Synonyms: Hyou-ka, Hyouka: You can't escape, Hyou-ka: You can't escape, Hyoka
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 23, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
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Sep 16, 2012
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
Jun 30, 2013
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
Oct 10, 2014
"I'm curious, I can't stop thinking about it!"
These words best described how I felt as I swept through the Hyouka series. Though initially slow, as I watched more and more episodes, I began to feel myself pulled into the curiosity of Chitanda Eru and the mundane school life of our protagonists, Eru and Oreki. By the end, I found myself personally enjoying the Hyouka series greatly and wishing for much much more. But here's a disclaimer; If you're looking for a thoroughbred Mystery or Romantic slice of life, you won't find it here. In the words of one of the main cast, (Fukube) - "I won't be the best at anything, or rather, I've stopped trying to be." and these words fit Hyouka perfectly.
Hyouka is not the heavy mystery we're typically used to seeing attached to that tag. There are no violent or ingenious crimes which require an equally ingenious protagonist to tackle, nor are there deep and dark underlying secret behind the characters' actions, neither are there floods of epic romance as with most other school / slice of life anime. But what Hyouka does succeed in is by maintaining a harmonious balance of the school life / mystery elements in a setting which we can consider completely average and mundane school life. And the lens through which it views the events which constitute this school life is what makes the show so amazing, albeit hated by some.
STORY: Let me get this straight. This is the kind of story you get from an average student plucked straight from school. There are no events which stick out all that much. It is an accurate portrayal of how one would expect a Japanese student to be. While this might be offputting for some, the way which these mundane daily tasks are viewed through the eyes of Chitanda and Oreki are what really makes the story shine.
While most would just move through their day without even noticing such trivial matters, seeing them through the eyes of Chitanda and Oreki allow the viewer to see mystery in seemingly meaningless and small events, making the smallest of things, like a school rumour or a library book the subject of an entire adventure with its own backstory and explanations. And though trivial, the boundaries of the mystery is usually highlighted early and the evidence is presented to the viewers early as well, allowing the viewer to play along with the mystery if they wish to. Ultimately, the mysteries are well crafted without overstepping its boundaries as a school-themed mystery, though specific incidents were rather boring. (Such as the first 2...)
However that being said, some arcs were also especially strong, particularly in my opinion the first arc and the third arc and may hit you slightly in the feels when you least expect it. All in all, a pretty well written story despite being completely average which still manages to achieve its goals, but suffers when the incident at hand fails to pique the viewer's interest or is simply too easy to solve.
ART: This quality of art is rarely seen in a slice of life anime. The reason being that slice of life is rarely an art or animation intensive genre unlike fantasy. Yet, the opening scenes of Chitanda's sparkling eyes and even in the OP, one can easily tell how much effort went into animating those scenes. The artwork is just gorgeous and the animation flows perfectly. You get exquisite detail and you can even see flowers and hair bobbing in the wind at some points.
SOUND: I have no complaints with the sound. The sound complements the moods of the show well, and OP 1 is a particular favorite of mine. Yasashisa no riyuu is playlisted in my anime playlist and it's been stuck on repeat in my head for quite some time. Not forgetting Mikansei Stride (OP 2) and Kimi ni matsuwaru mystery (ED 2) which are also excellent and extremely fitting tracks in their own right. I draw a blank when trying to think of ED 1 though, I didn't particularly like it.
CHARACTERS: The characters I felt contributed to my enjoyment of this series greatly. Though initially they felt rather stereotyped or fitting into certain archetypes, after awhile their quirks began to differentiate them from the bulk of other characters. Who could mistake the sparkly eyed 'Kimi narimasu!' of Eru and the hair twirling sigh of Oreki. Their quirks made them enjoyable.
As the series progresses, we also begin to see the backgrounds of all 4 of the main cast, getting insights into their life, their past and their philosophies. More importantly, it allows you to see how the four of them grow as the Hyouka series progresses, particularly that of Oreki and Fukube. Seeing them grow made me really glad to have invested in those characters and their relationships with each other (Particularly Chitanda x Oreki), though I must say the inconclusive ending was rather disappointing.
ENJOYMENT: As someone who likes to think and immerse himself in the world of the characters presented, I found this extremely enjoyable and I constantly found myself trying to theorize the explanations behind the mysteries presented and extremely eager to click 'next' and find out more after every single episode. It was the perfect treat, stimulating my brain cells without me having to tax them ceaselessly, as such I enjoyed it greatly.
With all these factored in, what else is there for me to say. Hyouka has been one of the most enjoyable school-life / mystery anime which I've come across. It's definitely not the anime for everyone, but if you're into a more light-hearted mystery series with a hint of romance and school life, then you'll definitely enjoy it as much as I have. read more
Oct 3, 2014
First of can I start with the obvious, can I just gush at just, wow the art and animation, my god this has got to be the best that kyoto animation have created next to TDOHS and some scenes of nichijou. Each frame moves like butter through every scene and its consistent too (see the final scene of ep 22), with added pyrotechniques like those surreal scenes where they do many types of experimental animation like the first encounter with chitanda where her hair grows into a flowery hair fly trap (I guess simbolizing oreki being taken in by her). Also I like the k-on inspired designs of them (and been doing ever since), the design is able to display emotion so well, personally I like this comparred to the eyes 5 meters apart thing that they were doing previously. This coupled with a complementary bgm by Tanaka Kouhei that is filled with classical and atmospheric tracks that just make this production just *blush*
As for the story, it's slice of life with mystery, so it's obvious that they will not do the classical murder mysteries but more subdued lighthearted problems that they encounter and the mysteries most of if not all are really well written, they don't dump information haphazardly or keep information away from the viewer. They will get a mystery with little clues at the beginning and through reasonable deductions through oreki, we get the picture, some of them are accually quite smart too. Not overly simplistic like gosick was (gosick as a mystery is terrible). The anime I think consisted of 3 long arcs with little mysteries in between. The arcs that last betweebn 4-5 episodes are the highlights of the anime (fav is the lively cultural festival arc), as they are the most interesting mysteries of the shows, sad they don't do more of those. As for the plot for slice of life, mysyery, school, romance show, it's pretty balanced mix going on and every single second was a treat. The ending is satisfying since it shows Oreki's development throughout the show. Slice of life is not known for plots, but the characters and they are good.
