a bit moe and with smooth animation.
Both are set in a high school setting, particularly, a high school club setting.
Same animation company and art style. Both have relatively passive male leads that narrate the show and inadvertently drive the show in a particular direction with their interior monologue. Both have very enthusiastic and likable female leads that mesh well with the aforementioned male lead. Hyouka leans more on the slice-of-life mystery and Haruhi is more of a comedy school life, but overall the vibe that one gets from both shows [Focus is on fairly avant-garde clubs [SOS brigade and classics club], two lead characters that clearly like each other but show little romantic interactions, clubroom hangout].
Both have an apathetic male lead and hyper/curious female lead. Both involve a group of unique friends who go on various adventures or solve mysteries. Both have strong artwork and soundtracks. Both also include hints of romance, drama, and comedy.
Somewhat they give me the same vibes.... like Haruhi and Chitanda being pushy and... Kyon and Satoshi is somewhat pro Haruhi and Chitanda... while Kyon and Hotarou is somewhat lazy and kinda being forced to do things they don't want to do....
Hiperactive girl and her eternal lazy lackey. Houtarou is the boy that can't unfollow the eyes and curiosity of chitanda. (very similar about kyon and Haruhi, but maybe haruhi is most freaky than eru).
The characters are similar and the Mysterious theme is present.
- Both done by KyoAni
- Feature a high school club
- Haruhi has some mystery elements, Hyouka is full mystery
- Both are slice of life
- Kyon and Houtarou are both snarky, and want nothing to do with the club at first
- Haruhi and Chitanda both constantly try to get Kyon/Houtarou to do something
Both are non-romance shows with a sense on comedy.
Both are clubs formed by the main girl and the boy is forced in.
My opinion -- For both I wish they were romance .
What the clubs are about are different though. I like Suzumiya more.
Deadpan, snarky protagonists that want to do little more than live out their average, ordinary lives until a strong spirited girl forcefully drags them out of their shells.
These are VERY similar. Haruhi is a bit more exciting than Chitanda and while Hyouka focuses on solving mysteries Suzumiya Haruhi doesn't really focus at all. However if you liked one you will probably like the other, it is difficult to say that though since these are both shows that some people just can't watch. Haruhi is funnier while Hyouka is more cognitive.
Solving mysteries in both, although Hyouka doesn´t have any supernatural characters. The style of both shows is also similar, with big changes in the personalities of main characters (mostly Kyon and Houtarou, they are basically the same). I greatly recommend both.
Both Hyouka and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) feature at first reluctant protagonists who grow through trying new things and going along with the group. Houtaro Oreki is a young man who has a policy of energy-saving, until he meets Chitanda and his world turns upside down. Kyon, at first reluctant to go out on the tangents of Haruhi Suzumiya, eventually finds himself not only being able to put up with the adventure, but loving every minute of it. All in all, these two anime are very similar and I would recommend them both.
both have clubs activities but without something specific
they are about to find interesting things
the flow of the anime is the same
the main characters are similar (kyon haruhi-chitanda oreki)
for example both males are straight-man who gets their self involved in the curiosity of the female one
though haruhi is more upbeat they are both wonderfoul
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 life elements in Kokoro Connect, but is not the central focus for this anime.
Hyouka is marketed as a Mystery anime, but it does have some supernatural, comedic and dramatic components as well. The mysteries that are solved in most of the episodes may be trivial, but the process isn't boring at all. The mystery solving process is done through continued interactions between the characters.
If the mysteries were solved straight away... then what would be the point of having entire episodes? Just to force laughs out of the person watching, like some other anime do? Hyouka paces the mystery solving very well, and also contains slice of life and some romance to mix things up.
If you liked Hyouka and also a great mix of comedy, drama, with some romance and supernatural... without seemingly forced... then give Kokoro Connect a try!
Daily life anime (actually an acceptable name of a genre in Japan, being called nichijou which literally mean daily life,) but with a teaspoon of supernatural touch.
Kokoro Connect actually have somethings extraterrestrial taking place (body switching) but refuses to treat itself as a supernatural anime. Instead it always goes on like it is no big deal.The mood and tone of the show resembles other daily-life anime where sci-fi or supernatural elements cannot be found.
Hyouka on the other hand actually have no sci-fi context or supernatural power whatsoever, but is being treated as having one. There are sequences that look otherworldly, but no, there are nothing outside Physics law.
It is also worth noting that while production quality is not as stellar, Kokoro Connect character design (not about they look or personalities, but how they are drawn by animator) closely resembles that off KyoAni's Hyouka. Which possibly be another reason you might like the show. There are plenty of people who prefer anime with certain styles of art regardless of genre, so if you like K-On, Hyouka or other KyoAni goodness, why not give this a try.
Both Anime aired around the same time, both have a school setting, both have a mystery element and they have similar styles. They also deal with clubs that are rather minor and simply print a particular publication which isn't typically a big deal for the rest of the school.
I just have this feeling they are similar to each other since strange things/phenomena happen with both clubs although Hyouka is more on solving mysteries. But still when I see Kokoro Connect, it reminds me of Hyouka.
Both series revolves around a group of friends at a school life setting with a mixture of comedy and drama.
In both series, there is a slice of life style theme as the students breeze through the typical days.
Both series also contain a mystery like theme with questions that needs answers.
Additionally, both series has great artwork and a fitting soundtrack to go along with the mix.
Both anime are similar in the sense that they don't force you to like them from the start. Rather they slowly pull you in and get you hooked before you even realise it. Both are quite simple but at the same time are very interesting.