Hyouka's characters are the most likable bunch of characters, consists of Oreki Houtaro, Chitanda Eru, Satoshi Fukube and Mayaka Ibara. Some say that the characters are shallow and not face any real problems for character development. I disagree as I certainly see them different from the last ep as oppose to the first ep. This is the most seen in Oreki as he changes from grey and energy saving to accepting a rose colored life also there is some subtle romantic development which is amazing for anime that likes to shove lightshows of drama to show romance, (also he is the most adorable person ever, look at his innocence), his worldview is also pretty relatable too. Out of the four Chitanda is probobly the least developed character, but she is the "I'm curious" pivot character for the plot. Also she is extremely fun to watch. Satoshi aka the database, is one odd person, he is strangely hyperactive and optimistic in contrast to Oreki, I have no idea how to make of him, he feels complex after certain ep, he feels real, I like him. Even though, I thought he was just a comedy relief character but he did that and then some. Mayaka is pretty much a high school girl, angsty, bad tempered, sharp-toungued and crushing on a boy. This might seem she's very unlikable but she's the one keeping the boys in line. All characters are very engaging to watch as the interactions are so freaking real and funny, body language is also on point. Character designs are varied and attractively done, even all the side characters have a distinctive look.
The interactions are definetely helped in making the watch so fun with the monologues of Oreki are remeniscent of kyon from TMOSH, including some good murder mysteries to rack your brain, makes this show very enjoyable. Normally my mind wanders with dialogue heavy shows (fate zero, bakemonogatari) but this one didn't bore me and kept me watching throughout.
My recommendation this is a must watch, it is breath of fresh air to the anime mystery genre and its sad to see it so underrated for having mundane mysteries, not everything has to be serious ok, at least they are good and well written mysteries
Watch this show for
+ Pretty visual even by the standards of kyoani
+ Well written mysteries
+ Nice subtle romance
+ Likable characters
Don't watch it if
- You can't stand not having dead bodies in a mystery
- Hate the slice of life genre in general which is terrible man
Nov 13, 2014
interesting slice of life story, and manages to do it
really, really well. Coming from Kyoto Animation you
could argue that it was always headed towards big
things, but this is different from what we normally see
from Kyoto, this is more interesting and holds more
depth, and makes for a far more interesting and
The plot focuses around Hotaro Oreki who lives by
the motto of "If I don't have to do something, I
won't, but if I have to I'll do it quickly." This motto
goes for every aspect of his life, leaving him with very
little drive or interest in actually doing anything with
his life until he joins his schools Classics Club, after
some encouragement from his older sister, and meets
Eru Chitanda. Eru is, without a doubt, a very
interesting character who shines throughout the
series; she's the type of character who is forever
curious about every little thing, and it just so happens
that Hotaro finds himself unable to refuse Eru when
she looks into his eyes and states she's curious about
something. Hotaro and Eru aren't the only members
of the Classics Club, we also have Satoshi Fukube who
is a close and childhood friend of Hotaro and claims
himself to be a "database" of, sometimes useless,
knowledge. We also have Mayaka Ibara who is also a
childhood friend of Hotaro and Satoshi. It makes for
an interesting group of characters and considering
they all get a fair amount of character development
throughout the series and a chance to stand in the
spotlight, they feel like characters you can really grow
close to and enjoy watching. The series is mostly a
slice of life, but because of Eru being endlessly
curious, the group end up solving a lot of mysteries,
which is a refreshing idea for the slice of life
genre. Fair enough, none of the mysteries are over
the top and most are simple things, but this is where
the characters really shine and bring out the best in
the show, plus simple sometimes isn't a bad thing.
Hotaro is a gruff and lazy character to begin with, but
as you watch him get dragged into things by Eru and
co and watch how he grows as a person you really
come to like him and realise he is by no means a bad
person, and the same can be said for the rest of the
cast. While you may not start off being very fond of
them, that can quickly change over time because
there is far more to them than meets the eye and
each has far more depth to them than you'd likely
The pacing of the show is done rather well, most
mysteries are solved within an episode or two with
the biggest exception being the Cultural Festival
which is spread out over five or six episodes, which
actually makes for a very interesting arc. Again
though, not being stuck on the same mysteries does
help the show because it keeps it fresh and
interesting. It's also a show that relies on its script a
heck of lot, both for when Hotaro is solving a case
and explaining it to the other members of the Classics
Club and for when he's narrating the story, but that
is by no means a bad thing either. It's the type of
series that will have you thinking deeply about things,
but it can also remember not to take itself too
seriously and throws enough comedy into the mix to
make sure you always find yourself with a smile on
your face at some point during an episode (even if
this is at the expense of poor Hotaro). It's down to
earth and feels like you're watching the day to day
lives of see characters, which isn't a bad thing
because it works really well for the idea of the story
and for the characters themselves, it's actually a very
strong show for its genre. Being only 22 episodes feels
like a shame, but at the same time it probably does
help the series. 12 episodes wouldn't have felt like
enough, and more than 22 may have hindered the
series more than helped even though we are left
wanting just a little more. 22 was enough to fully
explore any deeper aspects of the story and leave us
with a pleasing ending, so I can't really complain
Where the animation comes into things the series is
always very pleasing on the end, with some especially
pretty animation near the end. Character designs
aren't amazing, but they are different from the
normal designs Kyoto Animation throw out, and are
all interesting in their own right. The series also has a
nice way of working us through the mysteries as
Hotaro is explaining things with some rather
interesting animation, which is always refreshing to
see and really helps you understand the mystery at
hand and just what has gone on.
As far as the shows soundtrack goes, it doesn't
actually have a large amount of music because it
chooses to reuse a lot of it over and over, however
maybe more music would have hindered the show
and the music we do have works perfectly fine. The
fact the show reuses a lot of its tracks isn't noticeable
enough to become a bother, and the tracks are
generally nice enough where you're happy to be
hearing them again. It's also worth noting that the
series has two very impressive opening themes, which
are very catchy and will have you tipping along to
them after the first couple of listens.
Overall it's a strong show and certainly one of my
favourites. Any fan of mystery stores and the slice of
life genre will enjoy the series, either for the
mysteries it presents to the viewer, or because of our
loveable cast of characters. A solid show which is well
worth your time. read more
Nov 23, 2014
Not gonna be revealing what they are, all you need to know is that I had expectations.
Were they met?
Before going into this show, I asked around a few people who have watched the show, asked them if it was any good.
Most of them said yes, except for one guy, who called it uninteresting.
With that in mind - I went on to watch the show.
And like I said - set expectations weren't met.
To avoid spoilers in this review, I am not gonna write a brief explanation of each category, I'm just instantly gonna dump my thoughts. It's quicker and easier.
The story is rather typical for most slice of life animes with some mystery tied in here & there. In my opinion, the story wasn't anything superb or amazing, but it did throw in a few extras here & there that made me want to go watch the next episode and see what happens.
What can I say, Kyoto Animation did a really good job animating this. The two openings for this show are animated splendidly. Though during the show I noticed a few hiccups with the animation, as the animations didn't really look very smooth. Could be the app I used to stream this, or it could be just laggy animation.
Regardless, the art style in this anime was phenomenal, definitely one of the prettier shows out there.
Character voices don't exactly fit. When I say that, I speak specifically of Eru. Her voice doesn't exactly fit her in my opinion.
As for the music - it was alright. The music piece that stood out the most was the first opening. So catchy, I end up listening to it over and over again.
I grew attached to Houtarou. Because of his classy motto - "I don't do what I don't have to do. What I have to do - I do quickly." Seriously, that describes me in real life almost perfectly! Well, minus the last sentence. Oreki himself was an interesting character, though he acted like an a**hole at times (just like me irl). The most annoying part about him was how he treats girls, though I guess they deserved it?
Satoshi is just ugh...I can't really stand him at first, he just seems too happy go-lucky. By the end - he does change quite a bit, though he loved to piss me off at the start so heavily.
Eru...oh god, where do we begin...Eru, to me, was the most annoying character in this entire anime. Like I mentioned before - her voice seems way too unfitting for her. I get that they were trying this "hyper-active" character here, but I think they went overboard with her here. I do like the story segments where she explains stuff about her past or when she's investigating stuff, but when Oreki starts to think about something - oh boy, the quote "I'm curious!" She says that nearly every single episode, it gets old real fast...
Mayaka was alright. Don't have any major gripes with her, except that she seems more like a support character than a main character.
I kinda did enjoy the anime, though most of my enjoyment was killed off because of Chitanda. If she weren't as annoying as she is, then I think I would have enjoyed the anime a bit more, but as it stands - Hyouka was a bit of a mixed bag. I liked most of it, but when Chitanda opens her mouth - all my enjoyment was killed off.
I also felt that the ending was rather unfulfilling. I won't spoil what it is, though it was rather unfulfilling for an anime of its type.
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Sep 16, 2012
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
Jan 2, 2015
These are the words spoken by Oreki Houtarou and embodies his outlook upon life. This is an anime about the small things in life. It's slow paced, often meaningless but ultimately is an anime that blossoms over its duration.
Hyouka is a simple story where the main focal area is meant to be mystery with a tinge of slice-of life romance. However the mysteries are often simplistic and more often than not over dramatized and often leads to a somewhat uneventful and dare I say boring climax . On the surface it would seem that the dichotomy between the rose and gray coloured lives created a interesting commentary on the purpose of existence but it honestly feels like more than a symbolic gesture. 5/10
Hyouka is a wonderfully drawn and animated series. It is evident that there was a great depth of time placed to the creation of the series with serious consideration being placed upon how the mysteries were to be played out to the audience. The incredible thought that had to be put into creating some of the visualizations is astounding and allowed for some excellent depictions. The background scenery and the animation of said scenery in Hyouka has to be Kyoto Animation's best works; fluid animation and excellent contrast of colors pushed forwards and sold the somewhat strained supreficial message of life. 10/10
Kyoto Animation has always done an adequate job in terms of their sound department and Hyouka is no exception. The two different OP and ED used in Hyouka were both catchy and entertaining. Hyouka also boasts an excellent range of classical tunes and eerie melodies that work well to accentuates the mystery and intrigue found in the animation and the art, The voice acting ranged from adequate in terms of Chitanda to excellent in the form of Oreki. 8/10
This is definitely the area that Kyoto Animation did their jobs wonderfully in the adaptation of the characters and said character's interactions. The development of Oreki throughout the anime is the stand out and the selling point of the anime. The development, along with his character is lethargic but subtle; It's subtle and slow-paced to the degree where you don't realise the nuances until your second viewing. His transformation from an individual obsessed with energy conservation to that of an individual tiliting on the edge of a "rose-colored existence" and that of a "grey existence" is a pleasure to watch. The characters of Satoshi, Mayaka and Chitanda all interact with Oreki with fluidity giving the anime substance to the otherwise stereotypical character tropes. Chitanda's eccentric personality is a mixed bag that creates a somewhat confusing blend of mild anguish, confusion and joy. Mayaka's harsh words but underlying friendship creates an interesting blend that creates a memorable female character. Satoshi's blend of snide humour, careless happiness and hidden uncertainties creates a character that is the most relate-able out of the four.