They both start on a K-ON artwork + slice-of-life framework, but develop their premise in an inspired and convincing fashion on top of it. Both have elements of mystery and drama and are heavily character-driven. Hyouka is somewhat more episodic and self-contained with different cases to be solved in each episode/arc. Kokoro Connect has more of a single thread of plot, although it's still very slice-of-life in that, while each episode leads to the next in an interconnected fashion, there's not much going on externally. For both, much of what happens is internal - within and between the characters.
Both have some mystery in them and very interesting changes.
The style of drawing imo is very similar. Both anime's are mostly about a boy and his day-day relationships with other people (though in Kokoro Connect theres a weird twist). This is a very good pickup for anyone who likes how a main character comes to love somebody. However, almost no romantic scenes exist in this anime until the very end, so if you're super into romantic stuff, then turn away now. However, if you're interested into how a boy eventually comes to realize his feelings in the very last episode, watch it. ;)
the only dissimilarities is, hyouka doesn't have any complicated romance
The story follows a group of friends who joined a club, but an incident occurs in the surrounding presents around them. As the incident occurs, they take a role of somewhat an amateur (somewhat professionals) detectives who find some specific task and completing them. Can you figure out the cases before the character do?
Hyouka, is much more of a mystery detective show where it uses mostly trivial questions and theories. Kokoro Connect, follows a supernatural detective show, with a mixture of comedy, drama and more romance.
Less drama, but still has the mystery component. You'll find yourself rooting for romance but both of them still heavily focus on plot instead of letting romance destroy it. They both have a mystery component which is really interesting but Hyouka's main mystery is in the first few episodes while Kokoro Connect extends and extends. The episodes after the main mystery in Hyouka are slice-of-life and school lifey mysteries.
Both Mystery genre
Both has a little romance in it
Fun to watch
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.
Apathetic guy steps in to save a club from termination and ends up more involved than he ever intended.
Same style of a main character. Tomoya doesn't care about anything and tends to avoid useless things, same with Hou. They both start to open up though through the same means.
Both KyoAni, same seiyuus for both lead male and lead male's best mate. Similarities in pacing and lead male's general attitude.
The protagonist in Hyouka reminds me of Tomoya from Clannad a lot. They even share the same voice actor. Not to mention the animation style in Hyouka looks reminiscent of Clannad, very smooth and of high quality. Hopefully from now on KyoAni will go back to making anime with animation of this caliber.
-Both, male and female protagonist have very a like personalities.
Males are not-of-my bussiness characters that eventually joins a club
Females are shy but perseveran characters that, somehow develope a relationship with the male character (more obvious in Clannad)
-Male deuteragonist (Sunohara in Clannad, Satoshi in Hyouka) are very alike in art and personality.
Male lead and his best friend have the same relationship and similar personalities. Both involve romance, though Clannad is more focused on it. Both are slice-of-life, school anime for the most part. The biggest difference is that Clannad doesn't crush your dreams in the last 30 seconds.
Both of the main characters are lazy and have a little consideration on their surroundings, however a certain person appears in both series and moved them to act. The female main heroine from these series which had supported the MC are both cute, innocent, and elusive. As the story began, both series may appear as an ordinary slice of life, but the storyline becomes more solid in the later episodes which is attractive.
Both series are absolutely magnificent to look at, both designed by Kyoto Animation. Primary male protagonist are voiced by the same voice actors. Both plots involve revitalizing a dismantling club and future character interactions revolve around that club. Rather than incorporate tragedy and supernatural elements with a substantial amount of romance, Hyouka focuses on commonplace mystery scenarios and drama with little romance.
The main characters in both series are quite similar in terms of personality and behavior. Okazaki Tomoya, the lead male protagonist in Clannad, is a lazy bum that never tries too hard at anything and always fools around with his one buddy, Sunohara Youhei. Oreki Houtarou, the lead male protagonist in Hyouka, is a lazy student that believes in conserving energy and leads a dull and passive lifestyle. Like Tomoya, he has only one friend: Satoshi Fukube.
Furukawa Nagisa, the lead female protagonist in Clannad, is a shy, unassertive, and airheaded girl that doesn't have much presence in school. Chitanda Eru, the lead female protagonist in Hyouka, is an intelligent but airheaded girl that gets easily distracted by her compulsive curiosity. The similarity between Nagisa and Chitanda is not as apparent, but they both elicit out the best side of the male protagonists. Nagisa inadvertently gives Tomoya a sense of purpose in high school and eventually in life, while Chitanda makes Houtarou go against his motto and do things he never would have had he kept on with his passive lifestyle.
Not only that, the concepts of the anime are more or less similar to one another. Clannad is about solving mysteries or other social problems that arise within the school, and Hyouka is all about mystery solving. The only main difference is that Clannad tends to be more fantastical while Hyouka is more realistic.
The main protagonist in both animes are somewhat similar. Even thou i Hyouka the main character seems to be smarter and in Clannad more friendly, i found some similarities with both titles. Both involves the girl in which they fall in love and get out of their daily routine, they wanna change just for that person. In both animes they wanna open up lost club again.
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.
Both anime are about mysteries, which are solving by a team.
Main female characters have a similar appearance.
Both are mysteries, and they have a similar art style. If you like one of them, you'll like the other.
Both series contain the mystery genre theme which could be appealing to viewers who are into the detective fiction types.
Both series' main protagonists have a strange personality. The rest of the characters also have contrasting personalities but shares the common idea of solving mysteries.
Both series contain comedy, drama, and mystery.
Mystery anime with fascinating characters and good interaction between them.
Both show's genre is around Mystery and the main character of both show always solve the Mystery with friends or a least together, the art are alike in a really good way since i love the art in Kamisama no Memochou and the reason why i started watching this show is because i really like it's art......
-The main Character looks like in Hyouka
-Mystery genre (detective type)
Both anime focuses purely at solving mystery, crime, etc. at first
Both will show their love towards someone at the end of each anime
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