Hyouka is an anime to which I deeply enjoyed, the excellent, interesting and fluid interactions created a series that I cherish and at times curse. Once I started watching it there wasn't a single thing I could do to rip my eyes from this slice-of-life wonder. It's my opinion that before prior to Hyouka and since, Kyoto Animation has yet to create an anime that captures that same sense of fluidity and maintain it throughout a entire series. Hyouka is my favourite slice-of-life anime series of all time. 9/10 read more
Nov 8, 2014
Story : 8/10
Hyouka is in the mystery genre, and as such, it uses these familiar settings in order to set up its stories. By this I mean, not only is there a new, peculiar mystery to be solved each time, but viewers are given more and more insight into the main characters, their motivations, and their relationships to one another—hidden bits and pieces of the characters’ personalities are revealed, and prior events and twists, which viewers were not aware of, arise to wreak havoc on their perception of what they thought they had previously understood. Hyouka is thus a show that actively reciprocates its audience’s feelings and thoughts, constantly keeping them guessing in a playful manner, and at times, in an unexpectedly dark way as well.
The first character we are introduced to is Oreki Houtarou—a lazy guy who prefers an unconventional “gray” life as opposed to the stereotypical “rose-colored” one of his fellow peers. After receiving a request from his sister to join the Classics Club, lest it be shut down, Oreki travels to the clubroom and discovers a girl, Chitanda Eru, standing at the window and looking out over the schoolyard.
Art : 9/10
Brought to viewers by the staff of Kyoto Animation—famous for providing “in-your-face” dramas (Clannad, Kanon, Air), and cute high school girls doing cute high school things (Lucky Star, K-On!)—, one would not expect something so … subtle and complex. Part of the reason for this may be the fact that the show is originally based off of Honobu Yonezawa’s series of “Classic Literature Club” novels, as opposed to following the popular trend of adapting from light novels. Since the former is a medium that places emphasis on prose, instead of illustrations as in the case of the latter, it lends the author greater capability to delve into his characters’ psyche. And in a show that is as character-driven as Hyouka, the novel’s structure of story-telling is apparent.
Didn't hear that much about soundtrack while focusing on the story.butsurely it has good OP and ED in Part 1 neither Part 2.Well at least it makes me refresh after continue each of episode which is hard to understand quickly
Perhaps even this may not impress the veteran anime-watchers because learning a new side to a character is a common feature of all animes. Hyouka, on the other hand, is a show that consistently brings up new and different information about each character, making it difficult to pin them down as any particular “type” (the most notable to mention, in terms of his development, perhaps being Fukube). Even the characters themselves are often surprised, not only with some of the choices the others make, but with some of the choices they make themselves. The method of “showing” and not “telling” is also an impressive feature of the show, for, while there are brief instances when characters’ thoughts are narrated, the writers of the show don’t belabor the descriptions of characters’ emotions to the point where it becomes tedious, or employ “deep” metaphors for the sake of creating a “dramatic effect.”
Each character brings to the table their own unique emotional baggage, and while their feelings do occasionally slip out from behind their attempts at stoicism, direct conflict where characters are soap-operatically yelling and venting their thoughts to one another never occur.
Enjoyment : 8/10
>For veteran anime watchers: It is definitely worth checking out; if not for the story, then at least for the style itself as it is very unique. You will discover a show that is very different from your typical run-of-the-mill high school anime, and if you’re a fan of thoughtful, realistic suspense stories, then it will be a solid viewing experience.
>For non-anime watchers: This show may be a difficult one to tackle especially since it requires so much of the viewer’s attention. I would suggest watching a few animes belonging to similar genres before trying this one out. Death Note is a great place to start in terms of a detective/suspense show, despite how much of a polar opposite it is from Hyouka, and a couple short high school animes to familiarize with certain tropes would help as well.
Afterall It depends on your education about Japanese and culture which will help you to understand how the story goes on.
Overall : 9/10
The only issue which some viewers may have is the enigmatic nature of Chitanda Eru. Part of the reason for this is because we are constantly viewing her from Oreki’s perspective—a character who often thinks he has Chitanda all figured out, but who constantly finds himself surprised the more he discovers about her. On the one hand, it makes Chitanda an interesting character to observe, but on the other hand, viewers may feel that she is ironically a “characterless character,” and point to it as a fault of the show. Such an opinion is difficult to comment on objectively, so I will leave viewers to decide for themselves.
"I don't do anything I don't have to. What I have to do, I do quickly."
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Jul 15, 2013
Hyouka is a series that takes elements of both the mystery and school life genres, mixes them together, and churns out a product that is a very interesting blend of the two. At heart it is very much what you'd expect from a school comedy, from the cast to the plot. The cynical, dry male lead with a sarcastc streak to his inner thoughts and narrating, the airheaded somehow-top-of-her-class female lead with more energy than a hamster on coffeine, the male lead's goofy, easygoing guy friend, and so on. Episodes centering around onsen visits, pool days and cultural festivals, a carefree after-school life in a club that does relatively little, and so on. The cliches and stereotypes line up, but what it presents isn't as bad as the premise makes it out to be, in part because the characters carry something more than just their stereotype. Especially in Mayaka's story arc there's very interesting characterization, and the love stories that are presented don't feel forced or out of place, being subtly sweet rather than diabetic.
The most significant reason for the decent presentation lies in its crossover with the mystery genre however, and the way it handles this. Essentially what the main characters spend their time doing is solving everyday mysteries, be that a strangely locked door, mysterious disappearances of school property, or other such events. The main character, Oreki Houtarou, while strangely devoid of any other noteworthy talents, has an uncanny knack for piecing together bits and pieces of information and form a theory on the passing of events - indeed, he is the kind of detective you see in the classics of crime, only instead of crimes and murders he solves minor mysteries of daily life.
The sequence of events and the way hints to the mystery's solution are presented is done rather well, and while some can be missed easily, or relies on understanding aspects of Japanese language and culture, upon properly watching through episodes after a mystery's solution, most if not all the clues used to piece the mystery together are clearly there for the viewer to see, and pieced together the finished conclusion seems coherent and logical.
Visually the mystery solving is aided by creative visualizations of the characters' trains of thought, helping the viewer to understand and comprehend what is being reasoned more easily. This is a very good decision by the creators, because if there were only spoken words some of the explanations could easily go over the heads of the viewers, but with the visual element, it's very easy to comprehend.
Even putting that aside the art remains very lovely, using a vivid colour palette, which together with lush background, clear lighting effects and camera angles that are not often seen in anime series gives the series a very liely and engaging visual appeal, as should be expected of a school series, plus plus. The music is likewise very appropriate for a mystery series, with suspenseful and sometimes dramatic instrumentation and dynamics, yet it does not forgo some of the more typical tracks of school anime, from the exciting tunes of fun days to the goofy tunes of funny scenes. Of particular note is that it also uses a few pieces of classic music as
The opening themes are both decent, lively j-pop tunes, a little upbeat but nothing quite over the top. Thematically they draw on some central aspects of the main character's leading issue of him feeling a little gray and distanced from his friends and the 'normal', lively high school life, with some lovely colour and effect use mixed amidst the more standard anime opening clips. The first ending theme is a more bright, sung-by-the-female-leads pop song, while the animation is ninety percent silly fanservice. The second ending song is a very upbeat pop song that sort of screams "school anime ending theme", with bright backgrounds and the like, though it does an amusing job making references to older detective fiction.
Overall Hyouka is a decent series that brings something new and refreshing to the school anime genre, and while it doesn't point itself out as a very good anime, falls to a few stereotypes and so forth, it does stand out above the massive crowd of school anime that are less successful in their attempts to break away from the masses. It offers lovely visuals and music and does a very good job at visually presenting the characters' thoughts in a orderly but also fun fashion, and it's fun seeing the mysteries get solved. If you're a fan of either genre this series will probably offer you something interesting, without being particularly outstanding. read more
Feb 3, 2014
The series is completely unpretentious and brilliantly executed. I know there are people out there who hate on slice-of-life anime because it's full of manipulative nonsense meant to make the viewer go 'aww'. Hyouka does none of that. Hyouka shows you why, ironically enough, considering the main character, ordinary life can be exciting and energising. That ordinary life, ordinary pleasures, ordinary amounts of logic, thinking, and effort can indeed result in something extraordinary.
The genius in Hyouka lies in its subtlety. The main character, Oreki Houtarou, is determined to lead a lifestyle of serenity and peace, which involves expending as little energy as possible. The anime doesn't diverge from this - indeed, it is an atmospheric masterpiece attuned to the ideal world that Oreki craves. Everything is beautiful, everything moves slowly, and everything is surprisingly perfect. Even the most ardent of hearts will be calmed with Hyouka.
Oreki's task is basically that of solving mysteries within a very human context. Unlike Detective Conan, the focus here is less on the how, and more on the why. Human motivations are what drive the mysteries in Hyouka, and its up to our indolent protagonist to solve navigate the thorny path. We are taught that truth is by no means necessarily good and is more likely painful. We learn why humans cause each other pain and grief. We are guided by KyoAni's steady hand.
We do so, because much like Chitanda Eru, the female lead - we are curious. read more
Oct 15, 2013
A note about the major points of contention before I continue with my own views: The movie arc (episodes 8-11) and the immediately succeeding festival arc (12-17) are pretty much the meat of the series, and watching the two is generally recommended. The latter is considered by many who even are ambivalent or dislike the show to be one of the better done school festivals in a slice of life. The rest of the series is very, very hit and miss.
[Story] - 6
Ignoring the early Classics Club "arc," which generally lacked propulsion, and the movie and festival arcs, which had it in spades, the show is made up of self-contained episodes wherein Oreki solves a mystery about some topic that is sometimes forced to be mysterious. These episodes, which make up a good half of the series and bookend it, can either be taken as inertia-filled character development opportunities or completely aimless attempts to show off KyoAni's budget. The conclusions are usually fun, even if the process isn't, and none of the curiosities feel cheap. Sadly, a lot of these episodes are formulaic and their strength comes from the characters, so I can't recommend the stories on their own. The good pacing and general captivation of the multi-episode arcs, however, serve to balance this problem and prevent me from scoring this as lowly as I could.
[Art] and [Sound] - 9
These two HAVE to be lumped together for this series. KyoAni's impressive atmospheric precision and high quality are here. Even in the more boring mysteries, the animations of Oreki's thought process are nearly breathtaking. Complement these with a varied soundtrack featuring far more than the typical orchestral range of higher-brow anime, and you've got a winner. These are the points that make me wish I liked the series more, because listening to or looking at the series is an absolute joy from start to finish. Seriously immersive, seriously worth the price of admission if you can stomach that they're misused.
[Character] - 7
I can't say I disliked any of the characters, and there was a good swath of side characters to maintain interest, but the central characters were hit and miss in the development department. The slow, very organic progression is executed well for a time, but certain arcs (and, much more frequently, single episodes) throw a large amount of drama into the mix all at once, making the transitions from beginning to end jumpy and leaving me, for one, confused. Romantic tension in the series between two of the characters is rarely referenced until it becomes clear in one of the FINAL EPISODES that it was a defining moment that weighed on both characters' minds throughout. Take also the example of Oreki's self-doubt about midway through and how quickly it comes about and then is resolved (yes, the OVA does a good amount to explain the latter part, but it is not so much as REFERENCED again until, again, the final couple of episodes). This kind of characterization bugs me, especially in light of the fact that in one season of much fewer episodes, a lot of shows are able to create a forward narrative that makes the characters change at a steady, if unrealistically quick, rate. There is a balance here, and Hyouka experiments, but it fails in that it is too jarring when the characters up and change in one rush of emotion.
[Enjoyment] - 6
And here's the big nail in the coffin for Hyouka: a solid half of the episodes warrant not a single rewatch. They are meaningless, grasping, and silly, misusing characters who really are interesting and an art direction that is virtually peerless. The pacing of the series is all wrong, and the choice to make the climax about five or six episodes before the series is resolved (with only the final two episodes dealing with any resolution at all) is very misguided.
On the whole, Hyouka is a boring watch with a couple of solid sets of episodes. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but there's not much more I can dissect. In short, if you are willing to sink into some of the slowest writing ever for big intermittent payoffs, this is your show. If not, I suggest you find something lighter or at least with a single narrative thread that at least appears in each episode to provide unification and that all-important desire to watch another episode after you finish one. read more
Oct 27, 2014
Why is true? Because it's the story of four young japanese with big colorful eyes, the clubs, the festival, and every etcetera you want to add. But it is also your own story. I think is the development of the characters during the serie what makes Hyouka what it is. The lazy but ridiculously smart guy who suddenly finds himself involved in the personal issues of a whimsical girl just because she saw him. Never happened to you? I don't think so.
Do you ever find yourself saying yes to anything just because he/she looks at you? Even when you don't need or have to?
Have you ever feel so frustrated because no matter how hard you try you know deeply that you will never be as good as someone?
How many of us used to sit on our chairs and think "who am i?", back in highschool? Or maybe now, too.
Is there any thing that you know you can do better than anyone? What or who makes you realize that?
Do you think that you are here on earth to fulfill your dreams or someone elses?
Are you ready to jump in the vast ocean of knowledge? Or do you just want to smell the surface?
This was Hyouka for me; a bunch of questions i needed to ask to myself.
As i said, the character's development is what makes Hyouka what it is.
In some point of your life you were talking with someone and, in order to explain some feeling or sensation, did you feel the need of puting a song or draw something? Have you ever run out of words? Well, Hyouka gives you what you need. An Oscar to KyoAni for getting that realistic atmosphere. read more
Sep 19, 2012
Hyouka, also known as "Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape" is the latest series by acclaimed studio Kyoto Animation, who, despite their huge fanbase, generally produce work of more style than substance. Hyouka unfortunately follows this trend, though superficially it doesn't fit in with the rest of KyoAni's back catalogue very much, as Hyouka is generally very dry in tone.
Hyouka is a mystery series, revolving around four high school students in the Classic Literature Club (an aimless club that happens to end up solving mysteries a lot). The students in question are main character Oreki Houtaro, whom I am about 99% certain has some form of autism. He has zero interest in socialising, fun, or... well, anything. He deliberately tries to live life as uninterestingly as possible. This is hampered a bit by him being insanely gifted at solving mysteries. This gift goes untapped until he meets Chitanda Eru, a plucky, cheerful girl with an insatiable curiosity who refuses to let the even the smallest of mysteries go unsolved. They are joined by Satoshi Fukube, a cheerful happy-go-lucky human database simply full of useless facts who is seemingly Oreki's only friend prior to the series, and Mayaka Ibara, a library assistant who's known Oreki since childhood, who is probably the most level-headed member of the cast.
Now, remember how I said Eru refused to let even the smallest of mysteries go unsolved? Well... that's the big problem Hyouka has. The mysteries really are the smallest of mysteries. Each and every one revolves around a very trivial subject, and just about all of them could have gone unsolved without any real problems. Something so down to earth could in theory have been a good idea, but unfortunately Hyouka doesn't really deliver. As a result, Hyouka is, in a word... dull. With the exceptions of one or two mysteries, Hyouka totally fails to be entertaining.
But that isn't to say they didn't go the extra mile to make Hyouka more interesting. KyoAni's huge animation budget is flexed quite a bit. Random quirks in the presentation show up every now and then when Oreki is explaining his theories, sometimes in rather trippy fashion. The unusual techniques in the directing aren't limited to these, though. Hyouka plays around with angles and closeups a lot, to try and make every scene more dramatic.
It doesn't work.
While they occasionally spice up a scene a little bit, they really don't do much to save Hyouka from being very, very bland. And often, the harder they try, the worse it gets. It's most "dramatic" moments end up being, if anything, idiotic for how hard they're trying to sell something so insignificant.
Directing techniques aren't the only thing in Hyouka intended to spice things up, though. Character-driven subplots are also involved. All of Hyouka's cast members are likeable, if nothing special... though Oreki's disinterest with everything can be irksome, and Chitanda can be more saccharine than cute sometimes. Romantic subplots flare up between the characters, as well as some mild feelings of envy from Fukube towards Oreki, and these would all help a lot more if it wasn't for the fact that all of this goes absolutely nowhere and amounts to nothing. Just like the directing techniques, it's an attempt to spice it up that at best is a mild amusement, usually falls flat, and at worst, is simply idiotic.
With all that having been said, Hyouka is not bad. But it certainly is not good either. At the end of the day it is simply very average. But there are really much better wastes of your time out there than Hyouka.
Final Words: For the biggest of mystery enthusiasts and diehard KyoAni fans only.
For Fans Of: UN-GO, Gosick read more
Nov 15, 2014
Story and Character
Meet Oreki. A weak slow guy that wants a normal boring life who isn't interested in romance or what you so called "spring time" when you get in high school.Oreki believes and lives with a code that everything he does should be done as little effort and time as he can. but this guy has something on his sleeves. when he's doing something, rest assured that it is close to perfect.
And that was tapped by a girl name Chitanda. A girl who's curiosity is on the top that he makes Oreki solves and explain simple things but in the end things gets more complicated and Oreki doesn't like spending too much time on that kind of things because of his nature. but, in the the end he can't avoid being played by the hands of the girl named Chitanda so Oreki solves and answers Chitanda's question as little effort as he can. but sometimes it doesn't end that way.
Good thing we have some back up to help our main protagonist.
We got Oreki's best-friend Fukube who is really good at memorizing things.
and last but not the least we got Ibara. Fukube's and Oreki's childhood friend.
For me Hyouka is interesting because of the mystery that they solve.
unlike any other mystery shows or novels. the mystery that is being brought here seems rather simple and normal. no mystery murders and such. but what will really surprise you is how a simple or rather plain problem or mystery can be so interesting and the answer that you will get is quite astonishing.
if you like Solving things and Mystery shows. this is the right show for you. : )
May 5, 2013
An anime that is entitled under the main genre "Mystery" -- with a tang of romance and character development. The anime just didn't mixed well.
The series in itself was something I've been anticipating during the Spring of 2012. The summary felt weird and a lot of expectations were growing in my head about the Hyouka Mystery... but then my expectations didn't match up and it turned mandatory to watch the last few episodes. The last episodes didn't felt like a Mysterious anime anymore.
Is there really a story in Hyouka? The anime's pacing was just too fast that the main climactic plot of Hyouka was soon finished within 5 episodes. Soon after those episodes, the anime's main mystery was just left aside and the Classics Club started to solve more mysteries -- thus losing the importance of the title "Hyouka". The next few episodes were just inconsistent as the anime takes the "mystery" genre of the anime into a character development by the far end of the series. I also don't get why there is no Romance genre in this anime as I know there is -- for a bit. The whole mystery, character development with a bit of romance just didn't mesh well. It was just all scattered.
"What is the main agenda of the anime? I don't really know."
Despite its deformed story, the animation was flawless. Seeing Chitanda Eru's long hair falling gracefully was spectacular. The animation had a resemblance of K-ON! and Kokoro Connect and it definitely didn't disappoint me. What is much better than the animation? The color combination! Truly one of the best color combinations out there.
The anime changed it's OPs and EDs during the half of the show -- like every other series. I definitely love the first half OP and ED because of how the upbeat opening song suddenly ends up softly with a good harmonious song. The second half of OP and ED was good but the 1st half was much better. The soundtrack though was something I wouldn't consider a memorable one. The voice actors/actresses have remarkably done well in their positions. The anime picked just the right people for this anime -- most especially Oreki and Chitanda.
Four different people together in one club. I can't seem to hate anyone in the anime. The surprising act of the anime is that they tried to develop the "true" personality of these characters "only" at the last few episodes. It was a risk that failed. They could have done this somewhere in the middle of the anime and still continue with the main genre of the anime -- Mystery.
I enjoyed solving mysteries with Oreki but then after every episode I would just ask myself -- where's the main plot? If the anime was just something that would solve random mysteries and not on the most important one -- then why can't they just not title the anime "Hyouka" then? It's more mind-bobbling that most of the viewers more highly anticipating about Oreki and Eru's relationship while I was here just waiting for its main idea. What affected me the most about the anime is the drastic change of the mystery anime into a character relationship development that I can't seem to know why they even did that. The ending seems to be perplexed with no mystery at all -- making it look like they ended it into a typical cliché ending. Concluding my enjoyment and expectations at a full drop.
Giving a title to an anime is important. It gives the viewers an impression or a curious thought. Hyouka just didn't seem feel right to have the title for this anime.
If the anime has to live up with the title then they should have named this anime "The Classics Club and their Mysterious Adventures". If they titled the anime "Hyouka" then they should have used that title as their basis of the story. The mysterious adventures just went bazaar even to the pointless of things -- everybody just felt curious while I was still holding to the feeling of what's the point of it? Hyouka didn't felt right with my expectations.
This anime is just one of those "Feel Good" animes or just for pure enjoyment. Despite the numerous number of flaws in the anime. Hyouka is one of those take a break and just watch this random anime. read more
Jan 22, 2015
The story revolves the Classics Club, that consists of the 4 main characters. On the surface, it is a typical non-competitive high school club who plays only a small role in the yearly cultural festival. Nothing will be interesting for our characters according to the club's agenda. However, mysteries are always finding them, regardless of our male lead's reluctance. The story has 3 major arcs, each requiring 5-6 episodes to wrap up its individual mystery. The resolution is important in any mystery, but the process of uncovering must not be ignored too. If the writer regurgitates everything within a single moment, the audience will be left feeling empty, confused and unsatisfied. Here, Hyouka did great by emphasizing the journey our character takes before the resolution is out. Those mysteries also do not seem out of place despite a mundane, typical school setting. Unfortunately, I am unable to give a resounding 10/10 since the remaining episodes, after the 3 arcs, are desserts with mystery toppings. The ending is also inconclusive, leaving the audience wanting for more. However, considering just the 3 major arcs aforementioned, it's definitely nothing short of a masterpiece.
By KyoAni, enough said. Watch it yourself and be overwhelmed by the brilliant and vibrant animation this studio is famous for.
Between sound and story, the story stands out more. Hence, I hardly paid attention to the background music. To my knowledge, none of them feel out of place. If I have to add on, the openings and endings are superb.
I guess here's where the series falls slightly short. We have 2 main characters and 2 psuedo main characters. Character development is minimal and though the writer tries not make the characters question their beliefs and "motto", they remain more or less the same throughout the series. Romance is there but the conclusion is not one that the audience is expecting and be satisfied with. However, the characterization of the main leads is well written and unique as they are not confined to any overused stereotypes.
What else can you say for a well written mystery. Within each major arc, until you reach the conclusion, you will not feel complete. Upon reaching the conclusion, you are left wanting to see more of what the series have to feed its audience. These are the motivations that push me to finish the series in 2 days. What else can I give for this criteria, other than a 10/10?
Overall: 9+10+8+8+10=45, 45/5=9
Hyouka is a brilliant work that is guaranteed to satisfy its audience. Besides, it's completed and hence is all packaged nicely for you to marathon. If you are into mysteries, do check this out. Unfortunately, I am unable to find any similar anime to recommend, and hence, I am sorry if you are left frustrated after finishing it. Maybe its too unique for its own good? read more
Jul 4, 2014
The story of Hyouka revolves around the Classics Club and its members--mainly focused around Oreki Houtarou and Chitanda Eru. Chitanda's endless curiosity leads to the demise of his lifestyle, as he is coveted into solving each and every one of her inquiries. This setup is problematic as it often leads to the anime being episodic as the it progresses. Often times as I was watching the series, I found myself checking the previous episode because I felt I had skipped an episode due to the lack of connection between each one. That was only a minor problem, however, and it sometimes was dealt with through multiple-episode arcs such as the Hyouka mystery, or the thief of the Cultural Festival.The mysteries were by far my favorite part of the anime. They exercise your brain by making you think, and it is very entertaining as Houtarou uses his to solve them. That is the premise of Hyouka--Chitanda becoming curious, and Houtarou succumbing to it.
The other two members of the Classics Club are Fukube Satoshi and Ibara Mayaka. Satoshi considers himself a "database" and limits himself to not drawing conclusions. I found him to be entertaining and likable as he often uses this as an excuse for his incompetence, leaving Houtarou to finish off the mystery. Mayaka is a hardworking girl, who is strict with herself and sometimes others. I will not say I disliked her, but I felt she had no part in the solving of the mysteries. As a whole, the cast of Hyouka levels out to be exceptional, and they kept me entertained throughout the whole anime.
The art style of Hyouka is well-done, especially with the character designs. I wouldn't say it's beautiful, but you should have no complaints with the art if you decide to watch the series. It is a relatively new anime, so if high-quality is your cup of tea, Hyouka is for you. The soundtrack was decent. I never skipped the openings, mainly because I never do, but the first opening I enjoyed a lot. The original soundtracks were good, especially when it came to solving mysteries. As a whole, the art and soundtrack is not amazing, but is in no means bad, and was executed properly. If you are planning to watch this show, they should pose no problem at all.
Overall, Hyouka is an anime in which you can relax and think at the same time. It combined the genres of mystery and slice-of-life, and executed them perfectly. As for my enjoyment, Hyouka is a great watch. I was never once bored during it. If you're planning to watch it, I would highly recommend it, whether you want to think or relax.
Jun 18, 2014
I'll save you the summary, but let me say this: Hyouka's story is not only strong and enjoyable but also touching. This anime is a mixture of many emotions: happiness, curiosity, fun, jealousy, love, ambition, and even despair. The anime's mysteries aren't what drives the show forward, it is the relationships forged from them which truly make this show propel towards greatness.
The beginning of the anime Oreki Houtarou and Chitanda Eru are two strangers meeting in the same club room, and by the end their relationship becomes much more meaningful. Through all the "mystery cases" the classics club solves, they group of four teenagers (Houtarou, Satoshi, Mayaka, and Chitanda) reveals their backgrounds, struggles, and personal stories. This slow unveiling of the characters creates an immersive experience albeit quite slow for some viewers.
One of the best aspects of Hyouka is its art. Kyo Ani has once again impressed me again with their amazing artwork and beautiful graphics. The first episode is full of amazing eye candy visuals, and the series continues strong with great display. Hyouka and Pet Girl of Sakurasou are quite arguably the best visuals I have ever seen, and I was never disappointed with their art.
If you're familiar with classical music (fitting, since the story revolves around a "classics" club), then you will definitely enjoy the music in this anime. Being a classical music lover, I recognized many of the music played in the anime such as Bach's Cello Suite No 1.
Overall, this anime might not be for everyone. It doesn't have a straightforward plot, and it focuses more on telling the stories of four characters coming together as part of Classics Club. It's a beautiful tale of friendship and love, and it is arguably one of my favorite series so far. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys an immersive story telling experience. read more
May 23, 2013
When you first get into this series, you get introduced into an kind of unsympathic main character. Houtarou Oreki is a typical lazy student who seems quite pathetic in the beginning. During the series you slowly see him evolving into somebody completely different due to his friend (if you can call her that), Eru Chitanda. She is his obvious opposite: She is a happy, optimistic and most importantly curious person. The character development is pretty good. There is a small romance between to pairs of main characters as well : Oreki and Chitanda and their friends, Satoshi and Mayaka. I'm not going to get too deep into their character development, but it shows some relevance in the later episodes.
Art & Sound:
This area of Hyouka can be summed up in 3 words: pretty freakin great. I didn't want to fix myself on this aspect, but during my run I realized, that these 2 things were pretty amazing. The Art Design and the Animation is very detailed and in my view quite beautiful. The Soundtrack underlines the atmosphere very well, but it could've been done better.
You could say, that this is one of the weaker aspects of this anime. It's PG-13 what basically tells, that there are NO REAL MURDERS OR SERIOUS CRIMES. For me at least, it was a huge bummer and a waste of potential. I don't intend to say that what the writers did here is bad or anything. But this series could've been much better with actual crimes. As said, the story, as it is, is ok and quite entertaining as well. I also gotta say, that Hyouka had the best School Festival Arc I've seen in a long time.
Hyouka has its flaws, but I cannot deny that I enjoyed the heck out of it. My attention was fixed on Shounen and other anime genres for most of the time, so this Mystery type anime is quite fresh to me. The astethics blew me away and its overall presentation is pretty well done. Charachter development is pretty good.My only problem is the lack of actual crimes which could've lifted it up to one of my favs. In the end I can only say that I hope for an improved 2nd season.
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